Minor League Notebook | June 12

The GreenJackets remain red-hot talking a pair from Ashville to punch their playoff ticket. Fresno rallies from four down to trip up Sacramento and inch closer to first place. San Jose goes hitless for the first seven innings, and Connecticut gets strong pitching in both games of a doubleheader, but the bats go MIA once again! Just Another Long Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 6, Sacramento 4 (click here to see box score)

Lines of the day:
DH Luis R. Figueroa – 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (12), 1 HR, 2 RBI (26), 1 SO
1B Scott McClain – 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (42), 1 SO
3B Tomas De La Rosa – 2-4, 2 RBI (23), 1 SO

CF Dan Ortmeier – 1-3, 1 RBI (26), 1 HBP
2B William Bergolla – 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB

SP Chris Begg – 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, W (5-1)
RP Pat Misch – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, HLD (7)
RP Scott Atchison – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, SV (3)

Tomas De La Rosa wrapped a two-run single in the fifth inning to break a 4-4 tie, and send Fresno to a 6-4 victory.

Down 3-0, Fresno closed the gap in the third when Luis Figueroa hammered a two run homer to pull the Grizzlies within 3-2.

Sacramento was clinging to a two-run lead before Fresno's bats mounted a furious rally in the fifth. With runners at second and third and one out, Dan Ortmeier grounded into a fielder's choice, and on the play William Bergolla came in to score. Scott McClain followed with a line drive single to knock in Figueroa and tie the game 4-4.

Following a rough first inning in which he gave up three runs, Chris Begg (5-1) settled into a groove allowing one run over his final five innings. Pat Misch threw two scoreless frames to continue his impressive season. Scott Atchison retired the side in the ninth to save his third game. Dan Ortmeier went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his first game back with Fresno.

Connecticut Defenders: Game 1: Trenton 3, Connecticut 1, 7 innings (click here to see box score)
Game 2: Trenton 2, Connecticut 0, 7 innings (click here to see box score)

Lines of the day - Game 1:
DH Simon Klink – 1-3, 1 RBI (12), 2 SO
LF John Bowker – 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (16)
SS Mark Minicozzi – 1-3, 1 3B (2), 1 SO
SP Alexander Hinshaw – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 E
RP Ryan Sadowski – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, L (0-1)

Game 2:
2B Eugenio Velez – 0-2, 1 SB (4) 2 BB, 1 SO
RF John Bowker – 0-3, 1 SO
SS Mark Minicozzi – 2-3, 3 R, 1 HBP
1B Pat Dobson – 2-2, 1 3B, 1 SB (6)
C Stephen Holm – 1-2, 1 BB
SP Brooks McNiven – 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, L (2-3)
RP Joe Bateman – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

With the game tied 1-1 in the fifth inning, Noah Hall hit a sacrifice fly off of Ryan Sadowski to knock in the go-ahead run as Connecticut lost Game 1, 3-1.

Sadowski (0-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Trailing 1-0, Connecticut wasted no time pulling even in the top of the second when Simon Klink singled to drive in John Bowker.

Alexander Hinshaw pitched three solid innings, giving up just one run on two hits.  Mark Minicozzi hit his second triple of the season in the fourth inning.

Things did not get much better for the Defenders offense in the second game as they were shut out and held to just three hits. Pat Dobson went 2-for-2 with a triple, single, and a stolen base. Stephen Holm singled in the second inning to account for Connecticut's other hit.

Brooks McNiven (2-3) allowed two runs and six hits, and fanned five in four innings of work. Joe Bateman blanked Trenton over the final two innings.

San Jose Giants: Visalia 10, San Jose 4 (Click here to see box score)

Lines of the day:
SS Brian Bocock – 0-4, 2 SO
DH Tyler Von Schell – 1-3, 2 RBI (36), 1 BB, 2 SO
3B David Maroul – 1-3, 1 SO, 1 E (11)
1B Pablo Sondoval – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (6), 2 RBI (22), 2 SO
SP Gregorio Martinez – 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, L (4-5)

David Maroul singled off of Vincent Bongiovanni in the eighth inning to break up a no-hitter in San Jose's 10-4 loss.

Visalia's Max Scherzer fired seven perfect innings and struck out 10, before being lifted from the game to start the eighth Tyler Von Schell led off the inning against Bongiovanni to end the perfect game.

Von Schell hit an RBI single, and Pablo Sandoval clubbed a two-run homer in the ninth to pull within 10-4, but unfortunately it was too little too late for the Giants.

Gregorio Martinez (4-5) was tagged for four runs and eight hits in five innings. San Jose has lost five of its last six games.

Augusta GreenJackets: Game 1: Augusta 7, Asheville 4, 7 innings (click here to see box score)
Game 2: Augusta 3, Asheville 0, 7 innings (click here to see box score)

Lines of the day Game 1:
2B Sharlon Schoop – 2-3, 1 2B (6), 3 RBI (19)
SS Emmanuel Burriss – 1-4, 1 R
1B Matthew Weston – 2-3, 1 R
RF Robert Felmy – 1-4, 1 RBI (40), 1 SO, CS (4)
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B (18), 1 RBI (37), 2 BB, 1 SB (2)
C Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin – 1-3, 1 RBI (14) 1 SO
SP Clayton Tanner – 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, W (8-2)
RP Dan Griffin – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Game 2:
2B Marcus Sanders – 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB (17), 1 CS (3), 1 SO
RF Robert Felmy – 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 BB
DH Matthew Weston – 1-2, 1 2B (14), 3 RBI (39)
SP Henry Sosa – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Robert Grace – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, W (2-3)
RP Juan Trinidad – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, SV (13)

Sharlon Schoop drove in three runs, as Augusta scored six runs in the first three innings to cruise past Asheville 7-4, in the first game of the doubleheader.

After Asheville scored a run in the top of the first, Augusta came right back with a pair of runs in the bottom half.  Ryan Rohlinger drew a one-out walk and then stole second, bringing Robert Felmy to the plate. Felmy promptly lined a single to right, driving in Rohlinger with the tying run. Following a walk by Brett Pill and a base hit by Matthew Weston, Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin came through with a clutch, two-out RBI single.

The GreenJackets tacked on another run in the second when Rohlinger cracked an RBI double, to increase their lead to 3-1.

Augusta kept pouring it on in the third, as Sharlon Schoop came up with the bases loaded and smashed a three run double into the left field corner.

Clayton Tanner (8-2), surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings, and struck out six.

In Game 2, Weston hit a bases clearing three run double in the first inning, and Augusta's pitching staff turned in another stellar performance as Augusta won its sixth straight game and clinched a playoff birth.

Henry Sosa was dominating once again, but departed after throwing three scoreless innings, due to a long rain delay. Robert Grace threw three shutout innings to pick up his second win of the season. Juan Trinidad came in and closed the game out to register his 13th save.

Marcus Sanders stole his 17th base of the year. Robert Felmy hit his 12th double. Augusta (47-16) now has a seven game lead over second place Asheville.

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