Minor League Notebook | June 17

The Defenders take a win with the help of a grand slam, while Fresno puts together a win. And in San Jose, a successful debut for the South Atlantic League's top pitcher. It's Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 6, Colorado Springs 2 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
LF Luis Figueroa - 2-2, 2 R, 1 2B (13)
1B Scott McClain - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B (13), 1 RBI, 1 SO
RF Brian Horwitz - 3-4, 1 2B (10), 1 RBI, 1 BB
SP Chris Begg - 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HBP
RP Pat Misch - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

Fresno took advantage of having their newfound ace on the mound. Begg pitched another seven strong innings without giving up a walk, scattering eight hits. With Misch and Scott Atchinson in relief, the Grizzlies had enough. Meanwhile, the offense banged out five doubles over seven hits, and scored three runs in the first on wild pitches and passed balls to score all they'd need.

Horwitz raised his average back above .393. Figueroa was removed from the game in the bottom from the third, with no reason given. Begg dropped his ERA to 3.19 on the season in Triple-A. Misch has not allowed a run in five of his six appearances in June.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 8, Altoona 6 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
RF John Bowker - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B (17), 1 HR (9), 5 RBI
3B Simon Klink - 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 BB
LF Carlos Sosa - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 CS (3)
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 SO, 2 E (4)
SP Brooks McNiven - 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, W (3-3)
RP Joe Bateman - 0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
RP Brian Anderson - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, S (13)

The Defenders rode Bowker's bat to victory on Sunday. Bowker's biggest hit was a grand slam in the 7th inning that gave the Defenders an 8-0 lead. It was just in time, as in the bottom of the 7th, Altoona teed off on Ryan Sadowski and Joe Bateman to score six runs before Osiris Matos quelled the fire.

Bowker raise his average up to .288, and hit his 17th double and ninth home runs of the season. He's tied for 9th in the league in doubles, and tied for 8th in home runs. McNiven's second start went a lot better than his first.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 4, Modesto 3; 11 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
RF Ben Copeland - 3-5, 1 3B (3), 1 RBI
1B Tyler Von Schell - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (9), 1 RBI, 2 SO
LF Anthony Contreras - 3-5, 1 R
SP Henry Sosa - 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
RP Kelvin Pichardo - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
RP Tyler Walker - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
RP Taylor Wilding - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

Despite some initial jitters, Henry Sosa's debut in San Jose was positive. Sosa walked the first two batters he faced and then gave up a single, and gave up his first High-A run as he got his first High-A out on a grounder. He settled down through the 6th inning, however. San Jose took a 3-2 lead in the 7th, but an 8th inning run by Modesto tied it up. In the 11th, Contreras had a lead-off single, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a David Maroul single.

Sosa had had a 0.73 ERA in Augusta before being promoted. He is going to miss this week's All-Star game for the South Atlantic League. DH Mike Mooney was ejected in the 11th inning after being called out on strikes. The first half ended, and the Giants had a 39-31 record for a .557 percentage. That was the same as Inland Empire and Lancaster for the league's best record.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 6, Charleston 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
DH Brett Pill - 2-5, 1 R
1B Matt Weston - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO
CF Mike McBryde - 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI
SP Clayton Tanner - 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, W (9-2)

This one was a pitcher's duel, except for the first inning. With two out, the GreenJackets put together four singles, then gathered two walks followed by another single to score six runs. Nothing would come across the plate for the rest of the game, as Tanner was excellent once again.

Tanner's ERA dropped to 2.19 after putting up his longest outing of the season, and had his first scoreless outing in 7 innings. Weston's batting average dropped slowly closer towards .300, now at .303. Pill has had multi-hit games in the last four, raising his average to .267. Augusta's first half ended with a 50-20 record, a league best .714 winning percentage.

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