Minor League Notebook: July 14th

Starting pitchers didn't get their due on Friday. Two farm clubs get good starting pitching performances, but blow them and the wins go to the relievers who also blew the saves! Just Another (Unfair!) Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 6, Colorado Springs 5

LF Fred Lewis - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (16), 1 RBI, 1 SB (12), .267
SS Tomas De La Rosa - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (11), 2 RBI, .281
2B Kevin Frandsen - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (17), 1 HBP, .308
SP Nick Pereira - 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO, 6.75
RP Erick Threets - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.12; W, 1-1
RP Pedro Liriano - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 4.84; H, 3
RP Carlos Hines - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.24; H, 6
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.60; S, 9

Pereira suffered through another rough start with his control, but the Grizzlies were able to pull it out. With the score tied at 3 in the 5th, Lewis singled to lead off the inning, stole 2nd, and came in on De La Rosa's single. De La Rosa then came in on a single by Mike Cervenak and Fresno took a 5-3 lead, one they wouldn't give up.

Notes: Fresno is 37-55, and is 21.5 games behind first place Tucson.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Game 1 - Connecticut 10, Portland 4 (7 Innings); Connecticut 1, Portland 0 (7 Innings)

Game 1
3B Brian Buscher - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 HR (5), 5 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .281
2B Derin McMains - 1-2, 3 R, 1 2B (8), 2 BB, .234
CF Quincy Foster - 1-3, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, .222
LF Brian Horwitz - 0-2, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF, 1 HBP, .232
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-5, 1 RBI, 4 SO, .233
SP Chris Begg - 7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.63

Game 2
3B Brain Buscher - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 BB, .282
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .236
RF Randy Walter - 2-3, 1 SO, .209
SP Jason Waddell - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 2.37
RP Scott Munter - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 4.12; W, 1-2
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.62

Friday's double-header featured a slugfest and a pitcher's duel against first place Portland, and Connecticut took them both. Game 1 featured the Defenders scoring 10 runs, despite getting just 6 hits (compared to Portland's 8). They were helped by 10 walks, including two each to Foster (4 runs scored) and McMains (3 runs scored), and 4 Portland errors, which led to 5 unearned runs. Begg went the complete (7 inning) game, and didn't give up any free passes. Game 2's duel featured 3 Connecticut pitchers, including Waddell making only his second start of the season (both have been in double headers). The only run came in as Buscher doubled with 1 out in the first, and Ishikawa singled him home.

Notes: Connecticut is 45-48, and has closed to 9 games behind first place Portland. Connecticut is in 4th place in the 6 team Northern division, and is a half game behind 3rd place Binghamton.

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

CF Alex Requena - 3-4, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (8), .328
RF John Bowker - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .255
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 2B (15), 1 BB, 2 SO, .288
LF Carlos Sosa - 2-4, 2 RBI, .330
SP Jesus Reina - 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR< 5.94
RP Alfredo Simon - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 7.04
RP Nathan Pendley - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1.82; H, 7
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1.35; BS, 4; W, 6-0
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.17; S, 28

The Giants bullpen suffered a rare blown lead, but San Jose still prevailed. Justin Hedrick got his 4th blown save as he pitched the 8th inning, giving up a solo home run to John McCurdy to tie the game at the 3. But the Giants came back with a Stephen Holm double, a single by Requena, and a Johany Abreu groundout to score Holm.

Notes: San Jose is 15-7 and remains in first place, 2.5 games ahead of 2nd place Visalia.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Kannapolis 6, Augusta 3

LF Ben Copeland - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .297
3B David Maroul - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 PO, 1 HBP, .274
DH Adalberto Paulino - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, .394
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .279
SP Ryan Shaver - 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 3.19; L, 8-5
RP David Quinowski - 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.29
RP Buck Cody - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 6.23

One big inning hurt Augusta in this one, a 5 run 5th inning. Shaver gave up 6 singles and a double, and one RBI groundout, and wasn't able to finish the inning. Quinowski came in and got the final out of the inning without allowing any more runs. Augusta got all three of its runs in the 8th and 9th, including Richardson's first home run of the year.

Notes: Augusta is 17-5, and remains in first place in the Southern division by 3 games over 2nd place Greenville.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 5, Tri-City 2

C Adam Witter - 2-4, 2 2B (5), 1 PB (2), .304
1B Brett Pill - 1-4, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI, 2 SO, .297
CF Michael McBryde - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B (3), 1 BB, 1 SO, .295
DH Emmanuel Burriss - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB (12), .236
2B Bradley Boyer - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (1), .158
SP Kevin Pucetas - 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 HBP, 2.57
RP Paul Lussier - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 3.95; BS, 2; W, 2-1
RP Paul Oseguera - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 9.82; H, 2
RP Juan Trinidad - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

Pucetas didn't get the win, but he probably deserved it. In his 5th start of the year, Pucetas dominated for 6 innings, just giving up 1 walks and 1 hit while striking out 8. But Lussier gave up 2 runs in relief, briefly giving Tri-City a 2-1 lead. A 4 run 7th inning rally changed that, all with 2 outs. Boyer walked and stole 2nd, moving to third on an error. After another walk, Burriss singled Boyer in, and then stole 2nd himself. A 2nd run came in on a passed ball, and then 2 more walk loaded the bases. Pill then reached on an error, and 2 runs came in to seal the win.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is still in first place at 17-8, and is 2 games ahed of Vancouver.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Cubs 9, Giants 3

3B Matt Downs - 1-4, 2 R, 1 SO, .365
RF Joe Roundy - 1-2, 1 2B (5), 1 SO, 1 CS (2), 1 HBP, .269
C Matt Klimas - 1-3, 1 E (1), 1 HBP, .464
SP Jose Valdez - 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 8.36
RP Ryan McGovern - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00
RP Anthony Pannone - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 23.14; H, 1
RP Kevin Foeman - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HBP, 11.81; H, 1
RP Carlos De La Rosa - 0.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 7.04; BS, 1; L, 0-1
RP Julio Paulino - 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 15.43
RP Ivan Rusova - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 0.00

It was an 8th inning nighmare for the rookies. With the Giants up 3-1, the inning started with Foeman hitting two batters and getting replaced. The rest of the inning was filled with mistakes. 2 wild pitches, a sacrifice bunt by the Cubs that led to not 1 but 2 errors on the play, and 3 walks contributed to an 8 run inning. Despite the errors, only 1 run came in unearned.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 13-5, and remain in first place, 1 game ahead of the Royals and Padres in the Arizona Rookie League.



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