Minor League Notebook: July 15th

Today was a lesson to those who would leave baseball games early. There were 14 runs scored in the final 2 innings...and that was just in the Fresno game! Connecticut went to extras, and Augusta had to rally big, but was it enough? Yup, Just Another (Long) Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Colorado Springs 12, Fresno 10

RF Jason Ellison - 4-5, 2 R, .800
2B Kevin Frandsen - 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, .310
LF Fred Lewis - 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .271
3B Mike Cervenak - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 4 RBI, .354
1B Chad Santos - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (17), 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E (12), .262
C Guillermo Rodriguez - 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B (5), 1 RBI, .323
SP Pat Misch - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 7.50
RP Dusty Bergman - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 27.00
RP Merkin Valdez - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 6.75
RP Jack Taschner - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 3.57; BS, 3; L, 5-3

Fresno and Colorado Springs went through a wild last few innings. After giving up 3 runs in the 6th and 7th, the Grizzlies found themselves down 7-1, but a 6 run 8th inning, highlighted by back to back doubles by Santos and Rodriguez, tied the game up. The Sky Sox, however, took the lead back with a run in the bottom of the 8th. But once again, the Grizzlies scored in the 9th and took a 2 run lead after Cervenak's 3 run home run. But Taschner came in for the 9th, gave up a leadoff home run, then gave up a walk and a single ahead of one final home run to blow the save and take the loss.

Notes: Fresno is 37-56, and dropped to 22.5 games behind of Tucson for last place in the Pacific South division.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 9, Portland 7 (11 Innings)

3B Brian Buscher - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (14), 2 RBI, 2 SO, .284
CF Quincy Foster - 2-6, 3 R, 1 2B (2), 1 SO, .263
1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-5, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .239
LF Dan Ortmeier - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB (1), 1 HBP, .400
SP Garrett Broshuis - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 4.82
RP Oscar Montero - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 Bb, 1 SO, 4.34; H, 3
RP Joe Bateman - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.67
RP Billy Sadler - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.58; BS, 3
RP Jeff Petersen - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 2.53; W, 1-0
RP R.D. Spiehs - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.76; S, 2

A 7-3 lead fell apart in the 9th inning, as Joe Bateman gave up a walk, a double and a single but got two outs and left with a 1 run lead. Sadler came in, and got a ground ball from the first batter he faced, but an error by Aaron Sisk cost the Defenders a run and the lead. But the Defenders came back in the 11th, loading the bases with nobody out. Ortmeier and Ishikawa struck out, but Randy Walter got the run home on a successful suicide squeeze, and Todd Jennings drew a bases loaded walk to seal the deal.

Notes: Connecticut is 46-48, and is 8 games behind Portland and is still a game behind Binghamton for third. Buscher was ejected in the 9th inning after striking out looking, and pitching coach Bob Stanley was ejected in the 10th after a walk by Jeff Petersen.

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

2B Mark Minicozzi - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (16), 2 RBI, .294
CF Pat Dobson - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (13), 2 SO, .243
3B Julio Cordido - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, .292
SP Anthony Moreno - 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 4.53; L, 7-5
RP Adam Gardner - 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 5.63
RP Alexander Hinshaw - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4.32

San Jose had a brief lead of 3-2, but it fell apart in the 6th. Stockton led off with an inside the park home run in the 5th, and followed it with 3 singles and a bunt that led to an error. Another error led to a total of 4 runs being scored in the inning, and that's how it would end.

Notes: San Jose is 15-8, and their lead in the North division is down to 1.5 games over Visalia.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 8, Columbus 5

LF Ben Copeland - 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .299
SS Anthony Contreras - 2-5, 2 R, 1 SO, .312
RF Mike Mooney - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB,1 SO, .292
DH Eugenio Velez - 3-5, 2 R, 1 3B (11), 1 RBI, .308
C Barry Gunther - 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, .258
SP Ronnie Ray - 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 4.06
RP Osiris Matos - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.33; W, 5-3
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 2.52

Augusta took this one with some late rallies. With the Catfish up 4-3, Augusta scored 2 runs, with the first coming on a Velez triple, and he scored on the play thanks to an error. A single and two hit batsmen loaded the bases, and Copeland walked to score a 2nd run and take the lead. But Augusta didn't stop, scoring 3 more runs in the 9th to get plenty of insurance.

Notes: Augusta is 18-5, and remains in first place in the Southern division. They are 3 games ahead of 2nd place Greenville.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 4, Tri-City 3

SS Emmanuel Burris - 2-3, 2 BB, 1 SB (13), 2 CS (4), 1 PO, .250
RF Bobby Felmy - 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 3 RBI, 1 SO, .319
CF-LF Tyler Graham - 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, .273
C Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin - 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 PB (2), .417
DH Thomas Neal - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 SO, .310
SP Ben Snyder - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 BK, 4.70
RP Clayton Tanner - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 0.00
RP Jared Cranston - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, 0.00; W, 1-0

The Volcanoes continued their winning with a close one decided in the 9th. The walk-off win came after Neal doubled, and went to third on a sacrifice bunt hit. An intentional walk loaded the bases, and Felmy singled to score Neal and take home the win. 4th round pick Snyder and 3rd round pick Tanner combined for some impressive pitching to keep the game close.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 18-8, and holds a 2 game lead over Vancouver for the lead in the Northwest League.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 4, Angels 3

3B Matt Downs - 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .373
LF James Simmons - 2-3, 1 R, .302
C Elio Sarmiento - 2-3 2 R, 1 SO, .364
CF Tayler Creswell - 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SF, .217
SP Orlando Yntema - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 3.27
RP Ryan McGrath - 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.00; W, 2-0
RP David Newton - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.40; S, 4

The Giants hung on just long enough to take another win in hot Arizona. After giving up 2 runs in the 1st, they scored 3 in the 5th thanks to 4 singles in the inning. They picked up one more in the 7th on two singles and a sacrifice fly, a much needed run as the Angels would score 1 in the 8th to close the gap to one again.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 14-5, and remain 1 game ahead of the Royals for first.



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