minor lines, 8/29/06

AAA: Fresno lost to Portland 11-3

Fresno: SS Juan Melo: 3 for 4, HR
Portland: CF Ben Johnson: 3 for 5, 2B, BB, SO
Portland: LF Jack Cust: 2 for 3, HR, 2 BB, SO

Fresno: LHP Jonathan Sanchez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Fresno: LHP Michael Tejera: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Fresno: LHP Dusty Bergman: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Melo was the Grizzlies' offensive leader last night, including his 8th HR.  He is now hitting .292/.336/.391 with Fresno after hitting just .211/.252/.330 for Colorado Springs (also in the PCL) to begin the season.  A nice game for the Padres' Johnson as the leadoff hitter getting on base.  Another big game for Cust against the Grizzlies, including his 28th HR.

Sanchez, Kinney and Tejera held the Beavers to 1 run through 5 IP, but then the Beavers offense exploded ro 10 runs over the final 4 innings.  Sanchez brought his ERA below 4.00; Kinney kept his ERA below 5.00; Tejera's ERA rose to 3.67; Bergman's ERA is now over 14.00.  Sanchez was apparently limited to 39 pitches in two innings in anticipation of a callup September 1st.  The Fresno Bee also notes, "Merkin Valdez (hand) and Erick Threets (left arm), both injured in Sunday night's game against the Sacramento River Cats, had MRIs on Monday but the results haven't come back, Grizzlies manager Shane Turner said."

AA: Connecticut lost to New Hampshire 7-6

Connecticut: DH Nate Schierholtz: 2 for 4, 2B, HBP, SO
Connecticut: RF Brian Horwitz: 2 for 4, BB, SO, CS
Connecticut: 3B Brian Buscher: 1 for 3, 2 HBP, SO
Connecticut: C Todd Jennings: 3 for 5, 2B, SO

Connecticut: LHP Eugene Espineli: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

The Defenders had four different young hitters reach base three times each.  Another multi-hit game for Schierholtz to extend his hitting streak to 24 games and raise his AVG to .276.  That AVG is second best on the team to Horwitz's .286 AVG.  Buscher's .262 AVG is third best.  Jennings is now hitting .254/.276/.311 in 122 AB since his promotion to the Eastern League, which includes just 4 BB and 5 XBH.

Espineli allowed just 1 R through 5 IP, but then ultimately allowed 4 R in the 6th inning (two of the runs scoring after he left the game).  He had a 8/4 GO/FO line.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 6-4

San Jose: LF Carlos Sosa: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: 1B William Thompson: 2 for 4
Modesto: 2B Cory Wimberly: 2 for 4, 3B, SO, E

San Jose: RHP Gregorio Martinez: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR--1 WP
San Jose: RHP Alfredo Simon: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Justin Hedrick: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Modesto: RHP Samuel Deduno: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

With a .310 AVG, Sosa is now the only hitter on the team with an AVG above .295.  Thompson has brought his AVG up to .273 now, albeit without much secondary average given that both his OBP and SLG are .333.  The very speedy Rockies prospect Wimberly reached base twice.  He is hitting .322/.407/.381 this year.

Martinez, who leads the team in IP, seems to be fading towards the end of the year, although this was certainly much better than his last start when he failed to retire any of the seven hitters he faced in the 3rd inning.  Maybe Simon is finally getting it back together as he had another very solid relief appearance.  His days in the Giants system might be numbered, though, given that he could become a minor league free agent.  Hedrick picked up his 6th save.  Reportedly, "Brian Anderson, the Cal League record holder for saves in a season, was unavailable after pitching three innings
Sunday in Visalia."  Not too impressive of a start for the Rockies' Deduno, who has a 4.49 ERA and is second in the Cal League in strikeouts.

The San Jose website has a copy of this San Jose Mercury News profile of Tim Lincecum today:
(The article does say that Lincecum will not be called up to the majors in September.  His final regular season start will be Friday in Stockton.  Presumably he will get one or two more starts in the playoffs for San Jose.)

A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 11-2
(including 7 runs in the 8th inning)

Augusta: CF Antoan Richardson: 2 for 4, BB, SO, SB
Augusta: 2B Eugenio Velez: 1 for 5, 3B
Augusta: C Barry Gunther: 2 for 3, BB
Augusta: 1B Pablo Sandoval: 2 for 4
Augusta: SS Anthony Contreras: 2 for 4, 2B, SO

Augusta: RHP Ronnie Ray: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR--1 HB
Augusta: LHP Buck Cody: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Augusta: LHP David Quinowski: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Richardson raised his AVG back to .297 and swiped his 65th base.  A 1-for-5 line seldom deserves mention, but when it includes a record setting 19th triple, it is definitely of note.  Gunther and Sandoval, two players at different ends of the age spectrum and different ends of the defensive spectrum, both have .258 AVGs.  Contreras is still within shot of the league batting title as his .306 AVG is not too far behind Velez's .310 AVG.  Yesterday, Velez was named the MVP of the South Atlantic League, and Robert Kelly was named manager of the year.  (No other Greenjackets made the 16-team league's all-star team.)

