Minor League Notebook | April 24

The Fresno Grizzlies needed 14 frames to seal a victory, while young speedsters in Single-A continue to run wild. It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 5, Tucson 4; 14 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

2B Kevin Frandsen - 4-6, 2 R, 2 2B (4)
RF Nate Schierholtz - 4-7, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 2 RBI, 1 SO
CF Fred Lewis - 2-7, 1 2B (4), 2 RBI, 2 SO
LF Dan Ortmeier - 1-5 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO
SP Matt Kinney - 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Scott Munter - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, BS (1)
RP Pat Misch - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Billy Sadler - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, W (2-0)

Fresno outlasted the Sidewinders after a series of errors nearly cost the Grizzlies the win. Leading 3-2 after eight innings, reliever Scott Atchison gave up a single and a walk and was replaced by Scott Munter. Munter gave up a single to blow the save, and then the lead run came in on a groundout that would have been a double play if Frandsen hadn't thrown the ball wide (there was no error on the play). Figueroa threw another ball away on the next play, but Munter got the final out before more runs came in.

The Grizzlies got men on second and third on in the ninth inning with nobody out, but Timpner was caught on a rundown off of third, and the Sidewinders doubled off Figueroa on a baserunning error. But Schierholtz came through with a two-out hit to score Frandsen. In the 14th, the Grizzlies loaded the bases on a single, an error, and a walk before Lewis singled in the winning run with two out.

Almost all of the offense came from Schierholtz and Frandsen, as no one else had multiple hits until Lewis' single to win it in the 14th. Schierholtz was looking stronger after his performance fell off in the past week, but had three hits in his first four at-bats, and then went 1-for-3 in the key late innings (although he had the RBI single to send the game to extras). Frandsen looked very good at the plate, but had a few miscues in the field and contributed to nearly screwing up the game-tying effort in the ninth. The pitching was solid except for the one hiccup in the ninth between Atchison and Munter. Misch and Sadler both continued to look strong in relief, and Dan Giese remains unscored upon in seven outings.

Connecticut Defenders: Trenton 5, Connecticut 3 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

1B Carlos Sosa - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 SO, 1 E (1)
C Todd Jennings - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E (2)
SP Nick Pereira - 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
RP Justin Hedrick - 1 1-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

The Defenders struggled through a poorly played game on Tuesday. The Defenders commited four errors, though only one run they allowed was unearned. The tying run came in on a passed ball by Todd Jennings in the sixth, and then Hedrick allowed two inherieted runners to score in the seventh on a two-out single.

The runs allowed by Hedrick won't count against him in the book, but the single he gave up was the only baserunner he allowed. The big hitters for the Defenders were noticably silent, with Eddy Martinez-Esteve going hitless and Brian Horwitz and John Bowker each only managing a single to their credit.

San Jose Giants: Lancaster 10, San Jose 9 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB (12)
DH Will Thompson - 2-5, 1 R, 1 SO
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
3B David Maroul - 1-4, 2 R, 1 3B (2), 2 RBI
2B Anthony Contreras - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 CS (1), 1 E (1)
SP Ronnie Ray - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP

In the first game of a matchup of the California League's top pitching and hitting teams, the hitters won out. San Jose had taken a 8-3 lead in the top of the sixth, thanks primarily to a two-RBI Maroul triple in the fourth, and an RBI triple by Pablo Sandoval in the sixth. But Lancaster came back in the sixth with six runs, aided by an error by Contreras. Although San Jose would score an error-aided run to tie it in the top of the eighth, the Giants gave up a run in the bottom of the inning to finally lose.

The heart of San Jose's offense finally seemed to start coming alive in this game, with the biggest single rise coming out of Burriss. Burris, with his three hits, finally got his average back to the Mendoza line of .200. However, the team's only extra base hits were the triples out of the seventh and eighth batters in Maroul and Sandoval. Ray was pounded, although he did have two runs come in after he was taken out.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 9, Kannapolis 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF Mike McBryde - 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B (4), 2 RBI, 1 SO
DH Brett Pill - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (7), 3 RBI
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO
RF Bobby Felmy - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB (3), 1 SF, 1 E (1)
SS Brian Bocock - 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4 SB (18)
SP Kevin Pucetas - 6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, W (2-0)
RP Robert Grace - 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, S (2)

The GreenJackets offense opened up on Tuesday's game. Augusta, just fourth in the league in runs scored despite having the top record in the league, pounded nine runs on nine hits. The GreenJackets opened the game with a Bocock leadoff walk, then stole two bases before scoring on a Felmy sacrifice fly. That would be all they would need, but they opened up the lead again in the sixth with another Bocock leadoff walk, two steals, and then scoring on a Rohlinger single. That was followed by a Felmy single, a Pill double, and a Joey Dyche single to end up with four more runs.

Bocock may not have gotten a hit, but he managed to steal four bases off of just two walks and was clearly the catalyst of the offense. Pucetas was spectacular in getting his second win, although he didn't strike out too many, he was efficient in everything. Pill continues his resurgence, and has raised his average to .243. McBryde similarly continues to come back from a slow start, collecting just his third and fourth extra base hits out of 20 on the year.


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