minor lines, 6/20/12

Wednesday highlight from the Giants' farm: Jackson Williams homered twice.

AAA: Fresno lost to Sacramento 10-7

Fresno: RF Todd Linden: 3 for 4, 2B
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 5, 2 HR
Sacramento: DH Chris Carter: 3 for 3, 2B, 2 HBP

Fresno: SP Eric Hacker: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--2 HB
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K--1 HB

Williams homered twice, giving him 7 HR through 140 AB. This is a new career high as he had not previously had more than 5 HRs in any of his previous five seasons. Linden had three hits, including his 13th double, raising his AVG to .279. The Athletics' Carter had another strong game, this time reaching base in all five plate appearances and scoring four runs.

Hacker has allowed at least 4 ER in each of his last three starts, after not allowing more than 2 ER in any of his previous five starts. His ERA rose back above 4.00 today. Hembree gave up his first earned run in nearly three weeks.

AA: Richmond defeated Trenton 7-5 (12 innings)

Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 2, 2B
Richmond: DH Mark Minicozzi: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, 2 SO

Richmond: SP Chris Heston: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 10 K--1 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP
Richmond: RP Chris Gloor: 1.2 IP, 1 K

Although he was not in the starting lineup, Monell was one of four Flying Squirrels with two hits, tonight getting his AVG above .200. Minicozzi reached base three times, but his OBP remains below .300 after 45 AB in the Eastern League.

Heston had one of his shortest starts of the year with 5.1 IP but had 10 K and a season-high 4 ER. He entered the day leading all the minors in ERA. His ERA rose to 1.36. Gloor had 1.2 perfect IP, lowering his ERA to 3.00.

A+: San Jose had the final day of its four-day all-star break

A-: Augusta had the final day of its three-day all-star break

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Yakima 8-2

Salem-Keizer: SS Matthew Duffy: 2 for 4, BB
Salem-Keizer: 1B Joseph Rapp: 2 for 4, 2B, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--2 HB

Duffy and Rapp, whom the Giants drafted in the 18th and 28th rounds this year, both had a couple hits.

Mendoza was unable to replicate the success of his opening day start (1 ER in 7.0 IP) as he retired fewer than half of his sixteen batters.

R: Giants lost to Cubs 3-1

Scottsdale: DH Ryan Honeycutt: 1 for 2, BB, HBP

Scottsdale: SP Bryce Bandilla: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Scottsdale: RP Jose Reyes: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K

Honeycutt, who is beginning his third year in the AZL, reached base three times in the season opener.

Bandilla, who began the year in the Sally League where he made four starts among six appearances, started the rookie Giants' season opener. Reyes, who pitched the last two years in the DSL, was the first of four Giants relievers. He had a very good U.S. debut with 4.0 scoreless IP.

DSL: Giants defeated Yankees1 9-0

Dominican: 1B Angel Villalona: 4 for 5, HR, SO
Dominican: SP Keury Mella: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Villalona (21.10 y.o.) homered, while collecting four hits. He has hit .520/.586/.720 through 25 AB. Making his fourth pro start, Mella (18.10 y.o.) faced just three batters over the minimum in 7.0 shutout IP.

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