Minor League Notebook: July 22nd

Pitchers dominate for Fresno and Salem-Keizer leading their teams to victory. San Jose's bats continue pounding away and their pitching isn't too bad either. Unfortunately not all the news was good as Connecticut continues to slide and Arizona drops a close one. Just Another up and down Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) – Fresno 3, Tacoma 1

CF Jason Ellison – 1-3, 1 SB (3), 1 BB, 1 SO, .439
2B Kevin Frandsen – 0-3, 1 BB, .303
3B Mike Cervenak – 1-3, 1 RBI (20), 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E (4), .360
1B Lance Niekro – 0-4, 1 SO, 1 E (2), .342
DH Juan Melo – 1-4, 1 RBI (32), .231
LF Jed Hansen – 1-3, 1 RBI (27), 1 BB, .245
SP Matt Palmer – 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 E, 2.88; W, 2-1
RP Brandon Villafuerte – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.82; SV, 1

Matt Palmer threw seven shutout innings and Juan Melo and Mike Cervenak each had RBI singles in Fresno’s 3-1 victory. Palmer (2-1) limited Tacoma to two hits, striking out six while walking one. Brandon Villafuerte pitched the final two innings for his first save. Ex-major leaguer Jason Ellison went 1-3 and stole his third base of the season.

Notes: Fresno (40-62) has won two in a row, and three of four from Tacoma. They are still stuck in last place 25 games behind Tucson. In seven starts with Fresno, Matt Palmer has been fantastic posting a 2.88 ERA. He has allowed 41 hits in 40 2/3 innings while striking out 34. The Grizzlies will take on Tacoma in the series finale tonight @ 7:05 pm PDT.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) – Reading 6, Connecticut 0

3B Brian Buscher – 1-4, 1 2B (18), 1 SO, .285
1B Travis Ishikawa – 0-4, .227
LF Dan Ortmeier – 0-3, 2 SO, .273
RF Nate Schierholtz – 1-3, .237
SP James Garcia – 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 5.30; L, 2-4; 1-1, .333
RP R.D. Spiehs – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.30
RP Oscar Montero – 2 IP, 4, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.96
RP Jason Waddell – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.68

Connecticut managed just three hits as they were blanked by Reading 6-0. Defenders starting pitcher James Garcia was roughed up for five hits and four runs in two innings. Brian Buscher went 1-4 at the plate and hit his 18th double of the season. His double was the only extra base hit for a feeble Connecticut offense that also struck out 10 times on Sunday.

Notes: Connecticut (46-56), has now dropped eight straight and sit 10 games behind the first place Portland Sea Dogs The Defenders are 2-8 in their last 10 games. They will attempt to get back in the win column tonight against Bowie @ 7:05 pm EDT.

San Jose Giants (High-A) – San Jose 9, Visalia 3

2B Mark Minicozzi – 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (18), 3 RBI (60), 1 SO, .292
RF John Bowker – 2-4, 3 R, 1 BB, .265
DH Michael Wagner – 1-2, 2 R, 1 3B (3), 2 RBI (36), 1 BB, 1 SO, .281
3B Julio Cordido – 1-5, 2 RBI (56), 1 SB (6), 1 SO, .298
LF Carlos Sosa – 1-5, 1 RBI (30), .336
CF Pat Dobson – 2-3, 2 R, 1 SB (14), 1 BB, .253
C Stephen Holm – 1-3, 1 2B (9), 1 SO, .260
SP Gregorio Martinez – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 1 E (5), 3.83; W, 6-6
RP Justin Hedrick – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1.52; SV, 5

Mark Minicozzi drove in three runs and Gregorio Martinez held Visalia in check for six innings as San Jose breezed past Visalia 9-3. Minicozzi knocked in two runs with a RBI single in the seventh, and also added an RBI double in the ninth. Michael Wagner put San Jose on top 2-0 in the first with a RBI triple. Julio Cordido knocked in a pair of runs and Carlos Sosa had an RBI to lead San Jose’s offensive attack. Martinez surrendered three runs on six hits while striking out six to get the win. Justin Hedrick threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up his fifth save of the season.

Notes: San Jose (19-11) snapped a two game losing streak and with the win and moved back into first place as they lead Visalia by a half-game. The Giants have gone (6-4) over their last 10 games. San Jose will close out their series against Visalia tonight @ 6:35 pm PDT.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) – No Game Scheduled

Class A (Short Season) - Salem-Keizer 3, Everett 1

SS Emmanuel Burriss – 1-3, 1 E (7), .270
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 2-4, 1 RBI (13), 1 CS, 1 PO, 1 E (7), .296
1B Brett Pill – 1-3, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI (13), .250
C Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin – 0-2, 1 BB, 1 SO, .385
RF Thomas Neal – 1-3, 1 RBI (14), 1 SO, .304
SP Adam Cowart – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 PO, 0.46; W, 6-0
RP Eric Stolp – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.89; H, 1
RP Clayton Tanner - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00; SV, 1

Adam Cowart and two relievers combined to throw a three hitter, as Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 3-1. Cowart (6-0) limited Everett to three hits and one unearned run while fanning three. Eric Stolp fired three scoreless innings and Clayton Tanner threw a scoreless inning in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Brett Pill doubled in a run in the sixth to pick up his 13th RBI. Thomas Neal and Ryan Rohlinger added RBI singles to lead the Volcanoes on offense.

Notes: Salem- Keizer (23-11) remains in first place, one game ahead of Vancouver. The Volcanoes have won two in a row and seven of their last 10 games. In 39 innings pitched Cowart has dominated allowing just 10 hits and two earned runs. Clayton Tanner has yet to give up a run this season. In 9.2 IP, he has surrendered three hits while registering nine strikeouts. Salem-Keizer will wrap up a three game series with Everett tonight @ 6:35 pm PDT.

AZL (Rookie) – Mariners 6, Giants 4

2B Juan Jean – 1-1, 1 RBI (8), .302
3B Matthew Downs – 1-3, 1 RBI (19), 1 PO, .337
2B Hector Borg – 0-3, 1 RBI (2), 2 SO, .111
SS Sharlon Schoop – 0-2, 1 RBI (15), 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 PO, .420
C Elio Sarmiento – 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 PB (4), .310
1B Nestor Rojas – 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .273
LF James Simmons – 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .246
CF Tayler Creswell – 0-3, 2 R, 1 SB (6), 1 BB, .225
SP Roberto Martinez – 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, E (2), 3.52; L, 0-1
RP Julio Paulino – 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 6.75
RP Lenny Martinez – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 4.26

Starter Roberto Martinez was pounded giving up four runs on eight hits in four innings, and the offense managed just three hits as the Giants fell 6-4. Juan Jean, Matthew Downs, and Sharlon Schoop each had an RBI for the Giants who left six men on base and struck out nine times on the afternoon. Reliever Lenny Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth while striking out the side.

Notes:  The AZL Giants (16-10) dropped into second place a half game behind the Padres. They have struggled of late winning four of their last 10 games. The Giants will battle the Brewers today @ 10:30 am MDT.



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