minor lines, 5/15/08

AAA: Fresno lost to Colorado Springs 11-5

Fresno: 2B Travis Denker: 2 for 2, HR, 2B, BB, HBP
Fresno: LF-RF Justin Leone: 0 for 3, 2 BB, SO
Colorado Springs: 2B Jayson Nix: 1 for 3, HR, BB, HBP
Colorado Springs: 3B Ian Stewart: 2 for 5, 2 HR, 2 SO, GiDP

Fresno: RHP Nick Pereira: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K--3 HR, 2 HB, 1 WP
Fresno: LHP Erick Threets: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Fresno: RHP Jesse Foppert: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--1 HR

Denker had a big game as the only Giant with multiple hits, including his 1st HR of the year.  He is now hitting .343/.452/.600 in 35 AB with Fresno.  Leone was the only other Grizzly to reach base twice.  With two more walks, his BB/AB ratio is above 18%.  The Rockies' Stewart had a big game, going deep for his 10th and 11th HRs.  Somewhat surprisingly, he now has more HRs on the road than at home, but the rest of his numbers are much better at home.  Nix, who lost the Rockies' everyday 2B job after hitting just .111 in 45 AB, went deep for the second time among 39 AB in the PCL.

Pereira had his worst start of the year, with season highs of 8 H and 7 ER and season lows of 2.1 IP and 1 K.  He has now allowed 7 HR in 42.2 IP this year.  Except for an error Threets worked a perfect 6th inning in his fifth rehab appearance.  Foppert threw just 21 of 44 pitches for strikes as his ERA rose above 5.00.  Any one care to point out that his BABIP was .000 in this game and imply that he was lucky not to allow more runs?

AA: Connecticut defeated New Hampshire 7-3
(rallying for six runs over final three innings)

Connecticut: LF-RF Carlos Sosa: 3 for 3, HR, 2B, 2 BB
Connecticut: 1B Simon Klink: 3 for 4, 2B, BB

Connecticut: RHP Joe Martinez: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Connecticut: RHP Justin Hedrick: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
Connecticut: RHP Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
New Hampshire: LHP Brett Cecil: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Sosa had a huge game with 3 XBH, including his 4th HR in May and improving his XBH/H ratio to 50%.  He reached base in all five trips to the plate and improved his season line to .273/.372/.509.  Klink also had three hits, but his AVG remains below .230.

Martinez tied season highs allowing 7 H and 3 ER, but his ERA remains comfortably below 3.00 after eight starts.  Hedrick and Matos each pitched two scoreless innings to improve their ERAs to 2.37 and 1.21.  Cecil, rated the Blue Jays #2 prospect at the start of the season, had a familiar line as it was his third straight start with 1 ER in 4.2 IP.  After being drafted in the supplemental first round a year ago, he appears to be on the fast track, already making his fourth start in the upper minors.  The 21-year-old Cecil is nearly a year younger than the youngest player on the Defenders roster (Pichardo) and nearly two years younger than Matos, who is the third youngest player on the Defenders roster.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 8-2
(outscoring Modesto 19-3 in the four game sweep)
(also keeping San Jose in a first place with Stockton, where they begin a four-game series tonight)

San Jose: 2B Matt Downs: 3 for 5, HR, SO, SB
San Jose: DH Pablo Sandoval: 3 for 4, 2B
San Jose: LF Bobby Felmy: 1 for 1, BB, HBP

San Jose: LHP Clayton Tanner: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

With three hits each, Downs and Sandoval combined for six of the Giants' eight hits, improving their respective AVGs to .288 and .416.  Downs had his 6th HR and 10th SB.  Sandoval now has a seven-game hit streak, although he has had multiple hits in just two of those seven games.  Felmy reached base in all three trips to the plate, before being removed for a pinch hitter in the 7th inning.  He improved his OBP to .353.

After allowing 21 ER over his past five starts, Tanner had his best start since mid-April, when he had allowed 0 ER through his first three starts.  He also tied a season-low with 2 H, bringing his BAA below .300.

A-: Augusta at Rome was cancelled due to rain
(The two teams do not play each other again in the first half of the season and face each other just once in the second half.)

Update on standings:
Fresno: 20-20, three games back in four-team division
Connecticut: 20-18, four games back in six-team division
San Jose: 27-14, tied for first place in five-team division
Augusta: 23-17, four games back in eight-team division

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