Minor League Notebook: July 9th

Every now and then, one is party to a rout. But sometimes, the rout takes on football like scores. Who pulled it off? The Defenders begin are looking stronger in the meantime, and Salem-Keizer breaks a streaks with a few debuts. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) - Colorado Springs 4, Fresno 0

2B Kevin Frandsen - 3-4, 1 SB (6), .309
LF Fred Lewis - 2-4, 1 SO, .261
RF Todd Linden - 0-4, 1 SO, .281
CF Clay Timpner - 1-4, 2 SO, .301
SP Brian Cooper - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 5.74; L, 3-6
RP Pedro Liriano - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.66
RP Carlos Hines - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 4.31
RP Jack Taschner - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.78

Once again, Fresno's offense was limited by oppsoing pitching. While Fresno collected 8 hits, they had no extra base hits and no walks to supplement all those baserunners, and ended up shut out. Former big leaguers Frandsen and Taschner continued to do well, though, making them likely callups again at some point.

Notes: Fresno is 35-55, and goes into the All-Star break in last place, 21.5 games back of first place Tucson and 8.5 games back of third place Sacramento.

Connecticut Defenders (AA) - Connecticut 5, New Britain 3

CF Randy Walter - 3-5, 3 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (9), .211
RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-3, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB (5), .241
LF Brian Horwitz - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .250
1B Travis Ishikawa - 1-3, 1 BB, .229
SP Chris Begg - 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.54; W, 7-9
RP Pat Misch - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.25; H, 1
RP Joe Bateman - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.12

Connecticut built another win upon great pitching. Begg, while not striking out many players, also issued no free passes and kept New Britain relatively quiet. Misch, one of the team's top starters, made his first relief appearance of the year as Connecticut is about to go into its' own All-Star break and got in another scoreless evening. Walter scored half of the Defenders runs, and Schierholtz knocked in half of them.

Notes: Connecticut is 42-47, and is in a virtual tie with Binghamton for third in the 6 team division. Binghamton is 41-46, and both are 11 games back of first place Portland.

San Jose Giants (High-A) - Stockton 8, San Jose 2

C Todd Jennings - 2-4, 1 2B (15), 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 PB (18), .281
LF John Bowker - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .247
2B Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 BB, .288
1B William Thompson - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, .167
SP Alfredo Simon - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 9.00; L, 0-1
RP Jesus Reina - 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 5.96
RP Ben Cox - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.31
RP Adam Gardner - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2 WP, 5.98

The rehabbing Simon's issues continued, contributing to another Giant loss. Simon struggled, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, putting San Jose behind early, and then Jesus Reina put San Jose behind for good by giving up a run in the 4th to make the game 3-2, and then a 4 run 6th inning.

Notes: San Jose is 11-6, and is still alone in first place in the Northern division. They are a half game ahead of Visalia.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) - Augusta 4, Asheville 3 (10 Innings)

DH Eugenio Velez - 2-4, 2 2B (24), 3 RBI, 1 SO, .295
SS anthony Contreras - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (14), 1 SB (12), .321
RF Michael Mooney - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB (25), .293
3B David Maroul - 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, .276
CF Antoan Richardson - 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B (4), 1 BB, .270
LF Ben Copeland - 0-5, 3 SO, .301
SP Ronnie Ray - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 3.96
RP Taylor Wilding - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2.35; H, 1
RP Osiris Matos - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 2.45; BS, 3; W, 4-3
RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.34; S, 13

A spectacular start by Ronnie Ray left him without a win, but Augusta still got it. Ray pitched 6 shutout innings and left with a 3-0 lead, but his bullpen blew it, giving up single runs in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings. Augusta had scored 2 in the first to take an early lead on a 2 RBI double by Velez. In the 10th, they won by way of a triple by Richardson, and Maroul's RBI single.

Notes: Augusta is 15-3 in the 2nd half, and is ahead of Greenville by 4 games first place in the Southern Division.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A) - Salem-Keizer 9, Vancouver 0

RF Thomas Neal - 3-5, 1 2B (3), 2 RBI, 2 SO, .343
1B Brett Pill - 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .286
3B Ryan Rohlinger - 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SF, .286
DH Evan Bush - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 PO, .250
LF Tyler Graham - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .500
CF Michael McBryde - 2-4, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI, 1 BB, .294
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 0-5, 1 R, .205
SP Ben Snyder - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 5.23; W, 1-0
RP Jared Cranston - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.00
RP Clayton Tanner - 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00

S-K broke a 2 game losing streak by putting together a few firsts. Graham,a 19th round pick, made his debut after helped lead Oregon State to the College World Series title. A spectacular defensive center fielder, Graham moved to left as the Giants have another in McBryde. Also making his debut was Jared Cranston, a 34th round pick by the Giants. In addition, Ben Snyder made his first start in his 4th overall appearance, and earned his first win by allowing just 2 hits in 5 innings, and lowered his ERA from 10.13 to 5.23.

Notes: Salem-Keizer is 15-6, and is back alone in first place, a full game ahead of Vancouver.

AZL Giants (Rookie) - Giants 21, Brewers 8

3B Matt Downs - 3-4, 2 R, 3 3B (4), 6 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SO, .365
RF Joe Roundy - 3-5, 3 R, 1 3B (1), 1 HR (2), 4 RBI, .255
C Robert Davis - 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B (3), 3 RBI, 1 BB, .500
2B Juan Jean - 2-6, 2 R, 1 BB, .292
LF-CF Emmanuel Cividanes - 1-3, 4 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, .300
CF Tayler Creswell - 2-6, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .240
PH-DH Jeremiah Luster - 1-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .571
SP Kevin Foeman - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO, 11.17
RP Julio Paulino - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.00; W, 1-0
RP Jose Valdez - 2.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 11.17
RP Carlos De La Rosa - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 5.87
RP Morgan Brinson - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 27.00

The rookie league Giants completely destroyed the Brewers team, scoring at least one run in every inning. The big swings came from Downs, who delivered 3 triples in 4 at bats that set up 2 runs and knocked in 6 more to help the domination. Foeman struggled early, and 17 year old Valdez also had problems as both have an ERA of 11.17, but it wouldn't be big enough struggles for the Giant offense today.

Notes: The AZL Giants are 11-4, and are still in first place, a game ahead of the Padres and Royals for first.



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