Minor League Notebook - May 20th, 2005

A couple of pitchers who threw in San Francisco last year take the mounds in the minors, and things look good for them. Perhaps they'll be wearing black and orange again soon.M

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 8, Iowa 5
WP: Jerome Williams (1-3, 9.12)
LP: D. Oliver (1-3, 9.38)
SV. J. Taschner (1)
Game Recap:
Jerome Williams got his first win of the year in an encouraging start. Williams went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. Though the bullpen gave up 2 runs, Fresno’s offense was able to make it stick, powered by 2 doubles and 2 RBI by Mike Cervenak. Todd Linden scored 3 runs on a 1 for 3 day with a double and 2 walks. Jack Taschner, who has only allowed a single run all season, went 2/3rds of an inning to get his first save of the year.

Notable Performances:
Mike Cervenak: 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .286
Tony Torcato: 3-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, .176
Todd Linden: 1-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .301
Mickey Lopez: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .247
Jerome Williams: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 9.12 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Norwich 3, Akron 2
WP: D. Aardsma (6-2, 3.07 ERA)
LP: B. Traber (2-2, 3.33 ERA)
SV: A. Simon (1)
Game Recap:
David Aardsma only got 5 hits in offense support, so he only allowed 3 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings to earn the win. He also gave up 3 walks while striking out 5. Randy Walter provided a 2 run home run in offense, and Anthony Labarbera doubled in a run himself. Erick Threets picked up a hold with 2 innings of scoreless relief, and recently converted reliever Alfredo Simon picked up his first save of the year.

Notable Performances:
Randy Walter: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .262
Fred Lewis: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, .222
Anthony Labarbera: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 rBI, 1 SO, .254
David Aardsma: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 3.07 ERA
Erick Threets: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 5.49 ERA
Alfredo Simon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 5.49 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A); San Jose 11, Modesto 6
WP: N. Pendley (1-1, 1.96)
LP: J. Miller (0-2, 4.91)
Game Recap:
San Jose had an incredible 7 run 9th inning to come back from a 6-4 deficit to win big against the Nuts. The inning was led off by a walk to Clay Timpner and a Todd Jennings single. After a groundout by Bowker to advance the runners, Eddy Martinez-Esteve doubled to tie the game. Kevin Frandsen walked, and then Nate Schierholtz, Eliezer Alfonzo and Travis Ishikawa all had RBI hits to rally the Giants to the win. The offense bailed out Joe Bateman, who had an uncharacteristic rough game, giving up 4 runs in 2 innings of relief.

Notable Performances:
Clay Timpner: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 SB, .288
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, .359
Todd Jennings: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, .292
Travis Ishikawa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .250
Nate Schierholtz: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, .301
Matt Kinney: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 2.31 REA
Joe Bateman: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.40 ERA
Nathan Pendley: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1.96 ERA
Justin Hedrick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.04 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Rome 7, Augusta 2
WP: J. Venters (4-1, 3.63)
LP: J. Sanchez (2-3, 4.33)
Game Recap:
Jonathan Sanchez suffered through a rough start, giving up 5 runs on 9 hits, no walks and a hit batter in just 2.2 innings, dropping his record to 2-3. The GreenJackets had problems scoring to help, getting only 2 runs on 10 hits, one of them coming off of Brad Vericker’s 1st home run of the year.

Notable Performances:
Marcus Sanders: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 SB, .293
Brad Vericker: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .250
Brian Horwitz: 1-3, 2 BB, .379
Jonathan Sanchez: 2.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HBP, 4.33 ERA
Brian Stirm: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1.29 ERA



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