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minor lines, 6/28/10

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Highlights from the Giants' farm: Jesus Guzman and Ryan Cavan both homered twice, Thomas Neal and Chris Dominguez both homered and doubled among their four hits, Luke Anders reached base in all six plate appearances, and Felix Romero had 8 K and 2 ER in 7.1 IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Las Vegas 13-7

Fresno: 3B Matt Downs: 2 for 3, 2 BB
Fresno: DH Jesus Guzman: 2 for 5, 2 HR, SO, GiDP
Las Vegas: C J.P. Arencibia: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SF, SO, E
Las Vegas: 3B Edwin Encarnacion: 3 for 6, HR GiDP, E

Fresno: SP Eric Hacker: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--2 HR
Las Vegas: RP Merkin Valdez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB

Guzman had his 8th and 9th HRs this year.  After a slow start, he has heated up in June.  He entered the game batting .371/.451/.516 in 62 AB in June.  Downs reached base four times.  The Blue Jays' Arencibia and Encarnacion both homered against the Grizzlies for the second straight day.

With gametime temperature officially at 107, Hacker saw his ERA take some heat too as he allowed 6+ ER for the fourth time in his last eight starts.  His ERA is now above 4.50.  Valdez was the only one of seven pitchers in the game not to allow an earned run.

AA: Richmond defeated Akron 7-3

Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 4 for 5, HR, 2B
Richmond: DH Roger Kieschnick: 1 for 4, HR, SF SO
Richmond: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 3, BB

Richmond: SP Felix Romero: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--1 HR

Two days after homering three times, Neal homered, doubled and singled twice.  The past four weeks he has now hit .348/.414/.584 in 25 games.  Kieschnick finally had his first HR of the month and his 4th HR of the year.  Williams reached base three times, improving his paltry line to .188/.313/.277 through 191 AB.

Romero had his second straight start with new season highs in both IP and K, this time with 7.1 IP and 8 K.  Since moving to the rotation, his strikeout rate is up and his walk rate his down.

A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 5-4

San Jose: RF James Simmons: 1 for 3, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: C Joel Weeks: 1 for 3, HR

San Jose: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K--1 HR, 2 WP

Batting in the final two spots of the lineup, Simmons and Weeks, neither of whom is a regular in the Giants lineup, had their 3rd and 1st HRs, respectively.

Fitzgerald had a quality start, pitching six full innings for the first time in over a month.  This was also his first start without a walk in at least two months.  For the season, his K/BB ratio remains below 2.00.

A-: Augusta defeated Kannapolis: 13-9 (10 innings)
(with both teams scoring five runs over the 8th and 9th innings)

Augusta: CF Evan Crawford: 3 for 5, BB, SB
Augusta: 2B Ryan Cavan: 3 for 5, 2 HR, BB, SO
Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 4 for 5, HR, 2B, BB, IBB, SB, E
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 5 for 5, BB

Augusta: SP Brian Irving: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR, WP
Augusta: RP Kyle Vazquez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB

Cavan continues to be read hot.  After eight hits, including five XBH, in his previous three games, Cavan homered twice more while reaching base four times.  After just 1 HR the first two months of the season, he has 6 HRs in June.  Dominguez had his 12th HR and 15th double but also his 19th error.  Anders' five singles accounted for a quarter of the GreenJackets' twenty hits while he reached base in all six plate appearances.  Crawford added three hits while reaching base four times

Irving allowed 4 ER in his third start.  Vazquez made his first relief appearance after a dozen starts.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 7-2

Salem-Keizer: CF Jose Medina: 3 for 4, BB

Salem-Keizer: SP Taylor Rogers: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Salem-Keizer: RP Brennan Flick: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K

Medina had three of the Volcanoes' ten hits.  He has a six-game hitting streak, over which time has hit 12 for 24 to raise his AVG to .378.

Rogers has now allowed 4+ ER in two of his three starts but was nearly unhittable in the other start.  Flick, who signed as an undrafted free agent a year ago, struck out four of the seven batters he faced.

R: Giants lost to Brewers 8-2

Scottsdale: C Joseph Staley: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO, SB

Scottsdale: SP Kendry Flores: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HB
Maryvale: RP Eric Arnett: 2.0 IP, 6 K

In his fourth pro game, Staley had two of the rookie Giants' four hits, including his first pro HR.

Flores has an ERA close to 12.00 through his first two starts.  Arnett, the Brewers' first round pick who had an ERA close to 7.00 in a dozen starts in the Midwest League previously this year and who had allowed 6 ER in his one previous AZL appearance, struck out all six batters he faced today.  Overall, four Brewers pitchers combined for 19 K.

DSL: Giants lost to Mets1 5-4

Dominican: C Gabriel Cornier: 2 for 3, 2B, HBP
Dominican: RP Luis Utria: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K

Cornier (18.0 y.o.) had the Gigantes' only multi-hit line, raising his AVG to .419 through 43 AB.  Utria (17.9 y.o.) has provided 4.0 IP in relief in all three of his appearances.  This was his first appearance in nearly three weeks.