Minor League Notebook: May 20th

Well, at least San Jose has a sizable lead in their division. They got pounded by Lancaster, giving up 5 home runs! Meanwhile, the Grizzlies got a chance to hit against a former Giant, and they took full advantage of it. Just Another Day In The Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 7, Iowa 6

3B Kevin Frandsen - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS (2), 1 PO, .326
1B Chad Santos - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 HR (8), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .250
SS Tomas De La Rosa - 2-4, 1 2B (10), 1 RBI, .265
RF Brian Horwitz - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, .333
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 1 RBI, .306
LF Fred Lewis - 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .256
SP Matt Kinney - 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 4.98
RP Erick Threets - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.26
RP Merkin Valdez - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 4.91
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.22; W, 1-1

Fresno gave up a lot of runs early, but they jumped on a former Giant farmhand to come back and win. David Aarsdma came in in the 8th inning, but had problems in the 9th. With a 6-3 lead, he gave up a leadoff double to C Justin Knoedler, and then a single to PH Yamid Haad that scored Knoedler. Lewis drew a walk, and both were advanced on a De La Rosa sacrifice bunt. Frandsen got an RBI on a ground out, and then Aardsma gave up a 2 run homer to Santos to take the loss.

Notes: Fresno is 16-26, and moved up to just 9 games back of first place Las Vegas. Horwitz made his first appearance in AAA, moving up from San Jose. Frandsen made just his third appearance since being sent down by the Giants on May 11th, and his first after missing 5 games after being hit by a pitch on his first game back in Fresno.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - New Britain 7, Connecticut 5

1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .240
DH Tyler Von Schell - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR (5), 1 RBI, .238
2B Derin McMains - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 2 RBI, .209
RF Nate Schierholtz- 1-5, .259
SS Jake Wald - 1-4, 1 SO, 1 E (11), .169
SP Jesse Floyd - 7.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 3.56; L, 1-4

A 6 run inning given up by Floyd doomed the Defenders, as Floyd gave up a triple, 2 doubles and 2 singles in the inning. The Defenders made a comeback attempt in the 9th, with the highlight being a McMains triple to score two runs, and them coming on on a Randy Walter single, but the lead was too much to overcome.

Notes: Connecticut falls to 23-16, and their lead over 2nd place Portland was cut to just 2.0 games.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Lancaster 13, San Jose 2

2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI, 1 BB, .299
1B Julio Cordido - 3-4, 1 RBI, .294
SS Marcus Sanders - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 E (9), 1 PO, .202
LF John Bowker - 0-4, 1 SO, .250
RF Pat Dobson - 1-4, 2 SO, .255
SP Jesus Reina - 4.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 5.89; L, 2-1
RP Ben Cox - 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3 HR, 3.96
RP Spencer Grogan - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 4.91

5 home runs opened up the floodgates as the Jethawks pounded the Giants. Jesus Reina's ERA shot up to just short of 6, giving up a 3 run homer in the first, but it was Cox who got hit hardest. He gave up 2 home runs in the 5th and another in the 7th, knocking in a total of 6 runs. Without Horwitz, the San Jose offense just seemed punchless.

Notes: San Jose is 27-13, and remains easily in first place. Stockton and Modest are tied for 2nd, both 8.5 games back.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Lexington 4, Augusta 1

SS Anthony Contreras - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 CS (3), .364
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, .271
LF Ben Copeland - 0-4, 1 SO, .272
3B David Maroul - 1-4, 1 R, 2 SO, .269
RF Michael Mooney - 0-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP, .322
SP Shairon Martis - 3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP, 6.60; L, 1-2
RP Ricky Bauer - 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.07
RP Buck Cody - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 5.02

The GreenJackets managed only 4 hits against Lexington's pitching staff. Lexington starter Raymar Diaz gave up only 2 hits through 5 innings, but the GreenJackets couldn't do any better against the bullpen. Martis had another very short outing in his 2nd start since returning from injury.

Notes: Augusta is 21-19, and is 8.5 games behind first place Rome. Augusta sits in 4th place in the crowded Southern Division. The GreenJackets shuffled their infield. Contreras, who had been playing 3rd since Sandoval's move to 1st (and played 2nd before that) was moved to shortstop, while Maroul moved over to third.



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