Minor League Notebook: April 7th

The big league team may have gotten the game in from the rain, but San Jose got rained out. Fresno took another hard loss in Las Vegas, as the pitching staff blew up. But in Connecticut, a pitching duel ensued (with an almost Bonds-like intentional walk to a certain Defender hitter), and in Augusta, a strikeout king started the march to a new throne. It's Just Another (wet) Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Las Vegas 9, Fresno 2

Like the opener, the Grizzlies fell behind a little, came back to tie the game, then fell behind a lot to lose. SP Brian Cooper took the loss, giving up 5 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 4.2 innings. RP Matt Anderson didn't help in relief, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in 0.2 innings. Only RP Michael Tejera was unscored upon in relief for Fresno, going 1.1 hitless to finish the game and striking out 2.

1B Chad Santos had the big hit of the 3 Fresno had in the game, a 2 run home run that also knocked in RF Todd Linden. Santos was 1 for 3 with a walk. Linden was 0 for 2, but drew 2 walks (as well as striking out twice). CF Fred Lewis and Cooper got the other two hits, both singles.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 4, Portland 2

Connecticut was no-hit by SP Chris Smith for the five innings he started for Portland, but overcame it once the bullpen came in. Connecticut SP Pat Misch allowed 4 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts, but matched Smith scoreless inning for scoreless inning. RP R.D. Spiehs allowed the 2 Portland runs on 3 hits while getting only 1 out, but the rest of the bullpen was solid. Closer Joe Bateman got the save in a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout.

SS Jake Wald went 1 for 2 with a walk and a double, scoring two runs for the Defenders. 2B Derin McMains went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk as well to score another run. CF Clay Timpner also hit a double in his only at bat. RF Nate Schierholtz was held hitless, but got on base with a HBP and stole a base on a double steal.

An interesting situation occured with Smith on the mound. McMains drew a walk in the 4th, the first baserunner Smith allowed. He was on first with 2 out when LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve came up, and Portland decided to intentionally walk EME. At that point, Martinez-Esteve was only 1 for 5 on the season. The move almost backfired, as DH Tyler Von Schell hit a grounder to short that was thrown away, and McMains was thrown out at home before scoring after the first baseman recovered the ball. The two walks were the only baserunners Smith allowed in the game.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Postponed Due to Rain

Friday's game was postponed due to the storms passing through the Bay Area. The game will be made up on Saturday in a doubleheader.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 3, Charleston 2

SP Dan Griffin started off his season on the right note, striking out 4 of the first 7 batters he faced. Griffin, who led the NCAA in strikeout rate in 2005, went 5 scoreless innings while striking out 6. He did give up 5 hits, all singles. RP Bryan Millikan and Wayne Foltin each gave up an unearned run late, as the GreenJackets suffered 5 errors: 2 by RF Michael Mooney, 2 by 3B Pablo Sandoval, and 1 by SS Eugenio Velez.

Minor league veteran OF Alex Requena paced the GreenJackets offense, going 2 for 4 with a walk and stealing two bases to score two times, while Sandoval collected all 3 RBI with three hits in 4 at bats. 2B Anthony Contreras went 2 for 3 and a walk, and scored the other Augusta run.

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