Minor League Notebook: August 5th-6th

Wins, losses, but let's face it, the big news was and remains Tim Lincecum and his debut up in San Jose. But in other action, Augusta keeps up its stranglehold on the 2nd half in the South Atlantic League, and Salem-Keizer uncharacteristically goes on a losing streak. Just Another Couple of Days in the Minors!

August 5th

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Nashville 6, Fresno 5

CF Jason Ellison - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .402
2B Kevin Frandsen - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HBP, .297
1B Mike Cervenak - 2-4, 1 2B (9), 1 SO, .313
RF Abraham Nunez - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (11), 1 HR (8), 4 RBI, 1 BB, .230
SP Brian Cooper - 6.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 3 HR, 5.17
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.89; H, 8
RP Michael Tejera - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 3.51; BS, 2
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 3.57; L, 6-7

Cooper was hit hard, giving up 3 home runs, but a 3 run homer in the first by Nunez in the first had helped keep the Grizzlies up 5-4 when Cooper left in the 7th. But reliever Tejera gave up aa walk, a double and a sacrifice fly to blow the lead, and then a strikeout turned into a nightmare in the 9th. Taschner threw a wild pitch on a swinging third strike, and catcher Jed Hansen threw the ball away as the runner advanced to first; the runner ended up on 2nd, and scored the winning run for the Sounds as the next batter singled.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 4, Binghamton 2

RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B (4), 1 RBI, .242
CF Dan Ortmeier - 2-4, 2 2B (5), 1 RBI, .278
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, .228
LF Brian Horwitz - 0-4, 1 RBI, .291
SP Chris Begg - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 WP, 3.71; W, 10-10
RP Billy Sadler - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2.88

Begg had another good start for the Defenders, and was finally able to even his record as the offense continues to wake up from a season long slumber. The big inning was the 6th, when the Defenders scored all their runs. Begg and 2B Derin McMains led off the inning with walks, and then Schierholtz hit an RBI single. Horwitz had an RBI groundout, Ortmeier doubled in another run, and a last one scored on an error.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 9, Bakersfield 4

2B Mark Minicozzi - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, .285
LF Carlos Sosa - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR (6), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .323
1B Chad Santos - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .239
C Yamid Haad - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 2 RBI, .250
DH William Thompson - 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, .224
SP Tim Lincecum - 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 6.75
RP Anthony Moreno - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 4.30; W, 9-6
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.99; H, 15
RP Thomas King - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2.88
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.17

Lincecum made his debut in the California League in just his third pro start, but was hit hard. He gave up a home run that almost curled foul in front of the left field foul pole, but hit it 15 feet up, and a hard double that scored a second run. The third came in on an error by SS Johany Abreu. But the Giants came back, helped by a 2 run home run in the first by Santos that gave the team the lead, and a solo shot by Sosa in the 7th.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 6, Hagerstown 3

RF Michael Mooney - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB (29), .290
SS Eugenio Velez - 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .303
LF Ben Copeland - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS (17), .280
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-3, 1 SB (54), 1 CS (7), .300
RP Ryan Shaver - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 4.02; W, 9-5
RP Tayler Wilding - 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 2.32; H, 3
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.14; S, 17

Augusta's winning ways continued with another big inning of small ball. Without benefit of an extra base hit, the GreenJackets score 4 in the 4d inning. The inning consisted of 3 singles and 3 walks and a hit by pitch with the bases loaded by Velez. Mooney had a 2 RBI single, while Benevidez had an RBI single of his own in the inning.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Yakima 11, Salem-Keizer 7

LF Matt Weston - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, .230
1B Brett Pill - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (9), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .224
C Adam Witter -1 -4, 1 R, 1 HR (6), 3 RBI, 1 SO, .277
SS Emmanuel Burris - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (26), 1 CS (9), 1 PO, .278
SP Ben Snyder - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2.41
RP Jesse English - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 10.12
RP Paul Lussie - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.10; H, 4
RP Ryan Paul - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 7.88; BS, 1; L, 1-1
RP Adam Paul - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4.35

A rare pitching meltdown late cost the Volcanoes. 4 runs in the 7th inning allowed by Jesse English allowed Yakima to close the game to a 7-5 score, and then the two Pauls on the team combined to allow 6 runs in the 9th, and lose the game.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - No Game Scheduled

August 6th

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 10, Memphis 1

RF Jason Ellison - 2-5, 1 R, .402
LF Fred Lewis - 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR (11), 1 RBI, 1 BB, .265
SS Kevin Frandsen - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 3 RBI, 1 BB, .300
3B Juan Melo - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B (10), 1 HR (7), 2 RBI, .247
2B Tomas De La Rosa - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (15), 1 HR (6), 3 RBI, .266
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (4), .268
SP Jonathan Sanchez - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 5.40; W, 1-1
RP Erick Threets - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 3.35

Jonathan Sanchez bounced back from his first start in Triple-A that was marred by walks, and threw a very strong 5 innings, but he got a huge early boost from his offense with 3 home runs in the first two innings. Lewis hit a solo home run with one out in the first, and De La Rosa had a 2 run home run later in the inning. Frandsen then had a 2 run homer in the 2nd as Fresno took a dominating 8-0 lead after 2 innings.

