Minor League Notebook: May 23rd

After getting blasted by the worst hitting team in the Eastern League, how would Connecticut respond? By throwing a 3 hit shut out, of course! Meanwhile, big late innings key victories in Fresno and Augusta. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 6, Omaha 5

LF Todd Linden - 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (2), .241
DH Fred Lewis - 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, .268
2B Jed Hansen - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .237
C Justin Knoedler - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .200
CF Clay Timpner - 0-4, 1 SO, .262
RF Brian Horwitz - 0-4, 1 SO, .077
SP Alfredo Simon - 6.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 5.51
RP Matt Anderson - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 8.47; W, 1-2
RP Jeff Miller - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.65; H, 3
RP Carlos Hines - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 1.17; H, 2
RP Jack Taschner - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.50; S, 2

A 5 run 7th inning keyed Fresno's win after another poor start by Simon. Tim Hutting and Lewis singled to lead off the inning, and after a Timpner fly out, Linden had an RBI single followed by a Santos 2 RBI double. Hansen then homered to finish off the scoring.

Notes: Fresno is 18-27, and moved up to only 8 games behind first place Las Vegas in the Pacific South. Knoedler hit his first home run in Triple-A. He had one home run in 71 at-bats in Double-A before his callup.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 2, New Hampshire 0

RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .270
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 1 SO, .263
CF Alex Requena - 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB (6), .212
3B Brian Buscher - 1-4, 1 2B, .274
2B Derin McMains - 1-4, 2 SB (6), .209
SP Garrett Broshuis - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1.71; W, 2-1
RP Joe Bateman - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.66; H, 2
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.96; S, 7

A day after letting New Hampshire, the worst hitting team in the Eastern League, set several team records for hitting, Connecticut threw out a 3 hit shutout. Broshuis allowed all 6 baserunners that New Hampshire got, while the bullpen teamup of Bateman and Sadler got the job done quickly and quietly. Schierholtz knocked in the first Defender run in the 5th following a Jake Wald double, while Requena came in on a wild pitch in the 7th.

Notes: Connecticut is 26-17, and is now 2 games up over 2nd place Portland.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 4, Visalia 3

SS Marcus Sanders - 3-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 CS (4), 1 PO, .222
C Todd Jennings - 2-5, 1 SB (2), 1 E (3), .294
3B Simon Klink - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .242
RF John Bowker - 2-5, 1 2B (8), 2 RBI, .254
CF Pat Dobson - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .281
SP Nick Pereira - 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1.51; W, 6-0
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 1.59; H, 5
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.29; S, 11

Staff ace Pereira had some problems, giving up 2 unearned runs thanks to errors by Jennings and 1B Carlos Sosa, but got his 6th win in his 9th start of the season. The game turned in the 6th with the game tied at 2. San Jose welcomed new pitcher Nick Debarr with a single by Sosa, a stolen base and a Klink double to score him. Bowker then singled in Klink to give the Giants what would be the winning run.

Notes: San Jose is 29-14, and continue to hold a commanding 8.5 game lead over 2nd place Stockton.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 9, Hickory 4

SS Eugenio Velez - 3-5, 1 R, 1 3B (5), 2 RBI, 1 SO, 2 SB (16), .303
DH Michael Mooney - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 SO, .322
3B David Maroul - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI, 2 SO, .266
RF Jose Yens - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS (1), .237
LF Ben Copeland - 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (5), .253
SP Ronnie Ray - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 3.52; W, 4-2
RP David Quinowski - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1.93; H, 5
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 3.12

Augusta had a 5 run inning in the 8th to lead themselves to a victory. The inning started with three straight doubles by Mooney, Yens and Maroul, which scored two runs, and Haines singled to advance Maroul to 3rd. Richardson grounded into a force out for another run, and then after a Copeland walk, Velez tripled in 2 more runs to cap off the inning.

Notes: Augusta improved to 23-20, and is percentage points ahead of Ashville for third place in the Southern division. Both teams are 8 games behind first place Rome, and 2 games behind second place Charleston



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