Fresno's contest against the Beavers was washed out in Portland today. The game will be made up as part of a double-header in August.
Defenders beat New Hampshire 6-1
A day after their rainout, the Defs got a win under the sun Saturday with more impressive pitching and an evenly-balanced offensive attack.
Garrett Broshuis, back in the Eastern League for his third straight season, allowed just one run on five hits over six innings. He converted on the organization's main development goal of improving his strikeout numbers as his four punchouts are a total he topped only five times last season. He didn't walk anyone and induced one of Connecticut's three double-plays.
Olmo Rosario, getting his first start of the year, was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored hitting out of the nine hole. Originally signed out of the Dominican at 21 by Tampa Bay, he was released out of extended spring training by the Rays in 2003 after struggling in his lone stateside season in 2002. However, Rosario has spent the last four years in the independent leagues as an offense-first shortstop. Now 27 years old, he got an invite to Scottsdale last fall and hit well enough and showed defensive versatility during spring to get a shot from the Giants.
Outfielder Ben Copeland, 24, went 1-for-3 with a triple and walk while replacing Antoan Richardson in the leadoff spot and centerfield. The lefty from Pitt opened the game with a free pass and immediately swiped second. However, he twice ran himself into an out. Following his steal, he strayed too far off second on a grounder snared by the pitcher. After his triple the next time up, he broke for home on a chopper to short and was thrown out for the first out of the inning. It's the second time in two games that the Defenders' leadoff hitter was caught on the bases twice.
Giants top Bakersfield, 4-3
San Jose's bullpen struggled after another great effort by a starter, but a pair of late-inning runs gave the club its third straight victory to open the season.
Lefty Ben Snyder, 22, followed the precedent set by Clayton Tanner and Kevin Pucetas, stifling the Blaze bats. The 2006 draftee didn't yield a run over five innings, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out three. He escaped in the second inning after a single and double put two on with no outs. A testament to his tenacity on the hill, last season opponents hit just .194 with men in scoring position, and only .136 with two out and RISP.
First baseman Brett Pill continued his torrid start, going 3-for-3 with a double and homer and also drew a walk. The big righty, a fourth-year draft out of Fullerton in 2006, impressed many in the organization with his power potential last year despite a so-so .416 slugging mark. He's come out mashing this year though, clubbing five extra-base hits in 12 at-bats. He has already collected seven RBIs for a share the early Cal League lead.
After Ryan Paul's wildness gave up the lead in the bottom of the sixth the club came right back and put up a run in the next half inning. Paul, 23, walked three, including the first two hitters he faced, and uncorked a wild pitch to push across the tying run in just two thirds of an inning. However, Rule five draftee Juan Ciriaco opened the seventh with a double, advanced on a sacrifice bunt that Mike McBryde beat out and came around on a Bobby Felmy single. The club had a chance to do more damage but ran into two outs in the frame. McBryde was out trying to advance to third on Felmy's hit, and Felmy was doubled off first when Ryan Rohlinger followed with a fly ball.
GreenJackets rained out
The Giants will need to wait one more day for Madison Bumgarner to make his professional debut as the GreenJackets got rained out. They will play a double-header against Greensboro on Sunday with Bumgarner and T.J. Brewer getting the starts.