Minor League Notebook for 8/27/2004

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 27th, and who's hot and who's not.

FRESNO:
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.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Leo Estrella: GS L(0-8), 3.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 7.65 ERA
  • Jack Taschner: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 8.54 ERA
  • Trey Lunsford: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .257
  • Damon Minor: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, .311
  • Jason Ellison: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, .319
  • Jamie Athas: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, .268
  • Todd Linden: 1-4,, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, .252
  • Brian Dallimore: 0-4, 1 BB, .325

    NORWICH:
    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.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Josh Habel: GS ND, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.55 ERA
  • Joe Bateman: W(1-2), 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.76 ERA
  • Alberto Montes: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 3.56 ERA
  • Doug Clark: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, .295
  • Chris Curry: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 K, .254
  • Michael Cervenak: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, .337
  • Carlos Valderrama: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, .271
  • Brad Vericker: 0-4, 1 K, .150

    SAN JOSE:
    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.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Brooks McNiven: GS L(5-8), 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 4.47 ERA
  • Anthony Pannone: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.86 ERA
  • Anthony LaBarbera: 2-4, 1 K, .310
  • Fred Lewis: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, .296
  • Brian Buscher: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, .294
  • Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-4, 1 K, .389
  • Nate Schierholtz: 0-4, .282, 1 K

    HAGERSTOWN:
    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.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Ryan Callahan: GS L(0-2), 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 4.02 ERA
  • Jay Knowlton: 2-4, .243
  • Jonathan Armitage: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K, .228
  • Jason Columbus: 1-4, 1 K, .283

    SALEM-KEIZER:
    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.

    NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

  • Jonathan Sanchez: GS ND, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 4 SO, 4.67 ERA
  • John Odom: W(1-4), 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 5.30 ERA
  • Matt Minor: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.66 ERA
  • Clay Timpner: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .300
  • Todd Jennings: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, .361
  • John Bowker: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, .312
  • Brian Horwitz: 1-5, .332
  • Jeff Palumbo: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, .291



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