Minor League Notebook - April 26th, 2005

A big time shutout for one team, and a couple of other teams bit by errors and mistakes. Well, that's how it goes on some days in the minors.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Tucson 6, Fresno 1
WP: D. Oliver (1-0)
LP: B. Cooper (2-3)
Game Recap:
Brian Cooper had a nice start, but it didn’t last for the Grizzlies. Cooper retired the first 11 batters he faced, but 4 straight hits with 2 out in the 4th gave the Sidewinders a two run lead that they would hold. Cooper went 6.1 innings, and gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, but did strikeout 8. Fresno only managed 1 run while getting 11 hits, with it coming on a solo home run by Adam Shabala in the 5th inning.

Notable Performances:
Adam Shabala: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, .311
Todd Linden: 2-4, 1 E, .278
Mickey Lopez: 2-4, 1 E, .260
Yamid Haad: 2-4, 1 SB, .286
Brian Cooper: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 4.85 ERA
Scott Munter: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.38 ERA
Kevin Correia: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 5.40 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Norwich 11, Trenton 0
WP: C. Begg (1-2)
LP: J. Skaggs (0-2)
Game Recap:
The Navigators were hitting on all cylinders Tuesday, between a strong start and a prolific offense. Chris Begg went 7 shut out innings, giving up 5 hits and walking none, and Billy Sadler polished off the last 2 innings in relief, giving up 1 hit and 1 walk. The offense got started big, scoring 5 runs in the 3rd inning. No big hits, just 3 singles, a double, a sacrifice bunt, an error, a couple of productive ground outs, and 2 stolen bases contributed to the inning. Tyler Von Schell had a home run, a double, and 5 RBI’s.

Notable Performances:
Tyler Von Schell: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 R, 5 RBI, .172
Brian Buscher: 2-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .259
Anthony Labarbera: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .276
Dan Ortmeier: 1-3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB, .229
Chris Begg: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.90 ERA
Billy Sadler: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.29 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): Stockton 3, San Jose 1
WP: B. Ziegler (1-2)
LP: J. Reina (1-2)
SV: J. Muessig (5)
Game Recap:
San Jose was unable to manage to stay on pace in a close game, and was hurt by 2 errors that led to 2 unearned runs. Already down 1-0, Travis Ishikawa was unable to handle a ground ball that allowed the leadoff hitter to get on base in the 5th. After a walk, that runner came around to score. In the 6th, it was Todd Jennings’ error that allowed a baserunner, who came around to score on a triple. The errors went agains Jesus Reina, who pitched 5.1 innings, gave up 5 hits and 1 walk to lead to those 3 runs. Jennings scored the lone Giants run on a home run in the 8th.

Notable Performances:
Todd Jennings: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E, .259
Travis Ishikawa: 0-2, 2 SO, 1 PO, 1 E, .281
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-4, .333
Nate Schierholtz: 0-4, 1 SO, .323
Jesus Reina: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 3.66 ERA
Joe Bateman: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 1.32 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Charleston 5, Augusta 3
WP: P. Hughes (1-1)
LP: O. Matos (0-1)
SV. M. Martinez (1)
Game Recap:
Augusta found itself paying for it’s mistakes, with 2 unearned runs coming off of a Simon Klink error in the 3rd, setting the GreenJackets with a deficit that they couldn’t overcome. Starter Osiris Matos went 7.1 innings, giving up 2 earned runs as well as the 2 unearned runs. He walked 2 and struck out 4. The GreenJackets scored on an error as well, with Jonathan Armitage scoring on a fielding error hit by Klink.

Notable Performances:
Marcus Sanders: 1-5, 1 R, 3 SO, .347
Simon Klink: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E, .210
Brian Horwitz: 1-4, .366
Lisandro Disla: 1-3, 1 SO, 1 SB, .175
Osiris Matos: 7.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 2.35 ERA



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