Minor League Notebook: July 8th

Fresno gets shut down hard on a hot Saturday, while Connecticut goes for two and the offense continues to struggle. But the big news was in San Jose, as an injury-delayed debut occurred for a player who's earned the promotion. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Colorado Springs 11, Fresno 0

RF Todd Linden - 2-4, .287
2B Kevin Frandsen - 1-4, .297
LF Fred Lewis - 0-4, .258
CF Clay Timpner - 0-3, .275
SP Jeff Petersen - 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HBP, 8.58; L, 2-5
RP Erick Threets - 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 3.24
RP Merkin Valdez - 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 6.88

Fresno simply got hit all over the yard as they tried to fill a big hole. Petersen made the start to fill in for the hole left by the release of Michael Tejera, who had been Fresno's top starter for most of the year. As if that wasn't bad enough, Sun-Woo Kim handcuffed the Grizzlies with a 3 hit complete game shutout. Only the former major leaguers Linden and Frandsen manage to get hits off of him.

Notes: Fresno is 35-54, and fell to 20.5 games behind first place Tucson.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Game 1 - Connecticut 1, New Britain 0; Game 2 - New Britain 2, Connecticut 1

Game 1
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-2, 1 2B, 1 SO, .240
2B Derin McMains - 0-2, 1 R, 1 HBP, .234
LF Brian Horwitz - 1-2, 1 RBI, .247
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-2, 1 SO, .231
SP James Garcia - 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2.31; W, 2-1
RP Billy Sadler - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.73; S, 12

Game 2
2B Derin McMains - 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, .236
LF Brian Horwitz - 1-3, 1 RBI, .250
3B Brian Buscher - 2-3, .276
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-3, 2 SO, .227
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-3, 1 SO, .237
SP Jason Waddell - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 2.65
RP Oscar Montero - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.67
RP R.D. Spiehs - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3.86; L, 3-1

The offense was again missing in Connecticut, but the Defenders pitching was up to the task in at least one game. Garcia nearly pitched all 7 innings of a shutout in the first game, with McMains getting on after getting plunked, and singles by Buscher and then Horwitz brought him around to be Game 1's only game. In Game 2, a Brian Buscher error in the first turned into the first run of the game, and that would hurt the Defenders. Connecticut would tie it with McMains once again coming in on a Horwitz single, but Spiehs gave up 2 singles and then the lead run on a ground out to lose the game.

Notes: Connecticut is 40-47, and is alone in 4th place. They are 11 games out of first place.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 5, Stockton 2

LF John Bowker - 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B (18), 1 3B (2), 1 RBI, .247
RF Carlos Sosa - 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .327
1B William Thompson - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .250
SP Brooks McNiven - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 E (1), 3.30; W, 4-4
RP Nathan Pendley - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 2.19; H, 6
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.05; S, 25

San Jose picked up a player, and another win in Stockton. William Thompson made his injury-delayed debut in San Jose, his first appearance higher than short-season Salem-Keizer, going 1 for 4 with a single in the 8th inning to score Bowker. Bowker fell a home run short of the cycle, and scored 3 of the Giants runs. McNiven pitched a very good game, with the only run coming in after an error by himself in the 2nd.

Notes: San Jose is 11-5, and are maintaining a half game lead over Visalia for first place. Thompson hit .386/.494/571 with 3 home runs in 19 games at Salem-Keizer this year. In 2005, he won the Northwest League batting title with a .384 batting average before an ankle injury ended his season, and delayed his 2006 season from starting.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 10, Asheville 6

2B Eugenio Velez - 3-5, 3 R, 2 2B (22), 3 RBI, 1 SB (32), 1 E (15), .292
RF Michael Mooney - 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .294
LF Ben Copeland - 0-3, 2 BB, 2 SB (20), .305
C Barry Gunther - 2-4, 1 3B (1), 3 RBI, 1 SO, 1 PB (7), .258
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB (40), 1 PO, .269
SP Ryan Shaver - 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.76; W, 8-4
RP David Quinowski - 1.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.42
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.41

Augusta opened up an early lead and held on through some troubles in this one. Augusta scored 3 in each of the first two innings. In the first, a Gunther 2 RBI triple highlighted an early rally. After Asheville scored 2 in the bottom half of the inning, Mooney came up with the bases loaded. A passed ball scored one run, and Mooney knocked in the other 2 with a single.

Notes: Augusta is 14-3, and is holding a 3 game lead over 2nd place Asheville.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Vancouver 4, Salem-Keizer 3

CF Bobby Felmy - 1-4, 2 RBI,1 SO, 1 E (2), .320
RF Thomas Neal - 1-3, 1 R, .323
LF Matt Weston - 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .179
C Tyler La Torre - 0-2, 1 R, 1 SO, .111
SP Kevin Pucetas - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.60
RP Paul Oseguera - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 11.37; H, 1
RP Paul Lussier - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2.84; BS, 1; L, 1-1
RP Steven Calicutt - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.12

S-K got a little more dominated offensively than one might expect from looking at the score. The Volcanoes only collected 2 hits in the game, but both came in the 3rd and a walk and error let two extra runners get on base to load the bases. A wild pitch scored one, and after getting 2 outs, Felmy singled in the other two. That would've been enough, but the Volcanoes gave up 2 runs in each the 7th and 8th to take the loss.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 14-6, and the loss dropped them into a tie for first place with Vancouver.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Postponed



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