minor lines, 5/2/08

AAA: Fresno defeated Omaha 6-4
(scoring the game's final four runs in the 6th inning)

Fresno: RF Nate Schierholtz: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SB
Fresno: 3B Julio Cordido: 2 for 4, SO
Fresno: 1B Brett Harper: 3 for 4
Omaha: SS Angel Berroa: 2 for 4, HR, SO, SB

Fresno: RHP Brooks McNiven: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K--3 HR
Fresno: RHP Jesse Foppert: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RHP Billy Sadler: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Fresno: LHP Alex Hinshaw: 1.0 IP

Harper had three of the Grizzlies' nine hits to raise his AVG to .284.  Cordido, the other Grizzly with multiple hits, has had multiple hits in four of his last seven games.  After three walks in April, Schierholtz has three walks in two games in May.  Making their PCL debuts were Denker and Buller, and Vizquel is expected to make rehab appearances with the Grizzlies on Sunday and Monday.  Berroa, who was an everyday player in the majors a couple years ago, hit one of three HRs for the Royals.

McNiven, who had not allowed a HR in any of his three Eastern League starts this April, allowed 3 HRs in his PCL debut.  He didn't strike anyone out, but he did have a 10/4 GO/FO line.  Foppert, Sadler and Hinshaw threw four scoreless innings in relief, lowering their respective ERAs to 3.07, 1.23 and 0.77.

AA: Connecticut lost at Binghamton 5-3

Connecticut: CF Ben Copeland: 2 for 3, BB, SO, SB
Connecticut: 3B David Maroul: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Connecticut: SS Olma Rosario: 1 for 2, BB, HBP

Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K--1 HR, 1 E
Connecticut: LHP Jason Waddell: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR

With his second straight two-hit game, Copeland got his AVG above the Mendoza line.  He and Rosario both reached base three times to improve their respective OBPs to .293 and .325.  Maroul connected for his 1st HR.  He hit 20 HRs in the Cal League a year ago.

A fairly non-descript start for Broshuis.  After a season high in strikeouts in his previous start, even though it was his shortest start of the year, he had just one striekout in this start.  He has been too hittable this year with 37 H and 16 K in 29.2 IP with a .306 BAA.  Waddell struck out four of the seven batters he faced, but the solo HR increased his ERA to 3.00.

A+: San Jose defeated Inland Empire 11-3

San Jose: 2B Matthew Downs: 2 for 5, HR, BB, GiDP
San Jose: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 3 for 5, 2 2B, SB
San Jose: RF Mike Mooney: 3 for 5, 2B, 2 SO
San Jose: SS Sharlon Schoop: 3 for 4, BB

San Jose: RHP Tim Alderson: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB

With three hits, Rohlinger, Mooney and Schoop accounted for half of the Giants' eighteen hits.  They raised their respective AVGs to .279, .500 and .240.  For Mooney, it was his first game in four weeks, after getting hurt in the second game of the year.  Downs connected for his 5th HR to lead off the 7th inning.

Alderson's sixth start was the first one in which he has been removed the game in the middle of an inning.  After starting the year with 10 H, 3 BB, 3 ER and 10 K in 16.0 IP over his first three starts, he has 18 H, 6 BB, 8 ER and 11 K in 16.2 IP over his last three starts.  So while the strikeouts and innings have remained relatively constant, the hits, walks and runs allowed have approximately doubled.  He had a 4/9 GO/FO line last night.

A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 10-6
(after leading 5-0 after five innings)

Augusta: 1B Thomas Neal: 2 for 4, BB
Augusta: 3B Andrew Davis: 3 for 5, 3B, 2B

Augusta: LHP Craig Clark: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Augusta: LHP Dan Runzler: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Davis had his second consecutive three-hit game to raise his AVG to .264.  Neal also reached base three times.  He hit .324/.368/.691 in 68 AB in April. 

Clark had his second consecutive outstanding start.  Over those two starts, he has 7 H, 1 BB, 1 ER and 18 K in 12.0 IP.  He improved his season's ERA to 2.52.  Runzler's ERA rose to nearly 9.00.

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