Minor League Notebook | April 23

San Jose gets another strong start, but the bullpen lets them down as their six game winning streak ends. Augusta remains hot in the South Atlantic League. And, oh yeah, there's some kid named Tim pitching for Fresno. It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Game 1 - Fresno 7, Tucson 1; 7 Innings (Click to see Box Score)
Game 2 - Tucson 3, Fresno 1; 7 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

Game 1:
SP Tim Lincecum - 6 1-3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP, W (3-0)
SS Luis Figueroa - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI, 1 CS (2)
CF Fred Lewis - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-4

Game 2:
CF Clay Timpner - 2-3, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI
C Justin Knoedler - 1-2, 1 R, 1 SO
PH Nate Schierholtz - 0-0, 1 BB
RP Pat Misch - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Fresno found itself splitting a doubleheader with the highly-rated Diamondbacks farm team. Game 1 was powered by Tim Lincecum's fourth start in the PCL. Lincecum was more unhittable than ever, but his control waned. Walks, a wild pitch, and a hit batter, along with a sacrifice fly, led to Lincecum's first Triple-A run allowed. Giants hitters did well, though, with three hitters collecting multiple hits. In Game 2, however, the bats fell silent. Timpner was the only baserunner to get on twice, with a third-inning double providing the only Grizzly run.

Lincecum's walk total was clearly disturbing, but it is also interesting to note that Tucson's batters came with a patient approach. Thirteen of the 25 batters Lincecum faced took at least one strike looking before swinging the bat. His ERA is now a whopping 0.36. Nate Schierholtz is batting better, although none of his appearances led to a run. The walk was only his third in 17 games, and his first since April 15. Misch's work in relief continues, as he dropped his ERA to 2.30. He's had two very strong stints since back-to-back appearancs of two runs allowed over Income Tax weekend.

Connecticut Defenders: Trenton 7, Connecticut 2 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI, 1 CS (1)
RF Brian Horwitz - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO
SP Garrett Broshuis - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
RP Justin Hedrick - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

The Defenders kept this one close until the very end of it. Reliever Jeff Petersen gave up five runs, two earned -- all in the eighth inning -- thanks to three singles and a double, as well as an error by Simon Klink. The Defenders finally scored in the ninth, thanks to a triple by Eddy Martinez-Esteve.

Martinez-Esteve's three-hit game was the offensive highlight for the Defenders. He has come back from a poor start and is now batting .294, and is slugging .431 with the triple. Garrett Broshuis had a solid start, but it wasn't enough with the Defenders offense. Justin Hedrick didn't allow any runs of his own, but did allow two runners to score that he inherited off of two singles.

San Jose Giants: Rancho Cucamonga 7, San Jose 4 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

CF Antoan Richardson - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (9)
DH Ben Copeland - 2-4, 3 RBI
RF Mike Mooney - 1-4, 1 3B (1), 1 SO
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB (10)
SP Paul Oseguera - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
RP David Newton - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Kelvin Pichardo - 1.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, L (0-1)
RP David Quinowski - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, BS (2)

The Giants found their six-game winning streak come to an end as the bullpen and the defense had a collapse. Kelvin Pichardo got a strikeout that would have been the third out in the seventh, but a missed catch by catcher Adam Witter led to two doubles that allowed three unearned runs to come in. That left San Jose with a 4-3 lead, and Pichardo stayed in for the eighth. He gave up two leadoff singles and was replaced by David Quinowski. Quinowski allowed both runners to score and gave up two more runs to take the blown save.

Antoan Richardson continues to improve at the plate, moving to the leadoff spot as Emmanuel Burriss moved to second in the order. Copeland's three RBI extended his team lead back with 17. Paul Oseguera missed a chance to get his second win of the season. In his four starts this year, he has alternated between giving up three runs and giving up none.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 4, Kannapolis 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

RF Bobby Felmy - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB (2)
SS Brian Bocock - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (14)
1B Brett Pill - 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
2B Marcus Sanders - 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (5)
SP Clayton Tanner - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, W (3-0)

Augusta's winning ways continued, as the GreenJackets remain the top team in the South Atlantic League. The GreenJackets broke a scoreless tie with a single run in the sixth inning, and then broke out for three more in the seventh, highlighted by Bobby Felmy hitting an RBI single, then stealing second and third to come home on a sacrifice fly.

With the hitting working hard, Clayton Tanner quietly put up the best outing of his young career, going six innings. His longest outing of the season before this was four innings on April 13. Felmy, who started the season on the injured list, had the best game in the five he's played since coming back. Marcus Sanders has hit almost exclusively at the back of the order for Augusta, but has been strong with a .310 average and an on-base percentage (.487) that is higher than an impressive slugging percentage (.448).

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