Minor League Notebook: June 30th

For the top of the minors, it was back to an overly familiar pattern. In Fresno, the pitching let the team down. In Connecticut, it was another offense performance that totaled less than three hits. But in Salem-Keizer, they did something they'd only done once before: lost. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Tacoma 8, Fresno 3

3B Mike Cervenak - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .389
DH Todd Linden - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .253
CF Fred Lewis - 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, .262
SP Brian Cooper - 3.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 5.25; L, 3-4
RP Erick Threets - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.44
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.75
RP Matt Anderson - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 8.79

After getting blocked from a big 4 game sweep from Sacramento, the Grizzlies went to Tacoma and got spanked by the Rainiers. The only runs that came in for Fresno were the results of home runs, a 2 run shot by Linden in the 1st and a solo shot by Cervenak in the 6th. Cooper was responsible for most of the runs. Cooper left 2 runners on in the 4th, and 1 of them would come in on a sacrifice fly off of Threets, the only dark spot on a good day for him.

Notes: Fresno is 34-47, and is back to 15.5 games behind first place Tucson.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - New Britain 6, Connecticut 0

DH Tyler Von Schell - 1-3, 1 2B (10), 2 SO, .243
SS Jake Wald - 1-2, 1 2B (9), 1 BB, 1 SO, .189
LF Brian Horwitz - 0-4, 1 SO, .232
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-3, 1 SO, .245
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-3, .222
SP Garrett Broshuis - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 5.19; L, 3-6
RP Scott Munter - 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 5.40

Once again, Connecticut's offense fell asleep at the wheel. They managed just 2 hits and a walk, all by two players, against New Britain starter Matt Garza over 8 innings, and were shut down in the 9th by Levale Speigner. Meanwhile, Munter had more problems, pitching the 8th and getting a strikeout and a ground out, with the third out coming on an outfield assist from right fielder Schierholtz to third base.

Notes: Connecticut is 34-44, and is now in 5th place in the 6 team Northern division. They are 14 games back of first place Portland, a half game behind Binghamton for 4th, and only a game ahead of New Britain for last place.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 4, Modesto 2

SS Johany Abreu - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 SO, .240
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 R, .295
3B Steve Holm - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (8), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .243
RF John Bowker - 0-4, .255
SP Anthony Moreno - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.44; W, 6-3
RP Nathan Pendley - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0.90; H, 4
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.27; H, 11
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.13; S, 22

San Jose continued it's winning ways after the All-Star break. An Abreu triple, followed by a Jennings RBI groundout gave San Jose an early lead, one which was given back in the first. But Holm's 5th inning homer put San Jose up for good, and then scored 2 runs in the 6th with the help of the Nuts. Jennings led off the inning with a strikeout, but got on after a passed ball. Minicozzi singled, and then Michael Wagner grounded into what could've been a force out, but resulted in an error that let one run in. A sacrifice fly by Julio Cordidio scored the other one.

Notes: San Jose is 6-2 in the second half, and has opened up a 3 game lead on 2nd place Stockton.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 5, Lexington 1

CF Copeland - 3-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 SB (17), .284
3B David Maroul - 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB (2), .265
RF Michael Mooney - 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (22), .288
SS Anthony Contreras - 0-4, .326
1B Pablo Sandoval - 0-3, 1 SO, 1 CS (3), .253
PH Eugenio Velez - 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 4 RBI, .286
SP Dave McKae - 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1.29
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.51; BS, 2; W, 5-1

This one was much more of a pitcher's duel than it might look. Dave McKae held Lexington in check while the GreenJackets scored just one run in the 6th. But in the 9th, Lexington broke through against closer Foltin. However, in the bottom of the 9th, walks did in the Legends, with Mooney, C Barry Gunther and LF Adalberto Paulino all drew walks, and then Velez hit a grand slam.

Notes: Augusta is 6-3, and is in a tie for 3rd place with Asheville, 1 game back of first place Greenville.

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

C Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin - 3-4, .462
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (4), 1 HBP, 1 E (4), .200
CF Michael McBryde - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .262
RF Thomas Neal - 0-4, 2 SO, .318
1B William Thompson - 0-4, 1 BB, .435
SP Gib Hobson - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 4.85; L, 1-1
RP Eric Stolp - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0.00

Everett managed to stop the Volcano winning machine for only the 2nd time in the young season. The only run for S-K came across after Burriss was hit by a pitch. He stole second, and came in on a single by McBryde.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 10-2, and remains in first place but fell to just 1 game ahead of 2nd place Everett.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 6, Padres 5

CF Taylor Creswell - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, .250
3B Allen Balmer - 1-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, .400
1B Sean Van Elderen - 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 SO, .250
C Matt Klimas - 1-1, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, 2 HBP, .273
PR-DH Sharlon Schoop - 0-0, 1 SB (2), .481
SP Henry Sosa - 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 3.52
RP Wilmin Rodriguez - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.38; W, 1-0
RP Frolian Ramirez - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 13.50; H, 1
RP David Newton - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.25

The Giants took advantage of 3 runs in the 3 inning to win this one. After loading the bases with one out and the help of an error, Klimas was hit by a pitch to force in one run, a second came in on the 2nd error of the inning, and the third came in on a wild pitch. That made the game 4-1, and the Giants would not give up the lead.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 7-1 on the season, and extended their lead to 2 games over the Mariners and Royals.



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