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Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a, b, c) three starters--Jesse English, Garrett Broshuis, and Ari Ronick--combined to allow 0 ER in 20.0 IP; (d) Roger Kieschnick had a huge game with two HRs, a double, and a walk; and (e) Nick Noonan also reached base four times.  Honorable mention goes to (f, g) Brett Pill and Dom Duggan, who each had a homer and a double.

AAA: Fresno lost to Salt Lake 8-1

Fresno: 2B Emmanuel Burriss: 1 for 4, 2B
Fresno: C Steve Holm: 1 for 3, 2B
Salt Lake: 2B Howie Kendrick: 3 for 5, HR, 3B

Fresno: RHP Billy Sadler: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--2 HR
Fresno: RHP Osiris Matos: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

The Grizzlies' offense was limited to five hits and a walk, with no one reaching base twice.  Holm had his 7th double, and Burriss his 1st double (in the PCL this year).  Kendrick had just three hits in the four games just played in Salt Lake but had three hits in his first (of four games) in Fresno.  In fourteen PCL games, he is hitting .327/.393/.582 after hitting just .231/.281/.355 in 186 AB in the majors this year.

Sadler had a rough month in June, being limited to three starts and allowing 10 ER in 8.1 IP.  After ERAs below 1.50 in both April and May, Matos has scuffled in June with an ERA above 6.00 in his nine appearances this month.  The Angels' Bell was not ranked among their top prospects to begin the season, but the 22-year-old has had an oustanding season so far.  Statistically, this was actually his worst of three PCL starts.  After spending last year in the lower minors and splitting that time between starting and relieving, he had a 2.23 ERA in eleven starts in the Texas League and now has a 0.39 ERA through three PCL starts.

AA: Connecticut defeated New Britain 3-0

Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 1 for 3, SO
Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Connecticut: C Tyler LaTorre: 1 for 2, BB

Connecticut: LHP Jesse English: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Connecticut: LHP Ben Snyder: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB

With his 8th HR and 24th double, Pill had the Defenders' only multi-hit line, improving his season line to .310/.353/.489 through 268 AB.  Bond and LaTorre also reached base twice.

English has generally struggled a bit as a starter this year, but pitching on six days rest, he had his best start of the year, pitching six full innings for the first time this year as well.  His ERA in ten starts is now back below 4.00.  Snyder pitched three scoreless innings for his first save.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 7-1

San Jose: SS Brian Bocock: 2 for 5, SO, 2 E
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 5, 2 SO
San Jose: RF Roger Kieschnick: 3 for 4, 2 HR, 2B, BB
San Jose: 2B Nick Noonan: 3 for 3, 2B, BB
Stockton: 2B Jemile Weeks: 2 for 4, 2B, SO

San Jose: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 8.0+ IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
San Jose: LHP Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 3 K

Kieschnick had a huge game, including his 14th and 15th HRs and his 14th double.  In June's he's been red hot, with a SLG near .700, although his OBP is actually below .340 with just 4 BB among 95 AB.  Noonan also reached base four times with his first multi-hit game in some time.  He does have 11 BB in June, after 13 BB in April and May, giving him a .360 OBP this month despite just a .246 AVG.  Bocock and Neal also had two hits each.  Weeks, the Atheltics' top prospect on the Stockton roster, remains red hot as he has hit .422/.519/.719 through 64 AB in June.  It may also be worth noting that Buster Posey was not in the lineup a day after being hit in the head by a pitch.

Broshuis had his best start of the year, facing just three batters over the minimum through eight innings and improving his ERA to 2.15.  With no earned runs in his last two starts, it would seem that he is ready for a promotion back to the upper minors.  After striking out all three batters, Runzler's stats his promotion to the Cal League are now 3 H, 1 BB, 0 R, and 7 K in 7.0 IP.

A-: Augusta defeated Rome 7-3

Augusta: CF Dom Duggan: 2 for 5, HR, 2B
Augusta: LF Juan Perez: 2 for 5, 2B, SO. GiDP
Augusta: 1B Mike Loberg: 2 for 4

Augusta: LHP Ari Ronick: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Not known as a power hitter, Duggan had his 3rd HR, which was a grand slam with two outs in the 6th inning, and his 5th double.  Also adding two hits were Perez and Loberg, although all three of these GreenJackets have AVGs below .255.  After hitting .333 in May, Perez has hit just .189 in June through 74 AB, although that does not include his HR in the SAL all-star game.

Ronick had dominated the Rome Braves in his last two starts, combining for 13.0 IP without an earned run.  He's been on a role over his last six starts with 31 H, 1 BB, and 29 K in 36.0 IP with a 1.00 ERA.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Boise 12-3
(scoring ten runs in the first three innings)

Salem-Keizer: SS Ryan Cavan: 3 for 4, 2B, HBP
Salem-Keizer: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 4, HR
Salem-Keizer: Andrew Biery: 3 for 5, 2B

Salem-Keizer: RHP Javier Hernandez: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K

Cavan (16th rounder) and Biery (22nd rounder), who both doubled, were two of four Volcanoes with three hits each.  Anders (32nd rounder) had his 2nd HR.

After allowing 5 ER in his first start, Hernandez allowed just 2 ER in this start.  On the downside, he has issued more walks than strikeouts in both of his first two starts.  A year ago in the AZL, he had 44 K and 16 BB in 51.0 IP over his eleven starts.

R: Scottsdale had its regular off-day (every fifth day)

DSL: Giants defeated Red Sox 3-0

Dominican: C Gabriel Cornier: 1 for 3, HR, 2 SO
Dominican: RHP Kendry Flores: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 WP

Cornier (17.0 y.o.) had his first pro HR, although his SLG remains just barely over .300 through his first 60 AB.  Flores (17.7 y.o.) has been tough to hit through his first four pro starts with just 9 H in 18.0 IP (.158 BAA).