minor lines, 4/18/11

Monday highlights from the Giants' farm: Travis Ishikawa had four hits, Ryan Verdugo had 7 K in 5.1 scoreless IP, and both Ryan Cavan and Raynor Campbell homered as part of multi-hit efforts.

AAA: Fresno tied with Las Vegas 8-8 (through 9 innings, still in progress)

Fresno: 2B Emmanuel Burriss: 3 for 5, 2B, 2 SB
Fresno: RF Cody Ross: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB
Fresno: 1B Travis Ishikawa: 4 for 5, 2B, SB
Las Vegas: SS Mike McCoy: 3 for 3, 2B, 2 BB

Fresno: SP Shane Loux: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Henry Sosa: 1.1. IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Fresno: RP Marc Kroon: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Las Vegas: SP Chad Cordero: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 WP

After having just five hits in his previous eight games, Ishikawa broke out for four hits, including a two-out RBI double in the 9th inning to score a run and later score himself the tying run.  Burriss added three more hits, plus his 14th and 15th SBs.  Ross reached base three times in his second PCL rehab game.  McCoy, whom the Blue Jays optioned back to the minors just a few days ago, reached base in all five plate appearances.

After allowing 2 R in his first start and then 3 R in his second start, tonight Loux allowed 4 R in his third start.  We'll hope that trend does not continue with his next start.  Sosa retired just four of his nine batters.  Kroon had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning to send the game into extra innings.  Cordero, who had over 100 saves in the majors from 2005 through 2007 but who has had just 15 games in the majors since then, made his second start among four appearances this year.

AA: Richmost lost to Trenton 4-2
(after leading 1-0 through six innings)

Richmond: 3B Jose Flores: 1 for 4, HR
Richmond: CF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, 3B

Richmond: SP Ryan Verdugo: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Richmond: RP Thomas Vessella: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB
Trenton: RP Brian Anderson: 1.0 IP, 2 K

With two of the Flying Squirrels' seven hits, Perez raised his AVG to .225.  Flores had his 2nd HR.  None of the Squirrels' eleven postion players has an AVG higher than .267, and only five have an AVG higher than .200.

Verdugo had a fine start, striking out 7 of 20 batters, while walking just one, in 5.1 scoreless IP.  Vessella retired just one of his six batters, blowing the save opportunity and taking the loss.  Anderson, the 29-year-old former White Sox outfielder who converted to pitching while with the Royals last spring and who is now in the Yankees organization, struck out two of his three batters.

A+: San Jose lost to Inland Empire 5-3

San Jose: 2B Ryan Cavan: 2 for 4, HR
San Jose: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 3, BB
Inland Empire: SS Jean Seguera: 2 for 4, 3B, SO

San Jose: SP Michael Main: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Cavan's 2nd HR this year was a three-run HR in the 6th inning to score all three of the Giants' runs, providing a temporary one-run lead.  Anders reached base three times, improving upon the .405 OBP with which he entered the night.  Seguera, who is one of the Angels' top five prospects, had his third-straight multi-hit game, raising his AVG to .412.

Main pitched five scoreless innings before yielding in the 6th inning his first earned run of the year.

A-: Augusta lost to West Virginia 6-5

Augusta: SS Raynor Campbell: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, BB, CS
Augusta: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 4, 2 2B

Augusta: SP Justin Schumer: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 1 WP

After having just three hits through his first seven games, Cambell broke out in his eighth game with three more hits, including a HR and double.  Duvall also had a couple XBH, his 4th and 5th doubles.

Making his third start, Schumer allowed just one run through four innings but then gave up a four-spot in the 5th inning.  He issued 4 BB in this start after having just 1 BB in his previous two starts combined.

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