Minor League Notebook | April 21

Hot prospect Kevin Frandsen is making a strong case to the Giants front office on why he belongs in the majors. Meanwhile, speedsters burn the bases in Connecticut and San Jose in this edition's notebook.

Fresno Grizzlies: Tucson 9, Fresno 5 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
SS Kevin Frandsen - 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (3), 1 E (2)
CF Clay Timpner - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB (4)
LF Dan Ortmeier - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI
SP Travis Blackley - 5 2-3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (0-1)
RP Scott Munter - 0 1-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Tucson jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in this one, but the Grizzlies battled back. The Grizzlies scored two in the third inning, then tied the game on a solo shot by Ortmeier in the fourth, and Chad Santos doubled in Timpner in the fifth to give the Grizzlies a brief lead. But the Sidewinders came back with three more runs in the sixth and three more in the eighth to seal this deal.

Frandsen remains red hot back in the Pacific Coast League, keep his batting average at .400 while walking and stealing a base. His second error of the spring was not as encouraging though. Timpner also is staying hot, and doing what he needs to to improve his baserunning. Ortmeier has now tied Nate Schierholtz, who went 0-for-4, in home runs. Blackley started out the season with giving up either two or three earned runs in each of his first three starts, but he blew his season wide open with five earned runs in Saturday's start.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 10, New Britain 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 2 RBI, 1 SO
1B Carlos Sosa - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB
3B Simon Klink - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI, 1 SO
DH Brian Horwitz - 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (2)
CF Alex Requena - 0-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4 SB (8)
SP Chris Begg - 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, W (1-0)

Begg threw seven scoreless innings, giving him 14 total between his past two starts, and the Connecticut offense opened up. The starter for New Britain was Jesse Floyd, who played for the Defenders last season, and the Defenders tagged him for six runs, four earned, over 4 1/3 innings. This included John Bowker's second home run of the year, a solo home run in the third.

The offense finally opened up, but curiously their best hitter, Horwitz, took a goose egg on the day. Martinez-Esteve continues to bounce back form his cold start, and raised his batting average to .256. Klink had been hitless for 14 at-bats since April 14th's double-header, but is now 5-for-9 in his last two games and is bouncing back nicely. Requena doubled his stolen base total despite being hitless, including three stolen bases after a lead-off walk. That sequence included Requena taking third as part of a double steal with Horwitz behind him, and Requena stealing home on a straight steal with two out.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 5, Rancho Cucamonga 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
3B David Maroul - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (7), 1 HR (2), 1 RBI, 1 SO
1B Will Thompson - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
LF Ben Copeland - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (8)
SP Joe Martinez - 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, W (2-1)

Joe Martinez led the Giants to a shut out victory, the team's first since Martinez led the team to the same feat on opening day. The team got out to an early start in the first with Richardson singling, stealing second, and scoring on a Thompson single. Maroul put the team up 3-0 with a solo home run in the sixth, and Copeland's two-run home run in the ninth to put the game away.

Copeland and Maroul are both the first Giants to hit their second home runs of the year. Both Richardson and Emmanuel Burriss stole their 8th bases of the year, which keeps them tied for the team lead and third best in the league. Between his two shutout starts, Martinez had given up six runs in 11 2/3 innings.

Augusta GreenJackets: Kannapolis 6, Augusta 2 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF Mike McBryde - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 CS (4)
1B Brett Pill - 1-4, 1 2B (6)
SS Brian Bocock - 1-4, CS (3), 2 E (5)
2B Marcus Sanders - 1-3, 1 2B (4), 1 SO
C Dayton Buller - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 BB, 2 SO
SP Steven Calicutt - 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 E (1), L (0-1)

In this one, the GreenJackets just shot themselves in the foot. A second inning throwing error by Calicutt led to the Intimidators taking an early 1-0 lead. Calicutt gave up an earned run off of a home run in the 6th inning. In the seventh, an error by Bocock made the game 3-1. But it was the ninth, in which Kannapolis scored three runs, all earned, thanks to three doubles that put this one out of reach.

McBryde was the only Augusta player with more than one hit, although Buller also got on twice with a walk along with a double. Buller has hits in all but one of his first six games played, and is batting .500 with four doubles and one home run on eight total hits. Bocock's strong start is starting to fade away, as he got his first hit in five games today. Pill is starting to rebound from a slow start, with hits in five of his last six games, but with only one hit in all but one of those games. His six doubles leads the team.

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