Minor League Notebook: May 25th

Is Fresno's pitching coming around? A starter falls one out short of a complete game shutout. Meanwhile, San Jose may be comfortably in first place, but another farm team is getting close to falling out of the top spot. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 3, Omaha 1

CF Clay Timpner - 3-4, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI, .319
2B Jed Hansen - 2-4, .237
LF Fred Lewis - 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .261
DH Todd Linden - 1-4, 1 SO, .243
RF Dan Ortmeier - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, .287
SP Matt Kinney - 8.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 4.37; W, 4-3
RP Carlos Hines - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 1.12; S, 2

A pitching duel in Fresno? Are you kidding me? Kinney pitched a gem of a game, giving up a 1 out walk, a stolen base and a 2 out single in the 9th to give up his only run before yielding to Hines for the save. 4 singles in the 7th led to a 3 run rally that provided Fresno's only offensive output.

Notes: Fresno is 20-27, and has climbed to being only 6.5 games out of first place, which is now occupied by Tucson (who are a half game ahead of Las Vegas).

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - New Hampshire 4, Connecticut 0

1B Tyler Von Schell - 1-3, 1 SO, .256
CF Randy Walter - 1-3, .229
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-4, 1 SO, .262
SP Jesse Floyd - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.33
RP Geno Espineli - 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.98
RP Joe Bateman - 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 5.82

This one was a close game until the end, when Joe Bateman allowed a leadoff walk in the 9th and then two singles to score the only run needed to win this game, but then gave up a 3 run homer to put it out far of reach. Connecticut only collected 3 hits on the night, despite New Hampshire getting 11, 8 before the final run scoring frame.

Notes: Connecticut fell to 26-18, and now holds a slim 0.5 game lead over Portland for first place in the Eastern League Northern division.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 7, Visalia 4

LF John Bowker - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 RBI, .273
RF Carlos Sosa - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .393
2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI, .299
1B Brian Horwitz - 2-4, .329
SS Marcus Sanders - 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, .221
SP Jesus Reina - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO, 2 WP, 5.70; W, 3-1
RP Thomas King - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 1.27; H, 2
RP Brian Anderson - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.21; S, 12

It was a big 6 run 2nd inning that catapulted San Jose to this win. Back to Back RBI doubles by Minicozzi and Simon Klink started the scoring, and 3 straight RBI singles by Andy Busch, Sanders and Todd Jennings kept the inning going. 7 straight batters got on in the 2nd, powering the run.

Notes: San Jose is 30-15, and continues to lead the division by a comfortable 8 game margin over Modesto.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Hickory 3, Augusta 2

DH Jon Armitage - 2-4, 1 RBI, .253
LF Ben Copeland - 1-3, 2 BB, .261
RF Michael Mooney - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 2 SO, 1 E (5), .317
SS Anthony Contreras - 0-4, 1 SO, .336
3B David Maroul - 1-3, 1 SO, .296
SP Shairon Martis - 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 5.66; L, 1-3
RP David Quinowski - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.84
RP Wayne Foltin - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.79

A 4th inning error by Michael Mooney turned out to be crucial in a close game. The 4th inning run gave Hickory a 2-1 lead that Augusta would tie on Pablo Sandoval's groundout, but one last run credited to Martis that was given up by Quinowski in the 6th would be the difference maker.

Notes: Augusta is now 24-21, and a half game ahead of Asheville for 3rd place in the Southern Division. They are 8.5 games back of first place Rome.



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