Minor League Notebook: August 28th

With the division crown wrapped up, the GreenJackets keep buzzing along. Fresno pounds out a victory, and the Rookies sink the Mariners. Connecticut inches closer to the cellar, while San Jose slips up late. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) – Fresno 8, Portland 3

RF Jason Ellison – 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (18), .410
1B Lance Niekro – 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, .329
3B Mike Cervenak – 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR (7), 6 RBI (49), .297
2B Jed Hansen – 1-4, 1 2B (16), 2 RBI (39), 1 SO, .243
SP Matt Palmer – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR, 1 BLK, 1 HBP, 3.81; W, 6-3
RP Billy Sadler – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 3.38; H
RP Dusty Bergman – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 10.24

Mike Cervenak belted two home runs and had 6 RBI to lead Fresno to an 8-3 victory over Portland. Jed Hansen added a two-RBI double in the fourth for the Grizzlies. Starter Matt Palmer threw 6 1/3 solid innings, giving up just two runs on five hits to pick up his sixth win of the year.

Notes: Fresno (57-80) is a ridiculous 29 games behind the division champion Tucson Sidewinders. The only suspense left for the Grizzlies this season is finding out who will get called up to the big club on September first. Jason Ellison had two more hits to raise his average to .410.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) – New Hampshire 6, Connecticut 5

DH Brian Horwitz – 2-4, 2 RBI (26), 1 SO, .282
RF Nate Schierholtz – 2-4, 1 R. 1 2B (24), 1 SB (8), 1 SO, .274
CF Dan Ortmeier – 2-4, 1 R, 2 SB (7), .259
3B Brian Buscher – 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO, .262
1B Tyler Von Schell – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (9), 2 RBI (34), 2 SO, .233
C Todd Jennings – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI (15), .239
SP Garrett Broshuis – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 HBP, 5.00
RP Scott Munter – 0.2 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 4.81; BS, 1
RP Joe Bateman – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 3.82; L, 4-5

With the game tied 4-4, reliever Joe Bateman (4-5) was tagged for two solo homers in the eighth, and Connecticut fell 6-5. The Defenders took a 1-0 lead in the first when Brian Horwitz hit a RBI single driving in Brian Buscher. Tyler Von Schell cracked a two-run homer in the fourth, to give Connecticut a 3-0 lead. After Todd Jennings clubbed a solo shot in the 7th to make it 4-0, it looked like Connecticut was on their way to a victory but, New Hampshire roughed up the Defenders bullpen for six runs in the final two innings. Scott Munter blew his first save, giving up two runs on four hits in just 2/3 of an inning. Nate Schierholtz had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 23 games.

Notes: Connecticut (62-72), is now 12 games behind first place Trenton. With only 7 games remaining, the only question now is whether Connecticut can stay out of the cellar. They currently hold a one game edge over New Britain in the race for fifth place. The Defenders have lost 7 of their last 10 ballgames. Connecticut will take on New Hampshire tonight @ 6:35 EDT.

San Jose Giants (High-A) – Modesto 4, San Jose 1

RF John Bowker - 0-4, 2 SO, .275
3B Julio Cordido – 1-4, 1 SB (12), .282
2B Mark Minicozzi – 1-3, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 BB, .276
C Steve Holm – 2-4, .258
SS Tim Hutting – 3-4, 2 2B (8), 1 RBI (27), .253
SP Darren Sack - 5.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 PO, 1 HBP, 1.72; L, 7-3
RP Thomas King- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.76
RP Alexander Hinshaw - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.46

Modesto roughed up starter Darren Sack (7-3) for four runs in the sixth inning as San Jose was defeated 4-1. Tim Hutting hit a RBI double in the second to give San Jose the early 1-0 lead, but that would be the only run for the Giants’ on this night. Sack, who has been stellar all season, struggled giving up four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Notes: With the loss, San Jose (35-28) dropped to two games behind division leading Visalia with 7 games remaining. Despite giving up four runs, Sack’s ERA still sits at an impressive 1.72. Julio Cordido stole his 12th base of the season. San Jose will take on Modesto tonight @ 7 pm.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A)Augusta 3 Greenville 1

2B Eugenio Velez – 1-4, 1 SB (60), 1 CS (15), .312
LF Ben Copeland - 1-4, 1 SO, .280
CF Antoan Richardson -2-4, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI (25), 295
3B David Maroul – 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B (3), 1 SO, .247
C Barry Gunther – 2-3, 1 RBI (38), .254
SP Kelvin Pichardo – 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP, 2.84; W, 2-3
RP Wayne Foltin- 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 3.33; H
RP Brian Millikan – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.75; SV, 2

Starter Kelvin Pichardo (2-3) pitched six shutout innings and Antoan Richardson homered in Augusta’s 3-1 victory over Greenville. Pichardo held Greenville to three hits on the night, while striking out six. Reliever Wayne Foltin struggled a bit in the seventh surrendering three hits and three walks, but somehow managed to escape the inning unscored upon. Brian Millikan went the final two innings allowing one unearned run on one hit to pick up his second save. Barry Gunther hit a RBI single in the 7th inning for the GreenJackets.

Notes: Augusta (47-15) holds a 10 game lead over 2nd place Asheville and they have already wrapped up the division. The GreenJackets have won 8 of 10 games overall, and improved their record at home to 20-7. David Maroul had a pair of hits, including his third triple of the season.

Salem Keizer Class A (Short Season) – No Game Scheduled

AZL Giants (Rookie) – AZL Giants 5, AZL Mariners 2

1B Rich Janeway – 1-2, 1 2B (12), 2 RBI (39), 1 SO, .324
3B Matt Downs – 1-2, 1 R, .313
2B Juan Jean - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (10), .300
SS Jeremiah Luster - 0-3, 1 RBI (7), .256
1B Sean Van Elderen – 0-0, 1 RBI (10), .222
CF Ariel Nunez – 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 SO, .196
SP Ryan McGrath - 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 E (2), 2.94; W, 5-3
RP Froilan Ramirez – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4.38; H, 3
RP David Newton - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.14; SV, 13

Starter Ryan McGrath (5-3) handcuffed the Mariners holding them to just three hits and one unearned run over six innings in the Giants 5-2 victory. Rich Janeway drove in a pair of runs with an RBI double in the third to put the Giants on top 3-0. Sean Van Elderen added a sac fly in the seventh for the Giants.

 Notes: The AZL Giants (16-10) are in fourth place, 2.5 games behind the first place Angels with one game remaining. They have gone (5-5) in their last 10 games. David Newton has struck out 31 batters in 23.2 innings pitched. The Giants will close out the season tonight @ 7 pm against the Padres.



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