Minor League Notebook: April 24th

San Jose goes to Bakersfield to make up a rained out game, and makes up more than that with a 14 inning duel! Meanwhile, Fresno gives up 4 home runs in the game, but a certain Grizzly hit one home run that matched them all. Plus, a top prospect gets surprisingly switched to relief. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 10, Tacoma 8

Fresno got its 2nd win in a row thanks to some big hitting and just enough pitching. 4 Tacoma players hit home runs, but a 4th inning grand slam by Tomas De La Rosa matched that. SP James Garcia gave up 4 runs over 5 innings in his 2nd AAA start of the season, on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Meanwhile, LF Adam Shabala singled with the bases loaded in the 7th to score one run, and two more came in on an error with the next batter to give Fresno just enough cushion.

All 4 Fresno pitchers gave up one home run in the game. RP Michael Tejera gave up just that one hit over 2 innings while striking out 3, and RP Jack Taschner gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 1 inning. RP Merkin Valdez came in to save the game and gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, but got the next three to get out of it. 3B Kevin Frandsen went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and a walk. DH Fred Lewis went 1 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Shabala went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI and a walk to raise his team leading average to .415.

Frandsen started at third for the third straight game, and for the 5th game overall this season. The regular third baseman, Jed Hansen, is playing first while regular first baseman Chad Santos is serving his suspension for his part in the brawl against the Rainers last week.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Reading 6, Connecticut 1

Connecticut's high powered offense went dark for another night, and a surprise move with a star pitcher didn't work out. Connecticut only managed 5 hits, 2 by 3B Brian Buscher in 4 at bats (including an RBI triple). Meanwhile, SP Chris Begg had a solid outing, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk through 7 innings, but it fell apart in the 8th when the Navigators brought in stud starter Jonathan Sanchez to relieve. Sanchez was unable to finish the inning, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk while striking out 2 for his only 2 outs. Reportedly, the Giants have chosen to look at Sanchez as a reliever for the struggling major league club's bullpen, a la Valdez in 2004.

RF Nate Schierholtz went 1 for 4 with a run scored, and struck out 2 times. SS Jake Wald went 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts, while C Justin Knoedler went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Bakersfield 5, San Jose 4 (14 innings)

A long night before a trip home, San Jose and Bakersfield made up a rainout and then some, going 14 innings before Bakersfield prevailed. San Jose took a 3-1 lead in the 4th as Marcus Sanders singled in 2 runs (his only hit in 7 at bats on the night). But in the 6th, SP Anthony Moreno allowed two singles to lead off the inning, and RP Ben Cox came in only to give up a home run to the first batter to give Bakersfield the one run lead. DH Guillermo Rodriguez hit his second home run of the season in the 8th to tie it back up. It stayed knotted up until the 14th, when RP Spencer Grogan came in and gave up a home run to the first batter he faced.

RF Brian Horwitz went 1 for 6 with a double and an RBI, dropping his batting average to .351 and extending his hitting streak to 8. RP Justin Hedrick made his season debut, going 3 innings giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 6. RP Brian Anderson went 3 innings himself, giving up 1 hit and walking 2 while striking out 5.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Asheville 4, Augusta 3

SP Dan Griffin had another strong outing, but it was for naught once again. Griffin went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. But RP Sergio Romo blew the lead in the 8th giving up a home run to the first batter he faced, and then gave up two singles followed by an intentional walk and a sacrifice fly to lose the game in the 9th.

RF Michael Mooney hit his first home run of the year to try and bust out of a mini-slump, but he only went 1 for 4 and is still batting just .239 on the year. LF Ben Copeland went 2 for 4 with a double and triple and a walk, raising his average to .190. 3B Pablo Sandoval went 1 for 5, but also committed 2 errors to raise his season total to 8.

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