Minor League Notebook for 7/23/2004

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 23rd, and who's hot and who's not

FRESNO (AAA):

Fresno 6, Tuscon 2

GAME NOTES: Noah Lowry bounced back from his recent rough start to pitch 5 innings of 1 run ball, and get his 7th win of the season. Lowry gave up the 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. Meanwhile, leadoff hitter Adam Shabala provided 3 RBI's to lead the offense. He had a grounded out to first to knock in Trey Lunsford in the first, singled in Jamie Athas from second in the 4th, and picked up a sacrifice fly in the 9th, again scoring Athas. Shabala also scored one run, coming in in the first off of a Damon Minor double.

TEAM NOTES: Damon Minor came a home run short of a cycle, going 3 for 4 with a single, double, triple and a RBI. 5 of the 6 runs scored by the Grizzlies were scored by the 7 and 8 hitters in the lineup, Lunsford and Athas. Dave Doster hit an RBI double in the 2nd to raise his hit streak to 29 games.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Noah Lowry: GS, W (7-4), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.32 ERA
  • Adam Shabala: 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 R, .3324
  • Damon Minor: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, .309
  • Trey Lunsford: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 BB, .234
  • Jamie Athas: 2-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 K, .249
  • Brian Dallimore: 0-4, .356
  • Todd Linden: 0-4, .258

    NORWICH (AA):

    Portland 6, Norwich 1

    GAME NOTES: Mitch Walk gave up 3 runs in just over 4 innings of work, while the Norwich offense was held to 1 run by Portland pitcher Josh Stevens, whose ERA just barely dipped below 5 with his complete game victory. Norwich was able to scatter 8 hits against Stevens, including 3 doubles, but except for getting 2 hits in the 3rd (when they scored their only run), they never got more than 1 hit in an innings, and had no walks while being struck out 10 times to help their cause. Meanwhile, Walk was unable to get out of the fifth, being chased by a Jesus Medrano home run with 1 out. Billy Sadler came in and threw 2.1 innings of relief, but also gave up 3 runs.

    TEAM NOTES: Michael Cervenak went 0-4, only his second hitless day since coming off the DL on July 9th. In that time, Cervenak's gone 21 for 45 (.467) with 8 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 wallks and 14 RBI. His average has jumped from .318 to .342 during that span. Justin Knoedler is now 17 for 36 (.472) since the All-Star break, and is up to .271 in batting average.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Justin Knoedler: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K, .271
  • Carlos Valderrama: 2-4, 2 K, .309
  • Michael Cervenak: 0-4, .342
  • Mitch Walk: GS, L (4-5), 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 4.57

    SAN JOSE (HIGH-A):

    Stockton 6, San Jose 3 (10)

    GAME NOTES: Stockton scored 3 runs in the 1st off of starter Julio Pavon, then didn't score again until they scored 3 in the bottom of the 10th off of James Garcia to win the game in extra frames. Garcia gave up a leadoff double to lead off the first, then intentionally walked the next batter before giving up a 3 run homer to Juan Senreiso to take the loss, his 5th of the year. San Jose scored 3 in the 7th after loading the bases with 1 out. Fred Lewis got an RBI with a single, Nate Schierholtz got another man home on a groundout, and after an intentional walk reloaded the bases, Brad Vericker was hit with a pitch to drive in one more.

    TEAM NOTES: Nate Schierholtz's 2-5 was his first multi-hit game since July 11. He had been 3 for 33 since then, dropping his average from .325 to .259. Schierholtz also made his 8th error in 30 games at San Jose.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Julio Pavon: GS, ND, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 4.70 ERA
  • James Garcia: L (4-5), 1.0+ IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 3.18 ERA
  • Fred Lewis: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, .303
  • Nate Schierholtz: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, .264
  • Anthony LaBarbera: 2-3, 2 BB, .319
  • Carlos Sosa: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, .270

    HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A):

    Lakewood 4, Hagerstown 3

    GAME NOTES: Hagerstown mounted a late comeback with Mike Wagner's 2 run home run in the 9th inning, but was unable to come back completely in a 4-3 loss to Lakewood. Hagerstown starter Ben Thurmond gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks over 5.1 innings, but reliever Joe Bateman was able to hold Lakewood scoreless for 2.2 innings to make the comeback possible. Hagerstown got it's first run in the 4th when Jesse Schmidt knocked in Travis Ishikawa in after Ishikawa's triple to lead off the inning.

    TEAM NOTES: Jason Columbus went 2-4 to raise his team leading average to .290. The Suns have had only one hitter that has spent time over .300 since Nate Schierholtz left the team on June 14th, and that was during part time catcher Brent Swanson's early games with the club. Swanson has now played 12 games since joining the team in June, and is batting .250. Jason Columbus otherwise has been the closest, peaking at .299 on June 24th.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Ben Thurmond: GS, L (4-4), 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR 2.84 ERA
  • Joe Bateman: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.81
  • Jonathan Armitage: 3-4, .224
  • Jason Columbus: 2-4, 1 R, .290
  • Travis Ishikawa: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 R, .250

    SALEM-KEIZER (SHORT-A):

    Vancouver 10, Salem-Keizer 4

    GAME NOTES: The Volcano offense only managed 5 hits despite scoring 4 runs in a loss to Vancouver, while starter Jesus Reina didn't get out of the 2nd, while giving up 6 runs. Reina gave up 3 runs in each the 1st and the 2nd while allowing 6 hits and 2 walks. Most of the Salem-Keizer offense came in the 5th, off of Jeff Palumbo's 2 RBI single and a Simon Klink RBI groundout. Will Thompson also had an RBI single in the 4th.

    TEAM NOTES: Clay Timpner's average dipped back under .300 after an 0-4 day. He did draw a walk and score a run. Simon Klink and Jose Yens had the only extra base hits, each of them hitting a double. The Volcanoes defense took 6 errors, each by a different player. Only 2 of Vancouver's 10 runs were unearned, though.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Jesus Reina: GS, L (0-2), 1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 6.38 ERA
  • Adam Gardner: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.00 ERA
  • Simon Klink: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, E, .267
  • Brian Horwitz: 1-3, 1 BB, .354
  • Will Thompson: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .298
  • Jose Yens: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 K, .293
  • Clay Timpner: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, E, .298



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