Minor League Notebook | April 13, 2007

Another extra inning game? Fresno goes deep, but can they pull it out? And Connecticut's expected offensive powerhouses seem rusty after multiple layoffs. It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Portland 10, Fresno 9, 12 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
SS Kevin Frandsen - 4-6, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, 1 CS (1)
LF Dan Ortmeier - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (3), 1 HR (1), 4 RBI
RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-6, 1 SO, 1 E (1)
CF Fred Lewis - 2-3, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 SB (3)
SP Erick Threets - 1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR
RP Pat Misch - 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP

Threets had some trouble today. He gave up a run between a couple of walks and a hit in the first, but the second destroyed him. He gave a single, two doubles, a walk and a home run that totalled five runs in the inning. Fresno did come back, though, with Knoedler and Ortmeier each getting three run home runs in the third inning. Misch gave up the tying runs, however, and in extra innings, a fielding error by Schierholtz brought in the winning run.

It was an encouraging offensive day for several players, particularly Ortmeier. Frandsen's Triple-A return was also very successful, except for an attempted steal. He isn't showinf rust from sitting on the bench in San Francisco. Nate's error was disappointing, but a two hit day is nothing bad, even in six at bats. Threets' meltdown is not encouraging for his chances to make it finally. Misch's outing is more unsettling after his strong start to the year, but overall he's still effective.

Connecticut Defenders: Trenton 2, Connecticut 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
DH John Bowker - 1-4, 1 2B (1), 1 SO, .353
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-4, 1 SO
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 0-4
SP Ben Cox - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, L (0-1)
RP Justin Hedrick - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

The Defenders got nipped in a bit of a pitcher's duel. The offense managed just four hits and one walk in the game, their home debut, all against Trenton starter Jeffrey Marquez. The starter, Cox, was efficient, even in giving up two runs on a walk followed by a home run.

The heart of the Defenders offense is going disturbingly cold. Ishikawa's 0-for-4 dropped his average to just .167. Martinez-Esteve's hitless game drops him to .067. Bowker's double was one of only two Defenders extra base hits.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 7, Rancho Cucamonga 4 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (4)
3B David Maroul - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 0-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB (6), 1 E (3)
RP David Quinowski - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

The Giants took advantage of Rancho Cucamonga's very wild pitchers. Starter Eric Thomas gave up only one hit in three innings, which was Richardson's double in the third. But he walked five and threw six wild pitches while giving up four runs. He was relieved by Amalio Diaz, who gave up four more walks, two more wild pitches, and two more balks (along with seven hits) in 4.2 innings.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 10, Charleston 4 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
SS Brian Bocock - 2-4, 1 2B (3), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3 SB (12)
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-5, 1 3B (1), 3 RBI, 1 SO
LF Tyler Graham - 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB
CF Mike McBryde - 3-4, 2 R, 1 SO, 3 SB (3)
2B Marcus Sanders - 1-2, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO
SP Clayton Tanner - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO
RP Henry Sosa - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

Well, it was all about speed for the GreenJackets today. Augusta stole an amazing ten bases, between four players. Three came in the bottom of the 8th, in which Augusta scored five runs, highlighted by Rohlinger's bases loaded triple, to blow the doors open.

Bocock continues his amazing hot start, adding three stolen bases to his league leading total. McBryde is starting to come around, as his stolen bases were the first of his season. Sanders is also looking better. Tanner made his first career start and looked uncharacteristically wild, but Sosa, who started last week, was once again very good.

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