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minor lines, 4/29/09

AAA: Fresno had its first scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is May 20.)

AA: Connecticut defeated Trenton 3-2

Connecticut: C Tyler LaTorre: 1 for 1, 3 BB, 2 CS
Connecticut: RF Antoan Richardson: 2 for 4, CS

Connecticut: RHP Henry Sosa: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Connecticut: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 3.0 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
Trenton: RHP Zach McAllister: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

LaTorre, who started the season on the DL, reached base four times but was also twice caught stealing.  Batting ninth, Richardson was the only Defender with multiple hits, raising his AVG to .250.

Sosa has not allowed more than 2 ER in any of his four starts, but he also has just 17.0 IP over those four starts.  Joaquin's 3.0 scoreless IP lowered his ERA to 4.26.  McAllister, whom BA rated the Yankees' #6 prospect, had his shortest start of the young season.

A+: San Jose lost to Lancaster 4-3
(allowing a run in the bottom of the 9th inning)

San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, 2 SO
San Jose: DH Buster Posey: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
San Jose: 1B Michael Ambort: 1 for 3, 2B, HBP

San Jose: LHP Scott Barnes: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
San Jose: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R

Ford's 2nd HR and 3rd double improved his season line to .264/.398/.389 through 72 AB.  Posey also had two hits, keeping his AVG comfortably above .350.  The Giants other two hits were Neal's 6th double and Ambort's 5th double.  Those four hitters each reached base twice.  By contrast, the four hitters at the bottom of the lineup went a combined 0 for 16.

Barnes allowed a season-high 6 H.  After four starts he has a 3.86 ERA.  Quirarte, who had allowed just one hit in his first five appearances, retired just five of the nine batters he faced, allowing an unearned run that led to his first loss of the season despite still having a 0.00 ERA.

A-: Augusta defeated Bowling Green 7-0

Augusta: 2B Juan Perez: 2 for 3, 2B, HBP, SB
Augusta: RF Ben Woodbury: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Bowling Green: DH Tim Beckham: 0 for 4, 3 SO

Augusta: LHP Ari Ronich: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Augusta: RHP Trey Webb: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Six different GreenJackets had two hits each.  Among them were Perez and Woodbury, who contributed the GreenJackets' only XBHs.  Beckham, whom the Rays selected first overall in last year's draft suffered the oh-fer with the hat trick.  He had not struck out more than once in any of his previous nine games.  He is now hitting .275/.311/.362 through his first 69 AB this year.

Ronick had perhaps the most effective start of his pro career.  A flyball pitcher, who had a 0.79 GO/AO ratio in the NWL last summer, he had a 5/12 GO/FO line today.  The 27-year-old Webb, whom the Giants converted from infielder to pitcher last year, maintained his 0.00 ERA.  In his last three appearances, he has 2 H, 2 BB, and 9 K in 3.2 IP.