Minor League Notebook: June 20th

Another day, another poor offensive game for the Defenders. These guys used to be in first place, what happened? The hitting has gone south, hard. Meanwhile, San Jose is underway in the 2nd half, the Sally League has an All-Star game, and Salem-Keizer rolls up win number 2. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - No Game Scheduled

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Portland 9, Connecticut 0

3B Brian Buscher - 1-4, 1 2B (9), 1 SO, .270
1B Brian Horwitz - 1-4, .258
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-4, 1 SO, .235
CF Clay Timpner - 0-4, 1 SO, .239
SP Pat Misch - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4 HR, 2.46; L, 5-4
RP R.D. Spiehs - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.01
RP Jason Waddell - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.52

Connecticut's offense went MIA again, collecting only 3 hits total in 7 innings against Portland starter Kason Gabbard and reliever Jonathan Searles. The surprise is that Misch had serious problems, giving up 4 home runs as the majority of his 7 hits allowed in Portland.

Notes: Connecticut is 32-96, and fell to 9.5 games behind Portland in first place. The Defenders are only a half game ahead of New Hampshire, who are in 4th place.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Visalia 9, San Jose 8

SS Tim Hutting - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 2 RBI, .299
2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 3B (2), 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SF, .293
1B Julio Cordidio - 2-5, 1 2B (9), 1 RBI, .274
C Todd Jennings - 2-5, .270
RF John Bowker - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 2 RBI, 2 SO, .251
LF Michael Wagner - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (8), 1 HBP, .262
SP Jesus Reina - 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 6.13
RP Tom King - 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.08; BS, 2; L, 1-4
RP Justin Hedrick - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.40
RP Brooks McNiven - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.02

Reina struggled with another start, but it was King who took the eventual loss for the Giants. Reina pitched into the 6th, but gave up a home run and a single before being lifted for King. After the home run, the Giants still had an 8-5 lead, but King gave up a two out single to score Reina's other runner. In the 7th, King gave up two doubles and a single, scoring the tying runs. He was lifted for the All-Star Hedrick, but Hedrick gave up a single, letting the lead run come in before getting out of it.

Notes: San Jose is 1-1 in the 2nd half, and is in a 3 way tie for second in the division with Modesto and Visalia. Stockton sits in first with a 2-0 record.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - North All-Stars 4, South All-Stars 0

CF Michael Mooney - 0-1, 1 HBP, 1 SB
DH Anthony Contreras - 0-2
RP Sergio Romo - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO
RP David Quinowski - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

Augusta's All-Star representatives had little outcome on the game as the Northern division dominated for the win. Romo's 5th inning was the most exciting, as he walked the leadoff batter and then gave up a single, but struck out two straight batters swinging, and after a walk loaded the bases, struck out the last batter swinging. The Southern All-Stars only got 3 hits, but Mooney got on base with a HBP and stole a base, but got no help coming in.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 8, Spokane 5

3B Ryan Rohlinger - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 3 RBI, 1 E (1), .600
C Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin - 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 PB, 1 SF, .333
RF Thomas Neal - 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .400
LF Lance Salsgiver - 2-4, 1 2B (1), .400
CF Michael McBryde - 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (2), .222
1B William Thompson - 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .429
DH Adam Witter - 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SF, .375
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 0-5, 1 R, 2 SO, .000
SP Gib Hobson - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 9.00
RP Paul Lussier - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 2.25
RP Jesse English - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00; W, 1-0
RP Juan Trinidad - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00; S, 1

Lussier took over for a struggling Hobson to start the 4th, with a precarious 5-4 lead, and went 4 innings protecting in. But Lussier gave up a home run to the first batter of the 8th, which tied the game. But the Volcanoes came back in the 9th, with McBryde, Thompson and Rohlinger hitting consecutive singles to lead off the inning and score one run. Gutierrez-Portalatin and Witter then each hit sacrifice flies to give the Volcanoes plenty of cushion. Spokane's Grant Gerrard had an interesting game, making 2 errors, stealing one base, getting caught stealing, and getting thrown out at home by center fielder McBryde.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 2-0 on the young season. Every team in the West Division has won their first 2 games.



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