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minor lines, 7/13/09

Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) three San Jose Giants--Thomas Neal, Darren Ford, and David Maroul--each have a HR among their three hits, with Neal and Maroul, the corner sluggers having all three of their hits go for extra bases; (d) Buster Posey reached base in all four plate appearances; and (e,f) Ryan Sadowski and Garrett Broshuis both had fine starts. 

AAA: Fresno had the first day of its three-day all-star break

AA: Connecticut defeated Trenton 4-3

Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 1 for 3, BB, CS
Connecticut: CF Mike McBryde: 2 for 4, 2B, SB

Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Connecticut: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 0.2 IP, 1 K
Connecticut: LHP Ben Snyder: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER,1 K
Connecticut: RHP Danny Otero: 1.0 IP, 2 K

The lone Defender with two hits, including his 9th double, McBryde raised his AVG to .296.  Batting first and second in the lineup, Bond and McBryde were the only two Defenders to reach base twice.  Bond had his 13th CS.

Both of Broshuis's starts for the Defenders have been quality starts, with Broshuis pitching into the 7th inning both times.  Joaquin retired both batters he faced, stranding two inherited runners.  Snyder allowed a run in the 8th inning, nudging his ERA up to 2.35.  Otero had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning for his 17th save.

A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 17-1
(breaking the game open with eight runs in the 5th inning)

San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 3 for 6, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 3 for 5, HR, 3B, 2B, BB
San Jose: C Buster Posey: 2 for 2, BB, HBP
San Jose: 1B David Maroul: 3 for 6, HR, 2 2B, 2 SO

San Jose: RHP Ryan Sadowski: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Visalia: RHP Tom Gordon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB

Neal was a single short of the cycle as he had his 15th HR, 4th triple and 26th double.  Maroul also had three XBHs, including his 2nd HR and 6th and 7th doubles.  Ford was a third Giant to have three hits, including a HR, for Ford his 3rd HR.  Posey reached base in all four plate appearances.  After being hit by a pitch near the end of the eight-run top of the 5th inning, he was replaced defensively to start the bottom of the inning.

Sadowski's start would seem a bit like a man among boys given his success in his last three starts at the major league level.  He scattered five singles and a walk over six innings while not allowing an earned run.  But the Diamondbacks' 41-year-old Gordon was truly the man among boys.  After a couple rehab appearances in the PCL, he made his third overall rehab appearance allowing an earned run in the 7th inning.

A-: Augusta defeated West Virginia 3-2

Augusta: 3B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, SO, E
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 1 for 3, BB
Augusta: C Matt Klimas: 1 for 3, BB, SB

Augusta: LHP Aaron King: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Augusta: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB

The lone GreenJacket with two hits, Culberson raised his AVG to .248.  He also committed his 29th error.  Adrianza and Klimas, while playing the two most difficult defensive positions, were the other two GreenJackets to reach base twice.

The 4 BB were the most King has issued in a start in over two months (early May), but this was also his first in a month and a half (late May) with no earned runs.  His BB/IP ratio remains below 0.50, and his ERA remains just over 4.00.  Quirarte has his second blown save as his ERA rose above 5.00 after a dozen SAL appearances.  In the SAL, he has become more of a groundball pitcher.  After a 0.65 GO/AO ratio and 18 K in 21.2 IP in his sixteen Cal League appearances, he has a 1.85 GO/AO ratio and 4 K in 14.0 IP in his dozen SAL appearances.  He has 16 H and 1 K over his last nine appearances.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Yakima 8-2

Salem-Keizer: CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 3, 2B, SB
Salem-Keizer: DH Chris Dominguez: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Salem-Keizer: 2B Juan Martinez: 2 for 3

Salem-Keizer: RHP Wilbur Bucardo: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HB

With two hits each, Peguero and Martinez (40th rounder) had half of the Volcanoes' eight hits.  Dominguez's (3rd rounder) 2nd HR (in three NWL games) and Peguero's 3rd double were the Volcanoes' two XBHs.

The Bucardo brothers had been very effective for the Volcanoes this year, at least until the 6th inning of this game.  The 21-year-old Wilbur, the older of the two brothers, was tagged for 7 ER, all in the 6th inning, with three of the runs scoring after he had left the game.  He had allowed just 2 ER in his previous four starts, so his ERA remains below 3.00 despite the huge inning.

R: Giants defeated Athletics 12-6

Scottsdale: CF Jonathan White: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
Scottsdale: LF Rafael Rodriguez: 0 for 1, BB, 2 HBP
Scottsdale: SS Ydwin Villegas: 3 for 4

Scottsdale: RHP Edward Concepcion: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K--2 WP

White and Villegas each had three hits, raising both their AVGs to .314.  Raf-Rod also reached base three times, giving him a .432 OBP through his first ten games.

The 20-year-old Concepcion has the unusual mix of a high number of strkeouts but also a high number of runs.  In his 20.0 IP this year, he has 19 R and 31 K.  Tonight's 9 K was a season high, one better than the 8 K two starts earlier.  A year ago he had an ERA of 4.20 and a K/IP below 1.00 in 75.0 IP in the DSL.

DSL: Giants defeated Blue Jays 3-2

Dominican: C Luis Vasquez: 1 for 3, BB, SO
Dominican: RHP Lorenzo Mendoza: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 BK

Vasquez (18.3 y.o.) was one of several different Gigantes to reach base twice.  Through his first 37 pro AB, he has just six hits and no XBH but eight walks for a .311 OBP despite a .162 AVG.  Making his fifth pro appearance (fourth start), Mendoza (17.11 y.o.) allowed more than 1 ER for the first in his young pro career.  He has a 1.80 ERA through 25.0 IP.