SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 6/20

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 20th, and who's hot and who's not.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Fresno lost 5-4 to the Portland Beavers, their 3rd in a row. They are 31-40, tied for last in the Southern Division of the PCL.

Jason Ellison hit a solo homer in the top of the 9th to tie the game, going X-X. He now has 3 homers for the season and is batting .292.

Francisco Santos had a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning putting Fresno ahead 2-0 at the time. It was his 3rd homer since being called up to AAA. He has 20 RBI, good for a tie for 6th on the team. He is now batting .294 in AAA.

Craig Kuzmic singled in a run in the 6th to tie the game at 3-3. It was his 15th RBI and he is now batting .256. His slugging percentage, despite his low batting average (3rd lowest on team), is 4th on the team. This is the result of his already being tied for 4th on the team in homers even though he has only played in about half of the Grizzlies games, as he made AAA about a month ago

Ryan Jensen pitched 8.0 innings and allowed only two hits, buth both hits were homers. Jensen's ERA is still a high 5.19 but his recent shift towards becoming a knuckleball pitcher full-time appears to be bringing good results.

Lee Gardner took the loss when he gave up the walk-off winning homer in the bottom of hte ninth. He is now 5-3 with a 3.76 ERA, good for 4th on the team. It was his 4th homer given up this year as a reliever.

Norwich Navigators (AA)

Navigators won Sunday, sweeping the series over the New Britain Rock Cats over the weekend. That gives the Navigators 10 win in the past 12 games and a 36-32 record.

Derin McMains led off the game with a leadoff homer. It was his 3rd of the year. He has 36 RBI for the season.

Doug Clark followed a few batters later with a 3-run blast to make it a 4-0 lead. It was his 5th of the year and gave him 39 RBI.

Josh Habel had a great outing, 7 innings, 3 hits and 1 run and earned the win, his second in two decisions. His record is now 2-5 with a 4.56 ERA and a WHIP of 1.36 thus far, as he is still adjusting to rising a level after a good season last year but appears to be getting out of his funk with two good outings in a row.

Jay Knowlton went 4-4 and had an insurance RBI double in the 6th. He is now batting .414 after joining Norwich about two weeks ago.

Chris Curry had 3 hits and scored a run and had an insurance RBI in the 7th. He pushed his average to .308.

San Jose Giants (A)

San Jose lost 12-7 to High Desert, as the Mavericks hit homers all through the game.

Starter Brian Stirm went only 3.1 innings, allowing 6 hits, 5 for homers.

Reliever Brooks McNiven did not staunch the flow of hits, giving up 6 hits and a homer himself.

Billy Sadler was relatively effective, going 2 IP, 3 hits and 1 run (earned), no walks or strikeouts.

Dan Trumble went 2-4, with a run, 2 RBI and a double. He now has 14 doubles, second on the team. He is also second in RBI with 38. He is batting .289 now.

Brad Vericker went 2-5 with a run, 2 RBI and a double and a homer. Vericker is now batting .294, second on the team. With his 10 homer, he is comfortably second on the team in homers. And he leads the team in RBI with 43 and in doubles with 16.

Hagerstown Suns (A)

The Suns end the first half with a win, their first in 8 games, snapping a 7 game losing streak. They finished at 28-39. They start the second half on Tuesday.

Jesse Floyd had a great outing, earning the win with 7 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits. The win raised his record to 2-5 and dropped his ERA to 5.60 for the season.

Mike Wagner went 3-5 with 2 homers and 4 RBI. It was the 4th time a Suns batter had 2 homers in a game (Armitage once and Ishikawa twice). He is now hitting .271 with 6 homers, both good for 4th on the team. He now has 27 RBI, third on the team.

Derek Barrows had 3 hits, including a homer, to increase his average to .263. It was his 2nd homer of the season.

Jesse Schmidt had 2 hits and his average is now .273.

Pat Dobson had 2 hits and his average is now .287.

Jason Columbus had 2 hits and his average is now .294.

Christopher George closed out the game with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. His ERA was lowered to 5.40 with this outing.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (short season A)

The Volcanoes made it two in a row winning 10-7 over Eugene Emeralds. They are now 2-1.

Adalberto Paulino had a 3-run homer that highlighted a 5-run 7th that gave Salem-Keizer their final runs for a 10-7 lead, in an error marred contest - 11 combined, 4 by the Volcanoes. Paulino was 2-4 with 4 RBI as he also had an RBI single in the 4th.

Kevin Frandsen is 8th in the Northwest League in batting with a .467 average after three games. He is tied for 1st in double with 3.

Clay Timpner leads the league thus far with 3 steals.

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