minor lines, 8/28/07

AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 6-5

Fresno: 2B William Bergolla: 2 for 5, E
Fresno: RF Nate Schierholtz: 3 for 4, HR, 3B
Fresno: 1B Scott McClain: 2 for 4, SO
Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 2 for 4, 2B, CS
Salt Lake: LF Nick Gorneault: 3 for 4

Fresno: RHP Chris Begg: 8.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Scott Munter: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Schierholtz had a big game, including his 16th HR and 7th triple.  For the month, he is hitting .340/.366/.598.  With two hits each, Bergolla, McClain and Timpner raised their respective AVGs to .303, .270 and .303.  Timpner now has 11 doubles and 11 CS.  The Angels' 28-year-old Gornealt had three singles to improve his season line to .256/.342/.423.  The former prospect had a horrible start to the season, hitting .220 through June, but has hit .320 since the start of July.

Begg's ERA rose to 4.42.  He pounded the strike zone with 75 of 94 pitches for strikes.  He apparently did not have his normal sinker given his 11/10 GO/FO line.  Munter recorded his first save of the year.

AA: Connecticut defeated New Hampshire 3-1 (7 innings) in game 1

Connecticut: RF John Bowker: 1 for 2, BB
Connecticut: DH Randy Ruiz: 2 for 3, 2B

Connecticut: RHP Dave McKae: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Connecticut: RHP Brian Anderson: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Bowker and Ruiz each reached base twice. Two hits, including his 24th double, raised Ruiz's AVG to .308.  Bowker entered the day hitting .300/.354/.510 overall, although just .261/.318/.392 in home games.
McKae improved his ERA to 4.12. Anderson retired the only batter he faced for his 28th save.

AA: Connecticut defeated New Hampshire 2-1 (9 innings) in game 2
(all three runs coming in the second extra inning)

Connecticut: LF Carlos Sosa: 1 for 3, BB, SO
Connecticut: RF John Bowker: 1 for 3, HR, BB

Connecticut: RHP Ryan Sadowski: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Justin Hedrick: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Kelvin Pichardo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR--1 E

Bowker led off the bottom of the 9th inning with his 21st HR of the year to tie the game.  Sosa was the only other Defender to reach base twice.  He also threw out a runner at the plate.  His season line is .257/.339/.395 in 354 AB.

Sadowski got the spot start in the doubleheader.  Three scoreless innings lowered his ERA to 3.02.  Hedrick improved his ERA to 2.21 with four scoreless innings, one of his longest appearances of his career.  His high walk rate has not hurt him that much this year.  Pichardo's ERA rose to 4.12 as his K/BB ratio is now below 1.00 since his promotion.

A+: San Jose defeated Lancaster 9-6

San Jose: 2B Travis Denker: 2 for 5, HR, 2B
San Jose: CF Benj Copeland: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SB
Lancaster: DH Lars Anderson: 2 for 4, SO

San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
San Jose: RHP Sergio Romo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Denker, the PTBNL in the Mark Sweeney trade, had an impressive debut in the Giants organization.  The 22-year-old had his 11th HR (a grand slam) and 28th double while picking up 6 RBIs as the team's leadoff hitter.  He hit .294/.369/.450 in 402 AB with the Dodgers' Cal League affiliate this year.  Copeland's 20th and 21st doubles raised his AVG to .284.  The Red Sox' Anderson had a couple singles to raise his AVG to .417 in four games since being promoted to the Cal League.

Oseguera is scuffling a bit down the stretch.  His 5.40 ERA in five August starts has raised his season ERA to 3.33.  His K/BB ratio remains just above 4.00.  Romo continues his impressive string of dominance.  Last night's appearance included stranding three inherited baserunners with no outs in the 8th inning.  His K/IP is just shy of 1.60.

A-: Augusta lost to Greenville 12-9

Augusta: 1B Brett Pill: 3 for 4, 2B, BB
Augusta: RF Matthew Weston: 3 for 5, 3 2B, 2 SO
Greenville: RF Josh Reddick: 3 for 5, HR, BB, SO

Augusta: LHP Clayton Tanner: 2.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Augusta: RHP Wayne Foltin: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Pill and Weston led the offense with three hits each.  They have rather similar stats for the season.  Pill is now hitting .273/.325/.419; Weston is hitting .271/.325/.432.  The Red Sox' Reddick has been perhaps as impressive as the recently promoted Lars Anderson.  Reddick's line for the season is now .308/.352/.533, including 18 HRs.

Tanner had perhaps his worst start of his pro career, raising his ERA to 3.29.  This start will probably prevent him from ranking among the league's top ten in ERA.  Foltin, making his first appearance in a couple weeks, was the only one of five GreenJackets' pitchers to not allow a run.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 7-2

Salem-Keizer: C Tyler La Torre: 1 for 3, BB, SB
Salem-Keizer: SS Sharlon Schoop: 1 for 3, BB

Salem-Keizer: RHP Timothy Egart: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR
Salem-Keizer: RHP Stephen MacFarland: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

La Torre and Schoop were the only two Volcanoes to reach base twice.  The offense consisted of six singles and four walks.

After 18 relief appearances, Egart, the 39th round pick this year, made his first pro start.  His peripheral stats are fairly impressive with 28 H, 7 BB and 40 K in 30.2 IP.  He had not allowed an earned run in his previous eight appearances, and his ERA remains below 3.00.  MacFarland, the PTBNL in the Matt Morris trade, made his debut in the Giants organization.  In the Sally League this year, he had 58 H, 48 BB and 69 K in 65.2 IP with a 4.80 ERA over 39 appearances (one start).

R: Giants defeated Mariners 9-3

Scottsdale: SS Charlie Culberson: 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB, CS
Scottsdale: DH Nick Noonan: 2 for 4, HR, BB, SO
Scottsdale: 3B Angel Villalona: 3 for 4, SF, SO, 2 E
Scottsdale: CF Dom Duggan: 2 for 4, HR, 3B, SO

Scottsdale: RHP Oliver Odle: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR--1 HB
Scottsdale: RHP Chance Corgan: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Once again, the three youngsters at the top of the lineup provided the punch, as each of them reached base three times.  Noonan connected for his 3rd HR, helping to improve his season line to .316/.357/.451.  Culberson reclaimed the team-lead in steals with his 19th SB, but he was also caught stealing for the first time in his pro career.  Villalona's second straight three-hit game improved his AVG to .285, but he also committed his 17th and 18th errors (both fielding errors).

Odle had another fine start.  His K/BB ratio is now above 6.00.  Corgan had the best appearance of his pro career with a career-high 7 K in 3.0 perfect IP.  It was also his first appearance in which he did not allow a hit.  After just 1 K in his first four appearances, he has 13 K in his last two appearances.

DSL: Giants season ended August 27th with playoff loss

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