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Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Eugenio Velez homered twice, Tyler Graham doubled twice four hits, Evan Crawford had three XBH, and Jorge Bucardo allowed just 1 ER in 8.0 IP.

AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 8-6

Fresno: RF Tyler Graham: 4 for 4, 2 2B
Fresno: CF Eugenio Velez: 2 for 4, 2 HR, SO
Sacramento: 1B Dallas McPherson: 2 for 3, 2 2B, SO

Fresno: SP Matt Kinney: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--2 HR
Fresno: RP Osiris Matos: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB
Fresno: RP Waldis Joaquin: 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K

Velez homered twice on fly balls to left field, his first two HRs in the PCL this year.  Graham continues to remain red hot in the playing time he receives.  His four hits today, including his 8th and 9th doubles, raised his AVG to .415.  For the Athletics' PCL affiliate, McPherson doubled twice.

Kinney, who is susceptible to the long ball, gave up two homers but just three runs in his fourth start this year.  Matos, who had a BB/IP below 0.25 last year, continues to walk more batters this year.  Walking four of six batters today raised his BB/IP above 0.50.  Joaquin got his second save while facing the minimum five batters in 1.2 IP (no inherited runners).

AA: Richmond lost to Trenton 10-2
(after trailing just 3-2 through five innings)

Richmond: RF Skyler Stromsmoe: 0 for 5, 4 SO
Richmond: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 4, 2 SO
Richmond: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 4, 2 SO, PB
Richmond: CF Darren Ford: 1 for 4, HR, SO

Richmond: SP Ronnie Ray: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Richmond: RP Felix Romero: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Richmond: RP Jake Stevens: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Ford led off the 5th inning with his 2nd HR of the year.  Gillaspie and Williams each had two hits but also two strikeouts.  After hitting nearly .300 in April, Williams has since hit closer to .100 causing his AVG to fall below the Mendoza line.  He had had just one hit in his previous eight game (1 for 28).  He also allowed his 6th passed ball.  A day after reaching base four times, Stromsmoe had the oh-fer with the sombrero.

Ray had his shortest start of the year, making his fifth start among fifteen appearances.  Romero provdided effective long relief.  Both Ray and Romero have ERAs above 5.50.  Stevens, who had allowed only 3 ER previously this year, had his worst appearance of the season as his ERA more than doubled to 3.09.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 4-1
(scoring all four runs in the 1st inning)

San Jose: DH Brandon Belt: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB
San Jose: LF-3B Joel Weeks: 1 for 2, 2B, BB, SO

San Jose: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
San Jose: RP Brian Anderson: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Bakersfield: SP Wilmer Font: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--1 HB

After entering the day with a .494 OBP, Belt got his OBP a little closer to an even .500 as he reached base in three of four plate appearances.  He also gathered his 12th SB.  Weeks, a utility bench player, was one of two other Giants to reach base twice.

Fitzgerald surpassed last Sunday's season-high 3 BB with a new season-high 5 BB, leaving his K/BB barely above 2.00.  Nonetheless, he improved his W-L record to 5-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.09 through ten starts.  Anderson's eighth appearance was his longest this year.  Stoffell pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 11th save.  Font, who began the season ranked by Baseball America as the Rangers #10 prospect, made his fourth Cal League start.  He took the loss with four unearned runs aftering allowing just 1 ER in 14.0 over his past two starts.

A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 8-1

Augusta: 2B Ryan Cavan: 3 for 5, SO
Augusta: CF Evan Crawford: 3 for 4, 3B, 2 2B

Augusta: SP Jorge Bucardo: 8.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Crawford has had an odd array of XBH in his first full pro season.  After three XBH today, he now has 1 HR, 8 triples, and 4 doubles as part of a .257/.325/.364 line (through 214 AB).  Cavan also had three hits, raising his AVG to .268.

Bucardo has been on a role.  After a 1.26 ERA in six May starts, he allowed just 1 ER in his longest start of the year, lowering his season ERA to 1.87.  Today he had a 12/6 GO/FO line.

DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day