Minor League Notebook: June 4th

Oh, the extra innings! 3 teams finished two games a piece on Sunday. San Jose and Augusta continued games suspended from Friday, and Connecticut 'played' half of a double header. Just the pitching half, though, as they got shut out for 14 innings! Ouch. Just Another Extra-Ordinary Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Salt Lake 7, Fresno 1

2B Jed Hansen - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E (11), .246
1B Chad Santos - 1-3, 1 BB, .254
3B Juan Melo - 1-4, 1 SO, .224
LF Fred Lewis - 0-2, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (9), .256
RF Todd Linden - 0-2, 2 BB, 1 SO, .237
SP Matt Kinney - 6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO,1 HR, 4.08; L, 4-4
RP Matt Anderson - 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 7.66
RP Carlos Hines - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.75

Fresno was held to just 3 hits over 9 innings, but thanks to a 9th inning home run, they didn't suffer the fate of *ahem* other teams (keep reading, if you dare). Hansen had the home run, though he also had a 5th inning error that led to an unearned run. At least there were some signs of frustration, as Grizzlies Manager Shane Turner was ejected in the 8th inning.

Notes: Fresno is 24-33, and fell to 8.5 games behind first place Tucson. Yup, they're still in last place.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Game 1 - Portland 3, Connecticut 0 (7 Innings); Game 2 - Portland 4, Connecticut 0 (7 Innings)

Game 1
2B Aaron Sisk - 1-3, 1 2B (4), 1 SO, .196
CF Clay Timpner - 1-3, 1 SB (7), .238
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-3, 1 SO, .262
SS Jake Wald - 1-2, .189
SP Pat Misch - 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1.88; L, 5-2
RP Scott Munter - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00

Game 2
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-3, .264
DH Tyler Von Schell - 1-3, .255
2B Aaron Sisk - 0-2, 1 BB, .192
CF Clay Timpner - 0-3, 1 SO, .233
SP Jesse Floyd - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 3.67; L, 1-6
RP Geno Espineli - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.86
RP Joe Bateman - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 5.19

Simply put, Connecticut's offense reached an absolute low in Sunday's double header. The team managed only 6 hits in the combined 14 innings, and were shut out completely. The only extra base hit was Sisk's double in Game 1. The pitching was shakier than usual at well, but Connecticut's lack of offense simply made the pitching a moot point.

Notes: Connecticut is 27-27, and the sweep by first place Portland dropped Connecticut into a 2 way tie for second place with New Britain at 5 games back. 4th place Trenton lurks only a half game between them. Game 1 was Munter's first appearance in Double-A since his promotion, and it was a success, as he got all four of his outs on ground outs, and broke two bats. C Andy Busch made his debut for the Defenders in Game 2 on Sunday as well. He fit in right away, going 0 for 2 with a strikeout. The team was without Nate Schierholtz, who was serving the first 2 games of his 3 game suspension.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Game 1 San Jose 8, Bakersfield 6 (14 Innings; Completed from Friday, June 2) - ; Game 2 - Bakersfield 3, San Jose 0

Game 1
RF Brian Horwitz - 4-5, 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 RBI, 2 BB, .333
LF John Bowker - 3-7, 1 R, 1 2B (11), 1 RBI, 3 SO, 1 SB (3), .265
1B Julio Cordido - 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B (6), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .260
3B Simon Klink - 2-6, 1 2B (8), 3 SO, .241
SS Marcus Sanders - 1-6, 1 R, 1 SB (20), 1 E (15), .222
C Todd Jennings - 2-7, 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 SO, .281
PH-1B Pat Dobson - 1-1, 1 CS (4), .269
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-7, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, .277
CF Joey Dyche - 1-6, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 E (3), .233
SP Nick Pereira - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.33
RP Nathan Pendley - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00
RP Ben Cox - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.03
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1.82; BS, 2
RP Adam Gardner - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 SO, 4.55; W, 4-2
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 E (1), 1.57; S, 15

Game 2
RF Brian Horwitz - 2-4, 1 2B (11), .330
C Todd Jennings - 1-4, 2 SO, .280
SS Marcus Sanders - 0-4, 1 E (16), .217
DH Carlos Sosa - 0-1, 3 BB, .317
1B Pat Dobson 0-2, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (10), .262
SP Jesus Reina - 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 HBP, 5.33; L, 3-2
RP Thomas King - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, 2.84
RP Darren Sack - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0.00

San Jose played a game plus a little extra, starting the night by finishing the suspended game from Friday, June 2nd. That game had been suspended at the end of the 13th innings for the California League curfew, which is that no new innings can begin after 11:50 PM. But it didn't take long to get things done. Horwitz walked, and after Sosa bunted into a forceout, Mark Minicozzi came to the plate. Minicozzi was the only player that hadn't gotten a hit in the 13 innings on Friday, but he made up for it with a 2 run home run. Anderson came on to get the save.

In the full game, San Jose was 3 hit on a combined effort by three Blaze pitchers, although they gave up 5 walks (3 to Sosa alone!). However, only Horwitz had an extra base hit, and none of the baserunners came close enough together to result in runs.

Notes: San Jose is 35-22, and is still in first, 6.5 games ahead of Modesto and Stockton, who are tied for 2nd.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Game 1 - Augusta 6, Asheville 2 (7 Innings Completed from Friday, June 2); Game 2 - Augusta 3, Asheville 2 (7 Innings)

Game 1
DH Michael Mooney - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 RBI, 2 SB (14), .312
3B-1B David Maroul - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 HR (3), 4 RBI, .310
RF Jose Yens - 1-3, 1 2B (10), 1 RBI, .252
LF Ben Copeland - 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (10), .258
3B Anthony Contreras - 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB (8), .333
2B Eugenio Velez - 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (18), .279
SP Sergio Romo - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 2.96; W, 5-1
RP Osiris Matos - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.59; S, 3

Game 2
RF Michael Mooney - 2-2, 1 R, 1 3B (4), 1 BB, .318
LF Ben Copeland - 2-4, 1 RBI, .266
3B Anthony Contereas - 1-3, .331
2B Hector Borg - 1-3, 1 SB (1), .333
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI, .230
SP Dan Griffin - 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 4.53; W, 3-4
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.18; S, 6

Game 1, the continuation of a game that was suspended after 1 inning on Friday night, Augusta went on to win easily, as Mooney and Maroul led the charge with 2 hits apiece. Romo started the game Friday night, and was able to continue the game on Sunday.

In Game 2, Griffin's wildness was still an issue, but he was more effective. He walked the first batter in the game and that player stole 2 bases, ending up on third and in scoring position on a groundout. Still, Griffin was able to hold on and get his first win since May 9th.

Notes: Augusta is 31-24, and still in 2nd place. The 2 wins bumped Asheville from 3rd place into a two-way tie for fifth with Charleston. Augusta is 6 games behind Rome. Today's games were the first for Hector Borg at any level this season. Pablo Sandoval, who started the Friday night game, was unable to play Sunday and was replaced by Contreras, who went in at third, and Maroul moved over to first to play Sandoval's position.



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