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minor lines, 4/26/09

AAA: Fresno lost to Reno 3-2

Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 1 for 4, 2B, BB, SO
Fresno: Jesus Guzman: 3 for 4, HR
Fresno: LF Brian Horwitz: 1 for 3, BB, SO
Reno: 1B Josh Whitesell: 3 for 4

Fresno: LHP Steve Hammond: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Fresno: LHP Geno Espineli: 1.0 IP
Fresno: LHP Pat Misch: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Guzman had three of the Grizzlies' seven hits, including his 2nd HR, raising his AVG to .265.  Timpner and Horwitz also reached base twice, raising their respective OBPs to .327 and .349.  The 27-year-old Whitesell, whom BA ranked as the D'backs' #19 prospect after he had an OPS barely shy of 1.000 last year, had three hits to raise his AVG above .350.

Hammond had a quality start, throwing 61 of 88 pitches for strikes, but he suffered the loss to drop his W-L record to 1-2.  Espineli needed just seven pitches (five strikes) in a perfect 7th inning.  Two scoreless innings lowered Misch's ERA below 0.75.

AA: Connecticut defeated Portland 20-15
(rallying for seven runs in the 8th inning after giving up ten runs in the 6th inning)

Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 2 for 5, HR, SH, GiDP
Connecticut: LF Bobby Felmy: 3 for 6, 3B, SO
Connecticut: CF Mike Mooney: 4 for 6, HR
Connecticut: 3B Brad Boyer: 2 for 3, 3 BB, IBB
Connecticut: SS Brian Bocock: 0 for 3, 2 BB, SF
Portland: CF Josh Reddick: 2 for 5, HR, BB, SB
Portland: 1B Lars Anderson: 3 for 5, 2B, BB, GiDP

Connecticut: LHP Jesse English: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
Connecticut: LHP Ben Snyder: 1.0+ IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB--1 HR
Connecticut: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER

Mooney's four hits, including his 3rd HR, paced the Defenders' 20-hit attack.  Mooney raised his AVG to over .300. while Felmy's AVG remains just .263 even after his three hits.  Bond led off the 4th inning with his 1st HR.  Boyer had really struggled this year, but he reached base five times, raising his OBP to .204.  Bocock was the only Defender in the starting lineup without a hit, dipping his AVG to .184.  Reddick, whom BA ranked the Red Sox' #5 prospect, connected for his 5th HR.  Anderson, their #1 prospect, raised his AVG above .300 with three hits.

Officially, the wind was blowing in from CF at 8 mph, but the day still proved to be quite friendly four the hitters with the two teams combining for 43 hits in a game that lasted exactly four hours.  Making his second start of the year on three days rest, English didn't get out of the 3rd inning after giving up five runs in the 2nd inning.  Snyder worked a scoreless 5th inning before allowing four runs in the 6th inning.  Joaquin allowed four more runs in the 6th inning.  On the day, English, Snyder, and Joaquin saw their ERAs rise to 6.17, 2.51, and 5.59, respectively.

A+: San Jose lost to High Desert 11-8
(after leading 6-2 through four innings)

San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 2 for 4, HR, BB
San Jose: SS Brandon Crawford: 2 for 4, BB
San Jose: 2B Nick Noonan: 1 for 3, 2 BB
San Jose: DH Buster Posey: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, HBP, SO
San Jose: RF Roger Kieschnick: 0 for 5, 3 SO

San Jose: LHP Clayton Tanner: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--2 HR
San Jose: RHP Mitch Lively: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--2 HR
San Jose: RHP Adam Cowart: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER--2 HR
San Jose: LHP Wilmin Rodriguez: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HR
San Jose: RHP T.J. Brewer: 0.2 IP, 1 K
High Desert: RHP Phillipe Aumont: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K

The first four hitters in the Giants lineup--Ford, Crawford, Noonan, and Posey--eached reached base at least three three times, with Posey reaching four times.  Posey had his 4th HR; Ford had his 1st HR since joining the Giants organization.  Noonan's two walks were his first walks in over a week, putting his BB/AB ratio back above 10%.  A year ago, he had just a .315 OBP, but this year is OBP is .356, even though his AVG is lower than a year ago, at least so far this year.  Crawford has three multi-hit lines over his last four games.  Both he and Posey have .388 AVGs.  With the oh-fer and hat trick, Kieschnick once again has as many strikeouts as hits as his AVG dropped to .290.

Nearly half the batters Tanner faced reached base, but he still allowed just two runs.  Tanner and his next three relievers combined to allow 7 HR.  After allowing six hits to eleven batters, Cowart now has a BAA of .373.  Brewer was the one Giants pitcher to keep the Mavericks off the bases and the scoreboard.  Aumont, whom BA rated the Mariners' #3 prospect, recorded his 2nd save.

A-: Augusta defeated Rome 8-4
(with both teams adding three runs in the 9th inning)

Augusta: 3B Charlie Culberson: 4 for 5, SB
Augusta: RF James Simmons: 2 for 4, 3B, 2 SO, SB
Augusta: C Joel Weeks: 0 for 3, BB, SO, 2 E

Augusta: LHP Eric Surkamp: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 PO

Culberson had his best game of the season, with his four singles raising his AVG to .239.  Simmons was one of three other GreenJackets' with a multi-hit line, including his first triple.  Weeks played just his third game of the season and twice was called for catcher's interference.

Surkamp's third start of the season was a fine one, although perhaps not as good statistically as his first start of the season.  His peripheral stats are now 14 H, 3 BB, and 22 K in 17.0 with a 2.65 ERA.