Minor League Notebook: August 22nd

The playoffs are coming. As Connecticut's hopes are slowly fading, San Jose makes a run at sweeping both halves of the season. And Salem-Keizer and Augusta are that much closer to clinching their divisions. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Sacramento 2, Fresno 1

CF Jason Ellison - 1-4, 1 2B (14), .407
DH Fred Lewis - 1-4, 1 RBI, .267
SS Juan Melo - 2-3, 1 SO, .262
C Justin Knoedler - 0-3, 1 E (5), 1 PB (6), .260
SP Merkin Valdez - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 5.74; L, 0-4
RP Matt Kinney - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 5.00
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 0.00

Valdez didn't allow many runs, and was hurt by errors, and the Grizzlies offense was handcuffed again. Both teams only managed 6 hits, but the difference was that one of the River Cats hits was a home run, and an error by Knoedler on a stolen base with a runner on third led to the other run being scored.

Notes: Fresno is 53-78, and fell to 7 games out of getting out of the cellar.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 3, New Britain 1

RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (12), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .268
DH Brian Horwitz - 1-4, 1 SO, 1 SB (3), .278
CF Dan Ortmeier - 2-4, 1 2B (7), 1 SO, .262
SP Chris Begg - 9.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.40

Connecticut's offense woke up just enough, powered by a 3rd inning 2 run home run by the white hot Nate Schierholtz. Meanwhile, Begg continued a strong run to finish the season with a complete game, with the only blemish being a triple following a leadoff single and sacrifice bunt to score the Rock Cats only run.

Notes: Connecticut is 60-69, and is 12.5 games out of first. They are 7 games out of a playoff spot for second place, which is held by Portland. Their elimination number is 6.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 6, Stockton 3

CF Alex Requena - 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB (19), .328
LF Carlos Sosa - 1-4, 1 2B (21), 1 SO, .319
DH Michael Wagner - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (11), 1 SO, 1 HBP, .286
3B Julio Cordido - 2-4, 2 R, 1 SO, .282
SP Tim Lincecum - 4.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 1 HR, 2 WP, 3.18
RP Anthony Moreno - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 4.48; W, 10-7
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.75; H, 19
RP Brian Anderson - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1.44; S, 37

Lincecum's 4th start in San Jose couldn't get past the 5 inning mark to earn Lincecum another win. After getting two outs, Lincecum gave up a solo home run to make it a 5-2 game, and Lincecum was lifted for Moreno. The Giants got into a little trouble in the 9th, as Hedrick gave up two one-out singles before being lifted for Anderson. Anderson gave up an RBI single to let a run credited to Hedrick come in, and a walk, but he still got his 37th save of the season.

Notes: San Jose is 34-23, and is in first place by a full game over Visalia. The Giants Magic Number to clinch the 2nd half title is 13. Wagner made his return from the Disabled List in Tuesday's game.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 5, Greenville 1

2B Johany Abreu - 4-4, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 3B (1), 1 RBI, .600
SS Anthony Contreras - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, .305
LF Ben Copeland - 0-5, 1 RBI, .279
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-5, .297
RF Michael Mooney - 0-2, 2 BB, 1 SB (37), .283
DH Eugenio Velez - 1-5, 2 SO, 1 SB (55), .307
SP Kelvin Pichardo - 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO, 2 WP, 1 HBP, 3.51
RP Buck Cody - 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 SO, 4.99; W, 1-0
RP David Quinowski - 1.0 I P, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 1.38

Augusta's playoff roll continued, riding the back of two unlikely stars at the bottom of the batting order. #8 hitter Johany Abreu, making his 3rd appearance in Augusta since being demoted from San Jose, went 4 for 4 with a double and triple and scoring 2 runs, while #9 hitter Contreras hit only his 2nd home run of the year, accounting for 2 runs in a 3 run 6th inning. Pichardo suffered through some bouts of wildness, but he got the job done and Cody and Quinowski put together some solid relief to finish the game.

Notes: Augusta is 43-14, and has a 10.5 game lead over Asheville and Charleston, tied for second place. Their Magic Number is now 5.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 8, Everett 4

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 3-4, 1 RBI, .298
LF Matt Weston - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, .300
1B Brett Pill - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, .225
C Adam Witter - 1-3, 1 2B (10), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .281
CF Michael McBryde - 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB (10), .268
3B Evan Bush - 3-4, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI, 1 CS (1), 1 E (3), .197
SP Steven Calicutt - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.98; W, 3-1
RP Clayton Tanner - 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.68; H, 2
RP Eric Stolp - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.03

The Volcanoes machine kept rolling, scoring runs seeming at will over Everett while collecting 13 hits. Calicutt had a solid but unspectacular start, but Clayton Tanner piched 3 perfect innings to keep the Aquasox in check while the Volcanoes put them away.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 44-18, and has a 10 game lead on Vancouver and Eugene, who are tied for 2nd. Their magic number is 5.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 5, Rangers 1

DH Rich Janeway - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 1 HR (2), 3 RBI, .319
SS Scharlon Schoop - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (8), .330
3B Matt Downs - 0-4, 2 R, 1 SB (6), .301
LF Jeremiah Luster - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB (2), .278
SP Ryan McGrath - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 3.33; W, 4-3
RP Ryan McGovern - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 4.26
RP Adam Ortiz-Jusino - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.33

Janeway powered the rookies to the win, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead with a 2 run home run in the first and an RBI as part of a 2 run 3rd inning. Meanwhile, McGrath had his best start so far this year, using six shutout innings to power the win.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 14-7, and are 1.5 games behind the first place Royals. They Giants are a full game behind the 2nd place Angels.



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