minor lines, 5/10/11

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Matt Yourkin had 6.0 scoreless IP, Tommy Joseph homered and singled, and Carlos Willoughby reached base in all five plate appearances.

AAA: Fresno defeated Nashville 6-3
(after leading 4-0 through six innings)

Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 3 for 5, 2B, SO, CS
Fresno: LF Brandon Belt: 1 for 5, 3 SO
Fresno: 1B Brad Eldred: 1 for 3, BB, 3 SB
Fresno: RF-1B Travis Ishikawa: 1 for 2, 3 BB
Fresno: P Matt Yourkin: 2 for 2
Nashville: 1B Mat Gamel: 2 for 2, BB

Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Gillaspie had three hits, raising his AVG to .288.  Yourkin had the Grizzlies' only other multi-hit line.  Ishikawa reached base four times.  Through his first nine games in May, he is hitting .400/.545/.680 in 25 AB.  Belt had a hat trick, giving him once again more strikeouts than walks in his PCL stint this year.  In the 2nd inning, 270-pound Eldred singled and then stole second, third and home.  The Brewers' Gamel reached base in all three of his plate appearances.

Yourkin's seventh start was his most effective start of the year as he had his first start without allowing a run.  He also matched his season-high 6.0 IP.  Despite an ERA just above 4.50, his peripheral stats look rather good with 36 H, 10 BB, and 39 K in 37.2 IP.

AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 5-4
(allowing two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning)

Richmond: SS Nick Noonan: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SO
Richmond: RF Roger Kieshnick: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Richmond: 1B Joe Koshansky: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 2, 2 BB

Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Danny Otero: 2.0 IP, 1 K
Richmond: RP Jason Stoffel: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 IBB, 1 WP

Noonan and Kieschnick each had two hits, but both still have AVGs below .250.  Monell reached base three time, but his OBP remains below .300.  Koshansky had his 3rd HR.

Tanner allowed three unearned runs in the 1st inning but followed up with five scoreless frames.  He got his ERA below 4.00.  With 2.0 scoreless IP, Otero lowered his ERA to 2.11.  Stoffel had his 4th blown save.  Tanner, Otero, and Stoffel combined for a 16/3 GO/FO line, keeping the infielders much busier than the outfielders.

A+: San Jose defeated Lancaster 9-6

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 3 for 5, 2 SB
San Jose: 2B Ryan Cavan: 3 for 5
San Jose: 1B Tommy Joseph: 2 for 4, HR

San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 E
San Jose: RP Hector Correa: 3.0 IP, 2 K
San Jose: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO--1 HB

Brown and Cavan both had three hits, raising their respective AVGs to .366 and .263.  Joseph led off the 4th inning with his 3rd HR.

Westcott had his least effective start of the season as he allowed 4 ER for the first time this year.  It was also his shortest start when he was ejected after four innings.  Correa provided 3.0 perfect IP in relief.  Hembree got his 9th save despite allowing a couple baserunners.

A-: Augusta defeated Rome 5-4
(scoring all five runs in the first two innings)

Augusta: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 3 for 3, 2 BB, SB, CS
Augusta: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 3, BB
Rome: SS Edward Salcedo: 2 for 3, HR, SB

Augusta: SP Austin Fleet: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K--1 HR

Willoughby reached base in all five plate appearances, raising his OBP to .384.  His SB/CS line is now 12/3.  Duvall also reached base three times.  Reaching base nine times of his last four games, he has raised his OBP to .326.  Salcedo, whom the Braves signed for a $1.6 million bonus over a year ago, had his 2nd HR.

Fleet had a good start despite allowing a season-high 4 BB.  His ERA is still almost 4.50, while his K/BB dipped below 2.00.

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