Fresno 5, Portland 4
GAME NOTES: The Fresno Grizzlies won their series opener against the Portland Seadogs, 5-4. Ray Durham, who is still undergoing rehabilitation, hit a lead off homer in the first inning to get things started for Fresno. In the second, Jamie Athas scored on Durham's single. Durham continued to bring in more runs for Fresno, singling in Trey Lunsford and Athas to put Fresno at 4-1. Yet the Portland Seadogs constantly kept it close, scoring again in the fifth, to keep the Grizzlies lead at two. They scored twice in the sixth to tie up the game at five. Grizzlies outfielder, Francisco Santos came into the game as the hero. He only had one plate appearance of the night and in that one appearance, he hit a solo home run, bringing home the win for Fresno.
TEAM NOTES: David Aardsma got the win and is now 4-0 for the season. He pitched 1.1 innings and gave up one hit, while striking out one and maintaining a 1.40 ERA. Dave Veres got his eleventh save of the season in eleven opportunities. Niekro, who was two-for-four in the game and is hitting .370, extended his hitting streak to twelve games.
Norwich 6, Akron 5
GAME NOTES: The Norwich Navigators came from behind to win 6-5 in the eighth inning. Norwich was the first to get on the board. Bryan Carter singled to right field to drive in Justin Knoedler. With the bases loaded, Dan Ortmeier reached on an error allowing Jay Knowlton to score. They added one more run in the inning. However Akron started to srike back. They took the lead on a two-run double by Franklin Gutierrez and a single by Nate Grindell. Brian Lurder added another run for the Aeros giving them the lead. Carter tied up the game for Norwich with a two-run homer in the seventh. In the eighth, with the bases loaded, Knowlton took a 2-0 pitch off his knee to drive in the game-winning run.
TEAM NOTES: Luke Anderson is now 6-1 with 2.1 innings of relief pitching, giving up one-hit, striking out five batters and walking none. Mike Cervenak brought down his batting average after a 0-for-4 game to .311. Bryan Carter was 2-for-5 with three RBI, raising his average to .284.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)
Bakersfield 3, San Jose 2
GAME NOTES: Vince Harrison of Bakersfield helped to get them to score first. With no outs and runners on third and first, Harrison grounded into a double play to drive in one run. Eric Reese started off the bottom of the fourth with a homer to right center to give Bakersfield a two run lead. San Jose cut down that lead in the top of the fifth. With runners on first and second, Steve Holm doubled to left driving in a run. Bakersfield got that run back in the bottom of the sixth, and that was all they needed to win the game.
TEAM NOTES: Brooks McNiven got his third loss in the game after pitching 5.1 innings and giving up three runs on nine hits with a 3.79 ERA.
Hagerstown 3, Lakewood 2
GAME NOTES: The Hagerstown Suns came from behind to win 3-2 against the Lakewood BlueClaws. All the runs came in the eighth inning. With runners on first and third, Travis Ishikawa hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run. Nate Schierholtz strolled to the plate and hit a two-run homer, giving the Suns the lead.
TEAM NOTES: Tim Alvarez pitched a hitless and scoreless ninth inning to continue leading the league in saves with his 15th. Ben Thurmond pitched six solid innings and his only mistake was a two-run homer to Lakewood catcher Jose Cortez. Thurmond gave up two runs on three hits, striking out five with a 2.37 ERA. Joe Bateman got the win after pitching two hitless innings. He maintains a 2.13 ERA. Nate Schierholtz has been selected to represent the Suns in the 45th annual South Atlantic League All-Star game.
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