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Highlights: (a) John Bowker homered and doubled among three hits; (b) Brett Pill homered and doubled among fours in the second game of a double-header; and (c) Clayton Tanner had six dominant innings to begin his start.  Also notable was Daryl Maday's 5.0 scoreless IP in his start.

AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 6-5

Fresno: 2B Kevin Frandsen: 2 for 4, 2B
Fresno: RF John Bowker: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
Fresno: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 1 for 3, HR, BB
Salt Lake: 3B Brandon Wood: 2 for 3, BB

Fresno: LHP Steve Hammond: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Fresno: RHP Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER--1 HR

Bowker's three hits, including his 7th HR and 13th double, paced the Grizzlies' eleven-hit attack.  Frandsen was the other Grizzly with a multi-hit line, raising his AVG to .333, while Rohlinger had his 6th HR.  Wood, the Angels' former top prospect, reached base three times, improving his season line to .308/.392/.596 through 146 AB.

Hammond matched his longest start of the year.  After having at least as many walks as stirkeout in each of his five May starts, he has once again had more strikeouts than walks in both of his June starts.  For the season, he now has 28 K and 24 BB in 53.1 IP.  Matos picked up his 2nd save despite allowing his 2nd PCL HR.

AA: Connecticut lost to Binghamton 1-0 (7 innings) in game 1

Connecticut: CF Mike McBryde: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SO
Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2 for 3, 2B
Binghamton: 1B Lucas Duda: 3 for 4, 2 2B

Connecticut: RHP Daryl Maday: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 E
Binghamton: RHP Jenrry Mejia: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

EME had the Defenders' only multi-hit line, including his 14th double, to raise his AVG to .294.  McBryde was one of two other Defenders to reach base twice, and he also had the Defenders' other XBH, his 2nd double.  Duda, whom BA ranked as the Mets' #20 prospect to begin the year, had three hits, including his 12th and 13th doubles, to raise his AVG to .298.

After allowing 5+ ER in each of his past two starts, Maday bounced back with 5.0 scoreless IP in his eleventh start of the season, lowering his ERA back to 3.62.  With 4 K and 1 BB, he also got his K/BB ratio back above 2.00.  Mejia, whom BA ranked as the Mets' #7 prospect at the start of the season, pitched a complete-game shutout in his upper minors debut.  In nine starts in the FSL earlier this year, he had 41 H, 16 BB, and 44 K in 50.1 IP with a 1.97 ERA.

AA: Connecticut defeated Binghamton 5-3 (10 innings) in game 2

Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 4 for 5, HR, 2B
Connecticut: SS Sharlon Schoop: 3 for 5
Connecticut: LF-RF Mike Mooney: 0 for 4, SH, 3 SO
Connecticut: 3B Brad Boyer: 2 for 3, 3B, BB, IBB

Connecticut: LHP Ben Snyder: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Connecticut: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 IBB
Connecticut: RHP Danny Otero: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 IBB, 1 WP
Connecticut: LHP Joe Paterson: 1.1 IP, 1 K

Pill had four hits, including his 5th HR and 19th double, to pace the Defenders' thirteen-hit attack.  Despite a slow start in April with a .608 OPS, he is now hitting .297/.348/.465 through his first 202 AB.  Schoop had three hits, raising his AVG to .299, while Boyer also reached base three times.  With the oh-fer and the hat trick, Mooney continues to have more strikeouts than hits (36 H and 41 SO in 155 AB, .232 AVG).

After fourteen relief appearances to begin the season, Snyder made his first start of the year, pitching five full innings and facing just four batters over the minimum, on two days rest since his last appearance.  Joaquin continued his solid string of relief appearances.  In his last seven appearance, he has 4 H, 4 BB, and 8 K in 9.0 IP.  Otero allowed just his second earned run of the season, raising his ERA to 0.87, while Paterson had 1.1 perfect IP to lower his ERA to 0.72.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 5-2

San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 SO
San Jose: DH Buster Posey: 1 for 3, 2B, HBP
San Jose: 2B Nick Noonan: 0 for 3, 2 SO
San Jose: C Aaron Lowenstein: 1 for 2, BB

San Jose: LHP Clayton Tanner: 6.0+ IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--1 HR--1 HB
San Jose: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K
San Jose: LHP Wilmin Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K--1 WP

With his 15th and 16th doubles, Neal was the only Giant with a multi-hit line.  Also reaching base twice were Posey, who had his 14th double, and Lowenstein, the Giants' 44th round pick a year ago who was playing in just his third game of the year.  After two strikeouts in his oh-fer, Noonan now has more strikeouts than hits this year (47 H and 48 SO in 199 AB, .236 AVG).

Tanner faced just two batters over the minimum through six scoreless innings but then allowed a two-run HR in the 7th inning after issuing a leadoff walk.  Tanner matched his season-high 7 K which he set in previous start.  He lowered his ERA to 3.02.  Quirarte struck out three of the seven batters he faced, although his K/IP for the season remains below 1.00.  Rodriguez recorded his first save.

A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 8-6

Augusta: LF Wendell Fairley: 1 for 5, HR, 2 SO, 2 E
Augusta: RF Josh Mazzola: 2 for 4, HR, SO
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 4, 2B, E
Augusta: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 3, 2 2B, HBP, PB
Savannah: SS Wilmer Flores: 2 for 3, 2B, BB

Augusta: LHP Ari Ronick: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Augusta: LHP Dan Runzler: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Three GreenJackets--Mazzola, Adrianza, and Monell--each had two hits, improving their respective AVGs to very similar marks of .267, .268, and .265.  They also had four of their six hits go for extra bases, with Mazzola having his 3rd HR, Adrianza his 6th double, and his Monell his 11th and 12th doubles.  Fairely also homered, his 2nd HR.  The 17-year-old Flores, the Mets' top prospect in the minors now that Fernando Martinez has been promoted to the majors, reached base three times.  His season line is now .251/.304/.314 through 175 AB.

Ronick allowed five unearned runs in the 3rd inning and left the game with two additional baserunners aboard.  It was his shortest start of the season and just his second start of the year with less than 3 K.  With 6 H and 1 K, he no longer has more strikeouts than hits this season.  Runzler allowed a couple baserunners but recorded his 10th save.

DSL: Giants defeated Pirates 6-5

Dominican: LF Jorge Lopez: 3 for 6, 2 2B, SB
Dominican: LHP Ebert Fernandez: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Lopez (17.9 y.o.) had three hits, including his first two XBHs as a pro, although his AVG remains below .200 after starting his pro career 2 for 20 in his previous five games.  Fernandez (18.7 y.o.) made his second start of the season.  A year ago he had a 3.53 ERA while starting in five of twelve appearances.