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minor lines, 4/27/11

Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: All three starting pitchers--Eric Surkamp, Craig Westcott, and Seth Rosin--combined to allow just one run in 20.0 IP.

AAA: Fresno had a scheduled off-day
(their only scheduled off-day in April)

AA: Richmond defeated Trenton 1-0 (11 innings)

Richmond: 2B Charlie Culberson: 1 for 2, 3 BB (1 IBB)
Richmond: RF Mike McBryde: 3 for 5, SO

Richmond: SP Eric Surkamp: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Danny Otero: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 6 K
Richmond: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

McBryde had three of the Flying Squirrels' nine hits, raising his AVG to .250.  Culberson reached base four times, including three walks after having drawn just two walks previously this year.  His OBP is now .329.

Surkamp had arguably his best start of the year, matching a season high with 10 K and making his longest start of the year.  He pitched seven full innings after not pitching past the 5th inning in his previous three starts.  His peripheral stats are now 20 H, 10 BB, and 31 K in 20.1 IP.  While the strikeout rate is tremendously good for a starter in the upper minors, he has allowed a fair number of baserunners given his WHIP of nearly 1.50.  Otero struck out six (a career high?) of his eleven batters.  Stoffel struck two of his three batters.  Three Trenton batters went 0 for 5 with at least three strikeouts.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 2-0
(scoring both runs in the 1st inning)

San Jose: CF Jarrett Parker: 1 for 3, HR, HBP
San Jose: RF Ryan Lollis: 1 for 2, 2B, HBP

San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
San Jose: RP Hector Correa: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K--1 WP
San Jose: RP Jose Casilla: 1.0 IP, 1 H

Parker homered for the second straight day.  He and Lollis were the only two Giants to reach base twice.

With 6.0 scoreless IP, Westcott won his third straight start.  He does have a low walk rate, but his peripheral stats (26 H, 3 BB, 11 K in 22.2 IP) are otherwise unimpressive as he has more than twice as many hits as strikeouts through four starts.  Correa struck out three of seven batters as he and Casilla completed the shutout.  Casilla got his first save.

A-: Augusta lost to Hickory 3-2
(scoring one run in the 11th inning but then allowing two runs in the bottom half)

Augusta: DH Josh Mazzola: 1 for 3, BB, SB

Augusta: SP Seth Rosin: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 WP
Augusta: RP Stephen Harrold: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 IBB

Mazzola was the lone GreenJacket to reach base twice.  He drew their only walk as he was also their only hitter not to strike out.

Rosin had perhaps the best start of his young professional career.  This was his third start of the year after being limited to four starts last year.  Harrold worked a perfect 10th inning but then did not retire any of the five batters he faced in the 11th inning, taking just the second loss of his pro career which now covers 30 appearances.