SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 7/27

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 27th, and who's hot and who's not.


Fresno 10, Oklahoma 3

GAME NOTES: The Grizzlies managed a 10-3 win on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma Redhawks. In his third start in Fresno, Brad Hennessey pitched eight innings allowing three runs on six hits. All three runs came in the third inning, when Hennessey gave up a homer to Andy Fox and a two-run home run to Peter Zoccolilo. The Grizzlies also had some big hits in the game. Jason Ellison accounted for two of the four homers hit. Ellison collected four RBIs in the game as he had a 3-5 game. Todd Linden and Adam Shabala each hit home runs in the game.

TEAM NOTES: Dave Doster's 32 game hitting-streak is now over after an 0-4 game. His streak is a franchise record as it goes back to 1998. The Grizzlies have now won their last seven games. Hennessey has won his third straight game in as many starts. He maintains an impressive 1.59 ERA, despite giving up two homers in the game. Craig Kuzmic and Dave Doster were the only two players in the lineup to be hitless in high-scoring game. Linden's home run is his fifth in seven games. He now has 13 in the season.


  • Brad Hennessey (W 3-0) 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 S0 2 HR, 1.59 ERA
  • Jason Ellison: 3-5, 1 2B, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .322
  • Brian Dallimore: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .347
  • Dave Doster: 0-4, 1 K, .337
  • Damon Minor: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, .316
  • Adam Shabala: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, .323


    Game 1: Trenton 5, Norwich 4
    Game 2: Trenton 7, Norwich 4

    GAME 1 NOTES: Norwich took an early lead in the game against Trenton with a four-run first inning. With the bases loaded, Daniel Ortmeier tripled, clearing the bases. Justin Knoedler then followed with a sac fly to bring home Ortmeier. Yet, for the rest of the game, Trenton starting pitcher, Ramon Ramirez and reliever, David Shepard, managed to keep the Norwich bats silent. Trenton came back by scoring three in the top of the fourth. Mitch Jones and Jason Grove doubled, each collecting an RBI. Teuris Olivares then hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the third run. Jones then tied the game with a homer to left field in the top of the sixth. The game went into extra innings, but Trenton quickly took the lead in the top of the tenth. With runners on first and third, Grove flied out to right, to drive in Bronson Sardinha, winning the game.


  • Justin Knoedler: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K, .267
  • Carlos Valderrama: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, .303
  • Derin McMains: 3-5, 1 K, .290
  • Doug Clark: 2-5, .288
  • Daniel Ortmeier: 1-2, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, .237
  • Merkin Valdez: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.47 ERA
  • Billy Sadler: L (0-1), 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 6.75 ERA

    GAME 2 NOTES: Norwich took the lead again in this second game of the day, but lost it to Trenton in the ninth. With the game tied, Mitch Walk gave a triple to Jason Grove while there were two runners on base. Trenton added another run when Walk threw a wild pitch, allowing Grove to score from third.


  • Carlos Valderrama: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, .303
  • Derin McMains: 0-5, 1 K, .286
  • Michael Cervenak: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, .339
  • Julian Benavidez: 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, .259
  • Mitch Walk: L (4-6), 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4.94


    Bakersfield 5, San Jose 3

    GAME NOTES: San Jose Giants pitcher, Brian Burres shutout the Bakersfield Blaze for six innings. The Giants took the lead by scoring two runs in the third. Carlos Sosa homered and with runners on first and second, Steve Holm singled to drive in another run. Randy Walter then led off the next inning with a single and stole second. Brian Buscher then drove him home with a single to center. However, Bakersfield came back on Shawn Riggans two-run homer. In the seventh, they added on three more runs to take the lead. They did have a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the ninth, when Blaze reliever Chris Flinn loaded up the bases. Unfortunately, Holm struck out swinging ending the game.


  • Jackson Markert: L (3-1) 0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 2.92 ERA
  • Anthony Pannone: 2.2 IP, 1 H 0R 0ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR, 3.89
  • Fred Lewis: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.95
  • Steve Hold: 1-5, 1 RBI, 4 K, .250
  • Brian Buscher: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, .275


    Game Postponed


    Salem-Keizer 5, Boise 4

    GAME NOTES: Boise took an early lead by scoring three in the top of the second against S-K starting pitcher, Matt Raguse. The Volcanoes were two-runs behind Boise, but managed to scramble up a win by driving in the go-ahead run in the ninth. With the bases loaded, Boise pitcher, JK Ryu threw a wild pitch, allowing Brian Horwitz to score from third. S-K pitcher, Nathan Pendley got the win after keeping Boise scoreless for three innings.

    TEAM NOTES: Six of the Volcanoes are on the NWL All-Star team, which will be played on Aug 3 in Spokane. Pitchers, Craig Whitaker and Michael Kunes along with Clay Timpner, Brian Horwitz, Jeff Palumbo, and Simon Klink will go the All-Star game. Whitaker is the team's top pitcher with a 2-1 record with a 3.96 ERA. Kunes has four saves, leading the team, while maintaining a 1.83 ERA. Timpner has 48 hits with 11 stolen bases and hitting .299. Horwitz has a .404 average with 10 doubles in the season. Klink is the RBI leader with the Volcanoeswith 30 and leads the team in homers as well with seven.


  • Nathan Pendley: W (2-0), 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2.63 ERA
  • Clay Timpner: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .299
  • Kyle Haines: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .299
  • Simon Klink: 0-5, 2 K, .269
  • Brian Horwitz: 2-5, 2 R, .341
  • Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, .467
  • Wil Thompson: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, .291
  • Charline Babineauz: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 RBI, .264

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