Minor League Notebook: April 10th

Augusta gets the day off, but everyone else played. Fresno's offense scored some runs, but could their pitching staff keep Tucson off the board? And San Jose runs into a wall, and the question of whether or not Craig Whitaker is a starter or reliever remains far from answered. Meanwhile, Connecticut has another pitcher's duel and goes to extras. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 7, Tucson 3

Fresno finally broke through for their first win, and their maligned pitching staff was the catalyst. SP Alfredo Simon, who struggled as both a starter and reliever at times in AA Norwich, put together a solid start. He did allow 3 runs (2 earned) off of 8 hits in 4.1 innings, but he walked only 1 while striking out 8. RP Jeff Miller came in in the 5th, after Fresno's 7 run inning to put them on top, and got two quick outs to leave two runners stranded. Miller went 2.2 innings, allowing just a hit and striking out 2 to get the win. RP Brian Wilson and Merkin Valdez each pitched a scoreless inning in relief as well.

The team's top three hitters of INF Kevin Frandsen, INF Jed Hansen and LF Todd Linden combined to go 1 for 12, but the next five hitters all collected 2 hits each, and even the pitcher Simon picked up a hit in the 9 spot, hitting a double. CF Dan Ortmeier went 2 for 4 with a double, finally getting his first hit of the season. C Eliezer Alfonzo went 2 for 4 with a 2 run home run. Frandsen had 2 walks, and scored a run.

Fresno's defense had some problems. The Giants tried Frandsen out at third to start the game with Jed Hansen at 2nd. But Frandsen had an error in the third and Hansen had two in the early innings, and they switched positions in the 8th. Valdez also had an error in the 9th.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 2, New Hampshire 1 (11 Innings)

The Defenders had another pitching duel, this time led by SP Jesse Floyd, who scattered 2 hits and 2 walks over 6 scoreless innings. RP Billy Sadler gave up the only Connecticut run with a home run in the 7th. RP Geno Espineli held the Fisher Cats in check for 2.2 innings, and Joe Bateman came in for the final 2 outs to get the win.

2B Derin McMains gave Connecticut it's first run in the 5th on a groundout with a man on third. To win the game in the 11th, RF Nate Schierholtz scored on a bases loaded walk drawn by 3B Brian Buscher. Schierholtz went 1 for 5 and is hitting .214 since starting the AA season with a home run. 1B Travis Ishikawa went 3 for 5 and is batting .353. But SS Jake Wald, who went 1 for 3 with a walk, leads the team with a .364 batting average.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Stockton 3, San Jose 1

San Jose lost it's first game of the year in a game filled with short pitching appearances. SP Craig Whitaker got the start, but only went 2 innings, giving up a run on 2 hits and a walk while getting a strikeout. RP James Garcia gave up a run in 2 innings of relief work, and RP Adam Gardner also gave up a run late in 1.2 inning of work. Both pitchers only allowed 1 hit, but walked 3 to lead to the runs.

DH Julio Cordido had a big offense day, going 4 for 4 and getting the team's only RBI. Brian Horwitz went 0 for 4, but got on base thanks to an error to score the team's only run. SS Marcus Sanders went 0 for 2 with a hit by pitch and was replaced late in the game. Sanders is batting just .143 on the year.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - No Game Scheduled

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