AAA: Fresno defeated Tucson 7-1 (7 innings) in game 1
Fresno: RHP Tim Lincecum: 6.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 0 HR--1 HB, 1 WP
Fresno: RHP Billy Sadler: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Tucson: RHP Enrique Gonzalez: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 0 HR
Figueroa raised his AVG to .408. Dropped to the 5th and 6th spots in the lineup, Lewis and Schierholtz both responded with a couple hits, raising their respective AVGs to .258 and .286. Apparently Lincecum can hit too.
A small strike zone? Lincecum threw 53 of 97 pitches for strikes, Sadler 8 of 16 and Gonzalez 65 of 120. A no-hitter is impressive but less impressive when you still allow more baserunners (6 BB, 1 HB) than IP (6.1). Nonetheless, Lincecum has a microscopic 0.36 ERA and a 3-0 W-L record. Sadler allowed a single to the first batter he faced, ending the no-hit bid. Gonzalez (not to be confused with Edgar) made 18 starts in MLB last year.
AAA: Fresno lost to Tucson 3-1 (7 innings) in game 2
Timpner accounted for 2 of the Grizzlies' 5 baserunners. He raised his AVG to .381. He had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home, and had his 2nd XBH of the year in 42 AB. Barden has received limited playing time for the D'backs this year and was sent down to the minors about a week ago.
In a spot start, Bowles was inefficient with his pitch count, throwing 71 pitches (42 strikes) in less than 3 innings. Misch lowered his ERA to 2.30.
AA: Connecticut lost to Trenton 7-2
Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR--1 E
Connecticut: RHP Jeff Peterson: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Justin Hedrick: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
With the silver sombrero, Bowker's AVG dropped to .315. Still, the 2004 3rd round pick has a higher average than the 2004 2nd round pick, EME, whose AVG rose to .294.
A solid start for Broshuis allowing opposing hitters just a .250 OBP. He got a lot of fly ball outs (5/10 GO/FO line) and not too many strikeouts--seldom a recipe for long-term success. Peterson allowed his first runs of the year. Hedrick didn't help, allowing two inherited runner to score.
A+: San Jose lost to Ranco Cucamonga 7-4
San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP David Newton: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Kelvin Pichardo: 1.0+ IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
San Jose: LHP David Quinowski: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Moved to the leadoff spot, Richardson had another strong OBP game, including the team's only walk. Copeland was the only other Giants hitter to reach base twice (or more). Nunez was the only Giants hitter without a hit, dropping his AVG to .154. Angels' farmhand Coon had a strong OBP game with a trio of hits in the leadoff role for the second straight game, raising his AVG to .358.
Oseguera has strong stats this year in his 4 starts: 14 H, 2 BB, 18 K in 20.1 IP with a 2.66 ERA. Newton had a scoreless inning. After allowing 3 unearned runs in the 7th inning, Pichardo didn't retire either batter he faced in the 8th inning. Quinowski allowed those two runners to score, plus two more runs charged to his own record, for the blown save.
A-: Augusta defeated Kannapolis 4-1
Bocock's .325 AVG is the best in the lineup. I believe his 14 SB are still the best in all the minors. Felmy had his first multi-hit game this year, raising his AVG to .211. Pill is still batting in the heard of the lineup, despite his .229/.275/.357 performance this year year in 70 AB. Sanders continues to be an OBP machine batting 9th in the lineup, playing in about every other game. He has hit .310/.487/.448 in 29 AB with 5 SB (0 CS).
Tanner lowered his ERA to 1.62, as he also had an 11/2 GO/FO line. His GO/FO ratio for the season is now 2.17. His peripheral stats remain modest with 15 H, 6 BB and 13 K in 16.2 IP. Sosa became at least the fifth different GreenJacket pitcher to record a 3-inning save. With three scoreless innings, he lowered his ERA to 0.53.
Bonus note (game I attended last night through first 7 innings):
AAA: Sacramento defeated Las Vegas 4-3 (10 innings)
Las Vegas: RF James Loney: 0 for 3, BB, 2 SO
Las Vegas: 3B Tomas Perez: 2 for 4
Sacramento: 2B Kevin Melillo: 0 for 2, 3 BB, SO, 2 E
Sacramento: 1B Dan Johnson: 1 for 2, 2 BB
Sacramento: C Kurt Suzuki: 1 for 4, HR, BB, IBB, SO
Las Vegas: LHP Greg Miller: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Perez was the only player in the game with multiple hits, but I was quite disappointed to see him instead of Dodgers top prospect Andy LaRoche. Loney's disappointment at starting the season in the minors seems to be affecting his bat, as he is hitting just .254/.313/.366. He hit .380/.426/.546 in 98 games with Las Vegas a year ago. Melillo had a solid OBP game, but he lost a bit of his luster last year. Really nice to see Johnson back in action for the first time this year, after the spring training injury initially thought he would miss three months or more. Suzuki, hitting .327/.409/.455, is looking like the definite heir apparent to Jason Kendall. Last night was my first chance to see Miller, the Dodgers first round pick a few years ago. He had no idea where the ball was going last night, throwing 9 of 26 pitches for strikes. His line could have looked even worse than it was. He got one out with a sacrifice bunt. Two of his pitches for ball four went to the backstop, but no wild pitch as all the runners advanced one base anyway. His velocity was typically 89-90 mph with the fastball.