Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Portland 6, Fresno 4
CF Dan Ortmeier - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 SO, .293
SS Tomas De La Rosa - 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, .252
LF Fred Lewis - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
1B Chad Santos - 2-4, 1 2B (2), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .245
3B Adam Shabala - 0-4, .363
SP Brian Cooper - 7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR, 5.73
RP Jack Taschner - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 5.40; BS, 1; L, 0-1
RP Merkin Valdez - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR, 2 WP, 3.38
Cooper didn't have a dominant start, but he left the Grizzlies in a position to win. It was the relief pitching that let him down. Up 4-2, Cooper left after allowing a single with 2 outs. Taschner gave up a walk and then a single that scored both runs to lose the lead. In the 9th, a single a sac bunt left a runner on 2nd when Valdez was brought in. Valdez got one quick out, but the runner advanced, and was in position to score on Valdez's 1st wild pitch. The batter then hit a home run to seal the game.
Notes: Fresno drops to 13-15, but Tuscon lost as well, leaving Fresno tied for 2nd but percentage points behind Tucson. They are both 3.5 games behind Las Vegas for first, while Sacramento is in last, a half game back of both Fresno and Tucson.
Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 6, Erie 4
3B/LF Aaron Sisk - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, .306
DH Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 R, .292
SS Jake Wald - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
C Brian Munhall - 1-4, 1 2B (2), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .227
CF Clay Timpner - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 E (1), .226
SP Pat Misch - 6.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1.00
RP Geno Espineli - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2.38; W, 2-1
RP Joe Bateman - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 7.36; S, 5
A Connecticut lineup missing a couple of big stars was able to pull off a win late. Regular 1B Travis Ishikawa did not play, and LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve left in the middle of his first at bat with what is described as a strained left shoulder. Down 4-1, Timpner started the 8th inning rally with a leadoff walk. Though Timpner was later out on a fielder's choice, it started things moving. After the FC and a single, 1B Tyler Von Schell knocked in a run on an error, and Sisk singled home another. Wald added an RBI single and Munhall had a 2 RBI double to cap off the scoring.
Notes: Connecticut is 16-11, and remains a half-game behind Portland for first place in the Northern division. Other than the type of injury, nothing more has yet been announced about Martinez-Esteve's injury.
San Jose Giants (High-A) - Inland Empire 4, San Jose 2
LF John Bowker - 2-4, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI, .253
RF Brian Horwitz - 2-3, 1 2B (6), 1 BB, .351
SS Marcus Sanders - 0-3, 1 S, .184
SP Nick Pereira - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0.77
RP Brooks McNiven - 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.70; BS, 1; L, 1-1
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0.73
The Inland Empire figured out how to beat San Jose with Pereira on the mound: wait until they go to the bullpen. Pereira only went 5, being taken out after the end of the 5th when he gave up 3 straight singles. McNiven started the 6th by giving up a single, a stolen base, and then back to back doubles to allow 2 runs and the game to be tied. After a double, a walk and a sacrifice bunt, he was out, but Hedrick gave up a single to allow both of those runners to score as well, handing San Jose the loss.
Notes: San Jose falls to 18-10, and their sizable lead over 2nd place Modesto in the Northern division is just 2.5 games now.
Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 7, Savannah 3
1B Pablo Sandoval - 3-4, 1 HBP, .283
LF Ben Copeland - 2-5, 1 R, .216
RF Michael Mooney - 1-5, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI, 2 SO, .287
3B Anthony Contreras - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, .362
C Barry Gunther - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 1 HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 SO, .206
SS David Maroul - 2-4, 1 R, .286
SP Sergio Romo - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 1.96; W, 3-1
RP David Quinowski - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3.68; H, 2
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.59
Augusta had the edge in a close game until a 3 run surge in the 8th sealed the deal. The GreenJackets took the lead after Copeland and Sandoval singled back to back in the first, and Mooney doubled them home. In the 4th, 2 throwing errors on pickoff plays back to back, one by the pitcher and the next by the catcher, got 2 more runs in. Gunther had a 2 run homer in the 8th to spark that scoring.
Notes: Augusta is 14-13, and moved to a lead by percentage points over Greenville in a tie for 4th in the Southern division. They are 5.5 games behind Rome.
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