Minor League Notebook: August 25th

In the minors, it's not all about the playoffs, but they sure are nice. Another Giants farm team clinched a playoff spot today. Who was it? Hint, it was the team with both the league ERA leader and League HR co-leader.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 24, Sacramento 10

RF Jason Ellison - 5-5, 5 R, 2 2B (16), 3 RBI, 1 BB, .409
DH Fred Lewis - 3-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (18), .275
3B Mike Cervenak - 2-4, 3 R, 1 2B (15), 3 RBI, 1 BB, .282
1B Lance Niekro - 4-6, 1 R, 2 2B (7), 4 RBI, .338
CF Clay Timpner - 3-6, 3 R, 1 2B (5), 1 HR (3), 5 RBI, .275
2B Jed Hansen - 4-6, 4 R, 1 2B (15), 1 HR (9), 3 RBI, .243
SP Nick Pereira - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 0 SO, 5.29
RP Matt Kinney - 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 4.88; W, 8-7
RP Michael Tejera - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.48
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 6.00

Usually, when your starting pitcher can't find the strikezone and gives up 7 runs in 2 innings of work, it's going to be a long night. Just it's usually long for you. The Grizzlies picked up Pereira on the worst night of his Triple-A stint by scoring 3 touchdowns and a field goal. Jason Ellison was perfect in 6 plate appearances, and Timpner hit a Grand Slam in the 8th inning to top off a great day for him as well.

Notes: Fresno is 54-79, and is probably out of watching the standings for any reason other than curiousity.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 5, Reading 4 (10 Innings)

2B Derin McMains - 2-5, 1 R, 1 SO, .226
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (7), 1 BB, 1 SO, .270
LF Brian Horwitz - 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, .275
CF Dan Ortmeier - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SF, .250
1B Tyler Von Schell - 2-4, 2 2B (22), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .234
SP James Garcia - 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 4.00
RP Scott Munter - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.42
RP R.D. Spiehs - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.05; W, 4-1

The white hot Schierholtz came to the rescue of the Defenders, and Ortmeier pulled out the win for the team. Down 4-3 in the 8th, Schierholtz led off the inning with a triple, and Ortmeier hit a sacrifice fly to score Schierholtz for the game-tying run. Then it was Ortmeier all by himself homering to lead off the 10th inning for the walkoff winner.

Notes: Connecticut is 61-71, and is tied for 4th in the division. Their elimination number is now 3, and the playoffs seem like a distant dream.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Visalia 10, San Jose 4

1B Julio Cordido - 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR (12), 2 RBI, 1 E (15), .284
2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 2B (22), .281
RF John Bowker - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (7), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 SO, .275
LF Pat Dobson - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, .253
DH Mike Wagner - 1-4, 2 SO, .283
SP Brooks McNiven - 5.0 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.28; L, 6-7
RP Thomas King - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.82
RP Adam Gardner - 1.0 IP , 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 5.17

The battle for the 2nd half title commenced in Visalia, with the Oaks taking round 1, but it wasn't for the lack of Cordido's bat. Cordido hit 2 home runs, but both were solo shots (as were the other two the Giants hit). Meanwhile, errors sabotaged the Giants' efforts. 7 unearned runs came in as the results of 3 errors and a passed ball.

Notes: San Jose is 34-26, and has now fallen behind the Oaks for first. They are a full game back.

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

LF Ben Copeland - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (28), 1 SO, .281
RF Michael Mooney - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 CS (8), .283
SS Anthony Contreras - 2-3, 1 SO, 1 PO, .309
CF Antoan Richardson - 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (64), .293
SP Joe Martinez - 8.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HBP, 3.12; W, 14-5
RP David Quinowski - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.36; S, 3

Martinez is not only proving himself to be the ace of the Augusta rotation, but perhaps also of the South Atlantic League. His 14 wins is 2nd best in the league, and his 3.12 ERA is among the top 10 for qualified pitchers. Today, he simply dominated the Intimidators, only being pulled in the 9th after hitting a batter.

Notes: Their GreenJackets are 46-14 with an 11 game lead over Asheville. Their Magic Number is at 1.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 10, Vancouver 1

C Adam Witter - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B (11), 1 HR (14), 3 RBI, 1 SO, 1 PB (7), .281
1B Brett Pill - 2-3, 3 R, 1 2B (15), 1 HR (4), 3 RBI, 2 BB, .235
3B Christopher Todd - 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 E (3), .286
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 0-2, 1 R, 3 BB, .298
CF Michael McBryde - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 SB (14), .275
DH Thomas Neal - 2-5, 1 3B (2), .281
SP Kevin Pucetas - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2.45; W, 5-1
RP Jared Cranston - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 2.81
RP Paul Lussier - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.06; S, 4

Another day, but not just another big win on the Volcanoes' push for the playoffs. Salem-Keizer's win gave the Volcanoes the West Division title for 2006. It was highlighted by Witter's 14th home run of the season, which puts him back in a first place tie with Boise's Russell Canzler for the league lead. Pucetas had a solid start, and despite a rough control outing by Cranston, the bullpen held on for another big win.

Notes: Salem-Keizer's division title means that the Volcanoes will face the East division winner in the 5 game Northwest League Championship series. Games 1-2 will be hosted on Sept 7-8 at the East division winner, while Game 3, as well as Games 4-5 (if necessary) will be hosted at Salem-Keizer from Sept. 9-11.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - No Game Scheduled.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 15-8, and are tied for 3rd with the Padres in the Arizona League. The Angels are in first, a full game ahead of the Giants, while the Royals are in 2nd and are a half game ahead of the Giants. The Giants have 4 games to pull ahead of both teams to defend their back-to-back AZL titles, but the Royals and Angels hold each of the tie-breakers over the Giants. The Giants play the Royals on Saturday, and do not play the Angels again.



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