Minor League Notebook | April 26

Lancaster's dominance over San Jose continues, but Augusta dominance over everyone also goes on, with another start by Adam Cowart. Plus, Connecticut starts to get that pitching it needs, but where's the offense? It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Colorado Springs 4, Fresno 3 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

LF Dan Ortmeier - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 3 RBI, CS (1), PO
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 SO
3B Kevin Frandsen - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 CS (2)
RP Scott Munter - 1 2-3 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, H (3), L (1-1)

Fresno couldn't hold on to a slim lead late in this one. Frenso scored three in the seventh inning to take a 3-2 lead, all scoring on a three-run home run by Ortemeier. But Munter walked two while getting two outs in the ninth, and reliever Scott Atchison gave up a triple to let both score and lose the game.

Connecticut Defenders: Trenton 2, Connecticut 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 2-4, 1 SO
3B Simon Klink - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 BB
SP Ben Cox - 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Geno Espineli - 0 1-3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Connecticut's pitching held up better than it had against the league leading Trenton Thunder, but the offense couldn't come through. Four of the team's six hits came between two players, and Klink's double was the only extra-base hit by the team. Cox had a good start, but Espineli gave up a walk and a hit after coming in in the sixth, and Ryan Sadowski relieved him and let both come home on a single and a sacrifice fly.

Martinez-Esteve continues his offensive resurgence after a five game hitting streak was broken in the team's last game. He is now batting .288 on the year with a .344 on-base percentage. Klink is batting .289 this year after batting .233 in San Jose last year.

San Jose Giants: Lancaster 10, San Jose 6 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

2B Anthony Contreras - 2-5, 2 R
RF Mike Mooney - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (7), 3 RBI, 2 SO
LF-CF Antoan Richardson - 1-4, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB (11)
SP Joe Martinez - 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP
RP David Newton - 0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP

Lancaster finished off the three-game sweep of the San Jose Giants on Thursday. The highlight for Lancaster was an inside-the-park home run hit by Scott White in the eighth, which resulted in San Jose manager Lenn Sakata and catcher Barry Gunther being ejected. The Giants did tie the game temporarily in the 8th by scoring three runs, two of them on an error by White.

San Jose's pitching took a pounding in Lancaster, as they gave up 29 runs in three games after giving up just 65 in 18 previous games. Martinez walked almost as many on Thursday (five) as he had all season (six). After Pablo Sandoval had a good game in the third spot in the batting order replacing the injured Ben Copeland, it was Contreras' turn and he also did well. Joey Dyche started the game in center, but was removed after a double to right field. The reason for his removal is unknown at press time.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 8, Greenville 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

SS Brian Bocock - 2-5, 1 SB (19), 1 E (6)
1B Brett Pill - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
C Henry Gutierrez - 3-5, 3 R
RF Matt Weston - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO
DH Dayton Buller - 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 SB
CF Michael McBryde - 1-5, 1 2B (5), 2 RBI, 1 SB (6)
SP Adam Cowart - 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, W (5-0)
RP Ryan Shaver - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Adam Cowart is simply dominating the South Atlantic League. Cowart allowed just four baserunners in six innings and easily shut down the Drive. Augusta's offense was effective throughout the game, but really did well in the fifth inning after connecting for four singles and two doubles, including four straight two out hits.

There was plenty of offensive firepower for Augusta in this game, but Cowart was dominant. He walked just his second batter with now 30 innings pitched. Cowart will have to face Greenville in two of his next three starts thanks to scheduling quirks. Catchers Gutierrez and Buller (as designated hitter) both led the team in hits. Weston led the team in RBI with three on the day. The only GreenJacket with no hits was second baseman Marcus Sanders who did walk.


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