Minor League Notebook | April 15

They say pitching wins championships. It's still April here but good pitching has been the crux of good fortune for the Giants' minor league teams. Sunday featured excellent pitching efforts throughout the system, save for one lowlight in a Cal League doubleheader. It's mostly all good in Just Another Day in the Minors.

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

The Grizzlies jumped to an early lead with four runs scored in the first two innings. Fresno's pitching has been one of its strengths and on Sunday two Grizzlies hurlers combined for only four hits allowed.

Matt Palmer gave up one run and three hits over seven innings to win his first game of the year. Dan Giese followed with two shutout innings to end the game. Clay Timpner had two hits including an RBI and a double. Nate Schierholtz scored a run and brought one in on an RBI base hit.

Line of the game: Matt Palmer - 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, W (1-0)

Connecticut Defenders: Postponed due to rain

Connecticut has lost six games to weather and Sunday's series finale against Trenton was called with no make up date yet announced. The Defenders are scheduled to resume play on Monday against New Hampshire.

San Jose Giants: Game 1 - Rancho Cucamonga 6, San Jose 4, 7 innings (Click to see Box Score)
Game 2 - Rancho Cucamonga 2, San Jose 1, 7 innings (Click to see box score)

Game 1

San Jose blew a three-run lead and dropped the opening game of a doubleheader. They took advantage of bad pitching in the third inning by getting runners on the walk and hit by pitch and scored two runs by drawing bases loaded walks. The Giants could not hold on to the game, allowing six runs to score with a five-run fifth inning for Rancho Cucamonga.

Giants pitchers picked off three Rancho Cucamonga runners but had little else going for right. Starter Yosandy Inbanez had two of the pickoffs but allowed five runs in 4.2 innings including a home run.

Line of the day: Antoan Richardson - 0-1, 1 R, 1 RBI (2), 3 BB, 1 SB (5), 1 CS (3),

Game 2

Sloppy baseball marred the second game of the doubleheader in San Jose. The teams played two seven inning games to make up for the rain out yesterday. Quakes starter Brok Butcher gave the Giants little to work with, pitching a complete game where he allowed one run to score.

Joe Martinez struck out seven batters and kept the Giants in the game until the sixth inning when Rancho Cucamonga scored an unearned run to take the lead. Barry Gunther scored the lone San Jose run to tie the game in the third inning.

Line of the day: Joe Martinez - 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, L (1-1)

Augusta Greenjackets: Augusta 4, Charleston 0 (click to see box score)

Nothing can stop the Greenjackets in 2007. The team won its eleventh game in a row. Sunday's game was their fourth shutout in the last seven games as well. Augusta put the game out of reach from the beginning, scoring in the first two innings.

Adam Cowart rolled on in his second pro season. He won his third game of the year throwing six innings where he did not allow a run. Tyler Graham had three RBI. Brian Bocock scored a run and hit a double.

Line of the day: Adam Cowart - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, W (3-0)

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