SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/28

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 28th, and who's haot and who's not.


Fresno at Salt Lake City, postponed.


Norwich 10, Erie 3

GAME NOTES: Every Norwich batter had at least one hit and scored at least one run as the Navigators pounded out a big win over the Erie Seawolves. Norwich starting pitcher Jack Taschner gave up an unearned in the bottom of the first, but first baseman Tyler Von Schell pounded a 3 run home run in the second inning, and the ‘Gators never looked back. Taschner went 6 innings and gave up 3 runs total, while Julio Pavon, Scott Munter and Luke Anderson each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. The other big hitters for the Navigators were Daniel Ortmeier, who was 2 for 5 with 2 doubles, and DH Chris Curry, who was 3 for 4 with a double and RBI.

TEAM NOTES: Von Schell's home run tied him with Ortmeier for 2nd on the team in home runs with 4. Michael Cervenak leads the team with 10. Ortmeier's 2 doubles were his 7th and 8th on the year. Taschner's 2 earned runs given up were only his 7th and 8th of the year in 42.1 innings. He leads the league in ERA at 1.70 over 11 appearances (7 starts). He only has a 1-1 record, though. Norwich Pitcher Patrick Misch's 2.30 ERA is 2nd in the league. Both are tied for the league lead with a 0.99 WHIP.


San Jose 6, Modesto 1

GAME NOTES: Matthew Cain, ever rumored to be on his way to Norwich, again showed why he could be going. He dominated Modesto with a 7 inning, one run performance, giving up 5 hits and no walks while striking out 8. Cain, gaining his fourth win, lowered his ERA to 1.94. The offense was powered behind first baseman Brad Vericker, whose 3 run home run in the first set the tone for the game, and third baseman Julio Cordido's 3 for 4 game with a triple. James Garcia pitched 2 innings to finish the game, allowing 1 hit while striking out 4.

TEAM NOTES: Cain's 1.94 ERA is 3rd in the California league behind Bakersfield aces Chris Seddon (0.92 ERA) and Mike Prochaska (1.74 ERA). Cain's 62 strikeouts is the league lead, though. Vericker's home run was his 7th of the year. After a slow start, Vericker is beginning to wake up. He was the top hitter on Salem-Keizer his rookie year, and his average is up to .297 and he is slugging .604. He also is putting up a very nice walk to strikeout ratio, rare for a young power hitter. He has 26 walks versus 30 strike outs in 111 at bats.


Lakewood 12, Hagerstown 2

GAME NOTES The Hagerstown Suns got a tough loss on Friday against the Lakewood Blueclaws, 12-2. The Blueclaws scored twice in the first inning, but the Suns were able to tie the game, scoring the two runs on three hits in the first two innings. Those were the only two runs that the Suns scored in the game, however the Blueclaws continued to hit the Suns well. Lakewood scored ten more runs throughout the game. The Suns' defense wasn't working well either, as they committed six errors that led to seven unearned runs. Starter Jesse Floyd (1-4) gave up seven hits on six runs within the five innings, but only two were earned. Jesse English and Sean Martin threw the last three innings and, combined, allowed six hits and six runs, three that were earned.

TEAM NOTES Jason Columbus and Keith Anderson both had two hits in the game, but it wasn't enough to bring home a win to the Suns. The Suns' four game winning streak ended Friday night, it was their longest of the year.

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