minors lines, 7/17/12

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Gary Brown homered while reaching base three times, Daniel Mayora had four hits, and Edwin Escobar had 6.0 scoreless IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Las Vegas 5-4

Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 1 for 2, SF, SO

Fresno: SP Clayton Tanner: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Mitch Lively: 1.2 IP, 2 K
Fresno: RP Dan Otero: 1.1 IP, 1 K

Williams' single was the Grizzlies' lone hit before the 8th inning, and his sac fly in the 8th inning capped a four-run rally to tie the game. The Grizzlies sent just four batters more than the minimum to the plate but scored four runs.

Making his first start of the year, Tanner allowed hits to nearly half (9 of 19) of his batters. Lively and Otero, the first two of the Grizzlies' four relievers, combined for 3.0 perfect IP.

AA: Richmond defeated Altoona 10-2
(after scoring eight runs in the 3rd inning)

Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, HR, BB, SB
Richmond: 3B Daniel Mayora: 4 for 4, 2B
Richmond: 2B Ryan Cavan: 2 for 3, 2B, BB

Richmond: SP Michael Kickham: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Altoona: SP Tim Alderson: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K--1 WP

Brown had his 5th HR while reaching base three times. Mayora had his second four-hit game in the last four days. With 19 H over his nine-game hitting streak, he has raised his AVG to .306. Cavan was one of two other Flying Squirrels with two hits.

Kickham had another fine start. Over his last ten starts, he has an ERA below 2.00, driven largely by his BAA below .200. Tonight he issued just one free pass, but his BB/IP remains above 0.50. Alderson, the ex-Giants prospect now with the Pirates, had his worst inning of the year when he was ultimately charged with 7 ER in the 3rd inning. The 7 ER would have matched his season high in a game, let alone an inning.

A+: San Jose lost to Lancaster 4-3

San Jose: DH Joe Panik: 2 for 2, 2 BB
San Jose: RF Alex Burg: 1 for 3, HR, BB

San Jose: SP Taylor Rogers: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K--2 WP, 1 E

Panik reached base in all four plate appearances, raising his OBP above .340. Burg had his 8th HR.

Despite having 5 BB for the second time in three starts, Rogers had his seventh straight quality start.

A-: Augusta defeated West Virginia 2-0 (7 innings) in game 1

Augusta: 1B Ben Thomas: 1 for 2, HR
Augusta: RF Brett Krill: 1 for 2, HR

Augusta: SP Edwin Escobar: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HB

Two solo HRs accounted for the game's only runs with Thomas hitting his 4th HR in the 2nd inning and Krill his 3rd HR in the 5th inning.

Escobar had perhaps his best start of the season, not allowing a run for the first time since his first start of the season. Over his last five starts, he has pitched well with 29 H, 7 BB and 36 K in 30.0 IP.

A-: Augusta lost to to West Virginia 2-0 (7 innings) in game 2

Augusta: 3B Jose Cuevas: 1 for 2, 2B, E

Augusta: SP Clayton Blackburn: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Augusta: RP Demondre Arnold: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Cuevas's 18th double was one of just three baserunners for the GreenJackets, who were shut out by two pitchers with ERAs close to 6.00.

Blackburn had another solid start but allowed a two-run HR in the 4th inning which scored the game's only runs. It was just the 3rd HR he has allowed this year in 89.1 IP. Arnold struck out two of his four batters.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Everett 6-2

Salem-Keizer: 2B Ryan Jones: 2 for 4, BB
Everett: DH Mike Zunino: 3 for 4, 2 HR

Salem-Keizer: SP Joan Gregorio: 6.0+ IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--2 HR, 1 WP

Jones had the Volcanoes' only multi-hit line. His AVG is now .257. Zunino, whom the Mariners drafted third overall last month, had his 2nd and 3rd pro HRs in his fourth pro game.

Through six innings, Gregorio allowed just one run on Zunino's first solo HR. In the 7th inning, he allowed another HR to Zunino leading off the inning and a single before being removed from the game.

R: Giants lost to Athletics 16-7

Scottsdale: RF Travious Relaford: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 E
Scottsdale: RF Christian Diaz: 1 for 3, HR

Scottsdale: SP Kelvin Marte: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Scottsdale: RP Tyler Hess: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 5 K

Relaford extended his hitting streak to seven games but also now has 10 errors in just 16 games. Diaz hit his 1st pro HR.

Marte has scuffled through his three starts with 9 ER in 8.0 IP. Hess, the second of five rookie Giants relievers, struck out five of his nine batters. He had had just 3 K over his first five pro appearances.

DSL: Giants defeated Phillies 5-1

Dominican: 1B Angel Villalona 1 for 3, HR, BB, 2 SO
Dominican: SP Keury Mella: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K--1 HB

VIllalona had his 5th HR, although he also struck out in his other two at bats. For the fourth time in eight starts, Mella (18.11 y.o.) did not allow a run.

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