Minor League Notebook: August 7th

Fresno scores two touchdowns and a field goal and still almost loses. Augusta splits a twin-bill. Six is a winning number for the Volcanoes and the rookies in the desert, and Connecticut drops a tough one against Altoona. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) – Fresno 17, Memphis 16

RF Jason Ellison – 4-6, 3 R, 2 RBI (9), 1 BB, 2 SB (6), 1 SO, .418
SS Kevin Frandsen – 3-7, 1 2B (24), 1 RBI (29), 1 SO, .303
1B Mike Cervenak – 2-7, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 3 RBI (27), .304
2B Tomas DeLa Rosa – 5-6, 3 R, 1 2B (16), 1 3B (2), 2 RBI (36), 1 SB (7), .279
DH Juan Melo – 2-6, 2 R, 1 SO, .249
CF Clay Timper – 2-6, 1 R, 2 RBI (12), 1 S0, .270
LF Freddie Lewis – 1-5, 1 2B (17), 2 BB, 1 S0, .264
C Justin Knoedler – 4-6, 4 R, 1 2B (10), 1 HR (4), 3 RBI (25), 1 SB (4), 1 SO, 1 PB (5), .265
SP Matt Kinney – 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 4.95
RP Dusty Bergman – 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 S0, 5.62
RP Erick Threets – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 3.33; H, 4
RP Brandon Villafuerte – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.84; H, 9
RP Jack Taschner – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 3.88; BS, 5
RP Merkin Valdez – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 6.47
RP Carlos Hines – 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, WP, 5.20; W, 2-4

Trailing 16-14 heading to the bottom of the 11th, Fresno rallied for three runs, highlighted by RBI singles by Juan Melo and Tomas De La Rosa as The Grizzlies won a slugfest 17-16. Clinging to a 11-10 lead heading to the ninth, Fresno turned to closer Jack Taschner to try and finish the game. Taschner couldn’t close it out however, as he surrendered a two-run homer, giving Memphis a 12-11 lead.  It was his fifth blown save of the season. Justin Knoedler smacked a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score 12-12. Merkin Valdez came on in the tenth and gave up two runs to give Memphis a 14-12 lead. The Grizzlies answered right back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning thanks to RBI singles from Juan Melo and Clay Timper. Carlos Hines (2-4) was tagged for two runs in the top of the 11th as Memphis took a 16-14 lead.  De La Rosa had five hits, and former Giants’ Knoedler and Jason Ellison added four hits apiece to pace Fresno’s offense.

Notes: Fresno (47-70) winners of two straight, remain in last place, a whopping 28 games behind first place Tucson. The Grizzlies pounded out a season high 25 hits.  Ellison added two stolen bases to go along with his four hits. Frandsen had three hits as well, including his 24th double of the season. Fresno will battle Memphis tonight @ 7:05 pm PDT.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) – Altoona 4, Connecticut 3

3B Brian Buscher – 0-3, 1 SO, .268
2B Derin McMains – 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B (13), .236
LF Brian Horwitz – 1-3, 2 RBI (21), .291
RF Nate Schierholtz – 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (5), 1 RBI (37), 1 SO, .247
SP Eugene Espineli – 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.81
RP Jason Waddell – 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2.60; L, 1-2

A fielding error by shortstop Jacob Wald in the seventh inning, allowed the winning run to score as Altoona defeated Connecticut 4-3. Derin McManis had two hits, including a leadoff double in the first. He would later score on a sacrifice fly by Brian Horwitz to put the Defenders on top 1-0. McManis led of the third with his second double of the night, and he came around to score on Nate Schierholtz’s RBI triple. Connecticut’s offense managed just five hits in the loss.

Notes: Connecticut (52-63), is now 10.5 games behind first place Trenton. Despite the loss, the Defenders have played well of late winning 6 of their past 10 games. Jason Waddell threw three scoreless innings in relief to lower his ERA to 2.60. Connecticut will take on Altoona in game two of the series tonight @ 7:05 EDT.

San Jose Giants (High-A) – No Game Scheduled

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) – Game 1 - Augusta 4, Lake County 3 (8 innings); Game 2 - Lake County 1, Augusta 0 (7 innings)

Game 1:
DH Julian Benavidez – 2-3, 2 RBI (18), .318
SS Eugenio Velez –  3-4, 2 R, 1 3B (14), 1 RBI (72), 3 SB (48), 1 CS, .308
CF Antoan Richardson – 2-3, 1 SB (55), .303
LF Ben Copeland – 2-4, 1 3B (10), 1 RBI (57), 1 CS (18), 1 PO, .282
RF Michael Mooney – 0-2, 2 BB, .289
SP Ronnie Ray – 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO, 3.75
RP Taylor Wilding – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2.23
RP David Quinowski – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1.46; W, 4-2

