minor lines, 5/13/08

AAA: Fresno lost to Oklahoma 9-6

Fresno: 2B Ivan Ochoa: 3 for 3, 2B, BB, HBP, 2 SB
Fresno: RF Nate Schierholtz: 2 for 5, HR
Oklahoma: 2B Joaquin Arias: 3 for 4, 3B, 2B, SO

Fresno: RHP Victor Santos: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
Fresno: RHP Randy Messenger: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K
Fresno: RHP Kevin Gryboski: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Oklahoma: RHP Dustin Nippert: 6.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP

Every Grizzly in the lineup had a hit.  Ochoa paced the fourteen-hit attack with three hits.  Plus, he drew the team's only walk.  He improved his season line to .276/.368/.410.  Schierholtz led off the 6th inning with his 4th HR.  Arias, whom the Rangers acquired as the PTBNL in the A-Rod deal, had three of the Redhawks' eleven hits to raise his AVG to .322.

Santos allowed a season-high 5 BB and allowed more than 3 ER for just the second time in eight starts.  His ERA rose to 4.43, but that is still lower than the ERA of the two relievers who followed him, as Messenger and Gryboski allowed 5 ER over three innings.  The Rangers' Nippert, who spent most of last season making 36 appearances out of the Diamonbacks bullpen, made his third start of the year after he missed all of April.

AA: Connecticut defeated New Hampshire 7-2

Connecticut: 1B Travis Ishikawa: 1 for 3, 2 BB, IBB, SO, SB
Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2 for 3, BB
Connecticut: 3B David Maroul: 2 for 4, 2 HR, E
New Hampshire: RF Travis Snider: 0 for 4, 2 SO

Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Connecticut: RHP Kelvin Pichardo: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Connecticut: RHP Justin Hedrick: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Ishikawa and EME both reached base three times, improving their respective OBPs to .355 and .372, although both still have SLGs below .400.  Maroul led off the 6th and 9th innings with his 4th and 5th HRs, raising his SLG to .477.  He also committed his 11th error.  Maroul's first homer kicked off a six-run 6th inning.  The Blue Jays' 20-year-old Snider, who entered the season among the top fifteen prospects in the minors, has struggled since being promoted to the upper minors.  He had shown signs of warming up recently but had his four-game hitting streak snapped last night.  He has struck out in nearly 45% of his at bats (34 SO among 77 AB) in the Eastern League.

Broshuis picked up his third victory of the season--far different from last year when a consistent lack of run support left him with a 3-17 W-L record for the season.  Aside from an error for catcher's interference by Witter, Pichardo pitched a perfect 7th inning.  A perfect 8th inning provided Hedrick consecutive appearances without a walk for the first time this season.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 2-1

San Jose: C Pablo Sandoval: 1 for 4, SO
San Jose: SS Sharlon Schoop: 3 for 3

San Jose: RHP Tim Alderson: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
San Jose: RHP Taylor Wilding: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Schoop had three of the Giants' six hits, but his OPS remains below .600.  There was nothing particularly notable about Sandoval's offensive line, but defensively he picked off two baserunners, one at first base and the other at second base.

In terms of runs allowed, Alderson had his best start in nearly a month, improving his ERA to 2.89, fifth best in the league.  He had an atypical 7/3 GO/FO line to even his GO/AO ratio at 1.00.  Wilding worked a perfect 9th inning for his 6th save.  It was his first appearance with multiple strikeouts in nearly a month.

A-: Augusta defeated Rome 2-1

Augusta: 2B Nick Noonan: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Augusta: 3B Brock Bond: 2 for 4, SO, SB, CS
Rome: LF Cody Johnson: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SO

Augusta: RHP T.J. Brewer: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Augusta: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Augusta: RHP Danny Otero: 1.0 IP, 1 K

A night after having his 19-game hitting streak snapped, Bond was the only GreenJacket to reach base twice, boosting his AVG to .378.  He accounted for two of the GreenJackets' four hits (all singles).  His SB/CS line is 5/2.  The hat trick for Noonan raises his SO/AB ratio to nearly 22%.  Johnson, a first round pick by the Braves a couple years ago, provided the game's only XBH to lead off the 8th inning and putting himself as the potential tying run into scoring position, but he was doubled off second base on a line drive by the next batter.

This is the scariest kind of line for a starting pitcher--a very short but effective start in a game with no delays.  Brewer left the game after the last batter he faced singled on a line drive to him.  Joaquin entered in long relief.  His K/BB ratio is now just 1.33.  Otero earned his organization-leading 9th save with a perfect 9th inning.

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