Minor League Notebook: April 17th

Connecticut lost its starting first baseman to a major league callup, but the replacement became the first Defender to get 2 home runs on the year. Meanwhile, Augusta's rotation throws another gem of an outing. And then there's Fresno. Um, yea, well, we won't dwell on that topic. Just Another Day In The Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Tacoma 9, Fresno 5

The slumping Grizzlies were able to manage 5 runs on just 6 hits (and none of them home runs), but the offense wasn't close to keeping up with the pitching. Five of the six hits were doubles, with DH Yamid Haad and SS Tomas De La Rosa each collected 2 RBI.

SP Brian Cooper gave up 8 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings, including 4 home runs. He also walked 1 and struck out 1. RP Merkin Valdez also gave up a run, giving up 2 hits in 1 inning, though he did strike out the side. RP Brian Wilson pitched a scoreless 8th inning, giving up 1 hit and 2 strikeouts. He still has a 0.00 ERA through 5.1 innings pitched.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Reading 4, Connecticut 3 (10 Innings)

Another strong pitching performance was turned in by Connecticut's rotation, but the bullpen came up unusually short and missing their starting first baseman, Connecticut fell late. SP Garrett Broshuis gave up 2 runs on 3 hits (one home runs) and no walks, while striking out 4, and things looked good when RP Jeff Petersen went 2 scoreless. But RP Joe Bateman gave up a run in the 9th on a walk and a double.

1B Tyler Von Schell, who replaced Travis Ishikawa (called up to the majors) came through with a solo home run in the 7th inning, his second of the year. CF Clay Timpner, who has been off to a slow start, went 3 for 5 to raise his average to .227.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - No Game Scheduled

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 2, Charleston 1 (10 Innings)

SP Joe Martinez pitching a pearl of an outing, going 7 innings and giving up just 3 hits and 7 strikeouts, but didn't get the win as RP Osiris Matos gave up an unearned run in the 8th thanks to a Matos throwing error.

The GreenJackets won in the 10th thanks to three straight 2 out singles by CF Alex Requena, LF Ben Copeland, and 3B Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval was 2 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout, to raise his average to .293.



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