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minor lines, 8/24/09

Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) Mike McBryde had five hits; (b,c) Ryan Rohlinger and Sharlon Schoop each homered while having two hits; (d) Darren Ford reached base four times; (e) Kyle Nicholson did not allow an earned run in 6.2 IP; and (f) Eric Surkamp had 10 K and just 2 ER in 6.0 IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 7-4

Fresno: C Buster Posey: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB
Fresno: 1B Jesus Guzman: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB
Fresno: SS Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Tacoma: 1B Mike Carp: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, BB, SO

Fresno: RHP Kevin Pucetas: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Fresno: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K--1 HR
Fresno: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Fresno: LHP Alex Hinshaw: 1.0 IP, 3 K
Tacoma: RHP Brandon Morrow: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K--3 WP

Rohlinger had his 16th HR and 37th double.  Posey and Guzman each doubled while reaching base three times.  Carp, who made his MLB debut earlier this year for the Mariners, had his 15th HR and 25th double in the PCL this year.  He reached base four times.

Pucetas seems to have hit a wall in August, allowing 5.2 ER per start in his five August starts.  His ERA was under 3.75 in each of the first four months of the season.  He is at 156.2 IP for the year.  Matos allowed an earned run, allowing his ERA to creep up to 3.23.  Joaquin struck out two of the four batters he faced.  Hinshaw struck out all three batters he faced, while throwing 9 of 14 pitches for strikes.  Making his 8th PCL start, Morrow had his worst start in terms of K/BB ratio.

AA: Connecticut defeated Binghamton 9-6

Connecticut: CF Mike McBryde: 5 for 5, 2 2B
Connecticut: 3B Sharlon Schoop: 2 for 4, HR, E

Connecticut: LHP Jesse English: 3.0+ IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K
Connecticut: RHP Mitch Lively: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Connecticut: LHP Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

McBryde has had a big series against the B-Mets. On Saturday, he had three hits, then four hits on Sunday, and then finally five hits on Monday.  With twelve hits, including four doubles, in his last three games, he has improved his Eastern League line to .299/.337/.412 through 284 AB.  Schoop had the Defenders' other multi-hit line, which included his 3rd HR.

English has apparently struggled to find the strike zone in his recent starts.  In his last three starts, he has 15 BB and 3 K in 11.2 IP, as well as 13 H and 10 ER.  Lively provided effective long relief.  He did allow two of three inherited runners to score but otherwise improved his own ERA to 0.55.  Runzler pitched a scoreless 7th inning despite retiring just three of the six batters he faced.

A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 4-2

San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 1 for 2, 2 BB, HBP, SB
San Jose: DH Tyler Graham: 2 for 4, SO, SB
Visalia: RF Justin Upton: 0 for 3, BB, 2 SO

San Jose: RHP Kyle Nicholson: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB
San Jose: RHP Dan Turpen: 2.1 IP, 4 K

Graham had the Giants' only multi-hit line, raising his AVG a few points to .277.  Ford reached base four times, improving his line to .333/.403/.518 in 195 AB since the all-star break.  The Diamondbacks' Upton played in his first rehab game.

Nicholson's fifth start since being promoted to the Cal League was his best yet.  He has a 3-0 W-L record with a 2.89 ERA.  Turpen had 4 K in 2.1 perfect IP for his 6th save.

A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 7-2 (10 innings)
(after tying the game in the bottom of the 9th inning)

Augusta: CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 5, 2B, GiDP
Augusta: 3B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, GiDP

Augusta: LHP Eric Surkamp: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K--4 WP
Augusta: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HB, 1 IBB

Peguero and Culberson each had two of the GreenJackets' six hits.  Peguero has a very impressive .370 AVG, while Culberson's AVG is just .243.  Peguero also had two outfield assists, throwing out one runner at the plate and another at second base.

Surkamp had perhaps a season-high 10 K.  Other than a rain-shorted start of 3.0 IP, this was his only start in his last ten games with fewer hits than innings, lowering his BAA to .275.  After a scoreless 9th inning, Quirarte allowed five runs in the 10th inning.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 6-0

Salem-Keizer: CF Evan Crawford: 1 for 4, 2B
Salem-Keizer: 3B Chris Dominguez: 1 for 3, 2B, SO, GiDP
Vancouver: C Max Stassi: 1 for 2

Salem-Keizer: RHP Jeremy Toole: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Salem-Keizer: RHP Gary Moran: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Vancouver: RHP Julio Ramos: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Crawford and Dominguez each had their 4th double.  The Volcanoes sent just three batters over the minimum to the plate as their offense was limited to four hits and a walk.  Stassi, whom the Athletics convinced to sign with a $1.5 million signing bonus a few days ago, played three innings in his pro debut.

Toole had a short but effective start, at least if you ignore the couple unearned runs.  Moran had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning.  The 20-year-old Ramos has perhaps the best start of his young pro career.

R: Giants lost to Angels 3-1

Scottsdale: RF-CF Sundrendy Windster: 0 for 4, 4 SO
Tempe: CF Mike Trout: 3 for 5, BB, CS

Scottsdale: RHP Aaron Davidson: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K
Scottsdale: RHP Audy Santana: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

While no one reached base twice for the rookie Giants, Windster had the sombrero.  Trout, a first round pick of the Angels a couple months ago, raised his AVG to .370 with three hits.

Davidson made his sixth start among thirteen appearances.  He issued four walks after having yielded just one walk in his previous nine games.  With 3.0 scoreless IP, Santana improved his ERA to 1.59.

DSL: The Gigantes have a first round bye in the playoffs