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minor lines, 8/18/09

Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) Steve Hammond allowed just 1 ER in 7.0 IP; (b,c) Brock Bond and Conor Gillaspie each reached base four times; (d,e) Bobby Felmy and C.J. Ziegler each homered while reaching base twice; and (f) Nick Noonan had a couple XBH.

AAA: Fresno defeated Memphis 5-3

Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 2 for 5, 2B
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 2 for 5, 2 SO
Fresno: LF John Bowker: 2 for 3, 2B, SF
Fresno: RF Ben Copeland: 2 for 4, 2B, SO, SB
Memphis: 3B Troy Glaus: 1 for 4, HR, SO, 2 E
Memphis: 1B David Freese: 2 for 4, HR, 2B

Fresno: LHP Steve Hammond: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Fresno: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 1.0 IP, 1 H
Fresno: RHP Steve Edlefsen: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HR

Bowker, Timpner, and Copeland each had a double and a single, accounting for six of the Grizzlies' hits, as well as all three XBHs.  In his first game after missing seven days, Posey also had two hits.  Freese was the Cardinals' opening day third baseman when Glaus was on the DL.  Tonight both players homered, with Glaus having his first HR in fourteent rehab appearances.

Hammond had one of his best starts of the year, facing just four batters over the minimum.  The only run scored was when Glaus led off the 2nd inning with a big fly.  Joaquin maintained his spotless 0.00 ERA in the PCL with a scoreless 8th inning.  Edlefsen allowed his first PCL big fly in nearly 20 innings.

AA: Connecticut lost to New Hampshire 11-7
(allowing five runs in 8th inning)

Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, CS
Connecticut: LF Bobby Felmy: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO

Connecticut: LHP Jesse English: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 2 K
Connecticut: RHP Matt Yourkin: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 IBB, 1 WP

Bond broke out of his slump by reaching base four times.  Felmy had his 5th HR.

With 11 BB in his last two starts, English has now issued more walks than strikeouts in his past ten starts (35 BB and 34 K in 54.2 IP).  His BB/IP ratio for the season is now above 0.55.  Yourkin has had a very good season.  Although his ERA took a beating today, it is still just 2.67 as he had allowed just 12 ER in his previous 42 appearances this year.

A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 9-7
(rallying for five runs in the 7th and 8th innings)

San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 3 for 5, GiDP, E
San Jose: 2B Nick Noonan: 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB, SO
San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, HBP, SO
San Jose: 1B C.J. Ziegler: 1 for 4, HR, BB, GiDP

San Jose: LHP Craig Clark: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K--1 HR
San Jose: RHP Mike Musgrave: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB

Batting leadoff, Ford had three of the Giants' thirteen hits, raising his own AVG to .277.  Gillaspie reached base four times, while Noonan also reached three times.  Noonan had his 21st and 22nd doubles, while Gillaspie had his 25th double.  Ziegler had his 3rd Cal League HR.

Clark had perhaps his shortest start of the year, and 4 BB might have been as a season high as well.  His ERA rose above just above 3.00.  Musgrave retired just one of five batters as he as his ERA rise to nearly 10.00.

A-: Augusta had a scheduled off-day
(their final scheduled off-day this year)

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Everett 5-1

Salem-Keizer: 1B Chris Dominguez: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Salem-Keizer: LF Caleb Curry: 2 for 3, 2B, SB

Salem-Keizer: RHP Jeremy Toole: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 BK

Dominguez's 9th HR provided the Volcanoes' only run.  Curry was the only Volcano to reach base twice, but his AVG remains just .221.

Toole, who entered the evening with a .213 BAA and fewer hits than strikeouts, allowed a career-high 8 H.  On the positive side, it was his third straight start with just 1 BB, which has finally gotten his BB/IP ratio below 0.50.  His ERA remains solid at 2.79.

R: Giants defeated Indians 6-0

Scottsdale: 2B Nick Liles: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, 2 SB
Scottsdale: SS Ydwin Villegas: 3 for 5, SO
Scottsdale: 1B Carlos Quintana: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, 2 SB

Scottsdale: RHP Cameron Lamb: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 PO
Scottsdale: RHP Kelyn Acosta: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Goodyear: LHP Kelvin De La Cruz: 1.0+ IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Villegas's three singles paced the rookie Giants' offense and raised his AVG to .325.  His fellow infielders Liles and Quintana also reached base three times.

Lamb had an outstanding start, facing just three batters over the minimum, although he got most of his outs in the air (3/8 GO/FO line).  Acosta struck out two of four batters in his second appearance.  Cruz, whom BA ranked as the Indians' #7 prospect at the start of the season, appeared in just his his third game after the season after being limited previously this year to just two starts in the Carolina League .

DSL: Giants lost to Red Sox 1-0

Dominican: DH Rey Duran: 1 for 2, 2 BB
Dominican: RHP Kendry Flores: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB

Duran (20.0 y.o.) remains the Gigantes' hottest hitter, today reaching base three times and improving his OBP to an even .350.  Despite not recording a strikeout, Flores 17.8 y.o.) had a pretty good start.  It was his third straight start allowing just 1 ER.  The lack of strikeouts seems surprising given that he had at least 6 K in each of his previous four starts.