minor lines, 7/6/10

Highlights from the Giants' farm: Matt Yourkin allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP, Juan Perez homered and singled, and Nick Liles reached base in all five plate appearances.

AAA: Fresno defeated Colorado Springs 4-2

Fresno: 3B Matt Downs: 1 for 1, BB, HBP, SH
Fresno: LF Jesus Guzman: 2 for 3, 2B, SH
Colorado Springs: SS Chris Nelson: 2 for 4, BB, SO

Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K--1 PO
Fresno: RP Henry Sosa: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Colorado Springs: RP Franklin Morales: 0.0 IP, 3 BB

Guzman had the Grizzlies' only multi-hit line, while Downs reached base three times.  Nelson, who made his MLB debut for the Rockies about ten days ago, also reached base three times.

Yourkin had perhaps his best start of the year, including a season-high 9 K.  Sosa made his first appearance in a week after he failed to get out of the 1st inning in his start on June 29th.  Does this appearance indicate a long-term move back to the bullpen?  Matos worked a perfect 9th inning for his 3rd save.  Morales, whom the Rockies demoted to the minors about a week ago, walked all three batters he faced.

AA: Richmond lost to Harrisburg 3-2

Richmond: SS Brandon Crawford: 2 for 4, 2 SO
Richmond: C Nestor Rojas: 2 for 2
Harrisburg: SS Danny Espinosa: 2 for 4, HR, 3B, SO

Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Harrisburg: SP Ross Detwiler: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HB

Crawford and Rojas, who left the game in the middle of the 5th inning, both had two hits.  Espinosa, whom Baseball America ranked among the Nationals' top five prospects, had his 10th HR and 3rd triple, getting his OPS above .750.

Tanner had his fifth straight quality start, although he has just a 1-2 W-L record in that span.  He had a 12/5 GO/FO line tonight, and for the season his ERA remains a very solid 3.34.  Detwiler, the sixth overall pick three years ago, made just his fifth start of the year, allowing a season-high 8 H, as he returns from injury.

A+: San Jose lost to Bakersfield 9-7

San Jose: RF Juan Perez: 2 for 5, HR, SO
San Jose: CF Francisco Peguero: 3 for 5, 2B, CS
San Jose: 3B Jose Flores: 3 for 5, SO

San Jose: SP Kyle Nicholson: 5.1 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 WP

Perez led off the game with his 8th HR.  Peguero and Flores each had three of the Giants' fourteen hits.

After four fairly effective starts, Nicholson had another one of his poor starts, matching a season high with 12 H.  His ERA rose back above 6.00.

A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 9-5

Augusta: LF Nick Liles: 3 for 3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB
Augusta: DH Tommy Joseph: 1 for 5, HR, SO

Augusta: SP Craig Clark: 6.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Augusta: RP Craig Whitaker: 1.2 IP, 5 K
Lexington: SP Tanner Boshue: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 WP

Every GreenJacket in the lineup had a hit, and they were led by Nick Liles' second straight three-hit night as he reached base in all five plate appearances, including twice by his 16th and 17th doubles.  The Giants' seventh rounder last year is now hitting .329/.365/.409 through 286 AB.  Joseph's 10th HR gave him three straight games with a big fly.

Clark made his second start since returning from the DL.  Whitaker struck out all five of his batters.  Boshue, the Astros' second rounder a year ago, continues to have a rough first full season with his 4.76 ERA after yielding 6 ER tonight.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 3-1

Salem-Keizer: DH Adam Duvall: 2 for 4, 3B, CS

Salem-Keizer: SP Kevin Couture: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Duvall was the only Volcano to reach base twice.  His two hits raised his AVG to .297.

After four relief appearances, Couture made his first pro start.  It was a very effective start facing just two batters over the minimum.  But those two batters--a double with two outs in the 2nd inning followed by an RBI single--were enough to hand him the loss.  He also had an 8/2 GO/FO line.

R: The Giants had their regular off-day (every fifth day)

DSL: Giants defeated Mets1 5-0

Dominican: LF Eduardo Lopez: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Dominican: SP Yeini Martinez: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 K--1 WP

Lopez (19.4 y.o.) had the Gigantes' only multi-hit line.  After a .156 AVG in 141 AB last summer, he is hitting .310 through his first 42 AB this summer.  Martinez (19.7 y.o.) made his first pro start after four relief appearances.  Despite 4 BB and just 1 K, he apparently was otherwise dominant.

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