Minor League Notebook: August 8th

Fresno and Memphis combined for 33 runs on Monday; what would they do for a followup? (Hint, their respective bullpens are not exactly what you'd call 'fresh' after these two days) Connecticut continues its resurgence, and Salem-Keizer's most surprising star continues to shine. It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Memphis 6, Fresno 3 (15 Innings)

CF Jason Ellison - 3-7, 1 SB (7), .419
SS Kevin Frandsen - 3-7, 3 SO, .306
1B Lance Niekro - 1-7, 3 SO, .361
LF Adam Shabala - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 2 RBI, 2 SO, .269
PH Fred Lewis - 1-1, 1 RBI, .266
SP Matt Palmer - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 3.02
RP Michael Tejera - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 3.43
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.80
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 4.68
RP Dusty Bergman - 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8.64; L, 0-1
RP Merkin Valdez - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 6.37

A day after the Grizzlies and Redbirds wore out the pitchers in an 11 inning, 33 run affair, they go a marathon 15 innings and each use 7 pitchers. Fresno came back from a 3-0 deficit in the first with a 2 run home run by Shabala in the 7th and a pinch hit RBI single by Lewis in the 9th. But in the 15th, Bergman could not deal, giving up 2 runs and leaving the bases loaded for Valdez, who hit the first batter he faced to allow one more run to come in.

Notes: Fresno is buried in the cellar at 47-70 and are 27.5 games behind first place Tucson.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 3, Altoona 1

RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-5, 1 SO, .246
LF Brian Horwitz - 1-5, 1 R, 1 SO, .288
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 PO, .231
C Todd Jennings - 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 SO, .267
SS Jake Wald - 1-2, 1 2B (15), 2 BB, 1 SO, .208
SP James Garcia - 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 4.61; W, 3-6
RP Joe Bateman - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.64; H, 8
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.74

The late season revival of the Defenders continues, as they have won 6 of their last 9. The offense wasn't spectacular, but it was enough with a good start by Garcia. The big hit was a single by Jennings with the bases loaded in the third to score 2 runs.

Notes: Connecticut is 53-63, and remains in 4th place. They are 6 games behind third place Portland, 8.5 games behind 2nd place Binghamton, and 10.5 games behind first place Trenton. The Defenders would have to be in 2nd place to gain a playoff spot, and have 24 games left, including 4 against Binghamton.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Inland Empire 6, San Jose 5 (10 Innings)

LF John Bowker - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (25), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .275
DH William Thompson - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .230
2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-5, 1 RBI, .289
CF Alex Requena - 2-5, 1 SO, 1 PO, .308
SP Gregorio Martinez - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 3.38
RP Adam Gardner - 0.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 5.62
RP Thomas King - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.96; H, 7
RP Brian Anderson - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 1.29; BS, 1
RP Alexander Hinshaw - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 4.40; L, 5-3

The most unusual thing happened to San Jose in this one: the bullpen blew it, and the blown save went to Brian Anderson! Anderson had not blown a save and currently has 31, tied for the single-season franchise record for San Jose. He cam in at the top of the 8th and struck out the side, but gave up a solo home run to the first batter in the 9th to allow Inland Empire to tie the game. King also struck out the side in the 7th, but he came in with the bases loaded and let all 3 score, plus one of his own between the strikeouts.

Notes: San Jose is 26-19, and is now 1.5 games behind first place Visalia in the North Division.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Lake County 8, Augusta 0

3B David Maroul - 1-4, 1 SO, .264
RF Michael Mooney - 0-3, 1 SO, 1 SB (30), 1 HBP, .285
DH Julian Benavidez - 1-3, 1 2B (7), 1 BB, 1 SO, .299
LF Ben Copeland - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SB (26), .279
SP Dave McKae - 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, 2.17; L, 5-2
RP Buck Cody - 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5.67

The normally reliable GreenJackets just didn't show up much for this one. 4 pitchers, none of whom had an ERA under 4 and 3 of whom had an ERA of 4.75 or worse, combined to limit the GreenJackets to just 3 hits. Meanwhile, McKae had his worst start of the season, raising his ERA from 1.52 to 2.17.

Notes: Augusta is 34-11, and holds a 9 game lead over Greenville in the Southern Division. Their magic number is still 17.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 9, Everett 0

1B Brett Pill - 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR (3), 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .250
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B (10), 1 RBI, 1 BB, .289
CF Michael McBryde - 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 3 RBI, .273
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-3, 1 R, .282
RF Bobby Felmy - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .255
SP Adam Cowart - 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO, 0.32; W, 7-0
RP Paul Oseguera - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 7.04
RP Adam Paul - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.15

Well, when it comes to pitching, no one has been as effective as Adam Cowart. The 35th round pick went 6 shutout innings, and only managed to lower his ERA .04 points, to 0.32. His ERA is nearly 1.5 points below his nearest NWL competitor, and his WHIP (0.61) is also league best. He's given up only 2 earned runs in 56 innings now, and leads the NWL in wins with 7. Of course, it helps when your team scores 9 runs in the first two innings, highlighted by McBryde's 3 run home run in the first and a 2 run shot by Pill in the 2nd.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 32-17, and remains 5.5 games up in the West division. Eugene and Vancouver are now tied for 2nd. The magic number for the Volcanoes is now 23.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 8, Padres 1

CF Tayler Creswell - 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B (6), 2 RBI, .248
3B Matt Downs - 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 SF, .323
SS Sharlon Schoop - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (6), .341
C Elio Sarmiento - 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, .364
PH-DH Jeremiah Luster - 1-2, 1 R, .310
SP Ryan McGrath - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3.50; W, 3-2
RP Wilmin Rodriguez - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.82; S, 1

The Giants didn't put this one away until the 8th inning, when Schoop walked, pinch hitter Luster singled and Sarmiento singled again to score one. Jose Flores drew a walk, loading the bases for a Creswell double to score 2 more runs, and Downs hit a sacrifice fly for the final icing on the cake.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 8-3, and moved into a virtual 3 way tie with the Padres and Royals for 2nd. All three teams are a half game back of the first place Angels (8-2). The Royals and Giants have the same record, but the Padres (7-2) have a small advantage in percentage points.



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