Fall League Update: 10/17-10/21

In the Arizona Fall League, a couple of young players are heating up for the Giants. Can Kevin Frandsen convince G.M. Brian Sabean not to look elsewhere for a new second baseman? And is Billy Sadler making Armando Benitez expendable (or, at least, MORE expendable)?

HWB - Waikiki Beach Boys

Oct. 17th: Waikiki 6, Honolulu 3

Giants Prospects:
3B Mark Minicozzi - 1-4, 1 R, 1 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .250
DH Nate Schierholtz - 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .156
RP David Quinowski - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.57; H, 1
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.60; H, 1

A big 6th inning turned the game around for the Beach Boys as they came out of the earthquake on the right track. Down 3-1, the Beach Boys opened the inning with a pop out before getting a triple and a single to score a run. After a walk, Minicozzi came up with runners at second and first, and promptly doubled in the game tying run. Schierholtz followed that with a ground out that scored the lead run.

The pitchers answered with a couple of solid outings of their own. Quinowski came in to pitch the 7th, giving up a lead off double, but striking out the next batter. He also gave up a 2 out walk, but answered that with an inning-ending strikeout. Anderson picked up a hold as well, collecting a strikeout in the middle of a 1-2-3 inning.

Oct. 18th: West Oahu 11, Waikiki 6

Giants Prospects:
DH Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .258
RP Alexander Hinshaw - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 1.35

The Beach Boys found their offense a little bit, but their pitching let them down. Minicozzi was part of a 3 run rally in the 5th, following a 2 run homer and a double with a single of his own, knocking in the 3rd run of the inning. But the 7-5 deficit was as close as the Beach Boys would get.

Hinshaw came in to relieve starter Ryan Vanden Hurk with one out in the 4th, after he gave up a 3 run home run. Hinshaw got out of the 4th without incident, and got through the 5th giving up just a single. But in the 6th, Hinshaw started the inning with a walk. After the runner was caught stealing, Hinshaw walked another batter and hit the next with a pitch before being removed. An error after Hinshaw left led to both runners scoring, but unearned.

Oct. 19th: No Game Scheduled

Oct. 20th: Waikiki 4, North Shore 4

Giants Prospects:
3B Mark Minicozzi - 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO, .229
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-4, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (1), .139
RP David Quinowski - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 2.35

The Beach Boys and the Honu were unable to break a tie and the HWB had it's first tie game of the season. Both Schierholtz and Minicozzi continued to slump, though both put up some offensive stats. Minicozzi was hitless, but got on base in the first on an error, later scoring. Waikiki scored all 4 of its runs in the first. Schierholtz walked in the 7th and stole second base.

Quinowski came into the 7th inning with 1 out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, and had some problems. He gave up a sacrifice fly to allow one run to score, then walked two and hit a batter to force in the tying run, before getting a strikeout to end the inning.

Oct. 21st: Waikiki 6, North Shore 5 (10 Innings)

Giants Prospects:
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, .150
3B Mark Minicozzi - 1-1, 1 2B (2), .250
RP Alexander Hinshaw - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 SO, 3.24; H, 1
RP Brian Anderson - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP, 2.84; BS, 1; W, 1-0
RP David Quinowski - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 BB, 2.25; S, 1

Schierholtz broke out of a slump, singling in the 2nd to break a 3 game hitless streak. Schierholtz's single wasn't part of any rally, unfortunately. Minicozzi came into the game in the 9th inning as a defensive replacement, and came up in the 10th with two out and the bases empty after the BeachBoys had scored 3 runs to go up 6-3, and doubled in his only at bat. He was left on base, though.

Hinshaw came into the 7th inning and looked like he was going to have a good game. He struck out two of the first three batters he faced. But the 8th rolled around and problems cropped up. He got two quick outs, including a strikeout, but then gave up 2 straight singles. Anderson relieved him, and hit the fist batter he faced to load the bases. Anderson then gave up a single to allow 2 runs to score and the Honu to tie the game. Anderson struck out the next batter, however. Anderson then pitched the 9th, striking out two batters in a 1-2-3 inning.

