Minor League Notebook: May 19th

The farm system went 0 for 4 on the day. A top prospect pitcher got shelled in Augusta, but they almost came back as one of their hitting stars is on a 3 game streak with home runs. In San Jose, mistakes led to a huge inning for the other team, while Connecticut's bats just seemed frozen. And the Grizzlies got 10 runners on base in 5 innings against a former star, but couldn't get enough people home. Just Another (Losing) Day In The Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Iowa 4, Fresno 1

1B Chad Santos - 2-3, 1 BB, .237
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 1 SO, 1 E (1), .311
C Justin Knoedler - 1-1, 1 R, 3 BB, .222
LF Fred Lewis - 0-3, 2 BB, 2 SO, .265
SP Michael Tejera - 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 2.95; L, 3-1
RP Erick Threets - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.44
RP Brian Wilson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.92

Tejera took his first loss of the year but still pitched reasonably well. The story of the night was Iowa's starter, Jerome Williams, returning to Fresno. Williams gave up 5 hits and 5 walks in 5 innings, but was able to hold the damage to 1 run to get his first win in Triple-A of the year. Wilson made his 4th rehab appearance, and struck out 1 without allowing a baserunner.

Notes: Fresno fell to 15-26, and is now 10 games back in the Pacific South division, still in last place out of 4 teams. 3rd place Sacramento is 6 games ahead of them.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - New Britain 3, Connecticut 1

DH Tyler Von Schell - 2-3, 1 BB, .228
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI, .227
2B Derin McMaines - 2-3, 1 CS (4), 1 PO, .207
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-3, 1 BB, 3 SO, .261
SP Pat Misch - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1.31; L, 3-1
RP Joe Bateman - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 5.19

The bats are taking a little time to warm up after a long layoff thanks to rain in the Eastern League. The Giants managed only 5 hits, and 2 of them (both by McMains) were canceled by a caught stealing and a picked off. Ishikawa's 2nd home run of the season in the 8th gave Connecticut some hope.

Notes: Connecticut falls to 23-15, but ended the day 2.5 games ahead of Portland for first place in the Northern Division.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Lancaster 11, San Jose 6

3B Julio Cordido - 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR (2), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .276
LF John Bowker - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (7), 1 BB, 1 SO, .260
2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 2B (4), 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .288
1B Brian Horwitz - 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 E (1), .324
SS Marcus Sanders - 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .200
SP Gregorio Martinez - 4.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 1 WP, 3.60; L, 1-2
RP Darren Sack - 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.00

Lancaster scored 7 runs in the 3rd inning after two key mistakes. After giving up a leadoff double, Martinez threw a wild pitch while striking out Chris Rahl, andllowing Rahl to get on base. After a groundout, Horwitz commited his first error of the season while playing 1st base. With 1 run already in, Martinez got another strikeout (this one held), but then gave up a home run, a double, a single and two triples before he could get out of it.

Notes: San Jose is 27-12, and is still 8.5 games ahead of Modesto for first place in the North Division.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Lexington 8, Augusta 7

DH Michael Mooney - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR (6), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .326
3B Anthony Contreras - 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 E (2), .360
1B Pablo Sandoval - 2-4, 1 BB, .270
SS David Maroul - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 SO, 1 E (4), .271
SP Dan Griffin - 3.1 IP 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO, 4.93; L, 2-3
RP Sergio Romo - 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 2.41

Griffin, one of the Giants top propsects and a strikeout artist, suffered one of his worst starts so far in his pro career, but the GreenJackets still nearly made a game of it. Maroul's 2 runs 2nd inning homer and Mooney's solo shot in the 3rd tried to keep it close after Griffin allowed 4 in the first, but a Contreras error lengthened the 4th after Griffin was taken out and Lexington got 4 more runs. But solo runs in the 6th and 7th followed by 2 in the 8th on a Contreras single nearly got Augusta back.

Notes: Augusta drops to 21-18, and is in 3rd place, 8.5 games behind the Rome Braves and 1 game behind 2nd place Charleston. Mooney homered for the 3rd straight game.



Love me, hate me, idolize me, or laugh at me, just don't ignore me. Let me know what you think: write me at kevin@ugcfilms.com .

The views expressed in the columns do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the site's publisher, writers, or other staff members. The content on this site may not be redistributed without the expressed consent of SFDugout.com.


Giants Farm Top Stories