Salt Lake 6, Fresno 5
GAME NOTES: The Fresno Grizzlies failed to win the series opener against the Salt Lake Stingers, 6-5. The Stingers were the first to get on the board. Stingers' shortstop Victor Guitierrez drew a walk and later stole second. Adam Riggs hit an RBI single. The Grizzlies took the lead in the bottom of the third. Adam Shabala hit and two-run triple to left center scoring Jason Ellison and Francisco Santos. The Grizzlies weren't able to hold the lead for very long as the Stingers had a three run fourth inning. Yet in the fifth the Grizzlies gave up a fight. Dave Doster and Tony Torcato drove in two more runs. They threatened in the seventh inning when they loaded the bases with no outs, but could only score one more run. Stingers pitcher, Greg Jones walked Brian Dallimore to allow Francisco Santos to score. Salt Lake score one more run to take the lead. Luis Estrella took the loss and is still searching for a win as he is 0-2.
TEAM NOTES: Ray Durham, who was put on the DL May 25 because of a left hamstring strain, will be playing in Fresno on Monday. He is beginning his Major League rehabilitation.
Trenton 7, Norwich 4
GAME NOTES: The Trenton Thunder's Jason Grove broke the 4-4 tie in the ninth, handing the Norwich Navigators the 7-4 loss. Norwich had a chance to take the lead by loading up the bases in the eighth with no outs, but were unable to score after a force out at home and a failed suicide squeeze. Norwich's Justin Knoedler popped the squeeze up and Trenton pitcher Jeremy Ward was able to catch it and doubled up on Daniel Ortmeier coming in from third. Mike Cervenak hit a three-run homer in the first to give the Norwich Navigators the lead. Knoedler tacked on another run in the third with an RBI single, yet Trenton tied it with three runs in the fifth inning.
TEAM NOTES: Mike Cervenak was 2-5 in the game, with a three-run homer, maintaining a .327 batting average. Mitch Walk (3.48 ERA) was given the loss in the game, he now holds a 4-3 record. Walk pitched 0.2 innings, giving up three hits on three runs, with only one strike out.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)
Stockton 6, San Jose 2
GAME NOTES: The San Jose Giants were able to score first off of Julio Cordido double driving in Todd Jennings. Stockton Ports starter, Ben Kozlowski was able to shut down San Jose for six innings. He gave up one run on four hits, giving up two walks and striking out three. He maintains a 1.50 ERA. San Jose was able to score only once more in the seventh, after the Ports sent in David Mazurek to relieve Ben Kozlowski. San Jose right fielder, Zach Strong hit a single and advanced to second on Anthony LaBarbera's walk. Strong eventually score on Aaron Hornostaj's RBI single. The Ports pitching staff was able to hold down the San Jose to the two runs. Ports' Vincent Sinisi drove in two runs and is currently one of the league's top hitters. With his 2-for3 game, he has raised his batting average to .313.
TEAM NOTES: Brion Treadway was given the loss, his fourth loss of the season. His record is now 4-4 and is sporting a 4.25 ERA.
Hagerstown 4, Lakewood 2
GAME NOTES: The Hagerstown Suns got on the board as soon as the game began. With two outs, Jonathan Armitage hit a two-run single, driving in Jason Columbus and Nate Schierholtz. The Hagerstown pitching staff was able to keep the Lakewood bats silent for six innings. Hagerstown had a 3-0 lead, until the seventh inning, when Lakewood scored one run, a run that was unearned. With Mike Musgrave as the pitcher, Omar Bramasco reached base on an error by third baseman, Schierholtz. Bramasco later scored on Javon Moran's single. Lakewood scored once more to cut down the Hagerstown lead, but the Suns tacked on one more run in the top of the ninth and defeat Lakewood 4-2.
TEAM NOTES: Ben Thurmond, Mike Musgrave, and Tim Alvarez were able to hold the Lakewood BlueClaws. Ben Thurmond got his first win of the season after pitching six innings, giving up three hits, no runs, one walk and striking out seven. He holds a 2.25 ERA. Tim Alvarez got his thirteenth save, pitching 1.2 innings and only one hit.
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