Minor League Notebook: June 17th

Everyone wins! Fresno gets some power, Connecticut's pitching shows up because the offense won't, and two of the Giants top hitting prospects finally get their first round trippers of the season! Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 8, Portland 2

CF Fred Lewis - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B (12), 1 HR (6), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .277
SS Kevin Frandsen - 1-5, 2 R, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI, 3 SO, .321
RF Todd Linden - 0-3, 2 BB, 2 SO, .229
1B Chad Santos - 3-5, 2 SO, .253
LF Dan Ortmeier - 1-5, 1 RBI, 3 SO, .261
C Justin Knoedler - 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .210
SP Michael Tejera - 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 3.29; W, 5-3
RP Brian Wilson - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.18
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.42

It took some time, thanks to splitting time between 21 games in the majors and 31 in Triple-A, but Kevin Frandsen hit his first home run at any level for the season in his 32nd game with Fresno. The 3 run shot in the 4th extended a 2-1 lead to 5-1, and it wasn't close again after that. Lewis added a double and his 6th home run of the year, a solo shot in the 6th. Meanwhile, Tejera had another good outing on the mound, giving up a lot of baserunners, but getting a lot of strikeouts and keeping most from scoring.

Notes: Fresno is 28-41, and gained a full game on first place Tucson. They are now just 14.5 games back on the year.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 1, Bowie 0

1B Brian Horwitz - 2-3, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, 1 SO, .250
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 2B (11), .243
CF Clay Timpner - 0-4, 1 SO, .244
SP Matt Palmer - 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1.30; W, 5-3
RP Scott Munter - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.08; S, 1

When the offense is slumping, the way to win is to throw out some good pitching performances, and Palmer came up big, throwing a shutout for 7 innings and allowing just 4 baserunners. Munter did just as good in relief, with his sinker working, getting 4 ground outs and 2 strikeouts for the 6 outs he got. Meanwhile, a one out walk by catcher Andy Busch started the eventual rally for the winning unearned run. Busch was replaced by pinch runner Randy Walter. Walter stole second, then after a walk put a man on first, pinch hitter Jonathan Armitage grounded into a potential double play, but after getting the out at second, the Bowie second baseman threw the ball away and Walter scored the only run of the game.

Notes: Connecticut is 31-24, and is 8.5 games back in the Northern division in 3rd place. They are 1 game back of 2nd place Trenton, and 4th place New Hampshire is just a half game behind the Defenders.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 13, Bakersfield 8

2B Mark Minicozzi - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (10), 3 RBI, 1 SO, .283
1B Julio Cordido - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (8), 4 RBI, 2 SO, .276
3B Steve Holm - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR (7), 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .247
CF Pat Dobson - 1-4, 1 2B (10), 3 RBI, 3 SO, .241
RF John Bowker - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (14), 1 SO, .259
C Todd Jennings - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, .267
SP Alexander Hinshaw - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 4.23
RP Darren Sack - 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0.51; W, 1-0
RP Brooks McNiven - 0.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 4.11
RP Ben Cox - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.23; H, 4
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.46; S, 4

Hinshaw has been battling his walks for a long time this season, but was escaping problems. Not so on Saturday, as he gave up no hits, but walked 6 and gave another batter a base on a hit by pitch. In the first, despite getting 2 outs with men on first and second, Hinshaw walked in 2 runs. Hinshaw was credited with one more after walking two in the 2nd inning. Sack let a walk load the bases, then gave up a sacrifice fly to score one more runner. But big days from Cordido (4 RBI), Holm and Minicozzi (3 RBI each) helped power the Giants to another win.

Notes: San Jose is 41-28, and in first. They have already clinched the first half title.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 6, Kannapolis 4

RF Michael Mooney - 2-5, 1 2B (15), 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 E (7), .302
LF Ben Copeland - 1-2, 3 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (14), 1 CS (9), .266
SS Anthony Contreras - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 HBP, .326
DH Eugenio Velez - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (17), 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB (27), 1 HBP, .288
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-4, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E (14), .257
SP Joe Martinez - 7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 BK, 3.87; W, 6-3
RP Bryan Millikan - 0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.75
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.60; S, 9

Augusta's 4 run 7th inning broke a 1-1 tie, but they nearly gave it all back. The 4 runs all were on a 2 out rally, starting with back-to-back walks by Antoan Richardson and Copeland. Contreras was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Velez doubled to clear the bases. Mooney then singled home Velez (after Velez stole third) to get the runs across. But in the 8th, after Martinez had allowed 2 singles and gotten 2 outs, Millikan came in in relief, and gave up singles to both batters he faced, scoring both runners. Foltin then came in, and while he gave up a single and a walk in the inning, he was able to hold on long enough. Contreras singled home Copeland to seal the victory. Copeland also hit his first home run of the season to lead off the game.

Notes: Augusta is 39-20, and is 3 games behind first place Rome, but Rome has already clinched the division.



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