Minor League Notebook: April 29th

Augusta plays it's 2nd 3-Halves-Header in a week, and they pick up a little better than they did last time. Meanwhile, Connecticut's offense returns in a big first inning, and San Jose picked up another win. And Fresno? Well, Fresno's Fred Lewis is hitting well. It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Portland 11, Fresno 6

Portland pounded SP James Garcia and RP Matt Anderson early, hitting Garcia up for 8 runs (7 earned) on just 5 hits but 7 walks in 1.2 innings, while Anders was nailed for 3 runs in 4.1 innings of relief on 4 hits and a walk.

LF Fred Lewis continued to stay hot, going 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI, run scored, walk and strikeout, raising his average to .365. 3B Adam Shabala cooled off, meanwhile, going 0 for 3 with a walk and 2 K's, lowering his average to .400.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 9, New Hampshire 2

Connecticut batted around in the 4th while scoring 7 runs to put New Hampshire away early. CF Clay Timpner led off the game with a single, and RF Nate Schierholtz doubled him home to score the first run, which was soon followed by 1B Tyler Von Schell's double to score Schierholtz. C Justin Knoedler also had a 2 RBI double later in the inning, while Timpner returned to hit the 4th double of the inning, scoring another run.

SP Chris Begg went 72. innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and no walks while striking out 5, but RP Jonathan Sanchez outdid him, going 1.1 innings and striking out all 4 batters he faced.

Timpner was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. Schierholtz went 1 for 4 with the double. LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve wnet 1 for 5. DH/1B Travis Ishikawa went 0 for 3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Knoedler ended the day 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI and a double and walk.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 6, High Desert 3

The San Jose Giants won their 2nd game in a row, led by SP Anthony Moreno's 5 inning, 8 strikeout performance in which he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and a walk. RP Justin Hedrick pitched 2 innings of relief, allowing just a hit, while RP Brian Anderson collected his 4th save, a 2 inning affair in which he allowed a run.

LF John Bowker helped set the table, going 2 for 4 and scoring 2 runs and getting an RBI. 2B Mark Minicozzi picked up 2 RBI on a 1 for 2 day in which he was replaced in the 4th , while 3B Julio Cordido went 1 for 2 with a double and 2 RBI of his own. RF Brian Horwitz went 1 for 4. SS Marcus Sanders had his second strong day at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a sacrifice bunt, but his impact was minimized by being picked off once and caught stealing another time. Sanders is now 6 for 8 over two games since going 7 for 50 since returning from behin hit on the hand with a pitch.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Game 1: Augusta 9, Rome 2; Game 2: Rome 5, Augusta 3

Augusta played their 2nd '3-Halves-Header' of the week to finish a suspended game. Game 1 was a completion of Thursday's affair, which had been suspended in the bottom of the 3rd with Augusta leading 1-0. Unlike the previous completion, Augusta's pitching picked up where it left off, with Sergio Romo getting the win with 4.1 innings of 2 hits, 1 walk shutout ball while striking out 5. That picked up SP Ronnie Ray, who went 3.1 innings, allowing 1 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.

1B Jon Armitage led the offense, going 3 for 3, scoring 3 runs and knocking in 4, 3 of which on a 7th inning home run. SS Kyle Haines went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. 2B Anthony Contreras was 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. RF Michael Mooney was 1 for 4 with a runs scored and 2 RBI.

Game 2 saw an umprecedented poor performance by SP Dan Griffin, who gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and a walk in 2.1 innings while striking out 5, and throwing 2 wild pitches. He gave a run in the first on a single, two steals and one of his wild pitches, but the other 4 came bunched in the third inning.

2B Anthony Contreras continued his hot hitting for the GreenJackets, going 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and a double, while SS Eugenio Velez also went 2 for 3 with a double. DH Jon Armitage went 1 for 3 with a 7th inning homer, a 2 run shot. RF Michael Mooney was 1 for 3, while LF Ben Copeland was 1 for 4.

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