Minor League Notebook | April 11, 2007

San Jose and Connecticut are no longer undefeated. Fresno has a tough extra inning game. Augusta might be happy their game got rained out. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Tacoma 6, Fresno 5, 13 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF Dan Ortmeier - 3-6, 1 2B (2), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
LF Fred Lewis - 2-6, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-7, 2 SO
C Guillermo Rodriguez - 0-6, 1 SO, 2 E (2), 2 PB (2)
SP Travis Blackley - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP
RP Billy Sadler - 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO
RP Pat Misch - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
RP Brian Wilson - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HBP

Defensive problems marred Fresno's attempt to head on a road trip on a winning note. After starter Travis Blackley was victimized by a throwing error and a passed ball by catcher Guillermo Rodriguez in the 2nd inning, a throwing error led to an extra unearned run as Tacoma scored two in the top of the 13th. That was huge, as Fresno managed one in the bottom half, but couldn't tie it all the way.

This game had a number of poor performances, though not from the bullpen for the most part. Rodriguez's two error and two passed balls hurt, as did his hitless outing. But Nate Schierholtz's 0 for 7 was just as bad. In the 13th, Fred Lewis led off the inning with a walk and was on second, but somehow was doubled off on a pop-up to pitcher. But Ortmeier's strong spring continued. Sadler and Wilson in particular looked very encouraging out of the bullpen.

Connecticut Defenders: New Hampshire 5, Connecticut 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 2 SO, .214
LF John Bowker - 1-3, 1 SO
RF Brian Horwitz - 1-4, 1 SO
SP Nick Pereira - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP

Pereira's first Double-A start was not encouraging. Pereira cruised through the first two innings, but a walk and a wild pitch helped to unravel the 3rd inning, and a hit by pitch between a single and double did the same in the 4th. That would be all the Fisher Cats would need on Wednesday.

Although the Defenders scattered their six hits through the first seven hitters (the one who didn't, Eddy Martinez-Esteve, drew a walk), few of them came around each other, except for Simon Klink's single after Travis Ishikawa's double.

San Jose Giants: Modesto 3, San Jose 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
LF Ben Copeland - 2-4, 1 SO
1B William Thompson - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO
SP David McKae - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, L (0-1)
RP David Quinowski - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, BS (1)

An old-fashioned pitching duel ended San Jose's record winning streak. Dave McKae carried a shutout into the 7th inning, when McKae gave up two of his four hits allowed to start the inning. He was relieved by Quinowski, who was hurt by errors behind him on two consecutive plays by Emmanuel Burriss and Antoan Richardson. McKae took the loss, and Quinowski got the blown save.

The 7th inning aside, McKae put up a very strong game, lowering his ERA to 2.70. The Giants bats, however, were dominated by the Nuts' Chaz Roe, who allowed just three hits in six innings. Copeland was the only Giant to get on base twice.

Augusta GreenJackets: Game Suspended

Wet weather ended this game barely after it started. Now word on when it might be continued, though Thursday is a solid bet, as Savannah and Augusta will wrap up their series then.

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