Minor League Notebook | May 6

Minor League Notebook | May 6

Pitchers can hit too, as two starters want to remind us. Augusta cannot be stopped and barely can be contained. Watch out for explosions of runs in San Jose. Is Fresno reeling from losing Lincecum already? It's all here in Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Las Vegas 9, Fresno 6 (Click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Clay Timpner - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 1 RBI (8), 1 BB, 3 SO

2B Luis Figueroa - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (11), 1 BB

RF Nate Schierholtz - 4-5, 1 R, 1 2B (12)

1B Scott McClain - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 3 SO

3B Justin Leone - 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 SB (5)

P Matt Palmer - 0-2, 1 RBI (1), 1 BB, 2 SO

SP Matt Palmer - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

RP Pat Misch - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, BS (3), L (1-2)

RP Billy Sadler - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Fresno let the game against Las Vegas get away in the eighth inning when the 51s scored six unanswered runs. The Grizzlies wasted the six run lead procured with an early scoring barrage. Things looked good for starter Matt Palmer, pitching seven innings with a comfortable lead. Pat Misch allowed the bulk of the runs in Las Vegas' big eighth inning, five in just 2/3 of an inning. It's the third blown save of the year for him. Billy Sadler faced two batters, recording just one out, and allowed the sixth run of the ill-fated inning on a pinch-hit home run.

After all that scoring in the first three innings the Grizzly bats fell silent. Even Palmer was in on the offense when he drew a bases-loaded walk to score Justin Leone. Nate Schierholtz was about all they had going later in the game. He had a four hit game. Fresno threatened to score in the eighth and again in the ninth with runners in scoring position both times, including a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Clay Timpner struck out to end the game.

Connecticut Defenders: Connecticut 12, Reading 4 (click to see box score)

Lines of the game:

CF Pat Dobson - 4-6, 2 R, 1 2B (6), 2 RBI (8), E (3)

RF Brian Horwitz - 2-5, 1 R, 3 RBI (7), 1 BB

LF John Bowker - 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI (10)

SS Mark Minicozzi - 2-6, 2 R, 1 RBI (2)

1B Travis Ishikawa - 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI (9), 1 SO

c Todd Jennings - 0-4, 1 RBI (4), 2 SO

P Nick Pereira - 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI (2), 1 BB, 1 SOK

SP Nick Pereira - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (1-2)

RP Justin Hedrick - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Connecticut needed a game like this -- a big win in runs scored and for their starting pitcher. Nick Pereira had his best game since he was called up to Fresno from San Jose mid-2006. He surrendered two hits in seven innings of shutout ball. Connecticut enjoyed a shutout until the eighth inning when Justin Hedrick relieved Pereira and allowed four runs, only one earned.

Defenders hitters broke out in bunches Sunday, with help in part the Reading defense. Four Phillies errors helped Connecticut to 12 runs scored. Travis Ishikawa needs hits after a brutal April and here he had two with two RBI. Brian Horwitz picked up three RBI to nearly double his RBI total for the year. Nick Pereira must have inspired Palmer's performance in Fresno with his two-hit game and two RBI. Pereira also scored a run.

San Jose Giants: San Jose 7, Bakersfield 1 (click to see box score)

Lines of the day:

CF Alex Requena - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB

LF Anthony Contreras - 2-5, 1 R

1B Tyler von Schell - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 2 RBI (3), 1 SO

RF Mike Mooney - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 BB

2B Brad Boyer - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (3), 2 RBI (9)

3B David Maroul - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (10), 1 HR (3), 1 SO

C Barry Gunther - 0-2, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 PO

SP Joey Martinez - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

RP Wayne Foltin - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, W (1-1)

RP Taylor Wilding - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

It was a pitchers duel in Bakersfield with San Jose starter Joey Martinez opposing Blaze hurler Andrew Walker. Each pitcher allowed one run until the eighth inning where the Giants offense exploded. Tyler Von Schell and Brad Boyer had two-run doubles in the inning and David Maroul's big hit was a two-run homer.

Martinez allowed the run on a home run and otherwise he and the other Giants pitchers were outstanding. Wayne Foltin allowed one hit and no runs. Taylor Wilding followed, pitching two perfect innings to wrap it up for San Jose.

Augusta GreenJackets: Game 1 | Augusta 3, Greenville 2 | 7 innings (click to see box score)

Game 1

Lines of the day:

SS Brian Bocock - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI (15)

RF Bobby Felmy - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR (3), 1 RBI (15)

CF Mike McBryde - 0-2, 1 RBI (14), E (3)

DH Matt Weston - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (7)

SP Kevin Pucetas - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, W (4-0)

RP Juan Trinidad - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, SV (6)

Augusta and Greenville played two to make up for a rainout Saturday. Game 1 was another tidy win for Augusta, despite three errors. Kevin Pucetas ran his record to 4-0. Don't look now but he has a better ERA than ace Adam Cowart (more on him below), and has the perfect record. Juan Trinidad looks very comfortable in his first month in full-season A ball. The 2006 Northwest League All-Star has six saves, third place in the South Atlantic league.

Bobby Felmy and Brian Bocock sparked the offense with two drives that left the ballpark. Bocock's shot broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning and two batters later Felmy hit a solo homer to post an insurance run that would be greatly needed. Greenville scored again in the bottom of the inning but Trinidad was there to slam the door at the end of the game.

Game 2 | Augusta 8, Greenville 2 | 7 innings (click to see box score)

Game 2

Lines of the day:

SS Brian Bocock - 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI (16), 1 BB, 1 CS (7), 1 PO

3B Ryan Rohlinger - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (15), 2 SO

RF Bobby Felmy - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI (16), 1 BB, 1 SO

1B Matt Weston - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (17)

2B Sharlon Schoop - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (11)

C Nestor Rojas - 0-4, 1 RBI (5), 1 PO

SP Adam Cowart - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO W (6-1)

RP Robert Grace - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO

This is the type of game the Greenjackets have become used to. Adam Cowart dominates, the offense goes bananas, they win, and everyone's happy. It was a tight game through four innings, Augusta leading 1-0. Then they scored six runs in the fifth and never looked back. Two Greenville errors helped the Greenjackets score their runs.

What more can be said about Cowart? He shattered expectations in 2006 with Salem-Keizer and he's doing it again with another excellent ballclub in Augusta. One mark of a good pitcher is the ability to bounce back from poor outings. Cowart did that Sunday with his solid start, recovering nicely from his May 1 start against Kannapolis where he allowed ten runs and six hits and took the loss.

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