Fresno 2, Portland 0
GAME NOTES: Chris Begg, promoted from Norwich early in the season, is showing signs of adapting to AAA ball, posting 6 shut out innings to put Fresno over Portland Wednesday. Begg game up 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Fresno scored its first run in the 2nd, after Jamie Athas walked with one out. He was advanced to second on a sacrifice by Begg and then doubled home by Jason Ellison. Athas also scored in the fourth, after doubling and then coming home on Adam Shabala's RBI single. Lee Gardner pitched 2 innings of relief, giving up only 1 hit, and Dave Veres pitched a perfect 9th for his 9th save of the year.
TEAM NOTES: Begg's outing was his first without allowing a run since his Fresno debut on April 30th, where he went 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, no walks, and 3 strikeouts. Veres' 9th save lowered his ERA to 6.98. Lance Niekro remains hot since returning to Fresno. He went 2 for 5 with a double, placing his average at .360 in 12 games back, and 10 extra base hits out of 18 total hits in 50 at bats. He's hit 6 doubles, 1 triple, and 3 home runs at Fresno.
Reading 8, Norwich 7
GAME NOTES: Phillie John Castellano had a pinch hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Norwich reliever Jackson Markert to win the game for Reading. The RBI in the 9th was the end of a see saw battle between Norwich and Reading. Norwich took the lead early off of a solo homer by Justin Knoedler in the 2nd and an RBI double by Michael Cervenak in the 3rd, but Reading took a 4-2 lead in the fifth from a 3 run home run by Jim Deschaine. The score went back to the ‘Gators' favor in the 6th off of a Daniel Ortmeier RBI triple, and a 2 run home run by Jake Wald, but Reading went back on top the next inning with a bases loaded walk and a RBI single by Kevin Barker Derin McMains had a 2 RBI single in the 8th, but it wasn't enough for the win.
TEAM NOTES: Ortmeier's 2 for 4 day broke a 2 for 18 slump over his previous 4 games. His batting average had dropped to .256 from .273, but his day on Wednesday raised him back to .261. Wald's home run was his first of the year. Norwich pitcher Jack Taschner had been the league leader in ERA previous to this game. He gave up 4 runs in 5 innings, and his ERA jumped from 1.70 to 2.28
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)
San Jose 7, Stockton 0.
GAME NOTES: Giants left fielder Dan Trumble went 3 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI, but the day belonged to Matt Cain, who dominated Stockton. Cain threw 7 innings of shutout ball, allowing only 2 hits, 1 walk, and an amazing 14 strikeouts. Billy Sadler and Jason Waddell each pitched scoreless innings in relief to seal the win. The offense was bolsterd by Trumble's home run in the 5th inning, and a 4 run third inning that featured an RBI triple by Fred Lewis, followed up by an RBI single from Aaron Hornostaj, and a 2 RBI single by Julian Benavidez.
TEAM NOTES: Matt Cain's long been rumored to be on his way to Norwich, and his performance Wednesday showed why. Cain's 1.72 ERA is tied for the league lead amongst qualified pitchers. In 62.2 innings, he has struck out a league leading 76, and walked only 17. Meanwhile, Trumble is amongst the league leaders in hitting. His 14 home runs is 2nd in the league, behind Michael Napoli's 15. He is also batting .326 and shares the league leading slugging percentage of .657 with Napoli. He also has 8 stolen bases on the year.
Hagerstown 3, Delmarva 1
GAME NOTES: Hagerstown employed 5 pitchers while limited Delmarva to only 1 run on 6 hits en route to a 3-1 victory. Hagerstown starter Bryan Millikan was removed after the first for unknown reasons. He was picked up by Jesse English, who threw 4 innings and allowed no runs in relief. Joe Bateman allowed Delmarva's only run in the 6th on a Juan Guiterrez double which tied the game at 1. However, Nate Schierholtz singled with one out in the bottom of the 6th, and came in on Jason Columbus' double. Columbus then came in on a Brian Munhall single to finish off the game's score and give Bateman the win. Tim Alvarez pitched the 9th for the save, his 12th of the year.
TEAM NOTES: Schierholtz, coming off an incredible May, was 1 for 4 with a strikeout. Columbus also went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI, and is hitting a team leading .324. Munhall (batting .246), Timothy Hutting (.179) and Jon Coutlangus (.199) were the only Hagerstown players with multiple hits. Jesse Schmidt had a sacrifice fly for an RBI in the 3rd, his 22nd of the year. He is 3rd on the team behind Schierholtz (41) and Jonathan Armitage (27).
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