Minor League Notebook | May 31

A baseball game descends into circus antics in a wild one in Fresno. Up the road from the Central Valley the San Jose Giants put on a hit parade of their own. Augusta's cruising along with the usual suspects driving them to success. Connecticut is stuck in reverse. Fire up the clown car for Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 11, Round Rock 10 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
2B William Bergolla - 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI (12), 2 SB (3)
SS Luis Figueroa - 2-4, 3 RBI (20), 1 SO, 1 SB (5)
3B Tomas De La Rosa - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB
RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI (30)
LF Brian Horwitz - 2-3, 3 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI (5), 1 BB
C Justin Knoedler - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (12), 3 RBI (20), 1 SO
SP Sun Woo Kim - 3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP
RP Pat Misch - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR
RP Dan Giese - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, W (1-0)
RP Jonathan Sanchez - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, H (1)
RP Billy Sadler - 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3 WP, SV (3)

It was a free-for-all in Fresno. Sun Woo Kim was promoted to the rotation when Brian Bowles retired last week and celebrated by detonating. The third inning was particularly bad, with Kim allowing six of his seven runs on a base hit, a double, and a triple. Grizzlies manager Dan Rohn was ejected in the inning as well. Kim left the game after three innings and down 7-0 before Fresno rallied in a similarly nutty fashion to Round Rock's offense. The Express made four errors, one in the fourth inning where the Grizzlies scored five runs. Justin Knoedler drove in two runs with a double and Nate Schierholtz got another RBI to raise his team leading total to 30.

Five more runs came in Fresno's half of the fifth inning. Brian Horwitz has been a revelation since coming up to AAA and Thursday night he added another RBI to his total with a 2 for 3 game. The base stealers came out to play in the inning too. Luis Figueroa and William Bergolla each stole second.

The Grizzlies' pitchers wanted to make it interesting. Kim's awful start aside, the pitchers were all over the place. Jonathan Sanchez pitched two innings and didn't allow a hit but threw a wild pitch. Billy Sadler earned the save after giving up two runs to bring Round Rock within one run of the lead, throwing three wild pitches. Somehow Dan Giese survived the wildness around him and buckled down to get the win.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 7, Portland 1 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
RF Alex Requena - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI (14), 2 SO, 1 E (5)
2B Trey Webb - 2-3, 1 2B (2), 1 SO
SP Garrett Broshuis - 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, L (1-7)
RP Brooks McNiven - 2 2-3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 HBP
RP Jeff Petersen - 2 1-3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 WP

Nothing went right in Connecticut's 11th loss in their last 13 games. Since losing to New Britain on May 19 and suffering through a seven game losing streak after that, the Defenders needed something dynamic to change their fortunes. Starting pitcher Garrett Broshuis was not dynamic. He lost his fourth decision in a row despite pitching well. Broshuis suffered from the unearned run again, this time allowing two unearned runs to score in the third inning via Jake Wald's fielding error. Travis Ishikawa committed the other error of the game in the seventh inning to saddle Brooks McNiven with three unearned runs. Portland's Eric Crozier reached on Ishikawa's fielding error and the next batter, Andrew Pinckney doubled to score two more runs.

Broshuis' start was his first truly bad effort all year. Despite not being on the hook for those two runs he only lasted four innings. Seven losses at the end of May on his record don't look very good either. The Defenders have the worst record in the Eastern League in no small part due to this sort of poor play. Also of note in the loss: Eugenio Velez sat out his second game in a row, after getting one at bat and stealing two bases.

San Jose Giants:  San Jose 13, Bakersfield 2 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (22)
SS Brian Bocock - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 1 BB
LF Ben Copeland - 0-1, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP
1B Tyler Von Schell - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 5 RBI (21), 1 BB, 3 SO
RF Mike Mooney - 1-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (6)
DH Adam Witter - 1-5, 2 RBI (16)
3B David Maroul - 4-5, 2 R, 1 HR (9), 4 RBI (23), 1 SO
C Pablo Sandoval - 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI (16), 1 SO
SP Paul Oseguera - 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, W (4-2)
RP Kelvin Pichardo - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
RP Taylor Wilding - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

Bakersfield had a slight edge over San Jose with 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Then the Giants exploded for 11 unanswered runs, seven runs coming in that sixth inning. Antoan Richardson led off the inning with a bunt base hit. Brian Bocock has burned up the California League since his promotion earlier in the month and here got on base with an infield hit. Ben Copeland was the only starter without a hit in the game, but he generated offense in his own way, by walking and getting hit by pitches. Back from missing six games due to injury, Copeland drew two walks in the inning. Tyler Von Schell had the big blow with a grand slam following Copeland's first walk. The Giants would bat around in the inning and give Richardson a chance to steal his team best 22nd base. David Maroul hit a two run homer in the seventh inning and then it was back to disaster for Bakersfield in the eighth. Von Schell collected his fifth RBI of the night on a bases-loaded walk and the Giants scored three more times before Pablo Sandoval struck out to end the inning.

Don't overlook the pitching in this one. Starter Paul Oseguera was down two runs but pitched very well, striking out seven hitters. The bullpen slammed the door after Oseguera was done. Kelvin Pichardo and Taylor Wilding were flawless in two innings of relief.

Augusta Greenjackets: Augusta 6, Greensboro 2 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 2-4, 1 RBI (6), 1 SO, CS (3)
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
RF Bobby Felmy - 1-4, 1 RBI (26)
1B Brett Pill - 1-4, 2 RBI (34), 2 SO, 1 E (3)
CF Mike McBryde - 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B (2), 2 SO
2B Sharlon Schoop - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (14), 1 SO
LF James Simmons - 1-2, 1 RBI (10), 1 SO, 1 HBP
SP Clayton Tanner - 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 1 PO, W (7-2)
RP Robert Grace - 2 1-3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, H (2)
RP Steven Calicutt - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Augusta won their third game in a row--and gained ground on Asheville and Columbus-- thanks to Clayton Tanner's latest good start. The offense rallied to pick up one of their best pitchers, scoring three runs in the seventh inning to solidify the win. Mike McBryde led off the third inning with a triple and scored on James Simmons' base hit. Emmanuel Burriss had two hits and one RBI. His base hit scored one of two Augusta runs in the fifth inning and the shortstop has raised his batting average over .300 with the Greenjackets. In 11 games in low-A Burriss is showing much improvement over the terrible slump he had in San Jose.

Tanner has been outstanding all year with seven wins and an ERA under 2.00, but can't touch staff ace Adam Cowart who boasts one more win and an even smaller ERA at 1.87. Still, Augusta benefits from having the one-two punch even if it comes as a packaged deal with Tanner and Henry Sosa working in tandem. Tanner made the start Thursday without his pitching buddy Sosa to relieve him. Steven Calicutt has been used sparingly in relief after pitching in the rotation through part of April and May. Calicutt's appearance was his first since last Wednesday.

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