SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/23

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 23th, and who's hot and who's not.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Game Notes: Fresno won with a walk off run in the bottom of the 9th, 7-6, over the Memphis Redbirds. A see-saw battle which saw the lead change or tied score eight times, the Grizzlies finally pulled out the victory in the ninth off a walk, error, and the game winning hit by Adam Shabala. Damon Minor led the game with 3 hits (2 doubles, 1 homer) and 3 RBIs. Adam Shabala had 2 hits in the Grizzlies 9 hit attack. Kevin Correia contributed 2 RBIs with a clutch two-out single with the bases loaded in the 4th, keeping the inning alive for Dallimore to drive in another run. Unfortunately, Kevin's error and inability to keep the other team from hitting forced him from the game after 6 innings, giving up 9 hits and 1 walk for 5 runs (3 earned) with 2 strikeouts. Kevin Walker relieved and gave up the Redbirds final run. David Aardsma pitched 1.2 innings, giving up nothing with 1 strikeout to earn the victory.

Team Notes: Fresno has now won 4 of their last 5 games, as they try to climb out of last place in the Southern Division of the PCL. Their record is 18-26, 1 game back of the the 3rd place 51's but 7 games back of the leader. Damon Minor raised his average to .339 and slugged his 8th homer of the year and 10th double of the year. His 3 RBIs gave him 32 for the year. Adam Shabala raised his average to .288 with his two hits. Aardsma earned his third victory of the year with no losses, dropping his ERA to 2.25.

Norwich Navigators (AA)

Game Notes: Norwich continued their losing ways with a 4-2 loss in a bad fashion. After leading much of the game, they allowed New Britain to tie the game in the 8th 2-2 and then to win the game with 2 unearned runs by an error by Cervenak in the 9th. The streak of meager offense by the Navigators continued as they only had 6 hits. This ruined a great outing by Josh Habel who went 7.1 innings, giving up only 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run with 3 strikeouts. Matt Palmer was unable to do much against New Brittain as he gave up the tying and winning runs, going 0.2 innings with 2 hits and 2 walks for 3 runs (1 earned) and no striketouts. Luke Anderson came in and pitched 1 inning with 1 hit and 1 strikeout.

Team Notes: The Navigators have now lost 7 of their 8 last games, 10 of their last 13 games, as they are falling out of contention, 6 games back and in third place tie now, with a 21-23 record. Angel Chavez had his 4th steal of the season. Chris Curry had the only RBI, his 9th of the season. Doug Clark clubbed his 9th double. Palmer took the loss and his record is now 1-4. His ERA went up to 3.24 with this outing.

San Jose Giants (A)

Game Notes: Matt Cain snapped the San Jose Giants 3 game losing streak as the Giants won 6-5 over Visalia. Cain pitching 5.2 innings, giving up only 3 hits and 2 walks for 3 runs (1 earned) with 8 strikeouts and 1 homer given up in earning the win. Anthony Pannone and Billy Sadler were able to keep Visalia off the scoreboard (despite 3 walks by Sadler in the 8th) but Jeremy Accardo made the game exciting, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs in the 9th before earning the save. Fred Lewis and Anthony LaBarbera led San Jose with 2 hits apiece. Lewis, LaBarbera, and Dan Trumble each had two RBIs.

Team Notes: Second place San Jose crept closer to 1st with the victory and is only 3 games back of Modesto. Their record is now 23-21. Matt Cain raised his record to 3-1 with the victory, dropping his ERA to 2.03. Accardo earned his 12th save despite the poor performance, which raised his ERA to 5.21. Pannone dropped his ERA to 4.28 and Sadler dropped his to 2.17. Lewis raised his average to .326. Trumble drove in his 27th RBI of the season and raised his average to .341 with his 1-2 game. He is 4th in the league in batting and Lewis is 7th.

Hagerstown Suns (A)

Game Notes: Hagerstown lost 9-6 to the Lakewood Blueclaws, despite a two-homer game from Travis Ishikawa. Jason Columbus also had a homer and two hits. Mike Wagner contributed a double among 3 hits and Jesse Schmidt had two hits and scored two runs. The hot Nate Schierholtz cooled off, taking an 0-5 with 2 strikeouts. Jesse Floyd deserved better with a 6.0 innings outing, giving up 6 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs (earned), with 7 strikeouts. Unfortunately, the bullpen could not hold off the Blueclaws, as the bullpen gave up 7 runs in the final 3 innings, giving up the lead and then putting it away.

Team Notes: Hagerstown is now mired in last place in the Northern Division of the Sally League, 11 games back of the leader, with a 17-26 record. Travis Ishikawa clubbed his 4th and 5th homers of the season; Columbus had his 2nd. Mike Wagner raised his average to .254 with his 3 hits. Jesse Schmidt raised his to .285. Columbus continued to increase his average, now .297. Ishikawa's 2 homers raised his meager average to .213/.286/.378/.662. But that is still a sight better than his .193/.262/.311/.573 on just May 20th as he continues his hot hitting of May. Floyd lowered his ERA to 5.86, while Travis Nesmith's blew up with his 0.1 IP and 3 earned runs outing to 4.55. Even Joe Bateman couldn't keep the hot Blueclaws down with 1.2 IP, 4 hits and 1 earned run, raising his ERA to 2.37. Lastly, Tim Avarez took the loss (1-3) with his 1.0 IP, 5 hits, 3 earned runs, pushing his ERA to 3.54.

Martin Lee writes 'A Biased Giant's Fanatic's View' for SFDugout.com when the mood and muse strikes him. He wants to teach and share his love of baseball and, in particular, his love for the San Francisco Giants. He will believe to his dying days that Bobby Bonds was robbed of being the first 40-40 player and should be in Cooperstown. Please feel free to e-mail him at BiasedGiantsFanatic@nospam.yahoo.com (remove the "nospam." if you wish to e-mail me) if you have a question or comment.

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