Game 2:
2B Eugenio Velez – 1-2, 1 BB, 1 SB (49), .309
CF Antoan Richardson – 0-2, .301
LF Ben Copeland – 0-3, 1 SO, .281
RF Michael Mooney – 0-3, 3 SO, .287
SS Anthony Contreras – 1-3, 1 SO, .301
SP Kelvin Pichardo – 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2.00; L, 1-2
RP Wayne Foltin – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.00
RP Bryan Millikan – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.76

Julian Benavidez hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth, driving in Eugenio Velez to propel Augusta to a 4-3 victory in game one of the doubleheader. Velez had a huge game, collecting three hits, and swiping three bases. He also scored a pair of runs and picked up his 72nd RBI with a run scoring triple in the sixth. Antoan Richardson added a pair of hits and stole his 55th base of the season.  Starter Ronnie Ray struggled with his control walking five batters, but managed to keep the GreenJackets in the game. He went five innings, allowing four hits, and three earned runs. Relievers Taylor Wilding and David Quinowski (4-2) blanked  Lake County over the final three innings.

In Game 2, Lake County starting pitcher Jeffrey Stevens and reliever Matt Davis combined on a two-hitter as Augusta dropped to a split on the day. Eugenio Velez and Anthony Contreras picked up the only hits for the GreenJackets. Velez stole his 49th base of the season. Augusta starter Kelvin Pichardo pitched well allowing four hits and one run in four innings pitched. He struck out three batters while walking one. Wayne Foltin and Bryan Millikan combined to throw three shutout innings in relief to close the game out for the GreenJackets.

Notes: Augusta (34-10) split the doubleheader. They now have a 10 game lead over second place Greenville. Their magic number is now 17. The loss in game two snapped the GreenJackets four game winning streak. Augusta remains hot however, having won 7 of their last 10 games.  The GreenJackets will face off with Lake County again tonight @ 7:05 EDT.

Class A (Short Season) - Salem-Keizer 6, Yakima 4

SS Emmanuel Burriss – 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B (2), 1 BB, 1 SB (27), .281
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 1-4, 2 RBI (19), 1 SO, .282
1B Brett Pill – 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB, 2 SO, .233
PH-LF Matthew Weston – 2-2, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (11), .245
PH-2B Bradley Boyer – 1-1, 1 RBI (12), 1 BB, 2 SB (4), .221
RF Robert Felmy – 1-4, 1 RBI (23), .255
SP John Odom – 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 3.23
RP Jared Cranston – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 4.00
RP Paul Lussier – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.24; W, 3-1
RP Juan Trinidad – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.12; S, 12

With the score tied 4-4 in the eighth inning, Bradley Boyer had an RBI single and Ryan Rohlinger hit a sacrifice fly as Salem-Keizer scored two runs and went on to a 6-4 victory. Matthew Weston hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the sixth to tie the score. After a rocky outing by starter John Odom, Jared Cranston, Paul Lussier, and Juan Trinidad shut down Yakima allowing only one hit over the final four frames. The trio struck out eight and walked one. Trinidad picked up his 12th save of the season.

Notes: Salem- Keizer (31-17) snapped a two game losing streak with the win. The Volcanoes remain in first place and are five games ahead of second place Vancouver. Their magic number is 24.  Emmanuel Burriss continues to swing a hot bat. He had three hits, scored two runs, and stole his 27th base of the season. Salem-Keizer will travel to Everett tonight @ 7:05 PDT.

 

AZL Giants (Rookie) – Giants 6, Athletics 2

CF Tayler Creswell – 2-5, 1 R, 2 SB (13), 2 SO, .234
SS Sharlon Schoop – 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (5), .333
1B Rich Janeway – 2-4, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI (21), .286
RF Joe Roundy – 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 2 RBI (15), .275
3B Matthew Downs – 1-3, 1 BB, .325
C Elio Sarmiento – 0-3, 1 R, 1 SO, .317
2B Hector Borg – 0-5, 1 RBI (5), .189
DH Ariel Nunez – 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (3), 1 SO, .135
SP Jeffrey Clark - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 S0, 1.50
RP Orlando Yntema – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 3.67; W, 3-2
RP Ryan McGovern - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 5.87
RP Adam Ortiz-Jusino – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.60

Joe Roundy homered and drove in a pair of runs, and reliever Orlando Yntema fired five impressive innings in the Giants 6-2 victory. Rich Janeway had two hits including an RBI double in the first. Ariel Nunez and Hector Borg each added an RBI. Yntema (3-2) relieved starter Jeffrey Clark and tossed five innings surrendering just one run on three hits. He also struck out 7.

Notes:  The AZL Giants are 7-3, and remained tied for third with the Royals, one game behind the Padres and Angels. The Giants will take on the Padres tonight @ 7:05 PDT.



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