Minor League Notebook | April 14

Augusta's off to a hot start, going into double digits with wins and not a loss yet. But Connecticut needs to get some runs, as they didn't score a run in 22 innings. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Portland 6, Fresno 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
LF-CF Fred Lewis - 1-4, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI
RF-LF Dan Ortmeier - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO
2B Kevin Frandsen - 0-4
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR
RP Scott Munter - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO

Fresno's Matt Kinney was batted around the park on Saturday, giving up ten hits in six innings. Kinney was responsible for five of Portland's six runs. Fresno's offense fell apart, accruing only five hits and getting only one unearned run, with Lewis knocking in Guillermo Rodriguez, who got on by an error, with a triple.

Lewis had the team's only extra-base hit and the team's only RBI. Frandsen went hitless after a strong debut. They were facing Justin Germano of Portland, who has a 0.75 ERA in two games.

Connecticut Defenders: Game 1 - Trenton 1, Connecticut 0, 7 Innings (Click to see Box Score)
Game 2 - Trenton 2, Connecticut 0, 15 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day - Game 1:
RF Brian Horwitz - 2-3, 1 SB (1)
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 2-3
CF John Bowker - 2-3
SP Darren Sack - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR

Game 2:
RF Brian Horwitz - 2-7, 1 2B (2), 2 SO
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 3-6, 1 BB, 1 SO
SP Chris Begg - 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
RP Brian Anderson - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO

Connecticut's offensive woes continued, getting shut out over 22 innings, but it was nothing new. Trenton has a 46 inning scoreless streak going on, 31 of which has been against Connecticut. Game 1 featured the debut of Sack for the season, and all in all he had a good day, just giving up a home run in the third inning. Game 2 was much closer, as Begg bounced back from a poor first start to throw shutout innings, but it was Brooks McNiven who gave up the two runs in the 15th to take the loss.

The combined lines for Horwitz and Martinez-Esteve were nice, and EME's batting average has come back up to .250 after starting the day below .100. The depth of the batting order was exposed, though. The final four batters of the order went 0 for 30 on the day, so no matter how many hits the top of the order got, they were unable to come around.

San Jose Giants: Game Postponed due to Rain

The game has been rescheduled as a double header for Sunday.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 2, Charleston 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF Mike McBryde - 1-3, 1 R, CS (3)
C Dayton Buller - 1-1, 1 2B (1), 2 RBI, 2 BB
SP Kevin Pucetas - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, W (1-0)
RP Robert Grace - 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, S (1)

Pucetas and Grace make a good team. Last week, Grace made a five inning start and Pucetas came in for the final four to get a shutout. This time, it was the other way around. Augusta's offense was centered around Dayton Buller, who doubled in McBryde and Dyche.

The speed of Augusta was negated after it stole ten bases on Friday. The only two stolen base attempts, by McBryde and Tyler Graham, were both caught. Buller's impressive offensive early season continues, as he's batting .500. The team is now 10-0 to start the season.

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