minor lines 8/25/10

Wednesday highlight from the Giants' farm: Brandon Belt homered and walked twice in his PCL debut.  Also notable, Andrew Reichard had 10 K, as well as 2 ER, in 6.0 IP.

AAA: Fresno lost Sacramento 6-5

Fresno: RF Eugenio Velez: 1 for 5, HR, 3 SO
Fresno: LF Brandon Belt: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB, SO, SB
Fresno: 3B Jesus Guzman: 1 for 4, HR, BB, 2 SO
Sacramento: 1B Chris Carter: 1 for 2, HR, 2 BB

Fresno: SP Eric Hacker: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 2 K--2 HR, 1 WP, 1 BK
Fresno: RP Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R

The Grizzlies manage just six hits, as well as six walks, but three of those six hits were big flies.  Making his PCL debut, Belt provided the Grizzlies' only early offense with a solo HR to lead off the 4th inning. The ball did not clear the fence by much, but he was taking on a deeper part of the field in right-center.  He then walked in his next two at bats as he reached base three times in total.  Guzman added his 17th HR in the 6th inning, and Velez had his 6th HR in the 8th inning.  Carter, who made his MLB debut for the Athletics earlier this month, homered for the third time in his last four games, raising his season total to 31 HRs.  Like Belt, he also reached base three times.

Hacker struggled with an uncharacteristically high 6 BB, dropping his K/BB ratio below 2.00.  With 5 ER, this was one of his least effective starts of the year, raising his ERA to 4.12.  In his fourth PCL rehab appearance, Runzler allowed hits to two of his four batters.

AA: Richmond defeated Reading 4-2
(allowing all four runs in the 3rd inning)

Richmond: 1B Sharlon Schoop: 3 fof 4
Richmond: C Tyler LaTorre: 0 for 4, 3 SO

Richmond: SP Jake Stevens: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HB, 3 WP
Richmond: RP Mitch Lively: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K--1 BK

Schoop had three of the Flying Squirrels' five hits.  His third straight multi-hit game raised his AVG to .296.  With the oh-fer that included the hat trick, LaTorre saw his AVG drop to .201.

Stevens made his first start in three years.  Including this start, Stevens has a 2.38 ERA through 44 appearances this year.  Lively had one of the longest appearances of his career with 4.0 scoreless IP.

A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 3-0

San Jose: 2B Jose Flores: 2 for 4

San Jose: SP Andrew Romo: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 2 K

With two of the Giants' six hits (all singles), Flores was the only Giant to reach base twice.  His AVG is .334.

Romo made his second Cal League start, with this start coming on three days rest following his previous very poor start (5 ER in 1.0 IP).  He allowed just 1 H and 1 R but did issue 6 BB.  Overall this season, his BB/IP is just barely below 0.50.

A-: Augusta defeated West Virginia 4-3
(scoring all four runs in the 6th inning)

Augusta: 2B Ryan Cavan: 2 for 4, 2B, SB
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 1 for 3, HR, 2 SO

Augusta: SP Andrew Reichard: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K-1 HR
Augusta: RP Jose Casilla: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Anders had his 13th HR.  Cavan, the only GreenJacket with two hits, had the GreenJackets' other XBH with hsi 29th double.  He also had his 10th SB.

Reichard matched a season high with 10 K.  The 25-year-old has been an innings-eater as a starter, averaging more than six innings per start.  Casilla had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning for his 12th save.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 7-4
(scoring four runs in the 1st inning but allowing five runs in the 3rd inning)

Salem-Keizer: DH Dan Burkhart: 3 for 5
Salem-Keizer: SS Carter Jurica: 2 for 4, 2 SO, E

Salem-Keizer: SP Taylor Rogers: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 HR, 1 IBB, 1 PO, 2 E
Salem-Keizer: SP Kaohi Downing: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 K--1 BK

Burkhart's three hits paced the Volcanoes' eleven-hit attack and raised his AVG to .350.  Jurica was one of three other Volcanoes with a multi-hit line, raising the AVG of this year's third rounder back above the Mendoza line.  Jurica also committed his 13th error.

Rogers was victimized primarily by his own defense, as his two errors in the 3rd inning helped lead to five runs in that frame.  Downing had a season-high 5 K, lifting his K/IP above 0.75 through 39.0 IP in 22 appearances.

R: The rookie Giants had their final regularly scheduled off-day this season
(Their 32-18 W-L record is the best record in the league.)

DSL: The Gigantes, who have a first-round playoff bye, found out they will face the Mariners in the second round, starting tomorrow.
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