minor lines, 5/7/08

AAA: Fresno lost to New Orleans 9-7
(allowing six runs in 2nd inning)

Fresno: RF Nate Schierholtz: 2 for 5, HR, 2B
Fresno: LF Brian Horwitz: 2 for 4, HR, BB, SO
New Orleans: 3B Fernando Tatis: 2 for 4, HR

Fresno: RHP Brooks McNiven: 1.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Fresno: LHP Eugene Espineli: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Schierholtz and Horwitz were two of four Grizzlies hitters with two hits each.  They both connected for their 3rd HRs. Their lines improved to .308/.362/.505 for Schierholtz and .317/.374/.429 for Horwitz.  The Mets' 33-year-old Tatis connected for his 10th HR.

McNiven retired just four of fourteen batters faced in his second PCL start.  He threw just 35 of 62 pitches for strikes.  With his eighth straight appearance without allowing an earned run, Espineli lowered his ERA to 0.87.

AA: Connecticut defeated Harrisburg 3-2
(scoring go-ahead run in top of 9th inning)

Connecticut: CF Antoan Richardson: 2 for 4, 3B
Connecticut: 1B Travis Ishikawa: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Connecticut: 3B David Maroul: 3 for 4, HR, 2B

Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 2 IBB
Connecticut: RHP Kelvin Pichardo: 2.0 IP, 2 BB--1 WP
Connecticut: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Three Defenders had two hits each.  Maroul connected for his 3rd HR to lead off the 9th inning with the game's decisive run.  With four straight multi-hit games, Ishikawa batted .440 for the first week of May.  Richardson had his first hits in nearly a week, raising his AVG to .174.

Broshuis allowed a season-high 9 H but a season-low 1 ER.  He improved his ERA to 4.04.  He had an atypical 9/4 GO/FO line.  Pichardo and Matos pitched scoreless relief, although they each allowed a couple baserunners.

A+: San Jose defeated Lake Elsinore 6-0

San Jose: SS Omar Vizquel: 2 for 4
San Jose: RF Mike Mooney: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, SO, SB
Lake Elsinore: CF Cedric Hunter: 2 for 3, BB

San Jose: LHP Ben Snyder: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 WP

Mooney is challenging Sandoval for being the team's hottest hitter, as he has hit .538/.552/.885 through 26 AB.  Vizquel was the only other Giant with a multi-hit line.  Hunter was considered the Padres top prospect heading into last season but then hit a relatively disappointing .282/.344/.373 in the Midwest League.  So far this year he is hitting .323/.405/.378 in 127 AB in the Cal League.

Snyder, already the league leader in ERA, further lowered his ERA to 0.85.  It matched his longest start of the year.  Even with two walks, he still has a K/BB ratio above 6.00.

A-: Augusta defeated Columbus 4-3

Augusta: LF Garrett Baker: 2 for 4, SO
Augusta: SS Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, 3B, SO

Augusta: RHP T.J. Brewer: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K--1 HB
Augusta: RHP Danny Otero: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Baker and Culberson, both of whom had very slow starts to the season, each had two of the GreenJackets' seven hits, improving their respective AVGs to .233 and .122.  It was Baker's third straight multi-hit game, whereas Culberson was returning to action for the first time in nearly a week after going 0 for 18 in his previous five games.

Brewer had an effective start despite having a season-high 8 H and a season-low 1 K.  His 11/4 GO/FO line is consistent with his GO/AO ratio of the season of nearly 3.00.  Otero struck out two in a perfect 9th inning for his 6th save.

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