Minor League Notebook for 6/18/2004

Salem-Keizer debuts! Matt Cain debuts in Norwich! Brett Tomko debuts in Fresno! (Just for injury rehab, don't get your hopes up…) Also, Merken Valdez again and Nate Schierholtz gets used to California league pitching.

FRESNO (AAA)

Brett Tomko made his rehab start in Fresno, and didn't do all that well. Tomko went 5 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. Two of those runs came on a Xavier Nady home run, the star padres prospect.

Jeff Urban took the loss, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits in the bottom of the eighth after Fresno tied it. Urban only got two outs in the inning.

Brian Dallimore went 3-5 to raise his average to .300 on the eyar, and also scored a run.

Todd Linden went 0-3 with 2 walks and 1 strikeout.

Lance Niekro sat out another game with reported flu-like symptoms.

NORWICH (AA)

Welcome to the big(ger) time, Matt Cain! Cain's debut in Norwich was a winner. Norwich went 7 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 walk and only 1 unearned run in the Navigator's 4-2 victory. Cain also got 4 strikeouts. Scott Munter pitched a 1 hit eighth, and Alberto Montes picked up his 7th save, despite giving up a run in the 9th.

Derin McMains went 3-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. He raised his average to .286.

Justin Knoedler went 2-4 with a double, home run, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Daniel Ortmeier went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Ortmeier's batting average has dropped to .256.

Julio Cordido hit a home run in his only hit in 4 at bats. He is 2 for 12 since being called up to Norwich on Monday.

SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)

Merkin Valdez gave up only 1 hit and 1 walk in 6 scoreless innings of work, getting 5 strikeouts and lowering his ERA to 1.27. He got the win, his 3rd in 4 starts since returning to action this month.

Dan Trumble went 1-3 with a solo home run in the 9th, and a sacrifice fly in the 1st for 2 RBI. He also drew a walk. Trumble is batting .290 with 16 home runs to lead San Jose.

Nate Schierholtz got his first hit in San Jose yesterday, and built on it today. He went 2-3 with a double and triple, scored 2 runs, got an RBI and a walk. He's batting .250 since arriving in San Jose on Tuesday.

Brad Vericker went 1-5 with 3 strikeouts, and is batting .291.

James Garcia got his first save, thowing 1.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout. Garcia has made 28 appearances in relief, and is 3-4 with a 3.16 ERA, and has 53 strikeouts in 42.2 innings.

Second baseman Anthony LaBarbera went 3-5 with 2 RBI. LaBarbera has 15 RBI in 33 games this year.

Designated hitter Brian Buscher went 0-4 and dropped his average to .226. Since Buscher went 10 for 31 in his first week in Mid-May, he has gone only 11 for his next 62.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A)

Travis Ishikawa continues to wake up (finally) in his second year of Low-A ball. Ishikawa's 3 for 4 day follows his last game, a 4 for 4 performance on Wednesday (Thursday's game was postponed). Ishikawa has 2 home runs and 2 doubles in that span. He is still hitting only .219 on the year.

Mike Wagner went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. He is batting .261 with 13 doubles on the year.

Johany Abreu got his first hit in Hagerstown in 2 games since being sent down from San Jose. Abreu had been 5-11 in only 22 games at San Jose. He is 1-9 in Hagerstown so far.

Second baseman Patrick Dobson and Designated Hitter Jason Columbus each went 2-4 on the day. Without Nate Schierholtz, Dobson and Columbus are the team's leading hitters, at .288 and .283 respectively.

Travis Nesmith took the loss for the Suns, lowering his record to 1-5. He pitched 5.1 innings, giving up 5 earned runs on 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3.

SALEM-KEIZER (SHORT-A)

Yes! Short season A-Ball in the Northwest League has begun, and the Volcanoes are ready to go! Well, except for losing their debut in 12 innings to the Eugene Ems.

Former Sonoma State pitcher Darren Sack got the start for the Volcanoes, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) in 4 innings, with 3 hits and 2 walks to go with 7 strikeouts.

Center fielder Clay Timpner had an impressive debut, going 3-6 with a strikeout.

Former Santa Clara State first baseman Will Thompson went 2-6 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

Catcher Nick Conte, son of SF Giants trainer Stan Conte, made his professional debut after being drafted injured in 2003. He went 1-5 with 2 strikeouts.

Second baseman Kevin Frandsen, a San Jose native and alumni of both Bellarmine High and San Jose State went 2-6 with a double.

Eugene ‘Geno' Espineli took the loss, throwing 2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, but still getting 6 strikeouts.

Trevor Wohlgemuth went 1 inning, giving up 1 hit and 2 walks.



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