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minor lines, 4/19/09


AAA - Fresno Grizzlies: Portland 8, Fresno 5


LF Clay Timpner - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 3B (1), 2 RBI, 1 BB, .261

1B Jesus Guzman - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, .162

RF Brian Horwitz - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI, .278

CF Mike McBryde - 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 2 SO, .233


SP Matt Kinney - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 3.24 ERA

RP Ronnie Ray - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 E (1), 8.31 ERA, H (2)

RP Keiichi Yabu - 1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 9.45 ERA, BS (1), L (0-1)


Fresno was cruising towards a 4-1 win, but the 8th inning broke that up.  Ray started the eighth inning, giving up two singles and committing an error to load the bases.  Yabu came in on relief, and immediately gave up a triple to score alll three runners.  Yabu then continued to give up another RBI single and then a 3-run home run, and suddenly a 4-1 lead was a 8-5 loss.


Timpner is now on a three-game hitting streak, and has three extra-base hits out of the five in that stint...Guzman has had a tough start to his season, and broke a three-game hitless streak.  His walk was his first since April 11th...Horwitz had just seven home runs in 2008...McBryde had his first extra-base hit since opening day...Kinney has walked just two while striking out 16 in 16 2/3 innings...Yabu has only had big problems so far this year.  This game was just his second allowing any runs, but in his other outing he gave up three earned runs.


AA - Connecticut Defenders: Trenton 2, Connecticut 1


RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve - 2-3, 1 BB, .256

2B Brock Bond - 2-5, 1 R, 1 SO, .375

C Jackson Williams 2-3, 1 BB, .304


SP Daryl Maday - 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.66 ERA
RP Matt Yourkin - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1.69 ERA, L (1-1)
RP Mike Musgrave - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1.69 ERA


Connecticut jumped out to an early lead, thanks to a Trenton miscue.  Bond led off the game with a single, and ended up on third with one out after a Martinez-Esteve single.  He would score on an error by the Trenton third baseman.  However, Maday gave up a leadoff double in the next inning, and an error by shortstop Brian Bocock let him get to third, setting up an RBI groundout which tied the game.  In the seventh, a leadoff home run gave Trenton the winning advantage.


Martinez-Esteve had his fourth multi-hit game of the last ten games...Bond has played just four games since coming back from injury, but has at least one hit in each game...Williams had just his first multi-hit game of the season despite the .304 average.  He has six walks and six strikeouts in 23 at-bats...Maday gave up his first earned run of the season, and had his longest start of the season (he went four in each of his first two starts)...Yourkin also gave up just his first earned run of the season...Musgrave had two walks in this game, but just three total in 5 1/3 innings this season.


High-A - San Jose Giants: San Jose 5, Stockton 4


2B Nick Noonan - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, 1 SO, .333

LF Thomas Neal - 3-4, 1 2B (1), 1 SO, .242

1B Angel Villalona - 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .395

RF Roger Kieschnick - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO, .268


SP Oliver Odle - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 5.91 ERA

RP Garrett Broshuis - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00 ERA, W (1-0)
RP David Mixon - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 5.68 ERA, S (1)


Big drama in this one.  Stockton took an early 3-0 lead with two singles, a walk and a double in the 4th inning.  Down 4-2 in the 9th, Brandon Crawford got on-base to lead off the inning thanks to an error, setting up Noonan's two-run, game-tying home run with nobody out.  After two quick outs, it was Kieschnick's turn, as he homered for the first time this season to get the winning run.


Noonan's home run was just his fourth extra-base hit this year in 39 at-bats.  He has a .564 slugging percentage, though, thanks to two of those being home runs...Since being benched on April 12th, Villalona has had two hits in every game he has played except one...Kieschnick's home run was his first extra-base hit of the season, and he's slugging just .341...Neal has had a bit of a quiet start to the year, but had his first multi-hit game.  His double was his first extra-base hit since homering in the season opener...Broshuis made his third appearance of the season, but has just one strikeout in five innings, though he has yet to allow a walk...Mixon came in to pick up his first save of the season, becoming the second Giant to get one (Edwin Quirarte has two)...California League rival Visalia Rawhide had started the season on a record-tying 10-0 start, but lost their first game on Sunday.  At 10-1, they lead the Giants and their 8-3 record in the standings by two games.


Low-A - Augusta GreenJackets: Savannah 5, Augusta 1


1B C.J. Ziegler - 1-3, 1 BB, .289

CF Dom Duggan - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 CS (1), .333

3B Charlie Culberson - 1-4, 2 SO, 1 E (7), 205

LF Wendell Fairley - 0-3, 1 BB, 2 SO, .100


SP Mike Loree - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR, 4.35 ERA, L (1-1)
RP Justin Fitzgerald - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, 5.87 ERA

RP Trey Webb - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA


Augusta's troubles continue this season.  Three two-out singles in the third inning gave Savannah a 1-0 lead, and that was compounded by Loree giving up two solo home runs to lead off the 4th inning to make it a 3-0 lead for the Sand Gnats.  The only Augusta run came thanks to a wild pitch by Savannah starter Kyle Allen, following a single, balk and ground out to put Matt Klimas on third.


C.J. Ziegler remains one of the few bright offensive players for Augusta, but is batting .289/.317/.368 on the season for a .685 OPS...Culberson's errors continue to pile up, now with four in the past two games.  He is on a 2-for-22 run at the plate over the past six games...Fairley, who has played in just six games, is now at 2-for-20 over the season with three walks...Loree gave up two earned runs in his first start, and has given up 14 hits in 10 1/3 innings...Webb pitched his fourth scoreless outing, giving up just his first walk of the season.