Minor League Notebook for 7/9/2004

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


Salem-Keizer 4, Yakima 2

GAME NOTES: Number 1 and 2 hitters Clay Timpner and Jeff Palumbo did their jobs, leading the Volcanoes to a victory over the Bears. Timpner and Palumbo did a good job of getting on base and scored all four of the Salem-Keizer runs. Timpner hit a double to lead off the game, and later scored on a fielder's choice by Kevin Frandsen. Timpner overall was 2 for 5. Palumbo, meanwhile, was 3 for 4 with 2 bunt singles (each one after Timpner's hits). Palumbo also drew a walk. The scoring held up thanks to a fine start by Doug MacKay, who gave up 2 runs in 5 innings, allowing 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 6. Nathan Pendley and Matt Raguse combined for 3 innings of scoreless relief, while Michael Kunes got his 3rd save of the year, pitching a perfect 9th.

TEAM NOTES: Brian Horwitz went 0-3 with a walk. Horwitz is 9 for 29 (.310) in the month of July. Nathan Pendley's appearance was his fifth of the year, and he remains the only Volcano pitcher unscored upon this year. He has thrown 6.2 innings over those 5 appearances, and has accumulated 2 saves.

Doug Mackay (W, 2-1) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO, 5.14 ERA
Nathan Pendley: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
Jeff Palumbo: 3-4, 2 R, 1 BB, .275
Clay Timpner: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, .280
Kevin Frandsen: 1-4, 1 RBI, .299
Will Thompson: 1-5, 1 RBI, 3 K, .296
Brian Horwitz: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .377
Simon Klink: 0-4, 2 K, .275


Hagerstown 11, Hickory 9 (14)

GAME NOTES: Hagerstown had two late rallies, one a 4 run rally in the 8th to tie the game, and a 3 run rally in the 14th to eventually win it, with scoring started in both rallies by hit batsmen with the bases loaded. In the 8th, the victim was Mike Wagner by Kurt Shafter, after Travis Ishikawa had singled, Jesse Schmidt had walked, and then Jason Columbus singled to load the bases. Scoring in the 8th continued with a Jonathan Armitage sacrifice fly and a Brian Munhall single. In the 14th, it was a Schmidt walk, a Columbus single and an Armitage walk that led to Derrick Barrows getting hit by Hickory pitcher Alexander Lisser Munhall continued the scoring with a single, and Timothy Hutting got another run home with a groundout.

TEAM NOTES: Joe Bateman's appearance was his 29th of the year, and he leads the team in ERA with a 1.69. He currently has 62 strikeouts and only 18 walks in 58.2 innings pitched. Jason Armitage's 2 RBI briefly gives him the team's post-Nate Schierholtz RBI lead, with 35. Ishikawa has 34, and Wagner has 32. Schierholtz had 54 RBI for the Suns in 59 games before being promoted to San Jose.

Jesse Floyd: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 5.83 ERA
Jesse English: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 7.48 ERA
Joe Bateman: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1.69 ERA
Jason Columbus: 6-7, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, .286
Brian Munhall: 5-7, 3 RBI, .261
Mike Wagner: 1-6, 2 R, 1 RBI, .257
Travis Ishikawa: 1-6, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, .243
Jesse Schmidt: 1-4, 2 R, 3 BB, SB, .290

SAN JOSE (High-A):

San Jose 10, Bakersfield 3.

GAME NOTES: San Jose struck early for 4 runs to defeat the Bakersfield Blaze 10-3 on Friday. Leadoff hitter Fred Lewis started the game with a single and a stolen base, advanced to third on a Nate Schierholtz groundout, and then Brad Vericker doubled Lewis home. Angel Chavez singled Vericker home after that, and Carlos Sosa hit a home run to give the Giants the lead for good. Bakersfield got close after errors by Chavez and Schierholtz allowed 2 unearned runs to come home in the 2nd, and the Blaze added another run in the 3rd, but Anthony LaBarbera had a 2 RBI double in the fifth to give San Jose the cushion back, and Anthony Pannone came on in the 7th for 3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first save of the year.

TEAM NOTES: Schierholtz went 0-3 with a walk after going a combined 6-10 in the previous two games. Schierholtz's average dropped to .316. The team's leading average belongs to Chavez, who went 3-5 to raise his average to .341. Chavez has played only 9 games at San Jose since being demoted from Norwich, where he was batting .179, while Schierholtz has played in 21 games since being promoted from Hagerstown. Schierholtz also remains homerless at San Jose.

Angel Chavez: 3-5, 1 R, 4 RBI, .341
Fred Lewis: 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .308 Anthony LaBarbera: 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, .310
Brad Vericker: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, .292
Jeffrey Peterson: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 3.88 ERA [starting pitcher for San Jose]
Anthony Pannone: (S, 1) 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 4.39 ERA


Norwich 6, Trenton 5

GAME NOTES: Norwich broke a 2-2 tie in the 8th, breaking out for four runs to defeat Trenton 6-5. The inning was started by a Carlos Valderrama single, and then a Derin McMains single got Valderrama to third, and an error on Doug Clark's ground ball allowed Valderrama to score. Michael Cervenak's double brought Clark and McMains home, and a Julio Cordido sacrifice fly later brough Cervenak home. Norwich pitcher Patrick Misch threw a good game, but got a no decision. He went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs and getting 8 strikeouts.

TEAM NOTES: Michael Cervenak's 2 double game was his first appearance since June 13th, the last game before the All-Star break, after Cervenak injured himself in a collision at home plate. Cervenak played DH, and there may be some jockeying to be done at third base. Julio Cordido has been steadily improving at third base since being called up from San Jose, and Cordido is unlikely to go back down to San Jose, since Nate Schierholtz is thriving there.


Michael Cervenak: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, .321
Derin McMains: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, .281
Patrick Misch: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR, 2.69 ERA
Carlos Valderrama: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K, .321
Julio Cordido: 0-3, 1 RBI, SF, .235


Fresno 5, Tacoma 2

GAME NOTES: Noah Lowry continues to ride the wave of emotion from his roller coaster trips to the majors, going 7 innings and allowing 2 runs in getting his 5th win of the year. Lowry gave up 8 hits and only 1 walk, while striking out 6 and lowering his ERA to 4.18. Jason Ellison and Adam Shabala paced the offense, each going 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. The game picked up some emotion, though, when Brian Dallimore was hit in the helmet by a pitch. Dallimore then attempted to steal 2nd and take out the 2nd baseman on the slide, emptying the benches. No punches were thrown, but Dallimore was hit again in the 8th inning, and Dallimore was hit for the third time in four at bats, leading to Tacoma's pitcher and manager being ejected.

TEAM NOTES: The start was Lowry's 2nd since his most recent return to Fresno. Over the last two starts, he has gone 12 innings, allowing 10 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), 6 walks and getting 13 strikeouts. He has lowered his ERA 40 points to 4.18 in that span.


Noah Lowry: (W, 5-4), 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 4.18 ERA
Jason Ellsion: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .314
Adam Shabala: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, .306
Todd Linden: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, .270
Brian Dallimore: 0-1, CS, 3 HBP, .351
Damon Minor: 0-4, 2 K, .311

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