Minor League Notebook: August 21st

Salem-Keizer continues to scorch their opponents in the Northwest League. Not even a little rain can cool off the red-hot GreenJackets. Four is forgettable for Fresno, while the Defenders downfall continues. Just Another Hot and Cold day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) – Sacramento 4, Fresno 2

RF Jason Ellison – 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, .411
DH Abraham Nunez – 1-4, 2 RBI (48), 3 SO, .260
1B Lance Niekro – 1-4, 1 SO, .321
CF Clay Timper – 1-4, 1 SO, .272
3B Mike Cervenak – 0-4, .291
SP Pat Misch – 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 4.22; L, 2-2
RP Carlos Hines – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 4.74

Starter Pat Misch gave up a two-run homer to Jeremy Brown in the fourth to send Fresno to a 4-2 loss. Despite taking the loss, Misch (2-2) threw seven solid innings, scattering nine hits, while allowing three earned runs. Abraham Nunez hit a two-RBI single in the third inning to give Fresno a brief 2-1 lead. That would be the only highlight of the night for the Grizzlies offense as their bats were completely stifled over the final six innings.

Notes: Fresno (53-77) losers of four in a row, remain entrenched in the cellar, 26.5 games behind first place Tucson. The Grizzlies offense managed just four hits for the game. Jason Ellison went 1-2, and is now hitting .411 for the season. Carlos Hines pitched a scoreless 8th for Fresno. Fresno will battle Sacramento again tonight @ 7:05 pm PDT.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) –  New Britain 1, Connecticut 0

LF Brian Horwitz – 1-4, .279
RF Nate Schierholtz – 1-4, 1 2B (22), 1 SO, .268
CF Dan Ortmeier – 0-3, 2 SO, 1 E, .254
SP Jesse Floyd – 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 4.06; L, 3-13

Starting pitcher Jesse Floyd (3-13) turned in a phenomenal performance tossing a complete game two hitter, but unfortunately, he received no run support from the offense as Connecticut lost 1-0. Floyd retired 17 of the first 19 batters he faced before giving up an RBI single to New Britain’s Denard Span in the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference in the game. The Defenders were no-hit through the first six innings until Brian Horwitz led off the seventh with a single. Connecticut’s offense was held to just two hits on the night.

Notes: Connecticut (59-69), is now 12.5 games behind first place Trenton. The Defenders have now dropped four in a row, and are 8 games behind 2nd place Portland for a playoff spot. The Elimination Number (Portland wins plus Connecticut losses) is 6. Connecticut will take on New Britain in Game 2 of the series tonight @ 7:05 EDT.

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

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) – Augusta 6, Greenville 1 (7 innings)

Game 1
LF Ben Copeland - 2-4, 1 RBI, .280
RF Michael Mooney - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (9), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .279
SP Joe Martinez - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.29
RP Bryan Millikan - 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.08; W, 3-1
RP Taylor Wilding - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.68; S, 3

Game 2
DH Eugenio Velez - 2-3, 2R, 1 3B (18), 3 RBI (83), 2 SB (54), .308
LF Ben Copeland - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (26), 1 3B (11), 1 RBI (65), 1 SO, .282
CF Antoan Richardson -1-3, 2 R, 1 BB,.298
RF Michael Mooney – 3-3, 1 R, 1 3B (7), 2 RBI (63),  .284
3B David Maroul – 1-4, 1 RBI (65), 1 SO, .248
SP Jeffrey Clark – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB,0 SO, 1 HBP, 3.86
RP Ryan Shaver- 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.63; W, 11-6

Game 1 was a completion of the suspended game from 8/20, which was stopped in the 2nd inning. Unfortunatley, starter Martinez couldn't continue, but Millikan did a fine job in long relief. Mooney added his 9th home run of the season during the continuation.

In Game 2, Eugenio Velez continued his hot hitting driving in three runs, and Ryan Shaver pitched 4 2/3 shutout innings in relief as Augusta defeated Greenville 6-1.  After Ben Copeland hit a RBI double in the first, Velez stepped to the plate and smacked a run scoring triple to drive in Copeland, as Augusta took the early 2-0 lead. Velez added a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, and a RBI single in the sixth. Michael Mooney also had a big day going 3-3 with a pair of RBI for the GreenJackets. Ryan Shaver, who made just his third relief appearance of the season, gave up only three hits, while striking out a pair to pick up his 11th win of the season.

Notes: With the victory, Augusta (42-14) increased it’s lead to 10 games over 2nd place Asheville. Their magic number to clinch the division is now 6.The GreenJackets have won 7 of their last 10 games. Ben Copeland had two hits on the night. He hit his 26th double of the season in the first, and later added his 11th triple for the year in the fifth. Velez swiped two more bags to increase his season total to 54. Augusta will take on Greenville again tonight @ 7:05 pm EDT. Clark made his first appearance of the year outside of the AZL, filling in for an Augusta staff depleted by injury and promotions.

Class A (Short Season) - Salem-Keizer 4, Tri-City 3 (10 innings)

SS Emmanuel Burriss – 1-5, .289
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 BB, 2 SO, .279
CF-LF Tyler Graham – 0-4, 1 RBI (8), 1 SO, .242
LF Matthew Weston – 1-3, 1 RBI (24), 1 SO, .295
PH-2B Brad Boyer – 2-2, 1 R, 2 RBI (19), 1 CS, 1 E, .234
SP Ben Snyder– 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP, 3.58
RP Jesse English– 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 7.84
RP Juan Trinidad – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 S0, 0.89; W, 1-1

Brad Boyer scored on sacrifice bunt by Tyler Graham in the 10th to secure a 4-3 victory for Salem- Keizer. With the Volcanoes trailing 3-1 in the seventh inning, Boyer delivered a clutch two-run single to tie the score at 3-3. The bullpen turned in an outstanding performance for Salem-Keizer. Jesse English tossed two scoreless innings and struck out four. Juan Trinidad, who has been stellar all season, silenced Tri-City over the final three innings to pick up his first win of the year.

Notes: Salem- Keizer (43-18) has won three games in a row, and 13 of 14 overall. The Volcanoes maintain a nine game lead over second place Eugene. Their magic number is 7.  Matthew Weston drove in his 24th run of the season with a RBI single in the fourth inning. Juan Trinidad lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.89. Salem-Keizer will take on Everett today @ 6:35 pm PDT.

AZL Giants (Rookie) – Giants 0, Athletics 0 PPD (rain)

Notes: The AZL Giants are 13-7, and are in third place, a half-game behind the Angels for second, and 1.5 games behind the first place Royals. They have won 7 of their last 10 games. The Giants will take on the Rangers today @ 7 pm.



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