Minor League Notebook: June 11th

It was a rough day down on the farm today. Connecticut continues to slide, while Augusta drops a close one and San Jose's bats are missing in action. On a good note, a top hitting prospect gets back in the swing of things as Fresno finally gets back in the win column. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) – Fresno 6, Colorado 2

RF Todd Linden - 2-5, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 3B, 1 2B (2), 3 RBI (11), .253
SS Jose Flores - 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI (4), .348
1B Jed Hansen- 1-4, 1 SO, 1 2B (9), 1 RBI (20), 1 BB, .262
3B Juan Melo- 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (21), .242
2B Kevin Frandsen- 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB (4), .321
CF Adam Shabala- 1-4, 1 CS (3), 1 SO, .304
LF Fred Lewis- 1-5, 1 CS (5), 1 SO, .277
SP James Garcia– 6.0IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 5.73; W, 5-2
RP Merkin Valdez - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.24; H (1)
RP Brian Wilson - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.86
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 IP, 1H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.66

Todd Linden had two hits and three RBI, and Fresno starter James Garcia (5-2), pitched six effective innings, leading the Grizzlies to a 6-2 victory over Colorado Springs. Facing Sky Sox starter Jonathan Asahina (2-5), Linden hit a two-run double in the first and a RBI triple in the third as Fresno jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Garcia tossed six innings to pick up his fifth win of the season. Melo and Flores each added two hits and an RBI for the Grizzlies who pounded out 10 hits on the afternoon. The bullpen also turned in a solid effort with Valdez, Wlson, and Taschner all throwing a scoreless inning of relief.

Notes: With the win, Fresno (26-37, 12 GB), snapped a four game losing streak. The victory was just the 12th on the road this season for the Grizzlies (12-20), and they are (3-7) in their last 10 games.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Akron 4, Connecticut 3

1B Travis Ishikawa – 0-3, 1 SO, 1 RBI (17), .260
C Brian Munhall- 3-4, 2 RBI (8), .234
CF Clay Timpner - 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B (9), .244
SP Matt Palmer - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1.46; L, 4-3
RP Oscar Montero - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 5.68
RP Joe Bateman - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.66

Despite a solid pitching performance by Matt Palmer Connecticut lost another tough game to Akron 4-3 on Sunday. Akron starter Sean Smith (7-0) limited the Defenders to one run over seven innings. Munhall was one of the few bright spots offensively for Connecticut with three hits and a pair of RBI's. Timper added two hits, including his ninth double of the season

Notes: Connecticut (28-32), losers of four games in a row, and 9 of 10 overall, now sit nine games behind the first place Portland Sea Dogs.

San Jose Giants (High-A) – Rancho Cucamonga 4, San Jose 0

SS Marcus Sanders – 0-4, 2 SO, .212
C Todd Jennings – 1-3, 1 2B (12), 1BB, .286
RF John Bowker – 1-4, .263
3B Tim Hutting – 1-3, .295
LF Carlos Sosa - 0-4, 2 SO, .308
SP Brooks McNiven - 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0BB, 3 SO, 3.51; L, 3-4
RP Nathan Pendley - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1.00
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1.60

San Jose's offense managed just three hits against Rancho Cucamonga starter Jose Arredondo (4-4) and two relievers in a 4-0 loss. Jennings, Bowker, and Hutting, were responsible for San Jose's hits, with Jennings hitting his 12th double of the year. Pendley struck out five batters in two innings of work as he and Pendley combined to throw five shutout innings out of the bullpen.

Notes: Despite the loss, San Jose (38-26), still leads second place Modesto by five games. San Jose is (5-5) in their last 10 games.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Kannapolis 5, Augusta 4

CF Ben Copeland – 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, .276
3B Anthony Contreras – 1-4, 1 RBI (29), .336
DH Eugenio Velez - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (16), 1 RBI (28), .277
RF Michael Mooney – 1-4, 1 E (6), 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 RBI (32), .302
SP Joseph Martinez - 5.2 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 3.79; L, 5-3
RP Sergio Romo – 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 3.20

Kannapolis roughed up Martinez (5-3) for 11 hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings in the Green Jackets 5-3 loss. Mooney, Velez, Contreras, and Yens each had one RBI for Augusta. Romo closed out the game in relief for the Green Jackets hurling 3 1/3 scoreless innings, while fanning five.

Notes: Augusta (35-28) remains in second place, but dropped a game in the standings falling five games behind the first place Rome Braves. The Green Jackets have dropped two straight and are (5-5) in their last 10 games.



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