Minor League Notebook | May 20

One struggling shortstop moves down a level while another gets promoted for playing well. Fresno is on a mini upswing with a series win. The Defenders are down with low-scoring games. San Jose gets downed by unearned runs. The stories are up for Just Another Day in the Minors.

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 7, Salt Lake 4 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Luis Figueroa - 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI (15)

RF Nate Schierholtz - 3-5. 1 R, 1 2B (16), 1 SB (3)

1B Scott McClain - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (26)

LF Chad Santos - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 2 RBI (14)

3B Tomas De La Rosa - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (5)

SP Brian Bowles - 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

RP Sun Woo Kim - 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, W (1-0)

RP Brian Wilson - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, SV (3)

Holes in the Fresno rotation and outfield didn't stop the Grizzlies from winning the series against Salt Lake. Top hitter Nate Schierholtz had three more hits and a stolen base Sunday. Chad Santos has been an emergency backup outfield option since Dan Ortmeier and Fred Lewis were called up to San Francisco. He contributed with his bat when he hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Scott McClain scored on Santos' homer and had two hits with an RBI.

Brian Bowles hasn't had a good game in six starting appearances. His longest outings have lasted five innings, and he's only reached that mark twice since he was inserted into the rotation. Sunday he allowed all four Salt Lake runs in the fifth inning to give the Bees the lead. Sun Woo Kim bailed out Bowles with three innings of solid relief. He earned the win with some impressive numbers; two hits, no runs, and three strikeouts. Brian Wilson's return to the bullpen continues as a success. Aside from one game where he allowed two runs in one inning of work, Wilson has thrown four scoreless innings.

Connecticut Defenders: New Britain 2, Connecticut 1 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Eugenio Velez - 1-4, 1 SO

3B Jake Wald - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (6)

1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 1 SO

DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 1-4, 2 SO

RF John Bowker - 1-4, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI (17)

SP Garrett Broshuis - 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 PO, 1 HR, L (1-5)

RP Justin Hedrick - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Garrett Broshuis' best start of the year wasn't enough to get Connecticut a win. Broshuis pitched six scoreless innings before allowing a home run in the seventh inning. The starter had five strikeouts in his longest outing of 2007. Justin Hedrick relieved Broshuis and gave up the game-winning hit to New Britian first baseman Brock Peterson. Peterson had both RBI for the opposition in this game.

Connecticut mounted a rally in the top of the ninth. Jake Wald drew a walk to lead off the inning. Travis Ishikawa singled with one out for his 12th hit in his last 10 games. John Bowker hit an RBI double scoring Wald. With Ishikawa standing on third, Steve Holm popped out to end the game.

Eugenio Velez batted leadoff for the Defenders. Last season's Class A Offensive Player of the Year and South Atlantic League MVP was out until Sunday with a wrist injury. Velez sustained the injury when he collided with outfielder Nate Scheirholtz in a spring training minor league game.

San Jose Giants: High Desert 6, San Jose 5 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Antoan Richardson - 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB

SS Brian Bocock - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI (1)

DH Brad Boyer - 2-5, 1 RBI (11), SB (5)

2B Anthony Contreras - 2-5, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI (27), 1 SO

RF Mike Mooney - 2-5, 1 R, 2 SO, 1 E (1)

C Adam Witter - 2-4, 1 RBI (12), 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 PB (2)

LF Alex Requena - 1-4, 1 RBI (4), 1 SO

SP Ronnie Ray - 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

RP Kelvin Pichardo - 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, L (1-2)

RP Wayne Foltin - 0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 B

RP David Quinowski - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB

A back-and-forth contest ended in a loss for San Jose. Despite putting up two runs in the top of the ninth to pull within one run of High Desert, the damage was already done. Unearned runs killed the Giants. Kelvin Pichardo allowed an unearned run to score on a sacrifice fly. High Desert catcher Adam Moore reached base on a walk, then advanced to second on a passed ball. He made it to third and home on a pair of sacrifice flies. Wayne Foltin couldn't get a batter out, giving up two walks before he was taken out of the game. David Quinowski allowed two runs to score, one unearned thanks to Mike Mooney's error, which put the Mavericks ahead for good.

Brian Bocock celebrated his promotion to San Jose with a huge game. He replaced Emmanuel Burriss on the roster when the 2006 first-round selection was demoted to Augusta, and fit nicely into the No. 2 slot in the batting order behind Antoan Richardson, Burriss's old spot. San Jose's best hitters, Mooney and Anthony Contreras, each had two hits.

Augusta Greenjackets: Augusta 5, Hickory 4 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-2, 1 RBI (1), 1 BB, 1 SB (1), 1 CS (1)

DH Matt Weston - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (11)

CF Mike McBryde - 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (18), 1 SO, 1 SB (10)

2B Sharlon Schoop - 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO

LF James Simmons - 2-3, 1 R, 2 3B (2), 2 RBI (4), 1 SO

SP Ben Snyder - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, W (4-1)

RP Paul Lussier - 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

RP Juan Trinidad - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (8)

Augusta nearly let the game get away in the late innings, but held on to win the series against Hickory. The Greenjackets got all the runs they would need in the first four innings of the game. James Simmons had a big day, hitting two RBI triples. Emmanuel Burriss was demoted to Augusta from San Jose after suffering through a terrible slump most of the season. He had a hit and a stolen base, but let his speed get him into trouble when he was caught stealing third to make the first out in the seventh inning.

Ben Snyder earned his fourth win of the year with six innings where he allowed one run. Juan Trinidad's eighth save puts him in second in the Sally League.

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