Minor League Notebook for 7/28/2004

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):

Oklahoma 5, Fresno 3

GAME NOTES: Noah Lowry suffered a rough night. He allowed 5 runs on 11 hits, but only 1 run was earned thanks to errors by Brian Dallimore and Lance Niekro. Dallimore's error in the 4th extended the inning long enough for an RBI single to bring home Oklahoma's 2nd run, and Niekro's error at third extended the 5th inning long enough for Marshall McDougall to hit a 3 run home run. Niekro did hit a 2 run home run of his own in the 9th, but it wasn't enough to bring Fresno back.

TEAM NOTES: Dave Aardsma, who has become the subject of increased trade talk as the major league team approaches the trade deadline, pitched another scoreless inning Wednesday night. Aatdsma is 5-2 with 7 Saves in 31 games at Fresno with a 1.88 ERA. He has pitched 38.1 innings, giving up 10 runs (8 earned) on 30 hits and 21 walks with 34 strikeouts.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Noah Lowry: GS, L(7-5), 6.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 4.13 ERA
  • Dave Aardsma: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1.88 ERA
  • Jason Ellison: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K, .322
  • Adam Shabala: 1-4, 1 K, .322
  • Brian Dallimore: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, .348
  • Damon Minor: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 R, .315
  • Lance Niekro: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, .349
  • Todd Linden: 1-4, 3 K, .268
  • Tony Torcato: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K, .274

    NORWICH (AA):

    Game Suspended in 3rd inning.

    SAN JOSE (HIGH-A):

    Bakersfield 7, San Jose 2

    GAME NOTES: Julio Pavon allowed 5 runs in 4 innings leading to another loss for the San Jose Giants. San Jose only managed 2 runs on 7 hits, with a double by Julio Cordido being the only extra base hit of the night for the Giants. Meanwhile, San Jose Pitchers allowed 13 hits and 7 walks to Bakersfield hitters in the loss.

    TEAM NOTES: Anthony LaBarbera had a 5 game hit streak snapped, going 0-4. LaBarbera had raised his average only 5 points from .315 to .320 during the stretch, but the 0-4 day dropped him back to .315

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Julio Pavon: GS, L(1-5), 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 5.31 ERA
  • Brian Buscher: 2-4, 1 R, .279
  • Brad Vericker: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, .276
  • Julio Cordido: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .300
  • Fred Lewis: 0-4, 3 K, .292
  • Anthony LaBarbera: 0-4, .315

    HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A):

    Kannapolis 5, Hagerstown 4 (Game 1); Kannapolis 1, Hagerstown 0

    GAME NOTES: Hagerstown got swept in a doubleheader by Kannapolis in two close games. In game 1, Hagerstown took a 4-1 lead in the top of the 6th inning (doubleheaders in A-Ball are 7 innings each), but starting pitcher Omar Anez got into trouble in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases. Reliever Joe Bateman could not hold back the floodgates, and allowed a pair of 2 RBI hits that sealed the game. In Game 2, both starting pitchers allowed only 2 hits over 6 innings, but Hagerstown starter allowed a run while Kannapolis pitcher Brian Miller pitched a shutout with help from his bullpen.

    TEAM NOTES: Hagerstown is now 1-8 in it's last 9 games and at 11-22 has the worst record in the South Atlantic League's 2nd half.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Omar Anez: GS, ND, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 5.24 ERA
  • Ben Thurmond: GS, L(4-5), 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 2.74 ERA
  • Mike Wagner: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, .275
  • Jason Columbus: 2-7, 1 R, 2 K, .288
  • Travis Ishikawa: 1-4, 2 BB, 2 K, .247

    SALEM-KEIZER (SHORT-A):

    Salem-Keizer 13 , Boise 1

    GAME NOTES:
    S-K's offense was firing on all cylinders as they knocked out 13 runs on 19 hits in an easy win over Boise. Jose Yens hit the only home run for the Volcanoes in the midst of a 3 for 5 day with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. Jeff Palumbo, filling in for usual leadoff hitter Clay Timpner, went 4 for 5 in the top spot and scored 3 runs. Meanwhile, starter Jesus Reina kept the game from ever getting close, going 5 innings, and allowing 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks. Chase Smith and Adam Gardner each pitched two hitless and scoreless innings of relief.

    TEAM NOTES: The Northwest League announced it's All-Stars on Tuesday, and the Volcanoes will have 7 representatives on the team, starting with manager Joe Strain. Also representing S-K will be pitchers Michael Kunes & Craig Whitaker, infielders Jeff Palumbo and Simon Klink, and outfielders Clay Timpner and Brian Horwitz.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Jesus Reina: GS, W(1-2), 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 5.40 ERA
  • Jeff Palumbo: 4-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, .301
  • Jose Yens: 3-5, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, .294
  • Simon Klink: 3-6, 3 RBI, 1 K, .278
  • Brian Horwitz: 2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K, .343
  • Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 BB, .444
  • Kyle Haines: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, .368



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