minor lines, 8/8/07

AAA: Fresno defeated New Orleans 7-0

Fresno: LF Brian Horwitz: 2 for 4
Fresno: CF Fred Lewis: 2 for 3, HR, BB, GiDP
Fresno: P Matt Kinney: 2 for 3, SO

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Scott Munter: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Tyler Walker: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Lewis connected for a HR in his first PCL game since late June.  Also with two hits each were Horwitz and Kinney, raising their respective AVGs to .327 and .250.

Kinney, Munter and Walker combined for a shutout.  Kinney lowered his ERA from 4.26, which was already the best ERA among the Grizzlies starters, to 4.06.  Munter stranded two inherited runners.  Walker's 12th appearance with the Grizzlies was the first time he had not allowed a hit.

AA: Connecticut defeat Akron 3-2 (13 innings)

Connecticut: RF John Bowker: 4 for 6
Connecticut: 2B Julio Cordido: 3 for 6

Connecticut: RHP Brooks McNiven: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Justin Hedrick: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--1 PO
Connecticut: RHP Billy Sadler: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Kelvin Pichardo: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Brian Anderson: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Akron: LHP Chuck Lofgren: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR--2 HB

Bowker and Cordido accounted for 7 of the Defenders' 13 hits.  They raised their respective AVGs to .296 and .259.

McNiven's ERA rose just above 3.00.  Five Defenders relievers, all of whom are arguably among the Giants top forty prospects, combined for eight shutout innings.  Hedrick continues to walk a lot of batters, but it does not show up in his ERA it seems.  Sadler made his third appearance since his demotion, and he has not allowed a run in that time.  Matos saw his ERA dip below 3.00.  Pichardo's strikeout rate has definitely dropped since his promotion nearly a month ago.  Anderson picked up his 25th save.  Lofgren, perhaps the Indians top prospect, has pitched better than his 4.22 ERA would indicate as he has struggled with runners in scoring position.

A+: San Jose lost to Stockton 6-2

San Jose: SS Brian Bocock: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: 3B David Maroul: 1 for 3, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1 for 3, BB
Stockton: CF Jonathan Zeringue: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, HBP, SO

San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 5.0+ IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Stockton: RHP Andrew Bailey: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Maorul and Bocock connected for their 20th and 4th HRs this year.  In his second game with San Jose, EME reached base twice.  Zerigue, who started the year with the D'backs' double-A affiliate before joining the A's high-A affiliate, had a big game as he continues to dominate the Cal League.  The 24-year-old entered the night hitting .311/.385/.588 in 119 AB.

Oseguera's ERA rose to 3.23.  He failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in the 6th inning.  For the second straight night, the Giants were shut out by a Stockton starter.  Bailey, who had a 2.02 ERA last summer in the NWL, lowered his ERA nearly a full run in his 7th Cal League start.

A-: Augusta lost to Lakewood 13-1

Augusta: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4

Augusta: LHP Benjamin Snyder: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR--1 E
Augusta: RHP Paul Lussier: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Augusta: RHP Adam Ortiz-Jusino: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Augusta: RHP Craig Whitaker: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Rohlinger, who had two of the GreenJackets' six hits, raised his AVG to .241.

Snyder had seemed to be on a roll this summer, but now nearly a third of the earned runs he has allowed this season (10 of 31) have come in his last four starts, raising his ERA to 2.16.  Lussier and Whitaker saw their ERAs rise to 4.50 and 6.75, respectively.  Ortiz-Jusino had his longest appearance of the year.  He retired seven of eight batters faced and stranded all three inherited runners.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Boise 5-0

Salem-Keizer: 2B Brock Bond: 1 for 3, 2 BB, E
Salem-Keizer: 3B Andrew Davis: 3 for 4, 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: RF Sean Van Elderen: 1 for 2, 2B, 3 BB
Salem-Keizer: SS Sharlon Schoop: 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB, IBB, SO

Salem-Keizer: RHP T.J. Brewer: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Salem-Keizer: LHP Joe Paterson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Salem-Keizer: RHP Timothy Egart: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Schoop had perhaps his best game as a Volcano.  He doubled his doubles total, which is not a good thing this late in the season.  Davis raised his AVG to .279.  Bond continues to get on base at better than a .500 clip.  Van Elderen had his 19th double.  He also had three walks, which seems rather surprising for someone who entered the night with a BB/AB ratio below 5%.  

Brewer had the best start of his pro career, including season highs in K and IP.  He tied a season-low in hits allowed.  In two perfect innings, Paterson and Egart struck out all but one of the batters they faced.

R: Giants defeated Padres 10-2

Scottsdale: SS Charlie Culberson: 2 for 5, 2B, SO, GiDP, E
Scottsdale: 2B Nick Noonan: 2 for 5, 2 2B
Scottsdale: 1B Andy D'alessio: 1 for 3, HR, BB
Scottsdale: 3B Angel Villalona: 0 for 4, SO

Scottsdale: RHP Lars Knepper: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
Scottsdale: LHP Gregorio Geronimo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Two first round supplemental picks, Noonan and Culberson, were the only Scottsdale hitters with multiple hits, raising their respective AVGs to .304 and .259.  Culberson committed his 12th error in 31 games.  D'allesio, one of three Giants to go deep for a HR, raised his league-leading total to 10 HRs.

Knepper picked up his first win as he lowered his ERA to 2.12.  The 20-year-old Geronimo had his best appearance of the year when he struck out the side in the 6th inning.  He had allowed at least one baserunner in his previous ten appearances this year.

DSL: Giants lost to Royals 2-0 (7 innings)
(completed early due to rain)

Giants: CF Carlos Willoughby: 1 for 2
Giants: LHP Franklin Noel: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

The 18-year-old Willoughby had the team's only hit, raising his AVG above .300.  The 18-year-old Noel, making just his second start among 22 appearances, now has 42 H, 23 BB and 52 K in 48.0 IP with a 3.00 ERA.

And here is an updated version of my Future Forty, my take on the Giants top prospects:

  1. RF Nate Schierholtz
  2. 3B Angel Villalona
  3. RHP Henry Sosa
  4. RHP Timothy Alderson
  5. 2B Nicholas Noonan
  6. LHP Clayton Tanner
  7. SS Emmanuel Burriss
  8. LHP Patrick Misch
  9. RHP Brian Wilson
  10. LF John Bowker
  11. LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve
  12. CF Eugenio Velez
  13. LHP Benjamin Snyder
  14. RF Dan Ortmeier
  15. SS Sharlon Schoop
  16. SS Charles Culberson
  17. LF Benj Copeland
  18. C Jackson Williams
  19. RHP Billy Sadler
  20. SS Brian Bocock
  21. LHP Erick Threets
  22. RHP Osiris Matos
  23. 1B Travis Ishikawa
  24. CF Clay Timpner
  25. RF Brian Horwitz
  26. 2B Marcus Sanders
  27. CF Michael McBryde
  28. RHP Kelvin Pichardo
  29. RHP Justin Hedrick
  30. LHP Paul Oseguera
  31. RHP Merkin Valdez
  32. RHP Waldis Joaquin
  33. LHP Alexander Hinshaw
  34. LHP David Quinowski
  35. RHP Brian Anderson
  36. RHP Taylor Wilding
  37. RHP Kevin Pucetas
  38. RHP Chris Begg
  39. C Pablo Sandoval
  40. OF Angel Joseph

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