Minor League Notebook for 8/23/2004

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 23rd, and who's hot and who's not.

FRESNO (AAA):
Sacramento 7, Fresno 4

GAME NOTES: The optimistic outing of Jesse Foppert (0-2), who's rehabbing at Fresno in hopes of making a return to the big leagues this September, was made short as Sacramento scored early and often against the righty. The Rivercats' big inning came in the top half of the second as an error aided their first run. Mike Edwards singled with the bases loaded to add on two more runs and gave Sacramento a lead they wouldn't look back on. Nick Swisher added a two run jack to pad the lead for the Rivercats, and ended a short outing for Foppert, who issued seven walks on top of his five earned runs.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Jesse Foppert: (GS, L, 0-2), 2.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 7 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 6.75
  • Jason Ellison: 1-5, 1 R, 1 H, 1 2B, .318
  • Brian Dallimore: 1-4, 1 R, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .328
  • Dave Doster: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .316
  • Todd Linden: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, .255
  • Damon Minor: 1-4, 1 K, .309
  • Adam Shabala: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

    NORWICH (AA):
    Did Not Play.

    SAN JOSE (HIGH-A):
    San Jose 19, Lancaster 14 (11)

    GAME NOTES: Things didn't start out well for the Giants, as Lancaster was up 8-1 before the fourth inning. However, San Jose's offense exploded in the top of the fourth as they scored seven runs. Keith Anderson doubled to drive Julio Cordido, who singled earlier, and Brian Munhall jacked a homerun to center. Nate Scheirholtz tripled for another RBI, and Brian Bushcher drove in another run with a single. Eddy Martinez-Esteve singled, and Cordido batted again in the inning for another RBI. Both teams scored six more runs, but San Jose ensured a victory as they scored five runs at the top of the eleventh, capped off by a 3 RBI doubled by Travis Ishikawa off losing pitcher, Ryan Holsten (5-5).

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Brian Strim: (GS) 2.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 4.66 ERA
  • Anthony Pannone: (W, 4-5) 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.57 ERA
  • Fred Lewis: 2-5, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, .297
  • Nate Schierholtz: 2-7, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, .287
  • Anthony LaBarbera: 3-5, 1 R, 2 BB, .309
  • Brian Buscher: 2-7, 3 R, 2 RBI, .291
  • Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 4-7, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, .417
  • Julio Cordido: 4-6, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, .296
  • Travis Ishikawa: 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, .267
  • Keith Anderson: 2-7, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, .244
  • Brian Munhall: 2-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, .375

    HAGERSTOWN (A):
    Hagerstown 7, Kannapolis 3

    GAME NOTES: The Suns scored early and never looked back as they topped Kannapolis, 7-3. Starting pitcher, Ryan Sadowski (3-8) pitched six and a third innings, only giving up three runs which came in the form of three solo shots, but more importantly, did not issue a single walk. Brian Wilson notched his second save as the Suns rocked Adam Russell (0-1) for five runs in five innings. Hagerstown's biggest inning came in the bottom frame of the first, as Jonathan Armitage tripled to knock in two runs and scored on a passed ball. Jason Columbus and Zach Strong each tacted on a solo jack in the bottom of the third to add to the Suns' lead.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Ryan Sadowski (W, 3-8): 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 3 HR, 7.33 ERA
  • Jesse Schmidt: 1-4, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, .264
  • Jay Knowlton: 2-5, 1 RBI, .244
  • Jason Columbus: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .285
  • Jonathan Armitage: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, .233
  • Zach Strong: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .333
  • Aaron Honostaj: 2-3, 1 RBI, .286

    SALEM-KEIZER (SHORT-A):
    Salem-Keizer 7, Spokane 2

    GAME NOTES: Spokane scored first against Craig Whitaker, but the Volcanoes tied it up in the fourth, and continued scoring throughout the game while Salem-Keizer's pitching kept the Indians quiet. Brian Horwitz had a good day in particular with two hits and two RBIs. The Volcanoes blew the game open in the bottom of the eighth when Ryan Strain knocked Simon Klink as the sixth run of the game, and Clay Timpner managed to bring another run in on a double play ball.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Craig Whitaker: (GS), 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO, 3.71 ERA
  • Anthony Morerno: (W, 4-0) 3.1 I, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.32 ERA
  • Geno Espineli: (S, 2) 1.1 IP, 3 SO, 5.18 ERA
  • Clay Timpner: 1-4, 2 R, 1 K, 2.93
  • Jeff Palumbo: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • Brian Horwitz: 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .343
  • Simon Klink: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, .256
  • Charlie Babineauz: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, .253



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