minor lines, 7/10/08

AAA: Fresno lost to Portland 4-2 (11 innings)
(with the game tied 1-1 after nine innings)

Fresno: LF Dave Roberts: 0 for 1, 2 BB, CS
Fresno: 2B Matt Downs: 3 for 5
Fresno: SS Justin Leone: 2 for 5, 2B
Portland: CF Max Venable: 2 for 5, HR, 2 SO

Fresno: RHP Matt Palmer: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Fresno: RHP Billy Sadler: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Portland: RHP Justin Germano: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

With three of the Grizzlies' eight hits, Downs got his PCL AVG back above the Mendoza line.  Roberts and Leone, the latter who played shortstop with Ichoa called up and Bocock still on the DL, were the only two other Grizzlies to reach base twice.  With the bases loaded and two outs in the 1st inning, Roberts was caught trying to steal home (2-6-2).  Venable, who is among the Padres' better prospects, connected for his 9th HR, the decisive three-run blast in the top of the 11th inning.

Palmer and Germano, who made 23 starts for the Padres last year, each had one of their better starts this season, lowering their respective ERAs to 3.99 and 4.67.  It was Palmer's third straight start with just 1 ER allowed.  Sadler pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th inning, improving his PCL ERA to 0.86 in 21.0 IP.

AA: Connecticut lost to Binghamton 7-4

Connecticut: CF Ben Copeland: 4 for 5, SB
Connecticut: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 3, BB

Connecticut: RHP Dave McKae: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HR
Connecticut: LHP Jason Waddell: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB--2 HR
Connecticut: RHP Justin Hedrick: 1.1 IP, 2 K

Copeland's four singles raised his AVG to .250, a somewhat disappointing mark to follow up on his .280 AVG a year ago in the Cal League.  Rohlinger reached base three times as two singles raised his AVG above .300.

Back in the rotation, McKae had an effective start improving his ERA to 4.39.  Waddell had perhaps his worst appearance of the year, allowing HRs to two of the eight batters he faced and seeing his ERA ballon to 4.26.  Another fine appearance for Hedrick further lowered his ERA to 1.53.

A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 5-3

San Jose: LF Dan Ortmeier: 2 for 4, HR, SO
San Jose: RF Mike Mooney: 1 for 4, HR

San Jose: LHP Clayton Tanner: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Going deep for the Giants were Ortmeier in his fourth rehab game and Mooney in his first game back with San Jose after his time with Fresno.

Tanner had his second straight start with just 4.0 IP, although those two starts were separated by nearly a month as he missed time on the DL.  He now has a 4.41 ERA after fifteen starts.

A-: Augusta lost to Lakewood 3-2

Augusta: 1B Angel Villalona: 2 for 3, BB

Augusta: LHP Madison Bumgarner: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB

Villalona reached base three times, propelling him to be recognized as Baseball America's prospect of the day for the Sally League.

Bumgarner allowed more than 1 ER for just the second time in his last ten starts, but his ERA remains below 2.00.  It was also the second time in his last three starts, he has had just 2 K, and his K/IP is now below 1.00  Still, Baseball America recognized him the following day as being one of the top 25 prospects in baseball (excluding prospects now in the majors or just signed this year). 

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Yakima 5-0

Salem-Keizer: DH Michael Ambort: 3 for 4, HR
Salem-Keizer: 1B Mike Loberg: 1 for 4, HR

Salem-Keizer: LHP Ari Ronick: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HB
Salem-Keizer: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP

Ambort connected for his 4th HR of the year, driving in three insurance runs in the 8th inning, six innings after Loberg had connected for his pro HR.

Ronick, the Giants' 11th rounder this year, continues with his outstanding pro debut.  In three starts after three relief apperance, he has a sub-1.00 ERA through his first 19.2 IP as a pro.  Quirarte, the Giants' 5th rounder this year, pitched a perfect 9th inning.

R: Giants lost to Mariners 6-5

Scottsdale: LF Jose Medina: 1 for 5, HR
Scottsdale: 1B C.J. Ziegler: 3 for 5

With the only multi-hit line for the rookie Giants, Ziegler continues to look like a man among boys.  Medina, in his seventh game on U.S. soil, connected for his 1st HR here.  The 21-year-old had 8 HRs a year ago in the DSL and 2 HRs in 35 AB earlier this year in the DSL.

DSL: Giants lost to Marlins 9-4

Dominican: SS Julio Izturis: 3 for 5, 2B, 2 SB
Dominican: LHP Ebert Fernandez: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Izturis (18.10 y.o.) had three hits, including just his second double, to raise his AVG to .262.  Fernandez (17.10 y.o.) was the Giants third pitcher of the 1st inning, with each getting one out in the five-run frame.  Fernandez had his longest appearance as a pro and more than doubled his career strikeout total.  In six relief appearances, he now has 4 H, 10 BB and 13 K in 10.0 IP.

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