Minor League Notebook: September 4th

With nothing left to play for Augusta keeps walloping opponents as they sweep a twin-bill. San Jose heads into the playoffs on a high note. Salem-Keizer manages just one hit in a meaningless affair, while Connecticut and Fresno's frustrating seasons come to a disappointing end. Just Another Almost Last Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) – Las Vegas 7, Fresno 6

CF Clay Timpner – 1-5, 1 R, 1 SO, .286
LF Jonathan Armitage – 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (4), 1 BB, .429
RF Abraham Nunez – 2-4, 2 2B (19), 2 RBI (57), .279
PH Evan Bush – 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (2), .400
1B Chad Santos – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (18), 1 BB, 1 SO, .261
2B Jed Hansen – 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (17), 1 SB (10), .247
SP Nick Pereira– 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 5.92
RP Carlos Hines – 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 5.04; L, 2-5

With the Grizzlies trailing 5-3 in the seventh inning, Evan Bush hit a two-run blast to tie the score 5-5. The game wasn’t tied for long however, as reliever Carlos Hines surrendered two runs on three hits in the bottom half of the inning and Fresno fell 7-6. Fresno jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Abraham Nunez hit a RBI double driving in Clay Timper. Jonathan Armitage singled home Jed Hansen in the second to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 advantage. The flood gates opened in the third as Las Vegas battered around starter Nick Pereira for four runs. Pereira settled down nicely after that throwing three scoreless innings before giving way to Hines in the seventh. Armitage cracked a solo homer in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Notes: Fresno (61-83) finished another frustrating season firmly entrenched in the cellar. Chad Santos finished with a team leading 70 RBI, and he tied Lance Niekro for the team lead in homeruns with 14. Michael Tejera and Matt Kinney each had 8 wins to lead Fresno’s starters.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) – Game 1 – Connecticut 2, Binghamton 0 (7 innings); Game 2 – Binghamton 4, Connecticut 1 (7 innings)

Game 1
CF Dan Ortmeier – 1-2, 1 CS (4), .256
3B Brian Buscher – 2-3, 1 RBI (49), .259
LF Quincy Foster – 1-3, 1 R, .269
SS Jake Wald – 0-2, 1 R, 1 SB (7), 1 SO, .203
SP Eugene Espineli – 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 4.11; W, 8-7

Game 2
CF Dan Ortmeier – 0-3, 1 SO, .251
RF Brian Horwitz – 0-3, .286
LF Quincy Foster – 2-3, 1 R, 2 SB (7), 1 E (3), .277
SP James Garcia – 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 3.89; L, 3-8
RP Oscar Montero – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 4.30

Starter Eugene Espineli fired a complete game shutout to lead Connecticut to a 2-0 victory in game 1. Espineli scattered 6 hits, all singles, in seven innings, while striking out 7, to pick up his eighth win of the year. In the bottom of the first, Brian Buscher hit a RBI single, driving in Quincy Foster to give the Defenders a 1-0 lead. In the third inning, Nate Schierholtz reached on an error by the shortstop, which allowed Jacob Wald to score giving Connecticut a 2-0. On the play, Schierholtz was injured and Brian Horwitz came in to pinch run, and would take over in right field.

Game 2 – After cruising through the first five innings, starter James Garcia was tagged for 3 runs on four hits in the 6th inning as Connecticut dropped the season finale 4-1. Although Garcia took the loss he turned in a solid effort allowing three runs in six innings. Both of the Defenders hits in game 2 came courtesy of Quincy Foster, who went 2-3, with a pair of singles. Foster also swiped his 6th and 7th bases of the season in the loss.

Notes: The loss in Game 2 marks the end of a disappointing season for Connecticut. The Defenders (64-77) finished the season tied for last, 15 games behind first place Trenton. Despite finishing with just three victories, James Garcia completed the season with a solid 3.89 ERA. Nate Schierholtz led the Defenders in both homeruns (14) and RBI (54).  Chris Begg led the pitching staff in wins (13), and complete games (3).

San Jose Giants (High-A) – San Jose 9, Stockton 2

RF John Bowker – 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B (32), 1 RBI (66), 2 SO, .284
3B Julio Cordido – 1-4, 1 RBI (78), 1 SO, .281
CF Pat Dobson – 2-5, 3 R, 1 SB (20), .259
C Steve Holm – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (15), 2 RBI (30), 2 SO, .258
SS Tim Hutting – 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B (10), 1 HR (4), 1 RBI (32), .266
LF Michael Wagner – 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (42), 1 SO, .284
SP Brooks McNiven - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 3.98; W, 8-7
RP Anthony Moreno - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 4.21
RP Justin Hedrick - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.00

Tim Hutting homered and had three hits, and Steve Holm added a two-run shot to lead San Jose to a 9-2 victory. In the second inning with San Jose already up 1-0, Holm smashed his 15th long ball of the season to give the Giants a 3-0 advantage. San Jose was not finished in the inning however, as they would go on to score three more runs. John Bowker added a RBI double, with Michael Wagner and Carlos Sosa each delivering run-scoring singles to increase their lead to 6-0. Brooks McNiven turned in a outstanding performance allowing one run over six innings to pick up his eighth win of the season.

