Minor League Notebook | May 10

Sloppy play defined Thursday's games. Fresno handed Iowa a victory, while San Jose couldn't take advantage of Stockton's problems. Yup, Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Iowa 11, Fresno 5 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
2B Luis Figueroa - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (7), 2 RBI (13), 1 BB, 1 SB (4)
1B Scott McClain - 2-4, 1 RBI (18), 1 SO, 1 HBP
LF Chad Santos - 1-5, 1 RBI (9), 2 SO
C Justin Knoedler - 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B (2), 1 SO
SS Ivan Ochoa - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI (9), 1 BB, 1 SO
SP Matt Kinney - 4 2-3IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 2 WP, L (3-3)
RP Dan Giese - 1 1-3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP
RP Brian Wilson - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO

Fresno handed Iowa a win Thursday evening. Starter Matt Kinney was in trouble right away, allowing six runs in the first two innings alone. His pitches went all over the place; two over the wall for home runs and two wild pitches. Dan Giese had his first bad outing of the season. His ERA went from 0.51 at the start of the week to 2.86, thanks in large part to the series against the Iowa Cubs. One of Fresno's most reliable relievers, Giese has allowed six earned runs in this series. Also of note with the pitching: Brian Wilson returned to action with one inning pitched. It was his first outing since April 17.

The Grizzlies tried to catch up with three runs in the fifth inning and one run each in the eighth and ninth, but the altered lineup couldn't get a real comeback effort going in time. Fresno is playing without two of their everyday outfielders and the shakeup affects the big Giants as well. Nate Schierholtz has sat out the last two games after colliding with the outfield wall Tuesday. Fred Lewis was called up to San Francisco to replace Dave Roberts who is on the disabled list for elbow surgery. Dan Ortmeier also made the trip to the big club with Lewis because the Giants need yet another outfielder: Todd Linden was released Thursday.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 5, Reading 2 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
2B Jake Wald - 3-5, 3 R, 1 SO\
RF Brian Horwitz - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS (1)
CF John Bowker - 0-3, 1 RBI (11)
SS Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 RBI (6), 1 BB, 1 SB (1)
1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-4, 1 RBI (10), 1 E (2)
C Todd Jennings - 0-3, 1 RBI (5), 1 SO
SP Geno Espineli - 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 E (1), W (2-1)
RP Alex Hinshaw - 2 2-3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, H (3)
RP Brian Anderson - 1 1-3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, SV (5)

For a little while it looked like this one would be a tug-of-war sort of game. Connecticut would score, and then Reading would put up a run. Geno Espineli kept Reading from scoring any more after he allowed one run and let another score on his throwing error to first base. Todd Jennings put the Defenders ahead for good in the fourth inning when he hit a sacrifice fly to score Carlos Sosa, who tripled to lead off the inning.

Brian Anderson earned his fifth save. He hasn't allowed a run in five outings dating back to April 27. Travis Ishikawa got two hits he desperately needed. He is hitting .184 on the year, but in the last five games he has seven hits.

San Jose Giants: Stockton 8, San Jose 6 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
CF Antoan Richardson - 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI (12), 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP
1B Tyler Von Schell - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR (3), 3 RBI (8), 1 SO, 1 HBP
C Pablo Sandoval - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI (11), 2 SO
3B David Maroul - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO
2B Kyle Haines - 0-1, 1 R, 1 RBI (7), 1 BB, 2 HBP
SP Ronnie Ray - 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR, 1 HBP, L (4-1)
RP Ryan Paul - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP
RP Wayne Foltin - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP
RP Yosandy Ibanez - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

San Jose could not capitalize on Stockton's many mistakes. Add that to an bad start from Ronnie Ray and the Giants had this one lost. Ray's worst outing since April 24 when he allowed seven runs over five innings proved costly. Ryan Paul and Wayne Foltin didn't help things by letting the game get away. All three were wild with their control; Ray and Paul hit a batter each and Foltin uncorked the wild pitch.

Stockton starter Ben Jukich topped the San Jose trio in wildness with five hit batsman in six innings, pegging Kyle Haines twice. The Giants scored four runs against him and two more off reliever Derek Tharpe including solo home runs by Pablo Sandoval and Tyler Von Schell, but Stockton had Luke Appert to pick them up. Appert's five RBI nearly matched what the Giants put together on offense. His most important hit was the sixth inning 3-run double that broke the 5-5 tie.

Augusta Greenjackets: Columbus 3, Augusta 2, 11 innings (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
SS Brian Bocock - 2-5, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI (18), 1 SO
RF Matt Weston - 1-4, 2 SO
DH Dayton Buller - 1-3, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (9), 1 SO
2B Marcus Sanders - 0-4, 2 SO, 1 E (4)
C Nestor Rojas - 0-0, 1 PB (3)
SP Carlos Sosa - 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 BK
RP Clayton Tanner - 5 2-3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, L (4-1)

The usual can't miss pitching tandem of Carlos Sosa and Clayton Tanner faltered in a tough late innings loss. The onus is not on them despite Tanner taking his first loss of the year. The young right-hander pitched into trouble in the eleventh inning when he allowed a double to Columbus' Desmond Jennings. Jennings stole third base with two outs and scored on a passed ball. It gave Columbus the go-ahead run and the Greenjackets could not score in the bottom half of the inning, thus ending the ugly loss.

Unearned runs hurt as long as the offense couldn't score enough to make up for the miscues. Columbus' first run of the game was the product of a fielding error that allowed the runner to reach base, followed by a double. Augusta bats were silent until the eighth inning when they scored two runs. Brian Bocock is among the Greenjackets' best hope for RBI and here he tied the game at two runs apiece with a base hit.


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