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minor lines, 6/29/10

Highlights from the Giants' farm: Matt Downs homered and singled, Matt Klimas had three hits in three plate appearances, and Oliver Odle allowed 2 ER in 7.0 IP.  Also notable, Jesse Shriner homered and doubled while reaching base four times.

AAA: Fresno lost to Las Vegas 14-3
(after allowing five runs in both the 1st and 3rd innings)

Fresno: 3B Matt Downs: 2 for 4, HR
Las Vegas: 3B Edwin Encarnacion: 3 for 5, HR, 2B, BB, 2 SO, E

Fresno: SP Henry Sosa: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Tony Pena Jr.: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Fresno: RP Joe Martinez: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 2 K
Fresno: RP Jesus Guzman: 1.0 IP, 2 BB

Downs had the Grizzlies' only multi-hit line and their only XBH with his 5th HR.  The Blue Jays' Encarnacion homered for the third straight day.  In seven PCL games, he has an OPS over 1.100 but also five errors.

Sosa had the disaster start, retiring just two of nine batters before being ejected after 41 pitches (27 strikes).  In his PCL pitching debut, Pena pitched 1.2 scoreless IP before not retiring any of the five batters he faced in the 3rd inning.  Martinez yielded 3 more ER in the 4th inning.  After Matos had 2.0 perfect IP in the 7th and 8th innings, Guzman pitched the 9th inning.

AA: Richmond lost to Akron 4-3
(after the score was tied 1-1 through six innings)

Richmond: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Richmond: 3B Conor Gillsapie: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Akron: 2B Jason Kipnis: 1 for 4, HR, 2 GiDP

Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 7.0+ IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K--1 HR, 1 E

Kieschnick and Gillaspie each had two of the Flying Squirrels' nine hits.  Both hitters have AVGs just above .250.  The Indians' Kipnis had his 4th HR in sixteen games since being promoted to the upper minors.

Maday allowed just 2 ER through seven innings but then allowed a leadoff single and committed an error on the subsequent bunt to allow both the tying and go-ahead runs to reach base.

A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 5-3

San Jose: 3B Drew Biery: 1 for 4, HR
San Jose: LF James Simmons: 1 for 3, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: C Matt Klimas: 3 for 3, 2B
Visalia: LF Marc Krauss: 4 for 4, HR, 2B, SB

San Jose: SP Oliver Odle: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HB
San Jose: RP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HR

Klimas, the Giants' eighth rounder four years ago, played in just his third game of the year.  He had three hits in his Cal League debut.  Biery had his 8th HR, Simmons his 4th HR.  Despite their in-game success, both Simmons and Klimas were replaced by pinch hitters in the 9th inning, who respectively struck out and grounded out.  Krauss, the Diamondbacks' second rounder a year ago, had a big game.  He connected for his 12th HR with a three-run, one-out shot in the 8th inning.

Perhaps inspired by his successful spot start in the PCL a few days earlier, Odle had perhaps his best start of the year.  It was at least his longest start of the year.  Quirarte has allowed just 10 ER this year but 7 ER over his last three appearances.

A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 4-2 (8 innings)
(completed early)

Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 0 for 3, 3 SO
Augusta: DH Hector Sanchez: 2 for 3, 2B
Augusta: RF Ryan Lollis: 1 for 2, BB

Augusta: SP Chris Heston: 8.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K--1 HR, 1 HB

Sanchez had two of the GreenJackets' six hits, including his 11th double.  He is now hitting .255/.329/.393 through 145 AB in his first full season.  Lollis also reached base twice while Anders managed the hat trick in just three plate appearances.

With 8.0 IP, Heston easily surpassed his previous high of 6.1 IP.  Still, his W-L record dropped to 2-9.  Since there was one RiverDogs batter in the 9th inning before the game was called facing a reliever, Heston was not credited with a complete game.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Tri-City 11-4

Salem-Keizer: RF Ryan Scoma: 3 for 5, SO
Salem-Keizer: C Jesse Shriner: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, BB, HBP, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Edward Encarnacion: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Salem-Keizer: RP Aaron King: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Shriner had his 3rd HR and 3rd double while reaching base four times.  Scoma's three singles raised his AVG to .417 through eleven games.

Concepcion bounced back from his previous two starts (including 8 R in 1.2 IP in his last start) with an impressive 9 K in 5.0 IP.  King pitched a perfect 9th inning.

R: Giants defeated Angels 6-1

Scottsdale: DH Carlos Willoughby: 2 for 3, BB, SO, 2 SB
Scottsdale: 3B Jose Cuevas: 3 for 4, HR, SO

Scottsdale: SP Paniaguua: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Cuevas, the Giants 29th rounder earlier this month, had three hits, including his first pro HR.  Willoughby also reached base three times as he stole a couple more bases.

Paniagua pitched an impressive 5.0 scoreless IP with 7 K in his second start--a nice follow-up to his 8 K in 4.0 IP in his one previous start this year.

DSL: Giants defeated Phillies 6-3

Dominican: DH Luis Vasquez: 3 for 4, SO
Dominican: LF Leonardo Fuentes: 1 for 4, HR
Dominican: RP Marvin Barrios: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Vasquez's (19.3 y.o.) three singles raised his AVG to .259 through nine games.  Fuentes (17.7 y.o.) had his 2nd pro HR.  Barrios (17.9 y.o.) faced just one batter over the minimum in his fourth relief appearance.  He has impressive stats so far with 8 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, and 11 K in 12.0 IP.