Minor League Notebook: June 24th

Bay Area native got a rude awakening in Triple-A Fresno in his first start there earlier this week. How would the San Jose star react in his 2nd start. And what is going on in Salem-Keizer? A winning streak to start the season, that's what! Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 5, Colorado Springs 4

1B Chad Santos - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (13), 2 RBI, .268
CF Fred Lewis - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .275
RF Todd Linden - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 SO, .240
LF Dan Ortmeier - 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (7), .254
SP Nick Pereira - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 6.35; W, 1-0
RP Carlos Hines - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 4.50; H, 4
RP Brandon Villfuerte - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.66; H, 5
RP Brian Wilson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.32; S, 3

Rising prospect Nick Pereira made his 2nd start at Triple-A, and things went better this time. He gave up a single and a walk in the 2nd, and a triple in the 3rd, but it was the 5th where he got in trouble, giving up 4 hits (2 doubles and 2 triples) to give up 3 runs. 3 of the hits came with 2 out. Pereira was still having problems with his sinker, getting just 3 ground outs, but he got his first Fresno win. Wilson struck out the side in the 9th for the save.

Notes: Fresno is 31-44, and is still in fourth and last place, 15.5 games behind Tucson. They are 5.5 games behind third place Sacramento.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Postponed Due To Rain

Notes: Connecticut is No makeup date has been announced.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 5, Lancaster 0

1B Julio Cordido - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 3B (2), 4 RBI, .275
CF Pat Dobson - 2-4, 1 RBI, .256
C Todd Jennings - 2-4, 2 R, .284
2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 R, .296
LF John Bowker - 2-4, .256
RF Carlos Sosa - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 2 SO, .303
SP Gregorio Martinez - 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 SO, 2 HBP, 3.92; W, 4-4
RP Nathan Pendley - 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.50; H, 3
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.19

Perhaps the only downside to this game is that Anderson, the league's leading closer, wasn't given a chance to get a save after a 3 run 8th highlighted by Sosa's double and Cordido's triple. Martinez pitched an outstanding game, despite only going into the 6th inning, and the bullpen allowed no baserunners to seal this one.

Notes: San Jose is 4-2 on the 2nd half, and is tied with Visalia for first in the Northern division. Bakersfield is in 3rd, 1 game back.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Game 1 - Augusta 5, Greensboro 1 (7 Innings); Game 2 - Greensboro 3, Augusta 2 (7 Innings)

Game 1
LF Ben Copeland - 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B (7), 2 RBI, 1 CS (11), .274
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 SO, 1 SB (32), .251
SS Anthony Contreras - 1-2, 1 BB, 1 CS (5), .325
3B David Maroul - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (6), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .264
RF Michael Mooney - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .298
SP Dan Griffin - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 3.64; W, 5-4

Game 2
LF Ben Copeland 2-4, 1 2B (15), 2 RBI, 2 SO, 1 E (3), .277
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB (34), .254
SS Anthony Contreras - 1-2, 1 BB, .327
1B Pablo Sandoval - 0-3, 2 SO, .258
RF Michael Mooney - 0-2, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .296
SP Dave McKae - 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 1.74
RP Sergio Romo - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 HR, 3.27; L, 5-2

Augusta split Saturday's doubleheader, making up for Friday's rainout. Game 1's big story was Griffin, pitching a complete (7 inning) game and allowing one run, as his control has returned and he got his record over .500 for the first time since April. In Game 2, 3 errors contributed to the loss. Copeland had a banner day, going 2 for 4 overall with a double and a triple. Richardson put up 3 steals on the day.

Notes: Augusta is 2-1, and is in a 5 way tie for first place in the SAL Southern division's 2nd half.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 5, Boise 1

RF Thomas Neal - 2-4, 2 R, 1 SO, .385
LF Robert Felmy - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB (1), .500
CF Michael McBryde - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (3), .240
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 2-4, 2 RBI, .208
1B William Thompson - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 SO, .500
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-4, .500
2B Brian Bocock - 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (2), .444
SP Craig Whitaker - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 2.00; W, 1-0
RP Ben Snyder - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 0.00
RP Paul Lussier - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1.50

The Volcanoes hot run in the Northwest League continues, as the Volcanoes won their 6th straight. They had a combined 3 hitter of Boise, with 2 hits allowed by rehabbing starter Whitaker and the other by Snyder in his first pro appearance. Neal and Felmy kick started the offense from the #7 and #8 spots in the order, each going 2 for 4, giving an RBI to #9 hitter Bocock and 2 RBI to the leadoff hitter Burriss.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 6-0 on the season, and is now the last undefeated team in the Northwest League. Everett is in 2nd place, a game behind S-K, with Eugene and Vancouver each 2 games back in the West division.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 11, Cubs 6

3B Matt Downs - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B (2), 1 SO, 1 E (2), .429
RF Joe Roundy - 1-4, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .167
2B Juan Jean - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP, .500
LF Emmanuel Cividanes - 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .750
CF James Simmons - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, .167
LF Jeremiah Luster - 1-1, .500
SS Sharlon Schoop - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 E (1), 1 HBP, .273
SP Orland Yntema - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 BK, 1 HBP, 0.00; W, 1-0
RP Morgan Brinson - 0.0 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 2 WP, -.--
RP Ryan McGrath - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 9.00
RP David Newton - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

The differences between the first and second pitchers in relief couldn't have been more striking. Yntema, who played in 2004 with the Arizona Giants but didn't play in 2005, pitched 6 shutout innings, while Brinson faced 3 batters, walking them all and delivering 2 wild pitches on top of it. The Giants walked 11 runners in all in the game, while giving up just 7 hits. Meanwhile the team collected 16 hits, mostly breaking through on a 6 run first inning.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 2-1, and are tied with the Royals for 3rd place. The Mariners and Rangers each are 2-0 and in first place, a half game ahead of the Giants.



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