Minor League Notebook: August 30th

Augusta clinched it's playoff berth a while ago, but that's not stopping them from putting together the wins. Salem-Keizer is doing the same thing, with their 11th straight. And then there's Nate Schierholtz, who is rolling into a possible September callup by extending a 25 game hitting streak. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 11, Portland 8

RF Abraham Nunez - 4-5, 1 R, 1 HR (11), 3 RBI, 1 SO, .271
1B Chad Santos - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR (13), 3 RBI, .263
3B Mike Cervenak - 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .296
CF Clay Timpner - 2-4, 2 R, .272
LF Adam Shabala - 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B (18), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (6), .268
SP Nick Pereira - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 1 HBP, 5.79
RP Brian Cooper - 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.86
RP Billy Sadler - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.00; W, 1-0
RP Brian Wilson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2.89; S, 7

The Grizzlies bailed out starter Nick Pereira with a late explosion. Pereira gave up more runs than hits for the 2nd game in a row. The first inning, he walked 4 and hit one batter with a pitch, as well as giving up two singles. 2 of the walks and the HBP were with the bases loaded, and Fresno was down 4-0 after a half inning. But a 5 run 8th inning, capped off by a 2 run homer by Nunez, gave the Grizzlies what they needed to get the win and take Pereira off the hook.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - New Hampshire 2, Connecticut 1 (11 Innings)

RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-5, 2 SO, .275
DH Dan Ortmeier - 3-3, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 BB, 1 CS (3), .267
C Todd Jennings - 1-4, .254
SP Jame Garcia - 5.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 E (4), 3.84
RP Scott Munter - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 472
RP Oscar Montero - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.09
RP Osiris Matos - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.15
RP Joe Bateman - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 3.91; L, 4-6

The season is coming to an end for the Defenders, but it's ending like it spent much of the year: with good pitching and not much hitting.Notes: Connecticut is Schierholtz did manage a single, a relatively poor performance this month, but enough to bring his hitting streak to a spectacular 25 games. In the 11th, a double, a sacrifice bunt, and a single undid the game for Bateman.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 13, Modesto 4

LF Carlos Sosa - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR (10), 4 RBI, 1 SO, .311
C Steve Holm - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (14), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .257
CF Alex Requena - 3-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3 SB (22), .304
RF John Bowker - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B (30), 1 3B (6), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (6), .277
2B Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO, 1 E (12), .278
3B Julio Cordido - 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B (20), 1 RBI, 1 SB (13), 2 E (18), .283
1B Will Thompson - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, .275
DH Mike Wagner - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI, 2 SO, .284
SP Brooks McNiven - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 4.12; W, 7-7
RP Ryan Paul - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 SO, 0.00
RP Adam Gardner - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 5.09

San Jose is the only team with a division left up in the air. They played like it, piling it onto the Modesto Nuts, including Sosa's 10th home run of the year, a 3 runner, and Holm's 14th. McNiven got his record back to .500, and was bit more by errors than anything else, giving up 3 unearned runs.

Notes: San Jose is 37-28, and remains a game back of first place Visalia.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 11, Greenville 2

CF Antoan Richardson - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (65), .297
LF Ben Copeland - 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B (12), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .280
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B (19), .310
RF Michael Mooney - 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SF, .281
3B David Maroul - 2-4, 2 R, 1 SO, .250
C Barry Gunther - 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, .258
1B Pablo Sandoval - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, .258
SS Anthony Contreras - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (18), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .306
SP Ronnie Ray - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 3.48; W, 8-6
RP Buck Cody - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.81; H, 1
RP David Quinowski - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.34

Augusta seems determined to roll into the playoffs with a head of momentum, and they're on the way. The game was only 4-2 going into the 8th inning, and then the GreenJackets jumped on reliever Ryan Colvin. He came in to star the inning, and immeadiately gave up a triple. He gave up 5 straight singles to follow that, and then a double before being lifted without giving up an out. The GreenJackets scored 7 in the inning to blow the Drive away.

Notes: Augusta manager Roberto Kelly was named the SAL Manager of the Year, and Eugenio Velez was named the SAL MVP on Wednesday.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 5, Vancouver 1

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB (35), .302
CF Michael McBryde - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (16), .290
LF Tyler Graham - 0-1, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB (13), .232
RF Bobby Felmy - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (9), .266
2B Bradley Boyer - 2-4, 1 RBI, .234
SP John Odom - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2.62; W, 6-2
RP Paul Lussier - 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2.79; H, 6
RP Juan Trinidad - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.79; S, 16

Like Augusta, Salem-Keizer is rolling into the playoffs. Their win on Wednesday extended an 11 game winning streak. They only got 5 hits compared to Vancouver's 11, but 7 walks by the Canadians and a brilliant game of basestealing (6 steals with no one getting caught) paved the way for the Volcanoes win.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - The Season is Over.



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