Minor League Notebook: July 18th

Fresno blows a great start from a recent call-up. Connecticut gets a star back from a brief hiatus. San Jose gets some power from the back half of their lineup. Augusta gets 2 home runs and a steal of home. And Salem-Keizer gets two players with 2 stolen bags each, but without benefit of a walk or a hit other than a home run! Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Salt Lake 2, Fresno 1 (10 Innings)

2B Kevin Frandsen - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (18), .321
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, .280
SS Tomas De La Rosa - 1-4, 1 2B (12), 1 SO, .278
RF Jason Ellison - 0-4, 2 SO, .412
LF Fred Lewis - 0-4, 2 SO, .269
SP Matt Palmer - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 3.48
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4.83; BS, 3
RP Pedro Liriano - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 4.94

Fresno got a great start by Palmer, who was making only his 6th start in Triple-A, but could not capitalize. Palmer lowered his ERA from 4.39 to 3.48 in the game by pitching 7 shutout innings. But after a Frandsen single led to a Guillermo Rodriguez sacrifice fly to score the only Grizzly run in the 7th, Villafuerte gave up a walk, single and a sacrifice fly to hand the run right back. Liriano gave up a home run with 1 out in the 10th, and that was that.

Notes: Fresno is 37-59, and are still in last place, 8.5 games back of third place Las Vegas and 25 games back of first place Tucson.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Harrisburg 6, Connecticut 2

3B Brian Buscher - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, .288
CF Dan Ortmeier - 2-4, 1 R, .294
LF Brian Horwitz - 4-4, 1 RBI, .248
C Todd Jennings - 2-4, .263
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-2, 2 BB, .245
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SF, .235
SP James Garcia - 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3 HR, 4.54
RP R.D. Spiehs - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.57

Garcia could just not keep the ball in the yard in Harrisburg tonight and it cost Connecticut. All 5 runs Garcia gave up came in on home runs, started with a 3 run, 2 out home run in the 1st and and 2 solo shots back-to-back to lead off the third.

Notes: Connecticut is 46-51 and in 4th place. They have dropped to 9 games back of first plate Portland, and fall to 1.5 games behind 3rd place Binghamton. Nate Schierholtz played in his first game since July 13th.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 11, Bakersfield 2

LF Carlos Sosa - 3-3, 3 R, 2 2B (16), 1 RBI, 2 BB, .345
RF John Bowker - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (20), .259
SS Julio Cordido - 3-5, 2 R, 1 3B (3), 1 HR (6), 3 RBI, .295
3B Simon Klink - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (6), 1 RBI, .238
C Steve Holm - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (9), 1 RBI, .259
1B William Thompson - 1-4, 1 RBI, .167
DH Mike Wagner -1 -5, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 2 SO, .278
SP Gregorio Martinez - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 3.81; W, 5-6
RP Alexander Hinshaw - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 4.43

Every San Jose hitter had at least one hit in Tuesday's rout, but the power came from the bottom half of the lineup, and it all came in the 6th inning. The Giants got a home run each from the #6 hitter (Cordido, a 2 run homer), the #8 hitter (Klink, a solo shot) and the #9 hitter (Holm, also a solo shot). Starter Martinez made it stand up easily by allowing just 1 run and striking out 7 with no walks in his 7 innings.

Notes: San Jose stays in first at 16-8, and is still 2.5 games ahead of Visalia.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 7, Columbus 4

CF Antoan Richardson - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 SB (44), .289
2B Eugenio Velez - 2-4, 3 R, 2 HR (8), 3 RBI, 1 SB (35), .309
RF Michael Mooney - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (26), .294
LF Ben Copeland - 0-5, 3 SO, .294
SP Shairon Martis - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3.93; W, 6-4
RP David Quinowski - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.23; H, 9
RP Taylor Wilding - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 3.60
RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.28; S, 8

Velez's 2 home runs provided the power in this one. He hit one in the second inning, giving Augusta a 1-0 lead, and then hit his second in the 4th, a 2 run shot that put the GreenJackets up 4-1, far enough ahead for the game. One other key moment came in the 3rd, as Richardson did the very rare and stole home on a straight steal. Richardson's 44 stolen bases lead the team and is 2nd in the South Atlantic League.

Notes: Augusta is 20-6, and remains in first place in the Southern Division. They have a 3 game lead over 2nd place Greenville.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 3, Yakima 1

RF Bobby Felmy - 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR (5), 1 RBI, 2 SB (7), .320
SS Emmanuel Burris - 1-2, 1 PO, .272
SS Brian Bocock - 0-1, 1 BB, 1 SB (5), 1 E (4), .333
LF Tyler Graham - 0-4, 1 R, 2 SO, 2 SB (4), .263
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-4, 1 SO, 1 E (6), .286
SP Adam Cowart - 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 0.53; W, 5-0
RP Ryan Paul - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0.00; H, 1
RP Juan Trinidad - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00; S, 7

Adam Cowart's downward spiral continues, as he allowed an earned run for his second straight game. But then, he's still been spectacular and won his 5th game in 6 starts. 2 players (Graham and Felmy) got 2 stolen bases, with no walks and only 1 hit between them, and the hit was a Felmy home run in the 8th. All 4 stolen bases came in the 1st, as Graham struck out but got to first on the passed ball. Graham stole second and then third, and came in on the catcher's error on his steal of third. Felmy then got on base on an error by the shortstop, and stole 2nd and third, coming in to score on a Matt Weston single.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 20-9 and is in first place in the West division, 2.5 games ahead of 2nd place Vancouver.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 8, Athletics 3

RF Ariel Nunez - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI, 1 SB (2), .600
2B Juan Jean - 2-3, 1 2B (2), 1 BB, .295
3B Matt Downs - 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, .360
SP Lenny Martinez - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO, 2.37
RP Manuel Cabeza - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.96; W, 6-0
RP Ryan McGovern - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.00
RP David Newton - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.16

The rookies simply outhit the athletics, overcoming 2 team errors. The big hit was a 2 run homer by Ariel Nunez, his first of the eyar, which was part of a 3 run 3rd inning that gave the Giants a 4-1 lead.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 15-6 and remain in first place, a game ahead of the Royals.



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