Minor League Notebook | May 1

It was very close to an organizational sweep in the minors. Fresno's bullpen imploded, Connecticut's offense continued to struggle, and Augusta witnessed Adam Cowart's worst start. Enter starter Joe Martinez, who willed San Jose to victory.

Fresno Grizzlies: Tucson 7, Fresno 6; 10 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF-LF Fred Lewis - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 3B (3), 1 SO
RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-5, 1 3B (1), 2 RBI, 1 SO
C Justin Knoedler - 2-5, 1 R, 2 SO
LF-1B Justin Leone - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 2 RBI, 1 SO
SP Matt Palmer - 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP
RP Sun-Woo Kim - 0 1-3 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, H (1)
RP Pat Misch - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, BS (2)
RP Scott Munter - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Billy Sadler - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, BS (1), L (2-1)

It was a bad day for Fresno's relief squad. After starter Matt Palmer was relieved in the fifth inning, relievers Kim and Misch combined to give up four runs, blowing the first save of the game. But Fresno would tie it up and take it to extras. A Kevin Frandsen walk while pinch-hitting led to him scoring and a 10th inning lead, but Billy Sadler gave up a triple and a home run in the bottom half to lose the game.

The relief pitching blew two saves on the day. Kim was making his Fresno debut after Brian Wilson went on the disabled list. Misch's line doesn't look too bad, but he inherited three runners of Kim's and let them all score. Offensively, Lewis had an increasingly rare good day with two extra-base hits. Schierholtz pushed his average back above .300, while his slugging percentage is at .490.

Connecticut Defenders: Altoona 6, Connecticut 2 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF John Bowker - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI
RF Brian Horwitz - 1-4, 2 SO
SS Mark Minicozzi - 0-4
1B Travis Ishikawa - 0-3, 2 SO
SP Nick Pereira - 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, L (0-2)
RP Brian Anderson - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Connecticut's offense had some weak spots, as only four hitters collected hits, two of them being by Bowker, including his solo home run in the fourth. Pereira was solid, victimized by a an error in the first on Todd Jennings, and then gave up two doubles in the fourth that led to two more runs.

Bowker continues to impress after a couple of lackluster seasons in San Jose. He also does it from the leadoff spot. Meanwhile, Ishikawa continues to struggle, dropping to a .130 batting average. Minicozzi made his first appearance of the year for the Defenders.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 3, Stockton 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI
1B Tyler Von Schell - 2-4, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO
DH Pablo Sandoval - 2-4
SP Joe Martinez - 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, W (3-1)
RP Kelvin Pichardo - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, S (3)

San Jose took down their Bay Area rivals again, improving to 5-0 against the Ports. Starter Joe Martinez scattered six hits, just giving up two doubles and a single in the fourth for his only run. Meanwhile, San Jose broke a 1-1 tie with a Richardson leadoff double in the sixth inning, and new Giant Von Schell knocking him in.

Richardson continues to heat up, as he now is riding a nine-game hitting streak, five of them being multi-hit games. He has also scored runs in all but one of those games. Von Schell and Sandoval combined for four hits in the middle of the order, as Mike Mooney took a game off. Martinez had another big game, and Pichardo struck out each batter he faced in the 9th for the save.

Augusta GreenJackets: Kannapolis 8, Augusta 5 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
LF Bobby Felmy - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 HR (2), 1 RBI
RF Matt Weston - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (5)
CF Mike McBryde - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB (8)
SS Brian Bocock - 1-5, 1 CS (6)
SP Adam Cowart - 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

The news in this one was clearly Adam Cowart, who had not just the worst start of the season, but of his young career. The trouble was started in the second, when he gave up three doubles and two runs. He also gave up three singles and two doubles in the third, which resulted in four more runs. Augusta attempted a comeback, with Weston and Sharlon Schoop doubles in the ninth, when they scored three runs, but the Intimidators were too far ahead.

Before Cowart gave up six runs in today's game, in his career he'd given up just 12 earned runs in 113 1/3 innings. Felmy had another big day as he comes back from injuries. McBryde showed some indications he may be coming out of his slump. Meanwhile, Bocock has stalled on the basepaths, as he is still at 19 on the season. He still has a five base lead on the next best basestealer in the league, but he hasn't stolen a base in five games (but has been caught in three of those games) and now has been caught on nearly 25 percent of his attempts.

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