minor lines, 7/26/09

Highlights from the Giants' farm include three notable pitching performances: (a) Aaron King had perhaps his best start of the year with 1 ER in 7.0 IP; (b) Matt Kinney had one of his better starts with 1 ER in 6.0 IP; and (c) Orlando Yntema threw a complete game shutout in short-season ball.  Among the hitters, (d) Buster Posey walked in all four plate appearances; (e) Brad Boyer had four hits while reaching base in all five plate appearances; and (f) Brock Bond reached base four times.

AAA: Fresno defeated Reno 6-1

Fresno: C Buster Posey: 0 for 0, 4 BB
Fresno: 1B Jesus Guzman: 1 for 3, BB
Fresno: LF Joe Borchard: 2 for 4, 2B, SO

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K--1 HR
Fresno: RHP Steven Edlefsen: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Reno: RHP Tom Gordon: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB

Borchard was one of four Grizzlies with two hits, and his 13th double was the Grizzlies' only XBH hit.  Posey walked in all four of his plate appearances.  I believe this extends Guzman's hitting streak to 26 games.

With one of his better starts of the season, Kinney got his ERA below 5.50.  Edlefsen received his first PCL save, with a couple scoreless innings dropping his ERA below 2.00.  Pitching back-to-back days on his rehab assignment, the Diamondbacks' Gordon retired just one of the six batters he faced in the 8th inning.

AA: Connecticut defeated New Britain 10-6
(after scoring six runs in the 1st inning)

Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 2 for 3, 2 BB, IBB, SB
Connecticut: LF Brad Boyer: 4 for 4, 2B, BB
Connecticut: CF-RF Mike Mooney: 3 for 5, 2B, SO, SB, E

Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--1 E
Connecticut: LHP Joe Paterson: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K--1 HR

In his third game after two weeks on the DL, Boyer had four hits, while reaching base in all five plate appearances, to raise his AVG to .267.  Reaching base in four of five plate appearances, Bond got his ERA a bit closer to .500.  Despite his three hits, Mooney's AVG remains just .239.

Broshuis's fourth start for the Defenders this year was his least effective.  He allowed 4 ER in this start after having allowed just 4 ER in his previous three starts combined.  Paterson, who has typically been used as a short reliever late in game, made an early appearance today, entering to start the 5th inning and pitching three innings.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 7-6
(scoring all seven runs in the 7th inning)

San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
San Jose: C Trent Kline: 1 for 1, BB, HBP, CS

San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
San Jose: LHP Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K--1 HR
San Jose: RHP Dan Turpen: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Stockton: RHP Justin Duchscherer: 2.0 IP, 2 K

Gillaspie and Kline were the only two Giants to reach base twice.  Gillaspie's line included his 21st double.

Oseguera had another middlin' start, with his ERA still close to 4.50.  In his sixteenth appearance, Runzler finally allowed his first Cal League earned run.  Turpen pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 5th save.  He also lowered his ERA to 1.25.  The Athletics' Duchscherer made his first appearance of the season, pitching a perfect 1st and 2nd inning.

A-: Augusta lost to Hickory 3-2

Augusta: C Matt Klimas: 1 for 2, BB, HBP
Augusta: LF Wendell Fairley: 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Augusta: LHP Aaron King: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 WP
Augusta: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER--1 HR, 1 WP

The GreenJackets' offense was led by the hitters in the last two spots in their lineup today.  After reaching base three times today, Klimas is now hitting .290/.381/.341 through 138 AB this year.  Fairley, one of two other GreenJackets to reach base twice, had their only XBH on the day.  Fairley is having his best month of the season, batting .305/.379/.373 through 59 AB in July.

King had perhaps his best start of the year, matching his longest start of the year as he pitched six full innings or more for just the second time this year.  He has pitched fairly well in his four July starts with 13 H, 11 BB, 4 ER, and 17 K in 24.0 IP.  (The walk rate is high, but the WHIP is still just 1.00.)  Quirarte had third blown save and saw his ERA rise to 4.34.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Yakima 10-0

Salem-Keizer: 3B Andrew Biery: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: 2B Juan Martinez: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
Salem-Keizer: SS Joel Weeks: 2 for 2, 2B, BB

Salem-Keizer: RHP Orlando Yntema: 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Biery (22nd rounder), Martinez (46th rounder), and Weeks (NDFA a year ago) had multi-hit lines for the Volcanoes, improving their respective AVGs to .405, .324, and .264.

Yntema had the best start of his pro career, pitching a nine-inning shutout while facing just two batters over the minimum.  The effort improved his season ERA to 2.80.

R: Giants defeated Brewers 6-2

Scottsdale: 2B Nick Liles: 2 for 3, 2B, 3 SB, 2 E
Scottsdale: SS Jake Dunning: 2 for 4, SO

Scottsdale: RHP Addison Proszek: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HB
Scottsdale: RHP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER

The rookie Giants' two middle infielders--Liles (7th rounder) and Dunning (33rd rounder)--had the team's two multi-hit lines.  Liles who committed his first two pro errors today, is now hitting .364/.383/.409 through 44 AB, with a 7/0 SB/CS line.

Proszek (38th rounder) made his second start among six pro appearances.  With no earned runs today, he got his ERA below 7.50.  In his third appearances, Stoffel (4th rounder) allowed his first earned run as a pro.

DSL: Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day

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