Minor League Notebook: June 3rd

Is there anything better than a doubleheader between a first place and second place team? Not really, but the one between 2nd place Connecticut and Portland got rained out Saturday. Maybe they can get it in Sunday...meanwhile, Fresno sees a great pitching performance. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Salt Lake 5, Fresno 1

CF Dan Ortmeier - 1-4, .259
2B Jed Hansen - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (7), 1 SO, .246
SS Tim Hutting - 1-3, 1 RBI, .205
RF Todd Linden - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, .246
LF Fred Lewis - 0-4, 1 SO, .259
SP Jeff Petersen - 7.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR, 4.30; L, 2-2
RP Merkin Valdez - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.79
RP Erick Threets - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.03

Salt Lake's starting pitcher Joe Saunders flirted with a no-hitter against Fresno, as he carried a no hitter into the 7th. Ortmeier's single with one out was the one that broke it up, while Hansen doubled and Hutting followed it with a single to break up the shut out. But Petersen allowed 2 home runs to Bees DH Howie Kendrick, and that would be all Salt Lake would need for this win.

Notes: Fresno is 24-32, still in last place, and is 7.5 games behind Tucson.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Double Header with Portland Rained Out

What could've been a big day of two games between first place Portland and second place Connecticut was called because of rain. One game will be attempted to be made up on June 4th, while the other's make-up date will be announced later.

Notes: Connecticut is 27-25, still in second place 3 games behind Portland. Third place Trenton is 1 game behind Connecticut.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 6, Bakersfield 3

C Steve Holm - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .219
3B Simon Klink - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 CS (2), .247
SS Johany Abreu - 2-5, 1 R, .333
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-4, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .272
RF Michael Wagner - 1-4, 1 2B (5), 1 SO, .246
SP Gregorio Martinez - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3.60, 1 BK, 3.60; W, 2-3
RP Anthony Moreno - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 5.33; H, 1
RP Ben Cox - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.94; S, 2

San Jose led most of the way in this one, but a 3 run 9th inning gave the Giants some much needed breathing room, and they were all unearned. Abreu was batting with the bases loaded and two out, and a throwing error by the Blaze pitcher allowed all the runners to score on the play.

Notes: San Jose is 34-21, and has a 6.5 game lead over 2nd place Modesto and Stockton.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Asheville 4, Augusta 2

LF Ben Copeland - 2-5, 1 R, 2 SO, 2 SB (11), 1 CS (7), 1 PO, .264
1B Jose Yens - 2-4, 2 SO, 1 CS (2), 1 E (5), .256
RF Michael Mooney -1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .305
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (8), 1 SO, .282
DH Anthony Contreras - 1-4, 1 SO, .330
SP Ronnie Ray - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR, 4.13
RP Dave McKae - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.08; L, 0-1
RP David Quinowski - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.82

Augusta outhit Asheville 11-10, but they lost this game on the basepaths. They lost 4 runners on the bases with three caught stealing and one pick off. Copeland accounted for 2 of those outs, but came back with 2 outfield assists, nailing a runner at home and another at 2nd base.

Notes: Augusta is 29-24, and remains in 2nd place. They are 7.5 games behind first place Rome, and 1 game ahead of 3rd place Greenville.



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