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minor lines, 5/19/10

Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Darren Ford reached base four times, Jose Flores had three XBH, and Kyle Vazquez and Kyle Nicholson each allowed just one run in their starts.

AAA: Fresno had their first scheduled off-day of the season
(Their next scheduled off-day is June 9.)

Grizzlies on PCL leaderboards in selected stats:
AVG: Borchard 3rd, Posey 5th, Rohlinger 7th
OBP: Rohlinger 4th, Posey 5th, Borchard 6th, Bond 13th
SLG: Borchard 4th, Posey 12th, Rohlinger 14th
HR: Borchard 5th
RBI: Borchard 4th, Posey 12th
SB: Copeland 7th
ERA: Hacker 6th
WHIP: Hacker 8th
K: Hacker 5th
IP: Hacker 9th
W: Hacker 1st
Sv: Bautista 3rd

AA: Richmond lost to Erie 9-4
(after yielding six runs in 5th inning)

Richmond: CF Darren Ford: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, CS
Richmond: SS Brandon Crawford: 2 for 5, SO
Richmond: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 4
Erie: CF Wilkin Ramirez: 1 for 4, HR, BB, 2 SO

Richmond: SP David Mixon: 4.0+ IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--2 HR

Ford reached base four times, raising his OBP to .316.  Crawford and Gillaspie also had two hits, but both infielders still have AVGs below .250.  Wi-Ram, who made his MLB debut with the Tigers last year, connected for his 9th HR.

Mixon, who had allowed just 7 R in his last six starts combined, had his least effective start of the year, yielding two runs in the 1st inning and four more runs in the 5th inning.  He allowed a season-high 7 H in a season-low 4.0 IP.

A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 4-2
(rallying for two runs in the 8th inning)

San Jose: RF Juan Perez: 3 for 4, 3B, 2B
San Jose: 3B Drew Biery: 3 for 4, SO
San Jose: DH Jose Flores: 3 for 4, 3B, 2 2B

San Jose: SP Kyle Nicholson: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Playing in just his eleventh game this year, Flores had three XBH, extending his hitting streak to eight games.  After a .361 OPS in 49 AB last year in the Sally League, the 22-year-old has hit .500 through his first 34 AB this year.  This game was the first time he has shown any real secondary average as in his previous ten games he had no walks and just one XBH.  Perez also had three hits, including two XBH.  The red-hot 23-year-old has had eight multi-hit games in his last nine games, including 8 XBH in that time span.  Biery was a third Giant with three hits, raising his AVG to .286.

With just one run allowed, Nicholson got his ERA below 6.00.  Stoffel got his 7th save with a perfect 9th inning.

A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 3-1

Augusta: CF Evan Crawford: 2 for 3, 3B, 2B
Augusta: SS Sharlon Schoop: 2 for 2, BB, 2 CS

Augusta: SP Kyle Vazquez: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Crawford had his 4th triple and 2nd double.  After hitting just .198 in April, he has hit .343 in May.  Schoop reached base in all three plate appearance, but he didn't have such a good night as a baserunner being twice caught stealing.

Vazquez's seventh start of the season was his best start in at least a month, improving his ERA to 2.61.  He got more ground balls outs than usual with a 10/4 GO/FO line.