Minor League Notebook: July 17th

A Connecticut hurler throws a three-hitter but has nothing to show for it thanks to an anemic offense. Augusta and Salem-Keizer keep rolling, while the Grizzlies' blow another late- inning lead and the rookies get roughed up in the desert. Just Another Mixed Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) – Salt Lake 7, Fresno 6

RF Jason Ellison – 1-4, 1 SB, 1 HBP, .538
2B Kevin Frandsen – 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B (3), .317
3B Mike Cervenak – 4-4, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI (16), .370
1B Lance Niekro – 1-4, 1 R, 1 E, .385
C Guillermo Rodriguez – 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (5), 1 BB, 1 SO, .324
CF Clay Timper – 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI (7), .282
SS Tomas De La Rosa – 1-2, 1 RBI (29), 1 BB, 1 CS (5), .278
SP Matt Kinney – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 4.81
RP Carlos Hines – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, BS (5), 3.93
RP Jack Taschner – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.72; L, 5-4

With the game tied 6-6 in the ninth inning, closer Jack Taschner gave up a tie-breaking RBI single to Erick Aybar as Salt Lake defeated Fresno 7-6. Catcher Guillermo Rodriguez hit his second homer of the year, a two-run shot in the second to pull the Grizzlies within 3-2. Fresno jumped in front in the fourth inning with four runs. Kevin Frandsen tripled to lead off the inning and then came around to score on Mike Cervenak’s RBI single. Cervenak led the Grizzlies with four hits. Tomas De La Rosa would then hit a sac-fly and then Clay Timper followed with an RBI triple to close out the scoring. Unfortunately Fresno would not score another run for the final five innings. Grizzlies’ starter Matt Kinney was roughed up surrendering five earned runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Notes: Fresno (37-58) has now dropped three games in a row and they are alone in the cellar 24.5 games behind Tucson. Lance Niekro played in his second game since being optioned to Fresno going 1-4 at the plate. He also committed his first error of the season. Jason Ellison went 1-4 and stole his first base in his third game with the Grizzlies.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) – Harrisburg 2, Connecticut 1  

3B Brian Buscher – 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (5), 1 HBP, .285
1B Travis Ishikawa – 1-3, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI (33), .238
CF Quincy Foster – 1-4, 1 SO, .321
RF Dan Ortmeier – 1-4, 1 SO, .231
SP Jesse Floyd – 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 2 HR, 3.49; L, 2-10

Connecticut starter Jesse Floyd fired a complete game three hitter, but still lost as the Defenders offensive struggles continued in a 2-1 loss. Floyd (2-10) was stellar in defeat going eight strong innings, while fanning eight and walking none. Unfortunately he surrendered two solo home runs and that proved to be enough for Harrisburg. Travis Ishikawa hit an RBI double in the eighth to account for the Defenders only run. Connecticut left 10 runners on base, and managed just seven hits for the game.

Notes: Connecticut (46-50), has now dropped two in a row and they are in fourth place, nine games behind the first place Portland Sea Dogs. Despite his 2-10 record on the season, Floyd has a solid 3.49 ERA. Connecticut has scored two runs in their past 18 innings. The Defenders will take on Harrisburg again tonight @ 6:35 pm EDT.

San Jose Giants (High-A) – No Game Scheduled.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) – Augusta 14, Columbus 2

DH Eugenio Velez – 2-3, 1 R, 2 3B (13), 2 RBI (60), .306
RF Michael Mooney – 1-5, 4 R, 1 HR (8), 2 RBI (46), 1 BB, 1 SO, .292
LF Ben Copeland – 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI (48), 1 SO, .298
SS Anthony Contreras – 3-6, 2 R, 2 2B (16), 2 RBI (45), .311
3B David Maroul – 3-6, 2 R, 1 2B (14), 2 SO, .279
DH Julian Benavidez – 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI (3), 2 SO, .400
1B Pablo Sandoval – 3-6, 2 R, 1 2B (15), 1 RBI (36), 1 SO, .264
SP Joseph Martinez – 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.63; W, 9-5
RP Dave McKae – 1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1.70

