Saturday highlights from the Giants' farm: Brian Burres combined with a reliever for a one-hit shutout, Conor Gillaspie had five hits, Todd Linden homered among four hits, and Shawn Payne homered and doubled.
AAA: Fresno defeated Tacoma 12-0
Fresno: 1B Conor Gillaspie: 5 for 6, 2B
Fresno: LF Roger Kieschnick: 1 for 5, HR, BB, 2 SO, GiDP
Fresno: RF Todd Linden: 4 for 5, HR
Fresno: SP Brian Burres: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Linden had four hits, including his 1st HR. He and Gillaspie combined for nearly half (9 of 19) of the Grizzlies' hits. Kieschnick had his 4th HR.
On a day when the Mariners had a perfect game thrown against them, their triple-A affiliate fared only slight better. Burres combined with one reliever to throw a one-hit shutout. He faced just two batters over the minimum in 7.0 shutout IP.
AA: Richmond at Altoona postponed by rain
(A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for May 5.)
A+: San Jose lost to Bakersfield 4-1
San Jose: RF Ryan Lollis: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
San Jose: LF Jarrett Parker: 0 for 2, BB, HBP, 2 SO, SB
San Jose: SP Shawn Sanford: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--2 HR, 1 HB
Bakersfield: SP Kyle Lotzkar: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Lollis, who had his 7th double, and Parker, whose strikeout rate rose even higher, both reached base twice.
Making his fourth start, Sanford came up shy of a quality start, but he has pitched at least five full innings in each of his starts. His ERA is now 4.50. Lotzkar, whom the Reds selected in the supplemental first round in 2007, shut the Giants down for six innings. His ERA is below 2.00.
A-: Augusta lost to Greenville 4-3
(allowing two runs in the bottom of the 8th inning)
Augusta: LF Shawn Payne: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Augusta: SP Kyle Crick: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Playing his second game after a week on the DL, Payne connected in the 1st inning for his 1st pro HR. He later added his 3rd double of the year and threw out a runner at the plate.
Making his third start, Crick pitched into the 5th inning for the first time. Walks continue to be a bit of an issue for him, but for the first time in three starts he had more strikeouts than walks. His peripheral stats are now 7 H, 12 BB and 11 K in 11.1 IP.