Minor League Notebook: April 9th

Fresno gave up 35 runs in Las Vegas and not surprisingly got swept away by Las Vegas on Sunday. Augusta gave up 21 runs in a doubleheader and got swept by Charleston. On the other hand, San Jose finished off a 4 game sweep of the Nuts. And then there was Connecticut breaking up the house-cleaning by losing the final game of their series, stopping their own sweep. Just Another Sweeping Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Las Vegas 12, Fresno 4

The only thing that can be said about Sunday's game in Las Vegas, in which the 51's swept Fresno, is that it couldn't have gotten worse than how it started. LF Fred Lewis pulled his left hamstring running to first, and will miss at least three games. Grizzlies Manager Shane Turner also said that the injury will make the Grizzlies more cautious when running Lewis. Kevin Frandsen continued to wake up from a slow start, going 2 for 3 with another double (his second) and raising his average to .286 after starting the season 0 for 8. Frandsen also took two HBP. LF Todd Linden, who was not in the starting lineup but replaced Lewis, hit his first home run of the year, a 2 run shot in the 8th, and walked. He was 1 for 2, and is batting .182 on the season.

The pitching was awful. SP Francisco Liriano gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 3.0 IP. RP Erick Threets gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks, and gave up 2 home runs in 2.0 IP. RP Matt Anderson gave up 2 runs in 1.1 IP thanks to 6 walks and 1 hit, which also was a home run. And RP Brandon Villafuerte gave up 3 runs on 3 hits in 1.2 innings. Fresno pitchers gave up 5 home runs in the game. The team's staff has a 7.59 ERA through three games, having given up 27 earned runs. Bad defense has also contributed to 8 unearned runs.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Portland 4, Connecticut 2

The Defenders suffered their first loss of the year after managing only one hit against Portland starting pitcher Kason Gabbard in 5 innings, and 4 in the game overall. RF Nate Schierholtz scored the only run against him, getting on base after getting hit by a pitch, and coming around on 3B Brian Buscher's ground out. Schierholtz went 0 for 1 in the game, with a walk, a strikeout, and 2 HBP. SS Jake Wald doubled in the team's only other run, and the double was his only hit in 3 at bats.

SP Jonathan Sanchez took the loss in his first start at AA, giving up 3 unearned runs in 5 innings. The runs came in after a two out error by Wald. Sanchez gave up 2 hits and 1 walks while striking out 4. RP Jason Waddell threw a runner-less 9th, striking out 1.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 1, Visalia 0

San Jose swept the nuts in a pitching duel starred in by SP Nick Pereira. Pereira gave up 1 hit and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts in his San Jose debut, and collected the win. RP Alexander Hinshaw made things look uncertain, giving up 3 hits and a walk in 0.2 IP of relief, but RP Brooks McNiven got the final out in the 7th to get the Giants out of it. Ben Cox pitching the final 2 innings without allowing a baserunner, and striking out 1.

3B Simon Klink doubled home 1B Pat Dobson for the game's only RBI. Klink's double and Dobson's single were their only hits. 2B Mark Minicozzi went 2 for 3, and Brian Horwitz was 1 for 2 with a walk. Both are hitting .500 for the young season, along with DH Steve Holm. SS Marcus Sanders went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Game 1: Charleston 13, Augusta 4 (7 Innings); Game 2: Charleston 8, Augusta 0

Augusta got plastered in Sunday's double header. Game 1 was off to a bad start when young SP Shairon Martis gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 3.2 IP (though he struck out 5 and walked none), but it was the relief pitching that cursed the GJ's. RP Osiris Matos got the last out in the 4th with no problem, but only got 1 out in the 5th while giving up 6 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk. One more runner got on on a fielder's choice that didn't get an out due to an error by 3B Pablo Sandoval. RP Buck Cody came in for relief, and couldn't even get an out as he gave up 3 runs on 2 walks and a hit. RP Matt Minor finished the game, giving up no more runs, but a hit, a walk and getting a strikeout In Game 2, SP Ryan Shave gave up 4 runs, only 1 earned, over 4 innings, and RP Bryan Millikan gave up 4 more runs in 2 innings.

The GreenJackets only managed 1 hit and 3 walks, a double by Jose Yens, in Game 2 against Charleston RP Abel Gomez. Charleston's SP Phil Coke allowed only one baserunner (Antoan Richardson on a HBP). GJ CF Slex Requena did go 3 for 4 in Game 1 with 2 runs scored, and Sandoval went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.

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