SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/21

An in-depth look into the San Francisco Giants minor league affiliates - Fresno Grizzlies (AAA), Norwich Navigators (AA), San Jose Giants (A), and the Hagerstown Suns (A)- the games played on May 21th, and who's haot and who's not.

FRESNO (AAA)

Fresno 6, Memphis 5

GAME NOTES: Brian Dallimore's walkoff double in the 9th inning to give the Grizzlies a win over the Redbirds. Dallimore's double down the right field line was his second of the game, and was the first score for Fresno since the 5th inning. Fresno had fallen behind early, as Memphis scored 3 times early on Fresno starter Chris Begg. But Begg settled down, not allowing any more runs the rest of his stint. Meanwhile, the offense got to picking away at the deficit, with Linden getting an RBI double in the first, and Cody Ransom hitting his third home run in as many games to get another run in the fourth. In the fifth, the Grizzlies took the lead on a 2 run Tony Torcato single and a Lance Niekro RBI double. However, Memphis tied the game back up in the 8th with 2 runs off of reliever Lee Gardner, wetting up Dallimore's late heroics.

TEAM NOTES: David Aardsma picked up his 2nd win as a Grizzly with a scoreless ninth inning, giving up 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2. Aardsma is carrying a 2.51 ERA in Fresno over 14.1 innings. Ransom hit his 3rd home run in 3 games, raising his season total to 6. Dallimore's 2 for 4 day kept his team leading average at .358. He sits at 4th place in the league for batting average. Linden went 2 for 3 and is batting .299 on the year.

NORWICH (AA)

Norwich 2, New Britain 1

GAME NOTES: New Britain's pitchers held Norwich to only 4 hits until the ninth inning, when Doug Clark hit a two RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the ‘Gators. Beau kemp took the loss for New Britain after starter Victor Moreno, Jon Pridie and Bobby Korecky had combined to shut out Norwich for the game. Norwich starter had put up a good start of his own, going 6.1 innings and allowing only 4 hits and no walks while striking out 7, but he allowed a single and double back to back in the 4th to allow New Britain's only run of the game. Scott Munter relieved him in the 7th, and held New Britain scoreless to get the win.

TEAM NOTES: Clark's double capped off a 3 for 4 day that included a double and triple. He is now batting .275 for the year. Francisco Santos and Tyler Von Schell each went 2 for 4 as well. Misch's outing lowered his ERA to 2.45 over 8 starts. He's got the 6th best ERA in the league. Munter's ERA was dropped to 3.09 with his 2.2 scoreless innings.

SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)

Visalia 4, San Jose 3 (11)

GAME NOTES: San Jose blew an early 3-1 lead in the 9th, and then lost in the 11th to Visalia on Friday night. Fred Lewis had an RBI single for San Jose in the 2nd, and Brian Buscher and Zach Strong each had RBI's in the 3rd to give San Jose the lead. San Jose's starter Brion Treadway had a quality start, allowing 1 run over 6.1 innings, with 1 hit and 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. However, Jeremy Accardo wasted it by giving up 2 runs on 3 hits in the ninth. James Garcia threw the two extra frames, giving up the run in the 11th off of Jeffrey Baker's double followed by Bryon Peck's RBI single.

TEAM NOTES: Brad Vericker has gone 4 for 9 in the past two games with a home run, raising his average from .261 to .281. Buscher's game was his first of the year. Buscher played 54 games for Hagerstown after being a 3rd round draft pick in 2002, going .275/.318/.320. He played DH for the Giants, and went 2 for 5 with a double. Dan Trumble went 2 for 5 to raise his average at .333.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A)

Hagerstown 10, Kannapolis 4

GAME NOTES: Guess what? Nate Schierholtz hit another home run, his 7th in 13 games, and the Suns dominated the Intimidators on Friday. The Suns struck first against Kannapolis starter Daniel Haigwood as center fielder Jesse Schmidt led off the game with a home run. After Hagerstown starter Juan Serrato gave up a run in the bottom of the first, Hagerstown loaded the bases on three straight singles in the second. After Schmidt struck out, Patrick Dobson walked in a run, and then Jason Columbus doubled and cleared the bases to give Hagerstown what would be an insurmountable 5-1 lead. Schierholtz's home run came in the sixth, and Schmidt also hit an RBI single in the 7th. Serrato gave up 4 runs (2 earned) over 5.1 innings, but then Mike Musgrave and Jesse English combined for 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to keep the game out of reach.

TEAM NOTES: Shierholtz's 2 for 6 day kept his average at .327. His 11th home run broke the 4 way tie for first in the league and gave him the league lead all by himself. Schmidt's home run was his 2nd of the year. Schmidt went 3 for 6 on the day and is batting .271. First baseman Jason Columbus went 4 for 5 while filling in for slumping Travis Ishikawa, and raised his average to .308. He also had 3 RBI.



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