Minor League Notebook - April 8th, 2005

See how the minor league affiliates did in a recap of the day's action on the farm.

FRESNO (AAA): Fresno 3, Tacoma 0
Jesse Foppert looked like he’s ready to get back to the majors, throwing 5 shut out innings and striking out 9 to help Fresno to it’s first win of the season. Stephan Randolph, Jeremy Fikac and Scott Munter each threw a shutout inning to gain a hold, and Kevin Correia picked up the save in a game that might have Giant brass curious about getting some bullpen help for the big league team. The offense, which lost Lance Niekro earlier in the day to a callup, helped the lead stand. Todd Linden went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Brian Dallimore had an RBI as well on a 1 for 3 day. The defense also turned 3 double plays in support of their pitchers.

Notable Performances:
Jesse Foppert – 5.0 IP, W (1-0), 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 SO, 0.00 ERA
Scott Munter – 1.0 IP, H (1), 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00 ERA
Kevin Correia – 1.0 IP, S (1), 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
Todd Linden – 2-4, 1 RBI, .286
Brian Dallimore – 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .286
Adam Shabala – 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .333

NORWICH (AA): Portland 7, Norwich 3
Tyler Von Schell hit his 2nd home run in as many days, but the offense was unable to keep Norwich in the lead as they fell to the Sea Dogs for the second day in a row. Daniel Ortmeier hit a 2 run home run after DH Brian Buscher walked in the first inning, which was followed by the Von Schell blast, but that was all the runs the Navigators would score. Navigator starter Brian Burres gave up 3 runs in 4 innings, but it was Alberto Montes who took the loss after giving up 4 runs over the 7th and 8th innings. Oft-injured Erick Threets made his debut this season, pitching 2 scoreless innings in relief, allowing one walk and no hits while striking out 1.

Notable Performances:
Tyler Von Schell – 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .250
Daniel Ortmeier – 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .125
Fred Lewis – 3-5, 2 SO, .444
Carlos Valderrama – 2-4, 2 2B, 1 SO, .429
Brian Burres – 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 6.75 ERA
Erick Threets – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA

SAN JOSE (HIGH-A): Postponed

AUGUSTA (LOW-A):
Charleston 5, Augusta 3
Charleston staged a late comeback, scoring 5 runs in the 8th off of Greenjacket relievers Timothy Alvarez and Brian Wilson to hand Augusta their second loss of the season. The comeback erased a strong start by Jonathan Sanchez, who threw 5 perfect innings, striking out 6. Brian Horwitz had an RBI and a double in a 2 for 4 day to lead the Augusta offense, and Jason Columbus also picked up an RBI after going 2 for 4.

Notable Performances:
Jonathan Sanchez – 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 ERA
Brian Horwitz – 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .375
Jason Columbus – 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .500
Alex Requena – 3-4, 1 SB, .375



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