Minor League Notebook: August 23rd

The big inning is something to watch out for. Two Giants teams got stung by them today. However, the playoff races continue to heat up as two teams are only a few games away from clinching 2nd half division titles and playoff spots! Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Sacramento 8, Fresno 3

LF Fred Lewis - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (11), 3 SO, .267
1B Lance Niekro - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (14), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .317
C Guillermo Rodriguez - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (7), 1 RBI, .231
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, .272
SP Matt Palmer - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 3.89; L, 5-3
RP Michael Tejera - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.51

One big inning blew the game open for Sacramento. Keith Ginter hit a grand slam in the 2nd inning, followed by a home run by Hiram Bocachica as part of 7 runs for the River Cats. Palmer held the team otherwise scoreless, but the damage was done. Niekro, healthy again, homered for the 14th time in 30 games.

Notes: Fresno is 53-79, and has fallen 8 games behind Las Vegas to get out of the cellar.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - New Britain 14, Connecticut 4

DH Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, .267
RF Brian Horwitz - 2-3, 1 2B (7), 2 RBI, .283
3B Brian Buscher - 1-3, 1 2B (22), 1 RBI, 1 E (15), .259
C Todd Jennings - 2-3, 1 BB, .250
SP Garrett Broshuis - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 5.09; L, 6-10
RP Jason Waddell - 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.70
RP Scott Munter - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 4.66
RP Osiris Matos - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 6.75

Wednesday was not a good day for Defenders pitchers. The majority of the damage was done in the 6th inning, in which three pitchers got knocked around. Broshuis faced 5 batters without getting an out, only to be relieved by Waddell, who got 2 outs but also gave up 3 doubles, a single and a triple as well as a hit by pitch. Munter came in and got the final out without incident, but gave up 2 more in the 7th inning.

Notes: Connecticut is 60-70, and has fallen 12.5 games back of first in the division, and 8 games back of a playoff spot.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Stockton 8, San Jose 2

C Steve Holm - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (13), .255
DH Michael Wagner -1 -3, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .287
RF John Bowker - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E (2), .278
2B Mark Minicozzi - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 E (11), .281
3B Simon Klink - 1-3, 2 SO, 1 E (21), .236
PR-3B Tim Hutting - 0-0, 1 BB, 2 E (15), .250
SP Darren Sack - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 1.36; L, 7-2
RP Anthony Pannone - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 6.23
RP Alfredo Simon - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 7.50
RP Adam Gardner - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 5.34

San Jose looked uncharacteristically error-prone Wednesday, commiting 5 errors in total, 2 of them by late game replacement Hutting in the 9th inning. Surprisingly, only 2 runs came in unearned. Holm was the only San Jose player to get on base more than once.

Notes: San Jose is 34-23, and remains a full game ahead of 2nd place Visalia. Their Magic Number is 12.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 7, Kannapolis 2

LF Ben Copeland - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (27), 1 HR (4), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF, 1 PO, .282
DH Eugenio Velez - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (29), 1 RBI, 3 SB (58), 1 CS (13), .308
1B Pablo Sandoval - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (19), 1 RBI, .257
SS Anthony Contreras - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO, .305
CF Antoan Richardson - 0-4, 1 SO, .294
RF Michael Mooney - 0-4, .280
SP Ronnie Ray - 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3.52; W, 7-6
RP Taylor WIlding - 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.51; H, 4
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.40

While other teams faltered, Augusta's machine kept rolling. The offense was powered behind Copeland, who had his 27th double and 4th home run of the year, but the slumping Sandoval contributed three hits and a rare double of his own. Ray continued a strong run as a starter, though he did not collect many strikeouts.

Notes: Augusta is 44-14, and their lead over the 2nd place teams in the division is 11 games. Their Magic Number is down to 3.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 3, Everett 1

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 2-4, .302
LF Matt Weston - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, 2 SO, .301
1B Brett Pill - 1-3, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (3), .227
CF Michael McBryde - 2-3, 1 3B (5), 1 RBI, .274
SP John Odom - 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2.69
RP Paul Oseguera - 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 5.14; W, 1-1
RP Paul Lussier - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.34; S, 3

The Volcanoes rode their strong pitching once again to a win. Odom gave up a run in the 6th, putting the Volcanoes behind briefly. Weston hit his 4th home run to tie the game, and a McBryde triple scored Pill to give S-K the lead.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 45-18, and holds a 10 game lead over Vancouver. Their Magic Number is 4.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 9, Cubs 8

2B Jose Flores - 2-5, 1 R, 1 SO, .296
3B Matt Downs - 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B (16), 1 RBI, .299
CF-RF James Simmons - 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .254
1B Nestor Rojas - 2-4, 2 R, .239
SP Manuel Cabeza - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3.38
RP Lenny Martinez - 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 3.76
RP Robert Grace - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.50; BS, 1; W, 1-0
RP David Newton - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1.21

The rookies blew an 8-4 lead, most of it in the 7th by allowing 3 runs, but 2 wild pitches following a Downs double in the 9th let the rookies come out on top.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 15-7, and are in 3rd place, a half game behind the two teams tied for first: the Angels and Royals.



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