Minor League Notebook: April 27th

What is a 3-Halves-header? Why, it's when you play a game and a half, see? You've never seen that before? Well, it happened in Augusta, as they picked up a game suspended in the middle of the 5th two night ago and then continued on to play the regularly scheduled game. Meanwhile, the hitters have another tough night in San Jose, and Fresno has to do with only 3 infielders. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Portland 4, Fresno 1

Fresno SP Pedro Liriano allowed 3 runs in the first inning and only went the 1 inning as Fresno cruised to another loss. Liriano allowed the 3 runs on 3 walks and 2 hits, though he did strike out 2. RP Michael Tejera came in and went 4 innings, allowing 1 more run on 4 hits and 4 walks. RP Jack Taschner made another appearance, and went unscored upon despite giving up 2 hits and striking out 1 in an inning of work, lowering his ERA to 6.00.

Fresno's lone run came in the 8th inning, when C Eliezer Alfonzo hit his 2nd home run of the year for his only hit in 3 at bats. LF Fred Lewis went 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, and SS Tomas De La Rosa went 1 for 4 with a double.

The team was without IF Kevin Frandsen, with rumors of a callup swirling. Between not having Frandsen and regular first baseman Chad Santos still serving a suspension, the team was left with 3 infielders, so OF Adam Shabala made his 2nd start of the season at 3rd base while Jed Hansen filled in at first.

RP Jeff Petersen made his first appearance at AAA, working 2 innings and giving up 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2. He had a 2.89 ERA in 5 games, 9.1 innings, at AA Connecticut with 9 hits, 3 runs (all earned) and 2 walks against 5 strikeouts.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - No Game Scheduled

The Defenders go back into action at New Hampshire on Friday.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Modesto 2, San Jose 1

Another night, another pitcher's duel, but this one saw Modesto come out on top. SP Gregorio Martinez had another big start, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and a walk over 7 innings, raising his ERA to just 0.69 and striking out 5. RP Ben Cox allowed an unearned run in the 8th, without the benefit of allowing a hit or walk. The leadoff hitter got on thanks to an error by 3B Julio Cordido. That runner reached third on a groundout, and then scored on a sac bunt to take the winning run.

1B Pat Dobson went 2 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, and was the only Giant with more than 1 hit. RF Brian Horwitz went 1 for 4. SS Marcus Sanders was 0 for 3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts, lowering his batting average to .138. RP Brian Andersen pitched the 9th, striking out 2 without allowing a baserunner. Anderson has struck out 11 and walked 2 in 8 innings of work, allowing just 4 hits and lowering his ERA to 1.12.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Game 1: Asheville 9, Augusta 5; Game 2: Augusta 2, Asheville 1

Augusta played an odd '3-halves-header,' starting the day by resuming Tuesday's suspended contest in the middle of the 5th, and then playing the regularly scheduled game. They might have wanted to leave the suspended game where they left it, tied at 5, though. SP Ben Nieto had given up 5 runs on 9 hits and a walk through 4 innings, but RP Matt Minor (who picked up where the game left off) gave up 4 more in the next two innings to take the loss. Meanwhile, the Augusta offense only gathered 3 hits against Asheville RP Ethan Katz and the game was lost.

2B Anthony Contreras stayed hot, going 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. RF Michael Mooney went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI as well, while SS Eugenio Velez went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.

In the 2nd game, scheduled to be played to 7 innings as if a true double-header, the game went 8, thanks to a pitcher's duel that allowed no runs in regulation. Augusta's SP Ryan Shaver went 6 shutout innings, giving up 5 hits and a walk while striking out 7. Ashville's Brandon Durden did even better, giving up just 2 hits and 3 walks in his 6 innings of work.

In the 8th, LF Ben Copeland started the inning by getting on off of an error. 3B Pablo Sandoval sacrificed him over to 2nd, and after a strikeout, RF Michael Mooney doubles copeland home. Mooney would come in on a single by C Barry Gunther. In the bottom half of the 8th, RP Wayne Foltin let the first two runners get on by way of a walk and a hit-by-pitch, and the lead runner stole third. A groundout scored him, but Foltin held the line to keep the win.

Mooney was 1 for 3 with the double, and also drew a walk. Copeland was 1 for 4 with a double. 2B Anthony Conteras went 1 for 3, but saw his average dip to .459

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