Minor League Notebook: April 11th

Only the rain stopped a minor league sweep for the SF Farm system. While San Jose was rained out, Fresno's Brad Hennessey recovered in the desert. Connecticut remains a pitching haven, and Augusta didn't pitch badly, but the offense finally started to hit a little more. Just Another Winning Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 5, Tucson 3

SP Brad Hennesssey bounced back from a bad first start to go 6 innings and give up only 2 runs on 4 hits (1 home run). He walked none and struck out 4, a big improvement. RP Michael Tejera picked up the win, giving up 1 unearned run and going 1.2 innings in relief. RP Brian Wilson got 1 out, and RP Merkin Valdez finally got a chance to pick up his first save, which he converted without allowing a baserunner.

2B Kevin Frandsen went 2 for 4 with a double while batting leadoff. CF Dan Ortmeier went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Jed Hansen, who regularly plays third base but was put at second a couple fo day ago, started at catcher, but was replaced in the 7th by Eliezer Alfonzo.

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

Pitching continues to dominate the Eastern League. SP Garrett Broshuis had a very strong outing, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and a walk in 6 innings, but left on the hook for a loss. But New Hampshire also changed pitchers after 6 innings, and LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve greeted him with a double, and DH Tyler Von Schell homered to give Connecticut all they would need.

Martinez-Esteve ended up 2 for 3 with a strikeout on the day, and is batting .333. RF Nate Schierholtz went 2 for 3, ending a 2 for 13 mini-slump he'd been in since homering in his first at bat to raise his average to .294. RP Joe Bateman came in for his 2nd save of the season, giving up no baserunners and getting a strikeout. Von Schell's home run was only the 2nd for the Defenders this season.

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

The same storm that wiped out Monday's SF Giants game also took out the SJ Giants. There has been a doubleheader scheduled for Thursday to make up the game.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 6, Greenville 4

SP Ronnie Ray put up a solid start for the GreenJackets, allowing 1 run in 4.2 innings off of 5 hits and a walk, but Monday was the offense's day to shine. LF Ben Copeland went 2 for 4 for his 2nd and 3rd hits of the season, and to raise his average to .176. 3B Pablo Sandoval also went 2 for 4, but with a double and a walk. 2B Anthony Contreras also had a 2 for 4 with a double. RF Michael Mooney went 1 for 2 with 2 walks, and stole his first base of the season.

RP Ben Nieto got the win despite giving up 3 runs on 3 hits (2 home runs) in 4 innings. He struck out 5 and walked none. RP Sergio Romo came in to get the last out and an easy save.

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