Minor League Notebook: May 27th

Well, it only took a month and a half, but that game San Jose got an inning into on April 16th was finally finished in a double header! Too bad it didn't work out too well. Plus, the Fresno pitchers are starting to improve, with another scoreless start from what had been a beleaguered rotation. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 5, Tucson 1

LF Fred Lewis - 3-5, 2 R, 1 3B (1), 1 SO, 1 CS (2), .273
CF Dan Ortmeier - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (4), .279
C Justin Knoedler - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 3 RBI, 1 SO, .229
1B Chad Santos - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .258
SP Brian Cooper - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 4.38; W, 3-3
RP Jeff Miller - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.26
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 5.16

The pitching continues to improve in Fresno. The game got off to the right start with a Lewis triple, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Juan Melo. The biggest blow was by Justin Knoedler in the 6th, a 3 run home run following a single by Ortmeier and and walk to Jed Hansen.

Notes: The win raised Fresno to 22-27, and they closed to within 5 games of first place Las Vegas and only 2 games of 3rd place Sacramento.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Reading 2, Connecticut 1 (11 Innings)

C Brian Munhall - 2-4, .209
3B Brian Buscher - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, .269
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-5, 1 SO, .256
CF Clay Timpner - 0-5, 3 SO, 2 E (3), .214
SP Chris Begg - 9.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 3.62
RP Billy Sadler - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 E, 1.83; L, 1-2

Both teams were handcuffed to only 5 hits each, but 3 errors prevented Connecticut from taking advantage of a 9 inning start by Begg. An error by Timpner to start off the 8th led to an unearned run that tied the game at 1, and a throwing error by Sadler in the 11th on a pickoff attempt made the winning run also an unearned notch.

Notes: Connecticut is no 26-20, but remains in first place a half game ahead of Portland.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Game 1 - Modesto 12, San Jose 4 (7 Innings); Game 2 - Modesto 8, San Jose 4 (7 innings)

Game 1
3B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 2 RBI
PR-C Todd Jennings - 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 BB
SS Marcus Sanders - 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 2 SB
SP James Garcia - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
RP Caleb Salankey - 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
RP Thomas King - 0.0 0 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 0 SO
RP Spencer Grogan - 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

Game 2
LF Carlos Sosa - 2-3, 1 2B (3), .429
C Steve Holm - 1-3, 2 R, .194
SS Johany Abreu - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI, 1 BB, .333
RF John Bowker - 0-3, 1 BB, 2 SO, .262
1B Brian Horwitz - 0-4, 1 SO, E (2), .313
SP Alexander Hinshaw - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 3.09
RP Thomas King - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.76

Saturday was a double header, with Game 1 being a game continued from a suspended contest on April 16 that had been stopped scoreless after the first inning. The now-promoted Garcia had started the game for San Jose, while Modesto's Ryan Mattheus got two runs credited to him despite not pitching Saturday, since the game had been suspended with 2 runners on credited to him. But it was Thomas King's unusual outing where he walked 5 straight that really doomed this game, as all five scored. King did appear in the 2nd game with better results. In that game, another pitcher paid. Hinshaw had been walking the wild side (18 walks in 31 innings) but had been effective, but not on Saturday. Hinshaw gave up 6 runs on 6 walks and 4 hits in 4 innings and his ERA raised almost a full point from 2.03 to 3.09.

Notes: San Jose is 30-18, and their lead over second place Modesto has dropped to just 5 games. Caleb Salankey made his first appearance of the year in the first game of the doubleheader.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 5, Greenville 3

LF Ben Copeland - 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B (4), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .261
RF Michael Mooney - 2-5, 1 3B (2), 1 SO, .324
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-5, .261
SS Anthony Contreras - 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 PO, .331
3B David Maroul - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, .291
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI, 1 PO, .236
SP Ryan Shaver - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 2.89
RP Bryan Millikan - 2.0 IP, 2 H 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.56; W, 2-0
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.66; S, 5

Augusta had a couple of 2 run innings to key Saturday's win. In the 3rd, an Anthony Contreras single scored 2 runs, with both coming in on an error, while in the 8th, a Copeland triple plated 2 more runs to power this win.

Notes: Augusta's win gave them a game lead over Charleston for 2nd place in the Southern division. They are 26-21, and are 6.5 games behind 1st place Rome.



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