Minor League Notebook | June 3

San Jose's best pitcher hasn't looked even good lately. Dave McKae should be considered at least on the cusp of the best. Fresno's best play all year won them a sixth straight game. Augusta had to go long to remain the best in the Sally League. It's the Best Edition of Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 3, Albuquerque 1 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Clay Timpner - 2-5, 2 SO, 1 CS (7)

SS Luis Figueroa - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB

RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-4

1B Scott McClain - 1-2, 1 2B (9), 2 RBI (32), 1 BB, 1 SO

2B William Bergolla - 1-4, 1 R

LF Brian Horwitz - 1-4

SP Matt Palmer - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, W (4-3)

RP Jonathan Sanchez - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, H (2)

RP Billy Sadler - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, SV (4)

Fresno rolls to their sixth straight win behind Matt Palmer, who won his second start of the week. Palmer followed his win May 29 with a similarly productive start Sunday. The right-hander allowed one run, while striking out six hitters.

By the time the Isotopes scored their one run the Grizzlies had staked Palmer to a three-run lead, so Chad Hermansen's RBI double meant little.

First baseman Scott McClain took over the team lead in RBI from right fielder Nate Schierholtz with two RBI. McClain's 32 RBI sits one ahead of Schierholtz's total for the year.

Fresno's first run came on McClain's sacrifice fly. Left fielder Brian Horwitz had a base hit that got him to second base, and brought William Bergolla home due to an Isotopes error. It was McClain again in the sixth inning, this time doubling home shortstop Luis Figueroa.

Reliever Jonathan Sanchez is getting the call often since his return to the Fresno bullpen. The lefty has pitched six innings since being sent down in late May, and allowed one hit over two innings Sunday.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 4, Portland 3 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

3B/RF Trey Webb - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (5)

2B Eugenio Velez - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 3B (2), 1 RBI (1), 2 SO

LF John Bowker - 1-3, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI (26), 1 BB

C Steve Holm - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (3)

SS Jake Wald - 1-4, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI (15), 1 SO

SP Dave McKae - 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, W (1-0)

RP Ryan Sadowski - 2-3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 WP

RP Brian Anderson - 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, SV (11)

A day for firsts in Connecticut turned up all things good for the Defenders. After going 5-1 in San Jose, Dave McKae's first start in Double-A proved his time has arrived. McKae pitched seven strong innings without allowing a run and struck out a season-high eight batters.

Closer Brian Anderson closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning to earn his 11th save. Given that Connecticut has won 19 games, Anderson's saving 11 of those wins is quite a feat.

More firsts for Connecticut: second baseman Eugenio Velez had his first RBI of the season with a triple in the first inning to score utilityman Trey Webb. He later scored on left fielder John Bowker's groundout. Velez would also double in the sixth inning.

Shortstop Jake Wald had an RBI double in the seventh to score Carlos Sosa. The fourth Connecticut run would score on another groundout, this time with Mark Minicozzi hitting into a double play to bring catcher Steve Holm home.

Reliever Ryan Sadowski threatened to let the lead get away when he came in pitch the eighth inning. Sadowski was all over the place with his control, releasing two wild pitches. Portland scored twice in the inning on a pair of doubles. Seems the Defenders can't get a win without having to grind for it.

San Jose Giants: Stockton 5, San Jose 3 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Antoan Richardson - 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO

DH Kyle Haines - 3-5, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI (10), 1 SO

SS Brian Bocock - 1-5, 1 R, 2 SO

1B Tyler Von Schell - 0-3, 1 RBI (28), 1 SO

3B David Maroul - 1-4, 1 RBI (25), 1 E (9)

LF Ben Copeland - 2-3, 1 BB

SP Joey Martinez - 6 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, L (4-4)

RP Sergio Romo - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Starter Joey Martinez has saved his worst for the last few weeks. San Jose's ace started the year strong and had a streak during May where he allowed one earned run in five straight starts before he blew up May 28 against Stockton, allowing eight runs in only 2 1/3 innings.

Sunday he faltered again to take his second loss in as many starts. Martinez allowed three runs in the third inning, when walks and extra base hits were his undoing. Stockton scored two runs in the seventh inning before Martinez could record an out.

Reliever Sergio Romo recovered from a rough outing June 1 against Bakersfield with two innings pitched Sunday. He relieved Martinez following the Stockton home run. Romo was a starter in Augusta last season, but is being used as an effective reliever in San Jose.

The Giants tried their best to come back. They scored twice in the third inning using small ball tactics. Center fielder Antoan Richardson walked and made a stop at each base following a base hit, a groundout, and a sacrifice fly. Third baseman David Maroul had an RBI single to score shortstop Brian Bocock in the inning. Richardson walked and scored again in the fifth inning but that was all San Jose would get for the game.

Augusta Greenjackets: Augusta 5, Asheville 2, 10 innings (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Marcus Sanders - 3-5, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (14)

LF Bobby Felmy - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI (30), 2 SO

RF Mike McBryde - 1-1, 1 2B (9), 1 RBI (24)

1B Brett Pill - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (18)

DH Dayton Buller - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI (17)

SS Sharlon Schoop - 1-4, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI (15), 1 SO

CF James Simmons - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 1 SO

SP Adam Cowart - 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 1 PO

RP Dan Griffin - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

RP David Newton - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, W (2-0)

RP Juan Trinidad - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, SV (11)

Augusta banged the ball all over the diamond and still had to scramble for a win. Greenjackets ace Adam Cowart allowed two runs to Asheville on a home run. Designated hitter Dayton Buller answered with a home run to tie the game in the fourth. The score stood tied at 2-2 in a duel between bullpens. Relievers Dan Griffin and David Newton combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

The Greenjackets used the home run as leverage again in the 10th inning when center fielder James Simmons hit a solo homer to put Augusta ahead. Second baseman Marcus Sanders had a base hit and scored on left fielder Bobby Felmy's double. Right fielder Mike McBryde came into the game as a pinch-hitter and promptly hit a double to score Felmy.

A three-run lead was more than enough for reliever Juan Trinidad. Augusta's closer shut the Tourists down in the bottom of the 10th inning for his 11th save of the year. It ties him for the lead in saves in the South Atlantic League with Greensboro's Blake Jones. Jones is on the disabled list and racked up his 11 saves prior to his last appearance on May 12.

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