Minor League Notebook: September 2nd

In almost every farm team game, there's nothing left to decide except to pad the stats. Everywhere except San Jose. San Jose is still trying to win the 2nd half division title this year. The current leader Visalia lost, so San Jose had a chance to catch up. But Stockton wasn't about to let that happen easiliy. So the two teams went 16 innings. Who won? It was Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Las Vegas 5, Fresno 0

CF Clay Timpner - 1-3, 1 2B (8), 1 BB, .285
RF Abraham Nunez - 2-4, 2 SO, .271
SP Matt Palmer - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 2 HBP, 4.05; L, 6-4
RP Anthony Pannone - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00

Fresno slipped quietly into the night in this one, collecting only 5 hits and a walk to get on base against Las Vegas' D.J. Houlton, who got the complete game shutout. Timpner's double was the only extra-base hit, and only he and Nunez reached base twice. Anthony Pannone made his first appearance in Triple-A after collecting an 8.10 ERA in 15 relief appearaces between the AZL and San Jose.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 5, Binghamton 4

RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .271
LF Brian Horwitz - 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, .289
CF Dan Ortmeier - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 2 BB, 1 SO, .253
SP Garrett Broshuis - 8.0 I P, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 4.97; W, 7-10
RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.72; S, 2

Usually, going 8 innings and allowing just 4 hits and a walk would result in a better line than 4 earned runs, but Binghamton made the most of what they had thanks to sacrifices. Binghamton scored 3 in the 6th inning, with a bunt single and a walk leading off the inning. After a failed sacrifice attempt, a double scored the two runners on base, and the runner advanced to third where he would come home on a sacrifice fly. In the 7th, they got one more run on a double, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly. But a 2 RBI double by Jake Wald in the 8th highlighted a 3 run inning of Connecticut's own to take the lead late and win the game.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - San Jose 7, Stockton 3 (16 Innings)

CF Alex Requena - 3-8, 2 R, 1 2B (5), 2 RBI, 3 SO, 1 CS (5), .307
LF John Bowker - 2-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, .280
2B Mark Minicozzi - 3-7, 1 R, 1 2B (23), 1 RBI, 1 BB, .280
SS Tim Hutting - 3-7, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .258
1B William Thompson - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 2 BB, 3 SO, .281
DH Mike Wagner - 1-7, 1 SB (3), 1 BB, 2 SO, .281
SP Darren Sack - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1.94
RP Thomas King - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.67
RP Brian Anderson - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.86
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2.02
RP Alex Hinshaw - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 4.26

With the 2nd half title very much on the line, San Jose and Stockton battled it out deep into the night. A Thompson double led off the 9th, and Thompson ended up on third thanks to an error, and Hutting singled him home to tie the game at 3-3. It would stay there for another 6 innings before Hutting led off the 16th with a single. After a sacrifice, Requena singled Hutting home to give the Giants the lead. But Minicozzi had an RBI single and Carlos Sosa had a 2 RBI single to top the game off for the little Giants.

Notes: Visalia lost, so San Jose and Visalia are now tied for the division lead with 2 games to play. San Jose will play both against Stockton (one home, one away), while Visalia has a game left in Modesto, and then home against Bakersfield.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Asheville 6, Augusta 2

RF Michael Mooney - 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 SB (38), .283
CF Anotan Richardson - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, .292
2B Eugenio Velez - 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E (20), .314
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, .264
LF Ben Copeland - 0-4, .279
SP Kelvin Pichardo - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 3.19; L, 2-4
RP Buck Cody - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 4.54
RP Wayne Foltin - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 BK, 3.14

With the season easily under control, this loss shouldn't affect anything. Mooney collected 2 of the just 3 hits that the GreenJackets had, although the team did also collect 6 walks. Pichardo had a solid start, but gave up 3 walks along with his 3 hits allowed to give up 3 runs. The GreenJackets in all gave up 8 walks and 5 hits.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 6, Eugene 0

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 2-4, 1 RBI, .310
RF Bobby Felmy - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR (8), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .281
DH Thomas Neal - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 HBP, .265
LF Tyler Graham - 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS (4), .237
SP Steven Calicutt - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1.75; W, 4-1
RP Clayton Tanner - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.46
RP David Newton - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.00
RP Eric Stolp - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2.93

There's nothing wrong with either the Volcanoes hitting or pitching as the playoffs come into view. Both Felmy's 2nd inning home run and Neal's in the 7th were solo shots, and no player on the Volcanoes had more than 1 RBI on the day. Felmy was the only player to score more than once. The pitching was spectacular, even David Newton, making an appearance in the NWL after having 1.14 ERA with 13 saves in 23 games at the AZL.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Notes: The AZL Giants areThe Season Is Over.



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