Minor League Notebook | June 7

It's draft day, which might mean some other prospects aren't feeling loved. So they put together a couple of shutouts. But, surprise! It wasn't the two teams that lead their respective leagues in pitching. But then, there's that one team with eight errors, and one guy with four of them by himself. It's just another Draft Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 3, Las Vegas 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

2B-RF Luis Figueroa - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B (1)
RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SF, 1 HBP
1B Scott McClain - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR (7), 2 RBI, 1 BB
CF Dave Roberts - 0-4, 2 SO
SP Chris Begg - 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO

Begg was spectacular, as the Grizzlies picked up an important win over their division rival. Begg threw his first nine inning complete game of the year, and of course, all his first shut out. The Grizzlies would get all they needed in the first, after Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly to score Figueroa after his triple. They'd get two more on McClain's sixth inning home run.

Schierholtz was replaced in the eighth inning after being hit by a pitch. He stayed in to run, but was replaced at the end of the half inning. McClain's home run put him with one of Justin Leone's team-leading eight. Begg's ERA of 2.88 makes him the leader among starters by more than a full run. Quietly, Fresno has won eight of its last nine, after taking the first game from cellar-dwelling Las Vegas.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 5, Bowie 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

RF John Bowker - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (13), 1 SO, 1 HBP
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-4, 1 PO
SP Geno Espineli - 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, W (5-2)

While it wasn't a complete game shutout, the Defenders matched Fresno in terms of pitching. Espineli went six shutout innings, scattering six innings and one walk. Ryan Sadowski picked up the three inning save, giving up just a hit and a walk. The Defenders gathered three runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-RBI Ishikawa single following a Bowker double. They'd pick up two more in the fifth after a Trey Webb triple.

Bowker remains one of the hottest hitters in Connecticut, at least as hot as a hitter can be there. His 13th double breaks a four way tie with Pat Dobson, Jake Wald and Carlos Sosa for the team lead. Espineli has been inconsistent at times, but his 2.36 ERA is 3rd best among active teammates, behind just Alexander Hinshaw and Dave McKae, who has only pitched one game, a shutout outing, in Double-A.

San Jose Giants: Lake Elsinore 13, San Jose 3 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

RF Michael Mooney - 2-3, 1 SO, 1 E (4)
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 SB (27)
SS Brian Bocock - 1-4, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 4 E (4)
LF Ben Copeland - 1-4, 1 SO
SP Gregorio Martinez - 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, L (4-4)

The Giants really stumbled and bumbled this one. The team committed eight errors, leading to eight unearned runs to lose this one. The team spread the errors out, never committing more than two in a single inning, but Bocock was responsible for four of them, his first four in San Jose. The team only managed to score in the seventh inning, thanks to three singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.

Mooney left the game in the seventh after injuring his hamstring. Bocock's four errors were his first in 16 games at San Jose, but he'd committed eight others in 39 games while at Augusta. The previous season-high in errors for the Giants was four, on May 2. The Giants had committed more than two errors just four times this season.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 8, Savannah 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

SS Emmanuel Burris - 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B (2), 1 SO, 1 SB (12)
RF Bobby Felmy - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR (6), 4 RBI, 1 SO
2B Marcus Sanders - 1-4, 1 2B (10), 1 RBI, 1 SO
C Dayton Buller - 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
SP Henry Sosa - 5 1-3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO, 1 HBP, W (6-0)
RP Paul Lussier - 2 2-3, IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP

The GreenJackets had another very strong offensive explosion as they roll towards a playoff spot. Burriss once again was the catalyst, as he singled to lead off the game for the GreenJackets, stole second and scored on a Felmy single. But in the third, he had a one out triple that kicked off a four run rally, and then scored two more in the fourth on Felmy's sixth home run of the year.

You know you're having a good year when giving up one run in at least five innings of work raises your ERA. Sosa's ERA rose from 0.67 to 0.76 after his outing. Burriss remains red hot since coming down to Low-A ball.

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