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minor lines, 8/11/09

Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a,b,c) Brandon Crawford, Eddy Martinez-Esteve, and Mike Mooney each had two XBH for Connecticut; and (d) Roger Kieschnick had his organization-leading 22nd HR while reaching base twice.

AAA: Fresno lost to Oklahoma City 7-3

Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 2 for 3, HBP
Fresno: 2B Kevin Frandsen: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
Fresno: C Steve Holm: 1 for 4, HR, SO

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--2 HR

Timpner, who had gone 0 for 10 in his last three games, had two of the Grizzlies' seven hits.  Frandsen was the only other Grizzly to reach base twice as no Grizzly drew a walk.  With two outs in the 9th inning, Holm went deep for his 9th HR.

Kinney allowed 6+ ER for the second time in his last three starts, although it was also only the second time in his six starts he had allowed more than 2 ER.  His season ERA is back over 5.50.

AA: Connecticut lost to Akron 6-4

Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2 for 4, 2 2B
Connecticut: SS Brandon Crawford: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO
Connecticut: CF Mike Mooney: 2 for 4, 3B, 2B
Akron: C Carlos Santana: 3 for 5, 3B, 2B

Connecticut: LHP Jesse English: 5.0+ IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K--1 WP

EME, Crawford, and Mooney combined not only for six of the Defenders' eight hits, but also all six of their XBHs.  EME now has 27 doubles, and Crawford 24 doubles.  Mooney had his 5th triple and 16th double.  EME raised his AVG to an even .300.  Through ten games this month, Crawford is hitting .375/.375/.675 in 40 AB with over half his hits for extra bases.  Santana, the Indians' top prospect, had his 2nd triple and 25th double among three hits to improve his season line to .288/.410/.545 through 347 AB.

English had his third straight start with at least five innings but less than six innings.  With the 5 BB and 1 K, English's K/BB ratio fall below 1.50.  English had issued either two or three walks in each of his past seven starts, dating back to a start in mid-June in which he issued seven walks.

A+: San Jose lost to Bakersfield 5-3
(allowing four runs in the 1st inning)

San Jose: DH Roger Kieschnick: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO, SB

San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--2 HR
San Jose: RHP Ryan Shaver: 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Kieschnick's 22nd HR was one of just three hits for the Giants.

After pitching eight full innings in each of his last two starts, Oseguera had his worst start since being promoted to San Jose.  In his twelfth start for the Giants, he allowed a season-high 5 ER in a season-low 4.1 IP.  Shaver faced just five hitters to get five outs.  He has yet to allow a run through five appearances with San Jose.

A-: Augusta defeated Lake County 8-4

Augusta: DH MIke Loberg: 2 for 4, BB, SO
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 1 for 3, 2B, SH

Augusta: LHP Eric Surkamp: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
Augusta: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Augusta: RHP Chris Wilson: 1.1 IP, 3 K
Lake County: RHP Jason Knapp: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 WP

Loberg reached base three times, but his OBP remains just .315.  Adrianza's 13th double was the GreenJackets' only XBH.

Continuing a season trend, Surkamp had both more hits and more strikeouts than innings pitched.  He now has 111 H and 130 K in 103.2 IP.  Allowing more than 2 ER for just the second time in his last ten starts (with nineteen starts total this year), his season ERA crept up to 3.73.  Quirarte retired just six of the eleven batters he faced, but he did not allow run, although he did allow an inherited runner to score.  Wilson struck out three of the four batters he faced.  He has an impressive 45 K and 6 BB in 36.2 IP this year, but a .328 BAA has led to an ERA over 5.00.  The nearly 19-year-old Knapp, who was part of the Cliff Lee trade, made his debut in the Indians' organization.  WIth the Phillies' Sally League affiliate earlier this year, he was hard to hit with 63 H and 111 K in 85.1 IP.  For whatever reason, he was limited to 2.0 IP in this start.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Spokane 5-3

Salem-Keizer: SS Ryan Cavan: 1 for 3, BB, SO

Salem-Keizer: RHP Craig Westcott: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K--1 HB

Cavan (16th rounder) was the only Volcano to reach base twice.  He is now hitting .266/.398/.403 through his 139 pro AB.

Westcott (30th rounder) had a career-high 8 K in his third NWL start.  So far in his pro career, he has 37 K in 23.1 IP.

DSL: Giants defeated Dodgers 8-3

Dominican: RF Robedluis Fuentes: 3 for 4, 2B, SO
Dominican: RHP Lorenzo Mendoza: 7.0 IP, 12 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Fuentes (20.11 y.o.) raised his OPS above .300 with today's three-hit performance.  Mendoza (18.0 y.o.) uncharactistically allowed a season-high 12 H, but his BAA remains just .241.  He still improved his W-L record to 7-0.