minor lines, 8/21/11

Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Eric Surkamp had 8.0 scoreles IP; Mike Kickham had 7.0 scoreless IP; and Max Ramirez, Adam Duvall, Jeff Arnold, and Garrett Buechele homered as part of multi-hit performances.

AAA: Fresno defeated Las Vegas 3-2

Fresno: RF Justin Christian: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO, SB, E
Fresno: C Max Ramirez: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO

Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 PO
Las Vegas: SP Brad Mills: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 1 PO

Ramirez's solo HR in the 7th inning, his 9th HR this year, provided the go-ahead run.  Christian had his 14th and 15th PCL doubles.

Yourkin had one of his better starts of the year.  His ERA remains a bit above 4.50.  Mills, who made his last four starts for the Blue Jays in the majors, had a quality start but took the loss.  Both starters threw 103 pitches.

AA: Richmond defeated Akron 2-0

Richmond: RF Juan Perez: 2 for 3

Richmond: SP Eric Surkamp: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Perez was the game only's player with two hits, raising his AVG to an even .250.

Surkamp had another statistically dominant start, facing just four batters batters over the minimum.  His 4 K were his lowest strikeout total in his last six starts.  He had a 9/8 GO/FO line.  He threw 94 pitches (59 strikes).  Hembree had a perfect 9th inning for his 15th save.

A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 4-3
(rallying for three unearned runs in the bottom of the 9th inning)

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 5
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 1 for 4, 2B, BB, 3 SO
San Jose: 3B Nick Noonan: 2 for 4, BB

San Jose: SP Chris Heston: 7.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Noonan had the Giants' only multi-hit line, and Adrianza's 19th double was their only XBH.  Brown had an unremarkable line.

Heston made his tenth start since the Cal League's all-star break.  The 10 H were the most he has allowed in that time, but this was also his first start without a walk.  Overall, his sixth straight quality start lowered his season ERA to 3.43.

A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 9-1

Augusta: CF Ryan Lollis: 3 for 5, 2B
Augusta: DH Adam Duvall: 2 for 3, HR, BB, HBP
Augusta: C Jeff Arnold: 3 for 5, HR, 2B, SO
Augusta: SS Ydwin Villegas: 3 for 4, 2B, E

Augusta: SP Mike Kickham: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Pacing the GreenJackets' seventeen-hit attack were Lollis, Arnold, and Villegas with three hits each.  For Lollis, it was his sixth multi-hit line in his last nine games.  Arnold had his 6th HR and 16th double.  Villegas finds his AVG still below the Mendoza line, though--a disappointing result for someone in his second SAL Season.  Duvall, who reached base four times, had his 22nd HR.

Kickham had perhaps the most effective start of his pro career, facing just three batters over the minimum in 7.0 scoreless IP.  He had a 9/3 GO/FO line.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 8-7

Salem-Keizer: LF Shawn Payne: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SO, 3 SB
Salem-Keizer: 3B Garrett Buechele: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Brandon AlleXXn: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Salem-Keizer: RP Aaron King: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K--2 WP

Buechele had his 4th HR and 8th double among three hits.  Payne also had three hits, raising his AVG above .300.

Allen's thirteenth start was perhaps his shortest start of his pro career, dropping his W-L record this year to 2-8.  King was the first of three Volcanoes relievers with at least 2.0 IP.  Despite his continued control issues (16 BB in his last 7.2 IP over seven appearances), he allowed just a single run in this appearance.

R: Giants defeated Angels 7-3

Scottsdale: SS Kelby Tomlinson: 2 for 4, 3B, BB
Scottsdale: 1B Stephen Yarrow: 3 for 5, SO

Scottsdale: SP Edwin Escobar: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HB

Both Tomlinson and Yarrow reached base three times for the rookie Giants.  Tomlinson, the Giants' twelfth rounder, has hit .345/.405/.546 through his first 119 AB.

Escobar had one of his better performances of the year, but his ERA remains above 4.00.

DSL: The Gigantes concluded their regular season yesterday
(finishing with a 35-32 W-L record)
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