Minor League Notebook - June 2nd, 2005

Fresno had a 6-0 victory against Tucson but starting pitcher Jesse Foppert left after four innings of shutout ball due to a blister opening up in his throwing hand. Norwich won a squeaker in 10 innings, San Jose had a 6-1 victory, and Augusta beat a rallying Hickory to notch their 30th victory of the 2005 season.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 6, Tuscon 0
WP: B. Villafuerte (3-0, 3.29)
LP: C. Michalak (2-5, 5.95)
The Grizzlies took an early 5-0 lead and never lost their grip on the ballgame. Tucson was able to muster 8 hits spread out over the course of the contest but left all eight men on base. Fresno scored five of their six runs in the first three innings and added an insurance run in the sixth. Four solo home runs by the team’s sluggers provided Fresno with excellent offense to complement their masterful pitching. Linden hit his 16th home run of the 2005 season. Every Grizzlies starter except Yamid Haad and Angel Chavez got at least one hit. Yes, this includes pitcher Jesse Foppert. Unfortunately, a blister opened up in Foppert’s pitching hand, keeping him from earning his fourth win of the 2005 season. He gave up 3 hits and 2 walks in four innings, and also struck out five batters. Brandon Villafuerte pitched three innings of shutout long relief to earn his third win of the year. Taschner struck out the side in relief.

Notable Performances:
Todd Linden: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .316
Mike Cervenak: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .292
Jed Hansen: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .230
Julio Ramirez: 2-4 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .261
Jesse Foppert: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 SO 4.40 ERA
Brandon Villafuerte: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 SO, 3.29 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Norwich 5, New Britain 4 (10 Innings)
WP: O. Montero (2-1, 3.52)
LP: J. Miller (1-2, 2.14)
The Navigators had a 3-1 lead after six innings of play but a three-run rally by New Britain in the seventh gave them a temporary 4-3 lead. The Navigators replied by tying the game up in the bottom of the frame. Neither team hit a single home run and the Navigators won the game despite only seven singles throughout the course of the contest. Carlos Valderrama had only one hit but it was a big one, driving in two of the Navigators runs. Christopher Begg’s ERA went up to 2.67 with his 4 ER given up in 6 and two thirds. Oscar Montero got his second win of the year with a scoreless top of the tenth.

Notable Performances:
Carlos Valderrama: 1-3, 2 RBI .310
Tyler Von Schell: 2-5, RBI, .234
Dan Trumble: 1-3, R, SB, .226

San Jose Giants (High-A): San Jose 6, Visalia 1
WP: S. Song (4-1, 1.33)
LP: M. Prochaska (2-6, 5.75)
Visalia scored their first and only run in the third and the Giants didn’t reply until they scored 2 in the seventh and ended up with 6 runs due to a three-run ninth. Seung Song won his fourth game by pitching seven innings of four hit ball without a single earned run. He struck out thirteen of the Oaks. San Jose continues to dominate the California league and holds a 6.5 game lead over second-place Modesto.

Notable Performances:
Nate Schierholtz: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, .323
Elizer Alfonzo: 2-4, 2 R, .366
Pat Dobson: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .273
Seung Song: 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 K

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Augusta 4, Hickory 3,
WP: S. Martin (3-0, 3.19)
LP: D. Hankins (3.4, 3.81)
Augusta took an early 4-0 lead after four innings but a three-run fifth by Hickory made the game interesting again. However, Augusta held on to their slim lead to win. Hickory left tweleve men on base resulting in only 3 runs despite eleven hits and three walks. Osiris Matos did not make it through the fifth inning and thus was not eligible for a win. The victory went to relief pitcher Sean Martin.

Notable Performances:
Simon Klink: 2-3, .290
Marcus Sanders: 2-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .313

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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