*** San Francisco Giants Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
FRESNO GRIZZLIES - The Grizzlies have struggled out of the gate this season and that trend continued over the weekend, as the team dropped its third game in the last four, with an 8-7 setback to Tucson on Sunday. The loss was a bitter one, as the team blew a one-run lead in the ninth, dropping Fresno to a meager 4-14 on the season, the worst mark in the Pacific Coast League. The team is mired in the basement of the South Division standings, already 7 1/2 games out of first place. The loss on Sunday spoiled a great effort from third baseman Brian Dallimore, who went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. The solid performance raised Dallimore's average to a team-leading .406. One of the few bright spots for the Grizzlies this year, Dallimore has now hit safely in eight straight entering Monday's action.
NORWICH NAVIGATORS - The Navigators won their second straight game and took 2-of-3 from Harrisburg this weekend, as they moved two games over .500 on the year, sitting in third place in the Northern Division of the Eastern League with a record of 9-7. In Sunday's 5-1 win over the Senators, Carlos Valderrama collected three hits, and three RBI. He upped his average to .348 and has hit safely in all but two games for the Navigators this year. The Navigators outscored Harrisburg over the weekend by a combined 15-3 in two games. Chris Begg got the win (2-1), as he went 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run and one walk, while striking out four. Batting leader Tyler Von Schell went 0-for-3 on Sunday, dropping his batting average to .375 and ending a seven- game hit streak.
SAN JOSE GIANTS - Losers of four straight, the Giants have fallen two games under .500 (8-10) and into third place in the North Division of the California League. This weekend, it was the Visalia Oaks who took advantage of San Jose, completing a three-game sweep with Sunday's 5-1 decision. The team will continue a 10-game road trip with a four-game set at Rancho Cucamonga this week. Brad Vericker collected a pair of doubles in Sunday's loss to the Oaks and was one of the only offensive bright spots for the otherwise sluggish Giants in the game. Vericker's two hits ended a four-game drought for the infielder/DH, who had gone a combined 0-for-13 coming into Sunday's action.
HAGERSTOWN SUNS - The Suns dropped a 3-2 decision to Savannah on Sunday and have now split their last four games. The four-game split comes on the heels of an eight-game slide. Hagerstown resides in the cellar of the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League, with a meager 4-10 mark. The team has still yet to win at home (0-4). The Suns got solid offensive production from their first three hitters on Sunday, with outfielder Jon Coutlangus and infielders Patrick Dobson and Nate Schierholtz going a combined 7-of-14 in the loss to Sand Gnats. Dobson went 3-for-4 in the setback and improved his batting average to a team-high .395. Dobson has a five-game hit streak in tow and is red-hot of late, going 7-for-8 in the last two games.