Minor League Notebook - May 24th, 2005

Extra innings are exciting enough when 1 run is all it takes to win. So how exciting are they when 7 runs are scored? Also, a future ace takes the mound again in Fresno. Just another day in the minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 4, Omaha 2
WP: J. Fikac (2-1, 4.35)
LP: S. Camp (0-3, 6.19)
SV: J. Taschner (2)
Matt Cain had another solid start for the Grizzlies, but the win eluded him as Fresno didn’t get the lead until Yamid Haad’s 2 run single in the 8th put Fresno up 4-2. Cain gave up 2 runs in 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9. Jack Taschner picked up his second save of the year, striking out the side despite walking 2. Angel Chavez also had 2 RBI with a double in the 2nd inning.

Notable Performances:
Adam Shabala: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 SO, .277
Angel Chavez: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .393
Yamid Haad: 1-4, 2 RBI, .256
Matt Cain: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 1 WP, 3.44 ERA
Jack Taschner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0.44 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Norwich 1, Altoona 0
WP: J. Garcia (3-4, 4.14)
LP; P. Maholm (1-2, 3.81)
SV: A. Simon (2)
Three pitchers combined for a 7 hit shutout of the Curve on Tuesday. James Garcia started and went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and a walk while striking out 7. Erick Threets got 5 strikeouts in 2 innings, giving up a hit and a walk, and Alfredo Simon picked up his 2nd save of the season with a 1 hit ninth inning. Norwich’s only run came after Carlos Valderrama doubled in the 4th. He was advanced to third on Tyler Von Schell’s bunt single, and scored on Anthony Labarbera’s ground out.

Notable Performances:
Carlos Valderrama: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, .318
James Garcia: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 4.14 ERA
Erick Threets: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 H, 4.98 ERA
Alfredo Simon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 5.36 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): Bakersfied 8, San Jose 7
WP: M. Herrera (2-3, 10.38)
LP: J. Hedrick: (1-1, 3.86)
Usually, when one hits a 3 run home run in extra innings, one might think they’re going to win. Not so on Tuesday. Nate Scheirholtz hit a 3 run shot in the 10th, his 3rd homer of the season, but San Juse could not hold it in the bottom half of the inning. Justin Hedrick suffered his 2nd blown save of the season and could not get an out, giving up 4 straight hits, the last one a home run for a grand slam, to take the tough loss. A fine effort by Juan Serrato was lost, who gave up 2 runs in 6 innings.

Notable Performances:
Nate Schierholtz: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SO, .296
Eliezer Alfonzo: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 E, .344
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 SO, .362
Travis Ishikawa: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 CS, 1 PO, .277
Kevin Frandsen: 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB, .292
Juan Serrato: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 3 WP, 2.28 ERA
Justin Hedrick: 0.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 1 BS, 3.86 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Greensboro 5, Augusta 4
WP: Z. McCormack (4-0, 4.28)
LP: C. Salankey (4-3, 3.08)
SV: C. Mobley (13)
Errors were the downfall of Augusta Tuesday, with 2 of Greensboro’s 3 runs in the 8th inning coming unearned. With one run in and nobody out, Simon Klink threw the ball away on a sacrifice bunt, allowing one run to come across the plate. Another runner came in on a wild pitch a couple of batters later, and Augusta found themselves with a loss. Brad Vericker had a home run for Augusta as part of a 2 for 3 day, and Carlos Sosa had his 2nd home run of the year as well.

Notable Perormances:
Brad Vericker: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .264
Aaron Hornostaj: 2-4, 1 So, 1 SB, 1 E, .215
Carlos Sosa: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .295
Brian Musgrave: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 4.10 ERA
Caleb Salankey: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 BS, 3.08 ERA



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