A solid start for Ray lowers his ERA to 3.48.  It's his fourth year in low-A ball, although he is still younger than many of his teammates, so it seems hard to make too much inference from his stats.  Cody is finishing the year strong, although his ERA remains high at 4.81.  A perfect IP for Quinowski lowers his ERA to 1.34, which is the lowest in the organization among the full-season affiliates.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Vancouver 19-3
(including 10 runs in the 7th inning)

Salem-Keizer: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 1 for 4, 2 BB, GiDP
Salem-Keizer: C Adam Witter: 4 for 4, HR, 3B, 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: RF Robert Felmy: 3 for 4, 2B
Salem-Keizer: CF Michael McBryde: 3 for 5, CS
Salem-Keizer: 1B Brett Pill: 1 for 3, 2 BB, HBP, SO

Salem-Keizer: RHP Adam Cowart: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Salem-Keizer: LHP Jared Cranston: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Salem-Keizer: RHP Adam Paul: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Salem-Keizer: LHP Jesse English: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

It seems odd that in a game when a team scored 19 runs that the team had just three hitters with multi-hit lines.  The big line is Witter hitting for the cycle.  His 15th HR of the year comes in Vancouver's cavernous stadium (from the reports I have heard), which may also explain the triple, his first triple of his pro career.  Felmy and McBryde raised their respective AVGs to .265 and .293.  Rohlinger and Pill also had big OBP lines, although neither hitter has been particularly impressive as a corner infielder.  

Another very nice start for Cowart.  With the off-day, the Volcanoes moved Cowart up one spot in the rotation ahead of John Odom.  They prefer Cowart to pitch game 2 of the championship series on the road and Odom to pitch game 3 at home.  Cowart now has 10-0 W-L record with a 0.80 ERA.  His GO/FO was 7/5 last night.  An unusual line for Cranston, who had allowed just 10 H in 16.0 IP before this game; he retired just one of six batters he faced.  Paul was effective in relief, including stranding two baserunners.  I wonder if as a sidearmer Paul is less effective if he pitches in the same games as fellow sidearmer Cowart.  At least it did not show up in the box score last night.  Another very nice appearance for English.  His last four appearances have been dominant, including 0 H, 1 BB and 12 K in 6.0 IP over his last three appearances.

The Statesman Journal notes that a bunch of records were tied or set yesterday:
a) Witter first cycle in Volcanoes history
b) Witter ties franchise season HR mark
c) Witter's 7 RBIs in game tie franchise mark
d) Volcanoes tied franchise record with 10-game winning streak (which was just set less than two weeks ago as the Volcanoes have won 20 of their last 21 games)
e) 19 runs in a game ties a franchise record
f) Cowart became first Volcanoes pitcher with 10 wins
(The Volcanoes are a win away from tying their franchise record of 51 wins in 1997.)

R: Giants lost to Padres 3-2
(Scottsdale's season ended with a walk-off loss when a single scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 9th inning)

Scottsdale: 2B Juan Jean: 2 for 4, SO, E
Scottsdale: C Elio Sarmiento: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Scottsdale: RF Joe Roundy: 1 for 3, HR, SO
Scottsdale: RF Ariel Nunez: 1 for 3, 2B, SO, E

Scottsdale: RHP Robert Grace: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Scottsdale: LHP Morgan Brinson: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Scottsdale: RHP Adam Ortiz-Jusino: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--1 BK, 1 WP, 1 IBB

Jean finished his first season in the U.S. with a solid .310 AVG, but his 9th inning error proved costly.  In his first year in the U.S., Sarmiento batted .345 in July but then just .250 in August (and just 4 AB in June).  Roundy, the Big 12 batting champ this spring, finished his fir pro season hitting .244/.313/.465, i.e., a fairly ugly OBP but a XBH/H ratio just above 50%.  Nunez, last year's AZL batting champ, raised his AVG above the Mendoza line on the final day of the season.  Plus, 5 errors in 23 games for an OFer seems problematic.

Injury apparently limited Grace to just 4 games in his second pro season, but he finished the season strong.  Brinson's line in the 8th inning was just too typical of his season which finished with a 16.62 ERA.  Ortiz-Jusino struck out the first batter in the bottom of the 9th inning, but after the second hitter reached on an error, he did almost nothing to help himself.

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