Minor League Notebook | April 10, 2007

As bad as the major league team has been, at least the minor league teams have been good. With only one loss combined between all of them, would they be able to hold up that record? It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 7, Tacoma 6, 11 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 SO
CF Dan Ortmeier - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 SB (5)
C Justin Knoedler - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO
PR-DH Clay Timpner - 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB (2)
RP Scott Atchinson - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
RP Scott Munter - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO

The Grizzlies fought hard to stay on their winning ways. After falling behind 5-3 in the 9th inning, Tomas De La Rosa and Justin Knoedler got one out singles, and both scored later on a Luis Figueroa single. The team was on the edge again after Scott Munter gave up a run in the 10th, but Justin Leone singled and scored on a Clay Timpner single. Knoedler finished the game up with a leadoff, walkoff home run in the 11th.

No one really dominated today, but it was solid performances all around. Schierholtz continues a hot hitter, though he didn't come through big in late inning situations. Timpner did well after coming in as a pinch runner. Atchinson in particular had a good relief outing. Ortmeier's speed is the most surprising aspect of his game this early part of the season. 5 stolen bases is a lot this early.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 5, New Hampshire 4 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
LF Eddy Marintez-Esteve - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI, 1 BB
RF Brian Horwitz - 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
DH John Bowker - 1-4
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-5, 2 SO
SP Garrett Broshuis - 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER,3 BB, 2 SO
RP Brian Anderson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, S (1)

In game #2 of the season, Connecticut took another close game, although this one didn't go into extras. Eddy Martinez-Esteve's first inning two run home run helped give the Defenders a three run early lead. New Hampshire came back, and the game was tied at four going into the ninth. Brian Horwitz singled with two out in the 9th to score the difference maker.

Martinez-Esteve answered some doubts about his ability with a first inning home run and a walk, while Travis Ishikawa put up his own goose egg. Meanwhile, Horwitz continues to be a good middle of the order hitter, and John Bowker is continuing to hit well. Garrett Broshuis had a solid start until the 5th inning, but Anderson also bounced back from a disappointing first day, notching two strikeouts in a quick and easy save.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 6, Modesto 5 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (2), 1 SO
LF Ben Copeland - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI
1B Will Thompson - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 SO
SP Joe Martinez - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, Balk, 1 HBP

One big inning nearly undid the Giants. The Giants had a 4-0 lead when the Nuts came to bat in the 5th inning. Joe Martinez gave up three singles to the first four batters he faced. He gave up five singles in all, along with a hit by pitch and a balk to give up all five runs the Nuts would score. San Jose, however, would tie it back up in the 6th, and Anthony Contreras scored on a Richardson single in the 8th to give the Giants what they'd need to win.

Martinez's outing was a little disturbing. He only had the one big outing, but showed some signs that giving up the hits were getting to him. To his credit, he came right back with a 1-2-3 inning before being removed. The middle of San Jose's order has improved significantly since the season began, with Copeland and Thompson really leading the lineup.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 5, Savannah 2 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
SS Brian Bocock - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI, 2 SB (8)
DH Henry Gutierrez - 3-4, 1 2B (1), 2 RBI
C Dayton Buller - 2-2, 2 R, 1 BB
CF Joey Dyche - 2-4, 1 2B (2), 2 SO, 2 CS (3), PO
SP Adam Cowart - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, W (2-0)

The GreenJackets had a successful run through their rotation the first time through, and another strong start by Cowart has started the second turn just as strong. The score was tied at one when Augusta came up in the fourth, and RBI singles by Sharlon Schoop and Henry Gutierrez, along with an RBI double by Brian Bocock, gave Augusta a dominating 4-1 lead.

A battle for playing time may arise at the catchers spot. Gutierrez had another strong day, but Buller is playing just as well. Augusta is the only affiliate to have a third catcher on the roster, and that guy, Nestor Rojas, is 1 for 8 with a walk so far this season. Dyche was a late addition to the roster, and is getting playing time as Bobby Felmy is currently MIA (no reports on his status). He could use some work on his baserunning. Cowart put up another strong start, and some fears that higher levels hitters would hit him are allayed for another day (or five). Juan Trinidad picked up his second save of the young season.


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