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minor lines, 8/7/10

Highlights from the Giants' farm: four San Jose hitters--Francisco Peguero, Johnny Monell, Charlie Culberson, and James Simmons--homered as part of multi-hit performances.  Also notable, Jeff Arnold homered twice for the Volcanoes.

AAA: Fresno lost to Round Rock 4-1

Fresno: LF-3B Jesus Guzman: 2 for 4
Fresno: RF Ben Copeland: 2 for 4

Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K--1 HR, 1 WP, 1 PO
Fresno: RP Tony Pena Jr.: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Guzman and Copeland both had two hits for the Grizzlies.  Their respective AVGs stand at .312 and .272.

Yourkin allowed more than 1 ER for just the second time in his last seven starts.  Even so, he has just a 1-2 W-L record over those seven starts.  Pena seems to finally be settling into the PCL enough to enjoy some success.  He has 7.1 scoreless IP over his last four appearances to get his ERA below 7.00.

AA: Richmond lost to Portland 9-6
(after trailing 7-2 after two innings)

Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 5, 2 2B, 3 SO, E
Richmond: RF Brandon Belt: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
Richmond: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 5, 2 2B
Richmond: 1B Sharlon Schoop: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO

Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 3.0 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Ronnie Ray: 2.0 IP, 1 K
Portland: RP Dan Turpen: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 K

The Flying Squirrels' lineup pounded out nine doubles among its thirteen hits, including two each by Neal, Gillaspie, and Schoop.  Belt also had a double as he reached base three times.

Tanner had perhaps his worst start of the year, raising his ERA to 3.42.  Ray had 2.0 perfect IP as the second of two relievers to appear for the Squirrels.  Turpen, making his second appearance since the Giants traded him to the Red Sox, retired just three of his eight former teammates in the 6th inning.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 15-5
(after scoring eleven runs in the 1st inning)

San Jose: CF Francisco Peguero: 3 for 6, HR, SO
San Jose: DH Johnny Monell: 2 for 5, HR, BB, 2 SO
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, HR, 2 BB
San Jose: RF James Simmons: 2 for 5, HR, 2B, BB, 2 SO

San Jose: SP Kyle Woodruff: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

The Giants' seventeen-hit attack included four big flies, including Culberson's and Monell's 15th HRs, Peguero's 8th HR, and Simmons 9th HR.

Woodruff's fourth start was his shortest start.  He has a 3.10 ERA in his four starts following a 2.65 ERA in sixteen relief appearances.  But his K/BB ratio has deteriorated with the change in roles, going from 31 K vs 6 BB to 9 K vs 11 BB.

A-: Augusta lost to Asheville 7-2

Augusta: C Hector Sanchez: 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Augusta: SP Craig Clark: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Augusta: RP Zach Wheeler: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
Augusta: RP Hector Correa: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 5 K

Sanchez had one of the GreenJacket's four hits and one of their seven walks.  Since their mid-June all-star break, he is hitting .310/.373/.440 in 130 AB.

Clark allowed 6 ER for the second time in his last three starts.  The 26-year-old now has a 5.45 ERA in seven Sally League starts this year.  A contrast in performances out of the bullpen, top prospect Wheeler walked four of his ten batters before Correa struck out five of his six batters.  Since the Futures Game, Wheeler has 8 BB in 8.0 IP.  Since the end of April, the 22-year-old Correa has 40 K against just 4 BB in 24.2 IP.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene 4-3 (12 innings)

Salem-Keizer: 3B Josh Eshleman: 0 for 6, 4 SO
Salem-Keizer: C Jeff Arnold: 3 for 4, 2 HR, BB

Salem-Keizer: SP Shane Kaufman: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

The lone Volcano with multiple hits, Arnold had his first two pro HRs.  Eshleman, the Giants' eleventh round a year ago, has struggled with injuries and poor performance this year.  Tonight he had an oh-fer that included the sombrero.

Kaufman matched his longest start of the year with 6.0 IP.  Although he had a quality start, his ERA edged up above 4.00.

R: Giants lost to Dodgers 9-4

Scottsdale: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 1 for 3, 2 BB, SO

Scottsdale: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Scottsdale: RP Reinier Roibal: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Batting leadoff, Willoughby reached base three times, lifting his OBP to .383.

With 9 H allowed, Mendoza saw his BAA rise even further above .300.  Through his first five appearances, the 21-year-old Roibal now has stats of 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, and 6 K in 4.2 IP.  This was his first appearance without a walk.

DSL: Giants lost to Yankees1 8-7 (14 innings)

Dominican: C Gabriel Cornier: 0 fo 1, 5 BB
Dominican: SP Bertoni Garcia: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR

Apparently quite willing to walk off the island, (Cornier 18.2 y.o.) walked five times.  After seven relief appearances with a sub-2.00 ERA, Garcia (19.1 y.o.) got his first start of the year.  He has now started one game in each of his three DSL campaigns.