Minor League Notebook: May 21st

Connecticut must be warming up in late May. The Defender bats broke out of a slump bigtime to keep their claim on first place steady. Meanwhile, San Jose slumps to their third loss in a row, Augusta pulls out a solid win, and Fresno can't do it two days in a row against a former Giant. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Iowa 3, Fresno 2

C Yamid Haad - 4-4, 1 R, 1 E (3), .195
LF Fred Lewis - 1-3, 1 BB, .258
3B Adam Shabala - 1-4, 1 2B (15), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .333
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 2 SO, 1 CS (2), .302
RF Brian Horwitz - 0-3, .167
RF Todd Linden - 1-2, 1 SO, .227
SP James Garcia - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO, 5.51
RP Pedro Liriano - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 6.41; H, 1
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.63; BS, 2; L, 1-2

This time, the Grizzlies could not complete the comeback against their former farmmate David Aardsma and weren't able to score in the 9th after getting runners on first and second with one out. However, the big news of the day was the return of Todd Linden, who replaced Horwitz in right field in the 7th and singled in his first at bat back.

Notes: Fresno is 16-27 with the loss, but remains 9 games back of first place Las Vegas. They are 4 games behind 3rd place Sacramento in the race to get out of the cellar. Linden played in his first game since injuring his thumb on April 11th in Tucson.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 13, New Britain 1

3B Brian Buscher - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, .254
LF Aaron Sisk - 3-6, 2 R, 1 2B (3), 1 HR (3), 4 RBI, 1 SB (4), .235
RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .264
1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B (1), .248
CF Randy Walter - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .211
SP Matt Palmer - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO, 1.48; W, 4-1
RP Geno Espineli - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 4.86
RP R.D. Spiehs - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.93

Connecticut's offense turned on the flood gates after having been held to 3 runs or less in 4 of their 5 games since a series of rainouts. Aaron Sisk improbably led the team in RBI fromt he leadoff spot with 4, including a leadoff home run. The Defenders spread out the scoring, with the biggest inning being a 4 run 6th, which was was the result of 4 singles, a walk and an RBI ground out, with some help by an error after one of the singles.

Notes: Connecticut is 24-15, and sits 2.5 games ahead of 2nd place Portland for the lead of the Northern Division.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Lancaster 7, San Jose 5

CF Pat Dobson - 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .263
SS-3B Tim Hutting - 2-3, 1 R, 1 SO, .308
C Andy Busch - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI, .273
LF John Bowker - 1-5, .248
RF Carlos Sosa - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .286
SP Anthony Moreno - 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 5.10; L, 2-2
RP Tom King - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1.35
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1.77

San Jose suffered their third loss in a row, coming close but being unable to pull out of their funk. A Richard Mercardo triple keyed a 3 run 3rd inning that put Lancaster up for good. The Giants put up 2 runs in the 7th, on Andy Busch's 2 run homer, and then 2 more in the 8th, keyed by an error and a Sosa double, but couldn't finish the rally.

Notes: San Jose is 27-14, and continue to hold a solid 8 game lead over Stockton and Modesto for the top spot in the North division.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 6, Lexington 2

RF Michael Mooney - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (7), 1 BB, 1 HBP, .322
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-5, 2 R, 1 2B (9), 1 RBI, .268
DH Jon Armitage - 2-4, 1 RBI, .250
LF Ben Copeland - 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, .267
SS Anthony Contreras - 0-3, 2 BB, .356
SP Joe Martinez - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.60; W, 3-2
RP David Quinowski - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.08
RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.63

Augusta broke a 3 game losing streak, taking the third game in a 4 game series against the Northern Division leading Lexington Legends. 3B David Maroul and Armitage had back to back RBI singles to get the GreenJackets 2 runs in the 4th, while Sandoval's double, C Barry Gunther's single and 2B Eugenio Velez's sacrifice fly gave Augusta 3 more in the 5th to give them the lead for good.

Notes: Augusta is 22-19 and in third place in the Southern Division. They are 2 games behind 2nd place Charleston, and 7.5 games behind first place Rome.



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