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minor lines, 8/17/09

Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) John Bowker homered while reaching base three times; (b) Matt Kinney faced just two batters over the minimum in 6.0 IP; (c) John Monell homered while reaching base twice; (d) Juan Perez had two doubles; (e) Eric Surkamp allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP; and (f) Jorge Bucardo had 7.0 shutout IP.

AAA: Fresno defeated Nashville 6-2

Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 1 for 5, HR, SO
Fresno: LF John Bowker: 2 for 4, HR, BB
Fresno: 1B Jesus Guzman: 2 for 4, BB
Fresno: 3B Matt Downs: 2 for 3, BB, E

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 WP
Fresno: LHP Alex Hinshaw: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K--1 WP

Bowker hit his 21st HR, and Timpner his 6th HR.  Bowker had a big four-game series in Nashville, hitting 7 for 14 with 3 HRs and 4 BBs.  Timpner has become quite the power hitter since the all-star break.  After slugging just .309 in 69 games before the break, he has slugged .475 in 31 games since.  Along with Bowker, Guzman and Downs also reached base three times each.

Kinney faced just two batters over the minimum in six innings but did allow a run in the 4th inning on a leadoff double, wild pitch, and RBI ground out.  Hinshaw threw 11 of 18 pitches for strikes.

AA: Connecticut had a scheduled off-day
(their final scheduled off-day of the year)

A+: San Jose had a scheduled off-day
(Their only remaining scheduled off-day is August 31.)

A-: Augusta defeated Hagerstown 7-5

Augusta: 2B Juan Perez: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO, CS
Augusta: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 3, HR, BB
Augusta: RF James Simmons: 1 for 4, HR, SO, E
Hagerstown: C Derek Norris: 1 for 2, 3 BB, SO

Augusta: LHP Eric Surkamp: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Augusta: RHP Justin Fitzgerald: 0.1 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K--1 HB
Augusta: LHP Ryan Verdugo: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Augusta: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Perez's 26th and 27th doubles provided the GreenJackets' only multi-hit line.  His AVG is now .252.  Monell had his 5th HR, and Simmons his 4th HR.  Norris, who at least remained the Nationals' top prospect when this game ended but not by the time this is posted a few hours later, reached base four times.

It's hardly a surprised that Surkamp had another start in which he had both more hits and strikeouts than innings pitched.  It's his third straight start with that, and it's happened in five of his last eight starts.  His K/IP ratio remains over 1.25.  Fitzgerald retired just one of five batters faced.  Verdugo did not allow a run in his first thirteen appearances but has now allowed an earned run in each of his last two appearances.  Quirarte retired two of three batters for his 8th save.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 5-0

Salem-Keizer: RF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 3, BB
Salem-Keizer: 3B Drew Biery: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Salem-Keizer: 2B Juan Martinez: 2 for 3, 2B

Salem-Keizer: RHP Jorge Bucardo: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Salem-Keizer: LHP David Quinowski: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Salem-Keizer: RHP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Among the four Volcanoes with two hits each, Lollis (37th rounder) reached base three times, with his two singles raising his AVG above .300.  Biery (22nd rounder) and and Martinez (46th rounder) had their 13th and 8th doubles, respectively.

Aside from having more walks than strikeouts, the younger Bucardo had perhaps the best start for the Volcanoes this year.  He faced just three batters over the minimum while having a 13/4 GO/FO line.  The 7.0 scoreless IP got his ERA back below 3.00.  After Quinowski's perfect 8th inning, Stoffel (4th rounder) made his second NWL appearance with a scoreless 9th inning.

R: Giants defeated Padres 6-4

Scottsdale: 2B Nick Liles: 3 for 5, 2B
Scottsdale: LF Josh Phelps: 2 for 4, BB

Scottsdale: RHP Edward Concepcion: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--1 WP
Scottsdale: RHP Ben Wilshire: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB--1 WP
Scottsdale: RHP Shawn Sanford: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Liles (7th rounder) had three hits to raise his AVG to .320 and to get his OPS over .700.  (He has not had much secondary average.)  Phelps also reached base three times.

Conception pitched just three innings, matching his shortest start of the year, done twice previously this year with his last starts in both June and July.  The 24-year-old Wilshire had been having a good season, but he retired just one of his six batters and saw his ERA balloon nearly a full run to 3.00.  Sanford had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning for his 5th save.

DSL: Giants defeated Mets 7-6

Dominican: 1B Rey Duran: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB, SO
Dominican: RHP Lorenzo Mendoza: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 WP

Duran (20.0 y.o.) followed up his two HR game with another HR, his 11th HR, while reaching base three times.  Mendoza (18.0 y.o.) now has a 2.55 ERA and a 8-0 W-L record in ten starts plus one relief appearance.