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minor lines, 5/26/09

Limited action today with both Fresno and Connecticut rained out while San Jose had a scheduled-off day.  Augusta did have a double-header.  The highlight there would be (a) the young Aaron King having perhaps his best start of the season and combining with two relievers for a shutout.  On the hitting side, (b) both catchers, Matt Klimas and Johnny Monell, each had a hit and a walk in three plate appearances.

AAA: Fresno at Omaha postponed by rain
(with a makeup doublerheader scheduled for tomorrow)

AA: Connecticut at Binghamton postponed by rain
(with a makeup doubleheader scheduled for June 6)

A+: San Jose had a scheduled off-day
(Their next schedule off-day is June 8.)

Giants on Cal League leaderboards:
AVG: Kieschnick 6th, Neal 7th
OBP: Neal 8th
SLG: Neal 11th
OPS: Neal 8th
HR: Posey 8th
3B: (none)
2B: Neal 11th
H: Kieschnick 4th, Posey 11th
TB: Kieschnick 6th, Posey 8th
BB: Gillsapie 12th
SO: (none)
AB: Kieschnick 6th
RBI: Posey 4th, Neal 11th
R: Neal 11th
SB: (none)
CS: (none)
ERA: Clark 6th
WHIP: CLark 1st
K: Clark 8th
IP: (none)
BB: (none)
H: (none)
HR: Odle 4th, Clark 4th
HB: Whitaker 2nd
R: (none)
ER: (none)
G: (none)
CG: (none)
W: Barnes 7th
L: Odle 4th
Sv: Quirarte 7th, Turpen 9th, Edlefsen 9th
Hld: Lively 4th, Turpen 10th, WiRodriguez 10th, Mixon 10th

A-: Augusta lost to Asheville 2-1 (7 innings) in game 1

Augusta: DH Andy D'Alessio: 1 for 3, 2B
Augusta: C Matt Klimas: 1 for 2, BB, SO

Augusta: RHP Chance Corgan: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Augusta: RHP Justin Fitzgerald: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K

The only GreenJacket to reach base twice, Klimas had one of the GreenJackets' four hits and one of their two walks.  D'Alessio had his 5th XBH in 89 AB this season.  A year ago he had 49 XBH in 459 AB.

Making his third start among eight appearances, Corgan allowed a season-high 7 H.  He now has a .304 BAA against as a starter after his BAA was just .200 in five relief appearance.  Fitzgerald, the Giants' 11th round selection a year ago, struck out three of the seven batters he faced.  Through fourteen relief appearances, he now has peripheral stats of 20 H, 9 BB, and 28 K in 23.0 IP to go along with his 2.74 ERA.

A-: Augusta defeated Asheville 2-0 (7 innings) in game 2

Augusta: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 2, 2B, BB
Augusta: 2B Wladimir Frias: 2 for 3, SB

Augusta: LHP Aaron King: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Augusta: RHP Erick Stolp: 1.2 IP, 1 K
Augusta: LHP Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Monell and Frias both reached base twice in just three plate appearances.  In May, Monell now has an .899 OPS in 38 AB after just a .656 OPS in 47 AB in April.  Frias had two hits after going 1 for 22 in his first five Sally League games.

Making his seventh start, the 18-year-old King had a season-high 4 K in his second longest start of the year.  It was his first start of the year without allowing an earned run.  Unfortunately, his ERA remains above 5.25 and his BAA above .300, while his K/BB ratio is below 2.00.