Minor League Notebook: July 3rd

Even as the season gets underway, someone new is still liable to come along. Today, it was the Bay Area's own Clayton Tanner, the Giants 3rd round pick out of high school, making his first pro appearance. How'd he do? Find out here. Just Another (First) Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Tacoma 8, Fresno 1

RF Todd Linden - 1-4, .261
3B Mike Cervenak - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E (1), .357
C Justin Knoedler - 1-3, .226
2B Jed Hansen - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (6), 1 RBI, .243
SP Michael Tejera - 6.0 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 B, 6 SO, 1 HR, 3.44; L, 7-4
RP Pedro Liriano - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.66
RP Matt Anderson - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 8.49

Tejera suffered his worst loss in some time as he got pounded by the Rainiers. A 4 run second inning, highlighted by two out errors by Cervenak and 1B Chad Santos, keyed Tacoma's early run, and they scored 2 runs each in the following two innings. The only Fresno run came far too late, as Hansen homered to lead off the 9th inning.

Notes: Fresno is 34-50, and has fallen to 17.5 games back of first place Tucson.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 12, New Britain 6

RF Nate Schierholtz - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B (14), 1 RBI, .241
SS Jake Wald - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (11), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .205
C Brian Munhall - 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B (1), 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 E (3), .246
LF Randy Walter - 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B(11), 1 SO, 2 SB (8), .210
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B(10), 1 BB, .210
DH Brian Horwitz - 0-5, 1 RBI, .212
SP James Garcia - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.18; W, 1-1
RP Scott Munter - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5.40
RP Oscar Montero - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 5.04

Connecticut's offense is apparently going through a rebirth, as they scored 12 runs just a couple of days after scoring 9 for the first time in over a month, albeit both performances have come against last place New Britain. Every Defender starter got at least 1 hit except Horwitz. They scored 4 in the 3rd, highlighted by 4 singles, an Aaron Sisk double and a Tyler Von Schell triple, and scored 4 more in the 9th.

Notes: Connecticut is 36-45 and has moved into a tie for 4th place in the 6 team division with New Hampshire. Binghamton is only 1.5 games ahead of them for 3rd.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 4, Modesto 3

C Todd Jennings - 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B (2), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SF, .287
1B Julio Cordido - 3-4, 1 R, 2 2B (12), 1 RBI, 1 CS (6), .293
DH Carlos Sosa - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 SO, .315
3B Steve Holm - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, .252
SP Brooks McNiven - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.67
RP Nathan Pendley - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1.66; H, 5
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.23; BS, 3; W, 4-0
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.11; S, 23

The Giants came very close to letting this one get away from them. After going up 2-0 by the end of the third, including back to back doubles in the 2nd and Jennings triple in the 3rd, The Giants went into the 7th up by one and allowed 3 singles and a walk to score 2 runs and gave Modesto the 4-3 lead. But in the 9th, Cordido doubles for the second time in the game and came home on Holm's single, and Holm came around after an error and a walk put him on third, and Jennings hit a sacrfice fly to get him in.

Notes: San Jose is 8-3, and remains a half game up on Visalia for first place in the North division in the 2nd half.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 2, Lexington 0

LF Ben Copeland - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (19), 1 3B (9), 1 BB, .289
RF Michael Mooney - 2-4, 1 2B (18), 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB (24), .294
SS Anthony Contreras - 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 E (12), .325
SP Ronnie Ray - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 4.25; W, 5-5
RP Sergio Romo - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 3.20; S, 4

Ray has been up and down this season, but this was definitely an up start, allowing just 4 hits and a walk en route to a combined shutout. Romo finished it off, striking out 4 in 2 innings while just allowing one hit. Offensively, Copeland led off the game with a triple, coming in on Contreras' groundout. Copeland would also score after leading off the 8th, and coming around on Mooney's double.

Notes: Augusta is 9-3 and is alone in first place in the Southern Division's second half, 1 game ahead of Asheville and Greenville.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Eugene 12, Salem-Keizer 10

1B William Thompson - 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .407
RF Thomas Neal - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (2), 1 HR (3), 2 RBI, 1 SB (1), .352
2B Brian Bocock - 2-2, 2 R, 1 2B (3), 1 BB, 2 SB (4), .417
CF Michael McBryde - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .308
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (6), .216
SP Kevin Pucetas - 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 8.74
RP Paul Oseguera - 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 12.46; L, 0-1
RP Steven Calicutt - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2.70; BS, 1
RP Clayton Tanner - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00

Eugene and Salem-Keizer slugged out a wild one in a division showdown. Eugene started out with a 2 run lead in the first, but Salem-Keizer scored 6 runs in the 5th, led by a Neal home run and 3 singles, a double, a walk and an error. Eugene just came back with 5 runs of their own to tie the game, mostly off of Pucetas and Oseguera. S-K scratched out 3 more runs, but in the bottom of the 7th Eugene scored 5 more, leading off the inning with back to back singles and back to back walks, and later, a bases loaded double that cleared the bases. Quietly, 3rd round pick Clayton Tanner made his pro debut, pitching the 8th and only giving up 1 walk while striking out 1.

Notes: Salem-Keizer fell to 12-3, and is 2 games ahead of 2nd place Vancouver. Eugene is in last place in the 4 team division, only 4 games out.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Mariners 8, Giants 1

RF Joe Roundy - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (4), .250
SS Tomas De La Rosa - 2-4, 1 E (1), .357
1B Sean Van Elderen - 1-3, 1 SB (2), .267
2B Sharlon Schoop - 1-4, 1 E (2), .500
SP Jose Valdez - 3.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 9.39; L, 0-2
RP Lenny Martinez - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.00
RP Kevin Foeman - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 9.39
RP Carlos De La Rosa - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 7.94

The rookie league Giants were unable to stop the Mariners from hitting, while meanwhile were unable to get anyone around themselves. The Giants were able to manage 11 hits, but they were only able to manage one hit for extra bases, a double by Roundy, and could only get one run in, scoring Roundy after that double.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 8-2, and remain alone in first place in the Arizona Rookie League. They are 1 game ahead of the 2nd place Mariners.



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