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minor lines, 7/21/09

Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) Thomas Neal had his 17th HR while reaching base three times: (b) Brian Bocock reached base four times; (c) Ben Snyder had 6 K in 4.1 scoreless IP in relief; and (d) Clay Timpner had three hits, including his 8th double.

AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 8-6

Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
Fresno: 1B Jesus Guzman: 3 for 5, SO

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Fresno: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 1 K--1 HB
Fresno: RHP Steven Edlefsen: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB--1 IBB, 1 HB
Salt Lake: RHP Rafael Rodriguez: 2.2 IP, 2 H

Timpner and Guzman each had three of the Grizzlies' eleven hits, raising their respective AVGs to .241 and .333.

Allowing four runs in the 5th inning, Kinney was unable to complete the frame.  Matos got his ERA back below 3.50 with 1.1 scoreless IP.  Edlefsen allowed his first PCL earned run.  The Angel's Rodriguez had 2.2 scoreless IP to further lower his PCL ERA to 0.40 in thirteen appearances.  By contrast, his ERA was close to 7.00 in twelve big league appearances earlier this year.

AA: Connecticut lost to Binghamton 5-4
(allowing all five runs in the 1st inning)

Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 2 for 4, BB, SO, E
Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 3 for 5, SO
Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2 for 3, BB, GiDP

Connecticut: RHP Brooks McNiven: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 E
Connecticut: LHP Ben Snyder: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K--1 IBB
Connecticut: RHP Matt Yourkin: 2.0 IP, 2 K
Connecticut: RHP Danny Otero: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Reaching base three times each, Bond, Pill, and EME combined for seven of the Defenders' thirteen hits and two of their three walks.  Their hits raised their respective AVGs to .345, .299, and .312,

McNiven faced nine batters in the 1st inning before being removed from the game, but just one of the five runs he allowed was an earned run as two runners reached on errors.  Snyder provided very effective long relief in perhaps his longest relief appearance of the year.  I think the 6 K were also a season high.  His ERA as a reliever is back below 2.00.  Yourkin and Otero finished with three perfect innings.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 8-6

San Jose: SS Brian Bocock: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SO
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 3, HR, BB, GiDP

San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--3 HR

Bocock reached base four times for the Giants, which raised his AVG above .250, his OBP above .300, and his SLG above .350.  Neal had his third straight multi-hit game as he extended his hitting streak to at least ten games.  He had his 17th HR.

Oseguera has now pitched at least six innings in six of his eight Cal League starts, including his last four, but he has not necessarily been that effective in his starts with a 4.70 ERA.  But he hasn't had a bad start yet either, with 4 ER matching his season high.

A-: Augusta had a scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is August 3.)

GreenJackets on SAL leaderboards in selected stats:
AVG: (none--Mazzola's .276 leads team)
OBP: (none--Mazzola's .349 leads team)
SLG: Mazzola 14th
ERA: Nicholson 15th
WHIP: Nicholson 3rd, Ronick 13th
K: Surkamp 5th, Nicholson 18th
IP: Nicholson 1st

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Boise 8-6

Salem-Kiezer: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 5, HR, 3 SO
Salem-Keizer: DH Andrew Biery: 3 for 5, SB
Salem-Keizer: 1B Luke Anders: 3 for 5, HR, 2 SO, CS
Boise: CF Brett Jackson: 3 for 5, 2B

Salem-Keizer: RHP Orlando Yntema: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Salem-Keizer: RHP Gary Moran: 0.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER
Salem-Keizer: LHP Chris Gloor: 2.0 IP, 3 K

Although Dominguez (3rd rounder) and Anders (32nd rounder struck out in five of their ten at bats, they also each homered, Dominguez for his 5th HR in the NWL and Anders for his 4th HR.  Anders and Biery (22nd rounder) both had three hits, improving their respective AVGs to .273 and .376.  Jackson, the Cubs' first round pick, had three hits.  He has a .333 AVG through his first seventeen NWL games.

Yntema now has a 3.50 ERA after eight starts.  Moran (41st rounder) failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the 6th inning, before Gloor (15th rounder) entered and retired the next six batters, three of them by strikeout.  Despite retiring every batter he faced, Gloor was credited with his second blown save for allowing one of three inherited runners to score.  Gloor has posted rather dominant stats through his first eight pro appearances with 5 H, 2 BB, 1 R, and 17 K in 13.0 IP.

R: Giants lost to Brewers 5-3

Scottsdale: C Hector Sanchez: 2 for 3, SO
Scottsdale: RF Luis Munoz: 0 for 0, 2 BB

Scottsdale: RHP Chris Heston: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Scottsdale: RHP Bryan Millikan: 2.0 IP, 2 K

Sanchez had the rookie Giants' only multi-hit line.  Munoz, an 18-year-old from Puerto Rico, was not in the starting lineup but played in his 10th pro game, during which he has 1 H and 5 BB in 10 AB.

Heston (12th rounder) made his second pro appearance among five appearances.  With 5 ER in one appearance and 4 ER in another, his ERA is close to 8.00.  The 25-year-old Millikan had 2.0 perfect IP as he tries to get his career back on track.  He has had very good stats at least with 11 H, 2 BB, and 17 K in 13.1 IP with a 1.35 ERA.

DSL: Giants defeated Yankees1 13-6

Dominican: 3B Gilberto Almonte: 3 for 4, SF, E
Dominican: LHP Keurin Feliz: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Almonte (21.0 y.o.) was one of three Gigantes with three hits, but his AVG remains just .175 through 120 AB.  He also committed his 11th error.  With his third straight start with 1 ER or less in 6.0 IP, Feliz (18.11 y.o.) improved his ERA to 4.79.