Minor League Notebook: May 7th

It's generally not that surprising to see an extra inning game end with a 3 run gap between the winning and losing teams. It is unusual for a game that went to extra innings tied 2-2 end up 8-5! Who did what? Also, San Jose keeps up it's winning ways, and Connecticut's offense continues to struggle, but the pitching's still there. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Portland 3, Fresno 1

SS Tomas De La Rosa - 2-5, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI, .259
1B Chad Santos -1-4, 1 SO, .245
CF Dan Ortmeier - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, .294
LF Fred Lewis - 0-4, 1 BB, 2 SO, .346
3B Adam Shabala - 0-4, 2 SO, .347
SP Alfredo Simon - 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 5.85; L, 0-3
RP Erick Threets - 0.2 IP,2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.68

Fresno lost a tightly pitched game, managing only 6 hits total. 5 came against Portland starter Eric Junge, as well as their only run, a 5th inning triple by De La Rosa to score 2B Anthony LaBarbera, who walked to lead off the inning.

Notes: Fresno is 13-17, tied with Sacramento for 3rd in the Pacific South. They are both 5 games behind 1st place Las Vegas.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 3, Trenton 2

1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, .237
3B Brian Buscher - 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .217
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, .227
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-4, .280
SP Jesse Floyd - 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR, 3.00; W, 1-3
RP Jonathan Sanchez - 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.52
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.18; S, 4

Jesse Floyd finally picked up his first win of the season on a solid, if short, outing. Brian Buscher's 4th inning, 2 RBI single tied the game after Floyd gave up 2 runs in the first 2 innings, and Schierholtz grounded into a double play in the 5th that scored the winning run.

Notes: Connecticut is 17-11, and remains a half game out of first in the Northern division behind Portland. Binghamton sits in 3rd, 3 games behind Connecticut.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 10, Inland Empire

C Todd Jennings - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B (6), .230
CF Joey Dyche - 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB (6), .239
2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 3 RBI, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .292
LF Mike Wagner - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, .250
SS Tim Hutting - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .309
RF John Bowker - 0-0, 1 HBP, .253
PH/RF Pat Dobson - 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, .257
DH Brian Horwitz - 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, .337
SP Gregorio Martinez - 3.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 3.00
RP Spencer Grogan - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.55; W, 2-1
RP Thomas King - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1.45
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.26

Martinez pitched into the 4th, but couldn't get an out in the 4th and gave up all 4 runs in those first four innings. But San Jose's 3rd inning alone was enough for them. Hutting started the inning with a double, and Dyche and Jennings each singled to follow that up. PH Dobson subbed in for Bowker, and got a sacrifice fly for another run. After the 2nd out was recorded, Minicozzi and Klink were hit by pitches to load the bases, and Cordido hit a 2 RBI single. A Wagner RBI single made it a 5 run inning.

Notes: San Jose climbed to 19-10, and extended their lead over 2nd place Modesto to 3.5 games. Bowker was removed for a pinch hitter in the 3rd inning after being hit by a pitch in the first. No official word on his status has been given.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 8, Savannah 5 (12 innings)

3B Anthony Contreras - 5-6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB (3), 1 CS (1), 1 PO, .400
RF Michael Mooney - 2-6, 2 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI, 1 SB (8), 1 E (3), .290
1B Pablo Sandoval - 2-6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .286
CF Antoan Richardson - 3-6, 2 SB (10), .206
LF Ben Copeland - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 BB, 1 SO, .215
SS David Maroul - 1-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .250
SP Ryan Shaver - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 2.88
RP Ricky Bauer - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 9.00
RP Wayne Foltin - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 2.70; BS, 1; W, 3-1

A wild set of extra innings made this game quite interesting. The game went to extras tied at 2, and went into the 11th, when 2 missed catch errors by Savannah were the key in a 3 run rally by Augusta. But in the bottom half, new pitcher Wayne Foltin started a Savannah rally with a hit by pitch, and gave up 2 singles that allowed 3 runs to score and keep the game going. But in the 12th, Copeland walked, stole 2nd and went to third on an error with no outs to score on a Sandoval single. Contreras later singled then Maroul doubled to give the GreenJackets a 3 run lead that, this time, Foltin would protect.

Notes: Augusta climbs to 15-13, moving a half game ahead of Columbus and is in 4th place, 5.5 games behind first place Rome.



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