minor lines, 7/21/11

Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Garrett Buechele had four hits, and Adalberto Mejia had 9 K in 7.0 scoreless IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Reno 11-4
(allowing six runs in the 7th inning)

Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4
Fresno: SS Nick Noonan: 2 for 4
Reno: RF Cole Gillespie: 2 for 3, 2 HR, 2 BB, E

Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--3 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP
Fresno: RP Ronnie Ray: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB--1 WP

While every Grizzly in the starting lineup, including the starting pitcher, managed a hit, only Noonan and Pill reached base twice.  The Diamondbacks' Gillespie had his 5th and 6th HRs as he attempts to get back to the majors.

After allowing just 6 HR over his first eighteen starts, Kown has allowed 5 HR over his last two starts.  Retiring just one of six batters helped Ray's ERA balloon above 7.00.

AA: Richmond defeated Harrisburg 8-5
(after scoring five runs in 4th inning)

Richmond: CF Juan Perez: 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB, CS
Richmond: SS Sharlon Schoop: 1 for 3, HR, BB (IBB), SO

Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--2 HR
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Schoop had his 1st HR this year.  Perez had his 18th and 19th doubles.  Both hitters still have AVGs below .250.

Tanner had one of his shortest starts of the year.  Although he is usually a groundball pitcher (1.61 GO/AO ratio this year, although just a 2/6 GO/FO line tonight), he has allowed 11 HR in 86.1 IP.  Hembree had a scoreless 9th inning for his 8th save.

A+: San Jose lost to Bakersfield 5-1

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 3, HBP
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph: 1 for 1, BB, HBP, SF

San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 6.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--2 HR

Joseph reached base three times and drove in the Giants' only run in his other plate appearance.  Belt was one of two other Giants to reach base twice.

Westcott allowed just 2 R through 6.0 IP but then 3 R in the 7th inning to finish with one of his least effective starts of the year.  His ERA rose to 3.15.

A-: Augusta lost to Hagerstown 4-2 (7 innings) in game 1

Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 1 for 3, HR

Augusta: SP Gaspar Santiago: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR

While no GreenJacket reached base twice, Mazzola's 9th HR was one of their five hits.

In his tenth start Santiago allowed a season-high 8 H, but his BAA remains an impressive .206.  This was just his second time in ten starts allowed more than three runs.

A-: Augusta lost to Hagerstown 3-0 (7 innings) in game 2

Augusta: C Joel Weeks: 1 for 1, BB

Augusta: SP Justin Schumer: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 WP

Connecting for one of the GreenJackets' two hits and drawing one of their two walks, Weeks reached base in both plate appearances.

After making his previous two appearances in relief, during which he had 9.0 scoreless IP, Schumer rejoined the rotation (at least temporarily) with this start from which 3 ER pushed his ERA as a starter back above 5.50.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 7-4

Salem-Keizer: DH Jesus Galindo: 2 for 5, HR, SB, CS
Salem-Keizer: 3B Garrett Buechele: 4 for 4, 2B, SB

Salem-Keizer: SP Kendry Flores: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR

Buechele, the Giants' 14th rounder this year, hit safely in all four at bats, improving his AVG to .268.  Galindo had his 2nd HR and 15th SB.

For the second time in seven starts, Flores allowed just 1 ER, getting his ERA below 5.00.

R: Giants lost to Athletics 4-0

Scottsdale: RF Kentrell Hill: 2 for 3, CS

Scottsdale: SP Edwin Escobar: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Scottsdale: RP Andrew Berger: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Hill, the Giants' tenth rounder this year who entered the day with a .523 OPS, had two of the rookie Giants' three hits (all singles).

Escobar had his longest start of the year with 5.1 IP that included a season-high 5 K.  Berger had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning.

DSL: Giants lost to Mets1 3-2

Dominican: 2B-3B Alberto Robles: 2 for 3, SH
Dominican: SP Adalberto Mejia: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Robles' (20.10 y.o.) two singles raised his team-leading AVG to .353.  Mejia (18.1 y.o.) had another very impressive start as he had his second straight start with 9 K and no runs allowed.  Today's start lowered his ERA below 1.00.
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