SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 6/16

With a reshuffled deck, Fresno takes a gamble on maligned reliever Leo Estrella starting, and loses…Norwich squeaks out an extra inning win…and even with new slugger Nate Schierholtz, San Jose can't hit for much of anything for the second straight day.


Sacramento 5, Fresno 2

Without Noah Lowry taking a spot in the rotation, Fresno threw out Leo Estrella for his second start of the year, and it didn't work. Estrella worked 4 innings, giving up 9 hits, 4 walks for five earned runs, and without getting a single strikeout. Estrella has now given up 31 earned runs in 37 innings, and is sporting a team worst ERA of 7.54.

Brian Dallimore had a double in a 1-4 day, his second day playing second base. He also stole third before scoring, his 4th stolen base in 5 attempts.

Dave Doster, who switched positions with Dallimore and moved from 2nd to 3rd, got Dallimore home with a groundout to shortstop. Doster went 0-3, but is hitting .286 on the year.

David Aardsma pitched 1 inning of scoreless relief, giving up 1 hit. The outing was Aardsma's first since taking his first loss of the year on June 13, where he 4 runs (3 earned) in 2/3 of an inning.


Norwich 7, New Hampshire 6 (10)

Shortstop Jake Wald may not have gotten a hit, but he hit a fielder's choice that turned into an error with the bases loaded to get the winning run home in the 10th inning. Wald was 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored to continue his amazing performance in AA after being an unlikely promotion at the start of June while struggling in every level below Norwich.

Justin Knoedler hit his 5th home run of the year in the 2nd, with one runner on. Despite going 2 for 5, Knoedler continues to bat only .229 on the season.

Julio Cordido, recently promoted from San Jose, got his first hit in AA with a leadoff single in the 6th. He had gone 0-4 in his AA debut on Tuesday, and is now 1-8.

Daniel Ortmeier went 1 for 2 with 3 walks, and stole his 9th bag of the year. Ortmeier now has 5 walks in the past 2 games (9 plate appearances). Ortmeier now has 26 walks in 60 games, to go with a team high 62 K's.

Patrick Misch was unable to get a win out of another strong start. Misch gave up 2 earned runs (3 total) in 6 innings, off of 5 hits and 2 walks. Misch also had 6 strikeouts. In 13 starts, Misch has a 2-3 record despite a 2.28 ERA. He has 58 strikeouts and only 18 walks in 77.1 innings.


Lancaster 8, San Jose 1

Brian Buscher's walk followed by Anthony LaBarbera's single was San Jose's only run in another disappointing offensive effort. San Jose got only 3 hits, after getting only 5 the night before.

Brooks McNiven gave up 6 earned runs (7 overall) in 4 innings of work. He also allowed 3 walks with only 1 strikeout. His ERA jumped from 3.79 to 4.29 after the start.

Nate Schierholtz went 0-4 in his second day at San Jose. He went 0-3 in his debut with a sacrifice fly.

Brad Vericker went 0-4.

Fred Lewis went 1 for 4. He has 3 of the Giants 8 hits the past two days.


Delmarva 14, Hagerstown 7.

Hagerstown's offense post-Nate Schierholtz woke up, but it couldn't overcome having Hagerstown throw 2 pitchers with 9+ ERAs in the game. Starter Brian Wilson went 0-3 in 3 starts, throwing only 3 innings and giving up 6 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks. That gave him 11 earned runs in 11 innings, and an even 9.00 ERA.

He was relieved by Ryan Sadowski, who gave up 5 runs while getting only 1 out. Sadowski has a 9.49 ERA in 14 appearances, and has given up 39 earned runs off of 50 hits and 24 walks in 37 innings

Travis Ishikawa appeared, going 4 for 4 with a double, 2 home runs (#'s 5 & 6 on the year), a walk and a stolen base in two attempts. Ishikawa's 4 for 4 day brings him back above the Mendoza line, and is now batting .207 on the year.

Jesse Schmidt went 2 for 4 and scored 3 runs in the leadoff spot. His is batting .268 on the year.

Jason Columbus, playing DH while Ishikawa got some time at first, went 2 for 4 with his 4th home run of the year, and 2 RBI.

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