Minor League Notebook: September 3rd

All was not lost in the Giants system on the next to last game of the minor league seasons. Two games were lost to rain. San Jose lost their chance to sweep the Cal League division championships, and Salem-Keizer's ace lost his first game of the season. It was a long day that resulted in not much of anything, Just Another (Slow) Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Fresno 8, Las Vegas 4

LF Jonathan Armitage - 0-1, RBI (2), 2 BB, SF, .250
RF Abraham Nunez - 2-2, 3 R, HR (12), RBI (55), .276
C Guillermo Rodriguez - 1-3, R, 2 BB, E (3), PB (3), .222
2B Jed Hansen - 1-4, R, 2 RBI (44), SF, .241
CF Clay Timpner - 2-5, R, SO, .288
3B Mike Cervenak - 2-5, R, 2B (17), HR (8), 2 RBI (53), .287
SP Michael Tejera - 1-3, RBI (2), .385
SP Michael Tejera - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, SO, HR, 3.80; W, 8-5
RP Brian Cooper - 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, SO, 4.82; H, 1
RP Billy Sadler - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.80; SV, 1

Starter Michael Tejera helped his cause by driving in a run in the sixth inning. He allowed four runs to the Las Vegas 51s, spread out over his six innings. The Grizzlies scored their runs in bunches, including the three runs in the sixth and three more in the ninth. Abraham Nunez hit a solo home run, and later Mike Cervenak brought two runs home on his home run. Jonathan Armitage added a base hit RBI. Cervenak and Armitage struck in the ninth inning for the superfluous runs, but in the last days of Fresno's season, runs scored mean morale boosted.

Notes: Fresno's season is mercifully almost over. They are 29.5 games behind the division leaders and nearly 20 games under .500. Monday's game against Las Vegas is the PCL season finale for the Grizzlies.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Postponed (rain)

Notes: Connecticut's game against Binghamton was postponed due to rain. Neither team is postseason bound, so the rainstorm kept the teams from getting the game started at all. The Defenders have one more game left, if the weather allows for it. They'll finish with a losing record no matter what, at 63-76 with the rainout.

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

CF Pat Dobson - 2-4, SO, .258
RF John Bowker - 3-4, .281
LF Carlos Sosa - 2-3, R, 2B (25), BB, .308
DH Julio Cordido - 1-4, R, RBI (77), SO, .281
RF Michael Wagner - 2-4, R, 2 2B (2), RBI (41), SO, .285
3B Simon Klink - 0-4, RBI (34), 3 SO, 2 E (25), .233
SP Gregorio Martinez - 5.0 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 5 ER, BB, 4 SO, 3 HR, 4.49; L, 8-8

The San Jose Giants let this game get away from them via porous pitching. Gregorio Martinez was less than sharp, allowing three home runs in five innings pitched. Each home run came from the first Stockton batter of the inning. Hits came from many in the Giants lineup: Pat Dobson, Carlos Sosa, and Michael Wagner had two hits apiece, but of this trio only Sosa got a run home. Simon Klink made two errors that did not affect the game's outcome, but with the second half division title coming down to the last week every slip-up is magnified.

Notes: San Jose's loss coupled with Visalia's win means the Oaks win the second half divisional title of the California League. San Jose won the first half championship and they get a first round bye. Visalia begins postseason play on Wednesday against Stockton.

Augusta Greenjackets (Low-A) - Suspended (rain)

Notes: The rain on the East Coast affected the Greenjackets too. Their game against Asheville was suspended due to weather conditions. This game will be played in a doubleheader Monday, September 4 at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta. The first game will begin at 4:05 pm and the second game will start approximately thirty minutes after the end of the first. The teams will cram two games into the last day of the South Atlantic League regular season. Should the 'Jackets sweep the doubleheader, they will finish with 90 wins for the season, easily their best record ever. The 2000 club, then not affiliated with the Giants, won 81 games, the previous high mark.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Eugene 5, Salem-Keizer 2

3B Christopher Todd - 3-4, RBI (14), .302
C Adam Witter - 2-4, RBI (51), .289
RF Bobby Felmy - 1-4, R, 3B (1), .280
2B Brad Boyer - 2-4, R, 2B (9), SB (6), .240
SP Adam Cowart - 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, HR, HBP, 1.08; L, 10-1
RP Paul Lussier - 1.2 IP, 2 H, R, ER, BB, 0 SO, HR, 2.90
RP Wilmin Rodriguez - 1.2 IP, 2 H, R, ER, 0 BB, SO, HR, 3.38

Adam Cowart's perfect season is no more as he lasted only 4.2 innings in his final start of the regular season. He entered Sunday's game with a 10-0 record and an earned run average under 1.00, but he allowed three runs to Eugene early on. Salem-Keizer tried to fight back by scoring a run in the third and fourth innings with RBIs from Bobby Felmy and Christopher Todd but the effort was not enough. Cowart, as well as relievers Paul Lussier and Wilmin Rodriguez, let the long ball hurt the team. Each gave up a home run. The loss is only the Volcanoes' second in their last fifteen games.

Notes: The Volcanoes have three more games left on the season, facing the Emeralds in Eugene. After these games, SK's challenge is taking on the Eastern division winner for the Northwest League crown. East champs Boise Hawks will host Games 1 and 2 of the series.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - End of season

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