Minor League Notebook: June 25th-26th

A failed starter and reliever goes back to starting, and things are working. A quiet bat in San Jose (yes, there was one) wakes up. And a doubleheader gets the sweep treatment. Yep, it's another weekend in the minors!

JUNE 25:

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 3, Colorado Springs 2
WP: Kevin Correia (3-2, 6.07)
LP: J. Young (7-5, 5.71)
SV: J. Accardo
Kevin Correia’s stint as closer in Fresno flamed out with a ballooning ERA, so might his future be back in starting? Correia made his third straight start on Saturday. His first stint saw him give up 5 runs in 3.2 innings, but he followed that with 5 shutout innings. Saturday, he was again effective, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk in 7 innings. New closer Jeremy Accardo picked up his 2nd save in return. Meanwhile, Brian Dallimore and Julio Rameriz each homered, both solo shots, to push Fresno to a 3-2 win.

Notable Performances:
Mike Cervenak: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 SO, .317
Brian Dallimore: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .265
Julio Rameriz: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RB I, 1 SO, .240
Kevin Correia: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 E, 6.07 ERA
Mitch Whylie: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 H, 0.00 ERA
Jeremy Accardo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.45 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Norwich 4, Portland 3
WP: A. Pannone (1-2, 4.55)
LP: R. Beam (0-1, 1.04)
SV: A. Simon (12)
Alfredo Simon has been extremely effective as closer since his transition, and picked up his 12th save Saturday despite giving up 2 runs in the 9th. Brian Mazone went 6 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits and a walk, lowering his ERA to 2.90. Meanwhile, Carlos Valderama had the big hit in a 4 run 8th, doubling home 2 runs.

Notable Performances:
Carlos Valderrama: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .326
Fred Lewis: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .223
Dan Ortmeier: 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, .265
Brian Mazone: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2.90 ERA
Alfredo Simon: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 4.18 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): San Jose 6, Visalia 3
WP: R. Sadowski 95-1, 3.49)
LP: J. Barratt (2-2, 6.13)
SV: J. Bateman (9)
Nate Schierholtz, who had plateaued for several weeks with a batting average around .310 and few power numbers, opened up against Visalia. He didn’t hit any home runs, but went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Kevin Frandsen kicked in by going 2 for 4 a couple of spots ahead of him, and scoring 2 runs. Meanwhile, Ryan Sadowski gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in 6.1 innings of work, while Joe Bateman picked up his 9th save of the year.

Notable Performances:
Nate Schierholtz: 3-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SO, .318
Kevin Frandsen: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, .342
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .341
Travis Ishikawa: 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, .314
Clay Timpner: 1-4, 1 R, 2 SO, 1 SB, .282
Ryan Sadowski: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 3.49 ERA
Joe Bateman: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.62 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Postponed (Rain)

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Tri-City 5, S-K 1
WP: B. Vargas (1-0, 0.00)
LP; B. Millikan (0-1, 15.00)
Bryan Millikan was hit hard in his first start of the year, giving up 5 runs in 3 innings. The S-K offense failed to come up with any support, either, with just a Jose Yens home run in the 9th coming from the offense.

Notable Performances:
Pablo Sandoval: 2-3, .389
Charlie Babineaux Jr.: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 SO, .158
Jose Yens: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .111
Bryan Millikan: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 15.00 ERA
Taylor Wilding: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0.00 ERA

ASL Giants (Rookie): Stats Not Available


JUNE 26

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 15, Colorado Springs 2
WP: M. Kinney (2-3, 5.88)
LP: S. Chacon (0-1, 11.74)
Another blowout for the Grizzlies, and this one saw a Grand Slam by shortstop Angel Chavez, who also had a double and 6 RBI to lead the way. Adam Shabala went 3 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBI himself. Matt Kinney had his best start since coming to AAA, goint 6.2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8.

Notable Performances:
Angel Chavez: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SO, .285
Adam Shabala: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, .294
Mickey Lopez: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, .294
Yamid Haad: 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, .316
Jed Hansen: 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, .272
Matt Kinney: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR, 5.88

Norwich Navigators (AA): Portland 10, Norwich 6
WP: P. Devey (1-6, 3.79)
LP: E. Threets (1-2, 5.08)
Norwich was unable to stop Portland from peppering them with runs, and hurt themselves with 5 errors that led to 4 unearned runs. Brian Burres started the game, and went 5 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, but Erick Threets got the loss, giving up 3 runs, 2 unearned, in 1.1 innings of work. Dan Ortmeier hit his 14th home run of the year on offense.

Notable Performances:
Dan Ortmeier: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .268
Fred Lewis: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .227
Jamie Athas: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, .296
Brian Burres: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 2.23 ERA
Erick Threets: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 5.08 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): No Game Scheduled – All-Star Break

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Charleston 2, Augusta 1 (7 Innings, Game 1)
WP: E. Hacker (4-2, 1.83)
LP: O. Matos (2-5, 3.98)
Charleston 6, Augusta 3 (7 Innings, Game 2)
WP: B. Harmsen (2-8, 5.92)
LP: B. Stirm (4-4, 4.10)
SV: M. Martinez (22)
Charleston swept Sunday’s double header. Osiris Matos had a good effort in Game 1, going 5.2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and no walks, but he was outpitched. In game 2, the offense got going, led by Brian Horwitz, who was 2 for 2 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, but Brian Stirm gave up 4 runs in the 2nd, and it was too much to overcome.

Notable Performances: Game 1:
Julian Benavidez: 2-3, .421
Jonathan Armitage: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .218
Osiris Matos: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.98 ERA
Game 2:
Brian Horwitz: 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .333
Aaron Hornostaj: 2-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS, .224
Brian Stirm: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.10 ERA
Craig Whitaker: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.97 ERA

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Salem-Keizer 8, Yakima 3
WP: K. Ludwig (1-0, 3.68)
LP: S. Dove (1-1, 2.53)
Pablo Sandoval, Michael Mooney and Jose Yens each had 2 RBI to help lead the Volcanoes to a Sunday win. Both Mooney and Yens went 2 for 5 on the day, with Mooney hitting a triple. Kellen Ludwig got the win, going 5 innings, and giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7.

Notable Performances:
Michael Mooney: 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, .462
Pablo Sandoval: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .248
Jose Yens: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, .174
Joey Dyche: 3-4, 2 R, 1 BB, .208
Kellen Ludwig: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 3.68 ERA
Brian Anderson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA

ASL Giants (Rookie): No Game Scheduled



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