minor lines, 4/8/08

AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 6-2

Fresno: 2B Manny Burriss: 2 for 5
Fresno: CF Justin Leone: 2 for 5, SO, SB
Fresno: 3B Jake Wald: 0 for 1, 3 BB, SB

Fresno: RHP Nick Pereira: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Fresno: LHP Geno Espineli: 2.0 IP, 1 K
Fresno: RHP Billy Sadler: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Tacoma: LHP Ryan Feierabend: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 WP

Burriss and Leone each had two of the Grizzlies' 7 hits, and both have AVGs comfortably above .300.  This is the first start I recall Leone making a start in center field.  Wald reached base three times.

Pereira's season debut was not very effective, as he allowed three runs in the 1st inning and overall allowed ten baserunners in four innings.  He threw 78 pitches (49 strikes) and had a 3/8 GO/FO line.  Espineli had two perfect innings in relief, while Sadler allowed a run in his two innings.  Feierabend, the 22-year-old who made 13 appearances (9 starts) with the Mariners last year, has not allowed a run in 12.0 IP this year.

AA: Connecticut defeated Portland 2-1 (11 innings)

Connecticut: 1B Travis Ishikawa: 1 for 4, HR, HBP
Connecticut: SS Olma Rosario: 4 for 4, 3 SB

Connecticut: RHP Brooks McNiven: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Connecticut: RHP Ryan Sadowski: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 HB
Connecticut: RHP Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Connecticut: RHP Sergio Romo: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Portland: RHP Justin Masterson: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Rosario had most of the Defenders offense with four of their seven hits, improving his AVG to .500, but Ishikawa provided the big blow with his walkoff HR in the 11th inning.

McNiven had a very effective start, allowing just one hit.  He had a 9/6 GO/FO line, while his three relievers combined for a 4/8 GO/FO line.  Sadowski allowed his first run of the year, while Matos and Romo maintained their spotless ERAs.  Masterson, who is a top pitching prospect for the Red Sox, dominated the Defenders' lineup, allowing just two baserunners and posting an 8/0 GO/FO line.

A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 1-0 (10 innings)

San Jose: RF Robert Felmy: 0 for 4, 3 SO
San Jose: DH Andy D'Alessio: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: 2B Brad Boyer: 2 for 4, SO

San Jose: LHP Clayton Tanner: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
San Jose: RHP Dan Griffin: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
San Jose: RHP Mike Musgrave: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER

D'Alessio and Boyer each had two hits, as the offense was limited to D'Alessio's double and five singles.  The oh-fer with the hat trick dropped Felmy's AVG to .174.

Tanner had perhaps his most impressive start as a pro, although nearly every pitcher had a great line in this game.  Griffin pitched three scoreless innings in relief before Musgrave failed to retire either batter he faced in the 10th inning.

A-: Augusta defeated West Virginia 6-4

Augusta: 1B Thomas Neal: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, BB
Augusta: LF Garrett Baker: 2 for 4, 2 2B, HBP
Augusta: 3B Brock Bond: 2 for 4, BB
Augusta: CF Shane Jordan: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, CS

Augusta: RHP Orlando Yntema: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HB
Augusta: LHP Joe Paterson: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Augusta: RHP Danny Otero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Augusta: RHP Dan Turpen: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Four GreenJackets--Neal, Baker, Bond and Jordan--each reached base three times.  Among those players, Baker is the only without an AVG of .300 or higher, but his performance last night raised his AVG above the Mendoza line after a slow start to the season.  Neal and Baker also had multiple XBHs.

Yntema, who became the sixth different starter in six games for the GreenJackets, had an inspiring full-season debut.  Paterson faced the minimum number of hitters in relief and also stranded all three inherited runners, as he was credited with his second win of the season.  After Otero's scoreless inning, Turpen had a strikeout and five groundouts to pick up the two-inning save, his first save of the season and the second of his pro career.

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