Minor League Notebook | April 8, 2007

Success carries over from 2006 for San Jose and Augusta. Fresno's hot start is a pleasant surprise—perhaps not too surprising with their starting rotation. And while a little snow in early April is not unexpected on the East Coast, it's frustrating the Defenders to lose their first four games of the year to bad weather. It's hot and cold in the Giants system. It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 5, Portland 4 (Click to see Box Score)

Fresno is looking good four games into the season thanks to strong arms in the rotation. Erick Threets did not keep up the trend of good starting pitching with seven walks and three runs allowed in four innings. The Grizzlies were sloppy on defense, committing two errors.

The team lost the lead in the fifth inning but tied it up when Justin Leone homered. Scott McClain put the Grizzlies ahead with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Nate Schierholtz's hot hand continued with his seventh RBI of the year. Fresno's bullpen is solid with Billy Sadler setting up Brian Wilson. The relief combination went three scoreless innings to end the game.

Line of the game: Justin Leone - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (3), 1 BB

Connecticut Defenders: Game Postponed Due To Weather.

If there's anything worse than getting off to a slow start it's not getting off to any start at all. The Defenders have yet to play a game this season as they wait out the poor weather tormenting the Eastern seaboard. They are among six teams in the Eastern League that have not officially started the season.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 8, Stockton 4 (Click to see Box Score)

In a hole early San Jose clawed back to stay unbeaten on the short year. Starting pitcher Ronnie Ray allowed four runs to Stockton before Giants hitters woke up to score eight runs, including two separate three-run rallies. San Jose took advantage of Ports' errors and lack of control from the opposing pitchers to score three runs in the fifth. Kyle Haines took care of the scoring the easy way with a three-run home run in the eighth.

Taylor Wilding went three innings with two hits and no runs allowed, good enough for the win as San Jose generated offense behind him. Wayne Fotlin worked with both Ray and Wilding in Augusta last season and followed them in Sunday's game, throwing one inning where he allowed one hit and struck out one hitter.

Line of the day: Kyle Haines - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 4 RBI (4), 1 SO, 1 SB (1)

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 3, Rome 1 (Click to see Box Score)

The Greenjackets are perfect so far with their fourth win of the season. Tyler Graham broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with a groundout RBI and Scharlon Schoop scored the third run on Brett Pill's force out. Brian Bocock had two hits and stole his sixth base of the year.

Clayton Tanner threw 3.2 innings in relief to pick up the win. After spending 2006 in San Jose Thomas King is in Augusta this year, apparently closing games. He did not allow a hit or a run in 1.1 innings pitched and got his first save of his career.

Line of the day: Clayton Tanner - 3.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, W (1-0)

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