Minor League Notebook: July 16th-17th

The weekend was full of action, as the Giants' top pitcher had a rough outing, but a top outfield prospect keeps Fresno winning. And Norwich finds some offense in a double header, but don't get too used to hearing 'Navigators win!' past the 2005 season. A team is getting ready for a big time change in this weekend's notebook.

July 16th
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 10, Salt Lake 5
WP: M. Cain (6-5, 4.34)
LP: E. Thomas (3-2, 7.31)
Matt Cain got the win, but still looked a bit shaky. He gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks through 5 innings, including walking the first two batters in the 6th before being replaced (both scored), though he did strike out 7. The offense came up big for him, though, with Brian Dallimore knocking in 6 runs on 3 doubles, and Todd Linden going 4 for 4.

Notable Performances:
Todd Linden: 4-4, 2 R, 1 BB, .338
Brian Dallimore: 3-4, 1 R, 3 2B, 6 RBI, .292
Tony Torcato: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .253
Matt Cain: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO, 4.34 ERA
Jeremy Accardo: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.79 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Postponed: Rain

San Jose Giants (High-A): High Desert 9, San Jose 4
WP: B. Buckner (7-10, 4.11)
LP: G. Broshuis (7-8, 5.18)
Garrett Broshuis had a rough start, giving up 8 runs (6 earned) on 14 hits in only 4 innings, putting San Jose in a hole they couldn’t climb out of. Two errors by Jake Wald and one by Pat Dobson didn’t help. Brian Buscher helped make the score closer late in the game with a 3 run homer in the 8th.

Notable Performances:
John Bowker: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, .254
Brian Buscher: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .267
Garrett Broshuis: 4.0 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 5.18 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Augusta 4, Greensboro 1
WP: D. Sack (5-5, 4.07)
LP: T. Tankersley (2-4, 3.76)
SV: S. Martin (3)
Darren Sack gave up just 1 unearned run on 6 hits and a walk in 7.2 innings, and that was the key to Augusta’s win on Saturday. Sack also struck out 8. Jonathan Armitage had a 2 run home run in the 2nd inning to give the GreenJackets all the runs they needed.

Notable Performances:
Jonathan Armitage: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .240
Marcus Sanders: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 CS, .300
Darren Sack: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 4.07 ERA
Sean Martin: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.11 ERA

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Salem-Keizer 3, Yakima 2
WP: B. Anderson (2-0, 0.90)
LP: R. Schreppel (0-1, 2.25)
Salem-Keizer got some late inning heroics to get Saturday’s win. Down 2-1 in the 9th, Mark Minicozzi drew a walk, and got to third on 2 wild pitches. Johany Abreu then singled him in with 2 outs to tie the game. In the 10th, William Thompson singled with no one out, and was advanced to second on a sac bunt, then he scored on Charlie Babineaux’s single. That took starter Sergio Romo off the hook, who allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, in 3.1 innings of work.

Notable Performances:
Mark Minicozzi: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, .278
Joey Dyche: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, .244
Sergio Romo: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 0.95 ERA
Jose Sanchez: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.08 ERA
Brian Anderson: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.90 ERA

AZL Giants (Rookie): No Game Scheduled


July 17th
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 11, Salt Lake 4
WP: B. Cooper (5-7, 4.95)
LP: D. Moseley (4-6, 5.09)
The Grizzlies rained down 3 home runs on the Stingers for a big time victory over Salt Lake. Doug Clark hit his 9th of the year in the 3rd, a solo shot. Julio Ramirez followed with a 2 run shot in the 6th, his 14th, and Doug Devore hit his 10th in the 7th, also a 2 run shot. Brian Cooper made the start and had a good day, going 7 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 this and 3 walks.

Notable Performances:
Doug Clark: 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, .322
Mickey Lopez: 3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .292
Todd Linden: 3-5, 1 R, .343
Doug Devore: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .270
Julio Ramirez: 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .251
Brian Cooper: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 4.95 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Game 1: Norwich 9, Erie 5 (7 Innings)
WP: B. Burres (8-3, 3.11)
LP: N. Cornejo (4-11, 4.45)
Game 2: Norwich 12, Erie 6 (7 Innings)
WP: W. Sadler (3-4, 3.88)
LP: P. Larrison (0-1, 9.00)
Norwich’s offense exploded for 21 runs over 14 innings as the Navigators got a big sweep in a doubleheader with the Sea Wolves. Game 1 featured Brian Burres getting his 8th win despite giving up 4 runs in 5 innings pitched. Tyler Von Schell had a 2 run homer in the first inning, while Christopher Curry had a solo shot in the 4th. Anthony Labarbera picked up 4 RBI. Game 2 was paced by Fred Lewis reaching base 5 times, going 3 for 3 with 2 walks, 2 stolen bases, and scoring 3 runs. Dan Ortmeier picked up 3 RBI, and Keivn Frandsen went 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI. Norwich also announced on Sunday a contest to change their name for the 2006 season, hoping to appeal to the entire eastern Connecticut region.

