Minor League Notebook | April 7, 2007

San Jose plays late, plays hard, and comes out winning. Augusta turns on the offense. And some kid nicknamed 'Franchise' pitches for Fresno. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 6, Portland 0 (Click to see Box Score)

The story tonight is obviously Tim Lincecum. 'Franchise' made his first Triple-A start, and his five innings was impressive. He gave up three walks and two singles, but also struck out eight. However, his most impressive bit might have been in the first inning. An error, a walk, and a passed ball left runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. Lincecum struck out the next two batters, and got a ground out to escape unscathed.

If Lincecum was the story, the second story is Nate Schierholtz. Schierholtz hit a double and a home run for the third straight day, his home run breaking a scoreless tie. Center fielder Clay Timpner had a three for four day, and also stole his first base of the year. Fred Lewis hit a home run with two walks. And Pat Misch had another three inning scoreless stint in relief, allowing a hit and striking out three.

Line of the day: Tim Lincecum - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO

Connecticut Defenders: Postponed Due To Snow.

Yep, again. One of these days, the Defenders will play. The good news is that the next visit on this season opening (to be) roadtrip is New Hampshire, who got in tonight's game.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 8, Stockton 7, 13 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Stockton's stadium is so nice, sometimes you never want to leave. It felt like the Giants nearly wouldn't on Saturday. Paul Oseguera made his first professional start, and gave up runs through little fault of his own. He gave up only two hits and no walks in five innings, but gave up three runs (just one earned). Gregorio Martinez blew the lead, giving up three runs on one hit and two walks in two innings.

Luckily, the Giants got runs early, including a two run home run by Ariel Nunez, and an RBI double by Mike Mooney. But after falling behind 6-4, San Jose scored single runs in each the 8th and 9th to tie the game, helped by Stockton committing four errors and a passed ball in the two innings. David Maroul doubled in the 10th and scored on a wild pitch, but reliever Kelvin Pichardo gave up a run in the bottom half to let the game keep going. Emmanuel Burriss took things into his own hands with two out in the 13th, singling, and stealing both second and third. He scored on Anthony Contreras' to help the win.

Line of the day: Ben Copeland - 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 10, Rome 1 (Click to see Box Score)

After a couple of low scoring games, the Augusta GreenJackets poured it on against the Braves. The offense was powered by Brian Bocock, who scored three runs and knocked in two more runs, and also stole three bases. Third baseman Ryan Rohlinger added two RBI with a double and a single. Recovering Marcus Sanders was one for five, but stole his first base of the year. Starter Ben Snyder gave up six hit and two walks in five innings, but gave up just one run while striking out five.

Line of the day: Brian Bocock - 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B (1), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3 SB


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