Fresno 5, Portland 2
GAME NOTES: The Grizzlies came into the game swinging. With the bases loaded, and no outs, Lance Niekro grounded into a double play, driving in Jason Ellison from third. Ellison proceeded to get to first on a fielder's choice in the second inning allowing third baseman David Doster to score. The Grizzlies score twice in the top of the fifth inning, bringing the score up to 4-1. They extended their lead to 5-1 with an RBI single hit by Todd Linden. Portland was able to score one more run. They loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, threatening the Grizzlies' lead. With two out, J. J. Furmaniak hit a slow dribbler to Doster, who bobbled the ball allowing Portland third baseman Jose Nieves to score. David Aardsma struck out Alex Fernandez to end the game.
TEAM NOTES: Kevin Correia pitched seven innings allowing on run on four hits while striking out five. The Fresno pitchers have only allowed one earned run in 27 innings of work. The Grizzlies have won six-in-a-row for the second time this year.
Reading 5, Norwich 4
GAME NOTES: Norwich lost in the bottom of the ninth when the Reading Phillies scored the winning run on a bases loaded walk with one out. Tyler Von Schell had 3 hits, 2 of the doubles, and 1 RBI. Derin McMains had a two-run single that put the Navigators ahead 2-1 in the third. Doug Clark had an RBI double in the 5th. Josh Habel could not keep the Phillies off the bases, pitching 6.0 innings and giving up 9 hits and 2 walks for 4 runs (all earned) and 4 strikeouts. Mitch Walk was wild: 2.0 innings, 1 hits and 3 walks but no runs with 1 strikeout. Scott Munter got the loss with 0.1 innings, 3 walks and 1 run (unearned because of an error).
TEAM NOTES: Doug Clark with his double extended his hitting streak to 13 games; that was his 14th double of the season. Tyler Von Schell's doubles gave him a total of 12 for the season. Derin McMains has 28 RBI and Doug Clark and Tyler Von Schell have 31 RBI for the season. Scott Munter took the loss, dropping his record to 2-3.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)
San Jose 2, Stockton 1.
GAME NOTES: San Jose and Stockton was deadlocked in a 1-1 tie since the top of the 2nd inning until the Giants scored the go ahead on a Randy Walter RBI single driving in Anthony LaBarbera in the top of the 8th and held on for a 2-1 win. Brian Stirm pitched 5.0 innings, giving up 3 hits and 5 walks, but only 1 run (earned) with 3 strikeouts. James Garcia got the win, pitching 3.0 solid innings, giving up only 1 hit and striking out 6 batters. Jeremy Accardo got the save with 1 inning of relief, giving up 1 hit and gettting 1 strikeout. Randy Walter had 2 hits.
TEAM NOTES: San Jose now has a three game winning streak. Garcia's record is now 3-4. Jeremy Accardo got his 15th save of the season.
Hagerstown 7, Delmarva 6
GAME NOTES: Hagerstown was behind from the get-go but eventually won 7-6 in the bottom of the 9th after 3 runs in the 8th and 2 in the 9th, beating Delmarva. Nate Schierholtz went 2-6 with 5 RBIs and a double. Travis Ishikawa went 2-4, scoring a run and driving in a run with 2 walks. Timothy Hutting went 3-5 with a triple and scored 3 runs. Sean Martin got the win shutting down Delmarva in the 9th. Mike Musgrave kept the Suns close with 3 innings of relief, giving up 3 hits and 2 walks but only 1 run (earned) with 3 strikeouts. The starter, Jesse Floyd, was battered: 5 innings, 7 hits and 2 walks, for 5 runs (all earned) with 2 strikeouts.
TEAM NOTES: Sean Martin's record is now 3-1 Schierholtz got his 19th double of the season and raised his RBI total to 46. Ishikawa drove in his 16th of the season.
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