SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/30

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 30th, and who's hot and who's not.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Game Notes: The Grizzlies swept the doubleheader with the Salt Lake Stingers, winning 6-5 in the first game and 11-6 in the second game. Fresno took and held the lead with three runs in the top of the 4th inning, with Lance Niekro blasting a two-run homer to take the lead and Trey Lundsford adding an RBI double later in the inning. They then scored two more insurance runs, that they ultimately needed, in the fifth, with Niekro and Torcato driving in runs. Ryan Jensen got the win, despite allowing 5 earned runs in 5.0 innings, giving up 7 hits. David Aardsma got the save with a scoreless 7th inning.

In game two, Fresno was hot from the get-go and kept it up all game long, scoring 4 runs in the 1st, then adding 2 runs in the 4th, one run in the 5th, then 4 runs in the 7th and final inning, with Tony Torcato's bases loaded double clearing the bases being the big blow. Todd Linden had a solo homer in the 5th. Lee Gardner got the win despite 3 earned runs in 2 innings pitched and Dave Veres got the save.

Team Notes: Jensen raised his record to 4-2 with the victory in game one. Aardsma, in a so far rare save situation, got his second save of the season. In the second game, Gardner raised his record to 4-2 with the win. Dave Veres got his 8th save of the season. Todd Linden had his 4th homer of the season and now has 29 RBI to lead the team; he also leads in runs scored with 38. Fresno is now 22-29 for the year and are now tied for 3rd in the Southern Division of the PCL with Las Vegas, 7.5 games back of division leading Sacramento.

Norwich Navigators (AA)

Game Notes: The Norwich Navigators suffered their second consecutive extra-innings loss, losing in agonizing fashion, 1-0, in twelve innings. Brad Hennessey pitched well, if wildly, in 6.1 innings, giving up only 1 hit but 4 walks - he also had 4 strikeouts. Matt Palmer was able to keep the game scoreless, pitching 2.0 innings of relief with 3 hits and 1 walk, with 3 strikeouts. Scott Munter took the loss, throwing for 3.1 innings in relief, giving up the only run on 3 hits and 2 walks, with 1 strikeout. He went from hero to goat, as he came in for Palmer and induced two consecutive ground out force-outs in the 9th. Norwich could only manage 7 hits and 5 walks in the 12 innings, no extra base hits.

Team Notes: The Navigator's record fell to 23-27 with the loss. After coming close to the leaders of the Northern Division, Norwich has now fallen to a tie for 4th place with New Britain. Munter's record fell to 2-2.

San Jose Giants (A)

Game Notes: The San Jose Giants lost 4-2 to the Modesto A's. The two teams battled to the end, with the Giants finally coming up on the losing end of the stick when the A's scored 2 runs in the 9th. Brooks McNiven started and pitched well, throwing 5.2 innings, giving up 6 hits and 3 walks and 2 runs (1 earned), with 1 strikeout. Billy Sadler followed in relief and did well again, going 2.1 innings, giving up 1 hit and 2 walks, with 4 striketouts. James Garcia took the loss, pitching 1 inning, giving up 3 hits and 2 earned runs.

Team Notes: San Jose's record fell to 27-24 with the loss, falling now to 5 games back of the Northern Division leading A's. James Garcia is now 2-4. Brad Vericker had his 12th double of the season. Julio Cordido had his 22nd RBI and Randy Walter had his 17th RBI. Freddy Lewis stole his 10th base of the season, Aaron Hornostaj had his 9th stolen bag, Dan Trumble had his 8th stolen base, and Todd Jennings now has 5th stolen bases, great for a catcher.

Hagerstown Suns (A)

Game Notes: Hagerstown lost 4-1 to Kannapolis. It was a scoreless tie until the Intimidators put up 1 runs in the 6th and they put it away with 3 runs in the 8th. The Suns broke up the shutout when Jason Columbus clubbed a double in the 9th and drove in Pat Dobson, who had walked. Mike Wagner went 2-3, continuing his hot hitting, but the Suns could only manage 5 hits in total for the game. Ben Thurmond started and pitched well, throwing 5 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Ryan Sadowski relieved and took the loss, pitching 2 innings, giving up all 4 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. Travis Nesmith and Mike Musgrave followed and each pitched a scoreless inning, though Nesmith allowed his inherited runner from Sadowski to score.

Team Notes: The Suns fell to 22-28 for the season with the loss. The RBI was Columbus' 7th in 8 games and gives him 16 for the year - his double was his 10th of the year. Nate Schierholtz had his 18th double of the season, continuing his power streak of the past few weeks. Mike Wagner raised his batting average to .267 with his 2 hits. Ben Thurmond dropped his ERA to 2.77 with his scoreless outing. The runs given up ended Sadowski's 9.2 innings scoreless streak over his last 5 games and the loss dropped his record to 1-4 as his ERA rose to 7.63.

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