Minor League Notebook: August 31st

San Jose is coming on strong, and Augusta sweeps a double header in their playoff race. September's almost here, it's time for the playoff races to heat up! Just another month in the minors wraps up!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Sacramento 7, Fresno 3
WP: M. Ziegler (6-6, 4.95)
LP: M. Wylie (3-4, 3.90)
Kevin Frandsen hit his first home run in AAA, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough for Fresno. Doug Clark added a 4 for 4 day on the offense. But the Rivercats peppered the Grizzlies pitching staff, scoring single runs in 7 of 8 innings. Mitch Wylie gave up 4 in 4.1 innings, while Brandon Puffer gave up 2 more in 2.2 innings. Dusty Bergman, in his first action in the Giants system, gave up 1 run in 1 inning.

Notable Performances:
Doug Clark: 4-4, 1 SB, 1 CS, 1 PO, .310
Kevin Frandsen: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .362
Mitch Wylie: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3.90 ERA
Dusty Bergman: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3.25 ERA

Norwich Navigators(AA): Norwich 6, Trenton 5
WP: A. Simon (2-8, 4.96)
LP: J. Kennard (0-1, 0.00)
Brian Burres gave up 3 runs in 5 innings while striking out 6 in a bid to get a callup to San Francisco. Dan Ortmeier helped fuel by going 3 for 4 with a 1 and a RBI, and Tim Hutting went 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI.

Notable Perofrmances:
Dan Ortmeier: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB, .275
Tim Hutting: 2-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, .252
Brian Burres: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 4.24 ERA
Erick Threets: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4.71 ERA
Alfredo Simon: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 5.01 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): San Jose 7, Rancho Cucamonga 4
WP: J. Waddell (5-1, 2.89)
LP: K. Jepsen (0-1, 10.66)
A 6 run 2nd inning powered the Giants win over RC on Wednesday. Eddy Martinez-Esteve was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, followed by singles by Brian Buscher and Nate Schierholtz to lad the bases. Todd Jennings was walked to drive in EME, and Guillermo Rodriguez to clear the bases. Clay Timpner also had an RBI double in the inning, and Schierholtz had a solo hom run in the 3rd. Jason Waddell went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned.

Notable Performances:
John Bowker: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 S), .268
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 0-1, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, .316
Nate Schierholtz: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .321
Jason Waddell: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2.89 ERA
Eugene Espineli: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.82 ERA
Joe Bateman: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.95 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Game 1: Augusta 10, Columbus 1 (7 Innings)
WP: O. Matos (7-8, 5.10)
LP: A. Castillo (0-1, 6.75)
Game 2: Augusta 8, Columbus 2 (7 Innings)
WP: B. Thurmond (7-7, 4.69)
LP: J. Pratt (0-1, 7.07)
Augusta got a bigtime sweep over the Catfish on Wednesday. In Game 1, Marcus Sanders went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI to lead the Augusta offense to 10 runs. Brian Stirm went 4 innings, giving up 1 run, while Osiris Matos went the final 3, all shutout innings. In Game 2, Ben Thurmond went the full 7 innings, striking out 12 while giving up 2 runs on just 3 hits and no walks. The GreenJackets collect 9 walks as a team against Columbus in the nightcap.

Notable Performances: Game 1:
Marcus Sanders: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, .295
Alex Requena: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .258
Carlos Sosa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .290
Brian Stirm: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 3.79 ERA
Osiris Matos: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 5.10 ERA
Game 2:
Marcus Sanders: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB, .295
Ben Thurmond: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 12 SO, 4.69 ERA

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Salem-Keizer 6, Eugene 4
WP: S. Romo (7-1, 2.69)
LP: S. Delabar (4-6, 4.97)
SV: B. Anderson (18)
The Volcanoes scored 5 runs in the 2nd for enough to beat the Ems on Wednesday. The big hit was Jose Yens 2 out 2 RBI double. Mark Minicozzi went 3 for 5, and Michael Mooney went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI.

Notable Performances:
Michael Mooney: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .336
Mark Minicozzi: 3-5, 1 R, 2 SO, .342
Jose Yens: 1-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SO, .289
Sergio Romo: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB 7 SO, 2.69 ERA



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