Minor League Notebook | April 6, 2007

Snow continues to slow down Defenders, but other minor league teams plow through.

Fresno Grizzlies: Portland 6, Fresno 4, 10 Innings (Click to see Box Score)

The Grizzlies lost a heart-breaker as their top prospect stayed red-hot. Nate Schierholtz doubled and homered for the second straight day, accounting for two RBI and two runs scored. He was helped by Dan Ortmeier, who made his season debut in center field. Ortmeier with 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and a walk. Starter Travis Blackley made a solid Fresno debut, giving up two runs in five innings on two hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. Both runs came in on a fifth-inning home run. Brian Wilson had an encouraging, hitless two innings of relief that did feature two walks and two strikeouts. However, Ryan Meaux gave up two runs on three hits in the 11th to lose the game.

Line of the day: Nate Schierholtz - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (2), 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO

Connecticut Defenders: Game Postponed due to Snow.

Once again, the spring is foiled by snow. Still no make-ups announced.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 6, Stockton 4 (Click to see Box Score)

San Jose took their second game from rival Stockton, and they were led by Emmanuel Burris, who bounced back from a hitless debut to go 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Starter Dave McKae had some problems, giving up four hits and three walks in four innings, though they led to only two runs. Ben Copeland stayed hot, going 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple. Burris stole his first base, but he also got caught twice (once including a pickoff).

Line of the day: Ben Copeland - 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B (1), 1 HR (1), 2 RBI

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 2, Rome 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Augusta kept its hot start going with very good pitching and just enough offense. Friday it was Dan Griffin, as the hard-thrower struck out five in five innings, while giving up one run on three hits and one walk. He left with a slim 2-1 lead, but Steven Calicutt backed it up with four great innings of relief, giving up just two hits and striking out five. The theme of caught stealing continued in this game, with three (two by speedy Mike McBryde).

Line of the day: Michael McBryde - 2-3, 1 SO, 2 CS, 1 outfield assist (It doesn't get more hot and cold than that; McBryde had the only multi-hit day).

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