minor lines, 4/14/09

AAA: Fresno defeated Tacoma 5-3

Fresno: SS Kevin Frandsen: 2 for 4, SO
Fresno: 1B Jesus Guzman: 1 for 4, HR, GiDP
Fresno: DH Scott McClain: 2 for 3, BB, CS
Tacoma: 1B Mike Carp: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--2 HR
Fresno: RHP Ronnie Ray: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Frandsen and McClain each had two hits for the Grizzlies.  Frandsen had been just 1 for 11 to start the season.  Guzman led of the 6th inning with his first HR of the year.  Carp, whom the Mariners acquired from the Mets as part of the traded that included J.J. Putz, had a couple XBH, raising his AVG to .435.

Kinney had a "quality start," although it raised his ERA to 4.22.  Ray, whom the Giants re-signed as a minor league free agent, made his PCL debut.

AA: Connecticut defeated New Hampshire 2-0

Connecticut: C Adam Witter: 2 for 4
Connecticut: DH Andy D'Alessio: 1 for 3, BB, IBB, SO

Connecticut: RHP Daryl Maday: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 WP
Connecticut: RHP Matt Yourkin: 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Connecticut: LHP Joe Paterson: 1.2 IP, 1 K

Witter and D'Alessio, who had the Defenders' only walk, albeit an intentional walk, both reached base twice.

Maday pitched four shutout innings but faced just sixteen batters in his second start of the year.  Yourkin, whom the Giants acquired in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft, made his debut as a member of the Giants organization.  Paterson pitched 1.2 perfect IP to be credited with the win.

A+: San Jose lost to Bakersfield 10-6

San Jose: C Buster Posey: 3 for 4, 2B, BB
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 2 for 4, SO, E
Bakersfield: CF Engel Beltre: 2 for 5, 2B, SB

San Jose: LHP Clayton Tanner: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
San Jose: RHP Adam Cowart: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HR
San Jose: RHP Mitch Lively: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K--2 HR
San Jose: RHP David Mixon: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 K

Posey had a big night, reaching base four times.  The double was his first of the year.  Villalona was one of two other Giants with multiple hits, raising his AVG to .438 early this season.  The Rangers' 19-year-old Beltre is a toolsy prospect who had previously been off to a slow start this season, having gone 1 for 21 in his previous five games.

It might have been a tough night to pitch, with the winds officially blowing out to left field at 27 mph at game time.  Each of the Giants' first three pitchers--Tanner, Cowart, and Lively--allowed 3 ER amid a slew of hits.  Perhaps the winds died down, but Mixon finished the game with a couple scoreless innings plus.

A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 2-1 (10 innings)

Augusta: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 3, 2B, HBP, SO
Augusta: 3B Charlie Culberson: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SO, GiDP

Augusta: LHP Erick Surkamp: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Augusta: RHP Andrew Reichard: 4.0+ IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K

Monell and Culberson, who drew the GreenJackets' only two walks, both reached base twice.  Culberson, who got to such a cold start last season, is now hitting .316/.409/.316 through his first 19 AB this year.

Surkamp had a very effective season debut.  I think that 9 K is the most by any Giants pitcher so far this year.  Reichard provided four innings of scoreless relief, during which he had a 7/0 GO/FO line, before he failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in the 10th inning.

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