Minor League Notebook | May 11

Fresno used to have a glut of outfielders. On Friday, they had to play two regular infielders in the outfield. Meanwhile, a couple of worst days on the season, and one best day on the season by the guys on the mound. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Iowa 4, Fresno 3 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

LF Chad Santos - 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B (4), 1 RBI
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 1 2B (5), 1 SO
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-1, 1 SO
RP Erick Threets - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Pat Misch - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Start Matt Palmer had a pretty poor game, his first in about a month. He wasn't hit hard, but he was hit consistently over his five innings, including a leadoff homer in the fourth. The offense was shut down, as the team gathered just four hits, all of them doubles.

With two outfielders promoted and another injured, the Grizzlies had to fill some holes. First baseman Chad Santos and third baseman Justin Leone took up the corners in the outfield, with Santos having a good day in particular. Meanwhile, injured right fielder Nate Schierholtz made his first appearance since a collision with the wall earlier this week. Threets and Misch continued to have strong relief appearances.

Connecticut Defenders: Reading 8, Connecticut 2 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

SS Mark Minicozzi - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 SO
1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-4
CF John Bowker - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 1 RBI
SP Nick Pereira - 4 2-3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, L (1-3)
RP Joe Bateman - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Connecticut had another faltering day. Pereira gave up the most runs he has given up all season, as well as having the shortest outing he's had since his first start on April 11. It fell apart in the fifth, as Pereira walked two of the first three hitters he faced, and gave up a single to the other. He had gotten two outs and had given up just one run, but a single let two more in. He was replaced by Ryan Sadowski with two runners on, and Sadowski let both score. The Defenders could not overcome that deficit.

Bowker continues to hit well, and might be putting himself in line for a callup to Triple-A with the dearth of outfielders in Fresno. Minicozzi is starting to come around after missing the start of the year, and Ishikawa nosed his average back up to .200. Bateman made his second appearance since coming back.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 4, Lancaster 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

RF Mike Mooney - 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB
1B Will Thompson - 1-3, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI
3B David Maroul - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SO
SP Gregorio Martinez - 7 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K, W (3-0)
RP Taylor Wilding - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, S (5)

In a return engagement against the only team to sweep them this year, San Jose beat them at their own game. Lancaster is one of the top slugging teams in the California League, but it was David Maroul's three run home run in the fourth that beat the JetHawks. Meanwhile, replacement starter Gregorio Martinez made his third start of the year, and it was his best, giving up just two baserunners.

Martinez scuffled as a starter in 2006, but he's been doing well in 2007 since getting that job back. San Jose's offense struggled a bit outside of Maroul, as the top three hitters in the order all could not get on base. Left fielder Alex Requena was the only player to get more than one hit.

Augusta GreenJackets: Columbus 7, Augusta 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

1B Brett Pill - 1-3, 1 R, 1 SO
CF James Simmons - 1-3, 2 SO
SP Robert Grace - 3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR
RP Kevin Pucetas - 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Columbus continues to give Augusta fits. Augusta's offense was shut down by Columbus starter Lewis Rollins, as he gave up just two hits and one unearned run. Meanwhile, Robert Grace had an off day, giving up more than one run in an outing for just the second time this year.

Grace's last start in which he gave up more than one run was April 19, when he gave up five runs to, you guessed it, Columbus. Pucetas had a solid followup in relief. Augusta batters struck out seven times on the day.

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