Fresno 7, Tacoma 4
GAME NOTES: The Fresno Grizzlies' bats were alive in Thursday nights game as they defeated the Rainiers 7-4. The Grizzlies got on the board first in the third inning, when Todd Linden singled to left driving in Adam Shabala from second. They lost their one run lead in the bottom of the inning, yet gained it back with a four run fourth inning. The Rainiers tried to come back, but were only able to score three more runs in the game, not enough to catch up to the Grizzlies. David Aardsma pitched a perfect ninth to close up the game and get his fourth save of the season.
TEAM NOTES: The entire Fresno Grizzlies lineup each got a hit in the game. David Doster, who is hitting .310, has extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a single in the fourth inning. Trey Lunsford had a 4-5 game with one RBI, raising his batting average from .212 to .223. Ryan Jensen got his fifth win of the season after pitching six innings and giving up three runs on six hits, one which was a home run to Rainiers designated hitter Bucky Jacobsen. He struck out seven, while walking three, maintaining a 5.51 ERA.
Norwich 5, New Britain 1
GAME NOTES: Norwich and New Britain both started off the game with great pitching. New Britain pitcher, Colby Miller and Norwich starter Brad Hennessey threw five shut out innings until the Navigators were able to end it with a three-run sixth inning. Julio Cordido singled to left field to drive in Doug Clark from second. Jake Wald would later triple to right to drive in two more runs. Hennessey continued to pitch a great game, by keeping New Britain to only one run in the game, which came in the seventh. Norwich added two more runs to secure their lead in the game. Scott Munter came in the game to pitch the ninth inning and was able to shut down New Britain, keeping the 5-1 win for the Navigators.
TEAM NOTES: Doug Clark had a great game going 3-4 with one RBI. He rose his average from .286-.292. Julian Benavidez also had a multi-hit game, going 2-4. He is currently hitting .263. For the first time this season, the Navigators have gotten five wins in a row.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A):
San Jose 5, Bakersfield 0
GAME NOTES: The San Jose Giants pitching staff shut out the Bakersfield Blaze. It was a different game for the Giants as they were able to get in five runs in the game. They got on the board first at the start of the game when Brad Vericker doubled to center to score Angel Chavez. A three-run fourth inning gave the Giants a comfy four run lead in the game. Fred Lewis drove home the fifth and final run of the game in the sixth inning.
TEAM NOTES: Brion Treadway, Billy Sadler, and James Garcia were able to keep the Blaze to only four hits while together, striking out fourteen. Nate Schierhotlz was 3-5 with one double and driving in two runs. He has brought up his average to .329. Fred Lewis brought is average over .301 with a 2-2 day. Brian Buscher and Randy Walter both had multi-hit games, both with two hits.
Hagerstown 4, Kannapolis 3
GAME NOTES:The Hagerstown Suns were trailing two runs in Thursday night's game against Kannapolis. Their first run came in the top of the third when Johany Abreu hit his first homer of the season. Kannapolis scored three times through the game. With two outs and two runners on, Travis Ishikawa was at bat. He smacked a three-run homer that went 450 feet over the right field wall to give the Suns the win. Suns starter, Juan Serrato pitched five innings giving up only one run on two hits, while striking out six. He is throwing 4.14. Sean Martin was given his fourth win of the season after he threw an inning but giving up two runs on three hits. Tim Alvarez got his eighteenth save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth.
TEAM NOTES: Johany Abreau hit a triple and a solo home run, but had to leave the game in the ninth inning after being hit on his right elbow by Kannapolis pitcher Ehren Wasserman. Jon Coutlangus is still unavailable due to a sore knee that has been troubling him for a couple of weeks. Ishikawa continues to lead the team in home runs with his tenth of the season. He now has 34 RBI after the game, which leads the team as well. He has been hitting .389 in his last 12 games, raising his average from .188 to .245. Derek Barrows was the other player to have a multi-hit game by going 2-4, with one double. He is hitting .244.
Yakima 7, Salem-Keizer 4
GAME NOTES: A big eighth inning for Yakima, gave Salem-Keizer a loss. The game was tied until the bottom of the eighth, when the Bears scored four runs to give them the win. Volcanoes' pitcher Chase Smith struck out Steve Mena, but the ball eluded catcher, Nick Conte, allowing pinch-runner Cris Melendez to score from third, ending the 3-3 tie. The Volcanoes did have a chance to add more runs to their score in the sixth inning after loading the bases with no outs, but only left the inning with one run.
TEAM NOTES: Three of the Volcanoes' had a two-hit day: Jeff Palumbo, Simon Klink, and Will Thompson. Chase Smith was given the loss after giving up four runs on just one hit. He still has an impressive ERA of 1.00. Adam Garnder did a good job of keeping the Bears to three runs for 2.2 innings, while giving up two hits. He's now throwing 3.75.
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