Minor League Notebook | May 12

In Fresno, the system's hottest hitter gets back to work. In Connecticut, one of the system's other top-ranked outfielders returns from a long layoff as well. And in Augusta, one of their top relief pitchers comes back with a save. Just Another Day in the Minors!

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

Lines of the day:

CF Clay Timpner - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 SB (5)
RF Nate Schierholtz - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
DH Chad Santos - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 2 RBI
SP Travis Blackley - 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, W (3-1)
RP Scott Munter - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, H (4)
RP Brian Wilson - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2 HBP

The Giants opened this game off with four straight singles, and held on just long enough to win. They scored four runs in that first inning rally, then put together solo runs in each of the final three innings. Omaha did pull out two runs in the 9th off of one hit, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Grizzly lead.

Wilson had a bumpy ninth, although he did more hitting than Omaha did in the 9th. Munter continues to look good in the bullpen, with his fifth straight scoreless game. Schierholtz made his return to the starting lineup, and singled as part of the first inning rally. Timpner's first home run of the season was a solo shot in the 7th; his stolen base was surprisingly just his fifth on the year. Blackley's stats didn't look that great, but he was effective enough to get his third win.

Connecticut Defenders: Reading 2, Connecticut 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

SS Mark Minicozzi - 2-4
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 0-3, 1 BB, 2 SO
C Steven Holm - 1-4
SP Ben Cox - 4 2-3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, L (0-4)
RP Justin Hedrick - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

Connecticut's offense was handcuffed again, back in Norwich. Reading starter Bubba Nelson was making his first start of the year, and gave up just one hit in five innings, and Reading's relievers were almost as good.

Cox may look like a hard luck loser based on the two runs, one earned, but he gave up more than two baserunners an inning. Martinez-Esteve return to the lineup after being out for more than a week with a hamstring strain was probably the most important note in this game.

San Jose Giants: Lancaster 1, San Jose 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

LF Alex Requena - 1-4, 1 2B (3), 2 SO
SP Joe Martinez - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, L (3-2)
RP Kelvin Pichardo - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

Now if you want a hard luck loser, it was Joe Martinez. Martinez gave up two one-out doubles in the first to give up a run, and that would be it the rest of the way. But Lancaster's star pitcher Michael Bowden held the Giants to just one hit and one walk, and his relief wouldn't give up any other base runners.

Martinez has had some up days and down days, but has been remarkably consistent in recent starts. He's given up just one run in each of his past three starts, and had his 2nd highest single day strikeout total. Pichardo has given up seven run in his last seven outings, but had one of his longest outings of the season and was effective.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 8, Greenville 4 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

SS Brian Bocock - 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB (25), 1 CS (8)
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (9), 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, 1 BB
LF Bobby Felmy - 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B (7), 1 RBI, 1 SB (7), 1 E (3)
SP Adam Cowart - 5 1-3 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, W (7-1)
RP Paul Lussier - 3 2-3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, S (2)

Cowart is getting back to his winning ways, but his defense hurt him. Two errors led to three unearned runs by Cowart, two in the 2nd and one in the 6th. But Augusta broke out for a five run 3rd inning, led by doubles by Rohlinger and Felmy to take a dominating lead.

Cowart won and didn't allow any earned runs, but is looking a little less dominating recently. His nine hits allowed was the second highest this season, and the three walks was the highest. Will Rohlinger break out of his slump? He's batting just .216 after this strong game. Felmy, meanwhile, broke out of his mini-slump of two hitless games. Paul 'Buster' Lussier came back for his first outing in ten days, an was solid in picking up his second save.

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