Minor League Notebook | May 19

Well when one pitcher doubles his season strikeout total, it's usually a good thing. When another quadruples his on the same day, you would think it's going to be a good day in the system. Well, not so much. Without any offense, it's hard to win. Just Another Day in the Minors!

Fresno Grizzlies: Fresno 6, Salt Lake 2 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:

CF Clay Timpner - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 3 RBI, 1 CS (4)
DH Lance Niekro - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B (4), 1 BB
SP Travis Blackley - 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, W (4-1)
RP Scott Munter - 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

A five-run fifth inning powered the Grizzlies to an increasingly rare win. The inning was highlighted by Clay Timpner's first triple of the year, which came with the bases loaded, resulting in three runs and leading to another, as Timpner scored on a Schierholtz sacrifice fly. Blackley got off to a slow start, giving up a solo home run in the first and another run in the second, but he settled down and kept the Bees to just that the rest of the way.

Timpner remains one of the hottest hitters in Fresno, going 8-for-21 in the last five games. But he only has eight extra-base hits in 42 hits, and has just five stolen bases in nine attempts. Niekro has not been as great as he was in his last demotion to Fresno, but all four of his hits in 15 at-bats have been doubles. Blackley remains consistent, while Munter remains one of the top relievers in Fresno. Munter has definitely proved he is not a strikeout pitcher, as he doubled his strikeout total on Saturday to four.

Connecticut Defenders: New Britain 2, Connecticut 1 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
RF Brian Horwitz - 3-4, 1 2B (5)
SS Mark Minicozzi - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 BB, 1 SO
SP Alex Hinshaw - 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP
RP Brooks McNiven - 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Joe Bateman - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

The Defenders had a spectacular spot start, but that was not enough in another poor offensive day. Alex Hinshaw made his first start on the season, and pitched respectably, but it was McNiven who gave up the important second run. But the offense let him down, as Horwitz had half of the team's hits, and the rest of the team couldn't follow. Horwitz had the team's only RBI, singling in Minicozzi in the fourth.

Horwitz had been in the Eastern League batting race, but he'd fallen off recently. He is now batting just .309 on the year. Minicozzi has had a disappointing time since coming into the season late, but he hit his fourth double in the last four games. Hinshaw's first start of the year was tied for his longest outing of the year, and the first game in which he'd given up runs since May 5. McNiven usually gives up runs in bursts, but one run was enough in this outing. Bateman quadrupled his strikeout total in his fifth outing, going from one to four. This was his second game in which he didn't give up a run after giving up at least one in each of his first three games.

San Jose Giants: High Desert 8, San Jose 4 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
SS Kyle Haines - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (1)
LF Anthony Contreras - 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 SO
CF Antoan Richardson - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB
C Pablo Sandoval - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 2 RBI, 1 SO
SP Paul Oseguera - 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, L (3-2)
RP Yosandy Ibanez - 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP

The Giants suffered a power outage in a matchup with the worst southern division team. Oseguera had his worst game of the season, giving up more runs than in any start, four of them in the first two innings. San Jose couldn't get its offense going until the final couple of innings, when San Jose was already down 8-1, only scoring on Sandoval's eighth-inning home run. In the ninth, singles by Haines and Contreras, along with three walks led to three runs, but it was too far for San Jose to come.

Haines got a rare spot start for the slumping Emmanuel Burriss, and had one of his best games of the year. He's currently batting .163. Contreras and Richardson combined to make it so each of the Giants top three hitters had multiple hits, but they were scattered too much to help. Sandoval has been performing well overall this season, but is just pulling out of a slump. He hasn't had more than one hit in any of his last nine games. Ibanez was a little more under control than usual, but not much.

Augusta GreenJackets: Hickory 3, Augusta 0 (Click to see Box Score)

Lines of the day:
1B Brett Pill - 3-3, 1 BB
SS Sharlon Schoop - 2-4, 1 SO, 1 CS (3)
RF Bobby Felmy - 1-3, 1 BB, 2 SO
2B Marcus Sanders - 1-4
SP Adam Cowart - 8 1-3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, L (7-2)
RP Dan Griffin - 0 2-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO

Adam Cowart was not as spectacular as usual, but Augusta's offense was so bad it didn't matter. The GreenJackets managed nine hits, but none went for extra bases and the team couldn't score at all. Meanwhile, Cowart gave up one run in the sixth, and then gave up two more in the ninth, though one was allowed in by Griffin, who relieved him.

Cowart was pushing his longest outing of the year, after having gone just seven innings in his previous longest outing. Meanwhile, Griffin had by far his shortest outing, coming in in relief for less than an inning on what was not one of his regular tag-team start dates he usually shared with Ben Snyder. Pill had one of his best days on the year, though he continues to not hit well for power. Schoop has been getting hot, with a four-game hitting streak, and has gone 7-for-12 in his last three games.

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