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minor lines, 7/18/09

Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) Scott Barnes had 8.0 shutout IP; (b) Kevin Pucetas allowed just 1 ER in 7.0 IP; and (c,d) Ryan Rohlinger and Juan Ciriaco both had three hits for the Grizzlies, including Rohlinger's 7th HR and Ciriaco's walk in his other plate appearance.

AAA: Fresno defeated Colorado Springs 6-4

Fresno: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 3 for 4, HR
Fresno: SS Juan Ciriaco: 3 for 3, 2B, BB

Fresno: RHP Kevin Pucetas: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Colorado Springs: RHP Adam Eaton: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Rohlinger and Ciriaco had three hits each, including Rohlinger's 7th HR.  Ciriaco, who raised his AVG to .212, reached base in all four plate appearances.

Pucetas bounced back from his last start with 6 ER to allow just 1 ER in 7.0 IP in his nineteenth start of the year, lowering his ERA to 3.43.  The Grizzlies managed 3 ER off Adam Eaton, whom the Rockies signed after the Phillies released him, to raise his ERA to 2.30.  It was his first time in eight PCL appearances (seven starts) he has allowed more than 2 ER.

AA: Connecticut lost to New Hampshire 5-2

Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 2 for 4, SO
Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SO
Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2 for 4, SO

Connecticut: LHP Jesse English: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 PO

Bond, Pill, and EME each had two of the Defenders' eight hits, including Pill's 29th double.  They remain the Defenders' top three hitters in terms of AVG, with Bond at .344, EME at .313, and Pill at .297.

English followed up his nine-inning complete game with no earned runs nine days earlier with one of his shortest starts, allowing 3 ER in 4.0 IP.  His ERA rose back above 3.50.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 1-0

San Jose: SS Brian Bocock: 1 for 4, 2B, 2 SO
San Jose: DH Thomas Neal: 1 for 3, 2B, SO
San Jose: 2B Nick Noonan: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 SO

San Jose: LHP Scott Barnes: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 WP
San Jose: LHP Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Modesto: RHP Cory Riordan: 8.0 IP, 5, H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

No one reached base twice for the Giants, but Neal had his 28th double, Bocock his 16th double, and Noonan his 15th double.

Barnes had another outstanding start, the four time in his last five starts in which he has not allowed an earned run.  But this one was perhaps even better as his longest start of the season, although the 4 K were the fewest strikeouts each had in his last nine starts (dating back to Memorial Day).  Runzler had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning for his 3rd save.  Riordan, whom BA ranked as the Rockies' #24 prospect entering the season, was the tough luck loser.  He had his second straight start with 1 ER in 8.0 IP to get his ERA back below 4.50.

A-: Augusta defeated Greensboro 11-0

Augusta: DH Andy D'Alessio: 2 for 5, HR, SO
Augusta: 2B Juan Perez: 1 for 3, HR, BB

Augusta: RHP Mike Loree: 6.0+ IP, 10 H, 7 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HB, 2 WP
Augusta: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP, 1 K

D'Alessio and Perez both homered, for their 6th and 8th HRs, respectively.

With 2 ER in each of the 1st, 5th and 7th innings, Loree's ERA grew to 4.43.  Quirarte worked a perfect 9th inning for his 6th save.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Boise 3-2 (11 innings)

Salem-Keizer: DH Caleb Curry: 2 for 5, SB
Salem-Keizer: RF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 4, BB, SO

Salem-Keizer: RHP Jeremy Toole: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Batting in the first two spots in the lineup, Curry (14th rounder a year ago) and Lollis (37th rounder this year) each had two of the Volcanoes' six hits.  Curry got his AVG above .200, while Lollis kept his AVG above .300.

Toole (10th rounder) made his third start among six appearances for the Volcanoes.  With 1 ER in 4.0 IP, his ERA actually increased a bit but still remains just 1.29.

R: Giants defeated Dodgers 14-1
(leading 11-0 after four innings)

Scottsdale: 2B Nick Liles: 4 for 6, SO
Scottsdale: DH Jesse Shriner: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SF

Scottsdale: RHP Edward Concepcion: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Liles (7th rounder) and Shriner (signed as an undrafted free agent a year ago) combined for nearly half of the rookie Giants' sixteen hits.

The 20-year-old Concepcion had perhaps the best start of his pro career, but his ERA remains close to 5.00 in his five starts this year.

DSL: Giants defeated Orioles/Brewers 12-8

Dominican: DH Rey Duran: 2 for 4, HR, BB, SO
Dominican: Mendoza: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--2 WP
Dominican: RHP Ariel Hernandez: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR

Duran (19.11 y.o.) had his 7th HR in 137 AB this year.  He had 2 HRs in 67 AB a year ago.  After Mendoz (17.11 y.o.) allowed 6 ER in the first four innings, Hernandez (17.4 y.o.) finished with five effective innings in relief.  Mendoza, who had allowed previously just 5 ER t his year, saw his ERA rise to 3.41.  The relief appearance matched Hernandez's longest appearance of the year.  He has a 1.27 ERA in seven appearances (two starts).