SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 6/6

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 June 6th, and who's hot and who's not.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Fresno 13, Salt Lake 7

Game Notes: The Grizzlies had a big offensive day like its parents the Giants, winning 13-7 over the Salt Lake Stingers. However, unlike the Giants, they started out with a 5-0 deficit after an inning and a half as Noah Lowry did not have much initially, giving up three in the 1st and two in the 2nd. However, the Grizzlies then scored once in the bottom of the 2nd and then 10 runs in the 3rd, as 15 batters came to the plate. Lowry then found his rhythm and only gave up a run, in the 5th, over the next three innings to earn the win. Jason Ellison scored 4 runs and had 3 hits, including his 2nd homer of the season. Lance Niekro and Jamie Athas had 3 RBI each - Athas had a 3-run homer in the key 3rd inning.

Team Notes: The 10 runs scored is the high for the season and tied the Grizzlies franchise record; they had accomplished this twice before in 1998. Lowry evened his record to 4-4 with the win.

Norwich Navigators (AA)

Game Notes: Game rained out and, as it was the rubber game of the series, will be made up on Trenton's last trip to Norwich in the last week of July.

Team Notes: The Navigators split the two games against the Thunders and is off to face Binghamton in a three game series Monday night.

San Jose Giants (A)

Stockton 5, San Jose 4

Game Notes: The San Jose Giants lost 5-4 to the Stockton Ports in extra innings, losing in the bottom of the 14th. Anthony Pannone tooke the loss. It was a see-saw battle as San Jose tied Stockton 1-1 in the 5th, took the lead 3-1 in the 6th, put the lead back at 2 for 4-2 in the 8th but then the Ports tied the game in the bottom of the 8th. Brad Vericker had 4 hits and 2 RBIs and Anthony LaBarbera had 3 hits. Julio Cordido, Fred Lewis, and Randy Walter also each had 2 hits. Fred Lewis scored 2 runs, drove in 1 run, and had 2 walks as well. Merkin Valdez started and had his second consecutive good outing: 5.0 IP, 5 hits and 1 walk for 1 earned run (homer), with 6 strikeouts.

Team Notes: San Jose, after ending their 4-game winning streak, now has a 2-game losing streak. Vericker has 33 RBI now and raised his batting average to .299 with the 4 hits. Cordido had his 4th triple. Anthony Pannone's record is now 2-2. Valdez's ERA is now 1.74.

Hagerstown Suns (A)

Lakewood 5, Hagerstown 2

Game Notes: The Suns lost 5-2 to Lakewood. They fell behind early and never was able to come back, only able to get 4 hits, though 6 walks. Juan Serrato started and was wild, going 4.0 IP for 5 hits and 4 walks with 3 strikeouts and gave up 4 earned runs. Jesse English relieved and held Lakewood, going 3.0 IP with 1 hit and 3 walks for 1 earned run and striking out 6. Sean Martin then closed out the 8th with a quiet inning of relief. Brian Munhall and Timothy Hutting had the RBIs.

Team Notes: Serrato took his second loss of the season and his record is now 4-2. Pat Dobson went 1-3 and his average is now .298; he scored a run.

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