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minor lines, 4/26/11

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Brett Pill, Johnny Monell, Jarrett Parker, and Hector Sanchez all homered as part of multi-hit games.

AAA: Fresno lost to Reno 6-5
(after yielding four runs in the 4th inning)

Fresno: 3B Brett Pill: 3 for 5, HR, SO
Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB
Resno: SS Cody Ransom: 3 for 4, HR, 2 2B, BB, SO

Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 WP

Pill had three hits to raise his AVG to .390.  He hit his 3rd HR to lead off the 9th inning and bring the Grizzlies back within a run.  The ex-Grizzly Ransom had a huge game against his former club, including his 5th HR and 7th and 8th doubles.  The 35-year-old is hitting .317/.386/.714 through 63 AB.

Kown had allowed just 6 ER through his first three starts combined but allowed 6 ER more in his fourth start, raising his ERA above 5.00.

AA: Richmond lost to Trenton 3-2

Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 3, HR

Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 BK
Richmond: RP Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 1 K
Richmond: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Monell was the only Flying Squirrel to reach base twice.  He drove in both of their runs with his two-run HR in the 8th inning.  Both his HRs this year have come in his last two games.

A week earlier, Maday pitched 5.2 scoreless IP against Trenton.  Tonight he was less effective, yielding 3 ER in 5.0 IP.  His ERA remains below 4.00, though.  Matos had 2.0 perfect IP, but his ERA is still above 5.00.  Stoffel struck out two of his three batters.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 4-3

San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, HR, SO
San Jose: DH Hector Sanchez: 2 for 4, HR, 2B

San Jose: SP Chris Heston: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR
San Jose: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Parker and Sanchez both had their 1st HRs of the year.  For Parker, it was also his first pro HR, while Sanchez has connected for 14 HRs over his previous four seasons, including 5 HRs last year.

Heston had his second straight quality start.  He has yet to allow more than 3 ER in a start this year, which has helped to keep his ERA below 3.00.  Tonight he also had a 10/3 GO/FO line.  A scoreless 9th inning gave Hembree his 4th save.

A-: Augusta lost to Hickory 9-1
(after tying the game at 1-1 in the top of the 6th inning)

Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 2 for 3, BB, SO
Hickory: SS Jurickson Profar: 2 for 3, BB, SB, E

Augusta: SP Mario Rodriguez: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HB

Mazzola reached base three times, getting his OBP above .300.  Profar, whom Baseball America rates as the Rangers' #2 prospect, also reached base three times.  The 18-year-old is hitting .229/.372/.486 through his first 35 AB this year.  This was his second game after missing nine days.

For the first time in four starts this year, Rodriguez pitched less than six innings.  On the more positive side, he yielded just 6 H after allowing 11 H in both of his previous two starts.  His BAA is down to a more manageable .333.