Minor League Notebook | May 3

The Grizziles blow a late lead, but a long-dormant bat comes back in extra frames. In Connecticut, they nearly lose it in extra frames, but pull it out. Meanwhile, Augusta's superb pitchers continue to have issues against Kannapolis.

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 4, Tucson 2; 10 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

2B-SS - Luis Figueroa - 3-4, 1 R
RF Nate Schierholtz - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 HR (4), 1 RBI
3B Tomas De La Rosa - 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB (2)
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 1 2B (3), 1 BB, 1 CS (3)
SP Brian Bowles - 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Sun-Woo Kim - 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, H (2)
RP Pat Misch - 1 2-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, H (5)

The Grizzlies went to extra innings to beat the Sidewinders in the desert on Thursday. Billy Sadler gave up a two-out home run in the ninth inning to the first batter he faced, blowing the save. Luckily Nate Schierholtz found his home run stroke, leading off the 10th inning to break the tie and eventually win the game.

Schierholtz's home run was his first since he hit home runs in three straight games to lead off the season. Bowles made the start, pitching five solid innings. Kim pitched better in his second outing of the year, with two solid innings. Misch continued to be solid in relief.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 6, Altoona 5; 11 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

1B Pat Dobson - 4-6, 1 R, 3 2B (5), 3 RBI, 1 SO, 1 CS (1)
SS Mark Minicozzi - 2-5
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 2-5, 1 R, 1 SO
SP Darren Sack - 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
RP Alex Hinshaw - 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Connecticut held onto a wild extra-inning game. The game went into overtime tied at 3-3, and then Justin Hedrick gave up a two-run home run in the top of the 10th. Dobson doubled in the bottom half of the inning, starting off a rally, which ended with a bases-loaded walk to Travis Ishikawa that drove in one run, and a wild pitch that scored another. The game continued into the 11th, when Carlos Sosa drew a two-out walk, and Dobson doubled again to score Sosa and win the game.

Dobson had what was easily his best game of the year, more than doubling his doubles total on the year and doubling his RBI total. He is still batting just .192 on the season. Martinez-Esteve had his third multi-hit game in the last 10.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 3, Stockton 2 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

CF Antoan Richardson - 2-3, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (18), 1 CS (4), 1 PO
C Pablo Sandoval - 3-4, 1 2B (6), 2 RBI
DH Adam Witter - 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 2 BB, 1 SO
SP Paul Oseguera - 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, W (2-1)
RP Taylor Wilding - 3 1-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

San Jose held off the Ports on a pitching duel. A Witter walk, a Mike Mooney single, and a Sandoval double started off the second inning, then Richardson drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in two runs in the inning, and a Witter double led to the Giants third run in the 3rd inning. Wilding pitched over three dominating innings to hold on to the win.

Richardson continued an 11-game hitting streak dating back to his move into the leadoff spot on April 23. He was caught stealing, however, for the first time in his last nine attempts. Sandoval's good game was his second multi-hit game in a row. Witter has 16 walks in 64 at-bats so far this year.

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

Lines of the day:

LF Bobby Felmy - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS (2)
2B Marcus Sanders - 1-3, 1 BB
SS Brian Bocock - 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB (21)
SP Ben Snyder - 5 1-3 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 E (1), L (3-1)
RP Dan Griffin - 2 2-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

A day after the Intimidators pounded one of the top performing pitchers for Augusta, they did the same to Snyder. Snyder gave up a leadoff triple, leading to one run in the first, and then gave up a two-run home run in the third. Down 4-1 in the ninth, Augusta attempted a comeback, scoring two runs on a Nestor Rojas single, but couldn't finish the job.

Bocock extended his amazing stolen base run with two more, despite only getting on base once via a walk. Marcus Sanders was moved from the back of the order for the first time, and responded by getting on base twice. Snyder's ERA jumped to 1.27, but Griffin lowered his to 2.81.

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