Minor League Notebook: August 16th

Everyone wins in the franchise! Well, at least everyone who played. But even with two teams out of action, there was plenty of action elsewhere, mostly on the mounds. A top prospect got his first professional win; another picked up his first shutout of the season, and a third picked up just another win in an undefeated season. Yup, it's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 8, Salt Lake 3

RF Jason Ellison - 2-4, 2 R, 1 CS (4), 1 HBP, .413
LF Fred Lewis - 2-5, 2 R, .274
1B Mik Cervenak - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, .297
DH Abraham Nunez - 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR (10), 6 RBI, 1 SO< .251
CF Clay Timpner - 1-5, .267
SP Pat Misch - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 4.29; W, 2-1
RP Brian Wilson - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.47; S, 5

Starter Misch had some problems in the first inning, giving up 2 home runs and 3 runs total, but that was it as Misch went 7 just giving up those runs. Meanwhile, Nunez had a big game, hitting a 3 run home run in the 6th to give the Grizzlies a 4-3 lead, and another 3 run home run in the 9th to ice the cake.

Notes: Fresno is 51-73, and are still in 4th and last place in the Pacific South.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 4, Altoona 1

RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-3, 1 2B (21), 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SF, .267
3B Brian Buscher - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (7), 2 RBI, .266
LF Brian Horwitz - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6)
SP Chris Begg - 9.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.53; W, 12-10

Begg may not get many strikeouts, but he doesn't give up many walks, either. Begg has issued only 6 walks in 54.2 IP in July and August, and collected his 12th win of the season with his 2nd complete game and first shutout of the season. Schierholtz remains hot, going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI on a double and sacrifice fly, while Buscher's 5th inning home run iced the cake for the Defenders scoring.

Notes: Connecticut is 59-65, and moves with a game of third place Binghamton. The Defenders are still 5.5 games away from second place Potland for a playoff spot, while they are now 3.5 games from third.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 5, Bakersfield 2

LF Carlos Sosa - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR (9), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .330
2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, .291
DH Jon Armitage - 2-4, 2 2B (3), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .167
1B William Thompson - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO, .240
SP Tim Lincecum - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 2.92; W, 1-0
RP Nathan Pendley - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 2.75; H, 10
RP Brooks McNiven - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.36; H, 6
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.78; H, 17
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.50; S, 34

1st round pick Tim Lincecum stretched out to 6 innings for the first time in his pro career, and it earned him his first win. Lincecum gave up a single and a home run in the first inning, but that would essentially be it for the rest of the game. Meanwhile, 2 walks to lead off the 2nd inning for the Giants led to a 3 runs to give the Giants a lead they would not relinquish. Brian Anderson earned his 34th save, tying the California League single-season record.

Notes: San Jose is 30-22, and has moved back to within a half game of first place Visalia.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Game 1 Suspended, Savannah 1, Augusta 0 in the top of the 2nd; Game 2 Postponed.

Notes: Augusta is A scheduled double header was interrupted by rain. No makeup dates have been announced. The GreenJackets have an offday tomorrow before finishing their series with Savannah on Friday.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - No Game Scheduled.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 2, Cubs 0

SS Marcus Sanders - 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB (3), .111
C Elio Sarmiento - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, .338
CF James Simmons - 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, .241
SP Manuel Cabeza - 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 2.90; W, 7-0
RP Lenny Martinez - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.03; H, 1
RP David Newton - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.33; S, 10

Cabeza continues his strong AZL season, and is now undefeated with 7 win in 10 appearances (7 starts), and 38 strikeouts against 8 walks in 40.1 innings. The rookies got one run thanks to a Marcus Sanders fielder's choice ground ball with the bases loaded in the 5th, and then Sarmiento's inside the park home run in the 6th.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 12-5, and stay tied for first with the Angels. The Royals are in 2nd place, a full game back of the Giants and Angels.



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