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minor lines, 6/21/09

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Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) Brett Pill homered while reaching base three times, and (b) Mike Loree allowed just one run in 7.0 IP.  I'll keep the highlights to just those two lines, as most of the other notable lines seem more worth of honorable mention than highlight status.  For example, Paul Oseguera and Andy D'Alessio had good lines, but they are currently assigned to an affiliate at a lower level of the minors than at which they played a year ago.

AAA: Fresno lost to Colorado Springs 4-1

Fresno: 2B Emmanuel Burriss: 2 for 4, SO, 3 SB
Fresno: LF John Bowker: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Colorado Springs: RF Matt Murton: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO

Fresno: RHP Billy Sadler: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 WP
Fresno: RHP Steve Palazzolo: 1.0 IP, 3 K
Colorado Springs: LHP Franklin Morales: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--3 HB

Burriss had two of the Grizzlies' seven hits.  He also stole three bases.  Bowker hasn't struck out much this year, at least in comparison to the number of times he has walked this year, but he had the oh-fer with the hat trick today, his second hat trick three games.  The Rockies' Murton had his 4th HR in three games against the Grizzlies.

Aside from his abbreviated start on June 5th (0.1 IP), Sadler made his first start in three weeks, throwing 59 pitches (39 strikes).  His ERA rose just above 5.00.  Palazzolo struck out all three batters he faced in a perfect 6th inning, quite unusual for him considering he entered the game with a K/IP ratio below 0.50.  Morales made his fifth PCL start of the year.  It was his second straight start with 1 ER in 6.0+ IP, suggesting he might be close to getting back to the majors.

AA: Connecticut defeated Altoona 6-4
(after leading 5-3 after two innings)

Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, HR, BB
Connecticut: SS Brandon Crawford: 2 for 4, BB, SO

Connecticut: RHP Daryl Maday: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Connecticut: RHP Waldi Joaquin: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER
Altoona: LHP Daniel Moskos: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K--1 WP

Pill reaching base three times, including his 7th HR which provided an insurance run in the 9th inning.  Also reaching base three times was Crawford, who was batting eighth in the lineup.  He had his first multi-hit game in over a week.  His OPS is below .700 in 146 AB since his promotion to Connecticut.

Pitching on six days rest since the last time he faced Altoona, Maday delivered another quality start.  With 4 H in 6.0 IP, he got his H/IP back below 1.00.  Joaquin allowed a couple hits, raising his BAA to an even .200.  Moskos, whom the Pirates drafted fourth overall in 2007 (choosing him over Matt Wieters and Ross Detwiler among others), continues to have more walks than strikeouts this year.  He has a 4.01 ERA through 74.0 IP.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 8-2
(rallying for six decisive runs in the 8th inning)

San Jose: 2B Nick Noonan: 1 for 2, BB, HBP, SF
San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 0 for 2, 3 BB
San Jose: 1B David Maroul: 1 for 5, 2B, 4 SO
San Jose: CF Shane Jordan: 2 for 4, SO, SB

San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 WP

Batting ninth, Jordan had the Giants' only multi-hit line, but his AVG remains just .174.  Noonan and Gillaspie each reached base three times, raising their respective OBPs to .308 and .381.  Maroul had the Giants' only XBH, but he had the sombrero with four strikeouts.  His SO/AB ratio for the season is now over 33%.  On the final day of the first half of the Cal League season, with the Giants having already clinched their fifth straight first half title, Buster Posey, Thomas Neal, and Angel Villalona got a day off.

Oseguera made his fifth start of the season.  In his three starts with San Jose, he now has 17 H, 5 BB, and 16 K in 17.1 IP with a 4.67 ERA.  This was the best of the three starts in terms of earned runs but the worst in terms of strikeouts.

A-: Augusta defeated Rome 6-4
(after leading 6-1 through five innings)

Augusta: DH Andy D'Alessio: 3 for 4, 2B, SO
Augusta: RF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, HR, SO

Augusta: RHP Mike Loree: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Augusta: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP

D'Alessio had his second straight three-hit game.  With a dozen hits in his last five games, he has raised his AVG to .316 in 28 Sally League games.  One of four other GreenJackets with two hits, Perez led off the 2nd inning with his 7th HR.

Loree has pitched well in June, going 7.0+ IP in three of his four starts, and he has allowed just 1 ER total in those three starts, although he allowed 5 ER in the other start.  Today's start got his season ERA below 4.00 after he had a 6.50 ERA in four May appearances.  Quirarte made his sixth SAL appearance.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Eugene 8-4

Salem-Keizer: 3B McArthur: 1 for 2, 2B, BB, HBP, SO, E

Salem-Keizer: RHP Jorge Bucardo: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HB

No one had a multi-hit line for the Volcanoes, but McArthur reached base three times.  The Giants drafted McArthur in the eleventh round in 2007, but he is just now making his pro debut a few days shy of his 25th birthday.

Bucardo, who is the younger of the two Bucardo brothers, made his NWL debut.  A year ago he had a 3.68 ERA in eleven starts in the AZL.  Tonight he had a 6/1 GO/FO line after a 1.53 GO/AO ratio a year ago.

R: Giants lost to Brewers 8-7 (12 innings)

Scottsdale: 2B Julio Izturis: 4 for 7, 2B, 2 SB
Scottsdale: 3B Kyle Mach: 2 for 5, HR, SF, SO

Scottsdale: RHP Joe Martinez: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K--1 HB
Scottsdale: LHP Ryan Verdugo: 2.0 IP, 4 K--1 HB

In his U.S. debut, Izturis had four of the Giants' fourteen hits.  He also stole two bases after having 24 SB in 47 games in the DSL a year ago.  Mach, the Giants' 27th rounder this year, homered in his second pro AB.

Martinez, who got to start the season opener, allowed hits to four of the thirteen batters he faced.  Verdugo, the Giants' ninth round pick a year ago, struck out four of the seven batters he faced in his season debut.

DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day