Minor League Notebook - May 10th, 2005

Three of the Giants four minor league teams were victorious on Tuesday. Fresno won a close game against New Orleans by a score of 6-5 in 10 innings. Todd Linden leads the PCL with 10 home runs. With all the injuries that have been depleting the Giants, it wouldn't be surprising to see them call him up.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 6, New Orleans 5 (10)
WP: J. Fikac (1-1)
LP: T. Hughes (1-2)
Game Recap: The Grizzlies struck first with two in the first inning, but New Orleans scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning, taking an early 5-2 lead. However, the Grizzlies scored twice in the fifth and once in the sixth to even the score, and then got the winning run in the tenth. The Grizzlies relief pitchers gave up only two hits and struck out five over six innings to allow their team to get a come-from-behind victory.

Notable Performances:
Brian Dallimore: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.256)
Mike Cervenak 2-4 1 2B 1 R 1 RBI (.322)
Todd Linden 2-4 1 HR 1 R 1 RBI (.325, 10 HR on the year)

Norwich Navigators (AA): New Britain 2, Norwich 1
WP: J. Granado (1-1)
LP: A. Simon (1-4)
Game Recap: The Navigators lost a close one, giving up only two runs but scoring just one for the loss. Carlos Valderrama hit three doubles in the second spot of the lineup, but no one drove him in, nor did he drive anyone in. Both teams got eight hits but New Britain was more adept at driving their runners in and took the game 2-1. Alfredo Simon gave up only one run and five hits in four innings of long relief but was given the loss because his team didn’t give him much in the way of support.

Notable Performances:
Valderrama 3-4, 3 2B (.321)
Brian Burres 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 SO, 1 BB (3.75 ERA)
Alfredo Simon 4 IP, 5 H, 1ER, 1 SO, 1 BB (5.66 ERA)

San Jose (A): San Jose 10, Stockton 2
WP: G. Broshuis (4-2 5.86)
LP: D. Acevedo (0-3 7.71)
Game Recap: Every San Jose starter got on base at least once as the team racked up 10 runs on 17 hits. Three player had three hits, and three more had two-hit games in this blowout. The Stockton Ports only managed two runs on four hits, all of those hits and runs coming off the Giants starter Garrett Broshius, who pitched six innings of solid ball, earning his fourth win of the season despite a high ERA of 5.86. Even with ten runs scored, the Giants did not hit a single home run. However, they did have seven doubles and a triple as a team. They hold first place in the North Division of the California league by a solid 2.5 game margin.

Notable Performances:
Clay Timpner: 3-6, 3 2B, 3 R (.302)
Nate Schierholtz: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI (.327)
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI (.354)
Garrett Broshuis: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 SO, 1 BB (5.86 ERA)

Augusta (A): Augusta 7, Rome 4
WP: J. Sanchez (2-1)
LP: T. Hughes (1-2)
Game Recap: Both teams scored the majority of their runs in a very turbulent fifth inning. After the top of the fifth, Rome had a solid 3-1 lead, but by the next inning Augusta had gone on top 5-3 with a four-run fifth. Rome came within one again in the seventh, but in the bottom of the seventh frame the Greenjackets distanced themselves further from their opposition with a two-run inning. Jonathan Sanchez struck out seven but also walked four in five innings of pitching for his second win of the season.

Notable Performances:
Jonathan Armitage: 2-3, 3 R, 1 BB (.236)
Simon Klink: 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI (.264)
Jonathan Sanchez 5 IP, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K (2.95)

Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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