After the BeachBoys gave up 2 runs in the 10th to allow the Honu to get back with 1 run, Quinowski came in with 2 out and got a quick fly ball to get the save.

AFL - Scottsdale Scorpions

Oct. 17th: Scottsdale 3, Grand Canyon 1

Giants Prospects:
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-4, 3 SO, .105
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 0.00; S (2)

Travis Ishikawa's struggles in the fall continued, as he collected 8 strikeouts in just his 4th game of the AFL. Luckily, Scottsdale didn't need his offense, as Billy Sadler's hot streak continued. He picked up his 2nd save of the AFL season, striking out 2, with the only black mark being a hit by pitch.

Oct. 18th: Scottsdale 7, Mesa 3

Giants Prospects:
SS Kevin Frandsen - 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (4), 2 E (2), .294
DH Travis Ishikawa - 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB (1), .136
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 5.40

Kevin Frandsen had an up and down day, helping lead the Scorpions to a much needed win. Frandsen walked in the first with a man on third, and then stole second on a double steal. The play resulted in two throwing errors, and Frandsen came around to score. In the 5th, Frandsen had a 2 RBI single as a part of Scottsdale's 5 run rally, later scoring as well. But in the 9th, Frandsen committed one error to lead off the inning. After another single and a double play left a man at third with two out, Frandsen committed another error, allowing Mesa to score an unearned run.

Ishikawa's day was simpler, as he went 1 for 3, singling to lead off the 5th inning, stealing second, and scoring on David Cook's double. Hedrick pitched the 8th inning, giving up 2 doubles to allow a run to score.

Oct. 20th: Mesa 9, Scottsdale 1

Giants Prospects:
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-3, 1 SO, .160
2B Kevin Frandsen - 0-4, 1 SO, 1 E (3), .238
RP Pat Misch - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.91

On a day that Scottsdale managed just 2 hits, Ishikawa picked up one of them, singling in the 8th with no one on and two outs. Frandsen slumped to .238, and committed his third error of the AFL season, committing a throwing error in the first which led to an unearned run.

Misch threw the 6th inning, getting strikeouts to start and end the inning quickly. Both strikeouts were on pitches in the dirt.

Oct. 20th: Scottsdale 11, Peoria Javelinas 9

Giants Prospects:
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-1, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .192
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00; S, 3

No Giants players started the game, but both Ishikawa and Sadler helped end it. Ishikawa came in to start the 8th inning as a defensive replacement at first, and during the inning, the Javelinas extended their lead to 9-6. But in the 8th, Scottsdale rallied to tie the game, and Ishikawa came up with 2 out and 2 on base. Ishikawa doubled, the third double of the inning, to score the winning runs of the game.

Sadler then came in for the 9th, and was his usual dominating self, just giving up a one out single while striking out the first and last batters of the inning.

Oct. 21st: Phoenix 11, Scottsdale 8

Giants Prospects:
SS Kevin Frandsen - 4-4, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS (1), .360
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SF, .167
SP Matt Palmer - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 3.12
RP Justin Hedrick - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.91; H, 2
RP Pat Misch - 0.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 6.75; BS, 1; L, 1-1

While Frandsen broke out of his mini-slump, Misch had problems return on the pitching side.

Frandsen came back from a hitless game to go 4 for 4 with a walk, a double and an RBI. He raised his average from .238 to .360. The only downside to his day was being caught stealing for the first time. Meanwhile, Ishikawa had a 3 game hitting streak broken, only managing a sacrifice fly to get a run home.

Palmer had a solid start, with his longest outing of the season. Hedrick had his second straight short outing, albeit a successful one for a hold. But Misch, who had bounced back from allowing 2 runs in less than an inning a week ago was once again unable to collect the outs needed to get out of the inning. He came up with a runner on first and nobody out, and the score 8-7 in Scottsdale's favor. But the first batter Misch faced doubled to knock in the game tying run. Misch got a ground out, but two singles scored the other runner and put Phoenix up, giving Misch the loss.

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