Minor League Notebook for 6/25/2004

After a day where every team in the organization won, Fresno gets edged in 12 innings by Spokane…Norwich and Hagerstown get beat hard….San Jose and Rancho Cucamonga duel….and Craig Whitaker's second start isn't enough for the Volcanoes to win again.

FRESNO (AAA):

Tacoma 4, Fresno 3 (12)

A rare quality start from much maligned pitcher Ryan Jensen went to waste. Jensen went 7.0 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks while striking out 7. A late rally tied the game in the 8th, but closer Dave Veres took the loss (0-3) after allowing a run on 2 hits and and a walk. Jensen has a 5.08 ERA, while Veres' setback leaves him at 6.08.

Todd Linden went 1-6 with a triple, and scored a run. Brian Dallimore also went 1 for 6 with an RBI single (to score Linden).

Dave Doster went 2-4 with a double, an RBI and a walk. Doster, now playing 3B, has raised his average to .301 from .269 since the start of June.

Tony Torcato went 2-4 with an RBI and a walk as well, raising his slumping average back to .264. Jason Ellison went 1-5 with a walk to drop his average to .302.

NORWICH (AA):

New Britain 7, Norwich 2

Josh Habel took a bit of a beating early in this game, allowing 2 runs in each of the first, third and fifth innings before being yanked. Overall, only 4 of the 6 runs charged to Habel were earned, but the unearned ones were due to an error by Habel himself. Despite allowing 6 runs, Habel allowed only 3 hits, but 2 of them were home runs, and he also walked 4 batters.

Matt Palmer threw 2.2 innings of hitless, scoreless relief. He allowed 2 walks and struck out 3 to lower his ERA to 3.06.

Doug Clark was the majority of the Norwich offense, going 2-4 with a solo home run in the first. Bryan Carter also had an RBI single in the third, knocking in Jake Wald from 2nd after Wald's double. That was it for the Norwich offense.

Julio Cordido, slowly adapting to AA, went 1-3 with a K, raising his average to .237.

Daniel Ortmeier is in a talespin, going 0-4 with 2 K. Since May 1st, Ortmeier's average has dropped from .308 to .246

SAN JOSE (A):

Rancho Cucamonga 2, San Jose 1

Julio Pavon pitched a good game, allowing only 2 runs in 6 innings while striking out 7, but he was matched by RC's Steven Schell who went 6 innings and allowed only 1 run, and both bullpens threw 3 innings of scoreless ball to hold San Jose to a loss.

San Jose had only 5 hits all game. 2 came from Carlos Sosa, who hit a home run in one of them. Other than that, it was Brad Vericker (1-3, .297), Brian Buscher (1-3, BB, .223) and Schierholtz (1-2, 2 BB, .219) getting hits for San Jose.

Fred Lewis went 0-2 with 2 walks, keeping his average just above .300 at .302.

HAGERSTOWN (A):

Lake County 7, Hagerstown 1

Lake County exploded in the 5th inning against Hagerstown starter Juan Serrato. In that 5th, Serrato allowed a leadoff single, then walked the next batter and commited an error to advance all the runners. He then allowed a bases clearing triple, and a fielder's choice for another run, followed by a walk before getting pulled for Christopher George. George allowed the runner he inherited to score after a wild pitch got him to 2nd, and a single plated him. That was followed by a home run before George could seal up the damage.

Hagerstown's lone run came in the first, off of a solo home run by Patrick Dobson (batting .270). It was the only extra base hit for the Suns.

SALEM-KEIZER (A): Spokane 7, Salem-Keizer 6.

Craig Whitaker gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks in 4.1 innings, but the Volcano bullpen couldn't hold it to just that. Whitaker also got 6 K's. Anthony Moreno relieved Whitaker in the 5th, and allowed one of the inherited runners to score, then continued to allow 3 of his own to score in the 6th to tie the game up. Trevor Wohlmeguth took the loss, giving up a one out walk, a steal, a base hit to allow the runner to get to third and then a sacrifice fly for Spokane to win.

Clay Timpner, coming off his first 0fer of the season went 2-5 to keep his average at .400. He also stole his 7th base of the year.

Simon Klink went 2-5 to raise his average to .269. Will Thompson went 1-5 (.313) and Kevin Frandsen went 0-3 with 2 walks and a run scored (.324). Ryan Strain went 2-5 while DHing with 2 RBI to raise his average to .188 and Nick Conte went 0-3 to drop to .250.

Brian Horwitz went 3-5 with a double and an RBI and 2 runs scored and is batting .455 in 11 at bats over 5 appearances.



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