Colorado Springs 5, Fresno 4
GAME NOTES: In what may be a portentous turn for the San Francisco Giants, Wayne Franklin took the loss in a short rehab start against Colorado Springs. Franklin allowed 1 run on 2 hits and a walk in 2 innings. Ryan Jensen allowed the other 4 runs after relieving Franklin in the 3rd. Fresno attempted a late comeback, with a series of hits in the 8th that led to three runs, and then got another in the ninth as Jamie Athas singled in Todd Linden in the 9th to pull within one, but that was as close as the Grizzlies would get.
Norwich 4, New Hampshire 3 (Game 1); New Hampshire 4, Norwich 2 (Game 2)
GAME NOTES: The Navigators salvaged a win after blowing a 2 run lead in the 7th and final inning of Game 1, and turned a split in a doubleheader against New Hampshire. Matt Cain went 6.2 innings out of 7, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 8 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7. Alberto Montes came in and got the final out of the inning, and picked up his 6th win of the season in the process. Justin Knoedler reached 2nd on an error, got to third, and then came in on a fielder's choice to seal the win. In Game 2, Joe Bateman made the start, his first of the year on any level, and gave up 4 runs in 3.2 innings to take the loss. Meanwhile, Norwich was 2 hit by the New Hampshire pitchers, but were still able to get 2 runs in on an RBI by Knoedler pinch hitting, and Doug Clark scoring on an error.
San Jose 7, Stockton 1
GAME NOTES: Brian Burres pitched a spectacular start, allowing only 1 unearned run, and Nate Schierholtz and Carlos Sosa homered to help San Jose to a convincing win. Sosa's homer was a 2 RBI shot in the 2nd and would have been all the Giants needed. But the Giants scored 3 more in the 4th and then got a solo shot from Schierholtz, his second at San Jose, in the 7th.
Hagerstown 5, Asheville 2
GAME NOTES: Eddy Martinez-Esteve hit his first home run at Hagerstown with perfect timing, a 3 run shot in the 9th to break a 2-2 tie and give the Suns a win. Martinez was 2-4 on the day and had 4 RBI overall. Mike Musgrave threw a quality start, going 6 innings and giving up only 1 run on 2 hits and 1 walk. Aaron Sobieraj allowed another run in an inning of relief, and Tim Alvarez threw the final 2 frames to get the win, his 3rd of the year.
Salem Keizer 8, Vancouver 7
GAME NOTES: The Volcanoes jumped out to an early lead, then held on just barely for an 8-7 win. 7 of the Salem-Keizer runs came in the 3rd, when 13 batters came to the plate, knocking 6 singles, 2 doubles and a home run. The inning was highlighted by a 3 run home run by Charlie Babineaux. Salem-Keizer padded their lead when Brian Horwitz doubled in John Bowker in the 4th. Vancouver's biggest knocks came against Douglas Mackay, who relieved starter Darren Sack in the 7th and allowed 4 runs while getting only 2 outs, and they kept chipping away until Matt Minor picked up his 3rd save of the year with a perfect 9th innings.
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