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minor lines, 8/25/09

Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a,b) Buster Posey and Conor Gillaspie each homered while having a couple hits; (c) Matt Downs had four hits; (d,e) Ben Copeland and Josh Mazzoa each had three hits; (f) Ari Ronick had 0 ER in 6.0 IP; and (g) in short-season ball Chris Gloor had a career high 7 K in 5.0 scoreless IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 11-9 (12 innings)

Fresno: 2B Matt Downs: 4 for 7, 2B, SO
Fresno: 3B Kevin Frandsen: 3B Kevin Frandsen: 1 for 5, HR, BB, IBB, GiDP
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 2 for 4, HR, BB, PB, E
Fresno: RF Ben Copeland: 3 for 6, 2B, SO
Tacoma: CF Jerry Owens: 6 for 7, 2 3B, SO, SB
Tacoma: 1B Mike Carp: 4 for 5, HBP

Fresno: RHP Ramon Ortiz: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Fresno: RHP Steven Edlefsen: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Fresno: LHP Alex Hinshaw: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K--1 HR
Fresno: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K

Downs had four hits, including his 30th double, to raise his AVG to .296.  Copeland added three more of the Grizzlies' fifteen hits, getting is AVG above .270.  Posey also reached base three times before being removed for a pinch runner in the 9th inning.  He had his 5th HR but also committed his 3rd error and allowed his 4th passed ball.  Frandsen had his 13th HR.  The Mariners' Owens and Carp combined for ten of the Rainiers' eighteen hits.

Ortiz had his second straight start with 5 ER after being so effective in his previous ten starts.  His ERA rose above 3.00.  Edlefsen made his first appearance since it was announced that he'll pitch in the Arizona Fall League.  Hinshaw struck out three of four batters in the 9th inning but allowed game-tying, two-out HR to the other batter.  Matos took the loss as a couple earned runs in the 12th inning raised his ERA above 3.50.

AA: Connecticut defeated New Britain 5-4
(after scoring four runs in 1st inning)

Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, E
Connecticut: RF Josh Phelps: 0 for 4, 2 SO
Connecticut: SS Brandon Crawford: 2 for 3, 2B

Connecticut: RHP Daryl Maday: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K--1 HB
Connecticut: LHP Joe Paterson: 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K--1 WP
New Britain: RHP Deolis Guerra: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HB, 2 WP
New Britian: RHP Carlos Gutierrez: 2.0 IP, 2 K

Pill and Crawford each had two of the Defenders' seven hits, raising their respective AVGs to .293 and .254.  Crawford's line included his 25th double.  After six games in the AZL, Phelps played his first game this year with a full-season affiliate.

Maday had less than a quality start, but got the win to improve his W-L record 6-4 in 23 starts, which seems like a surprisingly large number of no decisions.  With 10 H in 5.0 IP, his H/IP ratio for the season rose above 1.00 (BAA of .274).  With no strikeouts, his K/IP slipped back below 0.50.  Paterson's 3.0 hitless, scoreless IP improved his ERA to 2.15.  Guerra, the 20-year-old whom the Twins acquired from the Mets in the Johan Santana trade, had been very effective in his last two starts but allowed a four-spot to the Defenders in the 1st inning.  Gutierrez, the Twins' first rounder a year ago, pitched two perfect innings, but his ERA remains above 6.50.

A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 12-3

San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
San Jose: C Trent Kline: 2 for 4, 2B
Visalia: DH Justin Upton: 2 for 5, HR, SO

San Jose: RHP Oliver Odle: 4.0+ IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--3 HR
San Jose: RHP Mike Musgrave: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--2 HB
Visalia: LHP Wade Miley: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

With two hits each, Gillaspie and Kline were the only two Giants to reach base twice.  Gillaspie had his 3rd HR and 28th double but also his 27th error.  The Diamomdbacks' Upton homered in his second rehab game.

Odle allowed three runs in the 4th inning and then five runs in the 5th inning when he did not retire a hitter.  Musgrave had another highly ineffective appearance.  In his last four appearances, he has 13 ER in 1.0 IP, ballooning his ERA above 16.00.  Miley, whom BA ranked as the Diamondbacks' #5 prospect, pitched well in his Cal League debut.  The 22-year-old had a 4.12 ERA in 21 Midwest League starts earlier this year.

A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 4-3 (10 innings)

Augusta: CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 4, HBP, 2 SB
Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
Augusta: DH Andy D'Alessio: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, SO

Augusta: LHP Ari Ronick: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Augusta: RHP Chris Wilson: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K

Mazzola had three hits, raising his AVG back to .276.  D'Alessio reached base four times.  Peguero had another multi-hit game, as well as his 10th and 11th steals.

With no earned runs, although three unearned runs, in 6.0 IP, Ronick further improved his ERA to 2.63.  Wilson had 5 K in what may have been his longest appearance of the season.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Vancouver 13-1

Salem-Keizer: LF Dan Cook: 3 for 4, 3B, SO
Salem-Keizer: 3B Joel Weeks: 2 for 3, HR, 2 BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: SS Ryan Cavan: 1 for 4, HR, SF
Vancouver: C Max Stassi: 2 for 3, 2B

Salem-Keizer: LHP Chris Gloor: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Salem-Keizer: RHP Andrew Bowlin: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Salem-Keizer: LHP David Quinowski: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Salem-Keizer: RHP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP

Cook's three hits, including his 4th triple, raised his AVG to .299.  Weeks reached base four times.  Both he and Cavan had their 3rd HRs.  The Athletics' Stassi had a couple hits, including his first XBH, in his second pro game.

Gloor bounced back from his worst start of the season with perhaps his best start.  At least it included a career-high 7 K.  His ERA is back under 2.50.  Bowlin and Quinowski each had 2 K in a perfect inning of work.  Stoffel finished the game with a perfect 9th inning.

R: Giants lost to Brewers 8-3

Scottsdale: CF Andres Torres: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB, SO, SB

Scottsdale: RHP Bryan Salsbury: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HR
Scottsdale: RHP Chris Heston: 3.0 IP, 1 R, 2 K--1 HB, 1 WP, 1 BK

Torres reached base three times in his third rehab game.

Salsbury saw his ERA rise above 3.00 with 4 ER in 3.0 IP.  With no earned runs in 3.0 IP of relief, Heston got his ERA down to 4.05.

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