Minor League Notebook | May 21

A top young hurler has a rare bad outing for Augusta, but still manages to get a win thanks to an offensive outburst. Fresno falls behind early, and then battles back to get the tying run to second with one out in the ninth, only to fall short at the end. San Jose gets a day off before a CAL League showdown. Connecticut also gets a break. Just Another offensive Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Colorado Springs 7, Fresno 6 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Nate Schierholtz – 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB (4)
2B Luis R. Figueroa – 2-5, 2 RBI (17)
CF Clay Timper – 4-5, 2 R, 1 3B (2), 1 HR (2), 1 RBI (18)
1B Scott McClain – 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI (27), 1 SO
2B William Bergolla – 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B (5), 1 RBI (9)
LF Brian Horwitz – 2-4
SP Chris Begg – 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, L (1-1)
RP Billy Sadler – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Trailing 7-5 entering the ninth inning, Fresno made things interesting. Following a leadoff double by Chad Santos, Luis Figueroa singled him home to pull the Grizzlies within 7-6. Nate Schierholtz then delivered a single to put runners at first and third with just one out, bringing up Scott McClain. Unfortunately, McClain grounded into an inning ending double play to end the game.

Fresno starter Chris Begg (1-1) was knocked around, giving up five earned runs in five innings.

Despite the fact that the Grizzlies trailed 6-1 at one point, they kept battling back all game long. Trailing 6-2 in the fifth, Fresno's bats came to life. Clay Timper tripled to lead off the inning, and then came around to score on a fielder's choice. Schierholtz lined a single to center, and then stole second base. Schierholtz would come in to score on a single off the bat of McClain. William Bergolla wrapped a double to right, which brought home McClain to pull the Grizzlies within one at 6-5.

Clay Timpner, who has been scalding hot at the plate, had another big game going 4-for-5, with a triple, homer, and two runs scored. He is currently batting .373 for the year. Schierholtz upped his average to .354 with two more hits. Brian Horwitz played in his first game since being called up from Connecticut and picked up a pair of hits.

Connecticut Defenders: No Game Scheduled

After dropping two of three games against New Britain over the weekend -- despite getting outstanding pitching efforts -- the Defenders had the day off. Connecticut will be back in action tonight against Binghamton for the start of a three-game series. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. ET.

San Jose Giants: No Game Scheduled

Following a rough weekend that saw the pitching staff get knocked around against High Desert, San Jose received a much needed break. The Giants will travel to Modesto for a five-game showdown with second-place Modesto. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 10, West Virginia 5 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Emmanuel Burriss – 2-5, 2 R, 3 SB (4), 1 SO
RF Robert Felmy – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 1 RBI (19), 1 SB (11), 1 BB
1B Brett Pill – 1-4, 1 2B (13), 3 RBI (26), 1 SO
LF James Simmons – 2-3, 1 RBI (5), 1 SB (6), 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS (2)
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 2-2, 4 R, 1 2B (12), 2 RBI (21), 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 E (5)
DH Matthew Weston – 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 3 RBI (26)
SP Clayton Tanner – 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HR, 1 PO, W (5-2)
RP Robert Grace – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, H
RP Juan Trinidad – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Throughout most of the season the pitching staff has been carrying Augusta, but on Monday, the offense picked up the slack, pounding out 12 hits and scoring 10 runs, in a 10-5 rout. Matthew Weston belted a two-run homer in the fifth, and Brett Pill smacked a two run double, to pace Augusta's offensive attack.

The GreenJackets got things going in the top of the first. Emmanuel Burriss singled to lead off the game, and then stole second base. Following a walk by Ryan Rohlinger, Burriss stole third, and then came around to score on a Robert Felmy double. Rohlinger later came home on a fielder's choice to give Augusta the 2-0 advantage.

With the game tied 4-4 in the fifth inning, Rohlinger roped an RBI double to bring in Burriss. Three batters later, Matthew Weston tattooed a two-run blast, to put the GreenJackets back in front for good 7-4.

Starter Clayton Tanner (5-2), who has been stellar all season long, scuffled a bit, giving up three earned runs in five innings. Robert Grace relieved Tanner and was brilliant, allowing one run in three innings, while striking out seven and walking none.

Burriss continues to wield a hot bat. In his second game with Augusta, he went 2-for-5, with three stolen bases, and two runs scored. The top three batters in the lineup: Burriss, Rohlinger, and Felmy combined to go 6-for-11 with seven runs scored, two doubles, three RBI, and four stolen bases. Augusta ran wild on the base paths stealing five bases total. Juan Trinidad pitched a scoreless ninth to lower his ERA to 0.82.

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