Fresno 3, Edmonton 2
GAME NOTES: Todd Linden hit a game winning 2 run home run in the top of the 9th to give the Grizzlies just enough to beat the Trappers 3-2. Linden's home run was his second hit of the game, and it came with Dave Doster on base to break a 1-1 tie. Edmonton picked up a run off of starter Ryan Jensen in the bottom of the 9th, but Jeff Urban came in and got the final 2 outs to pick up his first save of the year. Jensen pitched a total of 8.1 innings, giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3.
TEAM NOTES: Brian Dallimore went 2-3 to raise his average to .358, tying him with the currently injured Lance Niekro for the team lead. Dallimore, the PCL batting champ last year, is 3rd in the league amongst qualifying players behind Edmonton's Maicer Izturis (.364) and Okalhoma's Chad Allen (.405). Dave Doster went 1-4, extending his team record hitting streak to 27 games. Doster's average is at .327, 53 points higher than the .274 he was at when his streak began on June 21st.
Norwich 6, Portland 1
GAME NOTES: Matt Cain struggled a bit with his control, but still managed to keep Portland from scoring more than 1 run in a Norwich win. Cain, who got his 4th win, walked 5 in 6 innings after walking only 14 in 32 previous innings. He also got 6 strikeouts. Carlos Valderrama led the offense, with a solo home run in the 3rd to tie the game, and a 2nd RBI on a fielder's choice in the 6th. Norwich also got an RBI double from Mike Cervenak, and sacrifice flies from Derin McMains, Bryan Carter, and Angel Chavez.
TEAM NOTES: Cain lowered his ERA to 2.13 with the game. That would be the league lead, if Cain had enough innings. The current qualified leader, Wlifredo Ledezma, has a 2.42 ERA, just ahead of Cain's teammate Patrick Misch, who has a 2.48 ERA. Catcher Justin Knoedler went 2-4 a day after his first hitless day since the All-Star break. During that stretch, he's 12-27 with 3 walks, a home run and a double, and is now batting .262.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A):
San Jose 8, Bakersfield 4
GAME NOTES: Brian Buscher led the Giants offense with a homer and a double while going 4-5 and getting 4 RBI in the Giants' 8-4 win over the Blaze. Buscher's homer was a 2 shot in the 2nd, and Buscher got 2 more RBI on a bases loaded single in the 4th. Brad Vericker had a 2 RBI single and Keith Anderson got an RBI on a single of his own to help with the scoring. The hitting came in support of Brian Burres, who gave up 3 runs, but only 1 earned, in 6.1 innings. Burres also struck out 8 in the effort.
TEAM NOTES: Buscher's day puts him at an 11-20 clip with 8 RBI since getting a day off on July 16th. Buscher had gone hitless in 3 at bats on Tuesday. Nate Schierholtz went 0-4 with a walk and run scored a day after hitting his first San Jose home run.
Lakewood 3, Hagerstown 2
GAME NOTES: Hagerstown scored 2 in the 8th inning to take a 2-1 lead over Lakewood, but Brian Wilson could not hold the lead in the 9th, walking the leadoff man and then giving up a 2 run walkoff homer without getting an out to lose the game. The loss wasted a strong start from Muke Musgrave, who went 5 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits, no walks and 6 strikeouts. The scoring for the Suns started with a Tim Hutting double to leadoff the inning. He then scored when the throw on Jon Coutlangus' bunt single went errant. After strikeouts by Johany Abreu and Travis Ishikawa, Patrick Dobson doubled in Coutlangus for the then-goahead run.
TEAM NOTES: Musgrave's start was a bright spot in the midst of a rough year. He lowered his ERA to 6.22 from 6.75 with the start, having given up 32 earned runs (38 total) in 46.1 innings so far. Aaron Sobieraj pitched in his first game of the year at Hagerstown. He had previously been playing as a shortstop in San Jose, where he was hitting .253 in 20 games, but had gone 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 8 appearances (21.2 innings) after switching to pitching. Sobieraj threw 3 scoreless and hitless innings, giving up only a walk while striking out 1.
Vancouver 8, Salem-Keizer 7
GAME NOTES: Craig Whitaker suffered through a rough start, walking 6 while giving up 3 runs in 3.2 innings, but Salem-Keizer still nearly came back and hung on just enough to score before giving up the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. Charlie Babineaux hit a 2 run homer in the 8th to break a 6 all tie, but Geno Espineli gave up a 2 RBI double in the bottom of the inning, and then gave up a single with a runner on third in the 9th for the loss. Babineaux was 3-4 with a double and the home run in the losing effort, and Nick Conte went 3-4.
TEAM NOTES: Simon Klink went 0-5 after having gone 4-8 in his previous 2 games, lowering his average to .268. Whitaker's ERA jumped to 3.73 with his outing, with 2 earned runs given up. The six walks gave him 20 for the season. He had only given up 14 in 27.2 innings previous to Wednesday's outing.
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