Minor League Notebook: May 30th

A tough day for San Jose, who blew a late lead in a close game. It might have been even tougher for Connecticut, who got shutout despite outhitting their opponents. But Fresno overcomes a blown lead, and Augusta overcomes a huge inning for their own wins. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 3, Tucson 2

LF Fred Lewis - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS (3), .275
C Justin Knodler - 1-3, .207
RF John Bowker - 1-3, .333
CF Dan Ortmeier - 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 SF, .275
1B Jed Hansen - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, 1 E (10), .253
PH Todd Linden - 1-1, 1 R, .279
SP Matt Kinney - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 3.94
RP Jeff Miller - 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1 E (1), 3.43; BS, 1
RP Merkin Valdez - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 5.12
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.52; W, 3-2

A rare pitcher's duel with an exciting conclusion broke out in Fresno on Tuesday, with Matt Kinney pitching an excellent start, but reliever Jeff Miller giving up a run in each the 7th and 8th (one aided by a throwing error by Miller) to give Tucson a 2-1 lead. But Linden, coming in to pinch hit with one out, hit a clutch single, which was followed by a Lewis single. Linden scored on a Hutting ground out to score the tying run. After Taschner struck out the side in the 9th, Hansen hit a leadoff and walkoff home run in the 9th to win the game.

Notes: Fresno is 23-29, and has climbed to within 6 games of first place Las Vegas in the PCL's Pacific South division. They are still in 4th and last place. This game was John Bowker's first game in Triple-A.

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

CF Clay Timpner - 2-4, 1 SB (6), 1 CS (5), .231
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 SO, .261
LF Randy Walter - 1-4, 1 2B (10), 1 SB (3), 1 E (3), .220
3B Brian Buscher - 1-4, 1 SO, .268
SP Jesse Floyd - 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 3.68; L, 1-5
RP Joe Bateman - 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 5.18
RP Oscar Montero - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 SO, 8.00

Floyd got his 5th loss as Connecticut's offense was unable to get into gear. The Defenders actually had more hits (9) than the Fisher Cats (8), but only one player got more than one hit, and that was Timpner. Meanwhile, Floyd gave up back to back doubles in the 3rd as part of a 3 run inning for New Hampshire.

Notes: Connecticut dropped to 27-22 and is out of first place again, a half game back of Portland for the division lead.

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

SS Marcus Sanders - 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .217
CF Joey Dyche - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HBP, .240
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .295
RF Brian Horwitz - 0-4, 1 SO, .311
SP Jesus Reina - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 5.48
RP Brooks McNiven - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3.67; BS, 3; L, 2-3

San Jose's losing ways continued, as McNiven gave up a 2 run, 7th inning homer to give the lead to Stockton. It was the 2nd 2 run homer of the game, as Reina also gave up one in the first inning. But the San Jose offense had come back to take the lead, including Sanders' 2 RBI in the game.

Notes: San Jose is 31-20, and remains in first place in the California League North. They are 4 games above 2nd place Modesto.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 12, Greenville 9

SS Anthony Contreras - 4-6, 3 R, 1 2B (10), 1 3B (1), 4 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E (4), .335
DH Eugenio Velez - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (12), 1 3B (7), 1 RBI, .275
LF Ben Copeland - 2-6, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .259
CF Anotan Richardson - 1-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 SB (23), .233
RF Michael Mooney - 0-5, 1 SO, 1 SB (11), .308
SP Shairon Martis - 3.2 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP, 5.92
RP David Quinowski - 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1.71; W, 2-1
RP Osiris Matos - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.86; H, 3

The GreenJackets were able to overcome an error-prolonged 4th inning, but Martis was not. Martis started the inning with a walk, a single, a wild pitch, another single and then a bases loaded HBP to score a run. Although Martis got two strikeouts after that, an error by Contreras allowed 1 run to come in and then Martis gave up a bases loaded double to give up 3 runs before getting lifted. In all, Greenville got 7 runs in the inning.

Notes: Augusta is 27-23, and is in 2nd place in the SAL Southern division, 7.5 games behind Rome.



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