Minor League Notebook: May 4th

San Jose survived a shootout with the Oaks, scoring in the bottom of the 9th to finally take the victory. Meanwhile, it didn't take the 9th to see the winning run scored in a high scoring Augusta game, but someone scored it in an 11 run 7th! Connecticut went to extras in one of the two games it played in, while Fresno just played a regular old game. Except they won for their first 3 game winning streak of the season. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 5, Tucson 3

LF Fred Lewis - 2-4, 3 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (3), .371
CF Dan Ortmeier - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .290
RF Abe Nunez - 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 SO, .221
SP Matt Kinney - 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 5.12; W, 3-2
RP Merkin Valdez - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.84; S, 3

Fred Lewis is establishing himself as the Fresno table setter, with the 2nd most on the team behind Adam Shabala (20) at 18 despite missing over a week with a hamstring injury. He scored each of his first three times on base. Kinney lowered his ERA from 5.76 with a strong game pitched.

Notes: Fresno is 12-15, 4th and in last place in the Pacific South. They are only a half game behind Tucson and Sacramento, who are tied for 2nd. Fresno won its 3rd straight game for the first time all season.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Game 1 - Connecticut 5, Portland 3 (7 Innings); Game 2 - Portland 3, Connecticut 2 (9 Innings)

Game 1:
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 3 RBI, 1 SF, .289
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI, .293
1BTyler Von Schell - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .217
CF Clay Timpner - 0-3, 2 R, .226
DH Travis Ishikawa - 0-3, 3 SO, .213
SP Garrett Broshuis - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP, 2.22; W, 1-1
RP R.D. Spiehs - 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 7.71
RP Jonathan Sanchez - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 1.71; S, 1

Game 2:
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 0-2, 2 BB, 2 SO, .282
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, .291
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 SO, .216
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 1 SO, .227
SP Matt Palmer - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1.98
RP R.D. Spiehs - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 6.00
RP Geno Espineli - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2.61
RP Billy Sadler - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4.00; L, 1-1

Connecticut split a double header with Portland, who remains percentage points behind them in a tie for first in the Eastern League Northern Division. Game 1 was powered by Martinez-Esteve's 2nd home run of the year, a 2 run shot in the 1st, which was followed by Von Schell's 4th of the year. In the 3rd, Schierholtz's triple drove in one run, while Martinez-Esteve hit a sacrifice fly to score Schierholtz to give the Defenders what they would need. Game 2 was tightly pitched until the 9th, when Billy Sadler walked the first batter he faced, then committed an error on the sacrifice bunt by the next hitter. He walked the bases loaded, and a single doomed him.

Notes: Connecticut is 14-10 (.583), percentage points ahead of Portland (15-11, .577) in a tie for first in the Northern division...R.D. Spiehs pitched in both halves of the doubleheader, giving up 3 runs in the first outing while getting just one out, but going 2 innings scoreless just giving up 2 hits in the second game.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 10, Visalia 9

1B Pat Dobson - 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, .247
DH Guillermo Rodriguez - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, .400
LF Michael Wagner 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .244
3B Simon Klink - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .215
SS Tim Hutting - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3 E, .294
CF Joey Dyche - 1-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SO, .227
SP Anthony Moreno - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 4.76
RP Brooks McNiven - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0.59
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.84; BS, 1; W, 1-0

Moreno allowed Visalia to go ahead early with 4 runs in the 1st, but a 3 run 2nd inning and a 6 run 4th powered San Jose. Dyche's bases loaded double provied the 2nd inning scores. Klink had a 2 run homer in the 4th to start the rally, while Wagner had a 2 RBI single later in the inning. Hedrick blew the lead in the 8th on a double by the rehabilitating Aubrey Huff, but got the win as Dobson singled in pinch runner Marcus Sanders in the 9th.

Notes: San Jose is 18-8, and in 1st in the California League's North division. Sanders had the day off, but pinch ran for DH Rodriguez after his 9th inning double.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 11, Columbus 10

1B Pablo Sandoval - 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 CS (2), .272
LF Ben Copeland - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (3), 1 SO, .204
RF Michael Mooney - 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, .295
3B Anthony Contreras - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, .371
DH Jon Armitage - 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B (2), 3 RBI, 1 BB, .244
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 1 SO, 1 SB (8), .185
C Greg McCarthy - 3-4, 3 RBI, 1 SO, 1 PB (1), .750
SP Dan Griffin - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3.33
RP Osiris Matos - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 5.14; BS, 2; W, 1-1
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.74; S, 3

A wild game hit it's wildest point in the 7th inning. Up 6-4, Augusta allowed 6 runs across the plate, most credited to new pitcher Ricky Bauer, who had worked the 6th giving up just 1 run, but gave up a walk and three singles to start the 7th. Matos allowed the others in, powered by a 3 run home run. But Augusta would strike back for 5 in the bottom half, which would be just enough. Jon Armitage's bases loaded triple powered the inning.

Notes: Augusta is 13-12, and in 4th place in the SAL Southern Division, 6.5 games behind first place Rome and 0.5 games behind 3rd place Asheville. Two players made their season debuts, C Greg McCarthy, who went 3 for 4 but also had a passed ball, and a pitcher named Ricky Bauer, who gave up 5 runs in 1.0+ innings of work.



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