Minor League Notebook: August 1st

It was all about starter not being able to get out of the 2nd today in the farm system. A top prospect returns to starting...and it doesn't go so well. But for one Giants farm team, it was about knocking out the other starter early. Who did it? The team you'd least likely expect. Just Another Short Day (for some, at least) In The Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Game 1 - Albuquerque 10, Fresno 4 (7 Innings); Game 2 - Fresno 15, Albuquerque 1 (7 Innings)

Game 1
RF Jason Ellison - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B 5), 1 BB, .420
2B Kevin Frandsen - 1-3, 1 RBI, .296
3B Mike Cervenak - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SF, .312
1B Lance Niekro - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR (9), 1 RBI, .373
LF Fred Lewis - 1-3, 1 3B (8), 1 RBI, .265
CF Clay Timpner - 1-3, .262
SP Jonathan Sanchez - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 16.20; L, 0-1
RP Brian Cooper - 3.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 E (2), 5.15
RP Merkin Valdez - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6.28

Game 2
CF Fred Lewis - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, .425
SS Kevin Frandsen - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (23), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .298
3B Mike Cervenak - 2-5, 1 RBI, .316
1B Lance Niekro - 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .375
RF Abe Nunez - 2-4, 3 R, 2 2B (10), 1 BB, 2 SO, .223
LF Adam Shabala - 1-3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, .277
2B Juan Melo - 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B (9), 6 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .235
C Justin Knoedler - 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .249
SP Matt Kinney - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 4.75; W, 6-6

The Grizzlies impressive domination in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader was overshadowed by a top prospect's debut in Fresno and return to the rotation. Jonathan Sanchez was making his first start since April, and it didn't go well. After spotty control in the majors, he walked 4 in 1.2 innings, and wasn't able to finish two full innings. That was followed by the 5th inning, where Cooper made a throwing error, and 5 runs came in with 2 out, making all 5 unearned.

In Game 2, Melo came up with the bases loaded twice, and doubled each time, scoring 5 of the 6 runners on base. Melo also had a 2nd inning RBI single for an amazing 6 RBI in a 7 inning game.

Notes: Fresno is 44-67, and 28 games back of Tucson.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 8, Bowie 5

LF Brian Horwitz - 2-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 CS (1), .296
RF Nate Schierholtz - 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR (7), 1 RBI, 1 BB, .240
3B Brian Buscher - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (6), 4 RBI, .275
DH Tyler Von Schell - 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B (17), 3 SO, .236
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B (4), 2 BB, 1 SO, .222
CF Dan Ortmeier - 1-2, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI, .286
SP Garrett Broshuis - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 4.90; W, 5-9
RP Jeff Petersen - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 4.86; H, 2
RP Joe Bateman - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.98; H, 7
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.03; S, 15

Connecticut's offense showed up early in this one, but so did Bowie's. It was the offense down the stretch that won it. Schierholtz hit his 7th home run of the year in the first, a solo shot that contributed to a 2 run inning, and Buscher hit his 6th of the year for 3 runs in the 3rd, and knocking Bowie starter Radhames Liz out of the game and skyrocketing his ERA from 2.00 to 4.19. But the score was tied at 5 after the end of two innings. An Ishikawa triple and Derin McMains sacrifice fly gave the Defenders the lead for good in the 5th.

Notes: Connecticut is 49-60, and maintained a slim hold on 4th place. They are a full game ahead of New Hampshire for 5th. They are 9.5 games behind Portland and Trenton, who are tied for 2nd, and 10 games behidn first place Binghamton.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 2, High Desert 1

2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (19), 2 SO, 1 E (9), .282
1B Chad Santos - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .235
DH Julio Cordido - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB (7), .291
SP Darren Sack - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.68; W, 6-0
RP Tom King - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.97; H, 6
RP Brian Anderson - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1.19; S, 31

A 2 run 4th gave the Giants just enough for the win. A one-out Minicozzi double started the rally, and Santos singled to score him. Santos went to 2nd on the throw, and then Cordido singled to score him. The double by Minicozzi made up for a 2nd inning error which contributed to a tough inning that allowed the only Maverick run to score, unearned. The error led off the inning, and a single moved him to third. The next two outs came had home, with two fielder's choices that got runners trying to score. But a 2 out single let the unearned run come in.

Notes: San Jose is 23-16, and they are still in 2nd place, 1 game behind Visalia.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - No Game Scheduled

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Boise 11, Salem-Keizer 2

SS Emmanuel Burriss 1-4, 3 SO, 1 E (9), .275
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-4, .286
CF-RF Bobby Felmy - 1-3, 1 HBP, .272
DH Adam Witter -1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, .279
RF Matt Weston - 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI, .217
SP John Odom - 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 2.76; L, 4-2
RP Jared Cranston - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 5.14
RP Paul Oseguera - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 9.39
RP Adam Paul - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.19

Odom had some serious problems in this one, as the Hawks hit him all around Boise. His big problem was the second inning, as Alfred Joseph poked a home run out to the opposite field to lead off the inning. The next batter reached on an error by Burriss, and then a walk and a single let the next run come in. Odom got one out and a single before being replaced. Cranston came in, and gave up two bases loaded walks to score runners credited to Odom, and then a single that scored 2 more runs.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 29-14, and their hold on first place is down to 4 games over Vancouver.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Athletics 3, Giants 2

2B Juan Jean - 2-2, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 BB, 1 SB (3), .305
RF-CF James Simmons - 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .234
SP Orlando Yntema - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP, 3.93
RP Morgan Brinson - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 33.75; L, 0-1

The Arizona League put out a normal scoring game, as both teams got a few hits and not too many, and the game was close. The A's went up 3-0, but in the 8th, Simmons led off with a home run, and Jean followed with a single. He stole second and went to third on a ground out, and a Hector Perez single scored him. But that was all the Giants would get.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 3-2 in the 2nd half, and are tied with the Angels and A's for third. They are all 1 game behind the Royals, and a half game behind the Padres.



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