Minor League Notebook | April 18

Augusta and San Jose get back on track. Stop the presses, Connecticut finally scores a run! Fresno falls again. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Tacoma 4, Fresno 2 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
LF-CF Fred Lewis - 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B (3), 1 SB (4), 1 BB, 1 SO
RF Dan Ortmeier – 0-4, 1 RBI (13)
3B-1B Scott McClain – 2-4, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI (7), 1 E
2B Kevin Frandsen - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB
SP Erick Threets – 2.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, L (0-1)
RP Billy Sadler - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1BB, 2 SO

Fresno starter Erick Threets (0-1) gave up three runs on eight hits, in just 2 2/3 innings of work as Fresno fell to Tacoma 4-2. Billy Sadler fired two hitless innings in relief for the Grizzlies. Fred Lewis, Kevin Frandsen, and Scott McClain, led Fresno with two hits apiece. McClain smacked a RBI single in the third to bring home Frandsen.

Game Notes: Lewis picked up a pair of doubles, and also stole his 4th base of the young season…Fresno has now dropped three straight.

Up Next: Fresno (7-7) will look to get back on track tonight against Tacoma (6-8) @ 6:05pm PST

Connecticut Defenders: Game 1 – New Hampshire 1, Connecticut 0, 7 Innings (Click to see Box Score)
Game 2 - Connecticut 2, New Hampshire 1, 7 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day - Game 1:
RF Brian Horwitz – 0-3, .387
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve – 0-3, 2 SO, .222
C Todd Jennings – 1-2, 1 SO, CS (1), 1 E
SP Garrett Broshuis – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, L (0-1)
RP Ryan Sadowski – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO
RP Eugene Espineli – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 SO

Game 2:
RF Brian Horwitz – 2-3, 1 RBI (2)
CF John Bowker – 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
SP Nick Pereira - 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
RP Justin Hedrick – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, W (1-0)
RP Brian Anderson – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, S (2)

Game 1

Not even three days off, thanks to a powerful Nor'easter, could wash away Connecticut's offensive woes in Game 1 of the doubleheader. The Defenders mustered just one hit, and were shutout for the fourth straight game. While the offense was abysmal at best, Connecticut hurlers turned in a stellar performance on the mound. Starter Garrett Broshuis surrendered one run in 4.2 innings of work, and relievers Ryan Sadowski and Eugene Espineli combined to shut down New Hampshire over the final 2 1/3 innings.

Game 2

Brian Horwitz snapped Connecticut's 45 inning scoreless drought in the sixth inning, drilling a RBI single to center, driving in John Bowker and Carlos Sosa to secure the victory. Spearheaded by starter Nick Pereira, the Defenders pitching staff handcuffed New Hampshire once again. Pereira allowed one run and struck out five in five solid innings of work. Justin Hedrick tossed a scoreless sixth to pick up his first win of the year, and Brian Anderson retired the side in the seventh to pick up his second save.

Game Notes: The Defenders pitching staff limited New Hampshire to one run in the doubleheader… With the win in Game 2, Connecticut ended a five game losing streak… Connecticut continues to scuffle offensively, as they managed a poultry four hits in two games. Collectively, the team has scored one run in the past 46 innings.

Next up: Connecticut (3-5) will travel to New Britain (2-4) for the start of a four game series tonight @ 6:35 pm EDT.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 4, Modesto 3 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
SS Emmanuel Burriss – 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI (3), 1 SB (7), 1 BB
LF Ben Copeland – 0-3, 1 RBI (10), 1 BB, 1 SO

3B David Maroul - 1-4, 1 2B (5), 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
RF Michael Mooney – 2-4, 1 RBI (4), 1 CS, 2 SO
CF Antoan Richardson – 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB
SP Paul Oseguera – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, W (2-0)
RP Anthony Moreno – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, HLD (2)
RP David Newton – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, HLD
RP Wayne Foltin – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, SV (3)

Emmanuel Burriss stole second, and later scored on a wild pitch, and Michael Mooney delivered a run scoring single as San Jose plated three runs in the first and never looked back. Paul Oseguera tossed five solid innings to pick up his second win of the season. The bullpen took care of the rest, blanking Modesto on just two hits over the final four innings. Closer Wayne Foltin nailed things down in the ninth, striking out a pair, and picking up his third save.

Game Notes: Burriss stole his seventh base of the season… In five appearances this season, Foltin has struck out 7, while allowing just one run.

Up Next: San Jose (10-3) will close out the three game series against Modesto (5-7) @ 7pm PST.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 1, Columbus 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
RF Matthew Weston - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
DH Nestor Rojas - 1-4, 1 RBI (2), 2 SO
SP Henry Sosa – 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HBP
RP Clayton Tanner - 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, W (2-0)
RP Juan Trinidad – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, SV (3)

Locked in a scoreless duel in the top of the ninth, Nestor Rojas delivered a clutch two-out RBI single, knocking in Matthew Weston to propel Augusta to its 13th win in 14 games. Augusta received another impressive outing from starting pitcher Henry Sosa, who tossed five scoreless innings, surrendering just one hit, while fanning six. Clayton Tanner threw three scoreless frames to pick up his second win of the year, and Juan Trinidad closed it out in the ninth to pick up his third save.

Game Notes: Sosa lowered his ERA to 0.64. In 14 IP this season he has allowed 1 run on just six hits…Through 14 games, the GreenJackets pitching staff has thrown five shutouts.

Up Next: Augusta (13-1) will face Columbus (7-7), in game three of a four game series @7:00 EDT.
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