Minor League Notebook | May 18

The bullpen blows a pair of leads late for San Jose, but thanks to a defensive miscue and some clutch hitting, they managed to eek out a win. Starting pitching dominates for Connecticut and Augusta, leading to a pair of nail-biting victories. A closer returns from an injury for Fresno, but a starter gets roughed up. Just Another near-sweep Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Salt Lake 12, Fresno 5 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Nate Schierholtz – 1-4
2B Luis R. Figueroa – 3-3, CS (5), PO
CF Clay Timper – 1-5
LF Justin Leone – 3-4, 3 R, 1 3B (2), 1 HR (7), 1 RBI (20)
3B Tomas De La Rosa – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI (9), 1 SO, 1 E (3)
SP Matt Palmer – 2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, L (2-2)
RP Pat Misch – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Erick Threets – 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
RP Brian Wilson – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Salt Lake torched the Grizzlies pitching staff, scoring nine runs in the first three innings of Fresno's 12-5 loss. Starter Matt Palmer (2-2) was pummeled, surrendering seven earned runs in just two innings. He also gave up a pair of homers.

Not all the news was bad for Fresno's pitching staff. Brian Wilson made his return from the disabled list, by throwing a scoreless inning and striking out a pair. Pat Misch threw a scoreless inning as well, and fanned two batters. Tomas De La Rosa had a big day at the plate for Fresno going 2-for-4, with a three-run homer in the sixth, and an RBI single in the fourth. Justin Leone had a solo homer, a triple, and a homer in four at-bats. Fresno committed four errors.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 2, New Britain 1 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

1B Travis Ishikawa – 1-4,
LF Carlos Sosa – 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B (6), 1 SO
C Stephen Holm – 2-4, 1 2B (2), 1 RBI (5), 1 SO
3B Simon Klink – 1-3, 1 2B (7)
SP Darren Sack – 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, W (2-3)
RP Osiris Matos – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 H
RP Brian Anderson – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, SV (7)

Darren Sack baffled New Britain for six strong innings, and Steven Holm had an RBI double in Connecticut's 2-1 win. Sack (2-3) continued the recent run of outstanding starts for Connecticut hurlers, as he limited New Britain to four singles and one run. The Defenders struggled offensively once again, but managed to do just enough to secure the victory. In the second inning, Carlos Sosa drilled a double to right and then advanced to third on a throwing error by the shortstop. Sosa would come around to score one batter later, when New Britain's second baseman, botched a grounder off the bat of Simon Klink, as Connecticut jumped on top 1-0.

The bullpen turned in a solid effort as well, as Osiris Matos and Brian Anderson blanked New Britain over the final 2 1/3 innings. Anderson struck out a pair in the ninth and recorded his seventh save. Carlos Sosa had a pair of doubles, and scored both Connecticut runs.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 8, High Desert 6, 10 innings (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Michael Mooney – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (19), 1 SO
1B William Thompson – 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI (17), 1 BB, 2 SO
3B David Maroul – 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR (6), 1 RBI (16)
CF Antoan Richardson – 0-4, 1 RBI (13), 1 BB, 1 SO
SS Kyle Haines – 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
SP Dave McKae – 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
RP David Quinowski – 0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 E (2)
RP Sergio Romo – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Taylor Wilding – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, BS (2), W (2-0)
RP Wayne Foltin – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (5)

William Thompson hit a two-run, game winning single in the 10th inning, as San Jose won a wild game 8-6. Things were looking good for San Jose early on. Dave McKae was in control on the mound. In seven innings of work he held High Desert in check allowing two runs, and leaving with a two-run lead. However, as soon as McKae departed, the game began to unravel for the Giants. David Quinowski relieved McKae and failed to retire either of the two batters he faced. Following a throwing error, Sergio Romo came in and promptly surrendered an RBI single, and a pair of sacrifice flies to put High Desert on top 5-4.

A throwing error by High Desert shortstop Juan Diaz with two outs in the ninth, allowed a pair of unearned runs to score, and San Jose recaptured the lead 6-5. Taylor Wilding (2-2) entered in the 10th and gave up a RBI single to tie the score at 6-6.

Wayne Foltin tossed a scoreless 10th inning to register his fifth save.

Augusta GreenJackets: Augusta 5, Hickory 4 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Brian Bocock – 1-5, 1 2B (9), 1 RBI (20), 1 SB (26),
DH Brett Pill – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (12), 1 SO
CF Michael McBryde – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (17)
3B Ryan Rohlinger – 2-4, 1 2B (11), 1 RBI (19), 1 E (3), 2 SO
1B Matthew Weston – 2-4, 1 2B (10), 2 RBI (23), 2 SO
SP Kevin Pucetas – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, W (5-0)
RP Ryan Shaver – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, H (2)
RP Juan Trinidad – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, SV (7)

Kevin Pucetas was masterful on the mound once again to remain undefeated, and Matthew Weston had a pair of RBI, as Augusta held off Hickory 5-4. Pucetas (5-0) continued his domination of the SAL firing six scoreless frames to lower his ERA to 1.13.

The GreenJackets put a run on the board in the first when Brett Pill blasted a double to center, and then came around to score on Weston's single. Weston was at it again in the sixth, as he smoked a run-scoring double to center to put Augusta in front 2-0. Brian Bocock hit into a fielders choice, which scored Michael McBryde, and Ryan Rohlinger knocked in another run with an RBI single in a two-run seventh to increase Augusta's advantage to 4-0.

Ryan Shaver tossed two scoreless frames to pick up his second hold. Following a late rally that saw Hickory put four runs on the board in the ninth, Juan Trinidad came and closed the door, getting the last two outs to pick up his seventh save. Bocock stole his 26th base of the year in the fifth inning. The GreenJackets hit five doubles. Weston now has 23 RBI.

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