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minor lines, 7/10/10

Highlights from the Giants' farm: David Mixon and Brian Irving each allowed just 2 ER in 7.0+ IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 8-2

Fresno: 2B Eugenio Velez: 2 for 3, 3B, BB
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 4, 2B
Tacoma: 1B Mike Carp: 2 for 4, 2 HR

Fresno: SP Daryl Maday: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--3 HR
Fresno: RP Alex Hinshaw: 2.0 IP, 2 K

Velez and Williams each had two hits for the Grizzlies.  Williams had had just two hits over his previous six games since being promoted to the PCL.  Carp, who has received 84 AB with the Mariners last year and previously this year, had his 14th and 15th HRs of the year.

Maday had his least effective start of the year.  After allowing just 25 ER and 3 HR in sixteen Eastern League starts, he has allowed 8 ER and 5 HR in his first two PCL starts.  Hinshaw had 2.0 perfect IP while throwing 13 of 20 ptiches for strikes.

AA: Richmond lost to Altoona 2-1
(yielding both runs in the 1st inning)

Richmond: 1B Brandon Belt: 1 for 4, HR
Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 1 for 3, BB

Richmond: SP David Mixon: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Rafael Cova: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Altoona: SP Zach Duke: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 HR

Belt's 3rd HR scored the Flying Squirrels' only run.  With one of their four hits and one of their two walks, Neal was their only hitter to reach base twice.  His OBP is now an even .350.

Mixon had his sixth quality start (all with two runs or less too) in his last seven starts.  With 5 K and 0 BB, he also got his K/BB ratio back above 3.00.  Cova pitched a perfect 8th inning.  The Pirates' Duke made his second rehab start.

A+: San Jose lost to Lake Elsinore 8-2

San Jose: 3B Jose Flores: 2 for 4, 2B, SO, E

San Jose: SP Eric Stolp: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K--2 HR, 1 HB

Flores was the only Giant to reach base twice.  He is now hitting .340/.379/.461 through 191 AB this year.  Last year he had a sub-.400 OPS in just 49 AB.

Stolp had a season-high 4 BB in his tenth start.  His K/BB slippled below 2.00; and his ERA for the season, including six relief appearances before he moved into the rotation, rose above 4.50.

A-: Augusta defeated Kannapolis 3-2

Augusta: CF Evan Crawford: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SO, SB
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SO

Augusta: SP Brian Irving: 7.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Augusta: RP Jose Casilla: 1.2 IP, 1 H

Crawford and Anders were two of three GreenJackets with two hits each.  They had their 9th and 20th doubles, respectively.  Crawford also had his 17th SB.

Irving's fifth start was easily his longest of the year, not only completing six innings for the first time but even pitching into the 8th inning.  For the season, his ERA remains just above 4.00.  Casilla got his 6th save as his ERA dipped just below 1.00.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 1-0

Salem-Keizer: LF Ryan Scoma: 2 for 4, SO, CS
Salem-Keizer: DH Adam Duvall: 0 for 2, 2 BB

Salem-Keizer: SP Edward Concepcion: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP Matt Graham: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB--1 IBB

Scoma had the Volcanoes' only multi-hit line, raising his AVG a bit further to .380.  Duvall also reached base twice.

After scuffling through his first two starts, Concepcion has now strung together three fairly effective starts.  Over his past three starts, the 21-year-old has peripheral stats of 13 H, 5 BB, and 13 K in 17.0 IP.  After three ineffective starts, Graham made his first pro relief appearance and pitched two scoreless frames.

R: Giants defeated Cubs 9-0

Scottsdale: C Chuckie Jones: 1 for 5, HR, 2 SO
Scottsdale: 1B Brian Cutspec: 3 for 5, 3 SO
Scottsdale: CF Mike Murray: 3 for 4, 2B

Scottsdale: SP Austin Fleet: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Scottsdale: RP David Newton: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Murray and Cutspec each had three hits, raising their respective AVGs to .462 and .278.  Jones had his 3rd HR.  (Also, I suspect that the box score is mistaken in switching the defensive positions which Jones and Murray presumably played.)

The 23-year-old Fleet has his third straight impressive start, at least statistically as it appears in the box score.  He has not allowed a run over his last three starts, dropping his ERA below 1.00.  Newton has yet to allow a baserunner through his three appearances. 

DSL: Giants hosting Nationals (no results reported)