Lines of the day:
1B Lance Niekro – 2-3
2B William Bergolla – 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B (13)
CF Dan Ortmeier – 2-4, 1 RBI (28), 1 BB, 1 SO
SS Ivan Ochoa – 1-4, 1 RBI (18)
SP Matt Kinney – 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, L (3-7)
RP Dan Giese – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Scott Munter – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0, K
RP Erick Threets – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Matt Kinney has had no problem racking up strikeouts on the mound of late. Unfortunately for him, the losses keep piling up as well. Kinney was roughed up for four runs, and suffered his seventh loss in Fresno's 5-2 defeat.
Portland scored a pair of runs in both the first and fourth innings off of Kinney who has not won a game since May 5th.
Dan Ortmeier hit an RBI single in the fifth inning to bring home the Grizzlies first run. Alex Ochoa's sacrifice fly in the seventh plated the second and final run for the Grizzlies.
The bullpen was solid, allowing just one run in three frames. Scott Munter did not allow a run in 1 1/3 innings. William Bergolla had three hits, including his 13th double of the season. Ortmeier and Lance Niekro each had a pair of hits.
Lines of the day:
RF John Bowker – 1-4, 1 2B (18), 1 SO
DH Stephen Holm – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (6)
C Todd Jennings – 1-3, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (14), 2 SO
CF Trey Webb – 1-4, 1 2B, 2 SO
SP Eugene Espineli – 8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2ER, 0 BB, 5 K, L (5-4)
RP Justin Hedrick – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Like the big league club, if the Defenders had any hitting whatsoever, the season might be headed in a different direction. Unfortunately they don't and solid pitching performances seem to get wasted on a nightly basis. Tuesday night was no different. Eugene Espinelli (5-4) was outstanding, allowing two runs over eight innings, but he was tagged with the loss because the bats were nowhere to be found in a 2-1 loss.
The lone highlight offensively for Connecticut came in the fifth inning when Stephen Holm and Todd Jennings hit back-to-back doubles to account for the only run.
Five of Connecticut's six hits were doubles. Espineli lowered his ERA to 2.69. Justin Hedrick pitched a scoreless ninth.
Lines of the day:
RP Taylor Wilding – 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
San Jose's lone All-Star Taylor Wilding entered the game in the sixth inning and had a shaky outing. In his one inning of work, Wilding gave up a pair of hits and two unearned runs. He also struck out two batters.
Augusta had a quartet of pitching aces on display at Tuesday's SAL All-Star Game. Kevin Pucetas started the game and threw one inning, retiring the side in order. Pucetas started in place of Henry Sosa, who was unable to participate because of his promotion to San Jose. Adam Cowart followed Pucetas and he also tossed a scoreless inning, including a strikeout of Lake County's Matthew Whitney. Closer Juan Trinidad entered in the eighth and fanned Asheville's Michael Paulk, the only batter he faced. Clayton Tanner did not pitch in the game.
1B Chad Rothford – 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
DH Sean Van Elderen – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SO
SS Sharlon Schoop – 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO
CF Bruce Edwards – 1-4, 1 BB, 2 SO
3B Andrew Davis – 1-4, 1 R, 2 SO
LF Garret Baker – 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI (2), 1 SO
C Tyler La Torre – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO
SP Ryan McGrath – 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 WP
RP Eric Nietz – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Andrew DeLaGarza – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, W (1-0)
RP Daniel Otero – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, SV
A new year kicked off, with a new roster, but the result was the same for the defending Northwest League Champs. Tyler La Torre belted a solo homer in the ninth to send Salem-Keizer home with a 5-4 victory.
Things were not looking good for the Volcanoes early as Boise touched up Ryan McGrath for three runs in the third.
Salem-Keizer began to chip away in the fifth inning. Sean Van Elderen cracked an RBI double into the left field corner to put the Volcanoes on the board. Two batters later, Sharlon Schoop singled to knock in Van Elderen and pull the Volcanoes within 3-2.
After Boise scored a run to take go ahead 4-2 in the bottom of the inning, the Volcanoes came right back to tie the game when Garret Baker smoked a two-run triple.
McGrath struggled at times in his first start, allowing four runs in five innings of work. The bullpen came in and shut down Boise after McGrath departed. Eric Nietz, Andrew DeLaGarza, and Daniel Ortero combined to throw four shutout innings. DeLaGarza (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 to pick up the win, and Ortero got the final out of the game for the save.
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