Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 10, Tucson 7 (12 innings)
Fresno's pitching may be a sore point all season, and today was no different as SP Matt Kinney gave up 5 runs in the first three innings to put Fresno in an early hole, but Fresno's offense is finally starting to break through, overcoming not only that deficit but also a blown save by RP Merkin Valdez.
The big break came in the 9th, when the Grizzlies scored 4 runs to overcome the deficit. 2B Kevin Frandsen tripled home 2 runs to tie the game, and came home on Adam Shabala's sacrifice fly to give Fresno a lead. Frandsen was 2 for 6 with the triple. RP Merkin Valdez gave up a run in the 9th on a hit and a walk to blow the lead, though he kept the game tied through the 10th.
In the 12th, CF Dan Ortmeier, RF Abe Nunez and 1B Chad Santos opened the inning with 3 straight singles and a run scored. 3B Jed Hansen then tripled to score 2 more insurance runs. RP Brian Wilson pitched the 11th and 12th to get the win, giving up a hit and a walk but striking out 3.
Ortmeier hit his first home run on the year, a solo shot in the 4th, and went 3 for 6. The day saw his batting average raised from .174 (4 for 23) to .241.
Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 5, Trenton 4 (10 Innings)
Connecticut's offensive duo of RF Nate Schierholtz and LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve came through when it mattered most. Schierholtz singled with 2 out in the 10th, and EME doubled him home to give Connecticut the lead, and RP's Geno Espineli and Billy Sadler nailed down the bottom half to get Connecticut the win. Schierholtz went 3 for 5 with a double on the day, while EME went 1 for 4 with the double and a walk.
SP Pat Misch gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk in 6 innings, but closer Joe Bateman blew the save in the 9th, giving up a run on 2 hits, though he struck out 2 in one inning. 1B Travis Ishikawa also had a big day, though the late inning heroics overshadowed him. Ishikawa went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI.
While the Eastern league has not surprisingly hurt the power of the core of the Defenders offense, EME, Schierholtz and Ishikawa remain powerful forces in their lineup. Schierholtz had his 2nd double to match his homer (the only one so far out of the three) and is batting .308 on the season. EME hit his 5th double to match a .346 batting average, while Ishikawa's 2 doubles were his first two of the season, though he is batting .348.
San Jose Giants (High-A) - Game 1: San Jose 7, Stockton 3 (7 Innings); Game 2: San Jose 6, Stockton 3
Like Fogerty sang, the sun came out today, and the Giants came to play. LF John Bowker went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI in Game 1, and 3 more RBI came from 3B Simon Klink, including a 2 run home run in the 4th, to lead the Giants to victory. SP Jesus Reina went 5 innings, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits and 2 walks to get the win.
In Game 2, SP Anthony Moreno gave up a run (earned) in 5 innings on 2 hits and 1 walk to match that and get a win for himeself. DH Guillermo Rodriguez powered the Giants, going 2 for 2 with a double and a 2 runs homer, scoring 2 runs and knocking 3 in. RF Brian Horwitz went 2 for 3 as well in the game, while CF Pat Dobson went 2 for 4.
Horwitz is now batting .429 on the season, the best among all the team's regulars. SS Marcus Sanders didn't play either game for undisclosed reasons.
Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Greenville 9, Augusta 0
SP Dan Griffin took his first loss of the year in a 3 inning+ stint. The first three innings were scoreless, but he was removed in the 4th after giving up a double and a walk. Two errors extended the inning, and both runners came around to score, though only 1 was earned. RP Bryan Millikan got tagged with 4 runs (none earned) on just 2 hits and a walk.
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