Minor League Notebook: July 10th

Connecticut, Augusta, and San Jose continue their stellar play of recent days. Down in the desert the rookies keep rolling while up north the Volcanoes have cooled off a bit. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) – No Game Scheduled - All-Star Break

Fresno is in the first day of their three day All-Star Break.

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

3B Brian Buscher- 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (26), 1 SB (4), .278
1B Travis Ishikawa- 3-4, 1 2B (11), .239
RF Nate Schierholtz- 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (16), .242
LF Randy Walter- 0-2, 2 RBI (17), 1 SB (10), .209
SP Garrett Broshuis – 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4.85; W, 4-7
RP Scott Munter - 1.0 IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.58, 1 HLD (2)
RP Eugene Espineli- 2.0 IP, 0 H, 2 SO, 2.54, SV (2)

Brian Buscher had a pair of hits including a RBI single as Connecticut scored three runs in the third en route to a 5-3 victory over New Britain. Garrett Broshius went six innings scattering six hits and allowing two earned runs to pick up his fourth win of the season. Scott Munter pitched a scoreless inning and Eugene Espineli shut down New Britain over the final two innings for his second save.

Notes: Connecticut (43-47), has won two games in a row, including eight of their last 10. They are now 10 games behind the first place Portland Sea Dogs. The Defenders will travel to Portland to begin a five game series against Portland tonight @ 7:05pm EDT. A new Defender made his debut, Quincy Foster. Foster, a 31 year old minor league vet, played in the independent leagues the past two years, had his contract purchased by the Giants from the Lancaster Barnstormers over the weekend.

San Jose Giants (High-A) – San Jose 5, Bakersfield 4

SS Kevin Frandsen – 2-3, 1 R, .667
2B Mark Minicozzi- 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (14), 1 RBI (51), 1 E (7), .288
RF John Bowker – 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B (3), 1 RBI (37), .251
C Todd Jennings- 1-4, 1 R, 1 E (5), .280
1B  Julio Cordido - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, .285
CF Pat Dobson- 1-4, 1 2B (12), 2 RBI (35), .242
SP Anthony Moreno - 5.2 IP, 7H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 E (2), 4.29; W 7-4
RP Thomas King  - 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.72; HLD (4)
RP Brian Anderson  - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO,  1.24; SV (26)

John Bowker hit an RBI triple and Pat Dobson and Mark Minicozzi both had RBI doubles as San Jose scored five runs in the third inning to beat Bakersfield 5-3.  Anthony Moreno threw 5 2/3 solid innings allowing two earned runs to pick up his seventh win of the season. Thomas King and Brian Anderson combined to toss 3 1/3 scoreless innings to close it out, with Anderson registering his 26th save.

Notes: San Jose (12-6) has won two in a row and remains in first place 1.5 games ahead of Visalia for the top spot in the California League. They will take on Bakersfield in the second game of the series today @ 12:45 pm PDT. Frandsen appeared as part of a scheduled three game stint back in San Jose while Triple-A Fresno is in their All-Star break.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A) – Augusta 3, Asheville 2

DH Eugenio Velez – 2-4, 1 HR (6), 2 RBI (56), 1 R, .299
RF Michael Mooney – 3-4, 2 2B (20), 2 R, .299
LF Ben Copeland- 0-2, 2 BB, 1 SB (21), .271
CF Antoan Richardson- 2-4, 1 2B (12), .274
1B Jose Yens- 0-4, 1 RBI (24), 1 SO, .230
SP Sergio Romo  - 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HBP, 3.12; W, 7-2
RP David Quinowski – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 S0, SV (1), 1.35

Eugenio Velez smacked his sixth homer of the year, a two-run shot in the sixth off of Alan Johnson to propel Augusta to their 11th straight victory. GreenJackets starting pitcher Sergio Romo tossed 6.1 solid innings allowing just two hits to improve to 7-2 on the year. David Quinowski came on in relief throwing 2.2 scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the season.

Notes: Augusta (16-3) remains red-hot having won 11 consecutive games. With the win the GreenJackets increased their lead over second place Asheville to five games. Augusta will open up a three game series tonight against Kannapolis at 7:05 EDT.

Class A (Short Season)- Vancouver 5, Salem-Keizer 3

SS Emmanuel Burriss- 0-2, 2 RBI (8), 1 E (6), .200
PH Adam Witter- 1-1, 1 RBI (9), .276
DH Thomas Neal- 1-2, 3 R, 2 BB, .347
1B Brett Pill- 1-4, 1 BB, .280
C Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin- 1-4, .392
RF-LF Robert Felmy- 1-3, 1 SO, .321
2B Christopher Todd- 1-2, .308
SP Gib Hobson- 4 IP 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 E 3.27
RP Kelvin Pichardo- 1.2 IP 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 SO, 4.60
RP Jesse English- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 SO, 4.91
RP Juan Trinidad- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0.00

Thanks to two Salem-Keizer errors, Vancouver scored five unearned runs to defeat the Volcanoes 5-3. Emmanuel Burriss hit a sacrifice fly and 2 RBI and Adam Witter added a pinch-hit RBI single to account for the Salem-Keizer runs. Gib Hobson started for the Volcanoes and went four innings, scattering three hits and allowing three unearned runs. Relievers Jesse English and Juan Trinidad each had solid outings combining to shut out Vancouver over the final 3 1/3 innings.

Notes: With the loss, Salem-Keizer (15-7) moved into a first place tie with Vancouver. After getting off to a 10-2 start, the Volcanoes have cooled off a bit going 5-5 in their lat 10 games. Salem-Keizer will try to get back in the win column tonight against Vancouver @ 7:05pm PDT. Tyler Graham left the game in the third, after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. It was only Graham's second outing since signing.

AZL (Rookie) - Giants 8, Mariners 2

SS Jose Flores- 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI (8), 1 SO, .294
3B Matthew Downs- 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1BB, .375
DH Julian Benavidez- 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 3 RBI (17), 1 SO, .341
C Matthew Klimas- 2-2, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI (3), 1 BB, .455
C Robert Davis- 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI (5), .500
2B Juan Jean- 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI (6), .276
SP Ryan McGrath- 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 E, 3.14;
RP Ivan Herrera-Rusova- 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.00;
RP Orlando Yntema- 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 3.00 W, 2-1

Julian Benavidez swatted a 3-run homer and Matthew Klimas, Matthew Downs, and Jose Flores each had a pair of hits to lead the Giants over the Mariners 8-2. The Giants rookie squad pounded out 12 hits on the afternoon. Reliever Orlando Yntema threw four innings allowing one run on four hits and striking out five, to pick up his second win of the season.

Notes: The Giants (11-4) have won three in a row and seven of their last 10 games. With the win, they increased their lead over the second place Royals to 1.5 games. After an off day today, the Giants will return to action tomorrow against the Athletics at 10:30 am MDT.



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