Minor League Notebook: July 30th

Fresno blows one late, but on the other hand, Connecticut scores late to win their game. And one of the four lower level teams relinquishes their hold on first place. Who did it? It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Albuquerque 8, Fresno 7

CF Jason Ellison - 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B (1), .424
2B Kevin Frandsen - 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .296
3B Mike Cervenak - 1-4, 1 2B (6), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .312
LF Fred Lewis - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (7), .264
SS Tomas De La Rosa - 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B (14), 1 RBI, 2 BB, .268
SP Pat Misch - 1-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .333; 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 4.70 ERA
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 5.01; H, 7
RP Carlos Hines - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 4.46; BS, 6; L, 1-2
RP Erick Threets - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 3.27

Fresno looked like they were putting together enough to win this game, with Misch pitching a solid but not great game, but it wasn't to be. Villafuerte had problems in the 8th, leaving runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1out in the 8th, and Hines came in and allowed both to score, one on a wild pitch. That cut the Fresno lead to 7-5. In the 9th, Hines gave up 2 singles and a hit batter to load the bases. One run came in on a groundout, another came in on a Hines single to tie the game. Threets came in at that point, where he walked one, got a strikeout to get to two outs, and then hit a batter to give up the losing run.

Notes: Fresno is 43-66, and are 27.5 games back in the Pacific South.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 4, Altoona 1

RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, .234
3B Brian Buscher - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (20< 1 SO, .276
CF Dan Ortmeier - 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB (3), 1 CS (1), .278
2B Aaron Sisk - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (8), 1 RBI, .198
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, .221
PH Brian Horwitz - 1-1, .288
C Todd Jennings - 1-1, 2 RBI, .283
SP Chris Begg - 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 3.77; W, 9-10
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.11; S, 14

Connecticut's offense showed up late in this one, but it was enough. With the score tied at 1 in the 8th inning, Buscher doubled and Ortmeier singled to lead off the inning. Ishikawa was intentionally walked, and after an out, SS Jake Wald singled to score one run, and Jennings singled in 2 more runs in his first at bat of the game.

Notes: Connecticut is 48-60, and broke their 4th place tie with New Britain, moving a half game above them. They are 10 games out of 3rd and 11 games out of first.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Visalia 6, San Jose 2

CF Alex Requena - 3-4, 2 SB (12), .330
LF Carlos Sosa - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .326
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS (3), .282
DH William Thompson - 1-3, 1 SO, .208
SP Alexander Hinshaw - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 4.56; L, 4-2
RP Anthony Pannone - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 3.38
RP Thomas King - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 3.06

San Jose lost to their close running 2nd place rivals and ended up giving up a share of first. Hinshaw's walks got to him in this one, as 2 of his 5 walks scored in the 2nd against him. King gave up 3 runs on a hit, a walk, and a runner that got on thanks to an error since the one hit was a 3 run homer.

Notes: San Jose is 22-15, and now shares first with Visalia, although Visalia (21-14) has a slight lead in percentage points. Hinshaw has now walked 50 in 53.1 IP.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Delmarva 13, Augusta 10

CF Antoan Richardson - 2-5, 1 R, 2 SB (50), .298
RF Michael Mooney - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (24), 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E (9), 1 HBP, .286
2B Eugenio Velez - 2-5, 3 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (41), .304
DH Julian Benavidez - 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .326
1B Pablo Sandoval - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .265
LF Kyle Haines - 2-3, 2 RBI, .252
SP Ryan Shaver - 1.2 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 3.96; L, 8-6
RP Taylor Wilding - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 2.57
RP Kelvin Pichardo 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 2.45
RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.08

Shaver absolutely got blown up in Sunday's game, most of it coming in a 2nd inning that got started on a 1 out home run, then had everything else come in on two outs. 2 walks, 4 singles and 2 doubles cost Shaver 6 more runs in the inning and he was removed before finishing the inning. Pichardo gave up his first runs in Augusta this season in the 7th on a 3 run homer.

Notes: Augusta is 29-8, but their lead over 2nd place Greenville is still 7 games.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 7, Boise 1

3B Ryan Rohlinger - 3-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS (2), 1 E (10), .291
1B Brett PIll - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI, .230
DH Matt Weston - 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, .216
RF Thomas Neal - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 3B (1), 1 RBI, .316
CF Michael McBryde - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (7), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .276
2B Brad Boyer - 1-2, 1 2B (5), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .180
LF-RF Bobby Felmy - 0-4, 2 SO, .270
SP Ben Snyder - 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2.59; W, 2-1
RP Jesse English - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 8.22
RP Eric Stolp - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 0.74

There was nothing that stood out about this game, the Volcanoes simply outpitched and outhit their opponents. The Volcanoes collected 13 hits in the game, spreading out their scoring. Their biggest inning was the 2nd, collecting 3 runs with 2 coming on on Boyer's 2 run double.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 28-13, and remains in 1st place. They have a 4 game lead over Vancouver.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 8, Mariners 3

LF Emmanuel Cividanes - 0-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 SO, .340
CF Tayler Creswell - 0-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (9), .225
SS Sharlon Schoop - 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, .389
3B Matt Downs - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, .314
DH Greg McCarthy - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 HR (1), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .292
SP Jose Valdez - 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 6.58
RP Carlos De La Rosa - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 5.02; W, 1-2
RP Lenny Martinez - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.12

The Giants got some help in this one, getting 5 errors from the Mariners and 4 of the Giants came in without benefit of an RBI. 17 year old Valdez had his best outing of the season with the rookie league, but still gave up 4 walks and 2 runs.



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