Minor League Notebook | June 10

The Giants took a little trip Saturday to a big ballpark and ever since then they can't find a way to win. Meanwhile the other teams in the system stuck with familiar things to win their games: Fresno's bullpen stepped up. Connecticut won a low-scoring one run game. Augusta just hit the ball hard and let their pitchers do the rest. Stay close for Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 8, Las Vegas 7 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
2B Luis Figueroa - 2-6, 2 R
RF Nate Schierholtz - 3-5, 3 R, 1 BB
1B Scott McClain - 2-6, 1 2B (10), 3 RBI (39), 1 SO
CF Justin Leone - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (10), 3 RBI (32)
C Justin Knoedler - 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR (5), 2 RBI (24), 1 SO
SP Travis Blackley - 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO
RP Scott Atchison - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, H (3)
RP Billy Sadler - 1-3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, H (2)
RP Dan Giese - 1 2-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, BS (3), W (3-0)
RP Pat Misch - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, SV (1)

Fresno played in and won its second extra innings game in the series against Las Vegas Sunday. Starting pitcher Travis Blackley gave up Fresno's two run lead when he allowed back to back hits in third inning. Blackley also walked a run in that inning. Wilson Valdez had a base hit for Las Vegas in the inning and would score, and he repeated the act in the fourth inning when he doubled and then scored. Delwyn Young had both RBI. The Grizzlies came back to score five runs over the sixth and seventh innings. The Justins, Leone and Knoedler, both hit home runs.

Dan Giese has been a hero in relief this week but here he nearly blew the game. Las Vegas scored one run against Giese to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Knoedler hit his second home run of the game to break the tie in the eleventh inning. Pat Misch retired the side in the bottom of the inning and got his first save of the year.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 2, Binghamton 1 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
2B Eugenio Velez - 2-3, 1 RBI (5), 1 CS (2)
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI (17), 1 E (7)
CF Pat Dobson - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (14), 2 SO
SP Garrett Broshuis - 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
RP Osiris Matos - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
RP Justin Hedrick - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, W (2-3)

Binghamton and Connecticut battled through a 1-1 tie and finally the Defenders came away with a feel good win. Travis Ishikawa led off the bottom of the ninth with a line drive home run. The blast punctuated Connecticut's sixth win in their last seven games.

Garrett Broshuis got the no-decision once again. Broshuis went seven innings allowing the tying run in the fourth inning. Connecticut had scored in the third inning when Pat Dobson doubled and reached third on an error. Eugenio Velez brought Dobson home on a sacrifice fly. Osiris Matos and Justin Hedrick set up Ishikawa for the walkoff heroics with two innings of scoreless relief.

San Jose Giants: Lake Elsinore 10, San Jose 9, 12 innings - continuation of suspended game from 06-09-07 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
CF Antoan Richardson - 3-6, 1 3B (4)
3B David Maroul - 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B (16)
1B Pablo Sandoval - 3-5, 4 R, 1 2B (10), 1 HR (5), 2 RBI (19), 1 BB
2B Brad Boyer - 2-5, 1 R
C Adam Witter - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (11), 1 HR (3), 5 RBI (24), 1 SO
SP Darren Sack - 4 1-3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR
RP Kelvin Pichardo - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, BS (3)
RP Taylor Wilding - 1 1-3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
RP Sergio Romo - 1 2-3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, BS (3)
RP Ryan Paul - 1 1-3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, L (3-1)

The Storm and Giants had a blast playing their Saturday game at Petco Park. The teams had so much fun they went into extra innings and had to resume the game Sunday back at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore after their 9-9 game was called in the tenth inning. The San Diego Padres had a game scheduled at seven o'clock that day so their minor league club had to vacate.

The game was a slugfest with five home runs between the teams. San Jose's Adam Witter had a night with one home run and five RBI. Witter's two run homer tied the game in the top of the ninth inning and put the Giants ahead briefly. The Storm scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, then the teams each scored three runs in the tenth inning to take the tie further into extras. Witter was there again with a two run double. Lake Elsinore came back with back to back homers to tie it up again.

Starter Darren Sack gave up two solo home runs in the first inning but settled down after that. Sack loaded the bases in the third inning with back to back walks but got out of the jam. Despite throwing well Sack lasted 4 1-3 innings, and from there the bullpen had a wild ride. Kelvin Pichardo and Sergio Romo recorded blown saves during the see-saw scoring and Ryan Paul took the loss when he allowed the game winning double in the twelfth inning.

Lake Elsinore 11, San Jose 7 - regularly scheduled game (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-3, 1 2B (8), 1 BB, 1 CS (7), 1 SB (29)
SS Kyle Haines - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI (11), 2 SO, 1 SB (2), 1 HBP
DH Tyler Von Schell - 1-4, 1 RBI (32), 1 BB, 1 SO
C Pablo Sandoval - 3-5, 1 R
3B David Maroul - 2-4, 3 R, 2 HR (11), 3 RBI (29), 1 BB, 1 E (10)
1B Will Thompson - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI (20)
RF Anthony Contreras - 0-5, 1 RBI (37)
SP Paul Oseguera - 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
RP Wayne Foltin - 0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
RP Kelvin Pichardo - 1 1-3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E, H (3), L (1-3)
RP Taylor Wilding - 2-3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, BS (3)

San Jose's second loss of the day came down to the eighth inning meltdown where they allowed six runs. Kelvin Pichardo had a rough time in these games, allowing five runs in 2 2-3 innings over both games. Here he took the loss. Wayne Foltin had a worse time, giving up two runs before he recorded an out. Taylor Wilding racked up a similar line to Pichardo's, saddled with a blown save Sunday and allowing five runs in these two games. It all ruined starter Paul Oseguera's good six innings, assumed to be all the Giants would need prior to the eighth inning.

Pablo Sandoval had six hits in these two games. In the second inning he hit a single and scored on David Maroul's tenth home run of the year. Maroul connected again in the fifth inning, this time a solo shit to left field. The Giants scored seven runs and were in line for a win before that disastrous eighth inning where Pichardo committed an error to load the bases and Maroul's error kept the inning going after Storm first baseman Craig Cooper hit a two run double.

Augusta Greenjackets: Augusta 9, Savannah 4 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI (10), 2 SO, 1 SB (13)
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR (8), 2 RBI (36), 1 HBP
1B Matt Weston - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (36), 1 SO, 1 E (1)
LF Tyler Graham - 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI (12)
CF Mike McBryde - 3-4, 1 R
SP Ben Snyder - 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP, W (6-2)
RP Ryan Shaver - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP
RP Paul Lussier - 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Augusta came out on top in a sloppy game. The Greenjackets made two errors and Savannah made four. Augusta scored five runs in the second inning thanks to three of Savannah's errors. Ryan Rohlinger hit a home run to score Emmanuel Burriss from third base after Burriss stole second. Tyler Graham blasted a ball over the left field wall in the fifth inning, good for three runs.

Ben Snyder is quietly having an excellent year behind the other Augusta aces. He leads the team in strikeouts and got six more Sunday. Paul Lussier allowed a run in the ninth inning when he gave up three base hits, but he retired the final two Savannah hitters on strikeouts to end the game.


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