Minor League Notebook | June 20

A Salem-Keizer slugger is off to a scalding start with the bat, and the pitching staff isn't doing to shabby either. It's a mixed bag for the Defenders in a twin-bill. They get a strong pitching performance and just enough hitting in one game, and get shutout in the other. Fresno's pitching staff gets roasted again. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Portland 10, Fresno 4 (click here to see box score)

Lines of the day:
3B Tomas De La Rosa – 3-4, 1 SB (9), 1 SO
C Justin Knoedler – 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB
2B William Bergolla – 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB (5), 1 BB, 2 SO

CF Dan Ortmeier – 1-5, 1 RBI (29)
SS Ivan Ochoa – 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (19), 1 BB
1B Scott McClain – 0-4, 1 RBI (46), 1 SO

SP Matt Palmer – 4 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, L (5-4)
RP Pat Misch – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Billy Sadler – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 2 WP

Strong starting pitching was the norm during the Grizzlies recent hot streak. During the last few games however, the starters have been getting torched. Wednesday night it was Matt Palmer's turn. Palmer was lit up for seven runs in four innings, in Fresno's 10-4 loss.

The Grizzlies had a couple early leads in this one. Scott McClain's sacrifice fly in the first put Fresno on top 1-0. After Portland scored a pair of runs off of Palmer in the second, the Grizzlies answered back with three runs in the bottom of the inning. A throwing error allowed Justin Knoedler and Palmer to score, and Dan Ortmeier drove in Ivan Ochoa with an RBI single to give Fresno a 4-2 advantage.

It was all downhill from there though as Fresno's bats were silenced the rest of the way, and Palmer was hit hard. Billy Sadler struggled, giving up three runs, a home run, and he threw two wild pitches in 1 2/3 innings. Pat Misch had another good outing, throwing two scoreless frames. Tomas De La Rosa had three hits and stole his ninth base of the season. Knoedler and William Bergolla each had a pair of hits.

Connecticut Defenders: Game 1: Portland 6, Connecticut 0, 7 innings (click here to see box score)
Game 2: Connecticut 2, Portland 1, 7 innings (click here to see box score)

Lines of the day-Game 1:
RF John Bowker – 1-3, 1 2B (19), 1 SO
2B Eugenio Velez – 3-4
CF Trey Webb – 3-4
3B Simon Klink – 1-3, 1 2B (9), 2 SO
SP Nick Pereira – 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, L (3-7)
RP Yosandy Ibanez – 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP
RP Joe Bateman – 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Game 2:
1B Pat Dobson – 0-1, 1 RBI (15)
LF Carlos Sosa – 1-3, 1 R
RF Alex Requena – 1-2, 1 RBI (6)
SP Ben Cox – 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K
RP Osiris Matos – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, W (1-0)
RP Brian Anderson – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (14)

Connecticut's pitching has been strong all year long, but in the first game of the doubleheader Nick Pereira (3-7) hit a speed bump. Couple that with the lack of offense and the result was not pretty. Pereira lasted just one plus innings and was rocked for four runs in the Defenders 6-0 defeat.

Despite the loss, Connecticut's offense managed to rack up nine hits, but could not scratch out a run. Eugenio Velez and Trey Webb each had three hits in four at bats. John Bowker hit his 19th double of the year in the fourth inning. Simon Klink doubled in the sixth inning to account for the Defenders only other extra base hit. Joe Bateman pitched three scoreless frames.

The offense only managed four singles in Game 2, but they managed to deliver the key hit with runners in scoring position. In the second inning with runners at second and third, Pat Dobson hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Carlos Sosa. Following a walk by Todd Jennings, Alex Requena smacked an RBI single to give Connecticut a 2-0 lead.

That was all the help the pitching staff would need. Led by starter Ben Cox, the Defenders limited Portland to five hits and one run. Cox pitched four shutout innings. Osiris Matos followed him and allowed one run in two innings to get his first win of the season. Brain Anderson retired the side in order in the ninth to record his 14th save.

San Jose Giants: No Game Scheduled

San Jose will kick off the second half of the season tonight against Bakersfield at 7:30 p.m. P.T.

Augusta GreenJackets: No Game Scheduled

Augusta travels to Greensboro for the start of a four game series to open the second half. First pitch is at 7:00 p.m. E.T.

Class A (Short Season) - Salem-Keizer Volcanoes: Salem-Keizer 8, Boise 2 (click here to see box score)

Lines of the day:
RF Sean Van Elderen – 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B (3)
SS Sharlon Schoop – 2-4, 1 RBI (2)
2B-1B Matthew Downs – 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI (2), 1 E
3B Andrew Davis – 2-5, 1 R, 1 E
DH Garret Baker – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI (5)
CF Bruce Edwards – 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO
SP Craig Clark – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
RP Daryl Maday – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, W (1-0)
RP Jesse English – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

The Volcanoes erupted for eight runs and 12 hits, and the pitching staff shackled Boise all night long in an 8-2 victory.

The bats came out swinging in the first inning. After a groundout plated the first run, Garret Baker continues his hot start with an RBI single to bring in another run to make it 2-0 Salem-Keizer.

In the third inning, Downs whacked a double into the right field corner to pick up his second RBI of the game and put the Volcanoes ahead 3-0.

With Salem-Keizer in front 5-0 in the seventh, Baker came through once again, this time crushing a two-run homer to increase the lead to 7-0.

The pitching was just as stout as the offense. Starter Craig Clark blanked Boise over the first three innings. Daryl Maday (1-0) followed Clark, and allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings to get the win.

Sean Van Elderen had three hits, including a pair of doubles. He also scored twice. Baker has five RBI in the first two games. Sharlon Schoop had two hits and picked up his second RBI.

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