Minor League Notebook: June 16th

It's June, which means playoff clinching time! Well, at least in the minor leagues, where the California and South Atlantic Leagues award playoff spots for the first half division champions. One team took their division, while another has missed out. Who is whom? Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Portland 9, Fresno 0

PH Adam Shabala - 1-1, .309
2B Kevin Frandsen - 0-3, 1 BB, .325
CF Fred Lewis - 0-2, 2 BB, .269
RF Todd Linden - 0-4, 1 SO
LF Dan Ortmeier - 0-3, 1 SO, .262
SP James Garcia - 4.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO, 2 HR, 6.49; L, 5-3
RP Carlos HInes - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 3.98
RP Matt Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 8.78

Portland's Dewon Brazelton, previously 0-3 with a 4.97 ERA in the Pacific Coast League this year, shut down Fresno big time, throwing a 1 hit complete game shutout. He struck out 7 while he walked 4, 2 of those going to Fred Lewis. Only Shabala's pinch hit in the top of the 8th broke up Brazelton's no-hitter bid.

Notes: Fresno is 27-41, and has fallen to 15.5 games behind first place Tucson in the Pacific South division. Lewis played center field for the 2nd game in a row.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 3, Bowie 1

3B Brian Buscher - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 HR (3), 1 RBI, .268
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB (10), .249
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-4, 1 SO, .243
1B Brian Horwitz - 0-4, .176
LF Alex Requena - 2-3, 1 RBI, .247
SP Jesse Floyd - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.78
RP Geno Espineli - 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 3.52; W, 4-2
RP R.D. Spiehs - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 3.42; H, 3
RP Joe Bateman - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 5.17; H, 3
RP Billy Sadler - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.16; S, 9

Buscher's 3 for 4 day sparked a slumping Defender offense, as he fell only a triple short of the cycle. His 6th inning home run capped off the day's scoring. Starting pitcher Floyd was pulled after giving up a single in the 3rd, for undisclosed reasons, but Espineli settled the game down and the bullpen shined on Friday.

Notes: Connecticut is 30-34 and is in 3rd place in the Northern division, 10 games out of first. Trenton is 2 games ahead of Connecticut for 2nd, while New Hampshire is just 1 game behind Connecticut for 4th.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 3, Bakersfield 1

2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (9), .276
RF John Bowker - 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .255
1B Julio Cordido - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .268
CF Pat Dobson - 1-3, 1 R, 1 SO
SS Marcus Sanders - 0-2, 1 SO, 1 SB (24), 1 HBP, .213
SP Anthony Moreno - 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 4.64; W, 4-3
RP Nathan Pendley - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0.82; H, 1
RP Justin Hedrick - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.54; H, 8
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 1.31; S, 18

As might be indicated by the Giants having 4 pitchers make the California League All-Star game, pitching led the way on Friday. Two of the All-Stars, Hedrick and Anderson, appeared in the game and helped the bullpen hold Bakersfield scoreless for 3.1 innings, allowing just two base runners, one by hit and one hit by a pitch. Cordido's 2nd inning home run would prove to be enough in this one thanks to the pitching.

Notes: San Jose is 40-28, and sit 5.5 games ahead of Modesto. San Jose clinched the first half Northern Division title on Thursday when Modesto lost, so San Jose has qualified for a playoff spot and will have a first round bye in September.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Kannapolis 2, Augusta 1 (10 Innings)

1B Pablo Sandoval - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, .257
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-4, 1 2B (7), 1 SB (30), .249
SS Anthony Contreras - 1-4, 1 SO, .323
C Barry Gunther - 1-4, 1 SO, .243
RF Michael Mooney - 0-4, 1 SO, 1 SB (18), .300
LF Ben Copeland - 0-4, 1 SO, .264
SP Shairon Martis - 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 4.57
RP David Quinowski - 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1.52
RP Osiris Matos - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2.65; L, 2-3

Augusta couldn't pull out this one despite one of Martis' best outings of the season. Martis gave up just one run, off of a double and single in the 4th. Augusta tied it in the 8th, when Sandoval led off the inning with a single, Richardson doubled him over to 3rd, and Sandoval came in on a wild pitch. Auguta got 2 one-out singles in the 10th, but couldn't get a runner home, and Kannapolis scored in the bottom half with just one hit, a single, followed by a sacrifice bunt, a stolen base and a groundball to first with the runner scoring.

Notes: Augusta is 38-30, and is in 2nd place, 4 games behind Rome, who clinched the Southern division title for the first half on Friday.



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