Minor League Notebook - May 9th, 2005

So, in AA Norwich, the (possible) closer of the future pitched against the guy who was traded away with the guy many Giants fans wish was the closer of today. Is that a coincidence, or just a stretch in making connections between starting pitchers? Who cares! It's another day in the minors

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Tucson 7, Fresno 3
WP: E. Gonzalez (3-1, 2.82)
LP: J. Williams (0-2, 10.57)
Game Recap:
Jerome Williams was the news, and he suffered through another difficult Fresno outing, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) on 12 hits and 1 walk in 6 innings. The good news is that it took him a while to begin having problems. 6 of the 7 runs scored in his final 2 innings of work. The offense came from home runs by Mike Cervenak and Jamie Athas.

Notable Performances:
Mike Cervenak: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .316
Jamie Athas: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .182
Todd Linden: 1-4, 1 2B, .318
Jerome Williams: 6.0 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 10.57 ERA
Jack Taschner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0.00 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Norwich 9, New Britain 6
WP: D. Aardsma (4-2, 3.00)
LP: F. Liriano (1-4, 4.07)
SV: W. Sadler (2)
Game Recap:
The possible closer of the future outpitched one of the guys that was traded away with the pitcher who many Giant fans wish was closing now. David Aardsma went 5.0 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, beating Francisco Liriano, who was traded with Joe Nathan to the Minnesota Twins. Liriano gave up 5 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings. Tyler Von Schell and Carlos Valderrama, who each went 4 for 5, powered the offense. Von Schell scored 3 runs and batted in 3 more, while Valderrama had 2 RBI and another run scored.

Notable Performances:
Tyler Von Schell: 4-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SO, .239
Carlos Valderrama: 4-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .305
Dan Ortmeier: 2-5, 2 R, 1 SO, .257
David Aardsma: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 3.00 ERA
Erick Threets: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 6.75 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): San Jose 4, Stockton 1
WP: M. Kinney (1-0, 1.74)
LP: J. Windsor (1-2, 4.71)
SV: J. Hedrick (6)
Game Recap:
Matt Kinney, in his second start of the season, put up another solid start. Kinney went 6 innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. Meanwhile, Kevin Frandsen had a bases loaded single in the 5th inning to score 2 runs, giving the Giants the 4-1 lead they carried to the win.

Notable Performances:
Kevin Frandsen: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 CS, .284
Nate Schierholtz: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .312
Travis Ishikawa: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .343
Clay Timpner: 2-4, 1 SO, .291
Matt Kinney: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1.74 ERA
Joe Bateman: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 H, 0.77 ERA
Justin Hedrick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.09 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Augusta 6, Rome 5
WP: B. Wilson (3-1, 0.57)
LP: Z. Schreiber (1-1, 2.08)
Game Recap:
Augusta blew a 3 run lead late, but in the bottom of the ninth, a crazy combination of 2 errors after a walk gave the GreenJackets the win. Jason Columbus walked to lead off the inning. While on first, pitcher Zach Schreiber threw away the pickoff attempt. Columbus was able to get to third, and then a throwing error by the right fielder allowed Columbus to score the winning run.

Notable Performances:
Simon Klink: 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E, .255
Mike Wagner: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, .341
Marcus Sanders: 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 SO, .325, 1 SB, .325
Mike Musgrave: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 4.05 ERA


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