Minor League Notebook: July 20th

Some big wins and some big losses today. Seung Song, released by two teams this offseason, makes his return to AAA...but would the sweltering heat of Fresno be too much for someone who just came from often rainy Conneticut? Another struggling Fresno pitcher, Patrick Misch, makes his return to AA to get things in order. And who got 5 hits in Oregon? If you went to the College of San Mateo, you might know him! Just another day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 16, Salt Lake 8
WP: B. Villafuerte (6-2, 4.83)
LP: C. Andrews (6-4, 5.62)
Seung Song made the next step in his recovery, making his first start at AAA this season, but it didn’t go well. He gave up 5 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks in 2.2 innings. But a big offensive day by the Grizzlies, including 3 home runs, overcame all that. Rehabbing Edgardo Alfonzo went 2 for 3 with a double on his first day playing the field, and Marquis Grissom went 1 for 5 and scored 2 runs batting leadoff. Todd Linden went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI to stay red hot since his return to AAA.

Notable Performances:
Todd Linden: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .345
Edgardo Alfonzo: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, .545
Justin Knoedler: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .286
Angel Chavez: 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, .262
Seung Song: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 0 SO, 2 HR, 13.50 ERA
Jeremy Accardo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.42 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Bowie 5, Norwich 4 (12 Innings)
WP: C. Piersoll (3-0, 1.32)
LP: A. Simon (1-6, 5.29)
Patrick Misch, who had struggled all year in AAA, returned to AA Fresno and had a solid start, giving up 3 runs in 5.1 innings, but 3 errors led to 2 unearned runs, including the one that tied the game, and sent the game to extra innings where Norwich lost it. Alfredo Simon pitched 2.2 innings of extra inning pitching, but gave up a run on 3 hits to take his 6th loss of the season.

Notable Performances:
Fred Lewis: 3-6, 1 R, 2 SO, 1 CS, .262
Kevin Frandsen: 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 CS, .319
Eliezer Alfonzo: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .314
Dan Ortmeier: 2-6, 1 R, 1 SO, .277
Carlos Valderrama: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .302
Patrick Misch: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 3.38 ERA
Alfredo Simon: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 5.29 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): Lancaster 11, San Jose 1
WP: M. Chico (2-2, 3.79)
LP: J. Serrato (4-3, 5.43)
San Jose’s pitching staff couldn’t hold the floodgates, even for just a little bit. Starter Juan Serrato gave up 6 runs, 4 earned, in 4 innings, and Jeff Petersen gave up 4 more in the next two innings. Combined with an anemic offense, it spelled a tough loss for the Giants. Brian Buscher had 2 of the team’s 6 hits, and 1 of it’s only 2 extra base hits, a double.

Notable Performances:
Brian Buscher: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 SO, .311
Nate Schierholtz: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 SO, .314
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-4, 1 CS, 1 PO, .322
Juan Serrato: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 5.43 ERA
Jeff Petersen: 2.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 6.14 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Savannah 10, Augusta 3
WP: S. Gonzalez (3-3, 6.87)
LP: C. Whitaker (1-3, 5.73)
What looked to be a 3-1 victory Despite only getting 6 hits of offense quickly fell apart in the 8th inning. Jonathan Sanchez allowed only 1 run on 3 hits through 5 innings, but Adam Gardner only managed 1 out in the 9th, giving up 2 hits before giving way to Craig Whitaker. Whitaker couldn’t even get 1 out, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks, all 4 of whom scored, and Brian Stirm relieved him, giving up 3 more runs before the inning ended. In all, the Sand Gnats scored 9 runs in the 8th to take the win.

Notable Performances:
Steve Holm: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .235
Simon Klink” 2-2, 1 2B, 2 BB, .268
Jonathan Sanchez: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 4.02 ERA
Craig Whitaker: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 5.73 ERA

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Salem-Keizer 10, Yakima 0
WP: M. Raguse (2-2, 4.70)
LP: A. Howard (2-2, 3.38)
SV: D. McKae (2)
It all came together for the Volcanoes on Wednesday. Pitching-wise, start Matt Raguse gave up 2 hits and a walk through 6 innings while stiking out 6, and Dave McKae pitched for the 3 inning save, not allowing a single baserunner and striking out 3 of his own. The offense was led by Michael Mooney, who went 5 for 6 with a double, 2 runs scored and an RBI. Will Thompson and Pablo Sandoval each went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI, and Sandoval’s hits were a triple and a home run.

Notable Performances:
Michael Mooney: 5-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .371
Pablo Sandoval: 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR< 2 RBI, .316
Will Thompson: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .349
Joey Dyche: 2-4, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, .266
Matt Raguse: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 4.70 ERA
Dave McKae: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.01 ERA

AZL Giants (Rookie): Giants 7, Padres 5
WP: S. Martis (1-0, 2.20)
LP: D. Baca (1-2, 4.32)
SV: G. Martinez (2)
Top draft pick Benjamin Copeland went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI to help lead the rookies to a win in the desert. Ariel Nunez went 2 for 3 to keep his average high at .377. Daniel Griffin took the start, and went 4 innings, giving up just 2 hits, no walks, and striking out 8.

Notable Performances:
Benjamin Copeland: 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, .240
Ariel Nunez: 2-3, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 CS, .377
Sharlon Shoop: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, .253
Daniel Griffin: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 0 HR, 1.08 ERA
Gregorio Martinez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.81 ERA



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