Minor League Notebook | April 20

San Jose hurler holds Rancho hitless for six. Pitching reigns supreme for Augusta and Fresno. Connecticut mounts a late rally. Just Another SWEEP Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 5, Tacoma 1 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Fred Lewis – 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI (8), 1 SB (5), 1 BB
RF Nate Schierholtz – 2-4, 2 RBI (11)
2B Kevin Frandsen - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB (2), 1 E, 1 SO
SS Luis Figueroa – 3-4, 1 2B (3), 1BB, 1 E
SP Matt Palmer – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 PO, W (2-0)
RP Pat Misch – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, H (2)

Highlighted by two-run single off the bat of Nate Schierholtz, Fresno rallied for four runs in the sixth inning en route to a 5-1 win over Tacoma.

Matt Palmer (2-0) was in command on the mound, giving up just one run in six innings of work. Pat Misch struck out three batters in 2 1/3 innings to earn his second hold of the season.

Notes: Luis Figueroa had three hits, including his third double of the season, and is now hitting a robust .386. Misch has fanned 16 batters in 13 1/3 innings.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 7, New Britain 4 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RFBrian Horwitz – 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI (3)
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve – 2-5
DH John Bowker – 2-5, 1 R
1B Carlos Sosa – 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
3B Simon Klink – 2-4, 1 2B (3), 2 RBI (4)
SP Darren Sack – 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2 E
RP Alexander Hinshaw – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, W (1-0)
RP Jeff Petersen – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, H
RP Justin Hedrick – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, SV (1)

With the game tied 4-4, Carlos Sosa hit a go-ahead RBI single and Simon Klink whacked a two-run double as Connecticut rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to defeat New Britain 7-4. Holding a slim 2-1 lead in the fourth, things began to unravel for Darren Sack. Sack committed two throwing errors, which lead to two unearned runs.

The bullpen was phenomenal, silencing New Britain's offense over the final five innings. Alexander Hinshaw (1-0) struck out five batters in three scoreless innings of work to pick up the win. Justin Hedrick threw two perfect frames to notch his first save of the season.

Notes: Brian Horwitz continues to swing a hot bat, collecting two hits to up his average to .395. In 7 1/3 innings of work, Hedrick has struck out nine batters and has yet to allow a run.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 8, Rancho Cucamonga 4 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Anthony Contreras – 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI (9),
LF Ben Copeland – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 BB
DH Adam Witter – 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI (7), 1 BB, 1 SO
CF Antoan Richardson – 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB
SP Yosandy Ibanez – 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, W (1-1)
RP David Quinowski – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, SV

Yosandy Ibanez carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and Anthony Contreras slugged a two-run blast to help San Jose double up Rancho Cucamonga 8-4. Ibanez was wildly effective, walking four batters and throwing one wild pitch. The Giants pounded out 10 hits and jumped out to an 8-0 lead through five innings. Rancho Cucamonga mounted a rally against a shaky San Jose bullpen, scoring four runs late, before David Quinowski came in and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning to end the threat.

Notes: San Jose was held hitless over the final 4 1/3 innings.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 9, Columbus 0 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

C Dayton Butler – 3-4, 1 R, 2 2B (3), 1 HR, 5 RBI (7), PO,
1B Brett Pill – 3-4,3 R, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI (14), 1 SB (2)
RF Robert Felmy – 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI (8), 1 BB
SP Adam Cowart – 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP, W (4-0)
RP Thomas King – 2 IP, 1 H, 0R, 0 BB, 1 K

Dayton Butler belted a three-run homer and drove in five runs, and Ryan Rohlinger added a two-run shot, giving Adam Cowart all the offensive support he would need as Augusta pasted Columbus 9-0. Cowart (4-0) turned in yet another masterful performance on the mound, tossing seven shutout innings, while striking out four and walking none. Thomas King capped off the GreenJackets sixth shutout of the year by tossing two scoreless innings in relief of Cowart.

Notes: Butler added a pair of RBI doubles to go along with his home run. Brett Pill picked up his 14th RBI with a double in the first inning. Cowart lowered his ERA to an impressive 0.75.


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