SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 7/18

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 18th, and who's hot and who's not.

FRESNO (AAA):

Fresno 4, Tacoma 2

GAME NOTES: The Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Tacoma Rainiers 4-2 on Sunday night's game. The Grizzlies took the lead early in the second when Tony Torcato grounded out allowing Dave Doster to score from third. The Rainiers scored twice in the top of the next inning. Yet, these would be the only runs of the game they would score as starting pitcher, Chad Zerbe pitched a great seven innings only allowing two to score. The Grizzlies took back their lead in the sixth. Brian Dallimore hit a solo home run to start it off, then later Adam Shabala scored on Rainier's shortstop, Jose Lopez's error. The Grizzlies tacked on an extra run in the bottom of the seventh when Torcato came home on Jamie Athas' sacrifice fly to center. David Aardsma close up the game to get his seventh save of the season.

TEAM NOTES: With Doster's single early in the game, he extended his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest in hitting streak in the Pacific Coast League this season. Chad Zerbe evened his record with his third win of the season. He pitched seven innings giving up two runs (one earned), while walking two and striking out two with a 3.28 ERA.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

Brian Dallimore: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .351
Adam Shabala: 2-4, 1 2B, .319
Dave Doster: 2-4, .323
Damon Minor: 0-3, 2 K, .307
Chad Zerbe: (W 3-3) 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3.28 ERA

NORWICH (AA):

Norwich 6 , Bowie 5

GAME NOTES The Norwich Navigators managed to come from behind to win their third straight game against the Bowie Baysox, 6-5. The Baysox took the lead with a three run lead, putting them at 4-2 by the bottom of the third. The Navigators managed a come back by the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded, Carlos Valderrama singled to left field driving in a run. Justin Knoedler was on his way to score as well, but was thrown out at home. On a wild pitch, Julian Benavidez scored, tying up the game. The Navigators fell behind once again after Norwich reliever, Luke Anderson gave a free pass to Lance Burkhart. Though, the Navigators tied it once again when Derin McMains scored Angel Chavez on a fielder's choice. Knoedler smacked his fourth hit of the game to left field to drive in Michael Cervenak, who was hit with a fastball to get on base, winning the game for the Norwich Navigators.

TEAM NOTES Merkin Valdez lasted only five innings, giving up four runs on four hits, one which was a home run. He upped his ERA to 7.20. Doug Clark ended his 0-12 streak with a single in the third.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
Carlos Valderrama: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, .316
Michael Cervenak: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, .328
Chris Curry: 2-4, 1 K, .328
Justin Knoedler: 4-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, .259
Merkin Valdez 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 7.20 ERA
Matt Palmer: (W 2-6) 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 3.20 ERA

SAN JOSE (HIGH-A):

San Jose 7, Modesto 6 (14)

GAME NOTES: It was an exciting game Sunday night at Municipal Stadium for the San Jose Giants versus the Visalia Oaks. The game was 6-6 and went into extra innings, until the bottom of the 14th inning. Aaron Hornostaj started it off by drawing a walk and advanced to second on Anthony LaBarbera's ground out to the pitcher. Visalia pitcher, Brian Lynch intentionally walked Brad Vericker. With two out, Julio Cordido singled to center field winning the game 7-6 for the Giants.

TEAM NOTES: San Jose Giants starting pitcher, Garrett Broshuis made his first appearance as a San Jose Giant. He threw five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out six. He is throwing 1.80. Left fielder, Carlos Sosa was 3-6 in the game, collecting four RBI. He raises his batting average to a .272.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:
Garrett Broshuis: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1.80 ERA
Brooks McNiven: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 4.61 ERA
Anthony Pannone: (W 3-4) 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K, 4.29 ERA
Anthony LaBarbera: 0-5, 1 BB, .322
Brian Buscher: 2-3, 1 BB, .259
Julio Cordido: 3-6, 1 RBI, 2 K, .309
Carlos Sosa: 3-6, 1 2B, 4 RBI, .272

Hagerstown 5, Lakewood 4

GAME NOTES: The Suns managed to take the win on Sunday's game against Lakewood. It was 4-4 in the ninth when Jon Coutlangous put down a bunt and managed to get to first. He headed down to third base when Lakewood pitcher Cory Shultz made and error on a pick-off play. Tim Hutting then hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field to drive in Coutlangous.

TEAM NOTES Travis Nesmith threw five innings giving up two runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out five. The two runs were both home runs. Brian Wilson was given his first win after throwing four innings of work and giving up two runs on three hits. Pat Dobson committed two errors in the game, while shortstop, Tim Hutting had one. Jason Columbus hit his eight homer of the season in the fifth inning, a solo shot.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:
Pat Dobson: 2-4, 1 R, .253
Travis Ishikawa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, .254
Jason Columbus: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, .287
Travis Nesmith: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 4.66 ERA
Brian Wilson: (W 1-3) 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5.88 ERA

SALEM-KEIZER (SHORT-A):

Vancouver 10, Salem-Keizer 3

GAME NOTES: The Salem Keizer Volcanoes weren't able to catch up to Vancouver as the lost 10-3. Vancouver took an early lead by scoring four runs in the first, one in the 2nd, three in the 3rd, and two in the 5th. S-K pitcher, Jesus Reina was given the loss after throwing only one inning in the game, but giving up five runs on seven hits. Vancouver was able to just keep the Volcanoes to only their three runs with great pitching.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:
Clay Timpner: 2-4, 1 K, .295
Brian Horwitz : 2-4, 1 2B, .333
Wil Thompson: 2-4, 0 R, 2 RBI, .320
Jesus Reina : (L,0-1) 1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.24 ERA



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