AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 10-2
Fresno: 1B Lance Niekro: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SO
Fresno: 3B Tomas De La Rosa: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, SH
Fresno: RF Justin Leone: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SF, SO
Fresno: 2B William Bergolla: 2 for 4, BB
Fresno: C Justin Knoedler: 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB, SO
Salt Lake: RF Terry Evans: 3 for 4, 2B
Fresno: RHP Chris Begg: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Carlos Hines: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Fresno: LHP Erick Threets: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Billy Sadler: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR--1 WP
The fourth through eighth hitters in the Grizzlines lineup had quite the combined line, going 12 for 20, and reaching base in 15 of 25 plate appearances. Niekro now has 6 XBH among 9 H and 30 AB. De La Rosa raised his AVG to .300 and connected for his 2nd HR. Leone hit his team-leading 8th HR. Bergolla raised his AVG to .299. Knoedler is swinging the bat well this year, now hitting .292/.366/.506 after hitting just .243/.306/.382 a year ago in the minors. Evans, acquired by the Angels in the Jeff Weaver trade a year ago, continues to follow up well on his breakout 2006 season. Tonight he raised his AVG to .330.
Begg's fifth start Fresno was about equally as effective as his first start. He lowered his ERA to 4.21 as he allowed just one XBH tonight. He was effective, despite not getting his normal amount of grounnball outs, as his GO/FO line was 8/8 tonight. Hines retired just half the six batters he faced, while Threets did face the minimum. As a reliever, Threets now has 3 H, 4 BB and 6 K in 7.2 IP. Sadler threw 10 of 15 pitches for strikes, but still allowed a walk. With 6 BB in his last four appearances, he almost has as many walks as hits allowed now (14 H and 13 BB in 18.2 IP).
A: Connecticut lost to Trenton 2-0
(the fifth time Connecticut has been shut at home vs Trenton)
Sosa raised his AVG to .330. By comparison, Brian Horwitz, who is a year younger than Sosa, had a .309 AVG with Connecticut this year before he was promoted. Ishikawa, the only other Defender to reach base twice, raised his AVG to .240.
Another solid start for Broshuis lowers his ERA to 3.18. He's having a very solid year, but it's typically harder to project future success for a pitcher with a K/IP below 0.60 and a GO/AO ratio of 0.72. With two perfect innings, Sadowski lowered his ERA to 1.45, as he continues to be one of the better comeback stories of the year in the Giants organization.
A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 4-3 (12 innings)
San Jose: RHP Ronnie Ray: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR--1 WP
San Jose: LHP Ryan Paul: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
San Jose: LHP David Quinowski: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Wayne Foltin: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Yosandy Ibanez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR--1 HB, 2 IBB
Nice to see Witter with a couple XBH. He hit a one-out triple in the 9th inning, and then Thompson delivered a two-out RBI single in the 9th inning to tie the score. That hit raised Thompson's AVG back to .200. Witter is now hitting .259/.364/.384.
Ray continues to be the weak link in the San Jose rotation. Allowing a run in three different innings, tonight he basically maintained his 5.47 ERA. He did have an impressive 9/1 GO/FO line tonight. His GO/AO ratio was 1.33 entering tonight. A scoreless inning for Paul lowers his ERA to 3.86, while a couple scoreless innings lower Quinowski's ERA to 4.21. He struck out all three batters he faced in the 7th inning but then allowed a couple baserunners in the 8th inning. Foltin made an appearance without allowing a hit or a walk for just the second time in his nine May appearances. Ibanez took the loss in extra innings.
