minor lines, 8/16/11

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Johnny Monell, Bill Hall and Brad Eldred each homered as part of multi-hit efforts.

AAA: Fresno lost to Round Rock 7-5 (10 innings)

Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 1 for 5, HR
Fresno: 2B Bill Hall: 2 for 5, HR, 2B, SO
Fresno: DH Brad Eldred: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO

Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 7 K--1 HR
Round Rock: SP Martin Perez: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--2 HR
Round Rock: RP Merkin Valdez: 1.0 IP, 1 K

The Grizzlies went deep three times--Pill with his 24th HR, Eldred with his 21st HR, and Hall with his 5th PCL HR.

Yourkin had one of his less effective starts, although he still managed to pitch at least six full inning for the ninth straight time.  After just 2 BB over his previous four starts, he had 5 BB in this start.  Perez, the Rangers' 20-year-old top pitching prospect, managed a quality start in his seventh PCL start.  Valdez, the ex-Giant, pitched a scoreless 9th inning for his 6th save.

AA: Richmond defeated Bowie 5-4

Richmond: RF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 3, BB
Richmond: DH Johnny Monell: 2 for 2, HR, BB, SF

Richmond: SP Eric Surkamp: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 1 BK
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K

Monell, who had his 10th HR, and Peguero both reached base three times.  Monell's performance improved his season line to .250/.337/.398 through 332 AB.

Surkamp allowed more than 2 ER for the the first time in five starts but still had his fifth straight quality start.  Will his next start perhaps come in the majors?  Hembree allowed an earned run but got his 13th save nonetheless.  This was his first time getting more than four outs in his last ten appearances.

A+: San Jose lost to Lake Elsinore 4-3 (10 innings)

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 4, HBP, SB
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph: 2 for 4, 2B, SO

San Jose: SP Kelvin Marte: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 HR

Joseph, whose 28th double was the Giants' lone XBH, was one of three Giants with two hits.  With a seven-game hitting streak, he has raised his AVG to .271.  Brown, presumably the Giants top prospect, also reached base twice.

Marte had his fourth straight quality start.  He also had an 11/1 GO/FO line.  After three straight starts with 6 K, he had just 2 K in this start.

A-: Augusta lost to Greensboro 13-2

Augusta: RF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Greensboro: CF Christian Yelich: 3 for 4, 2 2B, SB

Augusta: SP Mike Kickham: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--2 HR

Lollis had two of the GreenJackets' five hits, including his 16th double.  Yelich, whom the Marlins drafted 23rd overall a year ago, had his 27th and 28th doubles, plus his 28th SB.  Since the SAL's all-star break, the 19-year-old has hit .353/.411/.557 in 167 AB.

Yielding five unearned runs in the 4th inning, Kickham saw his W-L record drop to 4-8.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Vancouver 5-2

Salem-Keizer: DH Mike Murray: 0 for 1, 4 BB (1 IBB)
Salem-Keizer: C Dan Burkhart: 2 for 4, 2B

Salem-Keizer: SP Jack Snodgrass: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Murray drew four walks, which raised his BB/AB above 10%.  Burkhart was one of two Volcanoes with two hits.

Making his first start after fifteen relief appearances, Snodgrass, the Giants' 27th rounder this year, faced just four batters over the minimum and struck out nearly one third (6 of 19) of his batters.

R: Giants defeated Athletics 16-8

Scottsdale: LF Elliott Blair: 3 for 5, BB, SO
Scottsdale: DH Mike Mergenthaler: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, 2 BB (1 IBB), SO

Scottsdale: SP Kyle Vazquez: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HB
Scottsdale: RP Keith Bilodeau: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K

Mergenthaler had perhaps his best game as a pro, connecting for his 3rd HR and 4th double while reaching base five times.  Blair also had three hits.

For the third time in six starts, Vazquez pitched at least three full innings.  His ERA as a starter remains well over 9.00.  Bilodeau, the Giants' 24th rounder this year, had 3.0 scoreless IP in his fourth pro appearance.

DSL: Giants defeated Mets1 3-1

Dominican: SS Rando Moreno: 1 for 2, 2 BB, 2 CS
Dominican: SP Enmanuel De Jesus: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Moreno (19.2 y.o.) reached base three times.  He has a 5/7 SB/CS line, though.  Facing just three batters over the minimum in 7.0 scoreless IP, De Jesus (17.7 y.o.) has allowed just 1 ER over his last five starts, and he has a 1.23 ERA in his eight starts this year.
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