Minor League Notebook: July 20th

The farm system found some troubles on Thursday, with only one team taking in a win, and that one coming in extra innings. The good news is that a recently promoted pitcher looked much stronger in his second Triple-A start. The bad news is that one team lost sole possession of first place. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Salt Lake 3, Fresno 0

CF Jason Ellison - 3-4, 1 SB (2), .440
LF Fred Lewis - 2-4, 1 SB (13), .272
2B Kevin Frandsen - 0-4, .313
SP Pat Misch - 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 1 BK, 5.84; L, 0-1
RP Dusty Bergman - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.86
RP Merkin Valdez - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 6.50

Misch showed a lot of improvement in his second start at Triple-A this year, allowing just 3 runs in 6.1 innings after allowing 5 runs in 6 innings while walking 4 in his first start. But a 2 run home run in the 7th put a small damper on the game, and Fresno's offense couldn't score despite outhitting Salt Lake 9 to 6.

Notes: Fresno is 37-61, and have dropped to 25.5 games out. They are on a 6 game losing streak.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Reading 5, Connecticut 3

CF Quincy Foster - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 HR (1), 2 RBI, 1 E (2), .316
LF Dan Ortmeier - 1-4, 1 2B (1), 1 SO, .273
C Todd Jennings - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB (1), .304
SS Jake Wald - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (12), .196
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-4, 1 E (7), .239
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-3, 1 SO, .231
SP Garrett Broshuis - 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 4.77; L, 4-8
RP Jason Waddell - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.79
RP Joe Bateman - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.50

A late comeback wasn't enough for the Giants in this one. Down 3-0, Foster hit his first home run since joining the Defenders from the independent leagues, a 2 run shot that closed the lead to 1 run. But Waddell allowed 2 more runs in the 8th to let the game get out of reach.

Notes: Connecticut is 46-53, and is 10 games back in the Northern division. They are in 4th, and are 2.5 games behind 3rd place Binghamton.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Bakersfield 8, San Jose 7

1B William Thompson - 3-5, 3 R, .229
LF Michael Wagner - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 SO, .285
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .295
DH Julio Cordido - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (5), .301
SP Alfredo Simon - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 8.44
RP Anthony Pannone - 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 9.00
RP Thomas King - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.64
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.59; L, 6-1

The Giants had a rotation problem coming into this game, taking until today to announce a replacement starter for a hurting Jesus Reina, and also having injury issues with Darren Sack. Simon made the start, his 3rd in San Jose on a rehab stint, and was batted around. Still, the Giants stuck around until the very end. The Blaze scored a rare run off of Justin Hedrick with two singles bookending a sacrifice bunt.

Notes: San Jose is 18-9, and remains in first place. However, their lead over Visalia has shrunk to 1.5 games.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 2, Charleston 1 (10 Innings)

RF Michael Mooney - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (21), 1 SO, .293
LF Ben Copeland - 1-5, 1 SO, .292
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-4, 1 2B (27), 1 SO, .310
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 SB (45), 1 HBP, .292
SS Anthony Contreras - 0-3, 1 BB, .307
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-4, 1 SO, .260
SP Ronnie Ray - 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 3.87
RP David Quinowski - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1.19
RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.23; W, 6-3

Augusta got into a pitcher's duel, with Ray shining again despite giving up a hit an inning. Richardson, who has been very hot lately, keyed the winning rally, getting hit by a pitch and stealing 2nd. Copeland followed that by singling, and Richardson scored (though it was credited as being on a throwing error by the pitcher, so there was no RBI for Copeland).

Notes: Augusta is 22-6, and remains easily in first place. They have a 3 game lead over Greenville.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Yakima 4, Salem-Keizer 1

DH Matt Weston - 2-4, .185
PH-3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-1, .291
LF Tyler Graham - 0-3, .200
CF Michael McBryde - 0-4, 1 SO, .280
C Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 SO, .403
1B Adam Witter - 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .288
SP Ben Snyder - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 3.98; L, 1-1
RP Steven Calicutt - 3.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3.95

The Volcanoes offense failed in this night, managing only one run, but defense helped keep the team in the game. Well-reputed defensive outfielders Graham and McBryde each had assists nailing runners at home plate, Graham from left in the third and McBryde from center in the 7th. But it wouldn't be enough as starter and 4th round pick Ben Snyder took his first loss. Yakima pitcher Cesar Valdez threw the first complete game of the season in the entire Northwest League to get the win, limiting S-K to just 6 hits.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 21-10, and remains in first place. However, they are just 1 game over 2nd place Vancouver.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Padres 18, Giants 6

SS Sharlon Schoop - 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B (6), 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E (3), .476
CF Emmanuel Cividanes - 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, .314
2B Juan Jean - 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB (2), .288
C Matt Klimas - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 PB (2), .457
1B Sean Van Elderen - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP, .219
SP Ryan McGrath - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.09; L, 2-1
RP Frolian Ramirez - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 6.00
RP Orlando Yntema - 2.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 5.11
RP Adam Ortiz-Jusino - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 5.14
RP Ryan McGovern - 0.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 9.00
RP David Newton - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.00

Giants pitchers got roughed up by Padres hitters for the 2nd straight game, as the Padres forced the use of 6 Giants pitchers for the second game in a row (the good news for the Giants is that Friday is an off day). In this one, 4 pitchers only went less than an inning, including the only one who didn't allow anyone to score on him (Newton, the last pitcher of the game). Surprisingly, only one reliever allowed the inherited runners of another pitcher to score (it was Newton, of course, to take the luster off the only goose egg in a Giants' pitcher's box score).

Notes: The AZL Giants are 15-8, and have now dropped into a 2 way tie for first place with the Padres after losing two straight to them. While the Giants have Friday off, the Padres will play and can take sole possession of first with a win.



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