Minor League Notebook: May 4, 2005

Although the GreenJackets won, the three higher minor league teams in the Giants system all suffered losses. The San Jose Giants had their four game winning streak snapped by a 6-2 loss to the Visalia Oaks, although SP Matt Kinney had a decent debut.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Las Vegas 10, Fresno 6
WP: A. Lopez (1-2)
LP: S. Munter (0-3)
Game Recap: The Grizzlies gave up five runs by the fourth inning and their starting pitcher Matt Cain was unable to complete the fifth. The Grizzlies took the short drought in the Las Vegas offense for a chance to tie the game at 6 in the seventh, but in the eighth the 51's scored four times against relief pitcher Scott Munter for a 10-6 victory.

Notable Performances:
Doug Clark: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .338
Matt Cain (Batting): 2-2, 1 2B, 2 R
Todd Linden: 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Norwich Navigators (AA):Norwich 6, New Hampshire 1
Note: The Navigators lost their latest game 6-2 but there was no Box Score available.

WP: Begg (2-2)
LP: Reimers (1-3)
SV: Mazone (1)
Game Recap: Almost every one of Norwich's starters got a hit as the Navigators got 11 hits to produce six runs. Dan Ortmeier was the only play excluding pitchers to go hitless. The Navigators scored five times in the first inning and were able to hold on to their lead throughout the game due to excellent performances by Begg and Mazone, who combined, gave up only 6 hits and one run over the course of the game.

Notable Performances:
Begg: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Mazone: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 SO
Julio Cordido: 2-4 1 R .348
Tyler Von Schell: 2-3 .229
Buscher: 1-3 1 R 2 RBI

San Jose Giants (High-A): Visalia 6, Giants 2
WP: S. Vandermeer (3-1)
LP: B. Thurmond (2-3)

Game Recap:
The Giants took an early 2-1 lead after two innings of play but 3 runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth sealed the victory for the Visalia Oaks. The Giants had a four-game winning streak going into this contest. Unfortunately, Eddy Martinez-Esteve saw his nine-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-2 effort during the game.

Notable Performances:
E. Martinez-Esteve 0-2
M. Kinney: 4 1/3 IP 1 ER 4 H (San Jose debut)

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Augusta 3, Greenville 2


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