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minor lines, 5/27/11

Friday highlight from the Giants' farm: Thomas Neal homered and singled.

AAA: Fresno lost to Colorado Springs 2-1

Fresno: 3B-SS Edgar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2B, SB
Fresno: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO

Fresno: SP Doug Mathis: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Neal and Gonzalez each had two of the Grizzlies' seven hits, raising their respective AVGs to .347 and .266.  Neal has homered in two of the three games since his month-long stint on the DL.

Pitching his fifth straight quality start, Mathis had season highs with 8 H and 8 K.  He continues to have good peripheral stats with 52 H, 17 BB, and 44 K in 52.2 IP.

AA: Richmond lost to Akron 9-2
(allowing six runs in the 4th inning)

Richmond: SS Nick Noonan: 1 for 3, BB
Richmond: CF Juan Cruz: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Richmond: DH Johnny Monell: 2 for 4

Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Noonan and Monell were two of the three Flying Squirrels to reach base twice, although both hitters still have AVGs below .240.  Cruz's oh-fer with the hat trick pushed his SO/AB ratio above 25%.

Tanner had his least effective start of the season with a season-low 3.1 IP and season-high 8 ER which inflated his ERA to 4.84.  In his previous eight starts, he allowed 4 ER only once, and that came in his first start of the year.

A+: San Jose lost to Bakersfield 9-8
(after the score was tied 5-5 through two innings

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 4, BB
San Jose: 3B Chris Dominguez: 0 for 5, 3 SO
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 1 for 4, 3B, BB, 2 SO
Bakersfield: DH Yasmani Grandal: 1 for 3, 2 BB

San Jose: SP Chris Heston: 6.0 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
San Jose: RP Heath Hembree: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Every starter in the Giants lineup had a hit except for Dominguez, who had a hat trick as part of his oh-fer.  He now has more strikeouts than hits (57 SO vs 56 H in 199 AB, .281 AVG).  Parker's 2nd triple was the Giants' lone XBH.  Top hitting prospect Brown reached base twice.  Grandal, whom the Reds drafted 12th overall last June, reached base three times.

Heston allowed season-highs with 11 H and 6 ER, but his BAA remains just .238 and his ERA just 2.88 after nine starts.  He allowed 5 R in the 1st inning but then just one run the rest of the way.  Hembree got his 16th save despite allowing a couple baserunners.

A-: Augusta lost Savanna 5-2
(allowing two runs in both the 6th and 7th innings)

Augusta: SS Robert Haney: 1 for 3, 2 BB, SF, SO, E
Augusta: CF Chris Lofton: 2 for 4, SB

Augusta: SP Seth Rosin: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Augusta: RP Mario Rodriguez: 2.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K

Lofton had the GreenJackets' lone multi-hit line, raising his AVG to .235.  Haney was one of three GreenJackets to reach base three times.

Rosin was having a very effective start, having struck out five of his eight batters before a 75-minute rain delay forced him from the game.  Rodriguez picked up in long relief pitching through the end of the 5th inning with just one run allowed.