Minor League Notebook: April 21st

Fresno and Augusta take their games to extras, but both fall late. However, there's this kid pitching in San Jose that you probably haven't heard of if you haven't been paying attention, but he's having a heck of a season. Gotta watch out for those 10th round picks! Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Las Vegas 9, Fresno 8 (10 Innings)

Fresno's offense mounted a comeback attempt, but like many games before, it fell just short. Fresno scored 5 in the bottom of the 7th, powered by a leadoff home run by 3B Jed Hansen and a 3 run shot by 1B Chad Santos to tie the game, and the bullpen held the game even until extra innings. But RP Brian Wilson gave up a run on a walk and a hit to take the 10th inning loss.

SP Pedro Liriano went 4.1 innings, allowing 8 runs (6 earned) on 11 hits and 2 walks. RP Jeremy Accardo went 2 shutout innings, striking out 2 while allowing 3 hits. 3B Adam Shabala went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI and a run scored. LF Fred Lewis went 1 for 4, hitting a double and collecting another walk. 2B Kevin Frandsen went 1 for 5.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Trenton 7, Connecticut 1

LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve saw his hit streak come to an end at 13 games, going 0 for 3 before being pulled in the 7th inning following a ground out. The rest of the offense followed suit, managing only 4 hits in a lackluster loss. CF Clay Timpner knocked in the Defenders' only run with a sacrifice fly in the 5th. Timpner went 1 for 3 on the day.

SP Jesse Floyd took the loss, giving up 5 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks in 3.2 innings. RF Nate Schierholtz went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, while 1B Travis Ishikawa went 0 for 4 with 1 strikeout.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 5, Lake Elsinore 0

Another start for SP Nick Pereira, another win for him and the Giants. Pereira went 3-0 after going 7 shutout innings, giving up just 4 hits and no walks while striking out 5. Pereira has a 1.00 ERA after 18 innings over 3 starts. RP Ben Cox finished the game off, allowing just a walk while striking out 2 in 2 innings.

C Guillermo Rodriguez paced the offense, going 3 for 4 with a double and a home run, knocking in 3 runs and walking once. His batting average is .692 over 13 at bats, while he has also pitched, giving up a run in 2.2 innings over 2 games. 1B Julio Cordido also went 3 for 5 on the day. SS Marcus Sanders saw his average drop to .132 with an 0 for 5 day.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Rome 5, Augusta 4 (10 Innings)

Augusta fell in the 10th as RP David Quinowski loaded the bases in his 2nd inning of work, and RP Sergio Romo came in but gave up a single to the first batter he faced. The game capped off a tough outing which saw the GreenJackets take two different 2 run leads that they were unable to hold. SP Ryan Shaver gave up 4 runs (3 earned) in 5.2 innings.

LF Ben Copeland went 2 for 5 to show some life after watching his early batting average drop to .156. RF Michael Mooney went 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts. 3B Pablo Sandoval went 1 for 4 with a hit by pitch.

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