Tacoma 8, Fresno 3
GAME NOTES: Tacoma scored 5 times on Fresno starter Ryan Jensen in the first three innings en route to a 8-3 victory. Both of the runs given up by Jensen in the first were scored by runners who got on base with a walk, as did one of the three in the third. Jensen ended up going 6 innings, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2. Fresno's offense managed nine hits, but only 1 extra base hit, a double by Dave Doster. Torcato was the only player not to get a hit, going 0-3 with a walk.
TEAM NOTES: Todd Linden went 1-4 with a walk and 2 strikeouts after hitting 2 home runs on Thursday. His average is at .266. Brian Dallimore got hit by a pitch in the 4th, while going 1 for 4. Dallimore had gone 5-12 with a day off on Sunday before the break since being hit by 3 pitches in 1 game on July 9th against Tacoma.
Ryan Jensen: GS, L (5-6), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 5.63 ERA
Todd Linden: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 SO, .266
Brian Dallimore: 1-4, 1 SO, .354
Lance Niekro: 1-5, 1 RBI, .362
Damon Minor: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, .303
Norwich 4, Bowie 2
GAME NOTES: Norwich took a win over Bowie despite a shaky start by Matt Cain. Cain earned his 3rd win at AA by going 6 innings and giving up only 2 runs, but he also gave up 5 hits and 4 walks with 4 strikeouts. Norwich had the score tied 2-2 in the 6th inning when Justin Knoedler and Julian Benavidez each hit solo home runs to give Norwich all it would need. Norwich picked up a run in the 4th on an error with the bases loaded, and then got another in the fifth with Doug Clark's infield grounder with the bases loaded that got no outs.
TEAM NOTES: Cain's appearance was his first since his appearance at the All-Star futures game, where he was unable to get an out while giving up 3 runs on a hit and 2 walks. Still, ESPN's Peter Gammons said he was impressed with Cain's stuff. According to Brian Sabean, one of Cain's opponents on the World Team, Merkin Valdez, has been promoted to Norwich from San Jose.
Matthew Cain: GS, W (3-1), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 2.25 ERA
Alberto Montes: S (12), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 3.75 ERA
Michael Cervenak: 1-3, 2B, BB, .327
Julian Benavidez: 2-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .250
Justin Knoedler: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 SO, .247
Carlos Valderrama: 1-3, 2B, BB, .314
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A):
San Jose 4, Visalia 3
GAME NOTES: San Jose took an early 4-0 lead, and held off a late Visalia charge to hold onto a victory on Friday. San Jose broke out with 3 runs in the third with a Julio Cordido 2 run homer, and a Steve Holm RBI double, and added another run on a Dan Trumble sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Carlos Sosa. Brian Burres had an excellent start, going 7 innings and giving up 3 hits and 1 unearned run (thanks to an error by Nate Schierholtz) while striking out 8. Josh Cram gave up 2 more runs in the 8th to make it interesting, but Jeremy Accardo got his 19th save by coming into the 8th with 2 out and the tying run on first, getting out of it, then finishing the ninth.
TEAM NOTES: Burres' appearance was his second since a terrible appearance on Wednesday, July 7th. On that day, he came into the game in the third, after Valdez had pitched just two innings in preperation for the futures game. Burres lasted only 2 innings, giving up 8 runs (7 earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out no one. He'd followed that with a 2.1 inning start on Monday July 12th, giving up 5 earned runs on 8 hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. His ERA had jumped from 2.45 to 4.10, but after Friday's start, it was back down to 3.66.
Hagerstown 5, Lexington 3
GAME NOTES: Patrick Dobson hit a 2 run home run in the bottom of the third to change the game's momentum, and what had been an early 3-0 lead for Lexington turned into a 5-3 win for Hagerstown. Dobson's home run, his fifth of the year, was part of a 2-4 day to lead the struggling Suns' offense past Lexington. He was helped by Mike Musgrave, who despite giving up 3 runs early, settled down and limited the damage to that over 5 innings, to get his first win of the year. Jesse Floyd then stepped in for relief, and made a rare 4 inning save, allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6 the rest of the way.
TEAM NOTES: The 3 runs allowed were the least that Hagerstown's beleaguered pitching staff had given up since the 8th of July. Since then, Hagerstown had given up 67 runs over 6 games, including 20 runs in one day to Hickory on July 10th. Outside of All-Star reliever Joe Bateman (1.75 ERA), only two pitchers have an ERA under 4 on the staff: Starter Ben Thurmond (2.55 in 11 starts) and Omar Enez (3.18 in 5 appearances, all starts). Meanwhile, 6 pitchers maintain ERA's over 5.
Patrick Dobson: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .247
Brian Munhall: 3-3, 2 R, .272
Mike Musgrave: GS, W (1-3), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 6.75 ERA
Jesse Floyd: S (2), 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB 6 SO, 5.42 ERA
Jason Columbus: 1-4, 2 SO, .289
Travis Ishikawa: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K, .251
Salem-Keizer 8, Tri-City 7 (10)
GAME NOTES: Brian Horwitz doubled home 2 runs in the bottom of the 10th, giving the Volcanoes an extra-inning win after giving up a 1 run lead in the top of the inning. The game was a back and fourth affair that saw S-K starter Craig Whitaker get hammered, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 3.2 innings. Clay Timpner had a leadoff home run for S-K, and Will Thompson hit his 1st of the year in the 3rd.
TEAM NOTES: The bad outing was Whitaker's first bad one of the year. Before it, he had given up only 6 ER in 24 innings, a 2.25 REA. Whitaker's ERA is now 3.58. Whitaker still has 35 SO's in only 27.2 innings.
Craig Whitaker: GS, 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 3.58 ERA
Will Thompson: 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, .319
Brian Horwitz: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, .326
Simon Klink: 2-4, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, .271
Jeff Palumbo: 2-4, 3 R, 2 BB, .303
Clay Timpner: 1-6, 1 HR, 1 K, .283
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