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minor lines, 4/8/11

Friday highlight from the Giants' farm: Eric Surkamp had 10 K in 4.0 IP.  Also notable, Shane Loux and Mario Rodriguez both allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP, and Emmanuel Burriss stole four bases.

AAA: Fresno lost to Las Vegas 4-1

Fresno: 2B Emmanuel Burriss: 1 for 3, BB, 4 SB
Fresno: 2B Brett Pill: 1 for 3, 2B, HBP, SO
Las Vegas: 3B Brett Lawrie: 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB, HBP

Fresno: SP Shane Loux: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Fresno: RP Henry Sosa: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER--1 HB

While the Grizzlies were held to just four hits, Burriss and Pill both reached base twice.  Burriss set a team record with 4 SB in one game.  Lawrie, whom the Blue Jays acquired this winter from the Brewers for Shaun Marcum, reached base four times in his second game with his new organizaiton.

The 31-year-old Loux allowed just 1 ER in his first start in the Giants organization.  Sosa, who made the tail end of Baseball America's top 30 prospects list for the Giants, retired just four of the eight batters he faced.

AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 7-1
(after trailing 2-0 through seven innings)

Richmond: 1B Joe Koshansky: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SO

Richmond: SP Eric Surkamp: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K

Koshansky, the 28-year-old former Rockies prospect, was the lone Flying Squirrel to reach base twice.

Surkamp, who missed the second half of last season, had an impressive 2011 season debut.  He pitched just four innings but struck out 10 of the 16 batters he faced.  With the strikeouts, he ran his pitch count up to 71 pitches (44 strikes) in this somewhat abbreviated start.

A+: San Jose lost to Lake Elsinore 5-4
(allowing two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning)

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, HBP, 2 SB
Lake Elsinore: C Jason Hagerty: 3 for 4, 2B

San Jose: SP Chris Heston: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
San Jose: RP Hector Correa: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K
San Jose: RP Jose Casilla: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB

While every Giant in the lineup had a hit, Brown was the only Giant with two hits.  He also stole two bases, giving him three steals over his first two games.  Hagerty, who is ranked among the Padres top ten prospects after hitting for a .917 OPS in the Midwest League last year, had three hits.

Heston came up short of a quality start in his Cal League debut.  Correa retired 9 of the 10 batters he faced in outstanding middle relief.  Casilla, perhaps the top relief pitching prospect in the Giants organization, retired just one of his three batters.

A-: Augusta defeated Greeville 6-2
(after the game was tied 1-1 through eight innings)

Augusta: 3B Adam Duvall: 1 for 4, HR, BB, SO
Augusta: RF Rafael Rodriguez: 2 for 4, 3B

Augusta: SP Mario Rodriguez: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Duvall, the Giants' eleventh round selection a year ago who had 4 HRs in the NWL last summer, went deep.  Raf-Rod, batting eighth in the Augusta lineup, was the lone GreenJacket with a multi-hit line.

Rodriguez, who had an ERA of 5.22 in 22 relief appearances in the NWL Last summer and who had not started a pro game since the 2007 season, had a very effective start.