minor lines, 6/30/10

Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Thomas Neal and Brandon Belt both had two XBH as part of their three-hit performances.

AAA: Fresno had a scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is their all-star break July 12-14, with just one remaining off-day after that.)

AA: Richmond lost to Akron 8-6

Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 3 for 5, 2 2B
Richmond: C Tyler LaTorre: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, E
Akron: 2B Jason Kipnis: 3 for 5, SO, E

Richmond: SP David Mixon: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 WP, 1 E
Akron: SP Alex White: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Neal's three hits, including his 18th and 19th doubles, paced the Flying Squirrels' ten-hit attack and raised his AVG to .288.  He hit .347/.407/.582 in 98 AB in June.  LaTorre also reached base three times.  The backup catcher has a .365 OBP through 100 AB, although that is a bit higher than his .360 SLG.  The Indians' Kipnis had three of the Aeros' thirteen hits, raising his AVG to .338; but he also committed his 6th error in 17 games as this is his first year at second base after playing the outfield previously.

At least statistically, Mixon had his worst start since mid-May.  Over his previous seven starts, he had allowed more than 2 ER only once and had gone 6.0 IP all but once.  In six starts in June, his H/IP rose while his K/IP declined from the first two months of the season as in June his K/IP was just below 0.50 and his BAA was just over .300.  White, whom the Indians selected 15th overall a year ago, made his eight start in double-A.  He has allowed more than 1 ER in only two of his starts and just 9 ER total, but he has also given up more than his share of unearned runs, including eleven unearned runs over his last five starts.

A+: San Jose lost at Visalia 11-9
(after trailing 11-4 through six innings)

San Jose: CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 4, HBP, SO, CS, E
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 3 for 5, 3B, 2 SO
San Jose: 1B Brandon Belt: 3 for 5, 3B, 2B, SO, SB
San Jose: C Joel Weeks: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB
Visalia: DH Paul Goldschmidt: 3 for 4, 2 HR, 2B, BB, SO

San Jose: SP Eric Stolp: 2.0+ IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--2 HR, 1 WP
San Jose: RP Ben Wilshire: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB--2 HR
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB

Belt and Adrianza each had three hits, including Belt's 4th triple and Adrianza's 3rd triple, raising their respective AVGs to .380 and .264.  Peguero and Weeks also reached base three times each.  Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks' eighth rounder last year, connected for his 17th and 18th HRs.

Stolp allowed three unearned runs in the 1st inning and then a couple more earned runs in the 3rd inning.  Wilshire, who had allowed just one run over his last six appearance, retired just five of the dozen batters he faced as his ERA rose to nearly 6.00.  Stoffel allowed a couple baserunners in a scoreless 8th inning.

A-: Augusta hosting Charleston was postponed by rain
(A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for today.)

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 6-2

Salem-Keizer: RF Ryan Scoma: 3 for 4, SO
Salem-Keizer: C Andrew Burg: 1 for 4, HR, 3 SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Edwin Escobar: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Salem-Keizer: RP Seth Rosin: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K--1 WP

Scoma had three of the Volcanoes' six hits, further raising his AVG to .450.  Burg had his 2nd HR, but he also had his third hat trick in just seven games has his SO/AB ratio is 56% (which happens to be the same as SLG, which is a TB/AB ratio, given his 4/6 XBH/H line).

Escobar apparently struggled in his control given the 5 BB in his third start.  His peripheral stats are now 10 H, 10 BB, and 14 K in 15.0 IP.  In his third pro appearance, Rosin allowed his first runs.

R: Giants defeated Athletics 7-0

Scottsdale: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 2 for 5, SO

Scottsdale: SP Austin Fleet: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Scottsdale: RP Jacob Dunnington: 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 5 K

Willoughby's two singles constituted the rookie Giants' only multi-hit line and raised his AVG to .300.

Fleet, who was making his second pro start, and Dunnington, who was making his third pro appearance, dominated for eight innings, facing just three batters over the minimum, allowing no runs, and striking out nearly half of the 27 batters they faced.

DSL: Giants defeated Orioles 2-1

Dominican: DH Leonardo Fuentes: 1 for 4, 2B, 3 SO, CS
Dominican: SP Ariel Hernandez: 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 K

While no one reached base twice for the Gigantes, Fuentes's (17.7 y.o.) 9th double was their only XBH.  On the other hand, the hat trick did raise his SO/AB back above 25%.  Making his third start among five appearances, Hernandez (18.4 y.o.) pitched five hitless, scoreless innings, although the 5 BB kept his BB/IP just shy of 1.00.
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