Las Vegas 14, Fresno 7
GAME NOTES: Fresno's pitching suffered another rough night as they were trampled by Las Vegas 14-7. Leo Estrella took the brunt of the beating with the start, giving up 8 runs on 11 hits in 3.1 innings. Relievers Lee Gardner and Scott Munter also gave up 4 and 2 runs respectively, but Jack Taschner, who has had some rough outings since being promoted to AAA, had a scoreless 1.2 innings in relief. The offense was led by Damon Minor, who was 3-5 with 2 doubles, and Trey Lunsford, who was 3-4 with a double and a 2 run home run.
Norwich 7, Portland 2
GAME NOTES: Norwich scored 5 runs in the 6th inning to break a 2 run tie and rode the momentum of that to a 7-2 victory over Portland. The 6th inning started with 3 straight singles by Derin McMains, Doug Clark, and Michael Cervenak, the last one scoring a run. After that, the Navigators got an intentional walk to load the bases for Chris Curry to hit a grand slam. The game gave Joe Bateman his first win at AA, who pitched 2.1 scoreless innings. Josh Habel started the game, but only went 2 outs before being pulled. No report has been given yet on his condition.
Inland Empire 7, San Jose 1
GAME NOTES: The Giants pitching could not turn the Inland Empire away, and San Jose fell 7-1 Friday night. Brooks McNiven started for San Jose, and threw a quality start, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings, but San Jose gave up 3 runs right away after he left, with Anthony Pannone giving up 3 runs while managing only 1 out. The offense was not up to the task of catching up, either, managing only 5 hits. Anthony LaBarbera got two of the hits, but Fred Lewis got the only RBI, hitting an RBI triple in the 6th to knock in Keith Anderson, who walked.
Lake County 4, Hagerstown 0
GAME NOTES: Hagerstown's offense ran dry again, managing only 5 hits in a shutout loss to Lake County. Ryan Callahan threw a good start for the Suns, giving up only 1 run in 5 innings, but Hagerstown's offense was unable to keep up. The top performers for the Suns were Jay Knowlton, who was 2-4 in the leadoff spot, and Jonathan Armitage, who had a double in 4 at bats.
Salem-Keizer 7, Spokane 0
GAME NOTES: Salem-Keizer's offense didn't get many big hits, as the only extra base hits were 2 doubles, but the Volcanoes got a lot of hits, wearing down Spokane's pitching for a 7-0 shutout. Clay Timpner and Todd Jennings led the offense, with Timpner going 2-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and 2 RBI, while Jennings was 3-5 with an RBI. All the hitting made a good pitching day even better. Jonathan Sanchez managed only 4 innings with his start, but didn't give up any runs despite walking 5. John Odom followed that up with 4 shutout innings of 3 hit ball while striking out 6, and Matt Minor threw a scoreless ninth for the combined shutout.
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