Minor League Notebook: July 2nd-3rd

It was history this weekend in San Jose, when a hometown kid did something that San Jose has only seen once before in it's pro ball history. Meanwhile, doubleheaders, rainouts, and extra innings prevailed. Just another day in the minors!

July 2nd:
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 10, Tucson 5
WP: P. Misch (3-7, 5.70)
LP: J. Cannon (2-4, 4.28)
Adam Shabala and Julio Ramirez helped lead Fresno to a big win, each collecting 3 hits while hitting a home run. Ramirez’s was a 2 run shot in the 1st, which helped a big 5 run inning in the initial frame, while Shabala hit a solo shot in the 5th. Patrick Misch was the benefactor, giving up just 3 runs in 6 innings to get the win. LaTroy Hawkins made another rehab start, giving up just a hit in 1 inning.

Notable Performances:
Adam Shabala: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E, .300
Julio Ramirez: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .250
Jed Hansen: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .281
Brian Dallimore: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, .281
Patrick Misch: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 5.80 ERA
LaTroy Hawkins: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Portland 6, Norwich 5 (10 Innings)
WP: M. Deschenes (4-2, 3.93)
LP: O. Montero (4-3, 4.68)
Oscar Montero gave up a run on 2 hits in the 10th as the Navigators fell to Portland. Brian Mazone had given up just 2 unearned runs in 5.2 innings of pitching, but Alfredo Simon had a rough relief outing, and gabe up 3 runs in 1.1 innings on 2 hits and 3 walks.

Notable Performances:
Julio Cordido: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, .261
Tyler Von Schell: 2-4, 1 BB, .222
Dan Ortmeier: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .262
Brian Mazone: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2.60 ERA
Alfredo Simon: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 4.47 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): Modesto 9, San Jose 5
WP: S. Register (6-7, 4.60)
LP: J. Reina (1-3, 4.53)
It was a losing day, but San Jose’s Kevin Frandsen became just the 2nd player in the San Jose Giants’ history to hit for the cycle. He doubled in the first, homered in the 3rd, tripled in the 5th and singled in the 8th. He did strike out in the 9th to end the game, just his 3rd strikeout since the start of June. But it wasn’t enough as Jesus Reina gave up 6 runs in 5.1 innings to take the loss.

Notable Performances:
Kevin Frandsen: 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO ,.353 (Cycle!)
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2-5, 1 RBI, .337
Derin McMains: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 SO, .333
Jesus Reina: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR, 4.53 ERA
Jason Waddell: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Game 1: Augusta 5, Kannapolis 4 (7 innings)
WP: J. Sanchez (3-4, 3.95)
LP: G. Bakker (2-3, 7.15)
SV: B. Wilson (13)
Game 2: Kannapolis 8, Augusta 1 (8 Innings)
WP: J. Egbert (6-4, 3.54)
LP: B. Stirm (4-5, 4.12)
Augusta held on to win a close game in the first game of the doubleheader, but their pitching abandoned them in game 2. In Game 1, Jonathan Sanchez gave up 3 runs in 5 innings to pick up the win, with Alex Requena going 3 for 4 with a triple to pace the offense. Game two saw 4 pitchers each give up at least a run, with starter Adam Gardner’s 1 run in 2 innings being the most effective outing. Augusta managed only 5 hits, with Julian Benavidez picking up 2 of them in the losing effort.

Notable Performances: Game 1:
Alex Requena: 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .263
Julian Benavidez: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, .345
Jonathan Sanchez: 5.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 3.95 ERA
Brian Wilson: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.82 ERA
Game 2:
Julian Benavidez: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .375
Brian Horwitz: 1-3, 1 R, .331
Adam Gardner: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB,2 SO, 3.72 ERA

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Eugene 14, Salem-Kezier 2
WP: B. Krosschell (1-2, 5.40)
LP: B. Cepeda (0-1, 9.39)
A 9 run 8th inning sealed the Volcanoes fate in Saturday’s loss. Rickey Putman came in in the top of the inning, and gave up 6 runs despite giving up only 3 hits and a walk, The key was that he hit two Eugene players with pitches to put them on base. Two errors that inning also helped, allowing 3 unearned runs to score. S-K managed 2 runs in the 9th, but they were helped greatly by 3 errors by Eugene in that inning as well.

Notable Performances:
Pablo Sandoval: 2-5, .340
Mike Mooney: 1-4, .431
Benigro Cepeda: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO, 9.39 ERA
Nick Pereira: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.80 ERA
Rickey Putman: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HBP, 12.27 ERA

AZL Giants (Rookie): Royals 5, Giants 3
WP: P. Davidson (2-0, 2.45)
LP: G. Martinez (0-1, 5.00)
SV: G. De La Vara (1)
Gregorio Martinez gave up 4 runs in 3 innings to lead to Saturday’s loss. That would be too much for the Giants to make up, as they were held to only 6 hits, with Ariel Nunez being the only player with multiple hits, going 2-4.

