Minor League Notebook: September 3rd-5th

It's almost over...actually, it is for 3 minor league teams. But as San Jose looks towards the playoffs, Salem-Kezier has 2 more days to prove it's playoff worth. A super-sized edition of the notebook! It was just another 3 day holiday, regular season ending (mostly), weekend in the minors!

9/3
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Colorado Spring 8, Fresno 0
WP: J. Hampson (5-13, 5.99)
LP: M. Kinney (7-8, 5.21)
Fresno got limited to 5 hits on the night, and Colorado Springs scored 6 in the first to put this game out of reach quickly. Matt Kinney went only 3.1 innings, giving up 6 runs on 5 hits and a walk. Stephen Randolph gave up 2 runs in 2.2 innings.

Notable Performances:
Doug DeVore: 2-4, 1 2B, .288
Matt Kinney: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 5.21 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): New Hampshire 9, Norwich 1
WP: D. Purcey (4-3, 2.93)
LP: M. Walk (0-1, 4.50)
Mitch Walk gave up 3 runs in 6 innings, dashing Norwich’s slim playoff hopes as their loss eliminated them mathematically from the last wild card spot in the Eastern League. Arnoldo Mercado didn’t help, giving up 4 runs in 1.1 innings of relief, and Erick Threets gave up 2 more runs in two thirds of an inning.

Notable Performances:
Carlos Valderrama: 2-4, 1 2B, .298
Mitch Walk: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 4.50 ERA
Erick Threets: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 5.06 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): Stockton 5, San Jose 2
WP: K. Dunn (11-4, 4.56)
LP: J. Petersen (4-4, 4.97)
SV: J. Burton (24)
Stockton’s win on Saturday gave them the largely moral victory of winning the 2nd half California League North Division title. The Giants had already won home field advantage in the divisional series and the Ports already had home field advantage in their first round matchup. Jeff Petersen gave up 3 runs in 6.1 innings in only his 2nd start of the season. Eddy Martinez-Esteve had an RBI double.

Notable Performances:
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .313
Patrick Dobson: 2-4, 1 RBI, .280
Jeff Petersen: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 4.97 ERA
Ben Cox: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.10 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Savannah 4, Augusta 2
WP: B. Francisco (1-1, 4.24)
LP: R. Ray (7-6, 4.13)
Saturday’s loss eliminated the GreenJackets from the playoffs. Ronnie Ray started the game, making his Giants system debut after being acquired from the Angels. He went 5.1 innings, giving up 4 runs, 2 earned, and striking out 6 while walking 3. Brian Horwitz hit a home run in the 6th inning, a solo shot that was only his 2nd of the season, to help the offense.

Notable Performances:
Brian Horwitz: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .350
Marcus Sanders: 1-3, 1 BB, .300
Ronnie Ray: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 4.13 ERA

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Everett 13, Salem-Keizer 7
WP: R. Fagan (6-2, 3.50)
LP: J. Martinez (4-3, 4.30)
SV: S. Kahn (12)
The Aqua Sox won an old fashioned slugfest as the Northwest League turned into it’s final weekend. Joseph Martinez was pounded for 7 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 2.2 innings. Taylor Wilding and Bryan Milikan each gave up 3 runs in relief. S-K tried to keep up, with both Benjamin Copeland and Michael Mooney going 3 for 4 with a triple, but it wasn’t enough.

Notable Performances:
Benjamin Copeland: 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .308
Michael Mooney: 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 CS, 1 PO, .339
David Maroul: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, .270
Joseph Martinez: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 4.30 ERA

9/4
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Colorado Springs 18, Fresno 7
WP: P. Bevis (2-1, 11.57)
LP: S. Song (2-4, 4.42)
Seung Song got a rude welcoming to the PCL’s version of Coors Field, giving up 8 runs, 6 earned, in 2.2 innings while giving up 7 hits and 6 walks. The bullpen wasn’t able to stop the bleeding, with R.D. Spiehs giving up 4 runs in 2.1 innings, and newly acquired Dusty Bergman giving up 5 in 1 inning of work.

Notable Performances:
Doug DeVore: 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 SO, .290
Kevin Frandsen: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .360
Seung Song: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 3 SO, 4.42 ERA
R.D. Spiehs: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 5.28 ERA
Brian Wilson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 3.97 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Norwich 7, New Hampshire 6
WP: A. Simon (3-8, 5.03)
LP: R. Houston (3-2, 2.68)
Norwich fought to hold off the Fisher Cats and pulled out a win on Sunday. Brian Burres had a good start, giving up 2 runs in 5.2 innings, but Alfredo Simon blew the save as he and Scott Chiasson gave up 3 runs in the 8th to let New Hampshire take the lead. But Tim Hutting hit a 2 RBI single in the bottom of the 8th to put Norwich in the lead, and Anthony Labarbera singled him home to give the Navigators an important insurance run.

