minor lines, 9/7/08

AAA: Fresno ended their season on Labor Day

AA: Connecticut ended their season on Labor Day

A+: San Jose lost to Stockton 7-6
(allowing three runs in both the 7th and 9th innings, evening the best-of-five series at game apiece)'

San Jose: 2B Brad Boyer: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
San Jose: C Buster Posey: 2 for 4, SO
Stockton: C Josh Donaldson: 3 for 4, HR, BB

San Jose: RHP Kevin Pucetas: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 1 HB
San Jose: RHP Taylor Wilding: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER
San Jose: LHP Joe Paterson: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K
San Jose: RHP Danny Otero: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 IBB

Posey had two of the Giants' five hits.  Boyer, the only other Giant to reach base twice, provided an insurance run with a two-out, solo HR in the 8th inning, but it was not enough insurance.  The Giants' offense made the most of their opportunities, scoring six runs on just five hits and two walks.  Donaldson continues to be one of the Ports' top hitters since the A's acquired him in the Harden trade.  He has a .400 AVG with 3 HRs in the playoffs after hitting .330/.391/.564 in 188 AB with Stockton during the regular season.

Pucetas allowed only a solo HR through the first six innings, but then the Ports rallied against the Giants' bullpen.  Wilding allowed doubles to the first three batters he faced in the 7th inning.  Paterson struck our four of the six batters he faced, allowing only a leadoff single in the 8th inning.  Otero, who has a dominant closer except for this past July allowed four hits and an intentional walk to the first five batters he faced, although three of those hits were considered ground ball singles.

A-: Augusta had a scheduled off-day between series
(They begin the best-of-five SAL championship series vs West Virginia tonight.)

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Spokane 6-5 (10 innings)
(losing the best-of-five NWL championship series in four games)

Salem-Keizer: 3B Jose Flores: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
Salem-Keizer: 1B Mike Loberg: 2 for 5, 2B
Salem-Keizer: DH Johnny Monell: 3 for 4, BB
Salem-Keizer: C Trent Kline: 1 for 3, 2 BB, SO, E

Salem-Keizer: RHP Mike Loree: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Salem-Keizer: LHP Jason Neitz: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 5 K
Salem-Keizer: RHP Chris Wilson: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB
Salem-Keizer: LHP Ryan Verdugo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Flores and Loberg were the Volancoes top two hitters during the regular season and they remained their top two hitters in the post-season, with AVGs of .474 and .500, respectively.  Monell was perhaps the Volcanoes leading hitter in their second half, and he remained hot in the playoffs with a .375 AVG.  Kline reached base three times in his one playoff start.

Loree, who had a WHIP below 1.00 during the regular season, retired just twelve of twenty batters in his playoff start.  Neitz had perhaps a career-high 5 K in his second playoff appearance.  Wilson allowed a run in the 8th inning to tie the game after the Volcanoes had scored twice in the bottom of the 7th inning.  Verdugo allowed an unallowed run in the 10th inning.

R: Giants won the AZL championship on August 31st

DSL: Giants lost the DSL championship series

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