minors lines, 7/16/12

Monday highlights from the Giants' farm: Charlie Culberson, Chris Dominguez and Jarrett Parker homered. Also notable, Justin Schumer had 5.1 scoreless IP, and Mark Minicozzi had four hits. Most notable from a prospect viewpoint, Tommy Joseph had three hits.

AAA: Fresno lost to Tucson 9-6

Fresno: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, HR, SO, 2 E
Fresno: LF Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, HR, SO

Fresno: SP Jason Stevenson: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--2 WP

Neither Culberson nor Dominguez had been swinging a hot bat with AVGs well below the Mendoza line so far this month, but tonight both players homered and singled. They went back-to-back to lead off the 9th inning with Culberson's 8th HR and Dominguez's 5th HR.

Stevenson had his fourth straight start with 4 ER or more.

AA: Richmond defeated Altoona 5-3

Richmond: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
Richmond: C Tommy Joseph: 3 for 5, 2B
Richmond: 1B Mark Minicozzi: 4 for 5

Richmond: SP Chris Heston: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Daryl Maday: 1.1 IP, 1 K

Joseph and Minicozzi combined for better than half of the Flying Squirrels' thirteen hits. Adrianza also reached base three times. Both Joseph and Adrianza still have OBPs below .300, though.

Heston had his best start in just over a month, although he came up shy of a quality start with just 5.1 IP. He threw 81 pitches (51 strikes) and left the game after getting the first batter of the 6th inning to line out. Maday got the save with 1.1 perfect IP, stranding both inherited runners.

A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 5-1

San Jose: 2B Carter Jurica: 2 for 5, 2B, 2 SO
San Jose: SS Jose Panik: 0 for 1, 3 BB, SB
San Jose: CF Jarrett Parker: 1 for 2, HR, 2 BB, SO

San Jose: SP Justin Schumer: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K--1 HB

Parker, who began the season with 4 HRs in April, had his 8th HR this year. Both he and Panik reached base three times. Jurica had two hits for the fourth time in his last five games, raising his AVG to .278.

Schumer's best start in a month lowered his ERA to 4.50.

A-: Augusta hosting West Virginia postponed by rain
(with a makeup doubleheader scheduled for tomorrow)

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Everett 11-2

Salem-Keizer: LF Rafael Rodriguez: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
Everett: C Mike Zunino: 2 for 5, HR, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Joe Biagini: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 WP

With his 3rd HR and 6th double, Rodriguez had the Volcanoes' only multi-hit line. Zunino, whom the Mariners drafted third overall last month, connected for his 1st pro HR.

Biagini had his second straight start allowing 4 ER, raising his NWL ERA above 4.00.

R: Giants defeated Angels 9-0

Scottsdale: SS John Polonius: 3 for 5, 3B, E
Scottsdale: C Rey Duran: 1 for 3, HR
Scottsdale: 2B Travious Relaford: 3 for 4, 2 2B

Scottsdale: SP Jose Reyes: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Polonius, who signed as an undrafted free agent and who was making his first pro start, and Relaford had three hits. The 20-year-old Relaford has hit .333/.423/.533 through 45 AB this year. Duran had his 1st HR in the U.S.

At least from a statistical perspective, Reyes had his best start of the year, matching season highs with 5.0 IP and 5 K and setting a new season low with 2 H.

DSL: Giants defeated Phillies 4-3

Dominican: LF Nicol Parra: 2 for 4, BB, 2 SO
Dominican: SP Juan Nova: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Parra (17.11 y.o.) had the Gigantes' only multi-hit line as he extended his hitting streak to seven games. Through eight starts, Nova (20.9 y.o.) has allowed more than 1 ER just once. His ERA is just 1.31 despite a BB/IP of nearly 0.60.

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