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minor lines, 7/15/10

Highlights from the Giants' farm: Brandon Belt homered and tripled while reaching base four times, and Charlie Culberson had four hits.

AAA: Fresno lost to Las Vegas 3-0

Fresno: RF Eugenio Velez: 1 for 2, 2B, BB, SH, E
Fresno: DH Jesus Guzman: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SO
Las Vegas: C J.P. Arencibia: 1 for 5, HR

Fresno: SP Kevin Pucetas: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR

Velez and Guzman each reached base twice.  Guzman had his 9th double, and Velez his 8th double.  The Blue Jays' Arencibia led off the 2nd innings with his 26th HR.

Pucetas, who has averaged less than five innings per start this year, had his second straight start with 6.0 IP.  He wasn't particularly efficient with his pitch count, though, throwing 104 pitches (66 strikes).

AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 8-6

Richmond: 2B Nick Noonan: 3 for 5, 2 SO
Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 5, 2 2B
Richmond: 1B Brandon Belt: 3 for 4, HR, 3B, BB

Richmond: SP Felix Romero: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Rafael Cova: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB
Bowie: SP Steve Johnson: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 WP

The heart of the Flying Squirrels' lineup may have had their best game of the year with the second, third, and fourth hitters in their lineup combining to go 8 for 14 with 4 XBH and 1 BB.  Belt reached base four times, including his 5th HR and 1st triple since his promotion to the upper minors.  Noonan added three singles to raise his AVG to .258.  Neal had his 22nd and 23rd doubles.

Romero allowed just one run through five innings, but three runs in the 6th inning gave him just his second start in seven starts this year with more than 2 ER allowed.  After the Squirrels rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, Cova blew the save in the top of the 9th inning.  Johnson, whom the Giants selected in the Rule 5 draft before returning him to the Orioles, allowed just one run, getting his ERA back below 6.00.

A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 7-5

San Jose: CF Francisco Peguero: 3 for 4, 3B, BB
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 4 for 5, SB

San Jose: SP Oliver Odle: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--1 HR
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.1 IP, 3 K--1 WP

Culberson singled four times to raise his AVG above .320.  He hasn't been much of a singles hitter this year given his XBH/H ratio above 40%, but tonight all four hits went for a single base, snapping his streak of three straight games with a big fly.  Peguero also reached base four times, with his three hits, which included his 8th triple, raising his AVG to .297.

Odle had his second straight start with 5 ER but also had a season-high 8 K.  Apparently the beneficiary of excellent run support, he has a 10-3 W-L record despite an ERA over 4.50.  Stoffel struck out three of his four batters for his 14th save.

A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 6-5
(allowing two runs in both the 7th and 8th innings)

Augusta: LF Nick Liles: 2 for 5, SB

Augusta: SP Andrew Reichard: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Augusta: RP Jose Casilla: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Liles had the GreenJackets' only multi-hit line.  He also had his 18th SB.

Reichard allowed four runs, although two of those runs scored after he left the game.  The 2 K were a season low (as a starter), and he had a 4/10 GO/FO line.  Later in the game, Casilla allowed his two inherited runners to score to suffer his 2nd blown save.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Boise 10-7
(after leading 4-2 through seven innings)

Salem-Keizer: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 5, 2B, 2 SO
Salem-Keizer: RF Jose Medina: 2 for 4, HR, HBP, SO
Salem-Keizer: 2B Julio Izturis: 2 for 4, SB

Salem-Keizer: SP Edward: Concepcion: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP David Newton: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER
Salem-Keizer: RP Stephen Harrold: 0.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER--1 HR

The 23-year-old Medina reached base three times, including once via his 3rd HR.  Duvall and Izturis also had two hits each.

Concepcion had a solid start despite issuing 4 BB for the third time in his six starts.  Newton, making his first NWL appearance in four years, and Harrold combined to allow seven runs in the 8th inning.

R: Giants lost to Royals 7-3

Scottsdale: 2B Wes Hobson: 2 for 5, SB
Scottsdale: LF Jose De La Cruz: 2 for 4, GiDP

Scottsdale: SP Austin Fleet: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB,4 K

Hobson and De La Cruz both had two hits.  Both hitters have AVGs over .320.

After three straight great starts, Fleet scuffled in his fifth start.  The 8 H were as many as he had allowed in his last three starts combined.

DSL: Giants lost to Phillies 6-3

Dominican: 2B Alberto Robles: 2 for 3, 3B, 2B, HBP, GiPD
Dominican: SP Marvin Barrios: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 2 WP

Robles (19.10 y.o.) had his third straight multi-hit game, including just his 4th and 5th XBHs of the year (among 37 H).  Barrios (17.9 y.o.), who had allowed just 1 ER in his previous 18.0 IP, allowed 3 ER in his second start among six appearances.