Minor League Notebook: June 19th

Two big events in tonight's notebook. First, Short-Season-A Ball is under way, and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are looking strong already. Who smacked 2 home runs in his pro debut? And a top prospect gets promoted...and skips a level! How did he do? Just Another Day of New Beginnings in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Portland 6, Fresno 5

2B Juan Melo - 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 1 RBI, 1 SB (1), .254
LF Dan Ortmeier - 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B (14), 1 RBI, .259
3B-SS Kevin Frandsen - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (15), 2 SO, .314
SS Jose Flores - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI, .260
RF Todd Linden - 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (4), .230
CF Fred Lewis - 0-4, 1 BB, 3 SO, .277
SP Nick Pereira - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .667; 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 7.11 ERA
RP Erick Threets - 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 3.77
RP Carlos Hines - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.68
RP Brian Wilson - 0.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 3.71; L, 1-3

The story in this one was the debut of Nick Pereira in Triple-A after being an All-Star in the first half for Single-A San Jose. Pereira had problems, though, walking the first batter he faced and then after an error by C Jed Hansen (playing catcher for the first time this season), gave up a home run. Pereira had problems with control all night (not unusual for pitchers in the PCL), but also did not have his trademark sinker working, getting only 7 ground outs to 9 fly ball outs (and of course, two big flies). He also got no help from the bullpen, being lifted after giving up a 1 out single in the 7th, but Threets walked both batters he faced, and Hines gave up a groundout that allowed Pereira's runner to score and gave a 5-4 lead to Portland. Pereira did well at the plate, however. In his first professional at bat, Pereira singled to tie the game at 2 in the second inning, and went 2 for 3 at the plate. Melo took Pereira off the hook for the loss with an 8th inning home run, but Wilson gave up a home run to the first and only batter he faced in the 9th, Termell Sledge (who also had the first inning home run off of Pereira).

Notes: Fresno is 28-42, and is 16.5 games behind first place Tucson, and 7.5 games behind third place Sacramento.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 4, Portland 3

3B Brian Buscher - 3-3, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (2), .271
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 2B (12), .239
1B Brian Horwitz - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .259
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (11), .244
SP Garrett Broshuis - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 2 HBP, 5.10; W, 3-4
RP Joe Bateman - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.86; H, 4
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.08; S, 10

Broshuis recovered from a couple of bad starts to earn his 3rd win of the year. He only gave up 4 hits in the 6 innings, but allowing 5 free baserunners (3 walks, 2 hit batters), hurt him in the end. Meanwhile, Buscher had a career day, including a third inning triple that scored one runner and put Buscher in a spot to score on the next hit. The Defenders got the winning run as Timpner went to steal 3rd in the 7th. The Portland catcher threw the ball into the outfield, and Timpner came around to score the final run of the game.

Notes: Connecticut is 32-35, and is 8.5 games back of first place Portland. They are 2 games behind Trenton for 2nd place. Connecticut has won 4 of their last 5 games.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 5, Visalia 3

RF John Bowker - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 3 RBI, 1 BB, .252
2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 2B (12), .289
CF Pat Dobson - 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .247
C Todd Jennings - 1-4, 1 R, .267
SP Gregorio Martinez - 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2 E (4), 4.27; W, 3-4
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.41; H, 9
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.27; S, 19

A 4 run 5th inning was the key as San Jose take the first game of the 2nd half. Cordido and Jennings had back to back singles to open the inning, and after 3B Simon Klink struck out, Dobson singled home one run, to be followed by Bowker's 3 run homer to give San Jose the lead they wouldn't relinquish. Although it didn't affect the scoring, Martinez had two errors on pickoff throws, one in the first and one in the third.

Notes: San Jose is 1-0 in the second half of the California league. Stockton was the only other team in the North division to win their first game.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - No Game Scheduled (All-Star Break)

Notes: SFDugout.com will post the results of tomorrow's All-Star game, and the results of the two GreenJackets who made the team, Michael Mooney and Sergio Romo.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 10, Spokane 3

DH Adam Witter - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 2 HR (2), 4 RBI, 1 BB, .750
1B William Thompson - 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .667
RF Tom Neal - 2-5, 1 R, .400
SS Brian Bocock - 3-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB (1), 1.000
CF Michael McBryde - 1-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB (1), .167
2B Brian Boyer - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SF, .400
LF Matt Weston - 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .000
SP Craig Whitaker - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 2.25
RP Kelvin Pichardo - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0.00; W, 1-0
RP Steven Calicutt - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.50

The Volcanoes opened their season with a resounding win. Witter, a 4th year senior signed from East Carolina, provided the power but Bocock's 3 for 3 performance from the 9th spot in the order and Thompson's return from a sprained ankle last year also helped. Whitaker, who had been sidelined since straining his oblique muscle in his first game of the year at San Jose in April, pitched well, but didn't go the 5 to qualify for the win.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 1-0 on the year. All four West division teams won, playing the 4 East division teams, so there's a 4 way tie for both first and last with Eugene, Everett and Vancouver.



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