Minor League Notebook | June 4

Augusta bashes three homers, and an ace finds his groove again after a few rough outings. San Jose gets a late-inning long ball to pull out a victory. Fresno falters for the first time in a week, and Connecticut gets the day off. Just Another Home Run filled Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Albuquerque 7, Fresno 4 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Nate Schierholtz – 1-4
3B Tomas De La Rosa – 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (18)
SS Luis R. Figueroa – 2-2, 1 2B (10), 1 BB
1B Scott McClain – 0-3, 1 RBI (33), 1 BB

CF Justin Leone – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (8)
2B William Bergolla – 0-4, 1 RBI (15)

SP Travis Blackley – 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 3 HR, L (5-3)
RP Dan Giese – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

RP Pat Misch – 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
RP Scott Munter – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Starter Travis Blackley was rocked for nine hits and seven runs, which proved to be too much for the offense to overcome as Fresno fell 7-4 to snap a six-game winning streak. Blackley (5-3) had pitched very well of late, but struggled mightily in this one, giving up three homers in 4 1/3 innings.

The Grizzlies fell behind 1-0 early, but came back in the second to take the lead. Following a double by center fielder Justin Leone, third baseman Tomas De La Rosa lined an RBI single to center to bring him home. De La Rosa would later come around to score on a passed ball to put Fresno ahead 2-1.

The lead was short-lived, however, because Albuquerque stormed back to score five runs off of Blackley in the third.

Second baseman William Bergolla hit a sacrifice fly and first baseman Scott McClain drew a bases loaded walk to pull the Grizzlies within 5-4, but that was as close as they would get.

Note: Reliever Pat Misch, who could get called up if Russ Ortiz is out for an extended period of time, pitched two scoreless innings.

Connecticut Defenders: No Game Scheduled

Connecticut will kick off a three-game series against Bowie tonight at 6:35 pm E.T.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 5, Visalia 4 (Click here to see box score)

Lines of the day:

DH Tyler Von Schell – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (8), 2 RBI (30), 2 SO
1B William Thompson – 2-4, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI (19), 1 SO
2B-3B Anthony Contreras – 2-4, 2 RBI (34)
LF Ben Copeland - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
SP Darren Sack – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP
RP David Quinowski – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, W (1-2)
RP Kelvin Pichardo – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, H (2)
RP Taylor Wilding – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (9)

Trailing 4-3 in the eighth inning, designated hitter Tyler Von Schell hit a two-run homer to help San Jose past Visalia 5-4.

Infielder Anthony Contreras smacked a two-run single in the first to knock in Ben Copeland and Brian Bocock to stake San Jose to the early 2-0 lead.

Visalia knocked around San Jose starter Darren Sack for three runs in the first three frames to jump in front 3-2. Sack, who was recently demoted from Connecticut, did not have a good outing to say the least, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Giants would battle back and tie the game at 3-3 in the fourth, thanks to an RBI double off the bat of first baseman William Thompson that scored David Maroul.

The bullpen was outstanding. Relievers David Quinowski, Kelvin Pichardo and Taylor Wilding combined to shut out Visalia over the final three innings. Wilding racked up his ninth save.

Notes: Von Schell has hit eight homers and 30 RBI in 22 games with San Jose. … Left fielder Ben Copeland had a pair of hits, and also scored two runs.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 7, Asheville 2 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Marcus Sanders – 2-4, 1 2B (8), 1 SB (15)
1B Brett Pill – 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B (19), 1 HR (3), 3 RBI (37), 2 SO
LF Robert Felmy – 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 3 RBI (33), 1 PO
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR (6), 1 RBI (30), 1 SO
SS Emmanuel Burriss – 3-5, 3 R, 1 SB (9), 1 SO
RF Sharlon Schoop – 2-4, 1 SB (4)
SP Ben Snyder – 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, W (5-2)

Augusta hit three homeruns and pounded out 14 hits in support of starter Ben Snyder, who turned in a strong performance on the hill in a 7-2 victory.

The GreenJackets struck quickly, putting a pair of runs on the board in the first. After infielders Emmanual Burriss and Ryan Rohlinger led off the game with back-to-back singles, left fielder Robert Felmy hammered a two-run double to bring them home.

Felmy came through with a clutch hit again in the fifth inning, lining a base hit to center that scored Burriss, and put Augusta in front 3-0.

The homer barrage began in the fifth when Brett Pill launched a two-run blast into the right field seats. In the seventh, Rohlinger and Felmy each added solo blasts to give the GreenJackets a comfortable 7-1 cushion.

Snyder (5-2), who was coming off of consecutive shaky outings, turned things around in a big way, allowing one run and striking out eight over seven innings.

Notes: Pill drove in three runs to give him a team-leading 37 for the season. … Second baseman Marcus Sanders had a pair of hits, including his eighth double. He also stole his 15th base. … Burriss had a huge game going 3-for-5, with three runs scored and a stolen base.

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