Minor League Notebook | May 24

Fresno can't decide what side of .500 they want. Connecticut finally scored some runs only to watch their starting pitcher give up more. Augusta hangs onto their lead in the division despite losing. Hey, at least San Jose had a good game. It's mostly bad news in Just Another Day in the Minors.

Fresno Grizzlies: Game 1 > Colorado Springs 4, Fresno 2, 7 innings (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

RF Nate Schierholtz - 0-3

1B Scott McClain - 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (3)

LF Chad Santos - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB

SS Ivan Ochoa - 1-3, 2 RBI

SP Matt Palmer - 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP, L (2-3)

Matt Palmer went the distance in a quiet loss for the Grizzlies. Palmer had control issues throughout his six innings of work and allowed four runs in the troublesome third and fourth innings against Colorado Springs. Outfielders Clay Timpner and Nate Schierholtz were held hitless on the day. Shortstop Ivan Ochoa drove in two runs in the Fresno second inning to put the Grizzlies ahead briefly.

This seven-inning game was the first of a doubleheader between the two teams to make up for the rainout that postponed Wednesday's game.

Game 2 > Colorado Springs 3, Fresno 2 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Clay Timpner - 0-3, 1 RBI (19), 1 SO

LF Brian Horwitz - 0-3, 1 SO

2B William Bergolla - 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B (7)

C Guillermo Rodriguez - 1-3, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI (13)

SP Travis Blackley - 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, L (4-2)

RP Scott Atchison - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Fresno got swept in the doubleheader against the Sky Sox. Starter Travis Blackley took a tough loss after winning his previous two starts. The Grizzlies scored two runs to pull within a run of the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Left fielder Brian Horwitz went 0-for-3 in his third game at Triple-A. Second baseman William Bergolla has six hits in his last three games, including a double and two runs scored Thursday.

Center fielder Clay Timpner went 0-for-6 in the doubleheader and hasn't had a hit since his four-hit day Monday. The loss drops Fresno to third in the division behind Tucson and puts their record at two games under .500.

Connecticut Defenders: Binghamton 9, Connecticut 6 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

2B Eugenio Velez - 3-5, 2 R, 2 SB (2)

RF/1B Carlos Sosa - 3-5, 1 2B (10), 3 RBI (14), 1 CS (1)

CF John Bowker - 1-5, 1 RBI (19)

LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO

1B Pat Dobson - 1-3, 1 2B (10), 1 BB, 1 SO

C Steve Holm - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI (3), 1 BB

SP Darren Sack - 4 1-3 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 1 PO, L (2-4)

RP Brooks McNiven - 2 2-3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

RP Brian Anderson - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Two big innings put the Binghamton Mets far ahead of the Defenders. Starter Darren Sack allowed nine runs in two separate Mets rallies. Sack gave up a home run to begin the scoring barrage in the second inning, which ultimately ended in a four-spot for the Mets.

Another Binghamton home run scored two runs in the fifth inning, part of a five-run rally. The Defenders broke out of their low-scoring trend only to have the starting pitcher blow up instead. Sack was the last starter to get a win for the team, a 2-1 victory over New Britain. Connecticut has lost five games in a row, and eight of their last 10 games have ended in losses.

Second baseman Eugenio Velez stole his way to third after getting a base hit in the first inning and came home on a groundout to score the first run of the game. Velez had two more hits in the game to make up for an 0-for-3 day Wednesday. Relievers Brooks McNiven and Brian Anderson bounced back from poor outings earlier in the month with 3 2/3 innings pitched between them. McNiven was perfect for 2 2/3 innings with three strikeouts, while Anderson allowed one hit and no runs.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 11, Modesto 4 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Antoan Richardson - 2-4, 3 R, 1 3B (3), 4 RBI (17), 1 BB, 1 SB (20)

SS Brian Bocock - 2-5, 2 RBI (5), 1 CS (1)

1B Tyler Von Schell - 1-4, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI (14), 2 SO

RF Mike Mooney - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B (14), 1 CS (3)

C Adam Witter - 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B (8), 2 RBI (14), 1 SO

LF Alex Requena - 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB

SP Dave McKae - 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1 E (2), 1 HBP, W (5-1)

RP Sergio Romo - 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

RP Wayne Foltin - 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

The Giants prevailed in a laugher, although not before they allowed two runs at the end of the game. Starting pitcher Dave McKae allowed two runs in the second inning, but settled down to throw two perfect innings. The starter won his fifth game of the year to take the team lead in wins. One of McKae's pitches proved more costly than one that allowed a run -- McKae hit Nuts right fielder Daniel Carte in the head with a pitch. Carte had to leave the game.

San Jose came back with a run in the third inning. Center fielderAntoan Richardson stole his 20th base of the season to get into scoring position, and would later score on a Modesto fielding error. Then came the rallies. The Giants put up five runs in the fifth and again in the ninth. Richardson had the big hit in the fifth with a three-run triple and would come around to score again on Brian Bocock's base hit. Right fielder Mike Mooney led off both innings with a hit. Richardson's fourth RBI of the night came in the ninth inning rally.

Augusta Greenjackets: West Virginia 4, Augusta 2 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-4

3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-2, 1 RBI (22), 1 BB, 1 CS

DH Matt Weston - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 1 RBI (29), 1 SO

2B Marcus Sanders - 2-4, 1 3B (2)

LF James Simmons - 1-3, 1 2B (3), 1 SO

SP Adam Cowart - 5 1-3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, L (7-3)

RP Ryan Shaver - 2 2-3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, BS (1)

The GreenJackets suffered a tough loss to their counterpart in the South Atlantic League. West Virginia leads the Northern Division of the league and Augusta retains the best overall record in the league, as well as maintaining a slim half game lead over Asheville with Thursday's loss. The fates of the GreenJackets and the Power are intertwined this week with a four-game set. Augusta split the series in West Virginia on starter Adam Cowart's third loss of the year.

Cowart has lost his last two starts: May 19 against Hickory and Thursday, when he allowed two earned runs in each game. Reliever Ryan Shaver blew the game in the sixth inning when he allowed two runs to score. One run was unearned and charged to Cowart's record.

Designated hitter Matt Weston had two hits with a solo home run to get Augusta on the board. Shortstop Emmanuel Burriss seems to have figured out his problems since getting demoted from San Jose. He has five hits in five games played with Augusta.

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