Minor League Notebook - May 14th-15th, 2005

The power disappeared in Fresno, and no, that's not a metaphor for the team not being able to hit for extra bases. A power outage was the latest stumbling block in the return of Jerome Williams in Fresno. And that was just one game in a weekend of Minor League Action

May 14:
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA):
Oklahoma 12, Fresno 1
WP: K. Jimenez (1-2, 5.73)
LP: J. Williams (0-3, 11.21)
SV: V. Nunez (4)
Game Recap:
A power failure interrupted the game, but it was bad on either side of the interruption. Starter Jerome Williams had given up a couple of hits and a walk leading to a run with one out when the lights went out. By the time they came back on, Williams could not continue, and Jeremy Fikac came in, but he didn’t appear to be in any rhythm. He allowed both of the runners left on by Williams to score, and went on to allow 6 more runs through the 5th inning. Even Jack Taschner, who had been unscored upon all season, gave up a run. Meanwhile, Oklahoma pitchers weren’t bothered. Starter John Hudgins gave up 2 hits in 2 innings, and his replacement Kelvin Jimenez gave up a hit through 4 innings. In the 9th inning, Mickey Lopez was able to single home Tony Torcato to break up the shutout.

Notable Performances:
Tony Torcato: 2-3, 1 R, 1 @B, 1 BB, .127
Mickey Lopez: 1-4, 1 RBI, .214
Jerome Williams: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 11.21 ERA
Jeremy Fikac: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 4.39 ERA
Jack Taschner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.53 ERA.

Norwich Navigators (AA): Norwich 7, Binghamton 3
WP: D. Aardsma (5-2, 3.09)
LP: B. Bannister (5-1, 2.25)
Game Recap:
Anthony Labarbera’s 5th inning double with the bases loaded scored 3 runs and helped fuel Norwich to a big victory. Meanwhile, David Aardsma was the benefactor, who gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks through 5 innings. Daniel Ortmeier also had 3 RBI’s, even while getting just 1 hit in 3 at bats. Meannwhile, Erick Threets threw the 6th inning to continue his rise, giving up 2 walks getting 2 strikeouts.

Notable Performances:
Anthony Labarbera: 1-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SO, .261
Carlos Valderrama: 3-4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 CS, .353
Daniel Ortmeier: 1-3, 3 RBI, 1 BB, .240
David Aardsma: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 3.09 ERA
Erick Threets: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, H, 6.32 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): San Jose 5, Rancho Cucamonga 2
WP: M. Kinney (2-0, 1.96)
LP: J. Holcomb (2-2, 4.54)
SV: J. Hedrick (7)
Game Recap:
Matt Kinney threw together a great start for the Giants, giving up only 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks to get the win. Eliezer Alfonzo had a 2 run homer in the 2nd inning, and Kevin Frandsen added an RBI single later in the inning, and that would be all the Giants would need. Frandsen also scored on an unusual play in the 8th inning, stealing 3rd base on a strikeout, and then scoring after a throwing error by the catcher.

Notable Performances:
Eliezer Alfonzo: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .330
Kevin Frandsen 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .299
Todd Jennings: 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .261
Matt Kinney: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 1.96 ERA
Justin Hedrick: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.30 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Augusta 4, Columbus 3
WP: C. Salankey (4-2, 3.38)
LP: K. Wilson (0-3, 9.22)
Game Recap:
What looked like a game headed calmly to extra innings ended in the most unexpected manner. After two strikeouts to open the inning, Marcus Sanders drew a walk. A failed pickoff moved Sanders to third, but Columbus pitcher Kyle Wilson then walked Micheal Wagner, and then intentionally walked hot hitter Brian Horwitz to load the bases for Simon Klink. Klink succeeded in picking up the RBI, but by getting hit by Wilson’s pitch to end the game.

Notable Performances:
Brian Horwitz: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .406
Simon Klink: 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 SO, 1 E, .289
Marcus Sanders: 0-0, 1 R, 2 BB, .307
Mike Musgrave: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO, 4.02 ERA
Caleb Salankey: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.38 ERA

May 15:
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA):
Oklahoma 8, Fresno 3
WP: L. Pote (1-1, 3.20)
LP: P. Misch (0-3, 5.26)
Game Recap:
Patrick Misch fell victim to the big inning and an error by shortstop Jamie Athas to lead to another tough Fresno loss. After back to back doubles to lead off the fifth inning came Athas’ error. That was followed by three stright singles, a sac fly and a home run, and 7 runs (4 of them earned) crossed the plate. The offensive star of the game was Adam Shabala, who went 2 for 4 with a walk, stolen base and a run scored.

Notable Performances:
Adam Shabala: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, .259
Yamid Haad: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 SO, .258
Patrick Misch: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 5.26 ERA
Brandon Puffer: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2.13 ERA
Kevin Correia: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.55 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Binghamton 6, Norwich 4
WP: L. Portobanco (1-3, 6.05)
LP: J. Garcia (2-4, 5.08)
SV: T. Hamulack (5)
Game Recap:
James Garcia gave up 5 runs in 2 innings, and the Navigators couldn’t dig out of the hole. Norwich only managed 5 hits all day, and 3 of them came off the bat of Dan Ortmeier, including a first inning 2 run homer. Fred Lewis picked up one of the others, that one being his first home run of the season.

Notable Performances:
Daniel Ortmeier: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1SB, .256
Fred Lewis: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .228
James Garcia: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 5.08 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): Rancho Cucamonga 4, San Jose 2
WP: R. Thompson (2-2, 3.42)
LP: G. Broshuis (4-3, 5.53)
SV. B. Zimmerman (5)
Game Recap:
Garrett Broshuis gave up a 2 run homer in the 5th, and that was enough for the Quakes to carry a 4-2 victory. Broshuis was otherwise solid, giving up 3 runs in 7 innings on 6 hits and a walk. Eddy Martinez-Esteve was a big part of the offense, scoring one of the two San Jose runs and knocking in the other, going 1-3 with a double and a walk on the night

Notable Performances:
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .331
Clay Timpner: 2-4, 2 SB, 1 CS, .290
Kevin Frandsen: 1-4, 1 R, .298
Garrett Broshuis: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 5.53 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Columbus 4, Augusta 2
WP: C. Malone (3-1, 3.30)
LP: J. Sanchez: (2-2, 3.51)
SV: A. Castillo (2)
Game Recap:
Starter Jonathan Sanchez had a few struggles, giving up 4 runs in 4.1 innings, though all of it in just one inning, the 5th, and on just one hit. Sanchez gave up a one out grand slam to end his day, and give up the only runs the Catfish would get, but it would stand. Augusta managed only 6 hits, 2 of them doubles by Jason Columbus that didn’t contribute to any runs.

Notable Performances:
Jason Columbus: 2-4, 2 B, 1 SO, .294
Aaron Hornostaj: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 PO, 1 E, .183
Jonathan Sanchez: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3.51 ERA



Love me, hate me, idolize me, or laugh at me, just don't ignore me. Let me know what you think: write me at kevin@ugcfilms.com .

The views expressed in the columns do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the site's publisher, writers, or other staff members. The content on this site may not be redistributed without the expressed consent of SFDugout.com.


Giants Farm Top Stories