Minor League Notebook | April 30

It's been a winning month for the system, so it's only fitting it ends with some. Augusta gets just enough hitting to stay alive, while Fresno comes alive, especially at the top of their order. And San Jose gets a new starting pitcher as the team does the shuffle thanks to injuries. It's Just Another Month in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 10, Tucson 2 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

3B Kevin Frandsen - 4-6, 2 R, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI, 1 SB (4), 1 E (3)
RF Nate Schierholtz - 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B (7), 2 RBI
CF Clay Timpner - 3-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO
LF Dan Ortmeier - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 3 RBI, 2 K
SP Matt Kinney - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, W (2-2)

Fresno opened up on a Tucson team that took two of three games from them last week. The Grizzlies gathered 19 hits, five of them in the eighth inning when the Grizzlies scored six runs, taking an insurmountable lead.

The top of Fresno's lineup provided the power, as Timpner and Frandsen collected seven hits in 10 at-bats along with two walks. Schierholtz came back from two hitless games with today's performance, and is back to nearly .300. Meanwhile Ortmeier has quitely fallen off, with just five hits in his last 37 at-bats. Kinney has had two outings in a row of at least six innings and just one earned run.

Connecticut Defenders: Scheduled Day Off.

The Defenders get back to work on Tuesday as the Altoona Curve visit town for three games.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 7, High Desert 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

CF Antoan Richardson - 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB (16)
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB (16), 1 SF
LF Anthony Contreras - 2-5, 1 2B (3), 3 RBI, 1 SO
DH Adam Witter - 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB
SP Gregorio Martinez - 5 2-3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RP David Quinowski - 2 1-3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

The San Jose Giants are coming around after being swept by the Lancaster Jethawks, and the High Desert Mavericks were the victims as the Giants took the third of four games. Martinez had a good start in his return to the rotation, his first start of the year. The Giants peppered away, scoring in four different innings.

Richardson continues to be the team's hottest hitters, extending an eight-game hitting streak with the best single game hitting performance of the streak. Contreras isn't far beind, with a seven-game on-base streak. He also got his fourth extra-base hit of the season finally in his 20th game of the season.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 4, Kannapolis 3 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

SS Brian Bocock - 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 SO
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 2-4, 2 2B (8), 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS (1)
RF Matt Weston - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO
2B Marcus Sanders - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B (5), 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (8)
SP Robert Grace - 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Kevin Pucetas - 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, W (3-0)

Augusta's incredible winning continues, with their seventh win in their last eight games. Augusta's offense wasn't overwhelming, as usual, but they made it stand up. Sanders, usually set in the No. 9 spot in the order, was the only GreenJacket with more than one run scored, helping to start rallies despite being at the bottom of the order. Pucetas got the win despite giving up two runs in the ninth off of a two-run homer to let the game get close.

Pucetas' outing was the worst of his season, doubling the total runs he'd given up in his four other outings this year. The Giants continue to bring along Sanders slowly, as he only plays every other day for the most part, but he hits consistently and has drawn walks in each of his past four games. Rohlinger, despite having the team's third-lowest batting average among regulars, leads the team in extra base hits with 10.

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