minor lines, 8/11/13

Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Mike Kickham had 8.0 scoreless IP, and Javier Herrera had 3 XBH.  Also notable, Juan Ciriaco, Matt Duffy, and Chuckie Jones homered in multi-hit efforts.

AAA: Fresno defeated Iowa 4-1

Fresno: 2B Nick Noonan: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO

Fresno: SP Mike Kickham: 8.0 IP, 2 H 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Noonan hit his 10th and 11th doubles, raising his SLG to nearly .400 in 113 PCL AB.

Kickham had perhaps his best start as a pro, facing just one batter over the minimum in 8.0 scoreless IP.  He allowed a leadoff single in the 3rd inning, which was erased when the next batter GiDP'ed, and a two-out single in the 7th inning.  He had a 15/2 GO/FO line.

AA: Richmond defeated New Hampshire 5-1

Richmond: LF Javier Herrera: 3 for 5, HR, 2 2B
Richmond: SS-3B Juan Ciriaco: 2 for 4, HR, SO

Richmond: SP Jack Snodgrass: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
New Hampshire: SP Marcus Stroman: 6.1 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--2 HR

Herrera hits 3 XBH--his 15th HR and his 31st and 32nd doubles.  WIth 49 XBH in 408 AB, he has a IsoP of nearly .200.  Ciriaco, who had 6 HRs last year, hit his 1st HR this year.

Snodgrass has pitched just six full innings once in his last eight starts but has completed at least five innings in seven of those starts.  Today he threw 63 pitches (40 strikes).  His 5.1 scoreless IP brought his ERA below 3.50.  Stroman, the Blue Jays' first rounder last year, allowed a season-high 11 H while allowing more than 2 ER for just the third time in sixteen starts.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 3-2 (11 innings)

San Jose: SS Matt Duffy: 2 for 5, HR, SO, SB
San Jose: 1B Ricky Oropesa: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB

San Jose: SP Austin Fleet: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Duffy hit his 8th HR this year, including 4 HR in 287 Sally League AB and 4 HR in 81 Cal League AB.  Oropesa reached base four times, raising his Cal League OBP above .400.

Making his 14th start among 25 appearances, Fleet not only pitched into the 7th inning for the first time but completed eight full innings.  He threw 99 pitches (68 strikes).

A-: Augusta defeated Greensboro 6-5 (7 innings) in game 1

Augusta: 1B Joseph Rapp: 3 for 4, SO
Augusta: RF Chuckie Jones: 2 for 3, HR

Augusta: SP Matthew Lujan: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HR

Jones hit his 8th HR.  He and Rapp combined for five of the GreenJackets' eight hits, improving their AVGs to .230 and .255.

Lujan allowed more than 1 ER for the first time in seven weeks.  He has a 2.76 ERA after 62.0 IP.

A-: Augusta lost to Greensboro 7-3 (7 innings) in game 2

Augusta: 1B Joseph Rapp: 2 for 3, 2B, SO
Augusta: 2B Alberto Robles: 3 for 3, HR, CS

Augusta: SP Joe Biagini: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K--1 HR

Robles hit his 1st pro HR in four pro seasons.  Hitting safely in all three plate appearances, he improved his season line to .316/.372/.397 through 136 AB.  Rapp finished the doublehead with five hits in seven at bats.

After a 3.81 ERA in eleven pre-all-star starts, Biagini had a 6.75 ERA in eight post-all-star starts.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 8-0

Salem-Keizer: DH Leonardo Rojas: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Salem-Keizer: Blake Miller: 2 for 4, HR

Salem-Keizer: SP Andrew Leenhouts: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Miller led off the 2nd inning with his 2nd pro HR, and Rojas hit his 1st pro HR in the 7th inning--a grand slam.

Leenhouts' eleventh start featured a season-high 6.0 IP, and those 6.0 scoreless IP lowered his ERA to 2.56.  His components stats are not as impressive with a H/IP ratio of nearly 1.00 and a K/IP ratio below 0.67.

R: Giants tied with Mariners 2-2 (entering 10th inning)
(with game still in progress at "press time")

Scottsdale: C Drew Stiner: 2 for 4

Scottsdale: SP Donald Snelten: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Scottsdale: RP Nick Jones: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Stiner, the lone rookie Giant with two hits, had an RBI single in the 2nd inning and another RBI single in the 9th inning.

Snelten allowed nearly half (8 of 18) his batters to reach base but kept the damage to just a single run.  Jones retired all three of his batters in top of the 9th inning, but his wild pitched allowed one of two inherited runners to score the go-ahead run.

DSL: Gigantes had a scheduled off-day
(their next to last scheduled off-day)

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