Minor League Notebook | May 17

Minor League Notebook | May 17

The return of Russ Ortiz is on in Fresno. Augusta has a pulse again. A few rarely seen pitchers are making it happen when they're called upon. Some slumping hitters hint at better days ahead. Comebacks are happening throughout the system. It's Just Another Day in the Minors.

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 8, Salt Lake 2 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Clay Timpner - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI (14), 1 SO

1B Scott McClain - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 HR (5), 4 RBI (25), 2 SO

RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (2)

3B Tomas De La Rosa - 2-4, 2 R

C Guillermo Rodriguez - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 2 RBI (9), 1 BB

SP Russ Ortiz - 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, W (1-0)

RP Sun Woo Kim - 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

RP Billy Sadler - 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

The Grizzlies had a seven-run fifth inning and won the game against Salt Lake easily, but it was all about the comebacks in Fresno. Russ Ortiz's first rehabilitation start for the Triple-A team resulted in a win. Ortiz is on the disabled list with elbow neuritis and upon his recovery, he will factor into the San Francisco Giants plans in some way. Sun Woo Kim hasn't had many pitching appearances, but is making the most of the innings he gets. In his last two games, Kim has thrown 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Thursday he bridged the gap between the starter and reliever Billy Sadler, also pitching well of late.

Scott McClain's grand slam was the centerpiece of the fifth-inning rally. The Grizzlies scored three runs before McClain homered to center field. Guillermo Rodriguez had two RBI in the inning. Clay Timpner had one RBI in the big inning, then added another run in the sixth inning with a base hit. Timpner, like Kim, is getting more playing time with half the regular Fresno outfield now playing in San Francisco, and he has capitalized on it with 10 hits and seven RBI in his last 10 games.

Connecticut Defenders: Binghamton 6, Connecticut 2 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Pat Dobson - 2-4, 2 2B (9), 1 BB, 1 SB (3), 1 HBP

1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-5, 1 3B (1), 1 SO

LF Carlos Sosa - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (2)

C Todd Jennings - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (2)

P Ben Cox - 1-2, 2 RBI (2), 1 SO

SP Ben Cox - 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

RP Ryan Sadowski - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, BS (1)

RP Osiris Matos - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

RP Justin Hedrick - 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, L (1-1)

Connecticut has had bad luck all season. First it was the string of rainouts and bad weather that kept them off the field. Once they got their games started, it seemed not playing was a better option for them. Thursday's extra innings loss ruined an outstanding effort for starter Ben Cox. In addition to throwing six strong innings, when he allowed one run and struck out five hitters, Cox had the big hit. He hit a single with two out to score Carlos Sosa and Todd Jennings.

Ryan Sadowski allowed the tying run to score in the seventh inning on a groundout. Binghamton scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning against Justin Hedrick, all unearned. The scoring began when John Bowker made a fielding error. Mets right fielder Nic Jackson hit a two-run triple and would score on Jose Coronado's base hit. The Defenders could not score in the bottom of the inning. Hedrick took the loss.

One bright spot for Connecticut is Travis Ishikawa's rising batting average. In his last 10 games he has 14 hits. It's a welcome turnaround from the .186 average the first baseman had for the month of April.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 3, Modesto 1 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-2, 1 R, 1 SB (17), 1 HBP

C Pablo Sandoval - 1-4, 1 RBI (13)

RF Mike Mooney - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (11)

3B David Maroul - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 2 RBI (15)

SP Joey Martinez - 6 1-3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, W (4-2)

RP Sergio Romo - 1 1-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, H (2)

RP Taylor Wilding - 1 1-3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, SV (8)

Joey Martinez has been a rock in the Giants minor league system since his dominant 2006 season in Augusta. Moving up to the San Jose rotation has suited him well. In four starts this month Martinez is 2-1 with 25 strikeouts and has allowed four runs. On Thursday he gave up one run in his fourth win of the season. Sergio Romo was part of Augusta's success last season too: he won 10 games and struck out 95 batters, and he was part of a no-hitter for the Greenjackets last year. His 2007 debut was delayed until May 14 and he has earned a hold in both of his first two appearances this season, pitching 3 1/3 innings with five strikeouts.

Emmanuel Burriss has suffered through a terrible slump this year, but perhaps his luck is turning around. He led off the game for San Jose with a base hit. Burriss then stole a base and would score on Pablo Sandoval's base hit. Eric Young, Jr. hit a ground rule double to put up Modesto's only run. David Maroul broke the 1-1 tie in the fourth inning with a two-run homer. Taylor Wilding got his eighth save and has converted his last five save opportunities in a row.

Augusta Greenjackets: Augusta 7, Hickory 0 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Marcus Sanders - 3-5, 1 2B (7), 3 RBI (5), 1 SB (11)

RF Bobby Felmy - 1-4, 1 BB, 2 SB (9)

1B Brett Pill - 0-5, 1 R, 1 SO

DH Matt Weston - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (9)

C Nestor Rojas - 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI (7), 2 SO

SS Sharlon Schoop - 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI (12), 1 SO

CF Mike McBryde - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (16), 1 SO

SP Henry Sosa - 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, W (3-0)

RP Robert Grace - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Henry Sosa helped Augusta get back on the winning track. The right-hander went seven innings without allowing a run to get his third win of the year. It was Sosa's first outing all year where he did not combine pitching efforts with Clayton Tanner. The shutout snapped Augusta's three-game losing streak.

The offense came back to life after a string of low-scoring games. Marcus Sanders got it started with an RBI double and would steal a base in the fifth inning. He had three hits on the day. Sanders is much improved with the bat after a poor 2006 season. The Greenjackets scored four runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh.

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