Minor League Notebook: September 1st

With the AZL season over, some of the team's players got chances to make impressions. In fact, two made starts at higher levels...and um, well, they pitched like rookie league pitchers. Triple-A made do without 6 of its best players. But then, that Lincecum guy started in San Jose. He's not bad. It's Just Another Day In The Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 4, Las Vegas 3 (10 Innings)

CF Clay Timpner - 2-4, 1 2B (7), 1 BB, .284
LF Adam Shabala - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (20), 2 BB,1 SB (7), .279
SS Juan Melo - 2-4, 1 R, .267
SP Matt Kinney - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 4.80
RP Carlos Hines - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 4.89
RP Billy Sadler - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.25; W, 2-0

Fresno, berift of talent after 6 players were called up to the majors as a result of the September 1st callups, managed to pull out a win in Vegas. Timpner continued to show he can hit in California. 2 runs came in on the 9th, on RBI singles by Jon Armitage and Jed Hansen, and then Shabala led off the 10th with a double and scored on a wild pitch.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Binghamton 11, Connecticut 5

2B Derin McMains - 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (8), .227
RF-LF Brian Horwitz - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (9), .288
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-1, .272
SP Frolian Ramirez - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 2 HBP, 36.00
RP R.D. Spiehs - 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.76
RP Joe Bateman - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 3.75
RP Oscar Montero - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.20

Frolian Ramirez made his first start outside of the rookie league, and well, it showed. Not that his relief was much relief, but the Defenders put out a definite B-squad as they fell to the 3rd place Mets. Schierholtz got the day mostly off a day after his 25 game hitting streak was snapped, but made a pinch hit appearance. Horwitz continues to show he's found a way to hit in Double-A (finally).

Notes: Connecticut got some big news; A day after San Francisco hosts the Major League All-Star game, the Defenders will host the Eastern League All-Star game. Scheduled for July 11th at Dodd Stadium, the game will highlight recent improvements to the park and will also follow ESPN shooting a film at Dodd in the offseason. Dodd hosted the Double-A All-Star game in 2002, the final of that type of All-Star game.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 8, Stockton 2

SS Tim Hutting - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 1 HR (3), 3 RBI, .253
RF Michael Wagner - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 3B (4), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .285
1B William Thompson - 2-4, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI, 1 CS (1), .284
C Stephen Holm - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E (2), .258
SP Tim Lincecum - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 SO, 1.95; W, 2-0
RP Ryan McGrath - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.00
RP Alfredo Simon - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 6.62
RP Alexander Hinshaw - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.39

So, yea, this Lincecum kid is pretty good. Other than some wildness in the 2nd inning, in which he walked 2 to lead off the inning, Lincecum was his normal self, striking out nearly 2 an inning. And in San Jose's 3rd inning, Hutting hit a 3 run home run and Wagner tripled in two more runs to extend the lead to 7-0, and the Giants got the win.

Notes: San Jose is 39-28, and since Visalia won again, the Giants remain one game back for the 2nd half title. Visalia faces the two last place teams in the Northern division in their last 3 games, two games at Modesto and a finale at home against Bakersfield.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 5, Asheville 4

LF Ben Copeland - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (29), 1 BB, 1 SB (29), .282
RF Mike Mooney - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (28), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .281
2B Eugenio Velez - 3-3, 2 BB, 2 SB, (63), 2 PO, .316
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-3, 2 BB, .293
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, .263
SP Manuel Cabeza - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 20.25
RP Robert Grace - 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0.00
RP Bryan Millikan - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.64

Augusta gave Manuel Cabeza his first start of the year above the rookie level, and it didn't go well. But Augusta's offense made it work. A 2 run 7th, highlighted by a double by Mooney and RBI singles by Julian Benavidez and Pablo Sandoval, tied the game at 4. In the 9th, it was PH Barry Gunther singling with runners on first and second, helped by a fielding error in left field, to score the winning run.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Eugene 6, Salem-Keizer 4

2B Christopher Todd - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .288
RF Bobby Felmy - 3-4, .276
SS Sharlon Schoop - 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, .500
CF Michael McBryde - 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, .287
C Adam Witter - 0-4, 1 SO, 1 PB (9), .284
SP Ben Snyder - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP, 3.73
RP Adam Paul - 1.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.96; L, 1-3
RP Jesse English - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 6.49

Salem-Keizer took a loss in an otherwise meaningless game as many starters gained rest on the way to the playoffs. Backup infielder Christohper Todd got 2 of the team's 7 hits, and Sharlon Schoop made his first appearance above the Rookie League and looked pretty good.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 52-19. The loss ended a 12 game winning streak.

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