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minor lines, 8/21/09

Several big highlights from the Giants' farm: (a,b,c) Joe Borchard, Matt Downs, and Eddy Martinez-Esteve each reached in all five of their plate appearances, with Bochard doing so on five hits; and (d) Thomas Neal had 2 HRs,  Other lines that would usually be deemed highlight-worthy but maybe are just honorable mention tonight: (e,f) Kevin Frandsen and Ryan Rohlinger homered while reaching base twice; (g,h,i) Ramon Castro, Wendell Fairley, and Vladimir Frias each had three hits; and (j) Kyle Vazquez had 5.0 scoreless IP in his first start.

AAA: Fresno defeated Memphis 10-8

Fresno: 3B Matt Downs: 2 for 2, BB, 2 HBP
Fresno: SS Kevin Frandsen: 1 for 4, HR, HBP, SO
Fresno: LF John Bowker: 2 for 4, HBP, SO
Fresno: 2B Ryan Rohlinger: 1 for 4, HR, BB
Fresno: 1B Jesus Guzman: 1 for 5, HR
Fresno: RF Joe Borchard: 5 for 5, 2B

Fresno: RHP Ryan Sadowski: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Fresno: RHP Steven Edlefsen: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Fresno: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 0.1 IP

Borchard had a hit in all five plate appearances, raising his AVG to .256.  Downs also reached base in all five plate appearances.raising his OBP above .350.  Bowker reached base three times, further improving his OBP to .455.  Rohlinger, Guzman, and Frandsen hit their 15th, 14th, and 10th HRs.

Sadowski had his shortest start in the PCL this year.  Edlefsen was the only one of six Grizzlies relievers to pitch more than an inning.  He now has a 5-0 W-L record in sixteen PCL appearances.  Joaquin retired the only batter he faced for his 1st save.

AA: Connecticut lost to Binghamton 3-2

Connecticut: 1B Ramon Castro: 3 for 4, 2B, SO
Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 4 for 4, 2B, BB
Binghamton: C Josh Thole 3 for 5, SO

Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HB
Connecticut: RHP Daniel Griffin: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K

EME reached base in all five plate appearances.  He and Castro, although Castro was not in the starting lineup, combined for seven of the Defenders' thirteen hits, raising their respective AVGs to .300 and .211.  Thome, the 22-year-old catcher whom BA ranked as the Mets #23 prospect, had had a very productive season offensively, batting .332/.401/.429 with just 34 SO through 361 AB.

Broshuis had a quality start--the first time he has pitched six full innings in his last eight starts.  Griffin struck out three of the seven batters he faced.  His K/IP ratio is close to 1.20, but his ERA is close to 6.00.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 4-3

San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 3, 2 HR, BB, SF
San Jose: C Nestor Rojas: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SO, E

San Jose: LHP Clayton Tanner: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HB

With two solo HRs, his 19th and 20th HRs of the year, and a sac fly, Neal drove in three of the Giants' four runs.  He and Rojas both reached base three times.  Despite slumping this month, Neal's line is still a very good .331/.419/.570 through 414 AB.  Rojas has a .333 AVG in his time int he Cal League.

Tanner had his fifth straight quality start.  He has had at least 6.0 IP in his last nine starts, although no more than 6.1 IP in his last eight starts.  Entering the night with a 1.32 GO/AO ratio, he atypically kept the ball on the ground to an extreme degree in this start with a 13/1 GO/FO line.  (By contrast, the two relievers who followed him had a 0/6 GO/FO line.)

A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 16-5

Augusta: 2B Vladimir Frias: 3 for 4, 2B
Augusta: LF Wendell Fairley: 3 for 4
Savannah: 2B Josh Satin: 3 for 3, 2B, 3 BB

Augusta: RHP Mike Loree: 2.0+ IP, 3 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
Augusta: RHP Eric Stolp: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB--1 HB
Augusta: "RHP" Mike Loberg: 0.2 IP, 1 K

Frias and Fairley both had three of the GreenJackets' thirteen hits.  Both have AVGs that remain fairly close to .250.  Satin, whom the Mets drafted in the 6th round out of UC Berkeley last year, reached base in all six plate appearances.  His season line is now .295/.395/.433 through 404 AB.

Loree and Stolp, the first of four regular GreenJackets relievers to appear, each allowed 5 ER.  Their ERAs ballooned a bit, but both still remain below 4.50.  Loberg made his first pro pitching appearance, retiring both batters.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 7-2

Salem-Keizer: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, BB, SO, SB, E
Salem-Keizer: 2B Juan Martinez: 2 for 4, 2B

Salem-Keizer: RHP Kyle Vazquez: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Salem-Keizer: RHP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K

Dominguez (3rd rounder) reached base three times.  OBP seems like an aspect of game needing improvement, as despite his very good power (IsoP of .227), his OBP remains just .289.  He also raised his team-leading steals total to 11 SB.  Martinez's (46th rounder) 9th double was the Volcanoes' only XBH.

After thirteen relief appearances with a 3.46 ERA, Vazquez (15th rounder) made his first start, which was a rather impressive start considering he faced just two batters over the minimum.  Stoffel (4th rounder) allowed his first NWL run, albeit an unearend run.

R: Scottsdale had their regular off day
(every fifth day, with just one more off-day remaining this year)

DSL: Giants defeated Marlins 4-1

Dominican: CF Robedluis Fuentes: 2 for 4
Dominican: RHP Ariel Hernandez: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HR

Fuentes's (20.11 y.o.) two singles raised his AVG to .317, which is the second best mark on the team.  With just 4 ER in 19.0 IP over his last three starts, Hernandez (17.5 y.o.) has improved his ERA to 3.64.  In his last three starts, he has 10 H, 3 BB, and 17 K.