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minor lines, 4/24/09

AAA: Fresno lost to Las vegas 12-3

Fresno: C Adam Witter: 2 for 3, BB, PB
Fresno: DH Nestor Rojas: 2 for 4
Las Vegas: CF Buck Coats 4 for 5, 2B

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--3 WP
Fresno: RHP Ramon Ortiz: 1.2+ IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 K
Las Vegas: RHP Brian Wolfe: 1.1 IP, 1 K

Two catchers were added to the Grizzlies' roster this week, and those two Grizzlies were the ones with multi-hit lines in last night's game.  Witter reached base three times in his second PCL game, while Rojas had a couple singles in his PCL debut.  The Blue Jays' Coats, who saw a little MLB playing time last year (5 AB in 8 G), belted out four of the 51's' eighteen hits to raise his own AVG to .271.

On a night on which the wind was blowing out at 18 mph to CF at gametime, Kinney and Ortiz took a beating through the first five plus innings, raising their respective ERAs to 5.40 and 4.82.  Wolfe, who spent about half of season in the majors, was the game's only pitcher not to allow a baserunner.

AA: Connecticut lost to Portland 3-1

Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1 for 3, BB, SO
Portland: 1B Lars Anderson: 2 for 4, 2B, SO

Connecticut: RHP Daryl Maday: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Connecticut: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

For the fourth straight game, EME reached base more than any of his teammates.  Last night, he was the only Defender to reach base twice.  With 9 H and 6 BB (but just 1 XBH) in his last seven games, he has improved his season line to .291/.359/.436.  Anderson, the Red Sox' top prospect, was one of three Sea Dogs with two hits.  The 21-year-old from Sacramento's Jesuit H.S. is now hitting .296/.328/.481 through his first 54 AB this year.

After allowing just 1 ER through his first three starts, Maday was roughed up a bit in his fourth start, but his ERA remains just 2.00.  He had a 3/7 GO/FO line.  Joaquin improved his ERA to 1.93.

A+: San Jose lost to High Desert 9-1

San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 1 for 3
San Jose: RF Rocher Kieschnick: 2 for 3

San Jose: LHP Craig Clark: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP
High Desert: RHP Michael Pineda: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HB, 1 WP
High Desert: RHP Phillipe Aumont: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K--1 WP

The Giants' offense managed just five baserunners (4 singles, 1 HB).  Kieschnick's two singles accounted for two of the Giants' four hits, raising his AVG to .317.  With those two hits, he also now has more hits than strikeouts (19 H and 17 SO in 60 AB).  Villalona had one of the giants' other two hits.

Clark had allowed just 2 ER through his first two starts, but facing the High Deserts winds (12 mph out to CF), he allowed 4 ER in his third start, raising his ERA to 3.86.  Pineda, whom BA ranked as the Mariners #10 prospect to start the season, had a dominant start against the Giants.  After four starts, the 20-year-old has 16 H, 4 BB, and 24 K in 25.2 IP with a 3.51 ERA.  Aumont, whom the Mariners drafted immediately after the Giants selected Bumgarner two years ago, made his eighth relief appearance of the season.  He has 4 H, 5 BB, 1 R, and 7 K through 8.1 IP

A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 8-4

Augusta: 2B Ryan Lormand: 3 for 4
Augusta: RF Josh Mazzola: 3 for 4, 2B
Augusta: 3B Charlie Culberson: 1 for 4, 2 E
Augusta: LF Wendell Fairley: 2 for 4, SO
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 4, E

Augusta: RHP Kelvin Marte: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

With three hits each, Lormand and Mazzola had nearly half of the GreenJackets' fourteen hits, raising their respective AVGs to .333 and .308.  The youngster Fairley and Adrianza also had multi-hit lines.  The left side of the GreenJackets' infield remains prone to errors, with Culberson now having ten errors and Adrianza five errors.

Marte had an odd stat line as he was credited with his first win fo the season.  He allowed his share of baserunners and had only one strikeout, but he didn't allow an earned run.  He had a 10/3 GO/FO line.  His season ERA remains just above 5.50.