Minor League Notebook: July 1st

Two teams 'earned' shutouts on Saturday. I say earned, because the only runs that the ended up giving up were unearned runs, late in games that had already been decided. Just Another Day in the Minors.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Tacoma 6, Fresno 2

CF Fred Lewis - 2-4, 1 2B (15), 1 SO, .265
C Justin Knoedler - 2-3, 1 2B (4), 1 HR (3), 1 RBI, .228
RF Todd Linden - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 1 SO, .253
LF Dan Ortmeier - 0-3, 1 SO, .236
SP Matt Kinney - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO, 1 HBP, 4.61
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5.14; H, 6; L, 2-4
RP Carlos Hines - 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 5.13; BS, 3
RP Jeff Petersen - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 8.31

Fresno's bullpen let them down after a very good start by Kinney. A Linden double followed by a Mike Cervenak single in the first put Fresno up 1-0, and Knoedler's 2nd inning home run put Fresno up 2-1. But that's where it would stand until the 8th, when Villafuerte gave up 2 singles to the three batters he faced, and then Hines let 6 of the 7 batters he faced get on base, including a 3 run homer by Shin-Soo Choo.

Notes: Fresno is 34-48, and is now 16.5 games back and is still in last place.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 9, New Britain 5

RF Nate Schierholtz - 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR (5), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS (1), 1 PO, .230
2B Derin McMains - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI (3), 2 BB, 2 SB (10), .222
1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 3B (3), 2 RBI, 2 SO, 1 E (4), .249
3B Brian Buscher - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (10), 1 3B (2), 3 RBI, .270
CF Clay Timpner - 1-5, 1 R, 3 SO, .213
SP Pat Misch - 5.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HBP, 2.45
RP Joe Bateman - 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.66; W, 4-3
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.56

The Defenders offense made its best appearance in what seems liek more than a month, as Connecticut got 2 home runs on the day. Schierholtz broke out of a long slump, including a solo home run in the 4th, and McMains had a solo shot in the 2nd. But the big innings were in the 7th and 8th. In the 7th, they scored 3 runs with back to back doubles by Buscher and Ishikawa. In the 8th, they got 3 more as Buscher and Ishikawa tripled back to back.

Notes: Connecticut is 34-44, and is now in 5th place in the 6 team division, but put some space between them and last place New Britain, who fell to a game behind the Defenders. The 9 runs by the Defenders was the highest output since May 24th, when they scored 10 against New Hampshire.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 5, Modesto 1

CF Alex Requena - 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB (2), .385
C Todd Jennings - 2-5, 1 2B (14), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .282
3B Simon Klink - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .250
RF Carlos Sosa - 1-2, 1 2B (10), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 1 E (4), .312
SP Darren Sack - 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 SO, 0.63; W, 3-0
RP Thomas King - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.93
RP Ben Cox - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.27

San Jose's winning ways just continued, led by more great pitching by the staff. Sack's 6 innings featured more walks than hits, and as many K's as those two behind. The only run came in after an error in the 9th by Sosa let Matthew Miller reach base to lead off the inning. Cox ended up loading the bases with 1 out, and gave up a sacrifice fly, but that was the only run that came in.

Notes: San Jose is 7-2, and now has stretched their 2nd half lead to 3 games over Stockton.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 7, Lexington 2

LF Ben Copeland - 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B (18), .286
RF Michael Mooney - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB (23), 1 CS (1), 1 HBP, .291
SS Anthony Contreras - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB (10), .327
1B Pablo Sandoval - 2-5, 2 RBI, .256
SP Joe Martinez - 7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 3.88; W, 7-4
RP Bryan Milikan - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 5.06

A 4 run first inning helped lead the GreenJackets to another win. Copeland doubled to lead off the inning, and after an out, Contreras doubled and Mooney singled as well to score 2 runs. 2 walks followed that to load the bases, and Sandoval singled in 2 more runs. That was enough for Martinez, who gave up 3 of his 6 hits in the 8th, leading to both runs he gave up scoring in the inning.

Notes: Augusta is 7-3, and that is tied for the best 2nd half record in the Southern Division in the SAL with Asheville and Greenville. Mooney's caught stealing was his first of the season. No other player in the SAL with 10 or more stolen bases has been caught less than twice.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 7, Everett 1

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, .209
DH Adam Witter - 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 2 RBI, .270
CF Michael McBryde - 3-3, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 BB, .311
LF Matt Weston - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .174
1B William Thompson - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 3 RBI, 1 SO, .420
RF Robert Felmy - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB (3), 1 E (1), .400
SP John Odom - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP, 3.14; W, 2-1
RP Paul Lussier - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0.96

Another bigtime win for the Volcanoes. They benefitted from three home runs, the biggest a 3 run shot hit by William Thompson in the 2nd inning that made the score 5-0. Weston hit a solo home run in the 3rd and Witter added a solo shot in the 6th. The only run came in in the 9th, unearned, on an throwing error by Felmy on a Jair Fernandez double with a man on first.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 11-3, and extended their lead in the West division to 2 games over Everett.

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