Minor League Notebook: June 9th

A big ol' ouch looking at the scores from Connecticut and San Jose. At least San Jose is still in first, but Connecticut is falling fast. The good news? One of the top pitchers in the system made a return to form! Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Colorado Springs 12, Fresno 8

LF Fred Lewis - 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B (3), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .270
PH-RF Todd Linden - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 HR (2), 1 RBI, .233
2B Kevin Frandsen - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 RBI, 1 BB, .320
3B Juan Melo - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .234
SS Jose Flores - 2-4, 1 2B (1), .312
SP Brian Cooper - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 4.59
RP Jeff Petersen - 2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 5.68; L, 2-3
RP Carlos Hines - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 3.21
RP Merkin Valdez - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.43
RP Matt Anderson - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 8.10

Fresno just couldn't keep up in a wild one this time. A disasterous 6th inning involving Petersen and Hines blew this one open as the Sky Sox scored 7 runs. The good news was that Todd Linden, who wasn't scheduled to start, looked like he was hitting well again with his 2nd home run and first double in an injury laden season.

Notes: Fresno is 25-36, and has fallen to 11.5 games out of first. Adam Shabala left the game in the 4th with a reported injured neck or shoulder.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Akron 1, Connecticut 0

CF Clay Timpner - 1-3, 1 BB, .247
C Brian Munhall - 1-3, .205
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-3, 3 SO, .257
SP Pat Misch - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1.82; L, 5-3
RP Jason Waddell - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.60

Pat Misch took the toughest kind of loss in this one, as the offense was just dead. Timpner collected half of the offensive output, with one of the Defenders' 2 hits, and 1 of their 2 walks. Ishikawa suffered greatly, striking out everytime he came up. He had three of the 4 strikeouts against the Defenders.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Rancho Cucamonga 3, San Jose 0

SS Marcus Sanders - 2-3, 1 2B (8), 1 BB, .217
1B Julio Cordido - 2-4, 1 SO, 1 CS (5), .275
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 BB, .257
SP Jesus Reina - 9.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 4.99; L, 3-3

You don't often see complete games by losing pitchers, but in this one, Reina went the distance despite giving up 3 runs. However, with San Jose unable to get any runs home despite getting 11 baserunners, it didn't really matter much.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 6, Kannapolis 5

LF Ben Copeland - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (11), 1 RBI, .276
SS Eugenio Velez - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), .276
3B David Marould - 2-4, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI, .291
DH Anthony Contreras - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .335
RF Michael Mooney - 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, .309
SP Dan Griffin - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 4.36; W, 4-4
RP Sergio Romo - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.42; H, 2
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.84; S, 8

Griffin returned to his winning ways, and control was the key, as he walked none and struck out 8. Copeland started off a 3 run 7th inning with a double, and came in to score on Velez's home run. After that, Mooney got a walk, and he came in on a Maroul double. Those were key runs, as Kannapolis came back with 3 runs in the 8th, but Augusta was able to hold them off just long enough.



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