Minor League Notebook: Easter Weekend

A busy Easter holiday weekend in the minors sees Fresno finally come home to play (but not without a delay), San Jose trying to dodge the rain drops, and the hitters in Connecticut trying to keep it up. Just Another Holiday Weekend in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Friday - Postponed Due To Rain
Saturday - Fresno 12, Tucson 4
Sunday - Tucson 5, Fresno 1

Fresno returned home for their first home series of the year, but the rain delayed it a game. When they got it in, the top 5 hitters lead the offense. They combined for a 12 for 23 day (all of the team's hits) with 11 RBI, 2 doubles and 5 walks. 3B Kevin Frandsen hit three singles up the middle, and LF Adam Shabala and CF Dan Ortmeier each had 4 RBI. SP Alfredo Simon had a solid start, going 5 innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, but just struck out 1 after striking out 8 in his first start.

Sunday's game didn't go as well, with Fresno being held to 5 hits by Tucson's pitchers. Shabala picked up 2 of them in 3 at bats, along with a double and a walk. SP Pedro Liriano went 5 innings scoreless, but RP Brandon Villafuerte gave up 3 runs in relief to take the loss. RP Matt Anderson gave up 2 runs in 1 inning of relief, raising his ERA to 15.75.

OF Todd Linden is reportedly going on the DL with a sprained thumb, and could miss from 3 to 6 weeks. OF Fred Lewis also remains hobbled with a hamstring injury, though he remains available to pinch hit.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Friday - Connecticut 4, Trenton 0
Saturday - Connecticut 7, Trenton 5
Sunday - No Game Scheduled

Connecticut's offense is playing well, but it's their pitching that won Friday's game. SP Jonathan Sanchez had a dominating start, giving up 2 hits and no walks while striking out 10 through 6 innings. RF Nate Schierholtz went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a walk, while LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Jake Sisk, a Rule 5 pickup in the minor league portion, went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk to keep his average up at .500.

Saturday's game used more than half of the pitching staff, with 7 pitchers contributing on the effort. SP Jesse Floyd went 4 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks. RP Mike Musgrave gave up 2 more in relief, but 5 relievers combined for 3.1 innings, giving up 3 hits and a walk. RP Joe Bateman picked up his third save of the season. 1B Travis Ishikawa went 2 for 3 with a double and his first home run of the year, and he also walked once with a strikeout. C Justin Knoedler also contributed a 4th inning grand slam, his only hit in 4 at bats.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Friday - Modesto 7, San Jose 3
Saturday - San Jose 8, Modesto 5
Sunday - Suspended in the 2nd inning, 0-0

SP Juan Serrato ran into trouble on a cold Friday night, giving up 6 runs in 3.1 innings on 6 hits and 4 walks, and struck out just 1. The offense only managed to score 3 runs despite out hitting the Nuts 8-7 and being the benficieries of 2 errors. RF John Bowker went 2 for 4 with a double, while 1B Julio Cardido scored 2 runs on a 2 for 4 day. SS Marcus Sanders came back from a thumb injury and went 1 for 5.

Saturday's game saaw Nick Pereira throw his 2nd good game. Pereira went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. RP Brian Anderson picked up his 2nd save of the season. CF Joey Dyche went 2 for 4 with a triple and a walk, while 1B/LF Pat Dobson delivered 4 RBI despite a 1 for 5 day.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Friday - Augusta 8, Greenville 4
Saturday - Charleston 10, Augusta 4
Sunday - Charleston 9, Augusta 2

19 year old Shairon Martis picked up his first win in A ball on Friday with 5 innings and giving up 3 runs. He struck out 5 and lowered his ERA to 7.27 on the year. C Barry Gunther led the offense weht a 3 for 4 day including 2 doubles and 3 RBI. RF Michael Mooney also had 3 RBI, going 2 for 3 with a double. CF Antoan Richardson went 0 for 2 with 3 walks, and stole 2 bases.

The following two days saw Augusta's pitchign break down. SP Ryan Shaver gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in 4.2 innings on Saturday, and RP David Quinowski and Bryan Millikan both gave up runs, Quinowski 3 in 1.1 innings, while Millikan gave up 2 in 3 innings. On Sunday, Ben Nieto gave up 8 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 3.1 innings, his worst start as a pro. RP Ronnie Ray came in and settled things down, giving up just an unearned run in 4.2 innings, but the damage was done for the loss.

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