minor lines, 5/14/08

AAA: Fresno had its second scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is June 4.)

Grizzlies on PCL leaderboards:
HR: Leone 4th, McClain 10th
3B: Schierholtz 2nd, Ochoa 4th, Timpner 6th
BB: Leone 6th
SO: Leone 9th
SB: Ochoa 2nd, Schierholtz 10th
CS: Ochoa 2nd
RBI: McClain 10th
R: Timpner 7th
K: Palmer 1st, Pereira 7th
BB: Palmer 10th, Santos 10th
H: Mateo 9th
R: Mateo 9th
ER: Mateo 9th
HB: Palmer 4th, Pereira 4th
Sv: Hinshaw 5th

AA: Connecticut lost to New Hampshire 9-6

Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, SB
Connecticut: 2B Olma Rosario: 4 for 5, 2B, SB, CS
New Hampshire: DH Travis Snider: 2 for 4, BB

Connecticut: RHP Dave McKae: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Connecticut: RHP Josh Sharpless: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB
New Hampshire: LHP Ricky Romero: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Every Defender in the lineup had a hit, and five of them had multiple hits.  Rosario's four hits paced the Defenders' sixteen-hit attack.  Rosario overtook EME, who was the only other Defender to reach base at least three times, for the team lead in AVG, .306 to .305.  Rosario now has a 7/1 SB/CS line.  Snider, the Blue Jays' top prospect, was one of four different FisherCats to reach base three times.  His AVG is just below the Mendoza line now.

McKae allowed more than 3 ER in a start for just the second time this year, but it was enough to boost his ERA above 5.00.  Sharpless, the 27-year-old who was considered a top ten prospect for the Pirates just a year ago before he was placed on waivers this spring, made his debut in the Giants organization.  A year ago he had 61 H, 39 BB and 69 K in 64.1 IP with a 4.34 in triple-A.  Romero, selected sixth overall by the Blue Jays three years ago, continues to struggle in the minors.  He had an ERA close to 5.00 last year in the Eastern League, and his ERA is over 6.50 after eight starts this year.  He has allowed four or more earned runs in five of his last six starts.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 5-0
(the pitching staff's fifth shutout in their last nine games)

San Jose: LF Bobby Felmy: 2 for 4, 2B, GiDP
San Jose: SS Sharlon Schoop: 2 for 3, GiDP, CS

San Jose: LHP Jesse English: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 PO
San Jose: RHP Mike Musgrave: 3.0 IP, 4 K
San Jose: RHP Craig Whitaker: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Felmy and Schoop each had two of the Giants' seven hits, improving their respective AVGs to .295 and .247.

English had his second straight start without allowing an earned run, which improved his ERA to 2.34.  He also set a new season best with 3 H.  Musgrave and Whitaker were dominant in relief, with four perfect innings, during which they struck out half the batters they faced.

A-: Augusta defeated Rome 8-7 (13 innings)
(with just two runs scored after the 4th inning)

Augusta: CF Shane Jordan: 2 for 5, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 SB
Augusta: LF Garrett Baker: 2 for 6, 2 2B, HBP, 2 SO
Augusta: 1B Angel Villalona: 3 for 6, 2 2B, 3 SO
Augusta: SS Charlie Culberson: 1 for 6, 3 SO, CS, 3 E

Augusta: LHP Craig Clark: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Augusta: LHP Joe Paterson: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 K

Villalona had three of the GreenJackets' fifteen hits, raising his AVG back above the Mendoza line.  He had his 8th and 9th doubles of the season, but the hat trick also raised his SO/AB ratio above 28%.  Baker also had a couple XBH, his 5th and 6th doubles of the season, but like Villalona he still has a sub-.650 OPS.  Batting leadoff, Jordan reached base four times, improving his OBP to .381 despite an SLG barely above .300.  Culberson had a hat trick with three strikeouts and was ejected after being called out on strikes in the 12th inning, but even worse he committed three errors, raising his season total to 22 E.

Clark had his least effective start of the year, raising his ERA above 4.00.  Paterson had his longest appearance as a pro.  The four scoreless innings improved his ERA to 2.25.

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