Minor League Notebook for 7/2/2004

An in-depth look into the San Francisco Giants minor league affiliates - Fresno Grizzlies (AAA), Norwich Navigators (AA), San Jose Giants (A), Hagerstown Suns (A), and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes- the games played on July 2nd, and who's haot and who's not

FRESNO (AAA):

Las Vegas 9, Fresno 5

GAME NOTES: Adam Pettyjohn was bit by an error by Brian Dallimore at short as the Grizzlies fell to the 51's 9-5. Pettyjohn had allowed a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 4th to tie the game at 2, and then Dallimore led off the fifth by muffing John Barnes' ground ball. Pettyjohn gave up a hit but got two more outs before walking the bases loaded, and then giving up a 3 RBI double to Jose Flores to allow 3 unearned runs to score. Fresno had taken an early lead after Jason Ellison led off the game with a double, and then Adam Shabala's bunt forced a throwing error by Las Vegas pitcher Joel Hanrahan that allowed both Ellison and Shabala to come all the way around to score on the play. Torcato also drove in 2 runs in the 8th with a bases loaded single.

TEAM NOTES: Brian Dallimore, despite his error, went 2-4 with 2 runs scored to raise his average to .342. He remains ahead of Damon Minor for the team lead in batting average. Minor had a double while going 1-4 with a K. Jason Ellison went 2-4 leading off, with a double, a run scored and a walk, to raise his average to .309.

NORWICH (AA):

New Hampshire 5, Norwich 1; New Hampshire 7, Norwich 2

GAME NOTES: Norwich's slumping offense combine for a total of 9 hits and 3 runs over two 7 inning games while being swept in a double header by New Hampshire. The lone offense in game 1 came from a solo home run off the bat of Julian Benavidez in the 6th inning, while starter Brad Hennessey gave a solid performance, giving up 3 runs over 6 innings, but took his fifth loss of the season. In game 2, it was again the sixth inning where the offense appeared. Doug Clark had a sacrifice fly, and Chris Curry got a run home with a groundout, but New Hampshire's offense easily had enough cushion to take the game.

TEAM NOTES: Daniel Ortmeier had a combined 0-6 day to drop his average to .244. Benavidez's home run was the only extra base hit for Norwich on the day. Derin Mc Mains went 3-6, and was the only Norwich player with more than one hit on the day, raising his average to .284

SAN JOSE (HIGH-A):

San Jose 4, High Desert 0

GAME NOTES: The 6-8 hitters of the Giants lineup powered the offense, going 6-12 with 3 RBIs to lead San Jose to a victory, while Brian Burres pitched 7 stellar shut out innings to start the shut out. Burres gave up only 6 hits and no walks while striking out 6 to get his 3rd win of the year, lowering his ERA to 2.45. Billy Sadler and James Garcia each had shutout innings in relief, with Garcia striking out the side around 2 hits in the ninth. Meanwhile, Brad Vericker, Brian Buscher and Anthony LaBarbera each went 2-4 at the bottom of the Giants lineup, knocking in three of the Giants four runs.

TEAM NOTES: Vericker raised his average to .286, Buscher to .250 and LaBarbera to .305 with the day. Nate Schierholtz, who is adjusting to High-A ball, went 1-5 with a runs scored and a K, and is now hitting .320. Billy Sadler's scoreless inning dropped his ERA to 2.55, and Garcia slipped under the 3 mark to 2.98.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A):

Hagerstown 5, Hickory 2

GAME NOTES: Ben Thurmond threw a strong 6 innings, and Mike Wagner went 3-4 with a 2nd inning home run and an RBI double to lead the Suns over the Crawdads. Thurmond allowed 2 runs, 1 of them unearned, right away in the first inning, but settled down, giving up only three more hits through the sixth inning. Meanwhile, Wagner's home run to lead off the second started Hagerstown's scoring, and they scored 2 more in the fourth, helped out by two errors by Hickory. Wagner's 8th inning RBI double and Jason Armitage's sacrifice fly sealed the game for the Suns.

TEAM NOTES: Joe Bateman, coming off his appearance in the SAL All-Star game, threw 2 innings of relief, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4, and lowering his ERA to 1.73. Tim Alvarez picked up his 17th save. Jason Columbus went 1-3 with a walk and scored a run, while Travis Ishikawa went 1-4 with 2 K's. Ishikawa is now batting .230, the highest his batting average has been all year.

SALEM-KEIZER (SHORT-A):

Salem-Keizer 4, Eugene 1

GAME NOTES: Leadoff hitter Clay Timpner broke out of a mini-slump quickly, leading off the game with a home run, and Eugene was barely able to scratch out a run against closer Matt Raguse to avoid a shut out, but still lost 4-1. Garrett Broshuis remained unscored upon in 3 outings (11 IP), and made his first start, going 5 innings and giving up 4 hits and no walks while striking out 5. S-K also scored in the 4th off of singles by Kevin Frandsen, Will Thompson and finally an RBI single by Brian Horwitz, then Horwitz scored in the 7th off of a wild pitch, and Timpner got an insurance run home with an RBI single in the 9th.

TEAM NOTES: In addition to going 2-4 with 2 RBI and a walk, Timpner stole his 8th base of the year. He raised his average back to .295. Frandsen is batting .333 on the year, while Thompson is batting .320, and Horwitz has worked his way into the lineup and is batting .436 as a regular outfielder.



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