Fresno 7, Sacramento 2
GAME NOTES: Adam Pettyjohn threw 8 innings and give up only 2 runs, and the Grizzlies pounded out 4 home runs in a 7-2 win over the Rivercats. The Grizz were already up 1-0 on a Brian Dallimore sac fly when Jason Ellison hit the first home run, a solo shot in the 3rd. Dallimore then hit a solo shot in the 4th, and Dave Doster and Damon Minor hit back-to-back solo shots in the 6th. Pettjohn, meanwhile, threw his best start in a long time, giving up only 6 hits and 1 walk in 8 innings, getting 6 strikeouts. 1 of the 2 runs he allowed were unintentional. Chad Zerbe came on to pitch the ninth.
TEAM NOTES: Pettyjohn's win was his 3rd of the year, giving him a 3-6 record with a 5.42 ERA. Damon Minor also had a double and a walk, and has raised his average to .320 on the year. Minor is 4-7 with 3 home runs and a double since going 0-13 from July 3rd-5th. Jason Ellison went 3-5 and had 2 RBI, and is now batting .309 on the year.
Norwich 2, New Britain 1
GAME NOTES: Matthew Cain went only 2 innings, throwing on 4 days rest, in preparation to play in the All-Stars Futures game at the MLB All-Star game, but Norwich went on to win without him 2-1. Cain allowed 1 run on 2 hits before leaving, and he was relieved by Josh Habel, who threw 6.2 innings and gave up only 2 hits and got 4 strikeouts before giving way to Alberto Montes for the final out. Habel pick up the win (now 3-7), and Montes got the save, his 10th of the year. Julio Cordido, playing shortstop instead of his usual third base, tripled in Chris Curry for the winning run in the sixth, after Curry doubled to lead off the inning.
TEAM NOTES: Cordido continues to improve at AA Norwich since being called up in mid-June from San Jose. After his 1-4 day today with his triple, he is batting .244 in 21 games, with 3 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs. He also has 3 stolen bases on the year. The appearance in relief was Habel's first since June 30, when he allowed 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings. He lowered his ERA from 4.86 to 4.52 with the outing. Cain's ERA raised from 1.88 to 2.08 with the short outing, despite allowing just 1 run. Cain's 2.08 ERA still leads the team, though. He has thrown 26 innings in Norwich since being promoted.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A):
Modesto 10, San Jose 9
GAME NOTES: Like Cain, Merkin Valdez threw only 2 innings in preparation for the Futures game, but his relief did not do so well. Brian Burres relieved him and gave up 8 runs (7 earned) in 2 innings, and San Jose never caught up. Nate Schierholtz and Brad Vericker each went 3 for 5, Schierholtz with a triple, an RBI and 2 runs scored, and Vericker with a double, 3 RBI and 1 run score, to power the San Jose offense in a late comeback bid, but they fell short.
TEAM NOTES: Brian Burres' blowup was surprising. Previous to today's game, he'd only given up 20 runs (15 earned) in 57 innings. After today's outing, his ERA jumped all the way from 2.45 to 3.47. Schierholtz's 3-5 day raised his average back to .310, but he no longer has the team lead in BA. Anthony LaBarbera raised his to .311 with a 2-5 game, and Angel Chavez dropped to .313 after an 0-4 day. Randy Walter went 4-5, raising his average to .271 on the year.
Hagerstown 6, Kannapolis 1
GAME NOTES: Ben Thurmond gave up only 1 run in 7 innings, and Patrick Dobson led the offense, going 4-5 with 2 doubles, to lead Hagerstown to a 6-1 win over Kannapolis. Thurmond's win, leaving his record at 4-2, dropped his ERA to 2.20. He gave up 7 hits and no walks, with 7 strikeouts. Joe Bateman picked up his first save of the year, going 1.2 innings in scoreless relieving, striking out 3 and dropping his ERA to 1.78. Dobson, in addition to his 2 doubles, scored 1 runs and had 2 RBI. Mike Wagner also hit a home run, going 1-5.
TEAM NOTES: Wagner's home run was his 8th of the year. He's tied with Jonathan Armitage for 2nd on the team, behind Travis Ishikawa's 9. Ishikawa went 0-4 with 3 K's and a walk. Ishikawa had gone 11-19 with 2 home runs, 3 doubles and 4 walks in 6 games back to the game before the All-Star break before going 0-3 on Tuesday. He had raised his average from .218 to .249. Since going 0-7 the last 2 days, he's down to .241.
Salem-Keizer 2, Yakima 1
GAME NOTES: Jesus Reina had a spectacular start, striking out 10 in 5 shutout innings, but could not pick up the win, as S-K mounted a comeback to tie the game in the 9th, and win in extra innings. The tying run came on Kevin Frandsen's home run with none out in the 9th. In the 10th, Ryan Strain singled, stole second, advanced to third on a fielder's choice that nailed an earlier run at home, and then scored on Nick Conte's sacrifice fly to gain the win. Garrett Broshuis earned the win (his 3rd) in relief, throwing 4 innings and giving up 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks (striking out 6), and Michael Kunes picked up the save, throwing a 2 strikeout, hitless 10th.
TEAM NOTES: S-K's pitchers have now thrown 200 strikeouts in 179.2 innings of work. Reina has 22 in 15 innings himself, sharing the team lead with Craig Whitaker, who has the same number in 19 innings. Frandsen's home run was his 3rd of the year, putting him alone in second place on the team behind Simon Klink's 5. Brian Horwitz went 2-4 with a double to raise his team leading average to .407.
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