SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 7/10

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 hot and who's not.

SALEM-KEIZER (Short-A):

Salem-Keizer 4, Yakima 2

GAME NOTES: The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes defeated the Yakima Bears on Saturday, 8-4. Craig Whitaker pitched a great game, throwing five innings, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out nine while walking 3. The Volcanoes struck first in the fourth. With one out, the Volcanoes had four consecutive hits. The Bears had an opportunity to either tie the game, with no outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, but were only able to score once in the inning. Simon Klink added another run when he hit a two-run homer to right field in the top of the fifth. The Volcanoes tacked on three more runs in the game to secure their lead. Though the Yakima Bears hit into a rally in the bottom of the ninth, it wasn't enough to catch up to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

TEAM NOTES: Klink hit his sixth homer of the season in the game. With Timpner's 3-5 game, he raised his average from .280 to .296. Kevin Frandsen jumped over .300 after a 2-5 game and is now hitting .304. Whitaker has been impressive on the mound and achieved his second win of the season. The Volcaqnoes are now 13-10 in the league.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:
Craig Whitaker (W, 2-0) 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO, 2.25 ERA
Clay Timpner: 3-5, 1 R, .296
Kevin Frandsen: 2-5, 1 RBI, .304
Simon Klink: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, .286

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A):

Hickory 20, Hagerstown 9

GAME NOTES: The Hickory Crawdads hit the Hagerstown Suns hard, winning the game 20-9. The Crawdads hit five homers off of Suns' pitchers, Mike Musgrave and Christopher George. Musgrave only lasted two innings after he gave up ten runs on eight hits. The Suns did put up a fight by scoring nine runs in the game. The Suns had a three-run fifth inning to cut the Crawdad's lead 10-8. It wasn't enough to catch the Crawdads and their huge lead.

TEAM NOTES: The Suns' three game winning streak was put to an end with Saturday's loss. Mike Wagner hit his 17th double of the season tying him with the team lead. Travis Ishikawa has been hitting .426 in his last 16 games. Reliever, Sean Martin, was the only pitcher to not give up a run in the game.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:
Mike Musgrave: 2.0 IP, 8 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3 HR, 6.94 ERA
Christopher George: 1.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR, 7.12 ERA
Mike Wagner: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, .261
Travis Ishikawa: 3-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 RBI, .251
Jesse Schmidt: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, .231
Brett Swanson 0-4, .310
Sean Martin 1.1IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.56 ERA

SAN JOSE (High-A):

Bakersfield 9, San Jose 5

GAME NOTES: A five-run second inning for the Bakersfield Blaze helped them defeat the San Jose Giants in Saturday's game. The San Jose Giants' starting pitcher, Brian Stirm only lasted 2.1 innings in the game. He gave up six runs on eight hits, giving up two homers. The Giants did take the lead at the start of the game when Brad Vericker reached first on a fielding error allowing Angel Chavez to score from second and Fred Lewis from third. In the top of the fifth, Chavez homered to left field, adding two runs to the score. Throughout the game, the Giants managed to catch up to the Blaze, but a three run eighth inning for the Blaze secured their win.

TEAM NOTES: Angel Chavez increased his average from .356 to .364. A.J. LaBarbera had three hits in the game. Angel Chavez and Keith Anderson each had two RBIs. Brian Stirm got his seventh loss of the season as he maintains a 4.29 ERA.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:
Angel Chavez: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .364
Fred Lewis: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, .303
Anthony LaBarbera: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, .320
Brad Vericker: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, .288
Brian Stirm: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR, 4.29 ERA
Brooks McNiven: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 4.70 ERA
Brian Buscher: 2-5, 1 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, .255

NORWICH (AA):

Trenton 6, Norwich 5

GAME NOTES: It was a tight game for the Norwich Navigators vs the Trenton Thunder. Norwich scored first in the game by scoring two in the second. With Julio Cordido on second with a double to center, Justin Knoedler singled to left driving in Cordido. Jay Pecci reached base on a throwing error by Trenton third baseman Bronson Sardinha, allowing Knoedler to score. By the top of the fifth, the Navigators had a 5-0 lead. Trenton avoided the shut out by scoring two in the bottom of the inning. A big three-run homer by Sardinha helped to tied the game for the Thunder. With two outs, and runners on first and second, Navigators pitcher, Luke Anderson, gave up a single to David Parrish, allowing the winning run to score.

TEAM NOTES: Carlos Valderrama seems to be slumping after an 0-5 game. His average has dropped from .321 down to .312. The Navigators' six-game winning streak is now over with this loss. It was their longest winning streak since 2003. Matt Cain was scheduled to pitch in the game, but because he is pitching in Sunday's Futures Game in Houston, Matt Palmer took the start. Mike Cervenak hit his first homer since returning from the DL.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

Michael Cervenak: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, .318
Justin Knoedler: 3-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, .242
Carlos Valderrama: 0-5, 0 R, 2 K, .312
Doug Clark: 2-5, 1 K, .293
Matt Palmer: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR, 3.48 ERA
Luke Anderson: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 3.72 ERA

FRESNO (AAA):

Fresno 8, Tacoma 0

GAME NOTES: In a rare start by Chad Zerbe, Zerbe pitched six innings, giving up no runs and striking out only one. With the help of the bullpen. Kevin Correia, Jason Jacome, Dave Aardsma, and Jeff Urban, they managed to shut down the Tacoma Rainiers. Fresno took the lead at the start of the game when Dave Doster singled to left to drive in Todd Linden and Adam Shabala. Doster also got a couple more runs in the top of the fifth with another single. The Grizzlies broke the game wide open with a four run seventh inning.

TEAM NOTES: Dave Doster extends his hitting streak to nineteen games with a 3-6 game. Chad Zerbe was spot starting for Kevin Correia, who did make an appearance in the seventh inning. Correia gave up two hits and struck out one. Zerbe never allowed a runner to get to third base. Shabala got his fourth four-hit game of thes season for the Girzzlies.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

Chad Zerbe: (W, 2-3), 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.54 ERA
Jason Ellsion: 2-6, 1 RBI, .314
Adam Shabala: 4-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .318
Brian Dallimore: 2-5, 2 R, 2 K .352
Dave Doster: 3-6, 1 R, 4 RBI, .315



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