Minor League Notebook | June 13

Eight is great for Pucetas as the GreenJackets sweep past Asheville. San Jose's bats finally bust out of a slump to keep its title hopes alive. Fresno's offense falls flat, and the bullpen struggles late, while Connecticut falls further into the basement. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Sacramento 7, Fresno 2 (click here to see box score)

Lines of the day:
DH Luis R. Figueroa – 1-4, 1 SO
C Justin Knoedler – 2-3
1B Scott McClain – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (10), 2 RBI (44), 1 SO, 1 CS (2), 1 PO

CF Dan Ortmeier – 0-4
SP Matt Kinney – 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, L (3-6)
RP Erick Threets – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 PO
RP Billy Sadler – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP

Fresno's offense has been performing well during the team's recent hot streak, but on Wednesday, they were completely handcuffed in a 7-2 defeat.

Matt Kinney (3-6) threw the ball fairly well in defeat, giving up three runs in six innings and striking out nine. Erick Threets relieved Kinney and threw the ball exceptionally well for 1 2/3 innings before issuing a walk that opened the floodgates for a four run ninth. Billy Sadler got hit hard allowing three runs in 2/3 of an inning.

Scott McClain blasted a two-run homer in the ninth to put the Grizzlies on the board, but that was about the only highlight offensively. McClain now is tied for the team lead in homeruns, and he has a team high 44 RBI.

Fresno was held to four singles through the first eight innings. McClain and Justin Knoedler combined to pick up four of Fresno's five hits.

Connecticut Defenders: Trenton 7, Connecticut 4 (click here to see box score)

Lines of the day:
2B Eugenio Velez – 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 3 SB (17), 1 BB, 1 CS (3)
DH Stephen Holm – 2-4, 2 RBI (16)
C Todd Jennings – 2-5, 2 R, 2 SO
RF John Bowker – 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB (2), 1 BB, 1 SO
SS Mark Minicozzi – 1-4, 1 RBI (8), 1 E (5)
CF Trey Webb – 2-4, 1 2B (5)
SP Eugene Espineli – 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, L (5-3)
RP Ben Cox – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Mark Minicozzi's fielding error in the third inning led to two unearned runs to give Trenton the lead for good, and Connecticut fell 7-4.

The Defenders mounted a two-out rally in the first. Eugenio Velez started it off with a ground-rule double. Following a walk by John Bowker, they pulled off a double steal, putting runners at second and third for Stephen Holm. Holm came through with an RBI single to put Connecticut on top 1-0.

After Trenton scored twice in the second to pull ahead, Connecticut came right back with a run Todd Jennings and Velez hit consecutive singles putting runners at first and third. With Bowker batting, Velez took off for second, and when the catcher attempted to throw him out the ball went into center field and Jennings came in to score, tying the score 2-2.

Trailing 7-2 in the eighth, Stephen Holm singled to center to knock in Jennings, and Minicozzi hit an RBI groundout, to pull the Defenders within three, but that as close as they would get.

Eugene Espineli (5-3) was tagged for four earned runs and nine hits in six innings. Velez stole three bases to give him 17 on the season. Conecticut pounded out 11 hits.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 6, Visalia 3 (Click here to see box score)

Lines of the day:
SS Brian Bocock – 2-4, 2 R, 1 SO
DH Tyler Von Schell – 1-3, 1 RBI (37)
C Adam Witter – 2-4, 1 2B (13), 1 RBI (25), 2 SO
LF Ben Copeland – 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B (6),
CF Antoan Richardson – 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO
RF Michael Mooney – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (15)
1B Pablo Sandoval – 1-4, 1 RBI (23)
2B Bradley Boyer – 0-2, 1 RBI (12)
SP Joseph Martinez – 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, W (5-5)
RP Sergio Romo – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, H (6)
RP Brian Wilson – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, SV (2)

In the midst of a slump, San Jose finally got back to what has made them successful for the most part this season, timely hitting and strong pitching. The Giants scored six runs, and Joseph Martinez threw 6 2/3 solid innings in a 6-3 triumph.

With the scored tied 2-2 in the third, Ben Copeland smoked an RBI double and Tyler Von Schell hit a sacrifice-fly helping San Jose grab the lead for good in a 5-2 victory.

The Giants got off to a fast start in the bottom of the first. Von Schell knocked in the first run when he grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. Adam Witter drilled an RBI double into the left-center field gap, scoring Brian Bocock to give San Jose a 2-0 advantage.

With the scored tied 2-2 in the third, Ben Copeland smoked an RBI double and Tyler Von Schell hit a sacrifice fly to put San Jose in front 4-2.

Bradley Boyer hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single in the fifth.

Martinez (5-5) gave up three runs on eight hits. Sergio Romo did not allow a run in 1 1/3 innings while striking out two to pick up his sixth hold. Brian Wilson closed the game out in the ninth to notch his second save.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 4, Asheville 2 (click here to see box score)

Lines of the day:
1B Brett Pill – 1-4, 1 2B (22), 3 RBI (41)
SS Emmanuel Burriss – 1-5, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI (11)
DH Matthew Weston – 3-4, 1 2B (15), 1 SO
RF James Simmons – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (5)
C Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin – 2-3, 1 BB
SP Kevin Pucetas – 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, W (8-1)
RP Steven Calicutt – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, SV (2)

One day after clinching a playoff berth, The GreenJackets kept doing what they do best. Win. Brett Pill hit a three-run double and Kevin Pucetas won his third straight start, in a 4-2 victory.

Pucetas (8-1) continued his brilliant season, giving up one run in six innings to lower his ERA to 1.64.

Augusta actually trailed 1-0, before rallying for four runs in the fifth inning. Following a leadoff single by Marcus Sanders, Tyler Graham reached on an error, and James Simmons reached on a fielder's choice. Emmanuel Burriss then grounded out to bring home Sanders and tie the game 1-1, before Pill came through with the decisive hit.

Steven Calicutt pitched the final three innings for his second save of the season. Matthew Weston collected three hits, including his 15th double. Simmons and Gutierrez-Portalatin each had two hits. During his three game winning streak Pucetas has allowed four runs in 18 innings pitched.

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