Minor League Notebook: July 4th

Independence Day action abounded across the minors. Fresno has a great pitching performance put up by former big leaguers most don't associate with great pitching...Norwich and Augusta pitchers gave up some fireworks of their own...and the Volcanoes explode for a couple of big innings. Just another holiday in the minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 5, Las Vegas 1
WP: B. Villafuerte (5-2, 5.14)
LP: H. Totten (6-6, 6.22)
The pitching showed up on Independence day, and it was from names that most Giants fans wouldn’t associate with it. Brian Cooper pitched 5 shutout innings, and Brandon Villafuerte pitched two innings with only one unearned run to get the win. Brandon Puffer pitched the final two scoreless frames. Mike Cervenak gave the Grizzlies the lead with a 6th inning solo shot, and Adam Shabala had a 2 run pinch hit home run in the 7th to key a big inning and lead to a Giant victory.

Notable Performances:
Adam Shabala: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .300
Mike Cervenak: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Doug Clark: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 SB, .320
Yamid Haad: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, .312
Brian Cooper: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 4.81 ERA
Brandon Villafuerte: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 5.14 ERA
Brandon Puffer: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.86 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): New Britain 14, Norwich 2
WP: M. Yeatman (3-6, 4.48)
LP: A. Moreno (0-1, 4.97)
The Navigators lost the game early, but a disturbing outing by Alfredo Simon created early fireworks for the Norwich crowd, and not the kind they likely enjoyed. Simon faced 8 batters and couldn’t get a single out, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and a walk in the 8th to turn the game into a blowout. Infielder Julio Cordido came in to get that final out in the 8th and pitch the ninth, giving up just 1 run.

Notable Performances:
Anthony LaBarbera: 3-4, 1 2B, .251
Fred Lewis: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, .227
Matt Palmer: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1.50 ERA
Scott Chiassson: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 7.36 ERA
Alfredo Simon: 0.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 5.40 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): San Jose 5, Stockton 4
WP: J. Serrato (2-2, 5.83)
LP: K. Dunn (4-2, 4.76)
SV: J. Hedrick (11)
It took 5 pitchers, but the Giants eventually held onto a slim lead to pick up a win over the Stockton Ports. Juan Serrato gave up just 2 runs in 5 innings for the start, but Eugene Espineli have up 2 runs in 1.1 innings of relief. So Joe Bateman, Jason Waddell and Justin Hedrick split up the remaining 2.2 innings to save the game (Hedrick got the actual save). Meanwhile, Nate Schierholtz paced the offense, going 2 for 5 with a double and a home run, collecting 2 RBI on the day.

Notable Performances:
Nate Schirholtz: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .307
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, .337
Clay Timpner: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .279
Juan Serrato: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO, 5.83 ERA
Joe Bateman: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 SO, 1.57
Jason Waddell: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
Justin Hedrick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.73 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Augusta 9, Asheville 7
WP: B. Stirm (5-5, 3.80)
LP: J. Postlewait (4-4, 5.42)
SV: C. Whitaker (2)
Augusta gave up 3 home runs, but was able to still pull out a victory over the Tourists by scoring often and early. The GreenJackets scored 6 in the first and 2 in the 4th off of Asheville starter Jacob Postlewait. Jason Columbus was the offensive key, going 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI.

Notable Performances:
Jason Columbus: 4-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SO, .278
Simon Klink: 2-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .279
Darren Sack: 2.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 4.59 ERA
Craig Whitaker: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.80 ERA

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Salem-Keizer 10, Tri-City 6
WP: S. Romo (1-0, 0.77)
LP: J. Freeman: 0-2, 8.31)
SV: D. McKae (1)
Two big innings led to S-K’s big win on Independence Day. The Volcanoes scored 5 runs each in the 4th and 5th innings to dig out the win. Mark Minicozzi went 2-2 with a double and 3 RBI before being replaced late the game. Pablo Sandoval and Will Thompson each went 2 for 5 and got 2 RBI themselves. Sergio Romo went 5 innings in the start, giving up 1 run and 2 hits and getting 5 strikeouts for the victory. Dave McKae picked up the save going 4 innings, but tired out and gave up 4 runs in the final frame before getting out of the 9th.

Notable Performances:
Pablo Sandoval: 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, .368
Will Thompson: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .373
Mark Minicozzi: 2-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, .256
Sergio Romo: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0.77 ERA

AZL Giants (Rookie): Giants 8, Brewers 7
WP: J. Thomson (1-0, 0.00)
LP: A. Ledezma (1-2, 9.00)
The Giants Rookies gave up the lead, allowing the Rangers to tie the game in the 9th after scoring 4 runs in the 7th and 8th to take a 7-5 lead, but a John Acha sacrifice fly to score Rich Janeway gave the Giants the win. Jordan Thomson was the pitcher who got the blown save and the win, giving up an unearned run in the 9th. The most effective Giants pitcher was Paul Lussier, who went 4 innings in relief, giving up just 1 run on 6 hits and no walks.

Notable Performances:
Nestor Rojas: 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B, .375
John Acha: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E, .231
Josue Gomez: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 5.14 ERA
Paul Lussier: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.38 ERA
Jordan Thomson: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 BS, 0.00 ERA



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