Minor League Notebook: May 8th

San Jose had the day off, but every other team had close game with them holding onto tenuous leads. There were a couple of saves earned, and there was a blown save as well. Plus, mucho roster moves! A Triple-A Debut from one of the outfielders of the 2005 California League champs...but it's not who you think. Just Another Day where the closers are earning their pay (or not) In the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Portland 7, Fresno 5 (11 Innings)

SS Tomas De La Rosa - 4-6, 1 R, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI, 1 SB (4), .281
CF Clay Timpner - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, (1), .500
3B Adam Shabala - 1-5, 1 RBI, .337
C Justin Knoedler - 1-5, 1 3B (1), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .200
2B Derin McMains - 0-4, .000
SP Michael Tejera - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 2.84
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP, 6.32; H, 2
RP Merkin Valdez - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 1 Balk, 4.70; BS, 2
RP Matt Anderson - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 9.00; L, 0-2

Fresno couldn't hold onto a slim lead, as Merkin Valdez blew his 2nd save of the year in the 9th, and Matt Anderson couldn't hold the tie in the 11th. In the 9th, Valdez gave up a walk and a balk, but got two strikeouts. But with the 2 outs, he gave up a single, and then a 3 run homer to knot up the score.

Notes: Fresno fell to 13-18, and are now alone in the Pacific South cellar, 6 games back of Las Vegas. Timpner made his AAA debut in center field, while McMains made his debut at second base. Regular center fielder Dan Ortmeier was called up to the majors.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 4, Binghamton 3

RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-5, 1 2B (7), 1 3B (2), 1 RBI, .286
CF Alex Requena - 3-5, 2 R, 2 SO, 3 SB (3), 1 E, .600
LF Randy Walter - 2-5, 1 2B (3), 1 SO, .217
SS Jake Wald - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 HR (2), 1 RBI, .182
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .238
SP Matt Palmer - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1.45; W, 3-0
RP Joe Bateman - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 E, 6.57; H, 1
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.92; S, 5

Connecticut got ahead, and then held on just long enough. Palmer's spectacular outing was only his 2nd start of the season after 6 appearances in relief. He's holding opponents to a .176 average against. Bateman, the former closer, gave up an unearned run thanks to his own error to lead off the inning, an inning that had 2 errors. But a defensive play that got an out at the plate from Ishikawa helped keep the damage at just one run. New closer Sadler worked a perfect 9th.

Notes: Connecticut is 18-11, and still keeping up with Portland, a half game back of first in the Northern division. Requena made his AA debut this season, and his first appearance in AA since playing in Akron for the Cleveland Indians in 2003. Regular center fielder Clay Timpner was promoted to AAA Fresno.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - No Game Scheduled

Notes: San Jose remains 3.5 games ahead of the also idle Modesto Nuts in the North division.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 6, Savannah 5

3B Anthony Contreras - 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .412
1B Jonathan Armitage - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, .255
DH Jose Yens 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI, .240
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .206
LF Ben Copeland - 0-5, 1 SO, .205
RF Mike Mooney - 0-5, 1 SO, .276
SP Ronnie Ray - 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 2.81; W, 2-1
RP Bryan Millikan - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR, 4.34; S, 1

Augusta held off a late rally to get a hard fought win. The GreenJackets struck for 3 doubles in the 4th to power a 3 run rally to help build a 6-2 lead, but they gave up a run in the 7th, and then Millikan gave up 2 solo home runs in the 9th to take the lead to the brink, but held on for the win.

Notes: Augusta is 16-13, still in 4th and 4.5 games behind Rome for first in the Southern Division. Richardson played in center field, as regular center fielder Alex Requena was in AA Connecticut.



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