Notable Performances: Game 1:
Kevin Frandsen: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, .1 SB, 214
Dan Ortmeier: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, .266
Anthony Labarbera: 2-4, 4 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS, .258
Tyler Von Schell: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .221
Brian Burres: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 3.11 ERA
Game 2:
Fred Lewis: 3-3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB, .255
Dan Ortmeier: 3-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 SO, .271
Kevin Frandsen: 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .273
Timothy Hutting: 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B, .267
Matt Palmer: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1.45 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): High Desert 8, San Jose 6
WP: C. Coughlin (2-10, 7.27)
LP: R. Sadowski (5-4, 4.52)
SV: C. Demaria (14)
A 4 run 8th inning was not enough for the Giants to overcome an early deficit to High Desert in Sunday’s loss. The inning was started on singles by Nate Schierholtz and Brian Buscher, and Guillermo Rodriguez hit a 2 RBI double. Travis Ishikawa followed with an RBI single, and then came around on Jake Wald’s single. However, Ryan Sadowski gave up 5 runs in the 2nd and 8 runs overall in 5 innings for the loss. Jesse Foppert started the game as part of his rehab assignment, and went 1 inning, giving up a hit and striking out 1.

Notable Performances:
Nate Schierholtz: 3-5, 2 R, 1 SO, .320
Clay Timpner: 3-5, 1 SO, .296
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .319
Travis Ishikawa: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .297
Jesse Foppert: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
Ryan Sadowski: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 3 HR, 4.52 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Augusta 5, Savannah 2
WP: O. Matos (4-5, 4.07)
LP: J. Henderson (7-7, 5.90)
SV: C. Whitaker (4)
Steve Holm had the big hit of the day for the Green Jackets, a 3 run homer in the 5th inning to give Augusta the lead for good. Jonathan Armitage followed with a solo shot in the 9th to help pad the lead. Starter Osiris Matos got off to a shaky start, allowing a run in each the first and second, but settled down, giving up 5 hits and no walks through 6 innings. Craig Whitaker picked up his 4th save by pitching the 9th, giving up a walk and striking out 1.

Notable Performances:
Marcus Sanders: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 E, .303
Steve Holm: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .228
Osiris Matos: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 4.07 ERA
Craig Whitaker: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.64 ERA

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Yakima 4, Salem-Keizer 3
WP: R. Doherty (1-1, 1.46)
LP: M. Minor (2-1, 1.76)
The first half of the game looked good for the Volcanoes, after a Charlie Babineaux 2 RBI single gave Salem-Keizer a 3-0 lead in the middle of the 5th. But Taylor Wilding had some problems in the 6th, giving up a double and letting another runner get on by way of an error, and then giving up a home run to tie the game. Yakima then got a walk off homer in the bottom of the 9th off of Matt Minor to get the win.

Notable Performances:
Michael Mooney: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, .362
Charlie Babineaux 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, .268
Pablo Sandoval: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 E, .324
Kellen Ludwig: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.24
Matt Minor: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 1.76 ERA

AZL Giants (Rookie): Giants 11, Rangers 6
WP: P. Lussier (1-0, 1.66)
LP: E. Vera (0-1, 4.41)
The Giants scored 7 runs in the final two innings to take this one. The 9th inning rally started with 2 out, as David Maroul and Barry Gunther hit back to back singles. Ariel Nunez then singled in Maroul, and after John Acha got hit by a pitch to load the bases, Sharlon Schloop hit a 2 run double. In the 9th, Benjamin Copeland and Rich Janeway started off the inning with back to back singles, and Christohper Stanton got a single on a sacrifice bunt to load the bases. Maroul scored 1 with a single, and then Barry Gunther cleared the bases with a double to secure the win. Antoan Richardson stole his 16th base, leading the AZL. Teammate Ariel Nunez is 2nd with 12, and the closest after them is Athletics prospect Andre Piper-Jordan with 8.

Notable Performances:
Benjamin Copeland: 2-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .188
David Maroul: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, .412
Greg McCarthy: 2-3, 2 2B, .323
Barry Gunther: 2-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, .269
Antoan Richardson: 1-5, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB, .333
Josue Gomez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3.46 ERA
Ryan McGovern: 0.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 13.50 ERA
Paul Lussier: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1.66 ERA



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