Minor League Notebook: May 5th

The Defenders played their 2nd double header in two days, and it wasn't easy. But one Defender's bat is waking up, something they have needed. Meanwhile, San Jose went to extra innings with a 9th inning comeback. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 7, Portland 2

LF Fred Lewis - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B (6), 1 BB, 1 SB (4), .370
3B Adam Shabala - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, .379
1B Chad Santos - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (7), 1 RBI, .233
RF Abraham Nunez - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI, .232
SS Tomas De La Rosa - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 3 RBI, .235
CF Dan Ortmeier - 0-4, .279
SP James Garcia - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 6.62; W, 3-1
RP Matt Anderson - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 8.31; H, 1
RP Erick Threets - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.21

Fresno's 4 home runs helped keep them safely ahead in thsi one, including Shabala and Santos going back to back to lead off a 4 run 7th inning. Only Ortmeier and 2B Jed Hansen did not get hits in a good game for Fresno.

Notes: Fresno is now 13-15, and suddenly jumps from last to tied for 2nd place with Tucson in the Pacific South division. Both teams are 4 games behind first place Las Vegas, and only a half game ahead of Sacramento. Lewis, who may get a callup to replace Moises Alou on the roster, is 8 for 17 with 3 doubles and 4 walks in the last 5 games.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Game 1 - Trenton 7, Connecticut 3; Game 2 - Connecticut 3, Trenton 1

Game 1
RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 HR (2), 3 RBI, 1 E, .303
DH Tyler Von Schell - 2-3, .236
CF Clay Timpner - 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .220
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 0-4, 2 SO, .270
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-3, 1 SO, .204
SP Chris Begg - 6.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 3.07; L, 3-3
RP Joe Bateman - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 9.00

Game 2
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 1-3, 1 2B (10), 1 PO, .272
C Brian Munhall - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .222
SS Aaron Sisk - 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (3), .281
DH Travis Ishikawa - 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .214
CF Clay Timpner - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (5), .223
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-3, 1 BB, .293
SP Mike Musgrave - 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 4.38
RP Joe Bateman - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 8.10; W, 3-1;
RP Billy Sadler - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.48; S, 3

Chris Begg's surprising outing doomed the Defenders in Game 1. Schierholtz is beginning to heat up, knocking in his 2nd home run of the season in his 5th inning and adding a triple to knock in all of Connecticut's runs. But Mike Musgrave's 4 inning, 1 run performance in game 2 led to a split in the DH. Joe Bateman pitched both games, and struck out two in an inning of work to get the win in game 2.

Notes: Connecticut is 15-11, now in 2nd place and a half game behing 16-11 Portland. Going into April 28th, RF Nate Schierholtz had only 3 extra base hits (2 doubles and a home run). In the 8 games played since then, he's added 4 doubles, a triple, and a home run to his total, raising his slugging from .369 to .446.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Inland Empire 6, San Jose 5 (11 Innings)

C Steve Holm - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (3), 2 HR (3), 3 RBI, 1 SO, .250
DH Guillermo Rodriguez - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 SO, .400
1B Pat Dobson - 2-6, 2 SO, 1 E, .253
SS Marcus Sanders - 1-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .190
RF Brian Horwitz - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .340
LF Michael Wagner - 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .239
SP Alexander Hinshaw - 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 2.81
RP Ben Cox - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.18
RP Thomas King - 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1.62
RP Brian Anderson - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.35
RP Adam Gardner - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.38; L, 3-2

San Jose had a dramatic 9th inning comeback to force extras, but it wouldn't be enough. Holm hit his 2nd home run of the day with one out in the 9th, but it only brought the Giants to a 1 run deficit. However, Sanders got on base after striking out on a wild pitch. A single by 1B Pat Dobson got Sanders to third, and then 2B Mark Minicozzi and Horwitz drew back to back walks to get Sanders in. But Gardner came in for the 11th, and gave up a leadoff single, followed by two walks, and then a suicide squeeze brought in the winning run.

Notes: San Jose fell to 18-8, but remains solidly in first place in the North division. 2nd place Modesto is 4 games out.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Columbus 7, Augusta 3

LF Ben Copeland - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (2), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .206
1B Pablo Sandoval - 0-3, 2 RBI, 1 SF, .263
DH Michael Mooney - 1-4, 2 SO, .293
3B Anthony Contreras - 1-3, 1 E (1), .369
CF Alex Requena - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (11), .283
SP Joseph Martinez - 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2 HBP 3.90; L, 2-1

Joe Martinez had his weakest start of the season, and wasn't able to get out of the 5th inning for the GreenJackets. Meanwhile, the GreenJacket offense was handcuffed by Columbus starter Cory Wade through 5 (allowing only 2 hits), and were no-hit by reliever Jesus Rodriguez through 3 more. A Copeland triple was the center of a 9th inning rally, as Copeland knocked in one run after Requena's single, and then scored on a Sandoval sacrifice fly.

Notes: Augusta is 13-13, and has slipped to 5th in the SAL Southern Division, a half game behind Greenville at 4th, and a game behind Ashevill for 3rd. They are 7 games behind Rome for the division lead.



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