The Grizzlies bullpen faltered after the club put up three runs in the seventh, as Billy Sadler and Bartolome Fortunato surrendered the lead to a Tucson club that had won just two games coming into the contest. Fresno now sits at 10-9 and owns a share of the lead in the Pacific Southern division.
In his inning of work, Fortunato was charged with three runs, but only one was earned. The righty walked the first two batters he faced then compounded his troubles when he fielded a comebacker and threw the ball away while trying to get the lead runner. That error allowed the go-ahead run to come across and left two more in scoring position who ultimately came around on a single to center. The former Mets property had gone seven straight appearances without allowing an earned run, but has been unable to escape trouble caused by his defense all along. In just eight innings of work, Fortunato has been tagged for five unearned runs.
Justin Leone, in the game at second base on Tuesday, put the club on the board with a two-run shot off hard-throwing Sidewinders ace Max Scherzer. While the blast was his team-leading fourth of the season, it was the first with a man on base. Prior to the contest, he was just 1-21 with men on base on the season. Leone continues to do everything the organization asks from him despite not getting a look with the big club. The start at second base was his first appearance there and comes the same week as his first professional appearance in center field.
Defenders kick away lead, fall 7-3
Connecticut took a night off from trying to give Bien Figueroa heart trouble by playing one-run contests. However, their defense did little for his health as the Defenders committed four errors and allowed four unearned runs.
Every pitching staff in the game seems to have that one guy who gets all the tough-luck losses. Early on the year, Joe Martinez appears to be getting saddled with that role for the Defenders. Martinez was charged with five runs, but only one earned, over 5.2 innings in taking his third loss of the year. The 25-year-old righty owns a 2.95 ERA on the season, but has had seven unearned runs come across in his four starts. In his last start, he took the loss despite going six innings without allowing an earned run.
Olmo Rosario, the hero of Monday night's game, kept up his hot hitting with two more singles to raise his average to .315 on the year. He has a hit in seven straight starts, but has a 15-3 strikeout to walk ratio and has just two extra-base hits on the year. The only other player on the roster with an average over .250 is his backup, Kyle Haines. Both Rosario and Haines can shift to other positions, but the organization wants to get a long look at their starting infield before making any decisions.
Third baseman David Maroul's rough season continued as the righty went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. In 56 at-bats on the year, he has 21 strikeouts against just one walk, contributing to an anemic .228 on-base percentage. The righty from the University of Texas has whiffed 324 times in 293 career games. Maroul also posted the team's last error when he cut off throw from the outfield on an RBI single and airmailed his attempt to get the runner at second, allowing the final Baysox run to come across the plate.
San Jose falls to Ports, 6-5
The Giants carried a lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Stockton put together three hits and a walk to push across the winning runs and move into a tie with San Jose for first place.
Tim Alderson didn't exactly struggle, but the performance was his weakest of the year. The 19-year-old righty surrendered five hits and, more surprisingly, three walks in yielding three runs (two earned). The tall righty had only one 1-2-3 inning and recorded just one strikeout. He was saved some further damage by Bobby Felmy, who recorded his league-best fifth outfield assist when Archie Gilbert tried to extend his leadoff single in the first. The Ports went on to post two runs in the inning.
Catcher Elio Sarmiento had a strong showing at the plate in his second consecutive start. The switch-hitter went 1-for-2 with his first walk of the season and a pair of RBIs. However, his defense cost the Giants as a passed ball allowed a run to come across in the second and a throwing error on a bunt that was ruled a single in the ninth to put the tying run on third base. Originally signed out of Venezuela at the age of 24, Sarmiento has seen limited action in two seasons since coming stateside.
Giants hitters continued to strike out at an alarming pace, adding 13 more to their count for the year. Through 19 contests, they have whiffed 160 times – the second highest total in the Cal League. The club is "led" by Mike McBryde (22) and Andy D'Alessio (19), who posted two more Ks on Tuesday.
GreenJackets get the night off
Coming off a series win over Greenville, Augusta got a night off before continuing their homestand Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate Hickory Crawdads.