Anthony Contreras, David Maroul, and Pablo Sandoval had three hits apiece, and starter Joseph Martinez threw eight solid innings in Augusta’s 14-2 rout over Columbus. Martinez (9-5) had yet another impressive outing allowing one run and scattering five hits to pick up the win. Michael Mooney belted a two-run homer, his eighth of the season in the first inning. Julian Benavidez playing in just his second game with Augusta since being called up from the Arizona league, hit his first homer. Eugenio Velez, Ben Copeland, and Benavidez each had two hits for the GreenJackets who as a team pounded out 18 hits.

Notes: With the win the GreenJackets (19-6) increased their lead over second place Greenville to three games. Augusta has won seven of their last ten games. Augusta will wrap up their series against Columbus today @ 11 am EDT.

Class A (Short Season) - Salem-Keizer 7, Yakima 2

SS Emmanuel Burriss – 2-5, 1 R, 2 SB (16), 1 SO, .267
LF Tyler Graham – 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (2), 1 SB (2), 1 BB, 2 SO, .333
2B Bradley Boyer – 1-2, 2 R, 1 3B (2), 2 RBI (8), 1 BB, .175
CF Michael McBryde – 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB (8), 1 SO, 1 E (3), .294
1B Brett Pill- 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E .267
C Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin - 1-4, 2 RBI (12), .406
RF Robert Felmy – 1-1, 1 R, .324
SP John Odom – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2.45
RP Adam Paul – 1.1 IP 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 4.61
RP Jesse English – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 5.40; W, 2-0
RP Paul Lussier – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.45

 Trailing 2-0, Salem-Keizer erupted for six runs in the eighth inning to cruise to a 7-2 victory over Yakima. Bradley Boyer got the rally started hitting an RBI triple to score Robert Felmy and Michael McBryde. Boyer then scored one batter later on a throwing error. Henry Gutierrez singled to knock in Emmanuel Burriss and Tyler Graham to put the Volcanoes in front 5-2. Felmy capped off the rally with a RBI single to drive in Brett Pill. Starting pitcher John Odom turned in a solid performance going five innings and allowing one unearned run on just three hits while fanning five. Reliever Jesse English picked up his second win of the season with 2/3 scoreless innings. The bullpen was outstanding giving up one run in four innings.

Notes: Salem- Keizer (19-9) remains in first place, two games ahead of Vancouver. The Volcanoes have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games. Salem-Keizer will take on Yakima @ 7:05pm PDT tonight in the second game of a five game series.

AZL (Rookie) - Rangers 11, Giants 4

2B Jose Flores - 2-4, 1 RBI (12), .255
3B Matthew Downs – 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (7), .375
DH Allen Balmer – 1-3, 1 R, .316
SS Hector Borg – 1-3, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 CS, .333
1B Rich Janeway – 1-5, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI (12), .351
C Nestor Rojas – 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, .312
C Elio Sarmiento – 1-1, .391
LF James Simmons – 0-4, 1 RBI (5), 2 SO, .281
CF Tayler Creswell – 0-4, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB (4), .205
SP Wilmin Rodriguez – 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 7.71; L, 1-2
RP Froilan Ramirez – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, 4.26
RP Henry Sosa – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 5.40
RP Adam Ortiz-Jusino – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 2.70
RP Morgan Brinson – 0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 36.00
RP Lenny Martinez – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.60

Starter Wilmin Rodriguez and reliever Henry Sosa allowed five runs apiece as the Giants were pounded by the Rangers 11-4. The Giants offense racked up 10 hits in the loss, but stranded 11 runners on the afternoon.  Matthew Downs collected two hits, including an RBI double to raise his average to .375. Jose Flores had two hits and knocked in Allen Balmer with an RBI single in the seventh inning.

Notes:  Despite the loss the Giants (14-6) maintained a one game lead over the second place Royals. The Giants are 6-4 in their last 10 games. They will take on the Athletics today at 10:30 am MDT.



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