Minor League Notebook: April 19th

Quietly, Eddy Martinez-Esteve has become one of the most consistent offensive players in the Eastern League. He's got a 12 game hitting streak on the 12 game old year, leads the EL in doubles, and hit his first home run. Plus, Fresno gets big pitching from a recent callup, and San Jose's ailing star comes through in the 9th. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 3, Las Vegas 2

The Grizzlies finally got a good start, from the unlikeliest of places, and made good on it. SP James Garcia, just promoted from San Jose, made a 5 inning start, allowing no runs, 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. In San Jose, Garcia had allowed 3 runs in 2 relief appearances for an 8.10 ERA. Garcia had spent time in AA Norwich last year, and had short stints in Fresno in 2004 and 2003.

With a good start, the Grizzlies took advantage. 2B Kevin Frandsen went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and a walk. He also stole a base, and scored all three runs of the day for Fresno. RF Abraham Nunez and 1B Chad Santos each picked up RBI.

Frandsen has hit doubles in each of his last three contests, and is batting .320 on the year. His 8 doubles lead the PCL. Fred Lewis, recovering from a hamstring injury, pinch hit and flew out to right.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 7, Reading 3

LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve is beginning to heat up for the Defenders. EME went 2 for 3 with a double and a solo home run, his first of the year. He also drew a walk to help power Connecticut's offense to another win. CF Clay Timpner joined the hitting, going 3 for 5 with a run scored to raise his average to .283.

As usual, Connecticut got some strong pitching. SP Pat Misch went 7 innings, giving up 1 unearned run on 3 hits and no walks, and struck out 8. Billy Sadler picked up an unsteady save, giving up no hits or runs, but walking 3 in one inning and striking out 2.

EME has at least one hit in each of Connecticut's 12 games, and his 7 doubles leads the Eastern League. Timpner has a 5 game hitting streak going, and is 8 for 14 in his last 3 games. He has raised his average 111 points during his hitting streak. Connecticut will be getting back 1B Travis Ishikawa from the Giants tomorrow.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 6, High Desert 5

A late rally helped San Jose top the Mavericks. Down 5-4 in the top of the 9th, 2B Mark Minicozzi drew a one out walk, and SSMarcus Sanders broke out of a slump with a big double to score him and tie the game. Sanders went to 3rd on an error on the play, and then came in on a passed ball to win the game. RP Brian Anderson struck out one in the 9th on the way to collecting his 3rd save of the year.

SP Anthony Moreno went 4.1 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks. RP Spencer Grogan allowed one more run in 2.2 innings of work on a home run. RF Brian Horwitz went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, and is now batting .389, which is 4th in the California League. Sanders' double is only his 3rd hit in 4 games since returning from a hand injury. Sanders has gone 3 for 19 in the stretch. Sanders also had 2 errors in the game.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - No Game Scheduled

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