Minor League Notebook: August 27th

Salem-Keizer keeps on running after taking their division title. Augusta didn't have to lift a finger to get ahead on their off day. The rookie team lost their grip on their season goal. There was rain on one side of the nation, and on the other, the Cal League race got even tighter. Try to keep up in the last days of the season. It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Sacramento 3, Fresno 2

LF Fred Lewis - 1-2, R, BB, SO, .274
RF Jason Ellison - 2-4, R, 2B (17), SO, .408
3B Mike Cervenak - 1-4, RBI (43), .289
1B Lance Niekro - 1-4, RBI, .289
DH Clay Timpner - 0-3, 2 R, BB, SO, .268
SP Merkin Valdez - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 5.80
RP Brian Cooper - 3.1 IP, 5 H, R, ER, BB, 2 SO, HR, 4.88; L, 4-9

Merkin Valdez had problems again, this time as a starter. He lasted 2.2 worrisome innings and allowed two runs in the third inning before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Fresno answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but Brian Cooper came in and almost immediately gave up a home run to Jeremy Brown in the fourth inning. The rest of the game went quietly, with the Grizzlies relievers pitching scoreless baseball and Sacramento starter Shane Komine throwing well for his eleventh win of the season.

Notes: Fresno keeps digging a bigger hole in the division. They are 28.5 games back and barely above the .400 mark in win percentage. They have about a week to go in the Pacific Coast League season and nothing else happening. In addition to Valdez's undisclosed injury, two other Fresno players left the game with injuries. Lewis left in the 8th inning with a cramp. Threets had a more serious problem, leaving the 7th inning with 2 out in the middle of an at bat with a full count. He was reportedly holding his left arm as he slowly left the field, but the details of the injury have not been revealed.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Cancelled

Notes: The storm front moving through the northeastern part of the country washed out this game for the Defenders, and with neither team factoring into the postseason in the Eastern League, the game was cancelled.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 5, Visalia 4 (10 innings)

CF Alex Requena - 1-6, RBI (16), SO, .307
RF John Bowker - 2-4, 2B (29), 2 RBI (63), SF, .277
1B Pat Dobson - 1-1, R, 2B (18), SB (19), .255
3B Julio Cordido - 1-3, R, 2 BB, SB (11), E (19), .282
DH Michael Wagner - 3-5, SO, SB (2), .289
C Yamid Haad - 1-3, R, BB, SO, .286
C Steve Holm - 1-1, RBI (26), .254
SS Tim Hutting - 0-3, R, SO, S, HBP .244
SP Tim Lincecum - 5.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO, 2.38
RP Anthony Pannone - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 6.11; H, 1
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, SO, 2.15; H, 20
RP Brian Anderson - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, HR, 1.92; BS, 2, W, 1-1

With the golden first round draft pick Tim Lincecum on the mound, the Giants had every reason to win this game. Lincecum was in control for 5.2 innings, allowing only one hit while striking out eleven batters. The Oaks are making the race to the second half finish interesting, and Sunday night they fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. Brian Anderson blew his second save of the year when he allowed a home run to tie the score. Steve Holm entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning and delivered the winning hit in the top of the 10th inning. The run held up and Anderson finished the game to redeem himself, and earn the win.

Notes: The epic battle in Visalia drew the Giants one game closer to the Oaks. Both teams play their next seven games against Stockton and Modesto, clubs with mediocre records. Visalia finishes the year against Bakersfield on Labor Day, while the Giants get Modesto and Stockton for four games each.

Augusta Greenjackets (Low-A) - No game scheduled

Notes: Augusta did not play, but they made progress anyway. Ashville lost to make it official: the Greenjackets are the division champs. Augusta celebrated a few days ago due to the postponed games on the schedule deemed unnecessary to make up.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 5, Vancouver 4 (13 innings)

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 3-7, R, 2B (6), 2 RBI (23), 2 E (15), .302
RF Bobby Felmy - 3-7, R, HR (7), 2 RBI (28), .253
CF Michael McBryde - 3-6, R, SO, SB (15), .285
2B Brian Bocock - 1-3, RBI (7), .223
SP Steven Calicutt - 5.0 IP, 4 H, R, ER, BB, 3 SO, 1.96
RP Clayton Tanner - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, SO, 3.75; BS, 2
RP Paul Oseguera - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 4.50; W, 2-1

The Volcanoes played to extra innings a few days after clinching the division title. Steven Calicutt had another good outing, but Clayton Tanner gave up 3 runs in the seventh inning. Salem-Keizer scored two runs in the following inning to tie the game and Bobby Felmy stepped up as the first batter in the SK 13th. He hit the walkoff home run. The Volcanoes are in great shape for the Northwest League playoffs...if it weren't for Emmanuel Burriss' two errors. He had three hits, a double and a two single, but his defense could raise questions.

Notes: Salem-Keizer's record matters not now that they have clinched the division title. They're still winning at a blinding pace, a full 30 games above .500 at 48-18.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - AZL Brewers 7, AZL Giants 4

SS Marcus Sanders - 1-5, R, 2B (1), 2 SO, 2 E (3), .121
2B Juan Jean - 2-5, R, RBI (9), SB (5), E (3), .289
3B Jose Flores - 3-4, RBI (21), E (2), .303
RF James Simmons - 2-3, R, 2B (9), BB, .274
1B Sean Van Elderen - 1-3, 2 RBI (9), BB, .222
SP Orlando Yntema - 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, SO, HBP, 3.79
RP Adam Ortiz-Jusino - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, SO, 2.79; L, 2-1

The Giants are officially eliminated from the playoffs after their third loss in a row. Very sloppy fielding and pitching sank the hopes for this team to get a chance to repeat as Arizona League champions. The Giants committed five errors, Marcus Sanders with two errors on his own. Adam Ortiz-Jusino allowed three unearned runs to give the Brewers the win. The rookie Giants play two more games in the desert before hanging it up for the season.

Notes: The Giants will finish with an overall winning record no matter what. They went 17-11 in the first half of the season and have won 15 games in the second half.

Chris has been a Giants fan since her days in utero. She loves baseball and writes about whatever she can get her hands on…even the Athletics. She's a Bay Area gal through and through. This is her 24th season of fandom. Love/hate mail can be sent to seasond_salt@yahoo.com, where the love mail gets top priority and the hate mail gets used for kindling.

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