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minor lines, 5/23/10

Sunday highlights from the Giants farm: today's starters for each of the four full-season affiliates--Madison Bumgarner, Daryl Maday, Craig Westcott, and Jeremy Toole combined to allow no earned runs in 24.2 IP.  Highlights from the hitting side include Andy D'Alessio homering and doubling twice and Drew Biery homering while reaching base three times.

AAA: Fresno defeated Nashville 4-3 (11 innings)

Fresno: 1B Buster Posey: 1 for 6, SO
Fresno: 3B Jesus Guzman: 2 for 5, BB
Fresno: LF Tyler Graham: 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB

Fresno: SP Madison Bumgarner: 6.2 IP, 12 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HB
Fresno: RP Waldis Joaquin: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K
Fresno: RP Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER--1 HR
Nashville: SP Chris Capuano: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Guzman, who had the Grizzlies' only multi-hit line, and Graham both reached base three times.  Posey has not had more than one hit in a game in at least his last ten games, dropping his AVG to .327.

Bumgarner had his second longest start of the year, which included a new season-high 12 H allowed.  Somehow despite all the baserunners, he allowed only a single run, improving his ERA to 3.14.  He pounded the strikes zone with perhaps too many pitches for strikes (72 of 93).  Joaquin and Matos each allowed an earned run in relief.  The Brewers' Capuano made his third start this year as the 31-year-old attempts to get back to the majors after missing significant time.

AA: Richmond defeated Reading 6-0

Richmond: CF Darren Ford: 1 for 3, 2 BB, 2 SO, SB, CS
Richmond: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 3 for 5, E
Richmond: 1B Andy D'Alessio: 4 for 5, HR, 2 2B

Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Richmond: RP Tony Pena Jr.: 2.0 IP, 2 K
Reading: SP Phillippe Aumont: 4.0+ IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K--1 HR

Back from the DL and playing his first game in nearly three weeks, D'Alessio had a huge game with three XBHs, including his 2nd HR and 3rd and 4th doubles.  With his fourth multi-hit line in his last seven games, Gillaspie has lifted his AVG to .243.  He also made his 9th error.  Ford also reached base three times and now has a 14/7 SB/CS line.

Maday made his longest start of the year.  With a 7-0 W-L record and a 1.36 ERA, he has been perhaps the most effective starting pitcher in the Giants' organization this year.  Pena worked two nearly perfect innings.  Aumont, whom the Phillies acquired from the Mariners as part of the Cliff Lee trade, was not nearly as effective as in his previous start against Richmond.  Four weeks ago, he no hit the Flying Squirrels in 6.0 scoreless IP; today he yielded 4 ER in 4.0 IP.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 7-5
(scoring two runs in the 9th inning)

San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 3 for 5, 2B
San Jose: 3B Drew Biery: 2 for 3, HR, BB, SF
Modesto: CF Tim Wheeler: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SO

San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 5.0+ IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 BB

With three of the Giants' thirteen hits today, Culberson raised his AVG to .285.  After hitting .212 in 66 AB in April, he has hit .337 through 92 AB in May.  On the other hand, he has just 1 BB against 22 SO in May.  Biery had his 3rd HR while reaching base three times.  Wheeler, who is one of the Rockies' top ten prospects, reached base three times, improving his season line to .261/.370/.389 through 157 AB.

With no earned runs allowed in five of eight starts, Westcott has an ERA of just 1.13--quite the impressive performance for last summer's 30th rounder.  He does have a fairly high walk rate, with his BB/IP barely below 0.50.  His 9/2 GO/FO line today was his best in that regard (presuming ground balls are a good thing).  Stoffel got his 9th save.

A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 5-0

Augusta: CF Evan Crawford: 2 for 3, 2 BB, 2 CS
Augusta: LF Nick Liles: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB
Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO

Augusta: SP Jeremy Toole: 6.0+ IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 PO

Batting atop the GreenJackets' lineup, Liles and Crawford, the Giants' seventh and ninth rounders a year ago, reached base in seven of ten plate appearances.  Dominguez had his 6th HR.

Toole's fourth start was easily his longest start of the year, with the 6.0 scoreless IP improving his ERA to 1.35.