Minor League Notebook: August 14th

Fresno's bullpen implodes late, ruining an excellent outing from a former big league pitcher. Connecticut gets swept away. The Rookies are fit to be tied in Arizona, while eight is great for the streaking Volcanoes. Just Another Topsy Turvy Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) – Las Vegas 10, Fresno 8 (10 innings)

RF Jason Ellison – 2-5, 1 2B (9), .417
SS Tomas De La Rosa – 3-5, 2 R, .289
2B Juan Melo – 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (12), 2 RBI (44), .257
LF Fred Lewis – 3-5, 1 R, 1 CS (7), .268
C Guillermo Rodriguez – 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (6), 3 RBI (14), 1 BB, .250
RF Abraham Nunez – 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B (3), 1 SO, .249
1B Lance Niekro – 1-5, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI (26), 2 SO, .343
PH Adam Shabala – 1-1, 1 3B, (2), .271
SP Jonathan Sanchez – 5.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 3.65; 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .333
RP Pedro Liriano – 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, O BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 5.37
RP Dusty Bergman – 0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 11.88
RP Erick Threets – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.10; BS, 2
RP Brandon Villafuerte – 1 IP 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.82; L, 2-5

Leading 8-1, Fresno’s bullpen suffered a major meltdown surrendering seven runs in the 7th and two more runs in the 10th as the Grizzlies fell 10-8. Fresno erupted for four runs in the second inning. Juan Melo drove in the first run with a sac fly, and Guillermo Rodriguez later added a three-run blast giving the Grizzlies an early 4-0 lead. Starter Jonathan Sanchez put Fresno in front 5-0 in the fifth with a RBI double. The Grizzlies scored three more runs in the sixth thanks to Juan Melo’s RBI double, and run scoring singles by Lance Niekro and Tomas De La Rosa.  After having his start pushed back two days due to a stiff shoulder, Sanchez threw five hitless innings, while striking out five. Reliever Brandon Villafuerte gave up two runs on four hits in the 10th to take the loss.

Notes: Fresno (50-73) remains in last place, 26 games behind first place Tucson. The Grizzlies offense racked up 18 hits in the loss. Fred Lewis and Tomas De La Rosa each had three hits for Fresno. Jonathan Sanchez went 2-3 at the plate. Fresno will travel to Utah and take on Salt Lake tonight @ 6 pm PDT.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) – Game 1 - Altoona 4, Connecticut 2 (7 innings); Game 2 – Altoona 6, Connecticut 3 (7 innings)

Game 1:
3B Brian Buscher – 1-3, 1 RBI (42), 1 SO, .269
CF Dan Ortmeier – 0-2, 1 RBI (9), .286
RF Nate Schierholtz – 1-3, 1 R, .256
PH Randy Walter – 1-1, 1 2B (13), .206
SP James Garcia – 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 2 HBP, 1 E (2), 4.21; L, 3-7
RP R.D. Spiehs – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.42

Game 2:
3B Brian Buscher – 1-4, 1 RBI (43), 1 SO, .269
LF Brian Horwitz – 0-4, 2 SO, .279
RF Nate Schierholtz – 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B (20), 1 3B (6), .261
1B Tyler Von Schell – 3-3, 1 2B (19), 1 RBI (30), .239
2B Derin McMains – 0-2, 1 R, 1 SB (18), 2 BB, 1 SO, .221
SP Jason Waddell – 3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.00; L, 1-3
RP Scott Munter – 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.15; 1-1, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1.000
RP Joe Bateman – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.88

A fielding error by starting pitcher James Garcia in the fifth inning led to four unearned runs in Connecticut’s 4-2 loss to Altoona in Game 1 of the doubleheader. The Defenders offense got off to a fast start in the bottom of the first when Brian Buscher drove in Quincy Foster with a RBI single. Two batters later, Buscher would come in to score on a sacrifice fly by Nate Schierholtz giving Connecticut an early 2-0 lead. The Defenders bats were silenced over the final six innings however, managing just two hits in that span. The loss snapped Connecticut’s five game winning streak.

In Game 2, Altoona tagged starter Jason Waddell for four runs in the first two innings en route to a 6-3 victory over Connecticut. The Defenders got on the board in the third when Nate Schierholtz led off with a double and then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tyler Von Schell. Reliever Scott Munter hit a ground-rule double driving in Derin McMains in the fourth to bring Connecticut within 4-2. Schierholtz was at it again in the fifth, as he led off the inning with a triple and then scored on a groundout by Brian Buscher.

Notes: Connecticut (57-65), is now 10 games behind first place Trenton and 5.5 games behind Portland and Binghamton in the race for second place. Scott Munter threw three scoreless innings in relief in Game 2. Nate Schierholtz went 4-7 with a double and a triple in the doubleheader. The Defenders will take on Altoona tonight @ 7:05 EDT.

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

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) – No Game Scheduled

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

SS Emmanuel Burriss – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 BB, .289
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR (3), 4 RBI (25), .282
C Adam Witter – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (11), 1 RBI (30), 1 SO, 1 E (3), .287
2B Brian Bocock – 1-4, 1 2B (6), 1 SO, .227
RF Tyler Graham – 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI (5), 1 SO, 1 CS, 1 PO, .244
LF Matthew Weston – 2-3, 1BB, .303
SP Kevin Pucetas – 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 HBP, 3.00
RP Eric Stolp – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 2.51; BS,
RP Jared Cranston – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.75; W, 2-0
RP Adam Paul – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 S0, 3.65; H, 5
RP Juan Trinidad – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 S0, 1.04; S, 14

Ryan Rohlinger belted a pair of home runs and knocked in four runs, and Adam Witter added a solo blast, as Salem-Keizer defeated Spokane 6-4. Tyler Graham also had two hits for the Volcanoes, including a RBI single in the second inning. Starter Kevin Pucetas pitched five solid innings, allowing three hits and one earned run. Reliever Jared Cranston retired the side in order in the seventh to pick up his second win of the season. Adam Paul followed with a scoreless eighth, and closer Juan Trinidad blanked Spokane in the ninth to pick up his 14th save.

Notes: Salem- Keizer (38-17) has now reeled off eight consecutive wins. The Volcanoes remain in first place and are seven games ahead of second place Vancouver. Their magic number is 15.  Matthew Weston had two hits to raise his average to .303 for the year.

AZL Giants (Rookie) – Angels 7, Giants 0

SS Marcus Sanders – 0-3, 2 SO, .143
DH Rich Janeway – 1-3, .304
1B Sean Van Elderen – 1-3, 1 2B (4), 1 E (3), .246
SP Ryan McGrath - 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 S0, 1 HR, 3.82; L, 3-3
RP Adam Ortiz-Jusino – 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 2.49
RP Wilmin Rodriguez – 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 5.28
RP Morgan Brinson – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 19.29

The Giants offense had just two hits in a 7-0 loss to the Angels. Starter Ryan McGrath was rocked for four runs and eight hits in four innings. Sean Van Eldren doubled in the fourth, and Rich Janeway singled in the seventh to account for the Giants only hits for the game. Marcus Sanders went 0-3 with two strikeouts as he continues to work his way back from an injury.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 11-5, and are tied for first place with the Royals. They have won 7 of their last 10 games. After a day off today, The Giants will take on the Cubs tomorrow @ 7 pm.

 



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