Minor League Notebook: August 19th

Adam Cowart had been blowing through the Northwest League like he was a first round pick, but on Saturday he allowed twice as many earned runs as he had all season before. That ERA is still under 0 though. Meanwhile, Connecticut's playoff hopes dim slightly, and Augusta keeps rolling. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Sacramento 5, Fresno 4

3B Mike Cervenak - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (14), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .296
CF Clay Timpner - 2-4, 1 RBI, .273
LF Fred Lewis - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, .270
RF Jason Ellison - 0-4, 1 SO, .417
1B Lance Niekro - 0-4, 1 SO, .327
SP Jonathan Sanchez - 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 4.32; L, 1-2

Sanchez made 4th start in Fresno, but had some problems. Although he allowed just 1 walk, he struggled with his control all night, throwing just 43 of 79 pitches for strikes. Fresno nearly came back, though, with a 4 run 7th led by a 2 run double by Mike Cervenak, but it fell just short.

Notes: Fresno is 53-75, and is 25.5 games out of first place.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Erie 7, Connecticut 0

RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-4, 2 SO, .269
LF Brian Horwitz - 3-4, 1 SO, .283
SP Geno Espineli - 5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 4.00; L, 7-6
RP Osiris Matos - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 6.75

While Connecticut's offense collected 8 hits, they couldn't do much with it, getting no extra base hits and just 1 walk. The still-hot Schierholtz and Horwitz were the only Defenders to reach base more than once. Espineli had more trouble as a starter, with his ERA jumping from 3.74 to 4.00.

Notes: Connecticut is 59-67, and fell to 6 games behind Portland for 2nd place and a playoff spot.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 9, Modesto 6

CF Alex Requena - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .321
RF John Bowker - 2-6, 1 3B (5), 1 RBI, .278
LF Carlos Sosa - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B (20), 2 BB, .326
1B William Thompson - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (4), .250
SS Kyle Haines - 1-1, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB (1), 1 HBP, .200
SP Gregorio Martinez - 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 1 E (6), 3.83
RP Anthony Pannone - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.86; W, 3-0
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1.73; H, 18
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.45; S, 36

San Jose just kept scoring runs to catch up after falling behind 5-3 in the 3rd, and pulled it off. Haines got his first hit in his 2nd game at San Jose, but also drew 2 walks and was hit by a pitch to get on base 4 times.

Notes: San Jose is 32-23, and moved to within a half game of first place Visalia.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 2, Greenville 0

2B Eugenio Velez - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS (12), 1 PO, .306
LF Ben Copeland - 0-4, 1 SO, .279
CF Antoan Richardson - 0-4, .300
RF Michael Mooney - 0-4, 1 R, .277
SP Dave McKae - 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 SO, 2.15
RP Taylor Wilding - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.58; W, 3-1
RP David Quinowski - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.39; S, 2

Augusta's offense continues to slump, but the best start yet by McKae helped keep the GreenJackets rolling. Only once before this season had McKae struck out more than 5 (7, on July 5th), but today he went to an incredible 12. The game was scoreless until the 9th, when 2 errors helped lead to both runs.

Notes: Augusta is 40-14, and is maintaining it's 9.5 game lead on Asheville and Charleston, tied for second. Their Magic Number is 9.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 8, Tri-City 4

2B Bradley Boyer - 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B (5), .230
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .279
1B Brett Pill - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (14), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .228
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B (5), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .291
CF Michael McBryde - 1-4, 1 R, 2 SO, .268
C Adam Witter - 1-5, 1 RBI, .285
DH Thomas Neal - 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, .284
SP Adam Cowart - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2 WP, 0.80; W, 9-0
RP Paul Lussier - 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 3.45

Cowart had a bit of a hiccup, allowing twice as many earned runs as he had in 61.2 previous innings, but he got the win again and kept an ERA under 1. Burris had a 2 run double to power a 5 run 2nd inning that gave the Volcanoes the lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 41-18, and they remain 9 games ahead of Eugene and Vancouver. Their Magic Number is 9.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Mariners 5, Giants 2

2B Hector Borg - 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI, .231
3B Matt Downs - 1-2, 1 RI, 1 BB, .309
DH Rich Janeway - 1-2, 2 BB, .313
2B-SS Sharlon Schoop - 0-4, .330
SS Marcus Sanders - 0-2, 2 SO, .107
SP Orlando Yntema - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3.48; L, 4-3
RP Kevin Foeman - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 12.46
RP Carlos De La Rosa - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 5.47
RP Frolian Ramirez - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 1 E (1), 4.82

In an otherwise nondescript game, Ramirez had an unusual line, collecting 4 K's in just 3 outs. Ramierz struck out the first batter he faced, but a wild pitch allowed him to get on base. Ramirez then threw away a pickoff throw, allowing the runner to go to second. But he struck out the next three batters to get out of the inning without a run coming in.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 13-7, and dropped to third place. The Royals sit in first a full game ahead of them, while the Angels are second, a half game ahead.



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