Minor League Notebook: August 2nd

Records were ripe for the taking in San Jose, but no records fell on Wednesday. Who missed, and why was it admirable for one player to not get it? Also, Fresno gets some good pitching, and is there hope for the hitters in Connecticut? Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 4, Nashville 0

1B Lance Niekro - 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR (11), 4 RBI, .382
SS Kevin Frandsen - 2-4, .302
CF Jason Ellison - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, .421
LF Fred Lewis - 1-3, 1 SB (15), .266
SP Matt Palmer - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 2.91; W, 4-1
RP Michael Tejera - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 3.36; H, 5
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 I P, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.65

Palmer had another strong outing in Fresno, lowering his Triple-A ERA from 3.28 to 2.91 with 6 shutout innings. Meanwhile, Lance Niekro continues to make a case for a return to the majors with 2 home runs and all 4 RBI for the Grizzlies, with a 3 run home run in the 3rd and a solo home run in the 8th. He now has 11 home runs in 19 games at Fresno.

Notes: Fresno is 45-67, and is still in last place. They moved to within 7 games of 3rd place Las Vegas. On Tuesday, Baseball America named Taschner the PCL's Best Reliever in a poll of scouts and coaches.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 12, Bowie 4

LF Brian Horwitz - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .299
3B Brian Buscher - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .278
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-6, 1 R, 1 HR (8), 3 RBI, .239
CF Dan Ortmeier - 1-4, 1 R, .283
1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR (9), 2 RBI, 2 SO, .225
2B Derin McMains - 2-2, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (15), .230
C Todd Jennings - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 SO, .268
PH-2B Aaron Sisk - 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .201
SS Jake Wald - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 3B (2), 3 RBI, .211
SP Geno Espineli - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.80; W, 6-5
RP Scott Munter - 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 5.00
RP Oscar Montero - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.58

Espineli broke a 3 game losing streak of his with 2 runs in 7 innings, and the offense seems to be waking from a slump as the Eastern League hits the dog days. Nate Schierholtz hit his 2nd home run in as many days, for 3 runs in the 1st, briefly joining a 4 way tie with Ishikawa, Aaron Sisk and Tyler Von Schell for most on the team with 8, but Ishikawa broke the tie with a 2 run shot in the 3rd for his 9th. Sisk then re-tied Ishikawa with a solo shot in the 9th to seal the game.

Notes: Connecticut is 50-60, and extended their hold on 4th place to 1.5 games over New Britain. They are 8.5 games behind Trenton and Portland, who are tied for 2nd, and 9 games behind first place Binghamton. Baseball America, in a poll of coaches and scouts, has named Ishikawa the best defensive first baseman and Buscher the best defensive third baseman in the Easter League. Ishikawa was given the same honor in 2005 for the California League.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 8, High Desert 4

2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, .282
DH William Thompson - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, 2 SO, .214
3B Simon Klink - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (17), 1 HR (9), 3 RBI, 1 SO, .244
C Steven Holm - 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR (12), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .251
RF John Bowker - 0-2, 1 BB, 1 SO, .275
SP Gregorio Martinez - 6.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 3.56
RP Anthony Pannone - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 3.86; W, 1-0
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.09

A late comeback led the Giants to win over the Mavericks. After losing a 2-0 lead and falling behind 4-2 in the top of the 8th, Simon Klink hit a solo home run to leadoff the inning. Holm walked, and Requena got on thanks to an error on a sacrifice bunt. Bowker sacrificed both over, and then they intentionally walked Minicozzi to load the bases. Sosa singled home 2 runs, and Julio Cordido singled in another run, and Klink came up again to double and knock in 2 more runs to give San Jose the margin they needed.

Notes: San Jose is 24-16, and remain a full game behind Visalia and in 2nd place. Bowker's sacrfice came in his last chance to extend his now ended 22 game hit streak. The San Jose record is 24. Closer Brian Anderson missed out on a chance to set the franchise single season save record. He has 31 saves, tied with Jim Stoops (1998) and Gary Sharko (1991).

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Hagerstown 5, Augusta 2

1B Pablo Sandoval - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (18), 1 RBI, .272
RF Michael Mooney - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS (6), .292
3B David Maroul - 1-3, 1 SO, 1 CS (1), 1 HBP, .276
LF Ben Copeland - 0-4, 1 SO, .282
SP Dave McKae - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1.52
RP Kelvin Pichardo - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.08; H, 2
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 3.21; BS, 4; L, 5-2

Augusta's closer Foltin faltered and cost Augusta this game. With Augusta up 2-1 in the 9th, Foltin gave up a single followed by a hit by pitch. After a strikeout, Foltin gave up another single that loaded the bases, and the next hitter hit a grand slam. Augusta had some problems on the base pathes, with 3 of their 10 baserunners eliminated on the basepaths thanks to two caught stealing and another picked off.

Notes: Augusta is 30-9, and remain solidly in first place, 8 games ahead of Greenville.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Notes: Salem-Keizer isNo Game Scheduled

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 5, Rangers 4 (12 Innings)

SS Hector Borg - 2-6, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 E (1), .207
3B Matt Downs - 1-5, 2 R, 1 2B (10), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB (5), .306
DH Elio Sarmiento - 2-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS (1), 1 HBP, .371
PR-DH James Simmons - 1-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .244
LF Jeremiah Luster - 1-3, 1 SO, .348
SP Jeffrey Clark - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2.25
RP Ryan McGrath - 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.90
RP Adam Ortiz-Jusino - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 3.14
RP David Newton - 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.84; W, 3-1

The Giants and Rangers fought a thriller. With the Rangers clinging to a 1 run lead in the 9th, they scored another to seemingly ice the cake, but the bottom of the 9th saw a hit by pitch, a double and a single tie the game in a veritable chess match that saw 6 substitutions by the Giants and another by the Rangers in their defensive lineup (not counting a player subbed in a pinch hitter in the top of the 9th). In the 12th, Downs walked, and was bunted to second. Down stole third, and Simmons singled in his first at bat of the game (after coming in as a pinch runner in the 9th, of course) to win it.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 4-2, and remain in a 3 way tie for 3rd place with the Angles and A's. The Padres are 3-1 in second (by percentage points), and the Royals are 5-1 and a game ahead of all of them in first place.



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