Portland 12, Fresno 7
GAME NOTES: Portland struck hard in Saturday's game, beating the Fresno Grizzlies 12-7. They wasted no time and scored first in the first inning, making ten plate appearances and driving in four runs. J. J. Furmaniak and Tagg Bozied each hit two-run home runs to account for the four runs. Fresno was able to get one run back in the bottom half of the inning when Ray Durham tripled and Lance Niekro hit a sacrifice fly to drive him in. Yet Portland continued to drive in more runs, making it difficult for Fresno to get the lead. Portland hit two more home runs in the second off the bats of Burmaniak and Bozied. After two innings, Portland was up 8-1. Portland continued to score, extending their lead. The Fresno Grizzlies finally got into a rally in the seventh inning. They scored four runs on three hits, three runs off of a double hit by Jamie Athas. Athas also drove in the last run of the game singling in Francisco Santos in the ninth.
TEAM NOTES: Jamie Athas was 3-4 with four RBI in the game, increasing his average to .241. Pitcher, Jeff Urban got his first double of the season as he is currently batting .250. Lance Niekro extended his hitting streak to thirteen games. Jason Ellison also had a multi-hit game after going 2-5. Fresno starter, Chris Begg got his fifth loss of the season after pitching 1.1 innings and giving up eight runs on eight hits, five of which are home runs. He is now pitching 6.97.
Norwich 3, Akron 0
GAME NOTES: The Norwich bullpen was able to shut out the Akron Aeros bringing the Navigators a 3-0 win. Norwich scored all the runs that they would need in the first inning. After a run-scoring error, Doug Clark tripled to bring in a run, making it 2-0. Tyler Von Schell drove him in with an RBI single. Jack Taschner, Matt Palmer, and Alberto Montes were able to keep Akron from scoring.
TEAM NOTES: Taschner got his third win of the season after pitching 5.2 and giving up six hits, while striking out six, maintaining a 2.48 ERA. Alberto Montes (2.80 ERA) got his sixth save of the season after pitching a hitless ninth inning. Bryan Carter, Doug Clark, Tyler Von Schell, and Jay Knowlton each had multi-hit games.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)
San Jose 11, Stockton 4
GAME NOTES: The San Jose Giants defeated the Stockton Ports 11-4. Merkin Valdez (1.76 ERA) continues to shine with San Jose. In five innings, he gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits, while striking out seven. San Jose took an early lead with a rally in the bottom of the third. Anthony LaBarbera and Fred Lewis started it with singles. Julio Cordido drove in the first run by grounding out. With two outs already on the board, Carlos Sosa hit a double and Brian Buscher followed with a two-run single. They tacked on more runs in the fifth by scoring five runs, giving them a huge lead.
TEAM NOTES: Pitching prospect, Merkin Valedez, has been dominant in San Jose. He earned his second win in three starts with San Jose. James Garcia also pitched a great game after Valdez left the game, throwing three hitless innings, striking out 6. Fred Lewis (.321) continues to raise his average with a 3-4 day and 1 RBI. He also did damage while on base by stealing his thirteenth bag of the season.
Lake County 5 Hagerstown 4
GAME NOTES: After a four run fourth by Lake County, Hagerstown found it difficult to get the lead and win the game. Hagerstown scored four times in the game. Pat Dobson got the firs run with a homer to left-center field. Jon Coutlangus also hit a two-run homerun in the seventh. Nate Schierholtz had an RBI double to bring Hagerstown closer to Lake County, but they failed to score a tying run. Juan Serrato got his third loss after pitching three innings and giving up four runs on three hits. He walked six and struck out three, while he records an ERA of 4.08.
TEAM NOTES: Nate Schierholtz continues to help out Hagerstown by bringing in runs. He's 1-4 with a .306 AVG. The bullpen, Christopher George and Sean Martin helped to keep the scores close. George pitched two hitless innings, striking out 3. Martin (3.20 ERA) threw three innings giving up only one run (unearned), walking three, and striking out four.
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