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With most of the affiliates having an off-day, just a couple highlights from the Giants' farm today: (a) Josh Mazzola reached base in all five plate appearances, and (b) Kyle Nicholson pitched six innings without allowing an earned run.

AAA: Fresno had the second day of its three-day all-star break

AA: Connecticut had the first day of its two-day all-star break

Defenders on Easten League leaderboards in selected stats:
--Hitters:
AVG: Bond 2nd, Martinez-Esteve 7th
OBP: Bond 1st
SLG: (none)
OPS: (none)
HR: (none)
TB: Pill 4th
H: Pill 5th, Bond 6th
BB: (none)
SB: (none)
--Pitchers:
ERA: Sosa 3rd
WHIP: Sosa 5th
IP: (none)
K: (none)
W: (none)
Sv: Otero 3rd, Paterson 6th

A+: San Jose had a scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is August 3.)

Giants on Cal League leaderboards in selected stats:
--Hitters:
AVG: Neal 3rd, Posey 4th
OBP: Neal 4th, Posey 5th
SLG: Neal 3rd, Posey 9th, Kieschnick 10th
OPS: Neal 1st, Posey 5th
HR: Kieschnick 3rd, Neal 6th, Posey 12th
TB: Kieschnick 3rd, Neal 4th, Posey 9th
H: Neal 7th, Kieschnick 10th, Posey 12th
BB: Posey 10th, Gillaspie 12th
SB: Graham 7th
--Pitchers:
ERA: Clark 3rd, Barnes 4th, Tanner 7th
WHIP: Clark 2nd, Barnes 4th, Tanner 5th
IP: (none)
K: Clark 4th, Barnes 6th
W: Barnes 1st, Clark 2nd, Tanner 10th
Sv: Edlefsen 6th

A-: Augusta defeated West Virginia 9-1
(after leading 2-1 through five innings)

Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 3 for 3, 2 2B, 2 BB
Augusta: LF Wendell Fairley: 2 for 3, BB

Augusta: RHP Kyle Nicholson: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 WP, 1 E
Augusta: RHP Shane Woodruff: 2.0 IP, 2 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Mazzola reached base in all five plate appearances with a line that included his 21st and 22nd doubles.  Tonight's performance bumped his OBP above .800.  Signed as undrafted free agent a year ago, he is now hitting .282/.350/.452 through 294 AB in his first full pro season.  The GreenJackets' other multi-hit line was Fairley's first multi-hit game of the month, getting his season AVG back to .225.

Nicholson allowed no earned runs but actually had his shortest start in over a month.  He improved his ERA to 3.28 and raised his K/BB ratio above 3.50.  After 2.0 hitless, scoreless IP, Woodruff, the Giants' 27th rounder last year, has a 3.15 ERA and a .250 BAA through his first eleven appearances this year.

ssA: Salem-Keizer had a scheduled off-day
(This is the first of three scheduled off-days in the NWL season.  Their other scheduled off-days are August 2 and August 19.)

Volcanoes on Northwest League leaderboards in selected stats:
--Hitters:
AVG: Peguero 1st, Biery 3rd, Lollis 7th
OBP: Biery 10th
SLG: JuMartinez 3rd, Lollis 10th
OPS: JuMartinez 5th, Peguero 11th
TB: JuMartinez 12th
H: Biery 2nd, Peguero 3rd
BB: Ziegler 6th
SB: Peguero 4th
--Pitchers:
ERA: JoBucardo 4th, , WiBucardo 10th, Yntema 11th
WHIP: JoBucardo 5th, JoValdez 7th, WiBucardo 11th
IP: WiBucardo 4th, JoBucardo 5th, Yntema 5th
K: JoBucardo 4th

R: Giants defeated Brewers 5-4 (10 innings)

Scottsdale: 2B Julio Izturis: 2 for 5, 2B, SO, 2 SB
Scottsdale: SS Ydwin Villegas: 2 for 3, BB

Scottsdale: RHP Cameron Lamb: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Scottsdale: RHP Ben Wilshire: 2.0 IP, 1 K

Izturis had two hits, including a double to lead off the 10th inning that set up the decisive run.  It was just his 2nd XBH but maintained his AVG at .400.  Izturis also has 6 SB now.  Villegas also had two hits while reaching base three times, raising the 18-year-old's AVG to .333.

This evening was not Lamb's best start statistically, but he still allowed less than a baserunner per inning.  The 20-year-old has 18 H, 7 BB, and 28 K in 24.0 IP through five starts.  Wilshire, a late round pick a year ago, pitched two perfect innings for the win

DSL: Giants defeated Marlins 2-0

Dominican: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 3 for 4, SB, CS
Dominican: LF Robedluis Fuentes: 3 for 4, CS

Dominican: RHP Kendry Flores: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Dominican: RHP Ariel Hernandez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K--1 WP

With three hits each, Willoughby (20.8 y.o.) and Fuentes (20.10 y.o.) improved their respective AVGs to .311 and .300.

Flores (17.7 y.o.) pitched three perfect innings in his seventh start of the season.  Taking over in long relief, Hernandez (17.3 y.o.) allowed just one batter over the minimum in the next three innings.  Through his first six pro appearances, he has a 1.10 ERA and a .190 BAA in 16.1 IP.