Notable Performances:
Brad Vericker: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .268
Anthony Labarbera: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .261
Randy Walter: 2-3, 3 R, 1 BB, .284
Brian Burres: 5.2 Ip, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 4.20 ERA
Alfredo Simon: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 5.03 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): San Jose 11, Stockton 6
WP: J. Serrato (5-6, 6.10)
LP: C. Dunwell (9-5, 5.63)
SV: J. Bateman (21)
The Giants pounded out 4 home runs to dominate the Stockton Ports. Pat Dobson led off the game with his 4th of the year, while Eddy Martinez-Esteve added a solo first inning shot of his own. Travis Ishikawa hit a 2 runs shot in the 6th, and John Bowker continued his strong performances in the 2nd half with his 13th homer in the 8th inning. Ryan Sadowski started the game, and gave up 4 runs in 4 innings, so Juan Serrato got the win in relief despite giving up 2 runs in 1.2 innings. Eugene Espineli and Joe Bateman combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Notable Performances:
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .314
Travis Ishikawa: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .282
Pat Dobson: 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .285
Anthony Contreras: 2-4, 1 2B, .218
Ryan Sadowski: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 4.64 ERA
Eugene Espineli: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.66 ERA
Joe Bateman: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.91 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Savannah 4, Augusta 1
WP: B. Lambert (1-1, 6.00)
LP: B. Stirm (7-7, 3.89)
SV: T. Wilson (5)
Both teams gathered only 3 hits, but Savannah turned it into 4 runs, with help from 3 errors by Augusta. Simon Klink, Greg McCarthy and Jon Armitage all had errors that helped lead to the loss. Brian Stirm went 5 innings in the start, giving up 3 runs, all earned.

Notable Performances:
Marcus Sanders: 1-3, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .300
Brian Stirm: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.89 ERA

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Everett 5, Salem-Keizer 3
WP: J. Gilmore (5-1, 3.97)
LP: D. Griffin (3-2, 2.39)
SV; L. Beus (1)
Salem-Keizer’s hopes for the playoffs took a blow with their 2nd straight loss to the Aquasox, leaving them 2 games behind the Candiens with 3 games to go (all against Vancouver). Dan Griffin gave up 2 runs in 5 innings to start the game, and showed some wildness with 2 wild pitches and 2 batters hit by pitches, but it was Kellen Ludwig who gave up 3 runs in 3 innings of relief to put out any hopes of a comeback.

Notable Performances:
Christopher Stanton: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 SO, .256
David Maroul: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .269
Dan Griffin: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2 WP, 2 HBP, 2.39 ERA

9/5
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Colorado Springs 9, Fresno 8
WP: W. Chavez (5-7, 5.02)
LP: M. Wylie (3-5, 4.50)
SV: M. Anderson (9)
Fresno fell just short of finishing their season with a win, scoring 2 in the 9th but falling a run short of a comeback. Pinch hitter Brian Munhall doubled in the 2 late runs with 2 out, but after Jed Hansen walked, Eliezer Alfonzo popped out to end the game. Frenso finished it’s season on a 3 game losing streak.

Notable Performances:
Doug Clark: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO, .316
Kevin Frandsen: 1-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 E, .351
Doug DeVore: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .294
Mitch Wylie: 6.0 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 4.50 ERA

Norwich Navigators (AA): Norwich 5, New Hampshire 0
WP: B. Mazone (11-8, 3.10)
LP: E. Buzachero (4-5, 3.97)
Brian Mazone put in a gem of a pitching performance, bringing Norwich to .500 to finish the season. Mazone gave up 3 hits and 1 walk through 6 innings, striking out 1. Billy Sadler and Oscar Montero made the shutout hold up. Anthony Labarbera led the team with a 2 run homer in the 1st and 4 RBI overall.

Notable Performances:
Anthony Labarbera: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SO, .265
Fred Lewis: 2-4, 2 R, 1 SB, .273
Brian Mazone: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.10 ERA
Billy Sadler: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 B, 3 SO, 3.31 ERA

San Jose Giants (High-A): San Jose 7, Stockton 6
WP: J. Hedrick (3-4, 3.55)
LP: E. Avendano (2-4, 5.49)
SV: J. Coutlangus (3)
The Giants scratched out a win against Stockton to end the regular season, but a playoff matchup still looms between the two teams. Jose Sanchez gave up 2 runs in 2 innings for the start, and Jason Waddell gave up 4 in 4 innings of relief. But Nate Schierholtz helped lead the offense, going 3 for 4 and falling a home run short of the cycle. He had 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.

Notable Performances:
Nate Schierholtz: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, .319
Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .313
Travis Ishikawa: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .282
Jose Sanchez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 13.50 ERA
Justin Hedrick: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.55 ERA
Jon Coutlangus: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.04 ERA

Augusta GreenJackets (Mid-A): Augusta 5, Savannah 3
WP: O. Matos (8-8, 4.99)
LP: G. Plexico (0-1, 5.87)
Augusta’s season ended on a high note, as Augusta scored 3 on a walkoff homer to win their final game of the year. Julian Benavidez hit the shot with runners on first and second with one out. That gave a win to Osiris Matos in relief. SAL Pitcher of the week Ben Thurmond went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs, 1 earned.

Notable Performances:
Julian Benavidez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO, .221
Aaron Hornostaj: 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B,1 SO, .237
Kyle Haines: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, .317
Ben Thurmond: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 4.41 ERA
Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.99 ERA

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A): Salem-Keizer 3, Vancouver 2
WP: N. Pereira (5-3, 3.04)
LP: S. Bryan (3-3, 3.03)
SV: B. Anderson (19)
The first matchup in a 3 game set to end the season between the top 2 teams in the North West League Canadiens and Volcanoes didn’t disappoint. The Volcanoes took an early lead on Benjamin Copeland’s steal of home on a double steal. Pablo Sandoval then singled in Michael Mooney to make it 2-0. Although Vancouver would tie it, Copeland tripled to lead off the 7th, and was knocked in for the winning run by Mooney. The Volcanoes are one game behind the Canadiens for the division title and playoff spot. They will need to win both of the remaining games to make the playoffs.

Notable Performances:
Michael Mooney: 4-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SB, .346
Benjamin Copeland: 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 SO, 1 SB, .308
Sergio Romo: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR, 2.75 ERA
Nick Pereira: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3.04 ERA
Brian Anderson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1.95 ERA



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