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minor lines, 6/27/10

Highlights from the Giants farm: ten Giants hitters with full-season affiliates homered.  Among them were John Bowker with 2 HRs, Matt Downs with a double and single in addition to his HR, Michael Ambort in the pitcher-friendly Eastern League, Ryan Cavan with four hits total and his second straight game with both a homer and double, Chris Dominguez who also tripled and singled, and Tommy Joseph who also had three hits overall.

AAA: Fresno lost to Las Vegas 17-11

Fresno: LF John Bowker: 3 for 4, 2 HR, HBP
Fresno: DH Joe Borchard: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Fresno: 3B-SS Matt Downs: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
Fresno: 3B Jesus Guzman: 1 for 1, HR
Las Vegas: C J.P. Arencibia: 3 for 5, HR, 2 2B, BB, SO
Las Vegas: 3B Edwin Encarnacion: 2 for 5, HR, HBP

Fresno: SP Kevin Pucetas: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Fresno: RP Andrew Romo: 1.0 IP
Fresno: RP Joe Paterson: 1.0+ IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB

Officially the wind was blowing out at 9 mph to RF, but the ball seemed to fly out the park much more than that would suggest.  Bowker had his 8th and 9th HR while reaching base four times.  Three other Grizzlies homered, Borchard with his 9th HR, Guzman with his 7th HR, and Downs with his 4th HR.  For the Blue Jays' affiliate, Arencibia had his 17th HR and Encarnacion his 1st HR since his demotion.  Arencibia, the 21st overall pick three years ago, entered the day hitting .297/.346/.581 through 246 AB, and he has actually hit much better on the road than at home in Vegas.

Pucetas allowed 7 ER in the 2nd inning but otherwise pitched scoreless ball.  He threw 103 pitches (58 strikes).  Romo pitched a perfect 7th inning in his fifth appearance this year--the only one of nine pitchers in the game not to allow a hit.  Paterson allowed 3 ER in the 8th inning, and then did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the 9th inning.  When all four of those batters scored (three of them after he departed), his ERA had nearly doubled to 4.25.

AA: Richmond defeated Erie 5-4

Richmond: 1B Michael Ambort: 2 for 5, HR
Richmond: SS Skyler Stromsmoe: 2 for 3, SF, SO
Erie: C Andy Bouchie: 2 for 4, 2 HR

Richmond: SP Mike MacDonald: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--2 HR

Ambort led off the 8th inning with his 3rd HR of the year, tying the score.  Stromsmoe was one of five other Flying Squirrels with two hits.  His .299 AVG is easily the highest in today's lineup, with only one other hitter over .260.  The Tigers' Bouchie hit his 7th and 8th HRs of the season to drive in all four of the SeaWolves' runs.  Perhaps it was his best day of the season, getting his OPS just above .600.

MacDonald had one of his longest start of the year.  The game log suggests he pitched solidly well aside from the two big flies.  His ERA is now 4.64.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 9-5

San Jose: RF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SO, SB
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 5, HR, 2 SO

San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Culberson connected for his 10th HR.  He may be sad to see June come to a close given his OPS near 1.150 this month.  One of four other Giants' with two hits each, Perez reached base three times in his leadoff role, including once via his 23rd double.

Westcott entered the day as the Cal League's ERA leader, but he had less than a quality start, raising his ERA to 1.83.  He got the win nonetheless, improving his W-L record to 6-0.  Stoffel pitched a perfect 9th inning.

A-: Augusta defeated Kannapolis 17-14
(after trailing 13-11 through four innings)

Augusta: 2B Ryan Cavan: 4 for 6, HR, 2B
Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 3 for 6, HR, 3B
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 6, HR, 3 SO
Augusta: DH Tommy Joseph: 3 for 6, HR, SO

Augusta: SP Jeremy Toole: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Augusta: RP Hector Correa: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Augusta: RP Jose Casilla: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Officially the wind was only 3 mph out LF, but the ball flew out nonetheless.  Dominguez had his 11th HR, Anders his 9th HR, Joseph his 7th HR, and Cavan his 5th HR.  Cavan homered and doubled for the second straight day, and his four hits improved his season line to .270/.333/.410 through 293 AB for last year's 16th rounder.

After allowing one run in the 1st inning, Toole did not retire any of the five batters he faced in the 2nd inning.  His ERA rose to 3.88.  After three relievers allowed three inherited runners charged to Toole's record to score plus eight more runs charged to their records, Correa restored order retiring all but one of the eight batters he faced and stranding both inherited runners.  Still, the 5.40 ERA with which he finished the day is higher than the ERA of the GreenJackets' other five pitchers who saw action today.  Even Casilla allowed baserunners, loading the bases before getting the final out.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Tri-City 6-5
(rallying for two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning)

Salem-Keizer: 2B Raynor Campbell: 1 for 4, HR
Salem-Keizer: DH Daniel Brock: 3 for 3, HR, HBP

Salem-Keizer: SP Matt Graham: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 IBB, 1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP Kevin Coutrue: 1.2 IP, 2 K

Brock, who reached base in all four plate appearances, and Campbell both had their first pro HRs.

Graham has now allowed four runs in both of his pro starts, with today's peripherals stats suggesting improvement over his previous start.  Couture allowed an inherited runner to score the tying run in the 8th inning when the first batter he faced reached on an error, but otherwise he pitched 1.2 perfect IP to maintain his spotless ERA.

R: Giants lost to Angels 5-2

Scottsdale: C Mike Murray: 3 for 4, 2B, PB

Scottsdale: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Scottsdale: RP Jake Shadle: 1.0 IP, 3 K

Batting ninth, Murray had three hits in his second pro game.

The 18-year-old Mendoza had 4.0 scoreless IP in his first start this year but today allowed 3 ER in 4.0 IP in his second start.  Shadle struck out all three batters in his pro debut.

DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day