Minor League Notebook: August 10th

Two teams had off days, and the four teams left to play generated excitement to replace the missing games. The short story is, every team won. The fun is in the details of how each team won their games. Nothing ordinary here. Just a no hitter, and a franchise record, and more. This was better than Just Another Day in the Minors.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 7, Memphis 4

LF Fred Lewis - 2-4, R, 3B (9), RBI (46), .269
SS Kevin Frandsen - 2-5, R, 2B (25), RBI (30), SB (7), SO, .308
RF Jason Ellison - 2-4, HBP, .422
2B Tomas De La Rosa - 2-4, 2 R, 2B (17), HR (7), 2 RBI (38), SO, .277
C Justin Knoedler - 1-3, 2B (11) 2 SO, .246
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 2B, 2 SO, .263
1B Lance Niekro - 1-3, 2 R, HR (12), RBI (25), BB, SO, E (7), .360
3B Mike Cervenak - 0-4, RBI (28), SO, .290
SP Nick Pereira - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 4.53; W, 3-2
RP Brandon Villafuerte - 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.60; H, 10
RP Jack Taschner - 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, BB, 0 SO, 3.72; SV, 13

On a hot night with the wind blowing straight out to center, Nick Periera had his work cut out for him. The Grizzlies spotted him five runs early on, four in the first inning. Kevin Frandsen doubled, stole a base, and scored on groundout. Fred Lewis collected a RBI base hit, scoring Lance Niekro. Tomas De La Rosa doubled to score Lewis, and scored on an error. Pereira had to battle the elements and it showed in the middle innings, where he allowed his four runs to Memphis hitters. He put up seven innings in his third win at the AAA level, while he allowed four walks and five strikeouts. No problems, however, because Fresno scored a run to answer Memphis in the fourth and fifth innings, and the bullpen slammed the door behind their starter. Jack Taschner saved his thirteenth game of the season, making a case for his recall to the big club. When September 1 rolls around fans should be seeing some of these Grizzlies join the big Giants.

Notes: Fresno's 47-71 record puts them in last place in the division, and the conference, but not the league! They defeated Memphis to gain one game over them in the win column, and Omaha has fewer wins and more losses than both teams at 45-74.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - No game scheduled

Notes: Connecticut's record is still nothing to get excited about. 54-63 puts them ten games behind Trenton in the division.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 4, Inland Empire 1

CF Alex Requena - 1-4, RBI (6), BB, CS (4), .309
2B Mark Minicozzi - 0-4, 3 SO, .285
C Yamid Haad - 3-4, R, HR (1), 2 RBI (4), PB (1), .500
1B Pat Dobson - 1-3, R, BB, SB (16), .252
LF John Bowker - 1-5, 2B (26), RBI (52), SO, .273
3B Julio Cordido - 0-3, 2 BB, SO, .287
SS Tim Hutting - 1-4, R, 3 SO, .241
RF Carlos Sosa - 0-2, BB, 2 SO, .315
DH William Thompson - 0-3, SO, S, .219
SP Tim Lincecum - 3.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2.84
RP Anthony Pannone - 2.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, BB, 2 SO, 2.77; W, 2-0
RP Brooks McNiven - 2.0 IP, 3 H, R, ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.45
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, SO, 1.26; SV, 32

Eyes turned to Inland Empire for this game. Tim Lincecum made his second start for the San Jose Giants, still kept on a short leash. He struck out six batters over 3.2 innings and made his first error of the year on a pickoff play. A group pitching effort should be expected in Lincecum's future starts, to protect the top arm in the system. Anthony Pannone benefited from this arrangement to get the win, pitching 2.1 innings of shutout ball. Yamid Haad came back from his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy and broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-run home run. The Giants scored two more in the seventh to put the game out of reach, to which Brian Anderson responded with his 32nd save of the season.

Notes: San Jose is two games behind Visalia in the North division of the California League. Their 27-20 record gives them a three game advantage on Stockton. Anderson's 32nd save of the season broke a 3 way tie for the franchise record in a single season. The previous record holders were Gary Sharko in 1991 and Jim Stoops in 1998. The California League single-season record is 34 saves, a record shared by Rafael Chaves from the 1992 High Desert Mavericks, and Bill Everly of the 1999 San Bernadino Stampede.

Augusta Greenjackets (Low-A) - Augusta 5, Rome 0

LF Ben Copeland - 2-5, 2B (23), RBI (59), CS (19), SO, .280
3B David Maroul - 0-4, R, .258
2B Eugenio Velez - 0-4, BB, CS (10), .307
RF Mike Mooney - 1-3, BB, CS (7), .283
SS Anthony Contreras - 2-4, R, RBI (47), .300
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-5, R, 2 RBI (19), SB (57), CS (8), .303
DH Julian Benavidez - 0-4, SO, .280
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-3, BB, .259
C Barry Gunther - 1-3, 2 R, 2B (7), SO, HBP, .262
SP Sergio Romo - 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 2.49; W, 10-2
RP David Quinowski - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.44; H, 13
RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.88

The big news of the day came out of Rome. Three Greenjackets pitchers combined for a no-hitter, with Sergio Romo pitching seven innings and striking out five for his tenth win of the season. He hit a batter in the first inning, way before anything could indicate a date with history. That remains the lone blemish on the masterful pitching performance, one hit batsman away from a perfect game. David Quinowski and Osiris Matos took Romo's lead and each fired off a perfect inning.

Augusta had plenty going on offensively as well. Ben Copeland had two hits and an RBI, as did Anthony Contreras, and Antoan Richardson hit and stole bases. He led the way on the basepaths, although his 57th stolen base of the year was the only successful attempt of the five steals the Jackets tried. Four others were caught stealing. It was still a game full of energy and excitement, especially on the mound.

Notes: Augusta is ruling the South Atlanta league after the win. 36-11 leads the Southern Division by eleven games. Augusta's magic number to win the division is 14.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 13, Everett 4

SS Brian Bocock - 0-4, R, SO, HBP, .222
1B Brett Pill - 0-5, SB (2), .246
C Adam Witter - 2-5, 3 R, 2 HR (8), 4 RBI, .276
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 2-4, 2 R, 3B (1), .288
RF Bobby Felmy - 2-3, 3 R, 2 2B (6), RBI (24), BB, SO, .260
2B Brad Boyer - 2-5, 2 R, 2B (7), HR (2), 2 RBI (14), .221
DH Matt Weston - 2-3, R, 3 RBI (19), BB, .271
CF Michael McBryde - 1-5, R, .272
LF Tyler Graham - 1-4, RBI (4), SB (9), .217
SP Ben Snyder - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 2.55; W, 3-1
RP Eric Stolp - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.95
RP Steven Calicutt - 3.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.02; SV, 2

Everything is easy for the Volcanoes this season. Another win by big numbers against the worst team in the division was made possible by a joint effort from the offense. Adam Witter and Brad Boyer hit home runs, Matt Weston drove home three runs, Ryan Rohlinger scored two runs, the beat goes on. Salem-Keizer scored four runs right away and kept going. They did not score in the second inning, nor in the eighth, but put up at least one run in every other inning, for thirteen runs overall. Ben Snyder pitched well enough to get a win; with all the offensive support, he could have given up many more than just two runs. Steven Calicutt got the three inning save to wrap up the victory.

Notes: Salem-Keizer's winning pace keeps them on top of the Northwest League, 6.5 games ahead of Eugene and Vancouver. Their 34-17 record is the best overall. Their magic number is 20.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - No game scheduled.

Notes: The AZL Giants and Royals are tied for the lead in the Arizona League, 0.5 games up on the Angels.

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