Minor League Notebook: July 13th

Every team in the system played to high-scoring finals. Score early and score often was the formula for five wins. As for the sixth result, blame it on the curse of the (scurvy?) Seadogs. Whether it's a lot of math or a lot of bad luck, it's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 8, Colorado Springs 5

LF Fred Lewis - 1-4, R, 2 SO, HBP, .261
SS Tim Hutting - 1-3, SO, .200
RF Todd Linden - 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB, .278
1B Chad Santos - 2-5, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 2 SO, .264
SS Tomas De La Rosa - 3-5, R, HR, RBI, 2 SO, .278
2B Kevin Frandsen - 1-3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, SF, HBP, .309
C Guillermo Rodriguez - 2-4, 2 2B, SO, .261
CF Clay Timpner - 0-5, .284
3B Mike Cervenak - 0-2, SO, .339
3B Juan Melo - 1-1, R, 2 BB, .235
PH Jed Hansen - 1-1, R, 2B, .249
SP Matt Palmer - 4.1 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, HR, 4.39
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.75
RP Carlos Hines - 1.2 IP, 3 H, R, ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, HR, 4.36
RP Jack Taschner - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2.67; W, 5-2

Fresno's losing ways stopped for one night for a wild win. Colorado Springs starter Ubaldo Jiminez hit Fred Lewis and Kevin Frandsen with pitches and walked Todd Linden to put the first three batters of the game on base. Chad Santos collected three RBI in the first inning with a double. The Sky Sox answered with four runs in the bottom of the third inning, and from there, runs became scarce. Fresno tied the game, then took a short-lived lead with a run scored in the fourth and the seventh inning, respectively. Carlos Hines blew his fourth save when he allowed the tying run, but it was Santos again in the ninth inning with three RBI to give Jack Taschner a lead. The left-hander threw flawlessly to pick up the win. Also of note: Juan Melo came in to play third after Mike Cervenak was ejected in the fourth inning.

Notes: Fresno is still looking up from the bottom of the division in the Pacific Coast League. 35-55 and 21.5 games behind the division leading Tucson Sidewinders, they are somewhat similar to the two clubs in front of them. Neither Las Vegas (45-46) nor Sacramento (44-47) has a winning record, either.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Portland 9, Connecticut 4

LF Randy Walter - 0-3, BB, 2 SO, CS (5), .206
2B Derin McMains - 0-4, .231
3B Brian Buscher - 0-3, R, BB, SO, .275
RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-3, 2 R, HR (6), RBI, BB, .247
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-4, 2 SO, .234
C Todd Jennings - 1-3, SO, PB (1), .333
SS Jake Wald - 2-3, R, HR (3), 2 RBI, .204
DH Brian Horwitz - 0-3, BB, .236
SP James Garcia - 5.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER, BB, 2 SO, 3.77; L, 2-2
RP Ryan Spiehs - 2.1 IP, 5 H, R, ER, BB, 3.86
RP Jeff Petersen - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2.79

Another rough game against Portland for the Defenders. The division leading Seadogs beat up on James Garcia to put the game out of reach from the start. Nate Schierholtz and Jake Wald did their best to stimulate the offense, but their home runs could not overcome Portland's big lead. As a team Connecticut got five hits to Portland's fourteen. The Defenders are 8-11 against the Seadogs this season.

Notes: Connecticut is 43-48, locked in fourth place in the Northern Division of the Eastern league. Portland is on top at 53-36 and Trenton and Binghamton stand in front of the Defenders in the standings.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 9, Bakersfield 6

CF Alex Requena - 4-5, R, 2 RBI, SB (6), .296
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-5, R, RBI, SO, .288
C Stephen Holm - 1-2, R, BB, .250
DH Carlos Sosa - 2-5, RBI, 3 SO, .326
RF Pat Dobson - 0-4, R, BB, 3 SO, .240
LF John Bowker - 2-4, BB, SO, 2B, 2 RBI, .255
3B Julio Cordido - 1-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, .292
1B William Thompson - 1-4, R, SO, 2 E (2), .111
SS Johany Abreu - 2-4, R, 3B, 2 RBI, SO, .228
SP Brooks McNiven - 5.0 IP, 8 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.18; W, 5-4
RP Alex Hinshaw - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, SO, 4.43
RP Thomas King - 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 0 BB, SO, 2.89
RP Brian Anderson - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.20; SV, 27

The big inning was instrumental in another win in the organization. San Jose put up five runs in the third inning to jump to a 6-1 lead. Bakersfield put the pressure on in the sixth inning and beyond with five runs of their own, knocking Alex Hinshaw and Thomas King around before closer Brian Anderson nailed down his 27th save of the season. Giants batters spread the offense around. Alex Requena had four hits and two RBI, John Bowker had a pair of hits to go with his two RBI, and Johany Abreu's triple in the sixth inning gave the team room to breathe in a tough game. Brooks McNiven pitched well for giving up eight hits, with only one run charged to his record. It was good enough for a win for the starter and one in the win column for the Giants.