Notes: San Jose finishes the second half in second place with a 41-29 record. By virtue of their 1st half division title, the Giants earned a first round bye. They will take on the winner of the Visalia vs. Stockton series Saturday @ 1pm in San Jose. John Bowker had three hits, including his 31st and 32nd doubles of the year. He also picked up his 66th RBI. Pat Dobson swiped his 20th bag of the season.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A)Game 1 – Augusta 4, Asheville 3 (9 innings); Game 2 – Augusta 2, Asheville 1 (7 innings)

Game 1
DH Eugenio Velez – 1-2, 1 SO, .315
LF Ben Copeland - 1-1, 1 R, 1 SB (30), 1 BB, .281
CF Antoan Richardson -1-4, 1 R, 1 SB (66), 1 SO, .292
RF Michael Mooney – 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI (77), 1 BB, 1 PO (2), .285
3B David Maroul – 1-3, 1 RBI (66), 1 2B (19), .246
2B Johany Abreu – 2-4, 1 RBI (2), 1 SO, 1 PO (1), .379
C Barry Gunther – 2-3, 1 RBI (38), .254
SP Ronnie Ray– 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.53
RP Ryan Shaver – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.64
RP Tyler Wilding – 3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.66; W, 4-1; BS (1)

Game 2
CF Antoan Richardson -1-3, .292
RF Michael Mooney – 2-3, 1 CS (10), 1 PO, .287
3B David Maroul – 2-2, 1 R, 2 2B (21), 1 RBI (67), 1 E (16), .249
2B Brian Bocock – 0-1, 1 RBI (1), .000
1B Pablo Sandoval – 1-2, 1 R, .265
SP Dave McKae– 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.80
RP Buck Cody - 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 4.19; 2-0
RP David Quinowski – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1.43; H, 14

RP Osiris Matos – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1.76; SV, 13

Game 1 – With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Johany Abreu hit a walk-off single driving in Brian Bocock to give Augusta a 4-3 victory. Clinging to a 3-2 lead in the eighth, reliever Tyler Wilding gave up a RBI single to tie it up. Despite giving up the lead, Wilding (4-1) picked up the win, allowing just one run in three innings of relief. This game was completed a day after it was suspended due to rain. Ryan Shaver threw three scoreless innings. David Maroul and Michael Mooney each had two hits in the game.

Game 2 – Starter Dave McKae and three relievers combined to throw a one-hitter and David Maroul had a RBI double in Augusta’s 2-0 victory. McKae threw two scoreless innings to start things off. Buck Cody replaced him and tossed three scoreless frames to pick up his second win of the year. David Quinowski followed Cody and despite giving up a solo homer, picked up his 14th hold. Closer Osiris Matos was flawless in the seventh, fanning the side in order to record his 13th save of the season. Brian Bocock hit a sac-fly to account for the GreenJackets other run.

Notes: Augusta (53-16) closed out the second half of the season with a commanding 13 game lead over second place Asheville. The GreenJackets finished the season with a club record 92 wins. In Game 1, Ben Copeland stole his 30th base of the year. In Game 2, Mark Minicozzi was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the sixth inning. The GreenJackets will host Rome @ 4:05 pm EDT in Game 1 of the SAL Divisional Series on Wednesday night.

Salem Keizer Class A (Short Season) – Eugene 8, Salem Keizer 0

SS Emmanuel Burriss – 1-3, .305
RF Matthew Weston – 0-3, .286
C Adam Witter – 0-2, 1 SO, 1 E (6), .286
SP John Odom– 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 3.05; L, 6-3
RP Paul Oseguera– 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.72
RP Juan Trinidad – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 S0, 1 HR, 1.52

The Volcanoes offense managed just one hit as they were pasted by Eugene 8-0. Starter John Odom was roughed up for five earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Emmanuel Burriss singled leading off the game for Salem-Keizer’s only hit.

Notes: Salem- Keizer (53-21) already has the NWL Western Division wrapped up as they have a 10 game lead. The Volcanoes have two regular season games remaining before facing off against the Eastern Division Champion Boise Hawks for the NWL title. The best of 5 series begins Saturday. Boise will host games 1 and 2, with the Volcanoes hosting game 3, and games 4 and 5 if necessary. The times have yet to be determined.

AZL Giants (Rookie) – Season Completed



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