Minor League Notebook | May 22

The bullpen struggles late, but a homer in the 10th powers Augusta to victory. A former major league pitcher gives up 10 runs in the first, as Fresno gets pounded. The offense finally shows signs of life for Connecticut, but the pitching staff has a rare off day. San Jose rallies late, but comes up just short in a Cal League showdown. It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Colorado Springs 12, Fresno 4 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Nate Schierholtz – 0-3, 1 SO
2B Luis R. Figueroa – 1-4
CF Clay Timper – 0-3, 1 BB, 2 SO
C Guillermo Rodriguez – 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI (12), 1 BB
1B Lance Niekro – 1-4
RF Brian Horwitz – 1-1, 1 2B, 1 RBI
SP Matt Kinney – 0.2 IP, 8 H, 10 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, L (3-5)
RP Dan Giese – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Erick Threets – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
RP Scott Munter – 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Matt Kinney was shelled, giving up 10 runs, and eight hits in 2/3 of an inning in Fresno's 12-4 loss. Due to a pair of throwing errors by the Grizzlies in the first inning, all but one of the runs charged to Kinney (3-5) were unearned.

Guillermo Rodriguez was one of the few bright spots for Fresno offensively. Rodriguez clubbed a two-run homer in the ninth, and also hit an RBI single in the fifth. Brian Horwitz smacked an RBI double in the eighth inning. The bullpen had a pretty good night with all things considered, as four relievers combined to allow two runs over the final 7 1/3 innings.

Connecticut Defenders: Binghamton 6, Connecticut 5 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

1B Travis Ishikawa – 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (12)
SS Mark Minicozzi – 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 CS, 1 E (3)
RF Carlos Sosa – 2-4, 1 2B (8), 2 RBI (11)
CF John Bowker – 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR (6), 1 RBI (18), 1 BB, 1 E (2)
SP Eugene Espineli – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
RP Osiris Matos – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, BS
RP Ben Cox – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER 1 BB, 0 K, L (0-5)

Connecticut's pitching staff has been outstanding lately, while the offense has been struggling. On Tuesday, however, it was the offense that came to life, while the pitching faltered in the late innings. With the score tied 5-5 and two outs in the ninth, Ben Cox (0-5) surrendered a walk-off RBI single to send Connecticut to a 6-5 loss.

Things were looking promising for the Defenders early on as they rallied for three runs in the third inning to snap a 1-1 tie. Mark Minicozzi tripled to center to start the rally. After John Bowker reached on an error, Travis Ishikawa, who has heated up with the bat as of late, lined an RBI single up the middle to drive in Minicozzi. One batter later, Carlos Sosa smashed a two-run double down the first base line to give Connecticut a 4-1 lead.

The way Eugene Espineli was throwing early on, it looked like Connecticut was in position to get a win. Espineli was tremendous through the first six innings, allowing two runs. However in the seventh, it all began to unravel for Espineli, as Binghamton scored two runs off of him.

Bowker smashed a solo homer in the first inning. It was his sixth round-tripper of the year. Ishikawa had two more hits and an RBI. He has had at least two hits in five of his last seven games.

San Jose Giants: Modesto 7, San Jose 6 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Michael Mooney – 2-4, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI (20)
DH Tyler Von Schell – 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 1 HR (3), 4 RBI (12), 1 SO
C Adam Witter – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 BB, 1 SO
SS Brian Bocock – 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI (2)
CF Alex Requena – 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
SP Gregorio Martinez – 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, L (3-2)
RP Sergio Romo – 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Gregorio Martinez struggled all night long, and a late rally by San Jose fell short in a 7-6 loss to second place Modesto 7-6.

Martinez (3-2) gave up six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, and by the time his night was done, the Giants were trailing 7-2.

San Jose made things interesting in the seventh inning. Following a walk by Adam Witter, Alex Requena singled, and then Brian Bocock delivered an RBI base hit of his own. One out later, Tyler Von Schell launched a three-run homer to pull the Giants within 7-6.

Von Schell also hit an RBI double in the fourth. Michael Mooney went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the fourth, and a double in the second. Sergio Romo continued his outstanding work out of the bullpen, tossing two scoreless innings.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 4, West Virginia 3, 10 innings (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Emmanuel Burriss – 1-5, 1 E, 1 CS (2), PO
DH Brett Pill – 2-4, 1 2B (14), 2 RBI (28)
CF Michael McBryde – 2-4, 1 RBI (19)
2B Sharlon Schoop – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI (13)
SP Henry Sosa – 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, HR
RP Daniel Griffin – 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, H
RP David Newton – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, BS, W (1-0)

Michael McBryde's RBI single in the top of the second gave the GreenJackets the early 1-0 advantage. Augusta scored two more runs in the third, when Brett Pill lined a two-run double into the left field corner to give the GreenJackets a 3-0 lead.

Starter Henry Sosa was masterful on the mound once again, giving up just one run on two hits in five innings, lowering his ERA to a sparkling 0.63.

It appeared as though Sosa would pick up the win, but Augusta's bullpen faltered in the ninth. Emmanuel Burriss' throwing error lead to two unearned runs as West Virginia rallied for two unearned runs against Dan Griffin to tie the game at 3-3 and send it to extra innings. David Newton, came in and got out of the jam without any further damage. He also pitched a scoreless 10th inning to pick up his first win.

Sharlon Schoop belted a solo homer in the top of the 10th to break a 3-3 tie and send Augusta home with a 4-3 victory.

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