Minor League Notebook: August 31st

The best teams the system has to offer are using these final days to tune up for the post-season by winning at crazy paces. Fresno may be awful but they're trying to make something happen in the end. Connecticut doesn't have much to defend but for the white flag. With less than a week left there's still plenty to say about Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 7, Portland 2

LF Adam Shabala - 3-4, 2B (19), RBI (41), SO, .275
RF Jason Ellison - 2-4, R, 2B (17), SO, .408
1B Chad Santos - 1-4, R, HR (14), RBI (70), SO, .263
RF Abraham Nunez - 1-4, R, 2B (17), E (4), .270
C Yamid Haad - 2-4, 2 R, 2B (7), HR (3), 2 RBI (11), 2 SO, E (7), PB (2), .198
2B Jed Hansen - 1-4, R, HR (10), 2 RBI (41), SO, .244
CF Clay Timpner - 3-4, 2 R, 2B (6), 3B (3), SO, SB (5), .281
SP Pat Misch - 9.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, HR, 4.02; W, 4-2

On a night when both teams played sloppy ball, Pat Misch looked sharp. He went the distance to earn his fourth win of the season. Both teams committed two errors, and Misch's counterpart Dewon Brazelton gave up all seven Fresno runs on 12 hits. Power was on display in Fresno, as Chad Santos, Jed Hansen, and Yamid Haad hit home runs. Haad is making his way back from serving a 50 game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, and Thursday night he had a double and an RBI as well as the big fly. Clay Timpner hit a double and a triple and stole a base, and Jason Ellison added two hits before his call up on Friday when the major league rosters expand. Misch let a few runs score early, but after he allowed a double and a single in the fifth inning he retired the next thirteen hitters he faced.

Notes: The Grizzlies are firmly entrenched in last place, and with four games left to go, they play the Los Angeles Dodgers' farm club in Las Vegas. Let's hope the boys can end the season on a high note, both on the field and in the dazzling city of Vegas.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - New Hampshire 7, Connecticut 3

RF Brian Horwitz - 1-4, R, HR (2), RBI (29), SO, .281
1B Tyler Von Schell - 1-4, R, 2B (23), SO, .232
LF Quincy Foster - 1-4, R, SO, .266
SS Jake Wald - 2-3, RBI (28), SO, .203
SP Jesse Floyd - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 2 HR, 4.00; L, 4-14
RP Jeff Peterson - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 4.94

Connecticut stumbles to the end of the season with another loss, their fifth in a row. Jesse Floyd allowed four runs in the first inning and the Defenders never recovered. Brian Horwitz hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning and later Jake Wald had two hits and an RBI, but it was not enough. Tyler Von Schell scored on Wald's base hit in the eighth and the team would add a third run, scored by Quincy Foster on a strike three wild pitch. Jeff Petersen came in on mop up duty and only extended New Hampshire's lead.

Notes: Connecticut is tied with New Britain for the worst record in the Northern division of the league. They have four games left over the holiday weekend against Binghamton, and a chance to pull away from last place.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 4, Modesto 0

CF Pat Dobson - 1-4, 2B (19), 2 RBI (49), .253
RF John Bowker - 3-4, .281
2B Mike Minicozzi - 1-4, .278
LF Carlos Sosa - 0-4, R, SO, .308
1B Will Thompson - 1-3, R, BB, SO, .276
DH Michael Wagner - 0-2, R, .282
C Tyler La Torre - 1-3, R, 2B (1), 2 RBI (5), SO, .333
SP Anthony Moreno - 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 4.21; W, 11-7
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.07

San Jose won a game they really needed to win to keep the second half title within reach. Anthony Moreno and Justin Hedrick combined for the shutout, Moreno allowing the five Modesto hits. The offense came from two men, one a surprise and the other an expected contributor. Tyler la Torre and Pat Dobson had an RBI double each in the fifth inning against Greg Reynolds, the second overall selection in the 2006 draft. Those runs were all the Giants needed to win three of four against Modesto in this series.

Notes: Visalia also won so the standings stay the same; the Oaks atop the division with the Giants a game back. The Giants are ten games above .500 and in good shape for the playoffs.

