Fall League Update: 11/1-11/04

Baseball continues in paradise and in the Valley of the Sun.

HWB - Waikiki Beach Boys

Nov. 1st: West Oahu 4, Waikiki 2

Giants Prospects:
3B Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 BB, 2 SO, .338
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-3, 1 3B (2), 1 RBI, 1 HBP, .235
RP David Quinowski - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.45
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.93

Minicozzi's multi-hit game streak ended at 5, but his 6th double of the fall kept things rolling. He doubled in the 8th inning with Waikiki down 4-1, and then scored on Schierholtz's triple, but it wouldn't be enough.

Quinowski pitched a quiet 8th, while Anderson dropped his ERA under 2 as he struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Nov. 2nd: No Game Scheduled

Nov. 3rd: Waikiki 4, Honolulu 0

Giants Prospects:
3B Mark Minicozzi 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .333

Waikiki kept rolling with a shutout, although only one Giant took part in this win. Minicozzi, still among the league leaders in many offensive categories, extended his hitting streak to 10 games. His triple was just the first of the year, but accounted for his third straight night with an extra base hit.

Nov. 4th: Honolulu 3, Waikiki 0

Giants Prospects:
3B Mark Minicozzi - 0-4, .316
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 SO, .236
RP Alexander Hinshaw - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 2.35
RP David Quinowski - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.18
RP Brian Anderson - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.64

Defensive troubles led to Giants pitchers giving up all three runs as Honolulu responded to a shutout against them with a shutout of their own. After Hinshaw's 2 shutout innings, Quinowski came in and gave up a bunt single. After a stolen base, a single put runners on the corners. Anderson came in and gave up a sacrifice fly before getting a strikeout to end the inning, but the run allowed gave Honolulu the first run of the game.

In the 9th, Anderson gave up a leadoff single, but then got a force out. But on a ground ball by the next batter, two errors let the runners stay on base safely. A single then allowed two unearned runs. Anderson got out of the inning, but the runs would be enough for the Sharks.

AFL - Scottsdale Scorpions

Nov. 1st: Grand Canyon 5, Scottsdale 3

Giants Prospects:
2B Kevin Frandsen - 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 SB (7), .400
RP Pat Misch - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3.86

Frandsen continued his hot fall season. He only managed one single, which actually significantly lowered his average, but stayed amongst the league leaders in stolen bases with two bags today. Frandsen's single came in the 8th, scoring a runner from third with 2 outs, and he stole both his bases after it.

Nov. 2nd: Grand Canyon 8, Scottsdale 5 (7 Innings)

Giants Prospects:
LF Fred Lewis - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI, 1 BB, .333
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI, 1 BB, .205

The Scorpions couldn't pull out a shortened game, but it wasn't due to lack of trying by the Giants players. After Grand Canyon had a 6 run inning in the 6th to take a 7-1 lead, Lewis led off the bottom half of the 6th with a solo home run. That started a rally, and after a single by Matthew Brown, Ishikawa doubled him home. But Scottsdale only managed 4 runs and fell far short in their rally.

Nov. 3rd: Phoenix 6, Scottsdale 2

Giants Prospects:
SS-2B Kevin Frandsen - 0-4, 1 E (4), .367
LF Fred Lewis - 1-3, 1 3B (3), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SF, .333
SP Matt Palmer - 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 1.76
RP Pat Misch - 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 3.86
RP Justin Hedrick - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 6.23; L, 1-1
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2 HBP, 0.00

Scottsdale lost its third straight after snapping off a 3 game winning streak, and it was a bad day all around. The AFL's leading hitter Frandsen had a hitless day and an error. And while Lewis had a triple that led to a run scored, and had a sacrifice fly for an RBI, it wasn't enough to overcome other problems.

Palmer allowed a hit and 4 walks, but that didn't lead to any runs. Misch wasn't credited with any runs, but he came in with two runners on, and hit a batter then walked two more, forcing in two runs before leaving the game without having gotten an out. But it was Hedrick who got tagged the worst, giving up a double, and then handing out an intentional walk before a two out home run knocked in three runs. Meanwhile, Sadler's ERA remained zero, but a hit by pitch, a stolen base, an error, another hit by pitch and a walk led to an unearned run coming in on his watch.

Nov. 4th: Scottsdale 4, Mesa 2

Giants Prospects:
SS Kevin Frandsen - 1-2, 1 3B (1), 1 BB, .373
DH Fred Lewis - 1-4, 1 2B (2), 1 SO, 1 CS (1), .323
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 1 R, .208

Scottsdale got back on the winning track, and so did league leading hitter Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen tripled in the first, and though it didn't lead to any runs, that plus a walk helped his average back up to .373. Lewis also had his only hit, a double, lead to nothing in the 2nd. Ishikawa singled in the 6th, but also didn't score, though the hit extended his 5 game hitting streak. Ishikawa did reach on an error in the 5th, and came around to score as part of a 3 run inning.

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