Minor League Notebook: June 1st

For 6 innings, San Jose had 1 hit Stockton...yet they had 3 runs! An unusual pitching line from the California league tonight. Augusta tries to rally back in the 9th, and Connecticut's troubles continue. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Tucson 6, Fresno 1

RF Todd Linden - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (3), .280
LF Fred Lewis - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 BB, .271
3B Juan Melo - 1-4, .219
SP Michael Tejera - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 2.59; L, 3-2
RP Erick Threets - 0.0 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 4.22
RP Carlos Hines - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2 HBP, 0.82

No hits were given up in the 9th inning by the Grizzlies, yet 4 runs came in. Yikes! Erick Threets walked the bases loaded without getting an out to start the inning. At that point, Hines came in. 1 run came in on a sacrifice fly. Two straight hit by pitches reloaded the bases and brought in another run. A third came in on a force out, and the last one came in on a stolen base attempt that prompted an error. Not the way to play, guys.

Notes: Fresno is 23-30, and still in last place. They sit 6.5 games behind first place Tucson.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - New Hampshire 7, Connecticut 3

CF Clay Tipner - 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B (7), 1 BB, .234
1B Traivs Ishikawa - 2-3, 1 3B (3), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP, .262
3B Brian Buscher - 2-4, 1 CS, (3), .267
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 RBI, .254
SP Chris Begg - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 2 WP, 3.82; L, 4-5
RP Billy Salder - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2.66

It's not that Connecticut is getting bad pitching, though Begg allowed more runs than he normally does. It's not that they aren't getting baserunners, as they got 9 hits, 4 walks and a HBP. They just aren't doing a good job getting the runners home.

Notes: Connecticut is 27-24, and has fallen to 2 games behind first place Portland.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 8, Stockton 5

SS Marcus Sanders - 3-5, 2 R, 2 SB (19), 1 E (14), .224
DH Brian Horwitz - 3-4, 2 2B (9), 3 RBI, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .320
RF Michael Wagner - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI, 3 SO, .246
C Todd Jennings - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, .280
CF Joey Dyche - 0-4, 1 SO, 1 SB (13), .235
SP Alexander Hinshaw - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 3.65
RP Brooks McNiven - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 3.09, W, 3-3
RP Ben Cox - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.13; H, 3
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.63; S, 14

Hinshaw's control deserted him in this one. Despite giving up just 1 hit, the hit was a 3 run homer that compounded 6 walks and a HBP in 2 innings of work. But Brooks McNiven came in and steadied the game with 5 solid innings of relief, with only 2 hits and 2 unearned runs thanks to an error by Sanders in the 7th.

Notes: San Jose is 32-21, and holds onto a 4.0 game lead over 2nd place Modesto. Sanders' 2 steals ties him for the California League lead with Corey Wimberly of Modesto at 19. Brian Anderson's 14th save is also a league leading total.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 4, Asheville 3

RF Michael Mooney - 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B (3), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (12), .308
DH Jose Yens - 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .235
SS Anthony Contreras - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (5), .333
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-4, 1 SO, .257
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-4, 1 SO, 1 CS (4), 1 PO, .274
LF Ben Copeland - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 PO, .256
SP Joseph Martinez - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 3.69
RP David Quinowski - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.60
RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.76; W, 2-2

A 9th inning rally and a couple of errors helped Augusta in this game. Mooney drew a leadoff walk in the 9th and stole second. He reached third and a groundout and scored the tying run on a 3B David Maroul single. Maroul then got to third on an errant pickoff throw, and he scored the winning run on a Yens single. The GreenJackets also benifited from a passed ball and wild pitch that advanced Copeland from first to third in the first after Copeland walked. He scored on a Contreras groundout.

Notes: Augusta is 28-23 and in 2nd place in the Southern Division. They distanced themselves from 3rd place Asheville, who dropped into a tie with Columbus 1.5 games behind Augusta. The GreenJackets are 7.5 games behind first place Rome.



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