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minor lines, 4/30/09

AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 6-1

Fresno: 2B Matt Downs: 2 for 4
Tacoma: LF Michael Saunders: 1 for 4, HR
Tacoma: C Jeff Clement: 0 for 4, 3 SO

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Tacoma: LHP Garrett Olson: 6.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Tacoma: RHP Randy Messenger: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Downs had two of the Grizzlies' three hits, but he finished April with an AVG below .240.  Saunders, whom BA ranked as the Mariners' #2 prospect, had his 1st HR of the season.  Clement, the Mariners' former top prospect, had started the season slow but heated up in the second half of April.  However, he had the oh-fer with the bat trick tonight.  He entered the night hitting .258/.343/.484 through 62 AB.

With 4 ER, Kinney's ERA rose just above 5.50.  Olson, who spent nearly all of last season in the majors (26 of 33 starts), was nearly unhittable tonight, allowing just one hit.  In five April starts, his peripheral stats were 12 H, 12 BB, and 19 K in 26.1 IP.  Over his last three starts, his K/BB ratio has improved with 16 K and 4 BB in 18.1 IP.  Messenger, the ex-Giant, struck out two of the four hitters he faced.

AA: Connecticut defeated Trenton 3-2
(scoring the game's final run in the 6th inning)

Connecticut: DH Brad Boyer: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, HBP, SO, CS
Connecticut: 3B David Maroul: 2 for 4, CS

Connecticut: RHP Daryl Maday: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Connecticut: LHP Ben Snyder: 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
Connecticut: RHP Danny Otero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB

Maroul had the Defenders' only multi-hit line.  With two singles, he finished April hitting 6 for 26 for a .231 AVG in somewhat limited playing time.  After starting the season so very cold, Boyer has been the Defenders leading hitter his past five games, during which time he is 6 for 14 with 7 BB.  His OPS is still below .475, though.

Maday had a solid start, although it actually increased his ERA to 2.35.  A 13/0 GO/FO line increased his GO/AO ratio to 1.95.  Making his sixth relief appearance, Snyder retired all but one of the ten batters he faced.  So far he has been hard to hit with 9 H and 18 K in 17.1 IP (.145 BAA).  Otero has allowed a baserunner in all but one of his eight appearances (and he faced just two batters in that one appearance).  But despite having a WHIP above 1.50, he finished April with five saves and a 0.00 ERA still in tact.

A+: San Jose had its first scheduled off-day.
(Its next scheduled off-day is May 11.)

Giants on Cal League leaderboards:
--Hitters:
AVG: Crawford 3rd, Posey 7th, Neal 8th
OBP: Crawford 1st, Neal 2nd, Posey 5th
SLG: Crawford 4th, Neal 5th, Posey 6th
OPS: Crawford 4th, Neal 5th, Posey 6th
HR: Crawford 4th, Posey 4th, Neal 8th
3B: Crawford 7th, Kieschnick 7th
2B: Posey 1st, Neal 10th
H: Crawford 1st, Posey 1st, Neal 8th, Kieschnick 8th
TB: Posey 3rd, Crawford 4th, Neal 8th
BB: Gillaspie 2nd, Ford 5th
SO: Crawford 1st, Neal 3rd, Ford 5th
AB: Posey 2nd, Kieschnick 8th, Crawford 10th
SB: (none)
CS: Ford 4th
RBI: Posey 1st, Neal 8th
R: Crawford 5th, Neal 5th, Posey 10th, Villalona 10th
--Pitchers:
ERA: Bumgarner 4th
WHIP: Bumgarner 10th
IP: (none)
K: (none)
H: Alderson 9th
BB: (none)
HB: (none)
HR: Alderson 4th, Odle 4th, Lively 4th
R: (none)
ER: (none)
G: WiRodriguez: 4th
W: Bumgarner 1st
L: (none)
Sv: Quirarte 5th
Hld: Lively 1st

A-: Augusta defeated Bowling Green 3-1
(rallying for two runs in the 8th inning)

Augusta: CF Dom Duggan: 1 for 3, 3B, 2 BB, SB, CS
Augusta: SS Ryan Lormand: 2 for 3, 2B, SH, SB

Augusta: LHP Kelvin Marte: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Augusta: RHP Chance Corgan: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K

Occupying the first two spots in the lineup, Duggan and Lormand were the only two GreenJackets to reach base more than once.  They finished April with AVGs of .292 and .344, respectively.  They also both had 6 SB in April.

Marte has not allowed an earned run in three of his four starts.  Unfortunately, he allowed 7 ER in his other start, giving him a 3.71 ERA in April.  He has allowed a fair number of hits with a BAA of .310 while also having a low strikeout rate (K/IP below 0.50).  In his fourth multi-inning relief appearance, Corgan faced just two batters over the minimum and improved his ERA to 1.54.