Fresno 4, Tucson 3
GAME NOTES: Fresno's frustrated offense opened up for all it's runs in the seventh inning to overcome a 3 run deficit and take a 4-3 victory over Tucson. The 7th started with a Todd Linden double and a Lance Niekro single to score him. Fresno then loaded the bases with one out, and Jamie Athas picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice. The tying run came in on a wild pitch, and then Tony Torcato singled in Athas for the winning run. The win highlighted a multi-faceted pitching performance featuring Jesse Foppert's return to Triple-A. Foppert went 3.0 IP and gave up 1 run earned on 3 hits (the run came on a home run) and 1 walk, while striking out 4. Lee Gardner picked up the win, his 7th of the year, and Dave Aardsma picked up his 11th save of the year by striking out the side in the 9th.
Norwich 6, Portland 4
GAME NOTES: Daniel Ortmeier got on base every time he came up, and helped lead the Navigators to a come from behind 6-4 win over the Sea Dogs. Ortmeier was 2-2 with 3 walks, and scored his first run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at three. He singled with no one out, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Knoedler. Ortmeier also doubled in the 6th to score Michael Cervenak for the Navigator's final run. Cervenak had previously singled in 2 runs that inning, plating Carlos Valderrama and Angel Chavez. Mitch Walk picked up the win, his 6th of the year, with an inning of relief for starter Brion Treadway, who allowed 3 runs over 5 innings. Recent signee Brian Mazone picked up his first save with 1.2 innings of work, allowing a single hit and getting 3 strikeouts.
Stockton 4, San Jose 2
GAME NOTES: Stockton broke a 2-2 tie in the 8th to take a close victory over the Giants. Jeffrey Peterson allowed a single to start the inning, and then committed an error on a hit by the next batter, allowing the lead run to come all the way around to score from first, then gave up another run to seal the victory. San Jose's offense was powered solely by Nate Schierholtz, who knocked in both runs to give San Jose a brief 2-1 lead in the sixth.
Augusta 6, Hagerstown 5 (Game 1) Augusta 6, Hagerstown 0 (Game 2)
GAME NOTES: Augusta had to come from behind, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning of Game 1 to win it, and then putting together a 3 hit shutout of the Suns in Game 2 for the sweep. Johany Abreu had 3 of Hagerstown's 7 hits and scored 3 of their runs in Game 1, but he had a costly throwing error with 1 out and the bases loaded. He threw the ball away on what could've been a game ending double play, allowing the tie and winning runs to come home. In Game 2, Adam Blackley and Carlos Mota shut down the Suns, who only managed 3 hits. Timothy Hutting got 2 of the team's three hits in the game.
S-K 5, Boise 3
GAME NOTES: John Bowker had his best day since being promoted to Salem-Keizer, going 4-5 with his 2nd home run of the season to lead the Volcanoes to a 5-3 win over Boise. John Bowker was one of 3 singles to lead off the game getting one quick run on the board, and then hit a 2 run homer in the 3rd inning, and he also scored in the 5th on a double play to seal the victory. Chase Smith picked up the win, throwing 4 innings of scoreless and hitless relief, allowing just 1 walk while striking out 2, and Anthony Moreno got his first save of the season.
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