Minor League Notebook | April 22


Posted Apr 23, 2007


Nothing but bad weather happened in Fresno. Bad things came in threes for Connecticut. San Jose and Augusta extended their leads over the other teams in their respective leagues. It’s more of the same on Just Another Day in the Minors.

Fresno Grizzlies: Postponed due to weather

The official word on Sunday’s postponed game is inclement weather and unplayable field conditions. Fresno and Tucson will play a doubleheader at Chukchansi Park Monday to make up the game. First pitch is scheduled for the first of two seven-inning games at 6:05 PM.

Connecticut Defenders: New Britain 9, Connecticut 8 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Alex Requena - 1-4, 1 RBI (4), 2 BB, 1 SB (9)

LF John Bowker - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI (4), 1 SO

DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (7), 1 BB, 1 SO

2B Pat Dobson - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI (1)

3B Simon Klink - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 2 RBI (7)

C Todd Jennings - 1-3, 1 RBI (2), 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP

SS Jake Wald - 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI (4)

SP Geno Espineli - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

RP Brooks McNiven - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

RP Brian Anderson - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, BS (2), L (0-1)

Connecticut could not breathe easy in this game. Three hits in a row in the second inning put up two quick runs and Alex Requena drove in a third run with his two-out base hit. Requena would steal a base after leading off the fifth inning with a walk. He set up another three-run rally in the inning but was thrown out trying to score on John Bowker's base hit. Bowker had three hits including a solo home run in the sixth inning.

Defenders pitchers handed the runs back to New Britain hitters almost immediately after Connecticut scored them. Starter Geno Espineli allowed three runs in the third inning. Brooks McNiven appeared in relief and allowed another three spot in the seventh to jeopardize the lead. Superhuman in the California League last year, Brian Anderson has been less than stellar in the Eastern League. He blew his second save and took the loss by allowing -- you guessed it -- three runs in the bottom of the ninth.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 4, Rancho Cucamonga 1 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-4, 1 SB (9), 1 PO

DH Will Thompson - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (12), 1 SB (1)

RF Mike Mooney - 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B (6), 1 RBI (1)

2B Brad Boyer - 2-2, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI (4), 1 HBP

C Adam Witter - 2-3, 1 RBI (8), 1 BB

SP Dave McKae - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, W (2-1)

RP Anthony Moreno - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, H (3)

RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (4)

San Jose won its sixth game in a row Sunday with good pitching and timely hitting. Dave McKae gave up a run in the third inning but struck out five batters to get the win. The offense took it from there. They spotted McKae a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Brad Boyer had an RBI in that inning and scored a run in the fifth. Mike Mooney had two doubles, key hits in San Jose's scoring twice in the game.

Emmanuel Burriss stole his ninth base of the year to seize the team lead from his equal in blazing speed Antoan Richardson.

Augusta Greenjackets: Augusta 7, Kannapolis 0 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Brian Bocock - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (5), 1 BB

3B Ryan Rohlinger - 0-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO

RF Bobby Felmy - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI (4), 2 SO

DH Matt Weston - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 1 RBI (7), 1 SO, 1 HBP

LF Joey Dyche - 2-3, 2 RBI (7), 1 BB, 1 SB (2)

2B Sharlon Schoop - 1-3, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, 1 SB (2)

SP Ben Snyder - 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, W (3-0)

RP Dan Griffin - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (1)

The pitching defined this game for Augusta. Ben Snyder held Kannapolis down for six innings before handing the ball off to Dan Griffin. Griffin is a starter by trade, but this season has appeared in starting and relieving roles. The right-hander pitched three innings to get the save.

The offense got started in a weird way. Brian Bocock led off the game with a double and scored on a throwing error by Kannapolis catcher Francisco Hernandez when Ryan Rohlinger struck out. Augusta scored the other six runs in more conventional ways. Bobby Felmy crushed a three-run homer in the third inning. Sloppy play by the opposition gave Augusta three more runs in the seventh -- two errors, a wild pitch, and a balk advanced the Greenjackets' cause. Matt Weston had one RBI and Joey Dyche picked up two RBI in the inning.



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