minor lines, 8/16/08

AAA: Fresno defeated Las Vegas 5-4

Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 2 for 3, BB, SB
Fresno: 2B Travis Denker: 1 for 3, HR, BB, E
Fresno: RF Justin Leone: 0 for 1, 3 BB, 2 SB, CS
Fresno: SS Jake Wald: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Las Vegas: RF Luis Maza: 3 for 5, HR, 3B

Fresno: LHP Steve Hammond: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--2 HR
Fresno: LHP Pat Misch: 1.0 IP, 1 BB

Timpner, the only Grizzly with multiple hits, remains red hot, hitting .344 in August.  Despite his speed, he has fewer steals than Leone (13 vs 15), who was one of two other Grizzlies to reach base three times.  Denker and Wald both had their 3rd HRs for the Grizzlies this year.  Maza, who had 79 AB with the Dodgers earlier this season, had a big game, including just his 3rd HR of the year.

Hammond allowed just two runs through the first six innings.  And even with two more runs in the 7th inning, he got his ERA back below 7.00.  Misch pitched a scoreless 8th inning, including stranding two inherited runners, although he threw just 3 of 9 pitches for strikes.

AA: Connecticut lost to Erie 8-2

Connecticut: CF Antoan Richardson: 2 for 3, 3B, HBP, PO
Connecticut: 2B Olmo Rosario: 2 for 4, HR
Erie: LK Wilkin Raminrez: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO

Connecticut: RHP Dave McKae: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HB

Richardson and Rosario combined for four of the Defenders' seven hits, including Rosario's 8th HR and Richardson's 5th triple.  The Tigers' Ramirez has had a breakout season.  His 21st and 22nd doubles improved his Eastern League line to .315/.379/.556 in 387 AB.

McKae made his third start in August.  He has a 4.96 ERA in nineteen starts this year.  He also made six relief appearances in June and July.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 6-4

San Jose: 2B Brock Bond: 2 for 3, 2 HBP, SO
San Jose: 3B Brad Boyer: 2 for 4, HR, BB, SO

San Jose: LHP Clayton Tanner: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--1 HB
San Jose: RHP Danny Otero: 1.0 IP, 1 H

Bond reached base four times.  With nearly equal playing time in the SAL and Cal League this year, he as a combined line of .314/.390/.362 in 290 AB.  In the 1st inning, Boyer connected for his 5th HR of the season but his 3rd HR in his last eight games.

Tanner was not as effective as in his previous start (1 H, 0 ER in 6.2 IP), but he improved his W-L record to 9-7 and his ERA to 3.89.  His K/BB ratio remains barely over 2.00, and he has a 28/12 K/BB line in his eight starts since coming off the DL in early July.  Otero faced the minimum three batters for his 12th Cal League save.

A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 11-2

Augusta: SS Juan Ciriaco: 3 for 4
Augusta: 1B Angel Villalona: 2 for 5, 2 2B

Augusta: RHP Chance Corgan: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Augusta: RHP Mitch Lively: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Ciriaco had his third three-hit game in his last nine games.  He now leads the GreenJackets with a .312 AVG, well ahead of Noonan's .278 AVG, which is second best on the team.  Villalona had his 24th and 25th doubles of the season, giving him the team lead in that category, one ahead of Noonan and Davis.

Corgan had another effective start.  Despite having allowed more than 1 ER in just four of his eleven starts, he has 4-5 W-L record.  With a new career-high 7 K, he raised his K/BB ratio above 3.00.  Lively had his first multi-inning appearance for the GreenJackets as he maintained his 0.00 ERA after seven appearances in the Giants organization.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Spokane 3-1

Salem-Keizer: CF Caleb Curry: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB
Salem-Keizer: 1B Mike Loberg: 3 for 3, HBP
Salem-Keizer: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 0 for 2

Salem-Keizer: LHP Ari Ronick: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 1 PO
Salem-Keizer: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Curry and Loberg had the two multiple-hit lines for the Volcanoes, raising their respective AVGs to .273 and .321.  Gillaspie made his his NWL debut when he entered the game defensively at the start of the 5th inning.

Ronick had perhaps his best start yet as a pro.  He faced just one batter over the minimum in six innings, which unfortunately was a solo HR.  The one hitter was quite a contrast to his previous two starts, both of which had established new career high in hits allowed.  He got his outs primarily in the air.  After a 3/10 GO/FO line, his GO/AO ratio is 0.76.  In route to his 11th save, Quirarte had his first strikeouts in over a week and a half.

R: Giants defeated Cubs 7-0

Scottsdale: SS Joel Weeks: 2 for 3, 2B, BB

Scottsdale: RHP Kyle Nicholson: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 WP, 1 BK
Scottsdale: RHP Jason Jarvis: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Weeks, who had his fifth multi-hit line in his last eight games, now has a .299/.360/.351 line after his first 77 pro AB.

Nicholson continues to dominate AZL hitters.  Over his last five appearances, the 23-year-old has 12 H, 1 BB and 31 K in 31.0 IP.  After a 9/2 GO/FO line in this start, he has a 3.13 GO/AO ratio in his nine starts this season.  Jarvis made his pro debut with a perfect 7th inning in which he struck out two of the three batters he faced.

DSL: No results reported for Giants hosting Dodgers

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