minor lines, 5/18/14

Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm system: Richmond's Mario Lisson got on base four times, while a rehabbing Mark Minicozzi got on base three times for the second time in his rehab. Meanwhile, pitcher Jack Snodgrass gave up no earned runs in a five inning start.

AAA: Fresno defeated Albuquerque, 8-2

Fresno: 1B Travis Ishikawa: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Fresno: 2B Tony Abreu: 2 for 4, 2B
Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 0 for 4, 3 SO, 2 Outfield Assists

Fresno: SP Edwin Escobar: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, Balk

Travis Ishikawa's third straight two-hit game raised his average up to .300, and he got his first extra-base hit since coming back from the DL.  However, in ten games at Fresno, the normally patient Ishikawa has yet to draw a walk, but he's collected six strikeouts in 30 at-bats.  Tony Abreu got his first start since May 13th, and collected another two-hit game.  Before going three games with just hitless pinch hit at bats, he had four straight games of two-hit ball.  Gary Brown had an awful game at the plate, after he went 5 for 12 in the previous three games, but his defense is still strong.  That gives his six assists on the season.

Edwin Escobar's rough string of starts continues.  For the third straight game, he was unable to get more than five innings' worth of outs.  He did match his season high of six strikeouts for the third time this season.  Notably, he has given up all five home runs on the season in his last three starts.

AA: Richmond defeated Altoona, 8-2

Richmond: 3B Mario Lisson: 4 for 5, 2 2B, RBI, SB
Richmond: SS Matt Duffy: 2 for 5, R, 2B, 3 RBI
Richmond: 1B Angel Villalona: 2 for 5, RBI, SO

Richmond: SP Jack Snodgrass: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Mario Lisson had a big game.  He has grabbed three of his six doubles in the last two starts.  He's slugging .422 on the season now, behind his .241 batting average.  Matt Duffy has collected 24 RBI in 38 games this season, batting primarily high in the batting order.  Angel Villalona is starting to hit consistently, with hits in six of his last seven games.  He's batting 7 for 26 (.269) during the stretch.

Jack Snodgrass had one of his better starts of the year  He gave up no earned runs, though he did give up two unearned.  He's given up six earned and six unearned.  He has just 22 strikeouts in 35 innings.

A+: San Jose was defeated by Visalia, 11-3

San Jose: SS Blake Miller: 2 for 5, 2B, RBI, E
San Jose: DH Mark Minicozzi: 1 for 2, R, 2B, BB

San Jose: SP Joe Kurrasch: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

Blake Miller had his second two-hit game in a row, and picked up his 11th double of the year.  But he also picked up his 7th error in 39 games, which leads the Giants.  Mark Minicozzi played his third rehab game in San Jose, and for the second time in those three games, got on base three times.

Joe Kurrasch picked up his third start with San Jose, but suffered his worst outing with the team.  After giving up no runs in his previous two starts, Kurrasch got only one strikeout, and Visalia hitters hit .462 against him.

A-: Augusta lost to Greensboro, 2-0

Augusta: RF Tyler Horan: 1 for 3, SO, CS

Augusta: SP Chris Johnson: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP

Tyler Horan collected one of the only two hits by Augusta, and broke his 0 for 18 streak.  By being caught stealing, he now has only two successful stolen bases in four attempts.

Chris Johnson made his debut for 2014 int oday's game.  The 17th round pick from 2012 had a 2.49 ERA for Salem-Keizer in 15 starts last season, but got off to a rough, short start in his first appearance at a full-season affiliate.

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