Portland 5, Fresno 3
GAME NOTES: The Beavers score early against Ryan Jensen and the Grizzlies were not able to recover as Portland won 5-3 on Friday. Tagg Bozied hit the first of two two run home runs in the first off of Jensen, and hit another in the fourth to account for 4 of Portland's 5 runs. Jensen also allowed an RBI single to Freddy Guzman in the 2nd. Fresno 2nd baseman Dave Doster tried to lead the Fresno offense, going 3 for 4 with a double, but Fresno's offense was only able to muster 3 runs on 9 hits, partially due to Doster's double being the only extra base hit for Fresno in the game.
TEAM NOTES: Fresno's problems could stem from being cannibalized recently by an injured team in San Francisco. 5 of Fresno's top players were unavailable due to being called up to San Francisco (Damon Minor, Todd Linden, Deivi Cruz, Cody Ransom, and Brian Dallimore, who should rejoin Fresno on Saturday). Those 5 players have accounted for 34 doubles, 4 triples and 25 home runs for the Grizz. The remaining 10 hitters currently on Fresno's roster have 51 doubles, 9 triples and only 16 home runs.
Norwich 7, Trenton 5
GAME NOTES: Daniel Ortmeier's 2 run triple in the bottom of the 8th inning gave Norwich the lead, and Chris Curry's RBI single sealed the win for the Navigators. All of Norwich's scoring came in the 2nd half of the game, starting with Curry's RBI groundout in the bottom of the 5th. Jake Wald hit his 2nd home run with Norwich in the 6th, and also had an RBI double in the 7th. Norwich starting pitcher Brad Hennessey labored through some difficulty in his 5 innings, but only 2 of the 4 runs he allowed were earned, thanks to errant throws by center fielder Bryan Carter in the 3rd, and by left fielder Doug Clark in the 4th. Luke Anderson picked up his 4th win of the year in relief, throwing 3 innings and allowing only 1 run. Alberto Montes picked up his 2nd save of the year by pitching the ninth.
TEAM NOTES: Ortmeier was 2 for 4 with his triple and 2 RBI. He is now batting .266. Michael Cervenak was 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs scored for the Navigators, and is batting .325. Jake Wald is hitting .333 and slugging 1.111 in 3 games at Norwich, which is weird considering his track record. He had played 44 games for San Jose and batted .197 with only 5 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run before being promoted. Before that, he'd batted .217 with 4 home runs in 114 games for Hagerstown in 2003, and .241 with 2 home runs in 64 games at Salem-Kaizer his rookie year in 2002.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)
San Jose 6, Stockton 3
GAME NOTES: Fred Lewis led the Giant offense, going 2 for 3 with a triple and a home run and 2 runs scored in San Jose's 6-3 win. Brooks McNiven pitched 6 strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run to earn his fourth win of the year. The lead was nearly given up by Anthony Pannone, who came in to pitch the seventh, and loaded the bases with a hit sandwiched by two walks, and then allowed a 2 RBI single to Dustin Smith before Pannone gave way to Billy Sadler. Sadler didn't let anyone else score and preserved the lead for 2 innings, until San Jose got some breathing room as Steve Holm hit a 2 RBI home run in the 9th, his 2nd of the year.
TEAM NOTES: While Cain and Valdez have been grabbing headlines pitching for San Jose, McNiven hasn't done badly. He's sporting a 4-2 record with a 3.95 ERA in 12 games. Lewis' 2 for 3 day gave him the team lead in batting average at .321. He has 6 triples and 2 home runs. Dan Trumble is right behind him after a 1 for 4 day, batting .318. Brad Vericker went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. Vericker has 27 walks versus 32 strikeouts in 133 at bats. He has a .401 OBP with a .293 batting average.
Delmarva 12, Hagerstown 2
GAME NOTES: Delmarva opened up on Hagerstown's beleaguered pitching staff, knocking starter Brian Wilson out of the game in 3 innings and pounding the bullpen in a 12-2 victory. Delmarva actually couldn't score in the first 3 innings, getting 4 hits and a walk, but in the 4th, they got three straight singles to load the bases before Wilson was pulled for Ryan Sadowski. Sadowski got 2 outs, but then walked the next hitter to give Delmarva their first run, and then gave up a Jarod Rine triple to clear the bases. In all Sadowski allowed all 3 of Wilson's runners to score, and gave up 5 of his own over 4 innings. Sean Martin and Travis Nesmith each gave up 2 runs in an inning of work. Hagerstown got their first run in the third on a solo home run by Brian Munhall, and a Nate Schierholtz sacrifice fly in the 7th.
TEAM NOTES: The start was Brian Wilson's first appearance in professional baseball. He was picked in the 24th round of the 2003 draft out of Louisiana State University. Sadowski has now given up 31 ER in 34.2 innings. He has a 1-4 record and a 8.05 ERA. Munhall's home run was his 2nd of the year, and has raised his batting average to .247. Jason Columbus, who has taken over the regular first base duties from slumping Travis Ishikawa, is batting .312, one point away from team leader Nate Schierholtz, who is batting .313. Catcher Keith Anderson is batting .368, but he has only played 11 games in Hagerstown. Anderson is a converted pitcher, and his appearances for Hagerstown are his first as a hitter. Anderson is 14 for 38 with 4 doubles and 2 home runs.
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