Minor League Notebook | May 2

Posted May 3, 2007

Fresno’s bullpen nearly implodes before a former big-league reliever saves the day, while Augusta goes extra innings to get back in the win column. Connecticut’s bats rally late, but it’s not enough, and San Jose drops a tough one. Just Another mixed bag Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 6, Tucson 5 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Nate Schierholtz – 1-4, 1 R
SS Kevin Frandsen - 1-2, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI (7), 1 BB
CF Fred Lewis – 2-3, 3 R, 1 2B (6), 1 HR (3), 1 RBI (13) 1 BB
C Justin Knoedler – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 2 RBI (6)
SP Travis Blackley – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 PO, W (2-1)
RP Ricardo Rincon – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, H (3)
RP Billy Sadler – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (2)

Fresno’s offense erupted for four runs in the second inning thanks in large part to RBI doubles by Justin Knoedler and Kevin Frandsen, while starter Travis Blackley turned in a solid performance on the mound for a 6-5 victory. Blackley (2-1) scattered four hits and didn’t allow a run in six innings to pick up the win. The Grizzlies were cruising with a 6-0 lead in the ninth, when Tucson mounted a late rally, scoring five runs in the ninth off of Scott Atchison. Fortunately, Billy Sadler came in and escaped further damage, recording the last two outs to notch his second save.

Fred Lewis had a big night at the plate, belting his third home run of the year in the sixth inning. He also smoked a double to right in the fourth, and scored three runs on the night. Former major-league reliever Ricardo Rincon made his second appearance for Fresno, tossing a scoreless inning.

Connecticut Defenders: Altoona 5, Connecticut 2 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Brian Horwitz – 0-4
CF John Bowker – 2-5, 1 2B (2), 2 RBI (7)
1B Travis Ishikawa – 1-1, 1 R, 3 BB
C Stephen Holm – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI (3), 1 HBP
2B Jake Wald – 1-4, 1 RBI (8), 1 SO
SS Mark Minicozzi – 0-4, 1 SO, 1 E
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve – 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 2 SO
SP Ben Cox – 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, L (0-3)
RP Brooks McNiven – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
RP Eugene Espineli – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Connecticut rallied for three runs, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of John Bowker to pull within 5-3. Bowker added a RBI double in the ninth, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as the Defenders dropped a tight one 5-4.

Starter Ben Cox (0-3) had a rough outing giving up four runs on five hits in five innings of work. Relievers Brooks McNiven and Eugene Espineli kept Altoona’s bats at bay the rest of the way, combining to throw four shutout innings. Bowker was one of the few bright spots offensively for the Defenders, picking up two of the team’s five hits on the night. Bowker and Stephen Holm each stroked a double in the seventh inning to account for Connecticut’s only extra base hits. Eddy Martinez-Esteve stole his first base of the season.

San Jose Giants: Stockton 5, San Jose 4 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Anthony Contreras – 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 2 RBI (20)
RF Michael Mooney – 1-4, 1 RBI (14), 1 E (2)
CF Antoan Richardson – 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (17), 1 SO
SP Dave McKae – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 E
RP Wayne Foltin – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, BS (2), L (0-1)

Wayne Foltin surrendered a go-ahead two-run blast to Javier Herrera in the top of the eighth as San Jose fell 5-4. Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Michael Mooney lined an RBI single to center, driving in Anthony Contreras, and David Maroul added a sacrifice fly to pull San Jose within 3-2. The Giants manufactured a run in the fifth when Antoan Richardson singled and stole second. After advancing to third on a throwing error, Richardson came in to score on an Anthony Contreras sac fly to tie the score at 3-3. Contreras would put the Giants in front 4-3 with an RBI groundout in the seventh.

Anthony Contreras continues to scald the ball as he collected three more hits and a pair of RBI. He leads the team with 20 RBI on the season. Despite picking up a no-decision, Dave McKae tossed six solid innings, giving up just three runs. The blown save by Foltin was his second on the year.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 7, Kannapolis 6, 10 innings (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Marcus Sanders – 1-4, 1 R, 2BB, 1 SO
LF Robert Felmy – 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 2 RBI (13), 1 BB
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (12), 1 HBP
RF Matthew Weston – 1-4, 1 2B (6), 2 RBI (15), 1 BB, 1 SO
DH Henry Gutierrez-Portalatin – 1-4, 1 RBI (9), 1 BB
SP Steven Calicutt – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR
RP Paul Lussier – 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, W (2-0)
RP Juan Trinidad – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, SV (4)

Ryan Rohlinger hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th, and relievers Paul Lussier and Juan Trinidad threw five shutout innings in Augusta’s 7-6 victory.

Trailing 6-3 in the top of the fifth, Robert Felmy smacked a two-run double to pull the GreenJackets within one at 6-5. One inning later, Felmy brought home the tying run, with a grounder to first, plating Sharlon Schoop.

Steven Calicutt was roughed up once again, giving up six runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. He also surrendered three homeruns. Lussier and Trinidad did a tremendous job of keeping the game close so that the offense could battle back. Lussier (2-0) shut down Kannapolis on just one hit in 4 1/3 innings to lower his ERA to a ridiculous 0.54. Trinidad, who has yet to allow a run this season, closed the door in the ninth to pick up his fourth save.

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