SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 7/4

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), Salem Keizer Volcanoes (A)- the games played on July 4th, and who's hot and who's not.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Game Notes: Fresno lost to the Sacramento River Cats 4-3 in 13 innings. Noah Lowry started, pitching 5.0 innings and giving up 3 runs (only 1 earned). Todd Linden had a 2 run homer in the 3rd to stake the Grizzlies to a 2-1 lead. After an error by Craig Kuzmic led to the 2 unearned runs in the 5th, Dave Doster tied the game in the 8th by driving in Brian Dallimore. Jason Jacome took the loss.

Team Notes: The loss dropped the Grizzlies to 34-50, last in the Southern Division by 3 games. Linden's homer is his 6th of the year, good for 2nd on the team. Jason Jacome's record is now 0-1 and he has a 4.05 ERA, third best on the team.

Norwich Navigators (AA)

Game Notes: Norwich pulled out a 1-0 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Derin McMain drove in the eventual winning run with a double in the 8th inning, driving in Jay Pecci. Patrick Misch started, pitching 7.2 innings, giving up 6 hits and 1 walk but no runs plus he struck out 5. Jeremy Accardo pitched in relief and finished up the shutout, taking the win.

Team Notes: The Navigators raised their record to 42-40, but remains 5 games behind the leaders. Jeremy Accardo evened his record to 1-1 and lowered his ERA to 5.40. Pat Misch dropped his ERA to 2.67. McMains had his 44th RBI of the season, good for 3rd on the team. It was his 19th double, tying him for the lead. Derin is batting .282 for the season.

San Jose Giants (A)

Game Notes: The San Jose Giants lost, 9-7, though at least they made it close by scoring 3 runs in the top of the 9th. Brion Treadway took the loss and never found his control. He started and pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 5 hits and 4 walks for 7 runs, all earned, and striking out 2. Jason Waddell and Jackson Markert relieved, each giving up a run in their outing. Five of the Giants had 2 hits, but the 12 hit attack was not enough.

Team Notes: San Jose's loss evened their record at 5-5 in the second half. They are now 3 games back of the leaders. Treadway also evened his record to 5-5. His ERA is now 4.57 for the season.

Hagerstown Suns (A)

Game Notes: The Suns lost 5-4 in extra innings. Joe Bateman took the loss in relief, giving up 2 runs in the top of the 10th. Hagerstown took the game into extra innings when Tim Hutting tied the game, 3-3, with a homer in the bottom of the 9th. Travis Ishikawa delivered with a pinch hit single that drove in a run in the bottom of the 10th, halving their deficit to 5-4, but he was stranded on the bases. Jesse Schmidt went 3-5 with a homer. Jesse Floyd started, pitching 6.0 innings and giving up only 2 runs; unfortunately the Suns could only manage 2 runs themselves, despite numerous opportunities..

Team Notes: The loss dropped them to 4-6 in the second half. Joe Bateman is now 7-2 with a 1.83 ERA. Jesse Floyd lowered his ERA to 5.45. Tim Hutting had his first homer of the season while Jesse Schmidt had his 4th, which is good for 6th on the team. Schmidt is now batting .292 for the season, best on the team among the regulars.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short Season A)

Game Notes: Salem-Keizer got walloped by Eugene, 9-0. Doug Mackay started and pitched 4.0 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 walk for 4 runs (3 earned) with 3 strikeouts. Kevin Jenson relieved but was unable to stop Eugene, giving up identical 4 runs, 3 earned, in his 2.1 innings. Trevor Wohlgemuth pitched a shutout 1.2 innings and Anthoney Moreno closed out the game with 1 run in 1 inning. Clay Timpner had one of Salem-Keizer's 3 lone hits. Simon Klink had a double and John Acha contributed a single.

Team Notes: The loss dropped the Volcanoes to 9-8, 3 games back in the Western Division. Mackay's record evened to 1-1 and his ERA rose to 5.63 with this outing. Clay Timpner's batting average is now .286, while Simon Klink's is .283, and John Acha's is .265. It was Klink's 6th double of the season, good for a tie for 3rd in the league. Despite an 0h-fer day, Brian Horwitz leads the league in batting with a .409 batting average. His OPS is .994 for the season, after 14 games. Kevin Frandsen is 9th in the league with a .324 batting average, which dropped with his Oh-fer day.

Martin Lee writes 'A Biased Giant's Fanatic's View' for SFDugout.com when the mood and muse strikes him. He wants to teach and share his love of baseball and, in particular, his love for the San Francisco Giants. He will believe to his dying days that Bobby Bonds was robbed of being the first 40-40 player and should be in Cooperstown. Please feel free to e-mail him at BiasedGiantsFanatic@nospam.yahoo.com (remove the "nospam." if you wish to e-mail me) if you have a question or comment.

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