Minor League Notebook | April 19

When things are going well the occasional loss can be overlooked, like in Augusta. Connecticut is thankful just to have games to play after hellish weather conditions the last few weeks. It almost came undone in San Jose and Fresno is trying to break even. Some days just don't go well in Just Another Day in the Minors.

Fresno Grizzlies: Tacoma 4, Fresno 1 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Kevin Frandsen - 1-4

LF Dan Ortmeier - 1-4, 1 2B, 1 SO

3B Justin Leone - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI (6), 2 SO, 1 E (1)

SS Luis Figueroa - 2-3, 1 CS (1)

SP Matt Kinney - 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, L (1-2)

RP Scott Munter - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

The home run both harmed and helped the Grizzlies in the loss to Tacoma. Matt Kinney allowed one run in the first inning. Justin Leone led off the second inning with a solo home run. Tacoma scored three runs in the fourth inning including a two-run homer off Kinney.

Fresno wasted a few good efforts. They put two runners on in the sixth inning, and Dan Ortmeier flied out for the third out. Scott Munter has not allowed a run in four appearances dating back to April 12, including two innings Thursday where he allowed one hit.

Game Notes: Grizzlies hitters ended the inning with a strikeout seven times. ... Manager Dan Rohn was ejected by third base umpire Scot Chamberlain in the first inning.

Up next: Two more games in Washington for the Grizzlies before they return home for a weeklong homestand against Tucson and Colorado Springs.

Connecticut Defenders: New Britain 5, Connecticut 4 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Pat Dobson - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (1)

CF/LF John Bowker - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI (2)

LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 1-3, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI (4), 1 BB

DH Steve Holm - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (2), 1 BB

SP Ben Cox - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, L (0-2)

RP Osiris Matos - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

The comeback came up short for Connecticut. Starter Ben Cox allowed five runs over the first five innings to give New Britain a lead they would not give up, including a home run to opposing first baseman Brock Peterson. Pat Dobson led off the eighth inning with a double and scored on John Bowker's triple. Bowker would score when Steve Holm hit a single to left field.

A great effort from the Defender bullpen went for naught. Brooks McNiven pitched two innings allowing one hit and no runs while Osiris Matos was perfect in one inning pitched.

Game Notes: Holm homered in the second inning. ... New Britain runners stole two bases against Cox in their two-run first inning.

Up next: The Defenders play the Rock Cats in New Britain again Friday night in game two of this four game series. The weather report in the area finally predicts sunny weather for the next two days with clouds Sunday. The team should get in all the games in a series for only the second time all season.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 9, Modesto 7 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 0-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 E (4)

CF Antoan Richardson - 2-4, 2 R, 1 SO

LF Ben Copeland - 0-3, 1 R, 2 RBI (12), 1 SO

RF Mike Mooney - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 SO

1B Pablo Sandoval - 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B (1), 2 RBI (2), 1 BB

2B Anthony Contreras - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 2 RBI (6)

C Adam Witter - 1-4, 2 RBI (6), 1 SO

SP Ronnie Ray - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, W (2-0)

RP Jerry Oakes - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP

RP Kelvin Pichardo - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, SV (2)

The Giants nearly let this game get away with a disastrous eighth inning but held on to win. Jerry Oakes hit one batter and walked three others, forcing in a run. Kelvin Pichardo replaced Oakes and allowed a two-out triple but recovered to get the strikeout for out No. 3.

Fortunately San Jose put up nine runs before the wheels threatened to fall off. Having Emmanuel Burriss and Antoan Richardson at the top of the lineup is paying off -- both scored two runs Thursday night. The Giants scored five runs in the fifth inning in a similar fashion to their later meltdown. Modesto made four errors in the game, two in the fifth to let a run score. Anthony Contreras doubled in two runs and Adam Witter followed with an RBI single.

Game Notes: Ronnie Ray picked off a Nuts runner to end the third inning. He also allowed two steals. ... Modesto starter Brandon Durden allowed all nine San Jose runs. Four were earned runs.

Up next: The division leaders wrap up the homestand against Modesto Friday night then go on a Southern California swing with four against Rancho Cucamonga and three in Lancaster

Augusta Greenjackets: Columbus 6, Augusta 0 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

C Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin 2-4

LF Joey Dyche - 1-3, 1 3B (2), 1 SO

SS Brian Bocock - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 E (3)

SP Robert Grace - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, L (1-1), 1 E (1)

RP Kevin Pucetas - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Augusta went quietly in their second loss of the season, only their first shutout on the year as well. Columbus designated hitter Brett Grandstrand clubbed a grand slam in the fourth inning. It was one of two home runs Augusta starting pitcher Robert Grace allowed over four innings pitched.

Defense posed a problem for the Greenjackets as well. Grace committed a fielding error in the fourth inning and Brian Bocock misplayed a ball in the third. Catcher Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin was the lone bright spot of the loss with two hits and two baserunners picked off.

Game Notes: The Greenjackets have scored two runs in their last three games, after winning a 12-8 slugfest Monday.

Up next: Two night games remain in the series in Columbus. Ace Adam Cowart starts Friday night looking to go 4-0 on the season.


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