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minor lines, 4/28/09

AAA: Fresno defeated Reno 10-5

Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 2 for 5, HR, GiDP
Fresno: 1B Jesus Guzman: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
Fresno: C Eli Whiteside: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Reno: 1B Josh Whitesell: 4 for 5, SO

Fresno: RHP Ryan Sadowski: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Fresno: LHP Pat Misch: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Reno: LHP Travis Blackley: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HR

Guzman had his 4th HR, while Timpner had his first HR.  Six different Grizzlies had two hits each, but Whiteside was the only one to reach base three times.  The D'backs' Whitesell had four hits to raise his AVG to .364.

Sadowski had less than a quality start, but he never allowed more than one run in an inning.  His ERA remains below 3.75.  Misch got four outs but retired just two of four batters he faced.  Blackley, the former Grizzly, gave up five runs before being ejected to start of the bottom of the 4th inning.

AA: Connecticut lost to Trenton 2-0

Connecticut: 3B Brad Boyer: 2 for 3, SO, CS
Trenton: Reegie Corona: 2 for 3, BB, SB

Connecticut: RHP Jesse Foppert; 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Trenton: RHP George Kontos: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K--3 WP

With two of the Defenders' three hits, Boyer was the only Defender to reach base twice.  His AVG remains just .130.  Corona, whom the Mariners selected in the Rule 5 draft before returning him to the Yankees, reached base three times, with the two singles raising his AVG to .276.

Pitching on ten days' rest as he made his third start of the season, Foppert allowed just 1 ER and improved his ERA to 5.79.  The Yankee's 23-year-old Kontos improved his ERA to 2.66 in his second Eastern League campaign.

A+: San Jose defeated Lancaster 17-7

San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 4 for 7, 2B, SO, CS
San Jose: C Buster Posey: 2 for 6, HR
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 4 for 5, HR, 3B, 2B, BB
San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 4 for 5, 2 2B, BB, SO, 4 E

San Jose: LHP Madison Bumgarner: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
San Jose: RHP Dan Turpen: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB--2 HB, 1 WP

With four hits each, Ford, Neal, and Gillaspie accounted for half of the Giants' 24 hits and raised their respective AVGs to .250, 364, and .278.  Neal hit for the cycle, including his 5th HR.  Posey connected for his organization-leading 6th HR.  On the downside, Gillaspie committed four errors in this game, bringing his season total to 6 E.

Bumgarner had perhaps his least effective start in over a year, although just two of the runs were earned.  Officially the wind was blowing out at 25 mph to CF, and Gillaspie committed three of his errors with Bumgarner on the mound.  Turpen had perhaps the longest appearance of his rpo career.  He faced fifteen batters and allowed his first earned run of the season.

A-: Augusta lost to Bowling Green 3-2 (10 innings)

Augusta: RF Josh Mazzola: 1 for 3, BB
Augusa: 3B Charlie Culberson: 1 for 3, 2 BB, IBB, SO

Augusta: RHP Kyle Nicholson: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 1 HB

Mazzola and Culberson, who drew all three of the GreenJackets' walks, were the only two GreenJackets to reach base multiple times, improving their respective OBPs to .347 and .317.

Nicholson allowed just one run through seven innings before allowing the tying run in the 8th inning.  After allowing 8 ER in his previous start, he got his ERA back below 7.00.