Fresno 6, Albuquerque 3 (10)
GAME NOTES: Adam Shabala hit a two run homer in the 7th to tie the game, and Lance Niekro and Brian Dallimore had RBI hits in the 10th to help Fresno to an extra inning win over the Isotopes. Shabala's one out shot in the 7th tied the game at 3, scoring Tony Torcato, who had previously singled. In the 10th, the Grizzlies got two quick outs, but got started when Todd Linden drew a walk and got to second base on a wild pitch. That set up Lance Niekro's single to score Linden. Jamie Athas followed that with a pinch hit single, and then Brian Dallimore tripled in both Niekro and Athas to seal the scoring. Dave Aardsma picked up the save, his 10th of the year, while walking one and striking one out.
TEAM NOTES: Scott Munter picked up his first win of the season, and remains unscored upon in 3 games since being promoted to Fresno. He has allowed 2 hits and 1 walk in 5 total innings while striking out 2 since his promotion. Munter had a 2-4 record with 3 saves and a 2.39 ERA in 41 games at Norwich.
Norwich 5, Binghamton 1
GAME NOTES: Matt Cain was back in ace-like form, allowing no runs on 3 hits and 4 walks over 7 innings while striking out 5. Binghamton scored a run in the ninth off of reliever Billy Sadler to avoid the shutout. Norwich got three of it's runs in the 2nd, and picked up another one in the fourth on Angel Chavez's RBI single in the 4th. Daniel Ortmeier also hit his 10th home run of the season in the bottom of the 8th.
San Jose 3, Bakersfield 1
GAME NOTES: San Jose was able to muster just enough offense to make Brian Burres' quality start stand as the Giants defeated the Blaze 3-1. Brian Burres got his 8th victory of the year, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. Jeremy Accardo closed out the game for his 22 save. The Giants offense got going when Anthony LaBarbera and Brad Vericker walked back to back with one out. LaBarbera came in on Brian Buscher's double, and then Vericker scored on a sacrifice fly by Julio Cordido. The Giants picked up one more run as insurance on Keith Anderson's 8th inning homer.
Augusta 7, Hagerstown 6 (10) GAME NOTES:
Hagerstown blew a 6-2 lead in the 5th and fell in extra innings to Augusta. Hagerstown had gone up on the strength of Travis Ishikawa, who had an RBI single in the first and a solo home run in the fourth, and on Eddy Martinez-Ésteve, whose 2 RBI triple highlighted a four run 5th. But Hagerstown starter Ryan Sadowski allowed an unearned run right back, and the rest of the bullpen couldn't hold the floodgates, as Ryan Callahan allowed 1 run in an inning of work and Sean Martin gave up 2 for the tie. Tim Alvarez got only 1 out in the 10th on a sacrifice bunt after he lead off the inning with a walk, and then Alvarez gave up a single that plated the winning run.
S-K 10, Boise 9
John Bowker hit his first home run at S-K and Clay Timpner hit his 5th as the Volcanoes won a see-saw battle of hitting, 10-9, over Boise. Timpner also had a 2 RBI single in the 4th inning before hitting his 3 run shot in the 6th inning which briefly gave the Volcanoes their first lead 7-6. Bowker's shot was a solo blast in the 5th. Boise took the lead right back in the bottom half of the sixth with 2 more runs, but Will Thompson and Kyle Haines each got an RBI with singles in the 7th to give Salem-Keizer the lead for good, and they added a needed insurance run in the 9th with another Haines RBI single.
TEAM NOTES: Matt Minor allowed his first run in 8 appearances while picking up his 4th save of the year. In 8 innings, Minor has allowed 5 hits and 3 walks while collecting 9 strikeouts. His ERA is still a very solid 1.13.
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