minor lines, 8/24/08

AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 6-3

Fresno: CF Ben Copeland: 2 for 4, BB, SB, CS
Fresno: 2B Travis Denker: 2 for 4, BB, SO
Fresno: DH Brett Harper: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, BB
Sacramento: RF Aaron Cunningham: 3 for 4, HR

Fresno: RHP Ryan Sadowski: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Fresno: RHP Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Harper had his 4th HR in his last eight games.  With his 18th HR and 30th double of the season, he raised his SLG above .550.  Also reaching base three times for the Grizzlies were Copeland and Denker.  Cunningham, whom the A's promoted to the PCL just over two weeks ago, has been hot since his promotion with an OPS over 1.000 in fifteen games.

Sadowski had a quality to start to improve his PCL W-L record to 7-4, despite an ERA of 5.25.  Matos received his first PCL save.

AA: Connecticut lost to Erie 7-4

Connecticut: CF Antoan Richardson: 3 for 4, 3B, SB
Connecticut: C Adam Witter: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, PB

Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 7 K--3 HR

Richardson is having his best month of the season in August, so far hitting .317/.400/.483 in 60 AB.  He also had his 30th SB and seems unlikely to match his total of 43 SB a year ago.  Witter, the other Defender with multiple hits, had his 18th HR and 17th double but also had his 13th passed ball.

Broshuis had one of his less effective starts.  He has been a bit inconsistent in his eight starts since the all-star break with a 4.81 ERA and .322 BAA.  He did raise his K/BB ratio for the season above 3.00, though.

A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 11-8

San Jose: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 3, HR, BB, PB
San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SO, 3 SB

San Jose: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
San Jose: RHP Steven Edlefsen: 3.0 IP, 7 K
San Jose: RHP Dany Otero: 1.0 IP

The Giants managed eleven runs on just ten hits and four XBHs.  Leading the offense from the bottom two spots in the lineup were Williams and Ford, who each reached base three times.  Williams connected for his 3rd HR but also allowed his 10th PB.  Ford has 14 SB in 31 games as a Giant.

Joaquin retired just half of the fourteen batters he faced.  By contrast, Edlefsen struck out seven of the nine batters he faced, raising his K/IP to an even 1.00, although his K/BB ratio remains just slightly below 2.00.  Otero pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 14th save.

A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 7-0

Augusta: 1B Angel Villalona: 1 for 4, HR, HBP, SO
Augusta: LF Dom Duggan: 3 for 4

Augusta: LHP Craig Clark: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Augusta: RHP Trey Webb: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Villalona's 15th HR was one of three long ball for the GreenJackets.  Duggan had three of the GreenJackets' eleven hits to raise his AVG above the Mendoza line.

Clark has had three very effective starts in August, after going over two weeks in between starts.  In his last three starts, he has 11 H, 4 BB, 2 R and 16 K in 20.2 IP.  His season ERA is now 3.53.  After ten SAL appearances, the 26-year-old Webb has stats of 3 H, 6 BB, 2 R, and 15 K in 10.1 IP.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Eugene 10-7 (10 innings)

Salem-Keizer: SS Brandon Crawford: 0 for 2, 2 E
Salem-Keizer: DH Johnny Monell: 4 for 5, HR
Salem-Keizer: C Eliezer Zambrano: 4 for 5, 2B

Salem-Keizer: RHP Wilbur Bucardo: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K-- HR
Salem-Keizer: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

With four hits each, Monell and Zambrano had half of the Volcanoes' sixteen hits, raising their respective AVGs to .261 and .203.  Monell had his 4th HR.  In his NWL debut, Crawford, the Giants' fourth rounder this summer, grounded out twice before being replaced defensively in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  He reportedly suffered an ankle or foot injury.

Bucardo has been too hittable, with a H/IP now above 1.50 and BAA of .326.  Quirarte picked up his 13th save, and he raised his K/IP just above 1.00.

R: Giants lost to Angels 17-7 in game 1
(completing game suspended in 2nd inning ten days earlier)

Scottsdale: 1B C.J. Ziegler: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SO

Scottsdale: LHP Aaron King: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Scottsdale: LHP Meroly Nova: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K--1 HR, 3 WP

Ziegler had three hits, including his 13th double, to raise his AVG to .279.

Ten days earlier King had retired all four batters he faced, striking out three.  Nova was the first of five Giants relievers, all of whom allowed at least 2 ER.  Nova began the year as a starter, but after a 9.00 ERA in five starts, he was moved the bullpen, where had not allowed an earned run in his three previous relief appearances.

R: Giants lost to Angels 6-4 in game 2

Scottsdale: C Buster Posey: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Scottsdale: DH C.J. Ziegler: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, SO

Scottsdale: RHP Javier Hernandez: 5.1. IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HB

In his third pro game, Posey, the fifth overall pick in this year's draft, had his first multi-hit line as a pro.  Ziegler had his 7th HR and 16th double to raise his AVG to .270.

In his eleventh start, Hernandez allowed just one run through the first five innings but then a couple more runs in the 6th inning.  His peripheral stats of 46 H, 16 BB and 44 K in 51.0 IP are better than his 4.06 ERA would indicate.

DSL: Giants had an off-day after finishing their season on Saturday
(They finished with a 50-20 record, winning their 12-team division by 6.5 games.)

Giants on DSL leaderboards:
AVG: Sanchez 14th
OBP: Sanchez 9th
HR: Windster 1st
BB: Villegas 11th
RBI: Sanchez 4th, Santana 10th
R: Willoughby 2nd
SB: Willoughby 3rd
H: Concepcion 2nd
ER: Concepcion 12th
HR: De La Cruz 3rd
G: Mendez 6th
W: Ferrer 2nd, Concepcion 2nd
Sv: Mendez 4th

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