Nashville 9, Fresno 2
Chris Begg had another rough outing, giving up 5 runs in 5+ innings, and Fresno lost 9-2 with two of their best offensive players now in San Francisco. Nashville scored single runs in the first and the third before striking hard in the fifth. Begg gave up a home run to lead off the inning, then gave up a walk before giving way to Leo Estrella. Estrella promptly walked his first batter and gave up a single to load the bases, then gave up a bases loaded double to allow three runs to score before getting out of the inning. Cody Ransom and Dave Doster had RBI singles for Fresno.
With former team leaders Brian Dallimore and Damon Minor in San Francisco, the team is looking to new players to lead in onfield performance. Lance Niekro is a likely suspect. He went 2 for 4 with a double on Wednesday to keep his average up at .350 since returning to Fresno 5 games ago. Cody Ransom is also a surprising leader, now batting .311 and given the team lead in home runs (9) with Minor departing.
New Hampshire 2, Norwich 0
Patrick Misch threw 7 innings and gave up only 4 hits and no walks, and only two runs (one of which was unearned), but the fine effort was wasted again as Norwich themselves were four hit and shut out. Misch gave up three straight singles with two out in the 4th, which allowed the first run to score, and then an error by first baseman Tyler Von Schell allowed the second one to come in. Meanwhile, New Hampshire starting pitcher Todd Ozias threw 5.1 innings giving up only 4 hits and one walk, and the New Hamshire bullpen threw the final 3.2 innings giving up only 1 walk to keep Norwich silent.
Patrick Misch has a 2-3 record, but don't let that fool you. Misch has been the Navigators' best starter from day 1, with a 2.30 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP, with 42 strikeouts versus 11 walks in 54.2 innings.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)
San Jose 7, Bakerfield 2
San Jose first baseman Brad Vericker had a two run home run in the first, and the Giants never looked back, scoring a run each in 5 of the next 6 innings to beat the Blaze 7-2. Brion Treadway pitched 5 innings for the win, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, including one home run. Anthony Pannone and James Garcia each pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief to seal the win. Meanwhile, the Giants pounded out their 7 runs on 7 hits. Vericker had 3 RBI, and right fielder had 2, with a solo home run of his own. DH Brian Buscher went 2 for 5 with a double.
Vericker, one of the leading hitters in Salem Keiser last year, is finally starting to wake up in San Jose. He's now batting .287 for the year with 6 home runs, tied for second behind Dan Trumble's league leading 13. Treadway is carrying a 3.40 ERA over 10 starts, striking out 50 in 55.2 innings.
Hagerstown 7, Delmarva 5 (Game 1) Hagerstown 5, Delmarva 0 (Game 2)
Hagerstown swept the double-header with the Delmarva Shorebirds after being rained out Tuesday. In Game 1, it was Nate Schierholtz giving Hagerstown the early lead, scoring the first 2 runs on his 13th home run of the year. That was followed by Mike Wagner getting a run in with a fielder's choice and an error, and then followed by a Keith Anderson sacrifice fly. Anderson then sealed the deal with a 3 run homer in the 3rd, his first of the year. In Game 2, it was all Juan Serrato. Serrato threw the seven inning complete game shut out, giving up 3 hits with no walks and striking out 5. Jay Knowlton, playing 3rd base while Schierholtz dhed the second game, had a 2 rbi double in the 5th as part of a 3 run inning, and Jonathan Armitage had a 2 run home run in the 6th for Hagerstown.
Schierholtz was 2 for 5 with 2 walks, and is now batting .320. He lost the team batting average lead to Jason Columbus, whose 4 for 5 day put him at .321. Schierholtz is still leading the league with 13 home runs, though. Keith Anderson, who's been filling in at catcher, is batting .364 and slugging .636 in 6 games, going 8 for 22 with 3 doubles and 1 home run. Serrato's complete game shut out was his first of the year. He has a 2.53 ERA and a 4-1 record, and has not given up a home run in 42.2 innings, and is average just over a strikeout an inning with 43.
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