minor lines, 4/30/07

AAA: Fresno defeated Tucson 10-2

Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 3 for 4, 2 BB, SO
Fresno: 3B Kevin Frandsen: 3 for 6, SB, E
Fresno: 1B Scott McClain: 2 for 4, 2 BB
Fresno: RF Nate Schierholtz: 3 for 6, 2B, GiDP

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Fresno: LHP Ricardo Rincon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

A bog OBP game for Timpner, raising his AVG to .446 and doubling his number of walks for the season.  Frandsen raised his AVG to .400 and had his 4th SB.  McClain now has a BB/AB ratio of almost 20%.  Schierholtz raised his AVG to .297.  His XBH/H ratio is 37%, although he has just 3 XBH in his last 43 AB.

Kinney had a very effective start, lowering his ERA to 3.13.  He threw 57 of 87 pitches for strikes.  Rincon, who was signed by the Giants at the end of spring training, made his 2007 debut with a scoreless inning.

AA: Connecticut had a scheduled off-day
(Their only scheduled off-day in May is the 21st.)

A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 7-1

San Jose: CF Antoan Richardson: 3 for 4, HBP, SB
San Jose: SS Emmanuel Burriss: 1 for 2, BB, HBP, SF, 2 SB
San Jose: DH Adam Witter: 1 for 2, 2 BB

San Jose: RHP Gregorio Martinez: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
San Jose: LHP David Quinowski: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Three Giants reached base three times (or more).  Richardson finished April hitting .313/.477/.361.  Burriss finished the month at .218/.304/.241.  Both players now have 16 SB, as well as 3 CS each.  After leading the NWL in HRs a year ago, Witter has been more of an OBP hitter than a power hitter in the Cal League so far.  Like Richardson and Burriss, he finished April with a higher OBP than SLG, hitting .276/.411/.379.  Among them, they combined for just 9 XBH in 228 AB--a XBH/AB ratio below 4.0%.  

After six relief appearances, Martinez made his first start of the season.  He lowered his ERA to 5.40.  For just the second time among his nine relief appearances, Quinowski did not allow a hit or a walk.  He struck out 3 of the 7 batters he faced.  His peripherals are better than his 4.11 ERA would indicated as he has 10 H, 5 BB and 19 K in 15.1 IP.

A-: Augusta defeated Kannapolis 4-3

Augusta: SS Brian Bocock: 2 for 5, 2 SO
Augusta: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB, SO, CS
Augusta: RF Matthew Weston: 2 for 4, SO
Augusta: CF Michael McBryde: 0 for 2, BB, HBP, SB, CS
Augusta: 2B Marcus Sanders: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SO

Augusta: RHP Robert Grace: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR--1 PO, 1 E
Augusta: RHP Kevin Pucetas: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

The GreenJackets had five different hitters reach base.  With two hits each, Bocock, Rohlinger and Weston raised their respective AVGs to .317, .226 and .266.  McBryde drew just his 4th BB, helping improve his OBP to .322.  He's been fairly ineffective as a basestealer with a 7/6 SB/CS line.  In limited action, Sanders had a fairly impressive month, batting .297/.480/.432.  His count stats: 37 AB, 11 H, 5 XBH, 12 BB, 10 SO, 8 SB, 0 CS.  While he did star in Augusta two years ago, he still remains the youngest position player on the roster other than Schoop.

Grace improved his ERA to 2.57.  After allowing just 1 H and 1 BB in his first two appearances (9.0 IP), his WHIP has been over 1.00 in each of his three subsequent appearances.  Pucetas had allowed just one run this year, but he gave up a 2-run, 2-out HR in the 9th inning to boost his ERA to 1.17.

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