Minor League Notebook | May 8

Throughout the system, pitching staffs underwent some changes. Changes in roles, returns from injury, and, for now, it seems like they're working. The winning teams are still winning, and Connecticut... well, um, they're still playing. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Iowa 7, Fresno 5 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

3B Justin Leone - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (6), 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (2)
CF-LF Fred Lewis - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB (7)
CF Clay Timpner - 1-3, 1 BB
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-1
RP Erick Threets - 1 2-3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Scott Munter - 0 1-3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Billy Sadler - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

The Grizzlies attempted a comeback, but didn't pull it off. The Grizz fell behind early as starter Brian Bowles gave up five runs in just three innings, and were done 7-0 after five innings. But the Grizzlies took two runs back in the sixth, and a Justin Leone three-run home run in the seventh got Fresno within two, but they'd get no closer.

The big news is that Schierholtz left this game with an undisclosed injury in the first inning after a throwing error by Leone. Timpner came in and did admirably. Lewis hit well from the bottom of the order. Threets came back from the disabled list and is back in the bullpen for the first time this season. Munter also rejoined the bullpen, his first game back from a brief callup to the majors.

Connecticut Defenders: New Hampshire 12, Connecticut 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

RF John Bowker - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 3B (4), 1 SO, 1 HBP
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 2 SO
C Todd Jennings - 1-4, 1 2B (3), 1 SO
SP Darren Sack - 4 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, L (1-2)
RP Brooks McNiven - 2 2-3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3 HR

A couple of days after laying 12 runs on Reading, the Defenders had it happen to them. The Defenders gave up five home runs, including New Hampshire's John Schneider doubling his season home run total against McNiven by himself. A Bowker triple in the sixth inning was the only offensive bright spot, as he later scored the only Connecticut run.

Bowker is still doing alright, with a double and a triple for the third time in his last four games. The rest of the offense remains fairly punchless. Ishikawa's average was raised to .147 with his single. Sack had one of the worst days of his career, and McNiven's wasn't much better.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 4, Stockton 3 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

2B Anthony Contreras - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI, 1 E (2)
C Pablo Sandoval - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI, 2 SO
DH Tyler Von Schell - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI, 1 SO
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B (2), 1 SO
SP Dave McKae - 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, W (3-1)
RP Yosandy Ibanez - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, H (1)
RP David Quinowski - 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, H (4)
RP Taylor Wilding - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, S (4)

The Giants scored early and held on to win another against their Bay Area rivals. Richardson led off the game with a triple, and scored on a Contreras double. Von Schell homered to score two more as San Jose took a lead it would not relinquish. Sandoval homered in the sixth to give the Giants the cushion they'd need. Usually reliable relievers Quinowski and Wilding each gave up runs, but they'd hold on long enough.

Contreras has found a new home in the middle of the order, and continues to be a much-needed presence there. Von Schell hit his first home run since joining the Giants and is batting .346, followed closely by Sandoval's .337 and second home run. McKae was unusually wild, but was effective, giving up just an unearned run in the first. Ibanez -- in his first relief appearance since coming off the DL -- was also wild, making no change from before.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 5, Columbus 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

SS Brian Bocock - 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB (23), 1 PO, 1 E (8)
RF Matt Weston - 2-4, 2 RBI
LF Bobby Felmy - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E (2)
1B Brett Pill - 2-4, 1 R
2B Marcus Sanders - 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 BB, 1 SO
SP Steven Calicutt - 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, W (1-2)

The GreenJackets used another solid pitching outing, and a big inning, to win another game. Calicutt only lasted five innings, but it was a shutout five innings that laid the groundwork for the win. Weston's RBI single in the second gave the team its first lead. But a four-run fifth inning, led off by a triple by Sanders, a James Simmons walk and a Bocock single, sealed the deal.

Bocock's stolen base rate has dropped off since his hot start, with just four stolen bases in the last 10 games. Weston and Felmy have been making a nice team in the middle of the order, and Pill is coming into his own. Sanders has continued to hit fairly well, although almost always in the back of the order.

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