minor lines, 7/8/12

Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Nick Noonan homered twice, Johnny Monell homered while reaching base three times, and Chris Gloor allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP. Also notable, Chris Dominguez and Jose Flores each homered and singled, and Ehire Adrianza tripled among three hits.

AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 8-6

Fresno: SS Nick Noonan: 2 for 4, 2 HR, BB, SO
Fresno: LF Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, HR, SO
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 4, 3B
Sacramento: 1B Kila Ka'aihue: 2 for 3, 2 2B, 2 BB, SO, E

Fresno: SP Jason Stevenson: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Jean Machi: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Noonan had his 4th and 5th HR this year, matching his season total from a last year. His career high is 9 HRs, which he had four years ago in the Sally League. Dominguez had his 2nd PCL HR and 4th HR this year. He is hitting just .222/.246/.308 this year. Williams also had two hits, raising his AVG to .270. He continues to maintain an AVG appreciably above his previous career high. The Athletics' Ka'aihue reached base four times. He has an OPS over 1.000 in 18 PCL games.

Stevenson had his third straight start with at least 4 ER, raising his ERA above 6.00. Machi had a perfect 9th inning for his 8th save.

AA: Richmond defeated Reading 7-2

Richmond: SS Ehire Adrianza: 3 for 5, 3B, SO, SB
Richmond: RF Nick Liles: 3 for 4
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, BB

Richmond: SP Chris Gloor: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 PO

Adrianza and Liles each had three hits, including Adrianza's 3rd triple, raising their respective AVGs to .214 and .282. But Monell arguably had an even bigger game, he had his 7th HR and 13th double while reaching base three times. Still, the 26-year-old has an OPS below .725.

Gloor made his third start, allowing his first earned run as a starter but completing six innings. Is his 2.25 ERA with solid peripherals enough to place him among the Giants top 30 prospects?

A+: San Jose lost to Rancho Cucamonga 4-1

San Jose: C Dan Burkhart: 1 for 3, HR, SO

San Jose: SP Seth Rosin: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--2 HR
San Jose: RP Justin Schumer: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Burkhart's 2nd HR was one of just three hits for the Giants.

After dominating his first two starts, Rosin allowed 4 ER in his third start. He has now allowed 6 HR this year--doubling his total from last year. Making his second relief appearance since being displaced from the rotation, Schumer threw a perfect 7th inning.

A-: Augusta lost to Asheville 3-2 (10 innings)

Augusta: 1B Jose Flores: 2 for 4, HR, SO, SB
Augusta: LF Shawn Payne: 2 for 4, 2B, SO, SB

Augusta: SP Edwin Escobar: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K--1 HB, 1 PO

Flores had his third straight two-hit game. He led off the 6th inning with his 2nd HR. Payne also had two hits.

Escobar delivered a quality start for the third time in his last four starts. He has also had at least 7.0 IP in three of his last five starts.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Eugene 17-2
(after adding ten insurance runs over the final two innings)

Salem-Keizer: DH Michael Mergenthaler: 3 for 6, 2B
Salem-Keizer: 1B Joseph Rapp: 3 for 5, HR, 2B, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: 3B Stephen Yarrow: 1 for 4, HR, BB, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Kendry Flores: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Salem-Keizer: RP Steven Okert: 2.0 IP, 1 K

Rapp homered for the third time in his last four games. All five of his HRs this year have come in his last ten games. He and Yarrow went back-to-back in the 1st inning. For Yarrow, it was his 1st HR. Mergenthaler joined Rapp with three hits. Both have AVGs close to .265 now.

For the fourth time in five starts, Flores allowed 2 ER or less. Okert had 2.0 perfect IP in his NWL debut.

R: Scottsdale had its regular off-day (every fifth day)

DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day

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