A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 11-1
(breaking it open late with 8 runs in 7th, 8th and 9th innings)
Augusta: SS Emmanuel Burriss: 2 for 5, 3B, BB, 3 SO
Augusta: RF Robert Felmy: 2 for 5, SO
Augusta: DH Brett Pill: 2 for 4, HR, BB
Augusta: 1B Matthew Weston: 2 for 4, BB
Augusta: CF Michael McBryde: 1 for 4, SF, GiDP
Augusta: 2B Marcus Sanders: 2 for 4, BB
Augusta: LF James Simmons: 0 for 4, BB, SO
Lexington: C Max Sapp: 0 for 4, 3 PB
Lexington: 3B Koby Clemens: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SO, 2 E
Augusta: LHP Clayton Tanner: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR--1 HB
Augusta: RHP Robert Grace: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Augusta: LHP Jared Cranston: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
It's not often that you can say a player reached base in half his plate appearances while also having a hat trick. Burriss showed his speed tonight as he had a standup triple to left-center field and showed plenty or range defensively. His defensive actions seem really smooth. Oh, the one time I have not seen Burriss shown speed was once when he was on base when Rohlinger hit a HR. He went around the bases so slowly after the HR that Rohlinger had to hold shortly after he crossed second base, and Burriss never sped the pace up. Facing another lefty starter tonight was not as much of an issue for Felmy and Weston, who both had two hits, raising their respective AVGs to .273 and .292. Pill's HR was a high, towering shot with plenty of distance. The only question was whether it was fair. A few fans around me thought it was foul, but no one on the field argued. Sanders tonight looked like one of the most patient hitters I've ever seen. He saw at least five pitches in every plate appearance. I am not sure if he every swung before he had two strikes as he took some fastball aways when he was ahead in the count. He took some other pitches that were close enough you see a lot of hitters swing at them. One of his hits was an infield single when he chopped a ball off home plate to the mound, but the pitcher was not able to make the play in time. His other hit was a fly ball in the right field corner that was not caught. On that play, he didn't run it out and ended up second base when he should have ended up at second or third base (the runner was on second base at that time). Not sure how to describe McBryde's approach at the plate right now. It seems too close to just swinging in case the pitch is a strike. (By comparison, I have in mind a line from a scout who said about Todd Linden a few years ago that Linden swings hard in case he hits it.) McBryde had a few words, but from a distance, when the umpire called him out on the back end of a double play. I thought he had beat it out. From the little bit I have seen the past two evenings, I think Simmons has a plan at the plate, just not the pitch recognition to implement it. He has quite the athletic build, several inches taller than Sanders and Burriss, and not nearly as slender as them. He is still trim, though, listed at 6'3", 190 lbs. Sapp, the Astros first round pick a year ago, had his AVG drop below .300. I have been quite unimpressed by him defensively the two nights. He allowed three passed balls tonight (nine on the season now), and is not very good at blocking wild pitches either, as his pitchers had four wild pitches tonight. From my viewpoint, a good defensive catcher probably would have blocked every one of those and kept the ball in front of him at the plate. One of the wild pitches allowed a run to score when the ball bounced maybe 15 feet away from the plate up the first base line. The play was not even close enough for the fast Augusta baserunner (McBryde as I recall) to slide. Clemens had a good OBP night, but has looked poor defensively the past two nights. He has 12 errors in 38 games. He hasn't hit for average or power this year, but he has drawn a lot of walks.
Tanner pitched well in relief, and like Dan Griffin the night before, lived at the bottom of the strike zone to induce a lot of ground ball outs. His GO/FO line was 10/4. His fastball was typically 86-88 mph on the scoreboard gun (which I presume is about 2 mph slow). He used his fastball a lot early and then used his offspeed stuff increasingly as the game wore on. I am not sure if he lost velocity in his last two innings, but I did not observe a velocity reading above 81 mph on the scoreboard in his last two innings. I'm not sure from my angle, but it looked like he mixed in curveballs, sliders and changeups. According to the BA Prospect Handbook, the changeup was the least developed off his offspeed pitches. The one run he allowed was a well-hit HR to right-center field. I heard a couple people behind me that Lexington may be the most home-friendly stadium in the league. Grace pitched well in relief. His fastball velocity was similarly 86-88 mph on the scoreboard gun. With a 4/0 GO/FO line tonight, he raised his GO/AO ratio to 1.77. Cranston allowed a two-out walk but otherwise struck out the side in the 9th inning. His peripherals are much better than his 9.00 ERA would indicate. For whatever reason, an abnormally high percentage of the baserunners he has allowed have scored.