Notes: The Giants' 14-7 record puts them in the lead of the California League. Visalia chases them at a game back. They are in excellent shape to repeat their first half win in the second half of the season.

Augusta Greenjackets (Low-A) - Augusta 10, Kannapolis 6

CF Ben Copeland - 0-5, .295
3B David Maroul - 2-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 1 SO, .269
2B Eugenio Velez - 4-5, 3 R, 2 2B, RBI, 2 SB (32), .303
RF Mike Mooney - 1-4, 2 R, BB, 2 SO, .294
SS Anthony Contreras - 0-4, SO, BB, .312
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-3, R, BB, SO, 2 SB (43), .279
1B Pablo Sandoval - 3-4, R, 2 RBI, .259
C Barry Gunther - 1-5, R, 2 RBI, PB (8), .253
SP Shairon Martis - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3.95; W, 5-4
RP Taylor Wilding - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 2.79
RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 2.40

The budding stars led the way for the Greenjackets in another win. World Baseball Classic hero Shairon Martis was perfect through 4.1 innings, and World Futures Game rep Pablo Sandoval had three hits with two runs driven in and a run scored. Augusta scored all their runs early, exploding in the third inning with six runs. Eugenio Velez and Antoan Richardson cleaned up on the basepaths, each stealing two bases. Both stole third in the big inning. The Jackets have won 12 of their last 13 games, back on track after losing to the Intimidators Wednesday night.

Notes: Augusta's ridiculous pace leads the whole South Atlantic League. 17-4 is the record to beat, and it belongs to Augusta. The Greenville Drive trails by 4.5 games, with the Ashville Tourists and the Columbus Catfish 5.5 back.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 10, Tri-City 1

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 4-5, 2 R, 2B, 3 SB (11), RBI, .235
1B Brett Pill - 1-3, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, .303
C Adam Witter - 3-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, HR, .292
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-4, RBI, SO, BB, .284
LF Bobby Felmy - 0-3, 2 R, RBI, SO, 2 HBP, .295
RF Ryan Neal - 0-4, SO, .312
2B Brad Boyer - 1-4, 2 R, 2B, SO, .148
SP Adam Cowart - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0.33; W, 4-0
RP Eric Stolp - 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.68
RP Adam Paul - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0.00

Adam Cowart's fourth win put a spot on his ERA, with his first earned run of the year. The right-hander was still outstanding in six innings, even picking a runner off in the fourth inning, and all he needed was a few runs to secure a win. The Volcanoes gave him ten, lead by Brett Pill's four RBI and Emmanuel Burriss' big day at the plate and on the basepaths. Salem-Keizer scored in bunches--a five spot in the third and five more runs scored over the sixth and seventh innings, and nearly everyone helped the cause. That's how games are won.

Notes: The Volcanoes sit on top of the Northwest League at 16-8. Vancouver lurks behind with a record of 15-9, and Everett and Eugene keep it close in the Western division. Only three games separate all four teams.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - AZL Giants 12, AZL Rangers 5

LF Emmanuel Cividanes - 1-6, 2B, R, .269
CF Tayler Creswell - 0-3, BB, SO, SB, HBP, .213
SS Jose Flores - 2-4, R, 2B, 3 RBI, SO, SF, .286
DH Julian Benavidez - 2-2, 2 R, RBI, BB, SF, .340
3B Allen Balmer - 0-3, R, BB, SO, HBP, .312
RF Ariel Nunez - 1-3, 2 R, 3B, RBI, BB, SO, HBP, .273
1B Sean Van Elderen - 0-3, R, RBI, BB, SF, E (1), .286
C Matt Klimas - 2-2, 2 R, BB, .480
PH/C Elio Sarmiento - 1-2, R, PB (2), .316
2B Juan Jean - 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, BB, .286
SP Manuel Cabeza - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 2.86; W, 5-0
RP Lenny Martinez - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 0 SO, 4.50
RP Roberto Martinez - 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 2.40
RP Adam Ortiz-Jusino - 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, SO, 3.60

The rookie team keeps their good play going with another win. They benefited from the Rangers' poor defense and pitching, scoring five runs in a big third inning. Six Giants reached base via the walk, hit by pitch, or error before an out was recorded in the inning. Matt Klimas's great start produced two more hits and raised his batting average to .480. Manuel Cabeza took the lead spotted to him and never looked back. He's a perfect 5-0 on the season after the win.

Notes: Their lead in the Arizona League is only a game over the Padres and Royals, but the Giants are still on top with a record of 13-4. As long as they play well, they expect to be in control of the league.



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