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minor lines, 4/20/09

AAA: Fresno lost to Portland 2-1 (10 innings)
(after the game was scoreless through seven innings)

Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 2 for 3, 2 BB, SB
Fresno: 2B Matt Downs: 2 for 4, SH
Fresno: 3B Scott McClain: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, E
Portland: 1B Kyle Blanks: 1 for 3, BB, HBP

Fresno: RHP Kevin Pucetas: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 3 K
Fresno: LHP Pat Misch: 1.0 IP, 1 BB
Portland: LHP Cesar Ramos: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Batting leadoff, Timpner reached base four times, improving upon the .320 OBP with which he entered the game.  McClain reached base three times.  His first double of the season was the Grizzlies' only XBH.  But his error with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning allowed the eventual tying run to reach base.  Downs was the other Grizzly with a multiple-hit line, raising his AVG to .250.  Blanks, the Padres' top hitting prospect, reached base three times.

Pucetas had a very effective start, despite just one strikeout.  He threw 55 of 95 pitches for strikes and had a 10/7 GO/FO line.  Matos and Misch each pitched a scoreless inning to continue the shutout through eight inning, with Matos striking out all three batters he faced.  Ramos, the 35th overall pick in the 2005 draft, has not allowed more than a single run in any of his three starts this year as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

AA: Connecticut hosting New Hampshire suspended
(with score tied 0-0 after five innings)

Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 1 for 2
New Hampshire: 2B Brad Emaus: 2 for 2, HBP

Connecticut: RHP Brooks McNiven: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--2 HB
New Hampshire: LHP Fabio Castro: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K

Not only did Pill have the Defenders' only hit, he was also the only hitter in their lineup without a strikeout.  Emaus, who is among the Blue Jays top ten prospects, had two hits, raising his AVG to .372.

McNiven had a very effective start, albeit without a single strikeout.  He was not as dominant as Castro, whom the Blue Jays reacquired last summer in the Matt Stairs trade to the Phillies.  In his third start of the year, Castro struck out ten of the sixteen batters he faced.

A+: San Jose defeated Lake Elsinore 6-3

San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 3, HR, BB, SO
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 2 for 3, BB

San Jose: LHP Clayton Tanner: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 1 HB
San Jose: RHP Daniel Turpen: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Gillsaspie and Villalona both reached base three times for the Giants, raising their respective AVGs to .295 and .415.  Gillaspie led of the 2nd inning with the first HR of his pro career.

Tanner had a solid start after allowing a run in each of the first two innings.  Turpen got his first save of the year with two scoreless innings.

A-: Augusta lost to Rome 3-2

Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 2 for 4, 2B
Augusta: 2B Juan Perez: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Augusta: LF Wendell Fairley: 0 for 3, BB, 3 SO

Augusta: LHP Erik Surkamp: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Augusta: RHP Chance Corgan: 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Perez had the first HR of his pro career, while Mazzola's 3rd double of the season was the GreenJackets' only other XBH.  Fairley drew a walk, but the oh-fer with the hat trick dropped his AVG to .087.

Surkamp allowed just one run through five innings but then two runs in the 6th inning.  Corgan allowed only a walk in three innings of relief.