Minor League Notebook | May 30

In a reversal of roles, one of Augusta's top hurlers has a shaky outing, but the bats pick up the slack by putting 12 runs on the board. Fresno's offense erupts for a big inning in support of a rising pitching prospect. Simmons slams two long-balls to help Connecticut snap a losing streak, while San Jose gets a day off. Just Another Perfect Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 8, Round Rock 1 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
RF Nate Schierholtz – 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (19), 2 RBI (29), 1 SO
3B Tomas De La Rosa – 3-3, 1 2B (13), 2 RBI (17) 1 BB
1B Scott McClain – 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI (28), 1 BB
LF Brian Horwitz – 1-4, 1 RBI (4)
C Guillermo Rodriguez – 1-4, 1 RBI (14)
LF Justin Leone – 4-4, 1 R, 2 RBI (25), 1 HBP
SP Travis Blackley – 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K, W (5-2)
RP Scott Munter – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
RP Billy Sadler – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Travis Blackley threw seven shutout innings and the offense erupted for five runs in the fifth inning as Fresno defeated Round Rock 8-1.

Justin Leone who had a huge day at the plate going 4-for-4, gave Fresno the early 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI single. The Grizzlies tacked on another run in the fourth when Leone scored on a run scoring double off the bat of Tomas De La Rosa.

Then in the fifth inning, Fresno busted the game wide open. Following back-to-back singles by Blackley and William Bergolla to lead off the inning, Luis Figueroa reached on an error to load the bases. That brought to the plate the hot-hitting Nate Schierholtz, who smashed a two-run double into the right field corner. After Scott McClain was intentionally walked to re-load the bases, Leone hit a two-run single. Two batters later, Brian Horwitz singled to drive in McClain and give Fresno a 7-0 cushion.

That was more than Blackley would need as he gave up just two hits and struck out five to notch is fifth win.

De La Rosa had three hits. Fresno's offense pounded out 13 hits. Billy Sadler pitched a scoreless ninth. With the win, Fresno moved back to the .500 mark at 27-27.

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

Lines of the day:
2B Trey Webb – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI (4), 1 SB (4), 1 SO
3B Mark Minicozzi – 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB
LF Carlos Sosa – 2-4, 1 R, 1 E (3)
RF John Bowker – 1-4,1 R, 1 CS (3), 1 SO
1B Travis Ishikawa – 2-4, 1 RBI (13), 1 SO
C Todd Jennings – 1-4, 1 RBI (8) 1 SO
CF Pat Dobson – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI (10), 1 SO
SP Alexander Hinshaw – 5 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, W (2-1)
RP Ryan Sadowski – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, H
RP Brian Anderson – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, SV (9)

Pat Dobson and Trey Webb homered and Alex Hinshaw threw five outstanding innings to lead Connecticut to a 5-2 victory.

Dobson smacked a solo shot in the bottom of the first to kick off the scoring for the Defenders. With the game tied at 1 in the fourth, John Bowker grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, to drive in Mark Minicozzi with the go-ahead run. Travis Ishikawa stepped to the plate next and came through with a clutch RBI single, scoring Carlos Sosa with another run to give Connecticut a 3-1 lead.

Three runs would be all that Hinshaw (2-1) would need as he was in cruise control on the mound, limiting Portland to one run and one hit. Ryan Sadowski relieved Hnshaw in the sixth and was equally as effective, tossing three perfect innings.  Brian Anderson closed the door in the ninth, with a scoreless frame to register his ninth save.

Webb, who belted a solo shot in the fifth, had two hits for the second game in a row. He also swiped his fourth base. Todd Jennings hit an RBI single in the eighth. Seven of the eight Connecticut regulars in the lineup had at least one hit.

San Jose Giants: No Game Scheduled

Following a thrilling walk-off victory over Stockton on Tuesday night, San Jose had the day off. The Giants will be back in action tonight for the start of a three game series against Bakersfield at 7:00 p.m.

Augusta GreenJackets:  Augusta 12, Greensboro 6 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
RF Matthew Weston – 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI (31)
DH Dayton Butler – 3-5, 1 2B (7), 3 RBI (14), 2 SO
LF Robert Felmy – 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI (25), 1 PO
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B (16), 2 HR (5), 4 RBI (29), 1 BB
SS Emmanuel Burriss – 4-5, 2 R, 1 RBI (5)
CF James Simmons – 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (9), 2 SO
C Henry Gutierrez- Portalatin – 2-4, 1 R, 1 E (3)
SP Ben Snyder – 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
RP Dan Griffin – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, BS (2), W (4-2)

Ryan Rohlinger swatted a pair of home runs and drove in four runs, and James Simmons added a solo blast to helped Augusta double-up Greensboro 12-6.

The GreenJackets offense came out on fire, as Rohlinger clubbed a two-run blast in the first to make it 2-0. After Greensboro put three runs on the board in the top of the second, James Simmons went yard for the second time this season to tie the score at 3. Greensboro again answered back in the third, scoring a pair of runs off of Ben Snyder to take a 5-3 lead. Snyder, who has been dominate all year long, had a rare rough outing surrendering five earned runs in five innings. The offense picked up the slack for Snyder in a big way. In the bottom of the third, Dayton Butler drilled a two-run double into the left field corner to tie the score 5-5.

Rohlinger hit his second homer of the night, a solo blast in the fifth to put Augusta back on top 6-5. After Greensboro tied the score in the top of the sixth, The GreenJackets came roaring back to score three runs in the bottom of the inning. With runners at second and third, Simmons knocked in Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin with an RBI single. On the play, a throwing error allowed Marcus Sanders to score. A few batters later, Robert Felmy hit a sacrifice fly to put Augusta on top 9-6.

Dan Griffin kept the Greensboro offense at bay after Snyder departed, allowing one run over four innings to pick up his fourth win.

Emmanuel Burriss had four hits and scored a pair of runs. Matthew Weston picked up his 31st RBI with a run-scoring single in the eighth inning. Dayton Butler went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in. Augusta collected season-high 18 hits.

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