Minor League Notebook: April 30th

Fresno won. Connecticut won. San Jose won. Augusta win. Fresno and Augusta each had huge innings, while Connecticut got a strong pitching gem from one of its usual suspects. Just Another Good Day in the Minors....except for a certain outfielder in San Jose. Geeze, how can you have a 14 game hitting streak and see your average drop? Day-um. Well, at least he hit a home run.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 10, Portland 5

Fresno put up a 9 spot in the 2nd inning, and the pitching held up on a day that saw 7 home runs, and just 3 for Fresno. All 3 Fresno dingers came in the 2nd. The inning started with a 3B Adam Shabala double, and then he scored on 1B Chad Santos' single, where he got to third on an error. After a lineout, 2B Anthony Labarbera walked. SP Brian Cooper bunted him to 2nd, and LF Fred Lewis walked to load the bases and set the stage for home run #1. SS Tomas De La Rosa had the Grand Slam honors. CF Dan Ortmeier followed that with a double, and RF Abraham Nunez hit a 2 run home run. Shabala doubled for the 2nd time in the inning, and Santos got his own 2 run shot to cap the scoring. Meanwhile, COoper gave u p 5 runs, 4 earned, on 8 hits and a walk in 7.2 innings, but it was enough. He gave up all 4 Portland home runs, including 2 to LF Jack Cust. RP Jack Taschner had a solid outing, giving up just one hit in 1.1 innings, and striking out 1.

Shabala was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored on the day, raising his average to .420. Tomas De La Rose was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and the Grand Slam, getting just those 4 RBI. Chad Santos was 2 for 3 with a home run and 4 RBI. Both C Yamid Haad and Lewis went 0 for 4 on the day, though Lewis had the one run scored on the walk. Lewis also had an error in the field.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 3, New Hampshire 0

Pat Misch is continuing to re-emerge as a pitching prospect of note in AA. Misch lowered his ERA to 0.90 with a 2 hit, 6 innings shutout performance. Misch struck out 6 while walking an uncharacteristic 3. He had only 4 walks in 24 innings previous to the start. RP Jason Waddell collected 3 K's without allowing a base-runner in 2 innings, and BIlly Sadler struck out 1 in an otherwise uneventful 9th.

DH Tyler Von Schell was the main offensive threat, going 3 for 4 with a double and a 7th inning solo home run, his 3rd of the year. RF Nate Schierholtz went 1 for 2 with a double, 1 RBI, 1 stolen base and 2 walks, one of which was unintentional. CF Clay Timpner was 1 for 4 with a run scored and 2 stolen bases. LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve went 0 for 3 with a sacrifice fly RBI and 2 strikeouts.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 10, High Desert 4

San Jose piled it on late to complete a sweep of High Desert, as the northern division leading Giants bumped the Mavericks from first place in the south. San Jose fell behind early as they gave up 1 run in the first, the 5th time in 6 games they'd done so. The run was unearned thanks to a passed ball by C Todd Jennings, and SP Alex Hinshaw regained control quickly. Making his 2nd start of the year, Hinshaw went 4 innings, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. The Mavs wouldn't mount another threat until RP Spencer Grogan was on the mound for the final two innings, after the Giants had a huge lead. Grogan gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits and a walk. RP Brooks McNiven went the middle 3 innings, giving up just a walk while striking out 1.

Meanwhile, the hitters came through with 2 3 run homers. DH Brian Horwitz hit his 2nd of the season in the 3rd inning, while 2B Tim Hutting hit one in the 8th. Hutting went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI, while Horwitz also was 2 for 4, but with just 1 runs scored and a walk. RF John Bowker was 2 for 5 with 2 RBI, while LF Mike Wagner was 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored. SS Marcus Sanders was 0 for 4, but had an RBI on a sacrifice fly and a run scored after getting on thanks to an error.

Horwitz extended his hitting streak to 14 games, going 19 for 56 during it. Amazingly, Horwitz's average has dropped 25 points during the hitting streak, from .375 to .350.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 6, Rome 1

Augusta won via the big 2-out scoring rally on Sunday. With a scoreless game in the 5th, RF Michael Mooney hit a one out single, followed by walks to 2B Anthony Contreras and DH Jon Armitage. With 2 outs, SS Eugenio Velez doubled to score 2 runs, and CF Alex Requena and LF Ben Copeland, and 3B Pablo Sandoval each had RBI singles to keep the rally strong.

The offense benefited SP Joeseph Martinez, who went 5.2 innings strong, giving up just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. The run came in after Martinez left, as RP Matt Minor came in in relief with runners on first and third. Minor threw a wild pitch to allow the run to score, and then walked two batters to load the bases without getting an out, before RP Osiris Matos came in and struck out the final batter to end the threat.

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