Minor League Notebook: September 2nd

It's Playoff Update time! The Giants system has won 1 championship, and 3 teams are fighting for playoff spots! San Jose's clinched theirs, but the possibility of not having homefield advantage in the Division championships is at stake in Stockton. Augusta is barely hanging onto their contention, and play a double header. And those Volcanoes are tied for first...but can they stay that way? And meanwhile, Fresno goes into extras. Drama and postseason, just another day in the minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno 7, Colorado Springs 5
WP: B. Wilson (1-1, 3.48)
LP: G. Molina (8-11, 5.64)
SV: B. Villafuerte (3)
Kevin Frandsen hit his 2nd home run in AAA just in time, a 3 run shot in the 12th inning to break a 4-4 tie and put the Grizzlies on top of the Sky Sox. Frandsen was 2 for 6 with a double and 4 RBI. Garrett Broshuis went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs, 2 unearned on Frandsen’s 4th error in AAA. Brian Wilson struck out an amazing 5 in 2 innings, walking 1 and giving up no hits in relief.

Notable Performances:
Kevin Frandsen: 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E, .375
Doug Clark: 3-6, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .313
Tony Torcato: 3-6, 1 SO, .270
Brian Dallimore: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .304
Garrett Broshius: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 5.25 ERA
Brian Wilson: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 3.48 ERA

Norwich Navigators(AA): Norwich 2, New Hampshire 0
WP: A. Moreno (2-4, 5.01)
LP: C. Reimers (6-7, 4.15)
SV: A. Simon (19)
The Navigators pitching staff combined for a nice shutout of the Fisher Cats. Anthony Moreno went 6 innings, giving up just 2 hits and 3 walks. Billy Sadler gave up another hit in 2 innings of relief, while Alfredo Simon only allowed a walk while pitching the 9th for a save. Fred Lewis went 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored, the only extra base hit the Navigators got.

Notable Performances:
Fred Lewis: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, .275
Dan Ortmeier: 2-4, 1 RBI, .274
Anthony Moreno: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 SO, 5.01 ERA
Alfredo Simon: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.90 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): San Jose 8, Stockton 1
WP: B. McNiven (7-2, 4.24)
LP: B. Knox (8-7, 4.27)
Brooks McNiven put up a stong 5 innings, allowing just a run, to help the Giants clinch the top overall record in the California League, and putting the Giants 2 games behind the Ports for the 2nd Half title. The Giants won the first half title and have a first round bye in the California League Playoffs, with 3 games against the Ports left. Guillermo Rodriguez was 3 for 4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI, with a 2 run homer in the 9th. John Bowker hit his 12th, a 2 run shot, in the 8th.

Notable Performances:
Guillermo Rodriguez: 3-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SO, .281
John Bowker: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .268
Brooks McNiven: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 4.24 ERA
Justin Hedrick: 2.0 I P, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.67 ERA
Eugene Espineli: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.73 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Game 1: Savannah 5, Augusta 3 (7 Innings)
WP: C. Balester (8-6, 3.67)
LP: J. Sanchez: 5-7, 4.08)
SV: T. Wilson (4)
Game 2: Augusta 7, Savannah 5 (7 Innings)
WP: C. Whitaker (3-4, 4.66)
LP: B. Lambert (0-1, 9.00)
The GreenJackets were able to split a DH with the Sand Gnats. Jonathan Sanchez lost game 1, giving up 5 runs in 5.1 innings despite striking out 8. Brian Horwitz went 4 for 4 in that game, and Carlos Sosa collected 3 RBI with 2 doubles, but that would be it. In Game 2, Augusta scored all 7 runs in the 5th and 6th innings. Horwitz went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI to lead the team in Game 2. With 3 games left, the GreenJackets are 2.5 games behind Kannapolis for the 2nd half division title and a playoff berth.

Notable Performances: Game 1:
Brian Horwitz: 4-4, 1 R, 1 2B, .345
Carlos Sosa: 2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SO, .292
Marcus Sanders: 2-4, 2 R, 1 SB, .297
Jonathan Sanchez: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 4.08 ERA
Kelyn Acosta: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1.42 ERA
Game 2:
Brian Horwitz: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .348
Marcus Sanders: 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .300
Carlos Sosa: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .294

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Salem-Keizer 4, Everett 3 (10 Innings)
WP: N. Pereira (4-3, 3.17)
LP: L. Beus (1-2, 3.75)
S-K blew the lead in the 9th, but came back to win in extras and keep pace with Vancouver, holding onto a first place tie. Buck Cody allowed 2 runs, 1 unearned on a Pablo Sandoval error, in the 9th to blow a 3-1 lead. But in the bottom of the 10th, Michael Mooney walked with one out. Mark Minicozzi then grounded into a fielder’s choice, which was a double play attempt where the 2nd baseman airmailed the throw to first, with Minicozzi ending up at 2nd. Minicozzi then scored on Jose Yens’ single. The Volcanoes have 2 more games with Everett before they meet Vancouver for a 3 game series to close the season and probably decide the division winner and a playoff spot.

Notable Performances:
Joey Dyche: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 PO, .297
Michael Mooney: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, .333
Chris Nieto: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 0.87 ERA
Nick Pereira: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.17 ERA



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