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minor lines, 5/3/11

Tuesday highlight from the Giants' farm: Nick Liles homered among three hits.

AAA: Fresno lost to Colorado Springs 13-5
(after trailing 6-1 through two innings)

Fresno: SS Edgar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, SO
Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 3 for 4, 2 2B
Colorado Springs: RF Charlie Blackmon: 3 for 4, 3B, BB, SO
Colorado Springs: SS Chris Nelson: 3 for 4, 2B, SF

Fresno: SP Josh Banks: 3.0+ IP, 10 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Waldis Joaquin: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K
Fresno: "RP" Tyler LaTorre: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB

Gillaspie and Gonzalez combined for five of the Grizzlies' nine hits.  With his 6th and 7th doubles, as well as a single, Gillaspie raised his SLG to .427.  Blackmon and Nelson, two of the Rockies' top twenty prospects, were two of the four Sky Sox with three hits each.  Both hitters raised their AVGs above .335.

Banks allowed hits to 10 of his 19 batters, and the 9 ER raised his ERA to 8.59.  Joaquin made his first appearance of the year, throwing 23 of 37 pitches for strikes over two innings.  After four regular pitchers each allowed a run, catcher LaTorre made the rare pitching appearance to finish the game.

AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 4-2

Richmond: RF Mike McBryde: 1 for 2, 2B, BB
Richmond: 3B Jose Flores: 2 for 3, 3B

Richmond: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 5.0+ IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--3 WP, 1 E
Richmond: RP Ronnie Ray: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K

Flores had two of the Flying Squirrles' five hits, including his 2nd triple, getting his AVG back above the Mendoza line.  Drawing the Squirrels' only walk, McBryde also reached base twice.  He also threw out a runner at the plate.

After allowing just 3 ER over his first four starts combined, Fitzgerald allowed 4 ER in his fifth start, raising his ERA to 2.66.  While he has the nice, low ERA, he has allowed quite a few baserunners as his WHIP is surprisingly close to 2.00.  He has also has had more walks than strikeouts in each of his past three starts.  Ray struck out three of his six batters.

A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 6-4
(rallying for four runs in the 7th inning)

San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 1 for 4, HR, HBP, 3 SO
San Jose: DH Nick Liles: 3 for 4, HR, 2B
Visalia: 3B Matt Davidson: 2 for 4, 2 HR

San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--2 HR
San Jose: RP Heath Hembree: 1.1 IP, 3 K

Liles connected for his 1st HR as he had a three-hit game for the third time in his last six games.  Through his first 71 AB this year, he has hit .394/.443/.606.  Parker had his 3rd HR, all of which have come in his last five games; but he also had the hat trick, raising his SO/AB to 29%.  Davidson, one of the Diamondbacks' top five prospects, had his 3rd and 4th HRs.  He has hit .268/.327/.433 through 97 AB this year.

Westcott allowed a couple solo HRs but otherwise scattered five hits, improving his W-L record to 4-0.  Hembree had 2 K in 1.1 perfect IP for his 7th save.

A-: Augusta lost to Lexington 15-2 (9 innings) in game 1
(completing yesterday's suspended game while allowing ten runs in the 5th through 7th innings)

Augusta: CF Raynor Campbell: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Augusta: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 4, 2B
Lexington: DH Delino DeShields Jr.: 2 for 6, HR, 3 SO, CS
Lexington: SS Jio Mier: 1 for 2, 3 BB, SB

Augusta: SP Mario Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 HR, 1 BK
Augusta: RP Ryan Bradley: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Cambell had his 4th HR, and Duvall had his 7th double.  Both hitters finished the game with AVGs just above .250.  DeShields, the Astros' first round pick a year ago, had his 3rd HR.  Mier, their first round pick the previous year, reached base four times and had his 1st SB.

After Rodriguez allowed 4 ER before the game was suspended yesterday, Bradley made perhaps the longest appearance of his pro career with 3.0 scoreless IP.

A-: Augusta lost to Lexington 8-4 (7 innings) in game 2
(after being outscored 5-4 in the 1st inning)

Augusta: SS Robert Haney: 0 for 1, 3 BB, SO, E
Augusta: C Jeff Arnold: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Lexington: 2B Delino DeShields Jr.: 2 for 3, 3B, BB, SO

Augusta: SP Seth Rosin: 1.0+ IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Augusta: RP Matt Graham: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 WP
Augusta: RP Stephen Harrold: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Playing in just his second game of the season, Haney reached base three times.  Arnold had his 2nd HR.  DeShields had another strong game, but his OBP remains just below .300.

Making the shortest start of his pro career, Rosin retired just three of his eleven batters.  His ERA ballooned to 5.40.  Graham provided three solid innings of relief, which included a 7/0 GO/FO line.  Over his ten relief appearances this year, Graham's peripheral stats are now 16 H, 14 BB, and 8 K in 19.2 IP.  Harrold had 2 K in 1.0 perfect IP.  Last year's 12th rounder through his first ten appearances has 7 H, 5 BB, and 12 K in 10.0 IP.