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minor lines, 7/16/09

Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) Madison Bumgarner allowed just  1 H in 5.1 scoreless IP; (b) Matt Kinney allowed just 1 ER in 6.2 IP at Colorado Springs; (c) Jake Wald reached base four times; and (d) Chris Dominguez connected for his 3rd HR in five NWL games. 

AAA: Fresno defeated Colorado Springs 7-6 (11 innings)

Fresno: CF Eugenio Velez: 2 for 4, HR, SB
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 0 for 4, SO
Fresno: LF Joe Borchard: 2 for 5, HR, SO, GiDP
Fresno: SS Jake Wald: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, SO

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Fresno: LHP Alex Hinshaw: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB
Fresno: RHP Steven Edlefsen: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Colorado Springs: LHP Greg Smith: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HR

Batting ninth, Wald reached base four times.  Velez had his 3rd HR, and Borchard had his 9th HR.  Posey had an oh-fer in his upper minors debut.

With the wind blowing in at 9 mph from LF, Kinney allowed just 1 ER in 6.2 IP, having success at altitude despite his flyball tendencies (5/11 GO/FO line tonight).  Hinshaw's ERA crept back above 4.50.  Edlefsen worked another perfect inning in his brief PCL experience so far.  Smith, whom the Rockies acquired from the Athletics during the offseason after his 4.16 ERA in 32 MLB starts last year, made just his eighth start of the season, all in the minors.

AA: Connecticut lost to New Hampshire 1-0

Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 0 for 2, BB, HBP
Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1 for 3, BB

Connecticut: LHP Madison Bumgarner: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Connecticut: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
New Hampshire: RHP Shaun Marcum: 4.2. IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Bond and EME, the Defenders' two all-star hitters, both reached base twice.

Making his first appearance in just over a week after rain preempted his Futures Game appearance, Bumgarner allowed just one hit to the twenty batters he faced but apparently lacked his normal control, issuing five free passes.  The 4 BB set a new season-high, but he still improved his ERA to 1.59.  Joaquin allowed the game's only run, although it scored after he left the game.  The Blue Jay's Marcum, who had Tommy John surgery last September after establishing himself with a 3.39 ERA in 25 MLB starts, made his third rehab appearance overall, and his first in the upper minors.

A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 3-1

San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 0 for 4, 3 SO
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 1 for 3, BB
San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 4
Modesto: CF Charlie Blackmon: 3 for 4, BB, IBB, CS

San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 6.0+ IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--2 WP
San Jose: RHP T.J. Brewer: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K--1 IBB, 1 WP

Gillaspie and Neal both reached base twice for the Giants.  Gillaspie's two singles raised his AVG to .280.  Ford had had a recent hot streak, batting .326 in 46 AB in July, but tonight he had the oh-fer with the hat trick.  His SO/AB ratio is above 30%.  Blackmon, whom BA ranked as the Rockies' #10 prospect, reached base four times.  He is hitting .305/.371/.406 this year through 357 AB.

Oseguera allowed three runs in the first couple innings but then followed that up with four scoreless innings.  He did allow both batters in the 7th inning to reach, but Brewer stranded both of them. After seven Cal League starts, Oseguera still has a 4.50 ERA.

A-: Augusta defeated West Virginia 9-7

Augusta: CF Francisco Peguero: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
Augusta: LF Mike Loberg: 1 for 3, HR, BB

Augusta: LHP Ari Ronick: 2.0+ IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Augusta: RHP Justin Fitzgerald: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Augusta: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Back in the Sally League after opening the season there, Peguero had three hits.  He now has a 3.14 AVG in 35 AB in the SAL and a .394 AVG in 71 AB in the NWL this year.  Loberg had just his 4th HR.

Ronick had perhaps his least effective start of the year, raising his ERA back above 3.00.  Fitzgerald provided dominant long relief with 4.0 scoreless IP.  Quirarte had perhaps his best performance, at least statistically, since being demoted to the SAL.  After having just 1 K in his last nine appearances, he struck out two of the three batters he faced for his 5th save.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Eugene 8-7

Salem-Keizer: SS Ryan Cavan: 1 for 5, HR, SO
Salem-Keizer: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, HR, SO
Salem-Keizer: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 4, HR
Salem-Keizer: 2B Juan Martinez: 3 for 4, SO

Salem-Keizer: RHP Orlando Yntema: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR, WP
Salem-Keizer: RHP Kyle Vazquez: 1.2+ IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 K

Dominguez (3rd rounder) had his 3rd HR in five NWL games.  Anders (32nd rounder) also had his 3rd HR, while Cavan (16th rounder) had his 1st pro HR.  Martinez (46th rounder) remains hot as he had his fifth multi-hit line in his last nine games, keeping his OPS above .900.

Yntema had his least effective start of the year.  He and Vazquez (15th rounder) combined to allow 7 ER through the first five plus innings.  Their respective ERAs are now 3.77 and 6.75.

R: Giants defeated Dodgers 6-3

Scottsdale: 2B Julio Izturis: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, HBP
Scottsdale: 3B Leo Ochoa: 4 for 5, SO, SB
Scottsdale: C Hector Sanchez: 2 for 3, BB, HBP

Scottsdale: RHP Bryan Salsbury: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 WP

Ochoa, a late round draft pick a year ago, had four hits, raising his AVG to .379.  Izturis and Sanchez, who both played in the DSL last summer, also reached base four times.  With two hits, they raised their respective AVGs to .423 and .353.

Salsbury (14th rounder) made his fourth start among six pro appearances.  Tonight he got his ERA below 5.00.  The 19-year-old so far has 19 H, 7 BB, and 18 K in 16.1 IP.

DSL: Giants lost to Dodgers 4-0

Dominican: DH Jorge Lopez: 1 for 3, BB
Dominican: LHP Diego De La Cruz: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 2 WP, 1 BK

Lopez (17.10 y.o.) reached base twice, but his OPS remains below .500 through his 115 pro AB.  De La Cruz (20.5 y.o.) made his second start among eight appearances this year.  He has a 3.86 ERA through 25.2 IP.