Minor League Notebook | May 15

Shoddy defense and a bullpen implosion for the second straight day lead to another ugly loss for Augusta. Timely defensive miscues by the opposition and stout pitching propel Connecticut to victory. Ray gets rocked in San Jose, and Fresno splits a twin-bill. Just Another up-and-down Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Game 1 - Fresno 6, Omaha 2 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day: Game 1

RF Nate Schierholtz – 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B (15), 1 SO
2B Luis R. Figueroa – 2-5, 1 CS (4)
CF Clay Timper – 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 2 RBI (11)
DH Lance Niekro – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (3), 2 SO
3B Tomas De La Rosa – 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 RBI (5), 1 BB, 1 SB (4)
1B Scott McClain – 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 2 RBI (21)
SP Chris Begg – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
RP Pat Misch – 4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, W (2-2)
RP Scott Munter – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Game 2:

RF Nate Schierholtz – 0-3, 1 SO
CF Clay Timper – 2-3, 1 RBI (12)
LF Justin Leone – 1-1, 2 BB, 1 CS
SP Matt Kinney – 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, L (3-4)

Scott McClain bashed a two-run homer and Clay Timper and Tomas De La Rosa each added RBI doubles to lead Fresno to a 6-2 victory. Timper got things rolling offensively for the Grizzlies in the second inning, drilling a two-run double. He would later come around to score on an error, to give Fresno a 3-0 lead. The Grizzlies added one more run in the third when Tomas De La Rosa hit a RBI double to bring home Lance Niekro.

Pat Misch was stellar in relief of starter Chris Begg. Misch (2-2), who started the completion of the suspended game from the day before struck out six, while allowing one run in 4 2/3 innings. Scott Munter threw two scoreless innings to close the game out. Nate Schierholtz went 3-for-5, and smacked his 15th double in the seventh inning. Lance Niekro hit his third double of the year in the third.

Game 2 – Omaha 2, Fresno 1, 7 innings (Click to see box score)

Matt Kinney tossed a complete game, but was the hard luck loser, as Fresno's offense never got going against Omaha in a 2-1 loss. Kinney (3-4) limited Omaha to three hits and two runs in six innings. Unfortunately, The Grizzlies bats managed three hits, with the only run coming in the fifth when Clay Timper delivered a RBI single. Timper was one of the few bright spots offensively for the Grizzlies as he collected two hits. Justin Leone singled in the fourth to account for Fresno's only other hit.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 3, Binghamton 1 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

1B Travis Ishikawa – 1-4, 1 SO
LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve – 2-3
RF Brian Horwitz – 1-4, 1 R
CF John Bowker – 2-4, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI (14), 1 SO
SP Eugene Espineli – 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 BLK, W (3-1)
RP Justin Hedrick – 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 H
RP Brian Anderson – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, SV (6)

John Bowker's RBI double, and two errors by Binghamton highlighted a three run fifth inning for Connecticut in a 3-1 triumph. Eugene Espineli (3-1) baffled Binghamton for seven innings, allowing just three hits and one unearned run. He also struck out seven.

Bowker and Eddy Martinez-Esteve each had a pair of hits for the Defenders. Bowker's fifth inning double was his seventh of the year. Brian Anderson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his sixth save. All three runs scored by Connecticut were unearned.

San Jose Giants: Modesto 6, San Jose 2 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Michael Mooney – 1-4, 1 RBI (17)
CF Antoan Richardson – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 SO
SP Ronnie Ray – 2.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP, L (4-2)
RP Yosandy Ibanez – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 WP

Starter Ronnie Ray was rocked for five runs in 2 1/3 innings, and San Jose offense was held to one hit over the final eight innings in a 5-2 loss. Ray (4-2) was all over the place with his control, walking four, hitting one batter, and throwing a wild pitch. San Jose got off to a great start offensively scoring a pair of runs in the first. Antoan Richardson raked a double to left, and then came around to score on a fielder's choice off the bat of Emmanuel Burriss. Michael Mooney stroked a run scoring single to bring in Burriss and tie the game at 2-2.

Yosandy Ibanez was solid in relief, throwing 3 2/3 scoreless frames. San Jose pitchers combined to throw four wild pitches.

Augusta GreenJackets: Greenville 9, Augusta 3 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

LF James Simmons – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI (2)
C Nestor Rojas – 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
CF Michael McBryde – 1-4, 1 SB (9), 1 SO
3B Sharlon Schoop – 2-4, 1 R, 1 E (3)
2B Marcus Sanders – 2-5, 1 2B (6), 1 SB (10), 1 E (5)
SP Clayton Tanner – 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (4-2)
RP David Newton – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
RP Thomas King – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Jared Cranston – 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1BB, 0 K, 1 HBP

Sharlon Schoop's fielding error lead to four unearned runs for Greenville in the sixth inning as the GreenJackets dropped their third straight 9-3. The game was a tight one until the disastrous sixth. Starter Clayton Tanner limited Greenville to two runs in five innings, and left with his team trailing 2-1. David Newton relieved Tanner and then the flood gates opened. Newton only allowed one hit, but issued three walks in the inning, which proved to be his downfall.

James Simmons hit a sac-fly in the second to bring home Nestor Rojas and give Augusta the brief 1-0 lead. Simmons also added a double in the seventh inning. Marcus Sanders had a good day at the plate going 2-for-5 with a double. He also stole his 10th base of the season. Rojas and Schoop also had two hits apiece. Augusta's bullpen had a rough day, combining to give up six unearned runs.

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