Nashville 6, Fresno 5
The Fresno Grizzlies started Noah Lowry in Thursday's game. He struggled through the first three innings by allowing three runs on five hits. However, through the next three innings, he was able to keep the Nashville Sounds scoreless. He struck out seven in a no-decision. In the third inning, with one out, Craig Kuzmic doubled to left center. Lowry followed with single to right, advancing Kuzmic to third. Jason Ellison drove in Kuzmic with a single, bringing in the first run of the game for the Grizzlies. They were able to tie the game, but because of a Nashville three run top of the ninth, they were unable to take the lead.
Jason Ellison raised his batting average to .295, going 3-for-5 in the game, with two singles and a double. Dave Veres got his first decision for this season, unfortunately it is a loss. Veres gave up three runs on four hits, with one walk and one strike out. He is now pitching 7.94.
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SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)
San Jose 7, Bakerfield 6
Brian Burres of the San Jose Giants helped to bring in another Giants win, 7-6. Burres pitched five innings and gave up two runs on four hits. The San Jose Giants began the game driving in three runs in the first. Brad Vericker singled to center to drive in Aaron Hornostaj, who drew a walk and stole second. Randy Walter followed with a two-out two-run home run to left field, his third of the season. The San Jose Giants scored three more runs through the fifth, but the Bakersfield Blaze were able to catch up with the Giants in the sixth inning. Bakersfield scored two in the first and then had a four run rally in the sixth. Yet in the eighth, they got their lead back. Brian Buscher drew a walk, then later advanced to second on Walter's ground out. Julio Cordido was given a free pass to first. With one out, Zach Strong doubled to right field driving in Buscher and bringing a win to the San Jose Giants.
Jason Waddell pitched in the seventh inning and got his third win of the season. Jeremy Accardio continues to excel as closer for the Giants with a scoreless ninth giving him his 14th save. Walter improves his average to .278 with his third home run of the season.
Hagerstown 13, Lakewood 1
The Hagerstown Suns slaughtered the Lakewood Blueclaws with 13 runs on 17 hits. Nate Schierholtz hit his 14th homerun of the year in the top of the fourth, tieing up the game. The Suns proceeded to take the lead in the fifth, scoring four runs on three hits. Keith Anderson also hit his second homer of the season. In the seventh inning, Jesse Schmidt put the Suns up 10-1 with a grand slam to right field. Suns' starter Bryan Millikan went five innings, giving up one run on two hits, a great start since his last outing in which he only lasted 1 2/3 innings.
Prospect Nate Schierholtz has upped his average to .324 with a 2-for-4 outing. Keith Anderson extends his hitting streak to seven games. He is currently hitting an impressive .423 in the season. Second baseman Patrick Dobson was 4-for-5 in the game, hitting .320. Millikan got his second win of the season pitching five innings, with a 4.32 ERA. The Suns have a season high of four consecutive wins for the Suns.
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