minor lines, 6/11/13

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Gary Brown and Ben Turner each homered among three hits; and Jack Snodgrass, Edwin Escobar and Kendry Flores each allowed just 1 R in their starts.

AAA: Fresno lost to Tucson 7-2

Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 1 for 3, BB, SO

Fresno: SP Boof Bonser: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Tucson: SP Robbie Erlin: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 HR

Brown followed up the previous night's four-hit performance with another strong game, including his 5th HR, 17th double, and a single. The three hits raised his AVG to .228. Williams was the only other Grizzly to reach base twice. The 27-year-old may have just a .295 OBP, but at least for now that is ahead of the 24-year-old Brown's .288 OBP.

Bonser allowed 5+ R for just the second time in his last seven starts, raising his ERA back above 5.50. Hembree pitched a perfect 9th inning aside from an error. Erlin, one of the Padres' top ten prospects who made his MLB debut earlier this year, allowed just 1 ER.

AA: Richmond lost to Harrisburg 1-0

Richmond: LF Javier Herrera: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SO

Richmond: SP Jack Snodgrass: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 1 WP

With his 17th double and a single, Herrera had two of the Flying Squirrels' four hits. He has been perhaps the team's most consistent hitter. Through 216 AB, he has hit .319/.397/.523. His .920 OPS ranks 6th in the ten-team Eastern League.

Despite facing just four batters over the minimum in 8.0 IP, Snodgrass took the loss in a complete-game effort. His ERA fell to 1.92 after eleven starts. He threw 98 pitches (61 strikes).

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 5-3

San Jose: RF Mac Williamson: 1 for 2, 2B, BB, HBP
Modesto: SS Trevor Story: 1 for 4, HR, BB, 3 SO, E

San Jose: SP Edwin Escobar: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
San Jose: RP Bryce Bandilla: 1.0 IP, 3 K

Williamson hit his 13th double while reaching base three times. His ten-game hitting streak has improved his season line to .257/.338/.443 through 237 AB. Story, who is arguably the Rockies' top prospect, hit his 5th HR but also committed his 14th error.

Bouncing back from his last start (5 R in 4.0 IP), Escobar struck out over a third (9 of 25) of his batters. He now has 73 K in 55.2 IP.

A-: Augusta defeated Kannapolis 9-3 (7 innings) in game 1

Augusta: C Ben Turner: 3 for 3, HR, 2B, HBP
Augusta: SS Alberto Robles: 3 for 4, 2 2B, E

Augusta: SP Joan Gregorio: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Augusta: RP Tyler Mizenko: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Turner hit his 1st HR and 11th double while reaching base in all four plate appearances. His three hits raised his AVG above .250. Robles also had three hits, improving his AVG to .310 after ten games.

Gregorio's sixth start was a quality start but perhaps his worst start of the year with a season-high 8 H and season-high 3 R. After allowing just 3 ER through his first five starts, his ERA rose to 1.74. Mizenko struck out two of his four batters.

A-: Augusta defeated Kannapolis 7-1 (7 innings) in game 2

Augusta: LF Rafael Rodriguez: 3 for 3
Augusta: RF Chuckie Jones: 2 for 2, BB

Augusta: SP Kendry Flores: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K--1 HR

Rodriguez's three hits paced the GreenJackets' ten-hit attack and raised his AVG to .227. Jones also reached base in all three plate appearances, but his AVG remains below the Mendoza line.

Flores allowed a solo HR in the 1st inning, but that was the lone run he allowed through 6.0 IP. He improved his ERA to 2.87 after eleven starts.

DSL: Gigantes defeated Reds 7-2

Dominican: CF Gustavo Cabrera: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB
Dominican: SP Jonathan Loaisiga: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HB

Cabrera (17.4 y.o.), the top prospect on the team, had his 2nd XBH, a single, a walk, and his 4th SB. Loaisiga's (18.7 y.o.) second pro start was solid. He has allowed just 3 H but 3 ER through 10.0 IP.

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