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Labor Day highlights from the Giants farm (on the final day of the minor league regular season): Joe Borchard and Carter Jurica homered while having three hits each, and Jesus Guzman had two XBH among four hits.

AAA: Fresno defeated Tacome 9-6
(after trailing 6-2 through four innings)

Fresno: 3B: Jesus Guzman: 4 for 5, 3B, 2B
Fresno: RF Brandon Belt: 1 for 5, HR, SO
Fresno: DH Joe Borchard: 3 for 4, HR, 2B
Fresno: SS Tony Pena Jr.: 3 for 4
Tacoma: 2B Dustin Ackley: 1 for 4, HR, BB, 2 SO

Fresno: SP Waldis Joaquin: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K--2 HR
Fresno: RP Brandon Medders: 1.0 IP, 1 K

With four hits in the season finale, Guzman finished the year with a .321 AVG.  Belt and Borchard finished the year with the 23rd and 17th HRs, respectively.  Moved from the infield to the pitching mound because of his limitations as a hitter, Pena still managed to have three hits while filling in as an infielder and finished his half season in the PCL with a .385 AVG.  The Mariners' Ackley had his 5th HR in 52 PCL games.

Moved to the rotation to finish the season, Joaquin had 20 H, 13 BB, and 10 K in 15.1 IP with a 6.46 ERA in his five starts.  Medders, one of five Grizzlies relievers, pitched a perfect 7th inning.

AA: Richmond defeated Bowie 4-3
(scoring all four runs in the 4th inning)

Richmond: 1B Sharlon Schoop: 2 for 4, 2B, SO, E
Richmond: RF Juan Ciriaco: 2 for 4, 2B

Richmond: SP Felix Romero: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Rafael Cova: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Both Schoop and Ciriaco had a double and a single in the season finale.

Scattering nine hits across five innings enough to allowed just 1 ER, Romero had another effective start.  He had a 2.88 ERA in his fourteen starts.  Cova pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 23rd save.

A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 9-5

San Jose: 3B-2B Jose Flores: 2 for 4, 3B, BB
San Jose: 1B-3B Drew Biery: 2 for 3, 3B, 2B, BB

San Jose: SP Jorge Bucardo: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HB

Flores and Biery both reached base three times.  With two hits each, the finished the season with AVGs of .331 and .249, respectively.

In eight Cal League starts, Bucardo averaged a bit less than five innings per start while posting a 4.42 ERA.

A-: Augusta defeated Delmarva 7-2

Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Augusta: C Tommy Joseph: 2 for 4, SO
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 1 for 4, HR, SO

Augusta: SP Andrew Reichard: 8.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Augusta: RP Jose Casilla: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Delmarva: SP Matt Hobgood: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 WP

Dominugez and Anders had their 21st and 14th HRs.  With the GreenJackets' only multi-hit line, Joseph finished his first pro season with a .236 AVG.

Reichard finished the season with his longest start of the year.  After a perfect 9th inning, Casilla's season-ending stats are 40 H, 17 BB, and 41 K in 54.1 IP with a 1.16 ERA.  Hobgood, whom the Orioles selected fifth overall a year ago, faced just one batter over the minimum.  Statistically, his first season was not particularly impressive with 90 H, 38 BB, and 59 K in 94.0 IP with a 4.40 ERA.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Eugene 9-4
(finishing a disappointing season with a four-game winning streak)

Salem-Keizer: CF Gary Brown: 0 for 4, HBP, 3 SO, CS
Salem-Keizer: SS Carter Jurica: 3 for 5, HR, 2 SO, SB
Salem-Keizer: RF Devin Harris: 2 for 5, HR, GiDP
Salem-Keizer: C Jeff Arnold: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO, E

Salem-Keizer: SP Taylor Rogers: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Going deep in the season finale, Jurica had his 4th HR, Arnold his 3rd HR, and Harris his 1st HR.  Brown, the Giants' first rounder this year, had the oh-fer with the hat trick.  In his six NWL games, he had 3 H and 7 SO among 22 AB.

Rogers, the Volcanoes' opening day starter, allowed 3+ ER for the sixth time in his last eight starts.  Still, he finished with an ERA just below 4.50.

R: The rookie Giants finished their season on August 30.

DSL: The Gigantes finished their season on September 2.