Minor League Notebook: May 9th

Well, today it was all about holding leads and bullpen pitching. Fresno? Early lead, but the starter couldn't hold it. Connecticut? Early lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold it. San Jose? Fell behind early, but overcame it. And then there was Augusta. They got the lead early, and then they just piled on Savannah's bullpen. Ouch! Just Another Day In the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - New Orleans 6, Fresno 2

LF Adam Shabala - 1-3, 1 2B (11), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS (2), .337
CF Clay Timpner - 1-5, 1 R, 1 SO, .333
3B Jed Hansen - 1-3, .233
SP Matt Kinney - 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 5.45; L, 3-3
RP Jeff Petersen - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00

Fresno got off to a good start, with 2 runs coming in off of an error and then a HBP to the first two batters, and Shabla doubled in one run before 1B Chad Santos got an RBI in a groundout. But that would be all Fresno could get as they were 4 hit, and it wouldn't be enough. Kinney gave up a run on a sacrifice fly, and another came home on a steal, an error on the throw, and a wild pitch on ball 4 in the 4th.

Notes: Fresno is 13-19, and fell to 6.5 games beind Las Vegas in last place at the Pacific South. The loss was the 4th straight for Fresno.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Binghamton 8, Connecticut 3

1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-3, 1 SO, .258
C Eliezer Alfonzo - 2-4, 2 R, 2 SO, .400
CF Randy Walter - 1-3, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-4, 2 SO, .275
SP Garrett Broshuis - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1.83
RP Oscar Montero - 1.1 IP,1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 13.50; H, 1; L, 0-1
RP Geno Espineli - 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 5.25; BS, 1

Newcomer Alfonzo scored 2 of the Defenders 3 runs in his Connecticut debut, but a bullpen collapse cost them. An error in the 5th by A.J. Labarbera cost 2 unearned runs, but in the 8th was what cost the Giants. Montero gave up a single and a walk while getting 1 out, but Espineli gave up 5 straight singles and the game fell away.

Notes: Connecticut is 18-12, and fell to being 1 game behind Portland for first place in the Northern Division. Portland was idle thanks to a rainout.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 6, Lancaster 2

2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 2 R, 1 SO, .303
DH Guillermo Rodriguez - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (60, 1 HR, (4), 3 RBI, 1 HBP, .408
RF Brian Horwitz - 2-4, 1 R, .343
LF Mike Wagner - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, .255
CF Joey Dyche 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 SB (8), .239
C Todd Jennings - 1-4, 1 SO, .231
SS Marcus Sanders - 0-4, .176
SP Jesus Reina - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 5.67
RP Ben Cox - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.84; W, 2-1
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0.63; S, 2

San Jose fell behind early, but 3 2 run innings gave the Giants another win. Horwitz and Minicozzi singled back to back with an RBI double by Rodriguez started the scoring in the 4th, with Wagner hitting a sacrifice fly. Rodriguez hit a 2 run homer in the 6th. In the 8th, it was a two run rally started by Rodriguez's hit by pitch. Wagner followed with a single, then Dyche singled 2 runs home to ice the scoring.

Notes: San Jose is 20-10, and remains 4.5 games up over Modesto in the North Division.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 13, Savannah 3

LF Ben Copeland - 3-6, 2 R, 2 2B (6), 2 RBI, 1 CS (4), 1 PO, .220
DH Jose Yens - 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (3), .257
RF Michael Mooney - 2-5, 1 RBI, .282
C Greg McCarthy - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, .400
2B Eugenio Velez - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (8), 1 SO, 3 SB (10), .307
SS David Maroul - 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, .280
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-4, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB (13), .208
3B Anthony Contreras - 1-5, 1 RBI, .400
SP Dan Griffin - 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 BB, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2 HBP, 3.60; W, 2-2
RP David Quinowski - 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 3.18; H, 3
RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.50

Augusta opened up the hitting flood gates late in the game for this blowout. Augusta scored 8 runs in the final 3 innings to seal this game. Griffin tired late, giving up 2 singles, a hit by pitch and 2 wild pitched in his final inning of work before getting taken out.

Notes: Augusta is 17-13, and they remain 4 .5 games out of first place behing Rome in the Southern division. They are only 1 game behind 2nd place Charleston, and a half game behind 3rd place Asheville.



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