Minor League Notebook | April 28

An Augusta reliever fans 10 batters in four innings, while combining for a shutout in Single-A. Two other strong pitching performances surface in the Giants farm system in Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Colorado Springs 7, Fresno 4 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF Clay Timpner - 4-5, 2 RBI, 1 CS (2)
3B Tomas De La Rosa - 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B (7)
2B Kevin Frandsen - 2-2, 3 HBP
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-5, 1 SB (1)
RP Ryan Meaux - 1 2-3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, L (0-3)
RP Scott Munter - 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

One bad inning of relief cost the Grizzlies, who outhit the Sky Sox 13-12. Meaux, who came in for the fifth innig, gave up a walk and two singles before getting an out in the sixth, and gave up another single, a double, a triple and a sacrifice fly before being replaced. The five runs he gave up were the difference in the game.

Frandsen has always been known for getting hit by pitches, but geez. He was hit in three consecutive plate appearances, in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Timpner had another big game, raising his average to .423. Meanwhile, Schierholtz's hitless game was hard on him, dropping his average back to under .300. Munter continues to be successful, but he appears to no longer be an extreme groundball pitcher, as four of the five outs he got off of contact were fly balls.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 6, New Britain 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
RF Brian Horwitz - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (3)
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
CF John Bowker - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HBP
3B Simon Klink - 3-4, 1 RBI
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
SP Chris Begg - 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

The Defenders dominated, as Eastern League veteran Chris Begg dominated the Rock Cats. Though he gave up six hits, he didn't allow a single walk and kept the game in control, so even when the bullpen gave up a run, it didn't make a big difference. The big inning was the first inning, helped by an error on an Ishikawa ground ball that he hit with the bases loaded and nobody out, which scored two of the inning's four runs.

Ishikawa went hitless as he continues to come back from wrist problems. He led the team in RBI despite being hitless, with one official one coming on his error hit in the first, and another on a groundout in the third. Bowker's strong time in Double-A continues, including his first game in center field. Horwitz had the team's only extra-base hit and is third in the Eastern League in batting average at .371. Meanwhile, Simon Klink has developed into one of the team's best contact hitters.

San Jose Giants: High Desert 6, San Jose 4 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
1B Pablo Sandoval - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO
LF James Simmons - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 PO, 1 E (1)
SP Paul Oseguera - 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
RP David Newton - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

The Mavericks put together a mid-game rally to keep San Jose on its collective heels. The devestating blows came in the seventh, with the game tied at two. Starter Oseguera gave up a leadoff single before being relieved by Anthony Moreno. Moreno gave up three singles, allowing two runs to score, and an error by Simmons in left field. On the next play, David Maroul committed two errors on one play, allowing another run to score and leading to one more, the fourth of the inning.

Simmons made his California league debut on Friday, and got his first start on Saturday. Sandoval's home run was his first of the year, matching his total in all of 2006. He had three in short-season ball in 2005. Mike Mooney's seven-game hitting streak ended on Saturday with an 0-for-4 performance.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 3, Greenville 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
SS Brian Bocock - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 CS (4)
RF Matt Weston - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS (1), 1 PO
2B Marcus Sanders - 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB (7), 1 E (2)
CF Mike McBryde - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS (5), 1 PO
SP Dan Griffin - 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, W (3-1)
RP Ben Snyder - 4 IP, 1, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 WP, S (1)

The score in this game did not indicate how much of a pitcher's duel it was, with just four hits by each side. Five errors in the game, including three by Greenville, helped make the difference so large. McBryde led off the third inning with a walk, went to third on a single by Sanders and scored on a sacrifice fly. Sanders then stole two bases, and came into score on a throwing error on his steal of third.

Griffin had his second straight scoreless outing to lower his ERA to 3.13, but was almost overshadowed by another spectacular outing by Ben Snyder. Snyder lowered his ERA to 0.39 and struck out 10 of the 14 batters he faced. The GreenJackets were victimized on the basepaths, picked off four times by two different pitchers.

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