Notes: Fresno is 46-70, and is inching closer to being 30 games behind first place (they are 29 back right now). Lance Niekro missed his fourth game with what is described as elbow discomfort.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 8, Binghamton 7 (13 innings)

RF Nate Schierholtz - 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B (19), 1 RBI, 1 HBP, .247
1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR (10), 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, .231
CF Dan Ortmeier - 4-7, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .304
3B Brian Buscher - 1-6, 1 R, 1 2B(21), 1 BB, 2 SO, .270
C Todd Jennings - 2-7, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .254
SP Garrett Broshuis - 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 5.18
RP R.D. Spiehs - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 3.40
RP Scott Munter - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 4.97
RP Jeff Petersen - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.58
RP Joe Bateman - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3.70
RP Oscar Montero - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 4.23; 1-1, .333; W, 1-1
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.81

Sometimes you win, and sometimes you just outlast your opponent. The Defenders used 7 pitchers in this marathon of a game, with the 6 bullpen pitchers being nearly perfect (only 1 run given up) after Broshuis gave up 6 and was taken out in the middle of the 5th inning. But the Mets starter Miguel Perez was taken out in the 4th after giving up 5 runs, and the Mets ended up using 8 'pitchers,' the last one being Kevin Rios, a third baseman making his apparent first pro pitching appearance. To complete the irony, relief pitcher Montero got his first hit of the season against Rios to extend the final inning, so Jennings could ground into a force out with the bases loaded and score the winning run. The biggest hit was by Ishikawa, whose 2 run home run in the 9th tied the game.

Notes: Connecticut is 52-62, and is still in 4th place in the Northern division. Their 2 wins knocked Binghamton out of first and into second. Connecticut is 10 games behind division leading Trenton, and 9 games out of a playoff spot, which is 2nd place where Binghamton sits.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Bakersfield 8, San Jose 5

2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .288
1B Chad Santos - 2-5, 1 R, 2 SO, 1 E (2), .255
3B Simon Klink - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .240
DH Jon Armitage - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 SO, 0.95
SP Kelyn Acosta - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.80
RP Darren Sack - 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 1.29
RP Anthony Pannone - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.38
RP Justin Hedrick - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.97
RP Thomas King -0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.87
RP Alexander Hinshaw - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 4.26

An uncharacteristically sloppy day led to 4 unearned runs for the Blaze in their win over San Jose. In the first, a passed ball by C Stephen Holm allowed a run to come home, and in the 8th, Santos dropped a pop foul ball that would've been the third out with runners on first and second. The hitter then doubled home a run, and the next batter doubled in two more runs to seal the game.

Notes: San Jose briefly touched first place, but are now back in second at 26-18, 1 game behind first place Visalia.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Game Postponed Due To Rain

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday, August 7th.

Notes: Augusta is 33-9, and are still in first, 10.5 games ahead of second place Greenville. Their magic number is 18.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Yakima 9, Salem-Keizer 5

2B Brad Boyer - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 3B (4), .214
RF Bobby Felmy - 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS (1), .256
1B Brett Pill - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (10), .225
CF Michael McBryde - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, .277
SP Gib Hobson - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 3.26
RP Clayton Tanner - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4.50; BS, 1; L, 1-2
RP Eric Stolp - 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, 1.35

It was just a tough day for S-K pitching. Tanner's outing was the most out of character, as his ERA shot up from 1.35 to 4.50 and allowed more than twice as many earned runs as he had allowed previously this season (2). Although Boyer is batting only .214, half of his 22 hits have been for extra bases (6 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run).

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 30-17, and despite the two game losing streak and losing 3 of the last 4 games to the bottom team in the Northwest League, the Volcanoes have a 4 game lead over Vancouver and continue to hold first place. The Volcanoes magic number is 26.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 4, Rangers 3

PR Marcus Sanders - 0-0, 1 R, 1 SB (1), .000
SS-2B Jose Flores - 2-5, 1 R, 1 CS (1), .270
LF Emmanuel Cividanes - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (3), .318
RF Joe Roundy - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB (3), .273
1B Sean Van Elderen - 2-4, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI, 2 SO, .241
DH Matt Downs - 2-4, 1 2B (13), 1 CS (1), 1 PO, .325
SP Jose Valdez - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 5.81; W, 1-2
RP Carlos De La Rosa - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4.50; H, 1
RP David Newton - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.69; S, 6

A pitcher's duel early turned into a bunch of single runs scored in the later innings. The Giants broke a 1-1 tie that had held since the first with a run in the 5th off of an RBI double by Downs, then took a 3-1 lead on Roundy's 6th inning solo home run. The Rangers closed it to 3-2 in the 7th, but the rehabbing Marcus Sanders pinch ran after a double by Van Elderen, stole third, and came home on an error on the throw.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 6-3, and are tied for third with the Royals. The Padres are in 1st, 1.5 games ahead of the Giants, and the Angles are in second, 1 game ahead of the Giants.



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