Minor League Notebook | May 28

Somebody forgot to tell San Jose that it's not football season yet, as the pitching staff surrenders two touchdowns in a third straight loss. Fresno's bullpen falters for the second consecutive day, while Augusta's star closer blows his first save. Connecticut's bats finally wake up, but the pitching staff is missing in action. Just Another not-so-memorable Memorial Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Salt Lake 5, Fresno 4, 10 innings (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Nate Schierholtz – 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B (3), 1 BB
3B Tomas De La Rosa – 1-5, 1 RBI (15), E (4)
2B William Bergolla – 1-4, 1 RBI (10), 1 BB
CF Clay Timper – 0-5
C Justin Knoedler – 1-4, 1 2B (11), 1 RBI (17), 1 SO
1B Lance Niekro – 1-5, 1 RBI (8), 1 SO
LF Justin Leone – 3-4, 2 R, 1 SB (9), 1 BB
SP Scott Atchison – 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Pat Misch – 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Scott Munter – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Jonathan Sanchez – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Billy Sadler – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, L (3-2)

Billy Sadler struck out the first batter he faced, and then Salt Lake's bats struck back in a big way. With the game tied 4-4 in the 10th inning, Sadler (3-2) gave up consecutive doubles to Casey Smith and Adam Pavkovich and Fresno dropped a tough one 5-4.

The Grizzlies fell behind 2-0 early, but clawed their way back in the fourth inning. Nate Schierholtz started the rally with a triple, and then came home on a groundout by Lance Niekro. Following back-to-back walks by Chad Santos and Justin Leone, Tomas De La Rosa delivered a run-scoring single. After Leone stole third, William Bergolla lined a single to center to drive him in and give Fresno a 3-2 lead.

Justin Knoedler doubled home Leone in the sixth to extend the advantage to 4-2. Fresno was unable to hold the lead though; Pat Misch surrendered a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game.

Notes: Jonathan Sanchez, who was recently demoted to Triple-A by the big league club, made his first appearance in relief for Fresno and fired two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, and striking out one. … Scott Munter also tossed a scoreless inning. Schierholtz had two more hits to up his average to .335. … The loss was just the Grizzlies third in nine games this season against Salt Lake.

Connecticut Defenders: Trenton 7, Connecticut 6 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Eugenio Velez – 1-5, SB (8), 1 E
SS Mark Minicozzi – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (10)
RF Carlos Sosa – 2-5, 2 R, 1 SO
CF John Bowker – 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (11), 2 RBI (23), 1 BB, 1 SO
DH Stephen Holm – 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (8)
CF Pat Dobson – 0-3, 1 SB (5), 1 BB, 1 SO
SP Nick Pereira – 6.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP, L (1-5)
RB Osiris Matos – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP
RP Jeff Petersen – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

Monday was literally a walk in the park for Nick Pereira. Pereira walked six batters, including three in a two-run seventh inning in Connecticut's 7-6 defeat. This game was a microcosm of the Defenders season to date. When the hitting has been good, the pitching has been bad. When the pitching is good, the hitting has been awful. Connecticut has yet to get the hitting and pitching to click at the same time and it has hurt them in the standings.

In the final game of the series, the bats did their part. John Bowker's RBI single in the first brought home Carlos Sosa to put Connecticut in front 1-0. After Trenton tied the game in the top of the fourth, the Defenders answered right back in the bottom half, as Bowker scored on a fielding error and Connecticut re-claimed the lead 2-1.

The lead would be short-lived, however, because Trenton teed off against Pereira, scoring six runs over the next three innings. Trailing 5-2 in the fifth, Connecticut clawed to within 5-4, when Bowker drove in a run with a double to left field, and Stephen Holm followed with an RBI single to bring him home.

Notes: Osiris Matos had a rare bad outing, allowing two runs, three walks, and a hit batter in 2/3 of an inning. … Bowker continued his hot streak with the bat going 2-for-4, with a double and two RBI. He now has a team leading 23 RBI on the year. … Steve Holm had a big day at the plate with three hits. … Sosa and Minicozzi each had a pair of hits. … Eugenio Velez stole his eighth base.

San Jose Giants: Stockton 14, San Jose 1 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

1B Tyler Von Schell – 1-3, 1 2B (6), 1 BB, 1 SO
DH Adam Witter – 1-3, 1 SO
SS Brian Bocock – 0-3, 1 RBI (8), 1 SO
2B Kyle Haines – 1-3, 1 2B (3), 1 BB, 1 SO
CF Antoan Richardson – 0-3, 1 R, 1 E (4)
SP Joseph Martinez – 2.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, L (4-3)
RP Jerry Oakes – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 2 HR
RP David Quinowski – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K
RP Wayne Foltin – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Ugly would be the best word to describe Monday's game in San Jose. Stockton scored 11 runs in the third inning off of Joe Martinez and reliever Jerry Oakes, en route to a 14-1 pummeling of the Giants.

The normally reliable Martinez (4-3) was raked for eight runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. Oakes, who followed him, was not much better, giving up six runs and four free passes in 1 2/3. San Jose's offense was feeble at best, managing just three hits. A sacrifice fly by Brian Bocock accounted for the Giants only run.

If there was one positive for San Jose it was in the bullpen. Over the last five innings, David Quinowski, Wayne Foltin, and Ronnie Ray shut down Stockton. San Jose committed two errors. Kyle Haines and Tyler Von Schell each hit a double.

Augusta GreenJackets: Lexington 7, Augusta 6, 10 innings (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Emmanuel Burriss – 1-5, 1 R, 2 SB (8), 1 E (4)
CF Michael McBryde – 2-4, 2 RBI (23)
2B Marcus Sanders – 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB (12)
C Dayton Butler – 1-5, 2 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI (11)
RF Robert Felmy – 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 3 RBI (23), 2 SO, 1 E (4)
SP Kevin Pucetas – 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
RP Paul Lussier – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, BS
RP Juan Trinidad – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, BS
RP Robert Grace – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, L (1-3)

Robert Grace gave up a walk-off RBI single to Cesar Quintero in the 10th as Augusta dropped a heart breaker 7-6. This game went back and forth with both teams taking the lead on several occasions, only to surrender it later.

Pitching dominated early with Kevin Pucetas and Lexington's Polin Trinidad both putting up zeros on the board until the bottom of the fifth, when Pucetas gave up a RBI double. Augusta answered right back with a run in the top of the sixth as Michael McBryde singled home Marcus Sanders to tie the game at 1-1. Dayton Butler's solo shot in the seventh to put the GreenJackets in front 2-1.

The GreenJackets held a slim 2-1 advantage before a fielding error by Emmanuel Burriss, and a throwing error led to three unearned runs in the seventh inning as Lexington pulled ahead 4-2.

Trailing 4-2 in the eighth inning, Robert Felmy cracked a three-run homer and Augusta rallied to take a 5-4 lead.

Augusta handed the ball over to lights out closer Juan Trinidad, who came in and gave up a two run double in the ninth to tie the game at 6-6. It was Trinidad's first blown save in 10 chances this season.

Notes: Sanders had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base. … McBryde had a pair of RBI singles. … Burriss swiped two bags to give him eight in nine games since joining Augusta.

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