Minor League Notebook: June 21st

Fresno might actually have the semblance of a competitive team, if they can keep getting solid pitching performances and keep their lineup intact (Oops, there goes Frandsen!). One prospect makes his first pro start in Double-A, and those Volcanoes keep rolling. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 6, Colorado Springs 5

3B Adam Shabala - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 E (4), .312
1B Chad Santos - 2-2, 1 R, 1 HR (11), 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 E (8), .254
RF Todd Linden - 2-5, 1 2B (5), 1 3B (2), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .237
LF Dan Ortmeier - 1-5, 1 R, 1 SB (6), .258
CF Fred Lewis - 1-5, 1 R, 2 SO, .276
C Justin Knoedler - 2-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, .215
SP Matt Kinney - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 5.06
RP Jack Taschner - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 2.59; W, 4-2
RP Brian Wilson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.50; S, 2

The Grizzlies held on just long enough for this one and scratched out enough runs, despite giving up 3 errors. The Sky Sox biggest threat was in the 4th, when all three errors occured, two on sacrifice bunt attempts, led to 3 runs cutting Fresno's lead to 4-3. Colorado Springs would tie it in the 5th, but a Linden triple put him in scoring position for Santos to knock him in to give Fresno the lead back. The Sky Sox countered with a solo home run in the 8th to tie it up again, but in the bottom half, Shabala homered as well and that would be the difference.

Notes: Fresno is 28-43, but the win keeps them at 17 games back of first place Tucson, and 7 games away from Sacramento in third place. The Grizzlies were without Kevin Frandsen, who was once again called up to the majors on Wednesday.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Portland 7, Connecticut 3

3B Brian Buscher - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, .273
1B Brian Horwitz - 1-5, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E (1), .250
DH Tyler Von Schell - 2-5, 1 2B (9), 2 SO, .245
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-5, 1 R, 1 SO, .234
SP Geno Espineli - 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.34
RP Scott Munter - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 4.82; L, 0-2
RP Jason Waddell - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.28
RP Joe Bateman - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 5.19

Connecticut's offensive implosion continues, though Buscher's been hot of late. The most intriguing thing from this game is the start by Geno Espineli, the first start of his pro career. Espineli handled it pretty well, though he didn't go deep. The tough spot was Munter, who came in in the fifth inning. Espineli was lifted after allowing a one out triple, and Munter walked the next two batters, then gave up back to back doubles to allow 4 runs to come in, including the one charged to Espineli. An error by LF Alex Requena let one more come in in the inning. Munter, the ground ball specialist, gave up no ground balls.

Notes: Connecticut fell to 32-37, and is now 10.5 games behind first place Portland. Connecticut is in 3rd place, still a half game ahead of 4th place New Hampshire.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 6, Visalia 3

LF Michael Wagner - 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, 1 HBP, .269
SS Tim Hutting - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .298
DH John Bowker - 1-4, 1 2B (15), 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB (4), .251
C Todd Jennings - 1-4, 1 3B (1), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .270
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .292
SP Anthony Moreno - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 4.62; W, 5-3
RP Nathan Pendley - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.59; H, 2
RP Brian Anderson - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, 1.23; S, 20

Moreno got into some early trouble in this one, giving up two singles and a double with two out in the first to fall behind by 2 runs early, but San Jose scratched away, a run at a time, to take the lead. Hutting's 2nd home run of the year was a solo shot in the 5th to cut the Visalia lead to 3-2, and after a three base error in the 6th allowed the Giants to tie the game, Wagner's 7th inning home run gave the Giants the lead.

Notes: San Jose is 2-1, and is now tied for first in the North Division with Stockton. Bakersfield, Modesto and Visalia are all a game back at 1-2.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - No Game Scheduled

Notes: Augusta is The All-Star break ends today, and Augusta will be back in action on Thursday.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 6, Spokane 5

1B William Thompson - 2-3, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, .500
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 2-4, 1 R, .556
LF Matt Weston - 2-4, 1 R, .286
CF Michael McBryde - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E, .231
C Tyler La Torre - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 SO, .125
2B Bradley Boyer - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 SO, .250
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 CS (1), 1 PO, .100
DH Adam Witter - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, .273
SP John Odom - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 1.80; W, 1-0
RP Eric Stolp - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.00
RP Adam Paul - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 54.00
RP Juan Trinidad - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0.00; S, 2

This one got tricky in the 9th. Boyer put S-K ahead 2-0 in the third with his first home run of the year, and then the Volcanoes benefitted from a 4 run 4th inning that was helped along by an error, but with a 6-1 lead in the 9th, Adam Paul came into the game. Paul gave up 3 singles and a hit by pitch to load the bases and score one run, then he gave up a triple to score 3 more. Trinidad came in for the save attempt, and walked a man before getting a groundout for the game ending out.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 3-0 on the young season, but hey, so is everyone (still) in their division!



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