minor lines, 5/12/07

AAA: Fresno defeated Omaha 7-5

Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 2 for 5, HR
Fresno: 3B Tomas De La Rosa: 2 for 4, 2B
Fresno: C Barry Gunther: 2 for 4, SO
Omaha: CF Joey Gathright: 3 for 4, HBP, SB, CS
Omaha: 3B Angel Berroa: 0 for 5, 2 GiDP

Fresno: LHP Travis Blackley: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Scott Munter: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Brian Wilson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR--2 HB

Timpner connected for his first HR and raised his AVG to .278.  Also with two hits for the Grizzlies were De La Rosa and Gunther, raising their respective AVGs to .280 and .333.  This was Gunther's second game with Fresno as he was promoted earlier in the week to fill in for the injured G-Rod.  At the top of the Royals lineup, are a couple hitters who have seen a fair amount of major league time in recent years.  Gathright raised his AVG to .323.  Berroa had a poor game, making 7 outs, but his AVG remains above .300.

Blackley had his longest start of the year, finishing seven innings.  He had not previously pitched into the 7th inning, or at least not recorded any outs in the 7th inning.  Blackley was relatively efficient with his pitch count, needing 95 pitches (62 strikes).  It would appear from the box score that Munter had better control of the strike zone than Wilson.  That was probably not the case as Munter threw just 8 of 18 pitches for strikes while Wilson threw 15 of 26 pitches for strikes.  Wilson did allow the first four batters to reach base, before getting a GiDP and a pop up to end the game.

AA: Connecticut lost to Reading 2-1

Connecticut: SS Mark Minicozzi: 2 for 4
Connecticut: LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 0 for 3, BB, 2 SO

Connecticut: RHP Ben Cox: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Justin Hedrick: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Minicozzi, the only Defender to reach base twice, raised his AVG to .260.  EME was back in the lineup after missing a week.  His AVG slipped to .241, and he now has more strikeouts than hits.

Cox had a poor start in terms of his peripheral stats but a good start for his ERA, although it remains relatively high at 4.66.  Hedrick and Matos lowered their respective ERAs to 2.55 and 2.70.

A+: San Jose lost to Lancaster 1-0

San Jose: LF Alex Requena: 1 for 4, 2B, 2 SO, PO
San Jose: SS Emmanuel Burriss: 0 for 3, 2 E
San Jose: 1B William Thompson: 0 for 2, BB, SO

San Jose: RHP Joseph Martinez: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Kelvin Pichardo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Wayne Foltin: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Lancaster: RHP Michael Bowden: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Requena had the Giants' only hit but was subsequently picked off.  Thompson was their only other baserunner of the night.  Burriss is in a slump.  He is hitting .079 in May (3 for 38) and has reached base just once in his last five games.  Tonight the slump carried over to his defense with two throwing errors, giving him 9 errors on the year.

Martinez has one of his best starts of the year, but he was overshadowed tonight.  His peripherals stats are solid with a H/IP below 1.00, a BB/IP below 0.33 and a K/IP above 1.00.  His 2.51 ERA is also quite good.  The inconsistent Pichardo had a good line tonight, lowering his ERA to 4.00.  His K/IP is close to 2.00, but when he allows runs, it tends to be multiple runs.  Control seems to be an issue for Foltin this year, as he has allowed 9 BB in 12.2 IP.  Last year his BB/IP was just below 0.50.  Bowden, the Red Sox #5 prospect, had been outstanding this year.  This was his longest start of the year, the first time past the 6th inning.  In eight starts, he has allowed only 7 ER, and 3 of those came in his previous start against San Jose on April 26th.  Bowden has a WHIP below 1.00 and a K/IP of exactly 1.00.  Statistically, he looks destined for the Eastern League by mid-season.  What may be even more impressive about tonight's pitching performances is that officially the wind was blowing out to LF at 17 mph.

A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 8-4

Augusta: SS Brian Bocock: 3 for 4, BB, GiDP, 2 SB, CS
Augusta: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, BB
Augusta: LF Robert Felmy: 2 for 5, 2 2B, SB
Augusta: C Henry Gutierrez: 2 for 4, SO
Augusta: CF James Simmons: 0 for 4
Augusta: 2B Marcus Sanders: 1 for 3, BB, SB

Augusta: RHP Adam Cowart: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Augusta: RHP Paul Lussier: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Bocock raised his AVG to .321.  His SB/CS on the season is 25/8, i.e., a ratio just above 75%.  Rohlinger may have had his best game of the season in terms of his offensive stats, or at least the best I can recall.  Last summer's 5th round pick is hitting just .216/.272/.343 this year.  Tonight included his first XBHs of the month.  By contrast, Felmy is hitting .357 in May so far, with nearly half his hits (7 of 15) being for extra bases.  Gutierrez raised his AVG to .289.  Sanders has not been as effective at reach base in May.  He had a .480 OBP in April but has a .360 OBP so far in May.  Simmons, the only GreenJacket without a hit tonight, is now just 2 for 22 since joining the GreenJackets.

Another win for Cowart, improving his W-L record to 7-1.  He had an uncharacteristically high WHIP in this game allowing 12 batters to reach base, although all nine hits were singles.  His H/IP remains just below 1.00.  Three walks also seem odd, considering he had allowed just four walks previously this year.  After a 12/1 GO/FO line today, his GO/AO ratio for the year is 3.23.  The HR allowed by Lussier was just the 2nd ER he has allowed this year, raising his ERA to 0.89.  This was his first game in 10 days.

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