Minor League Notebook for 8/4/2004

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 August 4th, and who's hot and who's not


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Norwich 1, New Britain 0

GAME NOTES: Norwich pitchers combined for a 4 hit shutout of New Britain in a very tight pitcher's duel. Mitch Walk went 6 innings and gave up all 4 hits, and struck out 2 on the way to his fifth win of the season. Scott Munter gave up a walk in his 2 innings of work, and Alberto Montes worked a scoreless 9th to get his 15th save of the year. Norwich's only run came on Michael Cervenak's 5th inning home run, his 18th of the year.


  • Mitch Walk: GS, W(5-7), 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.48 ERA
  • Alberto Montes: S(15), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.76 ERA
  • Michael Cervenak: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, .343


    Modesto 5, San Jose 4 (12)

    GAME NOTES: San Jose lost an extra innings thriller, scoring a run in the top of the 12th to take a 4-3 lead, but then allowing 2 in the bottom of the inning to lose the game. San Jose took the lead after a fielding error on Fred Lewis' ground ball allowed Carlos Sosa to score from second unearned, but Modesto scored it's own winning run unearned after an RBI double by Jason Perry led to a throwing error by Jason Markert that allowed Perry to score to win the game. The loss marred the Giants debut of new pitcher Alfredo Simon, who was acquired by the Giants in the trade involving Felix Rodriguez.


  • Alfredo Simon: GS, ND, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.00 ERA (Welcome to the Giants Organization)
  • Anthony LaBarbera: 2-7, 1 RBI, 1 K, .318
  • Fred Lewis: 2-7, 1 R, 1 K, .288
  • Brian Buscher: 2-6, .284
  • Julio Cordido: 2-6, 1 RBI, 1 K, .301
  • Carlos Sosa: 2-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Nate Schierholtz: 0-4, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, .265


    Greensboro 12, Hagerstown 6

    GAME NOTES: Juan Serrato had a terrible start for the Suns, and Hagerstown never recovered in a lopsided loss. The first batter Serrato faced reached on an error, and Serrato hit the 2nd batter and then walked the third. He got an out on a fielder's choice, but then hit the next batter to load the bases again. After giving up 3 more hits around a foul out, Serrato had allowed 6 runs and gave way to Brian Wilson. Meanwhile, the Suns offense was led by Jason Columbus, who went 3-5 with a double and a home run, combining for 4 RBI.


  • Juan Serrato: GS, L(7-7), 0.2 Ip, 3 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 4.48 ERA
  • Brian Wilson: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 5.06 ERA
  • Aaron Sobieraj: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 Bb, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3.86 ERA
  • Jason Columbus: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K, .287
  • Jonathan Armitage: 2-4, 1 K, .233
  • Travis Ishikawa: 1-5, 1 R, .258


    Most of the Volcanoes had the day off, but 7 players and their manager were playing in the first ever Northwest League All-Star Game. Joe Strain's Western Division team fell to the East 6-4 in a game marred by a power outage in the fourth. The West was down 3-1 in the 5th when Volcano Clay Timpner started a rally with a single. Another single and a 2 RBI triple followed, and then Brian Horwitz gave the West a 4-3 lead with an RBI ground out. Unfortunately, the east came back in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead it would hold until the end.


  • Michael Kunes: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Clay Timpner: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • Brian Horwitz: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • Simon Klink: 0-2
  • Jeff Palumbo: 1-3

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