Minor League Notebook | May 23

San Jose blows a 7-0 lead and drops a heartbreaker in Modesto. Connecticut gets another strong performance from a starting pitcher, but the bullpen gets slammed in grand fashion. A top pitching prospect baffles hitters once again, and still gets tagged with his first loss of the season. Fresno gets rained out in Colorado. Just Another bad-bullpen Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Postponed (rain)

Fresno's game against Colorado Springs was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader today, beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT.

Connecticut Defenders: Binghamton 5, Connecticut 2 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

3B Jake Wald – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 1 RBI (14), 1 E (7)
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve – 2-4, 1 RBI (10), 2 SO
RF Carlos Sosa – 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (9), 1 SO
C Todd Jennings – 2-4, 1 2B (4), 1 SO
PH Stephen Holm – 0-1
SP Nick Pereira – 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
RP Justin Hedrick – 0.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, L (1-2)

Often times when two teams are locked in a pitchers duel, there is one mistake that turns out to be the difference in the game. Such was the case Wednesday night. In the seventh inning of a scoreless game, Justin Hedrick (1-2) gave up a grand slam to Binghamton's Caleb Stewart in Connecticut's 5-2 loss.

Nick Pereira blanked Binghamton through the first five innings, giving up six hits, and striking out six.

The Defenders pounded put 12 hits, but were unable to put any runs on the board until the ninth inning. Carlos Sosa led off the inning with a single and then came in to score when Jake Wald stroked a double to center. Eddy Martinez-Esteve stepped to the plate next and lined a single to center, driving in Wald to bring Connecticut within 5-2.

Notes: Stephen Holm grounded into a triple play in the seventh inning. … Carlos Sosa had three hits, including a double in the sixth inning.

San Jose Giants: Modesto 9, San Jose 8 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Mike Mooney – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 RBI (21), 1 SO
DH Tyler Von Schell – 0-2, 1 RBI (13), 1 BB, 1 SO
LF Anthony Contreras – 1-4, 2 RBI (29)
SS Brian Bocock – 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (3)
CF Antoan Richardson – 2-4, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 E (3), 1 PO
3B David Maroul – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (7), 2 RBI (18), 2 E (7)
SP Joseph Martinez – 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 BLK, W (3-2)
RP Yosandy Ibanez – 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, BS
RP David Quinowski – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, L (0-2)

With the score tied 8-8 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Jeff Kindel ripped an RBI double to bring home the winning run as Modesto stunned San Jose 9-8.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the first without the benefit of a hit. After Antoan Richardson led of with a walk and made it to third on two consecutive groundouts, he came in to score on a wild pitch.

Anthony Contreras delivered an RBI single to knock in Kyle Haines, and Tyler Von Schell brought home Richardson with a sacrifice fly as San Jose scored two more runs in the third to move in front 3-0.

San Jose's three-run fifth inning rally was highlighted by an RBI double by Mike Mooney, and a run-scoring single from Brian Bocock.

David Maroul cracked a solo homer in the sixth to put San Jose in front 6-0, and the way Joe Martinez was throwing on the mound, it looked like the Giants were on their way to victory. But the game quickly fell apart in the sixth, as Modesto rocked Martinez for four runs to close the gap to 7-4.

Yosandy Ibanez entered the game in the seventh and things only got worse. Ibanez was raked for four funs in just 1/3 of an inning, and by the time he departed, Modesto had gone in front 8-7.

Augusta GreenJackets: West Virginia 4, Augusta 2 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Robert Felmy – 2-4, 1 R
DH Matthew Weston – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 2 RBI (28)
2B Marcus Sanders – 2-3, 1 SO
CF Michael McBryde – 1-4, 1 2B (8), 1 PO
SP Kevin Pucetas – 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, L (5-1)
RP Paul Lussier – 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

West Virginia scored a pair of runs in the third inning against Kevin Pucetas in the third inning and that proved to be the difference as Augusta was defeated 4-2.

Outside of that shaky third inning, Pucetas (5-1) turned in another solid effort on the mound giving up one earned run in six innings.

The GreenJackets were handcuffed offensively by Mike McClendon, who shut them out for five innings.

Notes: Augusta avoided the shutout in the ninth, when Matthew Weston lined a two-run homer over the right field fence to pull the GreenJackets within a pair. … Michael McBryde hit his eighth double of the year in the seventh inning. … Marcus Sanders and Robert Felmy each had a pair of hits. … Despite picking up his first loss, Pucetas managed to lower his ERA to a sparkling 1.17.

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