Minor League Notebook: July 2nd

On July 2nd, 2005, Kevin Frandsen hit for the cycle with the San Jose Giants. It was part of his breakout year for the prospect who is now with the majors. One year later, and the cycle has been accomplished again! Who is it? And is he on the way to the majors, too? It's Just Another Deja Vu Day In The Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Tacoma 6, Fresno 5

RF Todd Linden - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (10), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .261
LF Dan Ortmeier - 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR (8), 1 RBI, 1 SB (8), .244
3B Mike Cervenak - 1-3, 1 RBI, .360
CF Fred Lewis - 1-5, 1 R, 3 SO, .264
SP Matt Palmer - 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 4.96; L, 0-1
RP Merkin Valdez - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 6.30
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.07

Fresno came oh so close to pulling off the comeback in this one, but fell just short. After Palmer gave up 5 runs in the first 4 innings, Fresno came back with 4 in the 5th, with three singles in a row by Ortmeier, Lewis and Jed Hansen, followed by a double by Linden and a sacrifice fly. But down by just one, Fresno let Tacoma get 1 more, and were only able to close it to one run in the 9th on a 2 out inside-the-park home run by Ortmeier, but got no more.

Notes: Fresno is 34-49, and is still 16.5 games back and in last place. They are 6.5 games out of 3rd, and have now lost 3 in a row after winning 3 in a row against third place Sacramento.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - New Britain 4, Connecticut 1

RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-4, 1 R, .234
DH Aaron Sisk - 2-4, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .194
2B Derin McMains - 2-4, 1 SO, .228
LF Brian Horwitz - 1-3, 1 2B (3), 1 BB, .227
SP Jesse Floyd - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 3.82; L, 1-9
RP R.D. Spiehs - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.98
RP Jason Waddell - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.00

Only with a team like the Defenders can a pitcher have an ERA under 4 and yet still have a record like 1-9. Floyd had a rough outing by his standards, but the offense again wasn't up to the task, although they did outhit New Britain 8-7, and 3 players had multiple hits. But only 2 of the hits were for extra bases, so not enough forced in runs.

Notes: Connecticut is 35-45, and is 14 games out of first place. They are in 5th place in the 6 team division, a game behind 4th place New Hampshire, and a game ahead of 6th place New Britain.

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

RF John Bowker - 1-4, 1 2B (17), 2 SO, .252
1B Julio Cordido - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 2 RBI, .285
2B Mark Minicozzi - 0-4, 2 R, 1 SO, .287
LF Carlos Sosa - 1-4, 1 2B (11), 1 RBI, 2 SO, .310
SP Gregorio Martinez - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 3.89
RP Adam Gardner - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 6.02
RP Alexander Hinshaw - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.02

The Giants offense went silent as they fell to the Nuts, collecting only 4 hits. They did get a solo home run from Cordido in the 7th, and Cordido also knocked in Minicozzi in the 9th. Minicozzi managed to get on base twice because of errors, and scored runs both times. Hinshaw made his first appearance since going on the DL (a stint which caused him to miss the All-Star game). Hinshaw had started 9 of his previous 13 outings.

Notes: San Jose is 7-3, and remain in first place in the division. They are just a half game ahead of the Oaks in the 2nd half.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 1, Lexington 0

CF Antoan Richardson - 3-4, 1 3B, 1 SB (37), .263
LF Ben Copeland - 1-4, 1 R, 1 CS (12), .286
SS Anthony Contreras - 2-4, 1 SO, .330
RF Michael Mooney - 1-4, 1 2B (17), 1 RBI, .291
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-4, .256
SP Shairon Martis - 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 3.48; W, 3-4
RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.23; S, 6

In a game that took just 2 hours and 8 minutes, Augusta prevailed thanks to an error and an unearned run for the only run in the game. That came in the 3rd, as Copeland singled to lead off the inning. Copeland attempted a steal and was caught, but an error by 2nd baseman Pedro Espinoza let Copeland reach 2nd safely. Copeland would come in on Mooney's double. The rest was handled by Martis, who gave up a single in the 1st, a double in the 3rd, and a walk in the 6th, and that was it for 8 innings.

Notes: Augusta is 8-3, and they are now in just a 2 way tie for first in the 2nd half with Greenville.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 5, Eugene 3

C Adam Witter - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (2), .293
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-4, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 E (4), .311
1B William Thompson - 1-5, 1 R, 1 SO, .400
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-5, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (5), 1 E (5), .208
RF Thomas Neal - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 SO, .327
CF Michael McBryde - 1-3, 1 RBI, .312
PH-2B Christopher Todd - 1-1, 1 2B (1), 3 RBI, 1 BB, .357
SP Adam Cowart - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 0.00; W, 3-0
RP Kelvim Pichardo - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 6.35
RP Adam Paul - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.70; H, 3
RP Juan Trinidad - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.00; S, 4

Salem-Keizer's winning just continued, and it was on the back of Cowart's continued dominance of the Northwest League. Cowart, who has still not allowed an earned run, has given up 4 hits and just gave up his first walk in 16 innings of work while earning his 3rd win in as many outings. He got 13 groundouts against just 1 flyout, but got no strikeouts. Meanwhile, the big hit was by Todd, who came in as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded in the 6th and doubled, clearing the bases.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 12-2, and has opened up a 3 game lead over both Everett and Vancouver in the West division.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 9, Royals 1

2B-SS Sharlon Schoop - 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 1 3B (1), 1 HR (1), 4 RBI, 1 BB, .531
CF Tayler Creswell - 2-5, 1 RBI, .276
1B Rich Janeway - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (3), 1 BB, .452
RF Joe Roundy - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (3), 1 HR (1), 3 RBI, 1 SO, .219
LF James Simmons - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HBP, .290
SP Manuel Cabeza - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2.57; W, 3-0
RP Anthony Pannone - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0.00
RP Roberto Martinez - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HBP, 4.00; S, 1

A year to the day after Kevin Frandsen hit a cycle for the San Jose Giants (on July 2nd, 2005), Sharlon Schoop hit one for the AZL Giants. Schoop popped out in the first, but hit his first home run (a 2 RBI homer) of the year in the 3rd, singled in the 5th (for another RBI), tripled in the 6th, and walked in the 8th. If it wasn't for a 2 out rally in the 9th, that included a Royal error and Roundy's 2 run home run, Schoop wouldn't have gotten another shot, but he did and hit an RBI double to complete the feat.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 8-1, and have extended their lead to 2 games over the 2nd place Mariners.



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