minor lines, 4/9/09

AAA: Fresno lost to Portland 6-1

Fresno: CF Mike McBryde: 1 for 4, 2B, SB, E
Fresno: SS Kevin Frandsen: 0 for 2, BB, HBP
Fresno: RF John Bowker: 1 for 2, BB
Portland: RF Emil Brown: 3 for 4, SF, SO
Portland: C Eliezer Alfonzo: 2 for 4, 2B, SF, SO

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HB
Fresno: LHP Pat Misch: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K--1 BK
Portland: RHP Josh Geer: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HB

With one of the Grizzlies' three hits and one of their two walks, Bowker reached base twice.  Frandsen also reached base twice, although without benefit of a hit.  McBryde manufactured the Grizzlies' only run, leading off the bottom of the first inning with a double, stealing third base, and then scoring on a sac fly.  The ex-Giant Alfonzo and the 34-year-old Brown, who both signed as minor league free agents with the Padres this off-season, were the game's only hitters with multiple hits.

Back with the Grizzlies, the 32-year-old Kinney got to start the season opener.  Misch faced just one batter over the minimum in relief.  Geer, who made five effective starts for the Padres last year, had an effective start despite just one strikeout.

AA: Connecticut defeated Portland 3-0

Connecticut: SS Brian Bocock: 2 for 4, CS
Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO
Connecticut: CF-RF Mike Mooney: 2 for 4, HR, 3B

Connecticut: RHP Daryl Maday: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Connecticut: LHP Ben Snyder: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Connecticut: RHP Mike Musgrave: 1.1 IP, 3 K
Portland: RHP Junichi Tazawa: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 HB, 1 BK

The Defenders once again opened their season in Portland, but instead of snow, this year the temperature was nearly 60 degrees at game time.  Leading the Defenders' offense were Pill and Mooney, who each had a couple XBH.  Bocock also had two hits.

Maday and four relievers combined for a four-hit shutout in the season opener.  Maday was much more effective than a year ago when he was roughed up in a brief four-game stint with the Defenders, in an otherwise very impressive season.  Snyder was not previously listed on the Defenders' opening day roster, but he was the first reliever out of the pen.  Statistically, the best performance may have been by Musgrave, who struck out three of the four batters he faced.  For the Red Sox' affiliate, Tazawa had a fairly impressive United States debut, striking out seven of the nineteen batters he faced in five innings.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 5-1

San Jose: SS Brandon Crawford: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB, HBP
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 2 for 4, HR
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 1 for 3, HR, HBP

San Jose: RHP Tim Alderson: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB
San Jose: RHP Adam Cowart: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K
San Jose: RHP David Mixon: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Villalona and Neal both connected for solo HRs in the season opener.  Crawford, the Giants' fourth round pick last summer who suffered a season-ending injury in his only NWL game, reached base four times.

Alderson, who won the Cal League ERA title a year ago, didn't allow a run in this game, despite a WHIP of 2.00.  Cowart and Mixon combined for four scoreless innings in relief, but Mixon had to strand all three runners he inherited with no outs in the 7th inning to keep the shutout in tact though the first eight innings.

A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 3-0

Augusta: LF Wendell Fairley: 1 for 4
Augusta: 1B Mike Loberg: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Savannah: SS Wilmer Flores: 0 for 3, SF, 2 SO

Augusta: RHP Kyle Nicholson: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Augusta: RHP Andrew Kaufman: 2.0 IP, 3 K

Batting second in the lineup, Fairley had one of the GreenJackets' four singles in his full-season debut.  Loberg's full-season debut was more forgettable.  He suffered a hat trick.  Last summer in the NWL, he had a SO/AB ratio above 28%, although he was perhaps the team's most productive hitter.  The 17-year-old Flores, who is arguably the Mets' top prospect, was held hitless in his full-season debut.

The 23-year-old Nicholson, who had a dominant 1.15 ERA in eleven AZL starts last summer, suffered the loss in his full-season debut.  Kaufman, the Giants' 28th rounder last summer, was an error away from pitching two perfect innings.

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