Minor League Notebook: August 18th

So much for small ball. For two Giants farm teams today, the offense was simply a singular home run for each team. Predictably, both teams lost. But at least those home run hitters are hot. Meanwhile, Brian Anderson sets a new California League Record! Yup, it's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Salt Lake 6, Fresno 3

CF Jason Ellison - 3-4, 1 2B (13), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .429
RF Abraham Nunez - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (15), 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB (4), .260
LF Fred Lewis - 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (17), .269
SP Matt Palmer - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 3.30; L, 5-2
RP Erick Threets - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.05
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00

Palmer had been pretty solid in Triple-A, but one bad inning gave him some problems. Palmer had given just 1 run up through 5 innings, but after getting 2 outs in the 6th with a runner on first, Palmer gave up a single, a HBP, a walk and a double, and then an error let one more run score before they got the final out.

Notes: Fresno is 53-74, and still mired in last place. Sadler made his first appearance in Triple-A after being promoted to replace the recently released Pedro Liriano.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Erie 3, Connecticut 2

RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (11), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .267
LF Qunicy Foster - 2-2, 1 R, 1 BB, .276
CF Dan Ortmeier - 2-4, 1 2B (6), .278
DH Brian Horwitz - 1-4, 1 SO, .274
C Todd Jennings - 1-3, .250
SP Garrett Broshuis - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 4.80
RP Scott Munter - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 4.29; L, 1-4

Schierholtz stayed hot, taking over the team lead with his 11th home run of the season. Unfortunately, his offense was the only offense supplied by the Defenders, wasting another solid start by Broshuis.

Notes: Connecticut is 59-66, and remains in 4th place. They are still 5 games out of a playoff spot, which belongs to Portland in 2nd place. Both Portland and 3rd place Binghamton lost, so the Defenders didn't lose any ground.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 3, Modesto 2

CF Alex Requena - 1-2, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 SB (17), 1 HBP, .319
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-4, 1 2B (21), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .288
SP Darren Sack - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 E (1), 1.23
RP Nathan Pendley - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 1 E (2), 2.68; BS, 2
RP Alfredo Simon - 2.0 I P, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 7.31; W, 1-4
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.48; S, 35

An unusual night ended in a California League record being broken. Modesto outhit the Giants 3-2, but both runs came in thanks to errors by the respective pitchers. Meanwhile, Requena scored all of San Jose's runs, the final time in the 8th on a wild pitch. That set up Anderson for the save, his 35th of the year and a new Single-Season record for the Cali league.

Notes: San Jose is 31-23, and remains 1.5 games back of first place Visalia in the division for the 2nd half.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Game 1 - Augusta 9, Savannah 2 (7 Innings, -Completion of Suspended Game from 8/16); Game 2 - Savannah 3, Augusta 0 (7 innings)

Game 1
RF Michael Mooney - 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B (27), 3 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB (36), .281
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-1, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB (61), 1 PO, 1 HBP, .306
LF Ben Copeland - 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB, .278
DH Jose Yens - 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B (2), 1 SB (6), .228
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-4, 1 3B (17), 2 RBI, .306
SS Anthony Contreras - 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, .308
SP Sergio Romo - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.53
RP Ryan Shaver - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 3.77; W, 10-5

Game 2
LF Ben Copeland - 2-3, 1 SB (28), 1 CS (20), .281
C Stan Conte - 2-2, 1 CS (2), .160
RF Mike Mooney - 0-3, 1 SO, 2 E (11), .280
SP Ronnie Ray - 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 3.53; L, 6-6
RP Wayne Foltin - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.47

Augusta tried to make up one of the two games rained out on Wednesday, completing the suspended first game that had gotten into the 2nd inning. Starter Romo was wasted because of the suspension, but Shaver came on and pitched the 5 innings played today for the win.

In Game 2, Augusta's offense simply collapsed, with only Copeland and the light hitting Conte getting on base more than once, as the team collected just 5 hits and no walks over 6 innings against former GreenJacket Shairon Martis, who was part of the Mike Stanton trade.

Notes: Augusta is 39-14, and continue to keep a stranglehold on first in the division. Their Magic Number is 10.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Tri-City 3, Salem-Keizer 1

C Adam Witter - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (12), 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 E (4), 1 PB (5), .288
DH Thomas Neal - 1-4, .292
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 0-4, .292
SP John Odom - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 2.78
RP Adam Paul - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.34; L, 1-2

Again, it was the offense failing, with one big fly accounting for all the runs scored. The Volcanoes were held to just two hits, both agains Tri-City starter Joshua Sullivan. The sole run was Witter's 2nd inning home run, tying him for 2nd in the league with Boise's Russell Canzier, and 1 behind Spokane's Christopher Davis for the league lead.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 40-18, and remain in first by 9 games over Eugene and Vancouver. Their Magic Number is 10.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 8, Brewers 7 (10 Innings)

SS Marcus Sanders - 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (4), 1 E (1), .115
2B-SS Sharlon Schoop - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (7), .343
CF James Simmons - 2-4, 1 2B (7), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .250
DH Rich Janeway - 1-3, 1 2B (8), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .311
C Elio Sarmiento - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, 1 PB (8), .328
RF Joe Roundy - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B (9), 2 RBI, 1 SB (4), .254
SP Jose Valdez - 0.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 7.25
RP Wilmin Rodriguez - 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.96
RP Robert Grace - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 6.75
RP Ryan McGovern - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.09
RP Lenny Martinez - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.95; W, 3-1
RP David Newton - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.27; S, 11

To say this was the worst start of Valdez's year is probably pointless, as Valdez got only 1 of the 8 batters he faced out. The big hit was a 3 run homer with nobody out, which was followed by Valdez's only walk. 6 runs came in, one coming in unearned after Rodriguez replaced Valdez. But still the Giants battled back, with Sarmiento's 2 run home run in the 7th tying the game, and Simmons' RBI double in the 10th the game winner.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 13-6, and are tied for second with the Royals still. Both teams sit a half game back from the first place Angels.



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