Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Chris Heston had 7.0 scoreless IP, Kendry Flores had 8.1 scoreless IP, and Juan Perez homered among three hits.
AAA: Fresno defeated New Orleans 4-0
Fresno: SS-3B Juan Perez: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB
Fresno: 3B Chris Dominguez: 1 for 4, HR, 3 SO
Fresno: SP Chris Heston: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Perez hit his 6th HR, 7th double and a single as the lone Grizzly with multiple hits. Brown also reached base three times. After Perez led off the game with his HR, Dominguez added a 3-run HR later in the 1st inning, his 7th HR. Those two big flies scored the game's only runs.
Heston, who had allowed 3+ ER in each of his previous eight starts, had his most effective start of the year. The 3 H also represented a new season low, but his BAA remains high at .320.
AA: Richmond had an off-day
(their second scheduled off-day this year)
A+: San Jose defeated Rancho Cucamonga 5-2
San Jose: C Jeff Arnold: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: SS Bobby Haney: 2 for 2
San Jose: SP Chris Marlowe: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--2 HR
Arnold and Haney, the latter who was lifted for a pinch hitter in the 6th inning, each had two of the Giants' seven hits. Their respective AVGs are now .271 and .234.
Making his seventh start, Marlowe allowed a season-high 7 H and his first two HRs this year, but those were the only two runs allowed. His ERA remains below 2.00.
A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 6-0 (11 innings)
Augusta: CF-LF Andrew Cain: 2 for 5, 2B, 2 OS
Augusta: 1B Joseph Rapp: 0 for 5, 5 SO
Augusta: SP Kendry Flores: 8.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K--2 IBB
Cain had two of the GreenJackets' four hits, including his 6th double, but his AVG remains below the Mendoza line. Playing in his seventh game this year, Rapp suffered the Olympic rings.
Flores faced just three batters over the minimum through 8.0 scoreless IP. In the 9th inning he retired the first batter, allowed a triple to the next batter, intentionally walked the next two batters, and departed for a reliever who induced an inning-ending double play from his lone batter. Flores improved his ERA to 2.13 through seven starts.