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minor lines, 5/25/10

No real highlights from the Giants' farm on Tuesday.  Top prospect Buster Posey was the only farmhand to reach base three times.

AAA: Fresno lost to Memphis 4-1

Fresno: 1B Buster Posey: 1 for 2, BB, HBP
Fresno: 3B Jesus Guzman: 2 for 4, SO
Fresno: Ben Copeland: 1 for 3, HR, CS
Memphis: SS Tyler Greene: 3 for 5, 3B, CS

Fresno: SP Joe Martinez: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Fresno: RP Waldis Joaquin: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K

Guzman, who has hit .300 in May after hitting just .218 in April, had the Grizzlies' only multi-hit line.  Posey reached base three times, and Copeland had his 1st HR.  Greene, who had ten games with the Cardinals earlier this year, had three of the Redbirds' eight hits, raising his PCL AVG to .305.

Martinez has certainly been consistent, allowing between 2 ER and 4 ER in each of his last seven seven starts.  He also has at least 6.0 IP in each of his last five starts.  Tonight his ERA nudged upwards to 3.74.  Joaquin pitched a scoreless 9th inning despite allowing a couple hits.

AA: Richmond lost to Binghamton 10-0

Richmond: 1B Juan Ciriaco: 2 for 4, GiDP
Richmond: 2B Nick Noonan: 2 for 3
Binghamton: CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 3 for 4, HR, BB, CS

Richmond: SP Craig Clark: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 PO
Richmond: RP Felix Romero: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 K
Richmond: RP Andy Sisco: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K
Binghamton: RP Eddie Kunz: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Noonan and Ciriaco each had two of the Flying Squirrels' five hits (all singles), raising their respective AVGs to .252 and .319.  Nieuwenhuis, who is considered among the Mets' top fifteen prospects after his breakout season a year ago, had a big night, connecting for his 6th HR while reaching base four times.

After no earned runs allowed in each of his past two starts, Clark had his shortest start of the year, pushing his ERA back above 4.00.  After 1.1 scoreless IP, Romero was hit hard when he did not retire any of the five batters he faced in the 6th inning, pushing his ERA above 6.00.  Sisco struck out five of the twelve batters he faced to finish the game.

Kunz, whom the Mets drafted 42nd overall three years ago and who has been a reliever throughout most of his collegiate career at Oregon State and with the Mets, has been pushed to the rotation this year to gain more experience.  Tonight was by far his most effective start of the year.  His ERA is now 5.28 through nine starts.

A+: San Jose had a scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is June 2.)

A-: Augusta lost to Rome 8-4

Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
Augusta: DH Tommy Joseph: 2 for 4, SO

Augusta: SP Chris Heston: 4.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Rome: SP Cory Rasmus: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HR

Joseph had the GreenJackets' only multi-hit line.  With just four hits in his previous nine games, his AVG has slipped to .213.  Anders had his 7th HR.

After being hit hard in his previous start (11 ER on 10 H in 2.1 IP), Heston was only a little better in this start.  After allowing a season-high 11 H, his BAA is now .337, and his ERA is over 7.00.  The Braves' Rasmus is not as accomplished as his older brother, but tonight he had a fine start.