Notable Performances:
Ariel Nunez: 2-4, .429
Anotan Richardson: 1-1, 2 SB, .286
Gregorio Martinez: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 6.00 ERA
Shairon Martis: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.25 ERA

July 3rd
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Tucson 7, Fresno 6
WP: B. Medders (3-1, 1.74)
LP: J. Fikac (3-5, 4.91)
Jeremy Fikac gave up a 2 out walkoff home run to Connor Jackson to lose a hard fought game for the Grizzlies on Sunday. Brad Hennessey put up a solid start, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings, and had 2 RBI to help Fresno to an early lead, but it would not hold. Newcomer David Lee gave up 3 runs in the 8th, only 1 of which was unearned, to give up the lead.

Notable Performances:
Mike Cervenak: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .318
Julio Ramirez: 2-5, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB, .253
Mickey Lopez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, .295
Brad Hennessey: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 5.19 ERA, 2-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .300
David Lee: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 BS, 3.25 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Norwich 7, Portland 6 (11 Innings)
WP: W. Sadler (2-4, 4.07)
LP: C. Brooks (1-2, 5.11)
Brian Buscher came in to pinch hit with 1 out and the bases loaded in the 11th, and got home the winning run on a groundout to first. That win helped the Navigators win despite blowing a lead in the 8th by Will Sadler, who allowed 2 runners that Oscar Montero had allowed to reach to score, but later picked up the win in the extra innings.

Notable Performances;
Tyler Von Schell: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .228
Carlos Valderrama: 3-6, 2 R, 2 SO, 1 SB, .315
Dan Ortmeier: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, .260
Fred Lewis: 0-2, 4 BB, 1 SB, .223
James Garcia: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 5.24 ERA
Erick Threets: 0.2 IP,1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5.11 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): Modesto 4, San Jose 1
WP: J. Burch (7-1, 2.81)
LP: J. Bateman (2-4, 1.59)
SV: J. Miller (19)
Joe Bateman had a rare tough inning, coming on in the 9th in a tie game, and giving up 3 runs, none of which were earned, to take the loss. After a leadoff walk, Derin McMains threw the ball away attempting to force out Tulowitzki at 2nd, allowing the runners to reach 2nd and 3rd. A groundout and sacrifice fly later, both runners had scored. One more came in before it was over. The errors wasted Jesse Floyd’s very good start, giving up 1 run in 7 innings on 4 hits, no walks and 5 strikeouts. Kevin Frandsen, who hit for the cycle the day before, went 0-2 but had a walk and had San Jose’s only RBI on a groundout in the 7th.

Notable Performances:
Derin McMains: 2-4, 1 R, .343
Clay Timpner: 1-4, 1 SO, .281
Jesse Floyd: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB< 5 SO, 3.95 ERA
Joe Bateman: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1.59 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Postponed : Rain

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Salem-Keizer 11, Eugene 4
WP: J. Martinez (1-0, 1.59)
LP; B. Carter (1-1, 2.63)
It was S-K’s turn for a big win, though they didn’t have any big innings in their win, just scoring no more than 3 runs in any of the 7 innings they scored in. Henry Gutierrez went 2-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and 2 RBI to help the offense, and Will Thompson went 3 for 56 with a double and 5 RBI to plate the most runs for the Volcanoes. Matt Ragues gave up 4 runs in 4 innings, but Matt Minor picked up 1 scoreless inning in relief, and Joseph Martinez went the final 4 innings, giving up just 3 hits and no walks while striking out 5 to get the win.

Notable Performances:
Pablo Sandoval: 2-2, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 HBP, .365
Will Thompson: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 1 SO, .370
Henry Guiterrez: 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .209
Jose Yens: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .239
Mike Mooney: 2-5, 2 R, 1 SO, .429
Mark Minicozzi: 3-6, 1 R, .220
Matt Raguse: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 4.50 ERA
Jospeh Martinez: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1.59 ERA

AZL Giants (Rookie): Giants 3, Mariners 2
WP: W. Joaquin (1-0, 7.36)
LP; H. Williams (1-1, 3.21)
SV: J. Thomson (3)
In a relative pitchers’ duel for the rookie league, Waldis Joaquin gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, despite giving up no hits. He did it by walking 1, then committing an error put runners on 1st and 2nd. After a ground out moved the runners up, another ground out scored 1, and a balk scored the 2nd. That gave Joaquin a blown save, but then a win, negating Christopher Nieto’s spectacular start. Nieto went 5 innings, allowing no runs, 4 hits and no walks while striking out 7. In the game, top 2005 draftee Ben Copeland (4th rounder) made his Giant debut, going 0 for 3 with a walk and stolen base in center field.

Notable Performances:
Greg McCarthy: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .308
Ariel Nunez: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, .433
Ben Copeland: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB, .000
Christopher Nieto: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO, 0.00 ERA
Jordan Thomson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA



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