minor lines, 8/12/12

Sunday highlight from the Giants' farm: Chis Heston took a no-hitter into the 8th inning.

AAA: Fresno lost to New Orleans 4-2

Fresno: SS Nick Noonan: 1 for 3, BB, SO
New Orleans: 1B Mike Cervenak: 3 for 4

Fresno: SP Boof Bonser: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
Fresno: RP Wilmin Rodriguez: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K
New Orleans: SP Jacob Turner: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--1 WP

Noonan was one of three Grizzlies with both a hit and a walk. He has hit below the Mendoza line over his last ten games but still has a season line of .297/.351/.433 through 418 AB. Cervenak, who played for the Giants organization in 2003 through 2006 and who is now in the Marlins organization less than a week from his 36th birthday, singled three times.

Bonser had a short start, retiring only four of his eleven batters. He threw just 23 of 50 pitches for strikes. Rodriguez provided long relief, much more efficient with his pitch count than Bonser as Rodriguez threw just 35 pitches (26 strikes) in 3.1 IP. Turner made his fourth start since the Marlins acquired him from the Tigers a month ago for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante.

AA: Richmond defeated Bowie 1-0 (10 innings)

Richmond: 2B Ryan Cavan: 2 for 4, 2B, SO

Richmond: SP Chris Heston: 7.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K
Richmond: RP Brett Bochy: 2.1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K

Cavan had two of the Flying Squirrels' eight hits, including his 13th double. His stats in his first year in the upper minors include a .237/.298/.358 line.

Heston dominated through the first two months this year and then seemed to scuffle through all of the last two months. Today he reversed course sharply with a no-hitter through 7.2 IP. He threw 99 pitches (70 strikes). Bochy finished the shutout with 2.1 scoreless IP that lowered his ERA to 1.60.

A+: San Jose lost to Lancaster 3-2

San Jose: 2B Carter Jurica: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: 3B Pablo Sandoval: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: LF Alex Burg: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO

San Jose: SP Ryan Bradley: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
San Jose: RP Phil McCormick: 1.1 IP, 2 K
San Jose: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP

Jurica continues to swing a hot bat. He had multiple hits for the fourth time in his last six games. His AVG is now above .300. Playing his third straight rehab game, Sandoval also had two hits. Burg led off the 2nd inning with his 9th HR.

Bradley had a solid start, slightly improving his ERA to 4.75. McCormick has had excellent peripheral stats over his last nine appearances with 4 H, 1 BB and 10 K in 7.0 IP, but his season ERA remains above 4.00. Hembree pitched a perfect 9th inning in his third Cal League appearance this year.

A-: Augusta had an off-day
(their second of three scheduled off-days in August)

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Boise 10-9

Salem-Keizer: SS Stephen Branca: 2 for 5, HR, GiDP
Salem-Keizer: 1B Joseph Rapp: 2 for 4, HR, 3B, BB, SO
Boise: 1B Daniel Vogelbach: 0 for 5, 3 SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Joe Biagini: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--2 HR

Rapp and Branca had their 8th and 3rd HRs. Vogelbach, the Cubs' third rounder a year ago, entered this series with 7 HRs in his last five games but tonight in the second of the series after just a single in the series opener had an oh-fer with the hat trick.

Biagini allowed 5 ER--the most allowed in any of his nine NWL starts.

R: Giants lost to Rangers 9-1

Scottsdale: 1B Jonathan Jones: 3 for 4, 2B, SO
Surprise: DH Joey Gallo: 4 for 5, HR

Scottsdale: SP Zach Edgington: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR--1 WP

Three hits for Jones, including his 10th double, lifted his AVG to .308. Gallo, whom the Rangers drafted 39th overall this year and signed to an above-slot bonus, continues to have an impressive debut. Tonight he led off the 2nd inning with his 17th HR and later added three more singles.

Making his ninth pro appearance, which includes a couple starts, Edgington allowed his first pro BB and first pro HR.

DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day
(their next to last scheduled off-day)

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