Minor League Notebook | April 17

Augusta's streak ends at 12, but at least it was against a pitcher who was good enough to earn it. Meanwhile, San Jose gets another strong pitching performance, and Fresno gets an even stronger one.

Fresno Grizzlies: Tacoma 2, Fresno 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
SP Tim Lincecum - 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 SO
RP Brian Wilson - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, BS (1), L (0-1)
2B Kevin Frandsen - 2-3, 1 SB (1)
DH Scott McClain - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO

This game's line was another person, but turned on another pitching performance. It was Brian Wilson, who came on with two on and two out in the 8th to get Scott Atchinson out of a jam, who gave up two doubles in the 9th to take the loss.

Much like Matt Cain in the majors, Tim Lincecum pitched a heck of a game but got no win for his effort. The eleven strikeouts are not going to be forgotten about, however. The offense had a poor day in general, with Frandsen and McClain picking up four of the team's five hits.

Connecticut Defenders: Game Postponed

It feels like this line could be copied and pasted from day to day. Reports indicate the team will attempt a doubleheader against New Hampshire on Wednesday.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 2, Modesto 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP, 2 SB (7)
RF Mike Mooney - 1-3
3B David Maroul - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI
SP Dave McKae - 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 1 WP

McKae continued to dominate, not giving up a single walk against a solid Modesto team. San Jose picked the first run of the game in the 6th after a Barry Gunther leadoff walk and a Richardson RBI single. In the 7th, Maroul homered for the difference maker.

McKae has quietly dominated early in this season, with a 1.62 ERA with three walks and 20 strikeouts in 16.2 innings. The offense for the Giants has not been strong early, and Maroul's home run is just the third in the season for the team.

Augusta GreenJackets: Columbus 5, Augusta 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
LF Tyler Graham - 2-4, 1 SO, 2 SB (12)
2B Marcus Sanders - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (4), 1 E (1)
C Nestor Rojas - 1-3, 1 2B (2), 1 BB, 1 PB
SP Dan Griffin - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP, L (2-1)
RP Ben Snyder - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO

Augusta's streak finally ended. Griffin gave up a couple of runs in the third, but the 6th killed him. He gave up two doubles between hitting a batter without an out before being replaced by Snyder. One runner had come in, but Snyder was unable to keep the other two runners from scoring, giving up RBI on a single and a sacrifice bunt. Snyder didn't give up another hit the rest of the way, but it was enough.

If the streak was going to end, it came against a pitcher worthy of it. Columbus starter Ryan Morse had a 0.75 ERA before the game, and the GreenJackets actually raised it to 1.00 after the game. Graham was Augusta's best hitter, getting the only multihit game. He has now matched teammate Brian Bocock for the league lead in stolen bases.

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