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minor lines, 7/7/10

Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Eric Surkamp had a career-high 14 K in 7.0 shutout IP, and Chris Dominguez homered on a multi-hit evening.  Also notable, Joe Martinez allowed just 2 ER in 7.0 IP.

AAA: Fresno lost Colorado Springs 7-1

Fresno: CF Eugenio Velez: 3 for 5
Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 1 for 2, 2 BB
Colorado Springs: 2B Kaz Matsui: 5 for 5, 2 2B, SB

Fresno: SP Joe Martinez: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--2 WP
Colorado Springs: SP Greg Smith: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HB

Velez had three of the Grizzlies' eight hits, raising his AVG to .310.  Pill also reached base three times, walking twice, although his BB/AB ratio remains below 7.5%.  His OBP is currently .349, which would be a career-high.  Matsui, who is now in the Rockies' organization but is perhaps most famous for his extended at bat against Brian Wilson earlier this year, had five hits to raise his AVG to .268 in 127 AB in the PCL.

Martinez's second start with the Grizzlies since being optioned back to the minors was a quality start.  He threw 75 of 104 pitches for strikes and had a 11/6 GO/FO line.  He was outdueled by the former-Athletic Smith, who picked up his first win in his eighth start this year.

AA: Richmond lost to Harrisburg 4-0

Richmond: 1B Brandon Belt: 2 for 3, BB
Richmond: RF Clay Timpner: 0 for 3, 3 SO

Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Andy Sisco: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Belt had the Flying Squirrels' only two hits and one of their two walks.  After a hot start to the season, Timpner has cooled off.  After striking out in all three plate appearances yesterday, his AVG since the start of June is below .220.

Westcott has allowed 2 ER in both of his starts in the upper minors.  His peripheral stats over his last two starts are 11 H, 5 BB, and 7 K in 11.0 IP.  He continues to pitch well despite a K/BB ratio well below 2.00.  Sisco struck out three of his seven batters, raising his K/BB to just above 2.40.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 3-0

San Jose: CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 3, HBP, SB
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, SO, SB
San Jose: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
Stockton: SS Grant Green: 0 for 4, 3 SO

San Jose: SP Eric Surkamp: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 14 K--1 HB, 1 E
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Peguero reached base three times, raising his OBP to .320.  Culberson had the Giants' other multi-hit line, while Monell added his 7th HR.  All three aforementioned Giants also had a stolen base.  Green, the Athletics' top prospect on the Ports roster, had the oh-fer with the hat trick.

Surkamp had perhaps the best start of his career, striking out 14 of the 26 batters he faced.  The career-high 14 K raised his K/IP above 1.00.  Through fifteen starts he has many strikeouts as hits and walks combined (75 H, 21 BB, and 96 K in 92.0 IP).  Stoffel finished the shutout with two more strikeouts in a perfect 9th inning.

A-: Augusta lost to Lexington 4-1

Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, HR, SO

Augusta: SP Jorge Bucardo: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Dominguez had his 13th HR and was the only GreenJacket to reach base twice.  His rate stats are now .275/.319/.453 through 349 AB.

Bucardo seems to have slipped into a small rut since the SAL all-star break.  He has allowed 11 ER in three starts since the break after just 14 ER in thirteen starts beforehand.  This may have also been his first start of the year with walks than strikeouts.  His K/BB ratio slipped below 3.00.

ssA: Salem-Keizer had their first scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is July 27.)

R: Giants lost to Mariners 10-3

Scottsdale: CF Chuckie Jones: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Scottsdale: RF Devin Harris: 3 for 4, 2B

Scottdale: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB< 3 K
Scottsdale: RP David Newton: 1.0 IP
Scottsdale: RP Kelvin Marte: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 K

Harris had first pro XBH as part of his second pro multi-hit game, raising his SLG to a sub-par .300.  Jones, the Giants' eighth rounder, had his 1st pro HR.

Mendoza had his second straight start with 1 ER in 4.0 IP.  Through four starts he has an ERA below 3.00 despite allowing more than twice as many hits as strikeouts (19 H vs 9 SO in 16.0 IP).  In their second appearances of the year, Newton pitched a perfect 5th inning, but Marte allowed hits to four of his six batters.

DSL: Giants lost to Phillies 4-1

Dominican: LF Leonardo Fuentes: 2 for 4, 2 SO
Dominican: SP Joan Gregorio: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K--2 HB, 2 WP

Fuentes (17.7 y.o.) had his his first multi-hit game in over a week.  He still has more strikeouts than hits (26 H vs 29 SO in 102 AB, .255 AVG).  The lanky Gregorio (18.5 y.o.) has allowed just 7 ER through his first seven pro starts, although yesterday was his first start without a strikeout.