Augusta Greenjackets (Low-A) - Game 1, Augusta 7, Greenville 0; Game 2, Augusta 4, Greenville 2

Game 1

LF Ben Copeland - 1-1, 2 R, HR (5), RBI (71), 3 BB, .281
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-3, R, RBI (89), BB, .310
DH Mike Mooney - 2-4, R, 2 RBI (70), SO, CS (9), .283
C Barry Gunther - 1-2, R, RBI (39), BB, PB (9), .260
1B Pablo Sandoval - 2-3, R, 2B (20), .261
RF Jose Yens - 0-3, R, RBI (28), SB (7), .228
SP Joey Martinez - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 3.01; W, 15-5
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, BB, 0 SO, 3.26

Game 2

CF Antoan Richarson - 0-2, RBI (28), SO, SF, .293
DH Ben Copeland - 0-2, R, BB, .280
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-1, R, 3B (20), RBI (90), 2 BB, SB (61), .312
1B Pablo Sandoval - 2-3, R, RBI (48), .263
SS Anthony Contreras - 1-3, R, 2 SO, E (18), .304
C Nick Conte - 0-3, RBI (7), .157
SP Dave McKae - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1.84; W, 8-2
RP Taylor Wilding - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 2 SO, HR, HBP
RP Dan Quinowski - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.33; SV, 4

Augusta swept the doubleheader against the Greenville Drive with great pitching and lots of runs. Joey Martinez started the first game and held the Drive scoreless over six innings. Wayne Foltin threw one inning to complete the shutout for game one. Ben Copeland looks good at the end of the year with a home run and another RBI. Mike Mooney drove in two runs in the first game and Pablo Sandoval had two hits including a double.

The Greenjackets put the Drive in a hole immediately in game two. They scored all four runs in the first three innings. Eugenio Velez added an RBI in each game to push his team leading total to 90. He had an RBI triple in the first inning and would later steal his 61st base of the year. His speed has earned him 20 triples for the season as well. Dave McKae was solid over five innings, but Taylor Wilding gave up a seventh inning home run scoring the only two Greenville runs for the day. Dan Quinowski was called in to get things under control, and he collected his fourth save of the year on a double play ball against the first batter he faced.

Notes: Augusta is killing time until the South Atlantic League playoffs begin. They have reached the 50 win mark in the second half of the season, easily surpassing the 39 wins they had in a good first half.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 6, Vancouver 1

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 2-3, R, RBI (26), BB, .307
DH Matt Weston - 2-5, R, SO, .296
1B Brett Pill - 1-5, RBI (34), .227
C Adam Witter - 1-4, R, BB, SO, CS (3), PO (1), PB (8), .290
RF Bobby Felmy - 1-4, 2 R, BB, .266
LF Lance Salsgiver - 2-5, R, RBI (4), SO, .209
2B Brad Boyer - 1-3, RBI (25), BB, SF, E (3), .235
CF Tyler Graham - 1-4, RBI (9), SO, .233
SP Kevin Pucetas - 6.0 IP, H, R, 0 ER, BB, 8 SO, HBP, 2.23; W, 6-1
RP Paul Oseguera - 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 4.00; SV, 2

Salem-Keizer won't stop winning despite having the best record in the Northwest League and already having the division title locked up. Kevin Pucetas' sixth win was an one-run, one-hit effort, with the lone run scoring in a roundabout fashion. Pucetas gave up a triple, then hit a batter. The runner scored from third on a misplayed ball by Adam Witter, that would be charged to him as a passed ball. Still, the Volcanoes scored plenty to redeem the defensive miscues, the passed ball and an error at second by Brad Boyer that accounted for the only base runner Pucetas allowed outside the fourth inning. Northwest League All-Star Emmanuel Burriss came up with two hits and an RBI, and scored a run. Matt Weston had two hits and a run scored. Witter was busy all day, with a base hit and a run scored, as well as catching a Vancouver trying to steal third base.

Notes: The Volcanoes look tough to handle as they steamroll into the playoffs. At 52-18 they are miles ahead of anyone in the league, and their current 12-game win streak shows they have no intentions of slowing down.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - End of season

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