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minor lines, 5/4/11

Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Shane Loux had 6.0 scoreless IP, and Edgar Gonzalez homered and singled.

AAA: Fresno defeated Colorado Springs 4-3
(with each team scoring one run in 9th inning)

Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 4, 2B
Fresno: SS Edgar Gonzoalez: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SB

Fresno: SP Shane Loux: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Henry Sosa: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB
Colorado Springs: RP Rex Brothers: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Gonzalez added a necessary insurance run with his solo HR to lead of the 9th inning.  It was his 2nd HR, and he also had his 2nd and 3rd SBs.  Gillaspie, one of two othe Grizzlies with two hits, had his 8th double.

Loux's 6.0 scoreless IP lowered his ERA below 3.00.  This was was arguably his best start of the year--not his longest start but his first start without allowing a run.  Sosa's struggles continue as he retired just one of four batters.  Brothers, whom the Rockies drafted 34th overall two years ago, has had multiple strikeouts in all but one of his last nine appearances despite only once pitching more than an inning.  For the season, he has 25 K against 6 BB in 14.0 IP.

AA: Richmond at New Britain postponed by rain
(A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for today.)

A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 6-2
(allowing four runs in the 6th inning)

San Jose: SS Carter Jurica: 1 for 3, 2B

San Jose: SP Zack Wheeler: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K--1 HR, 1 WP
San Jose: RP Ari Ronick: 1.0 IP, 3 K
San Jose: RP Jose Valdez: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Visalia: SP Tyler Skaggs: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

No one reached base twice for the Giants.  Among their four hits was Jurica's 4th double.  Last summer's third round selection has hit just .217/.313/.301 through his first 83 AB this year.

In his fifth start, Wheeler matched a season-high with 5 R, but one of the runs was unearned and two of the runs scored after he had left the game.  The 3 BB also matched a season high.  He had a 8/3 GO/FO line.  Although he has yet to pitch a full six innings this year, he has had 7+ K in each of his last four starts.  Ronick and Valdez struck out five of their six batters.  Skaggs, whom the Diamondbacks acquired from the Angels as part of the Dan Haren trade, shut down the Giants with perhaps his best start of the season, although he had a season-low 5 K.  The top 100 prospect has 27 H, 17 BB, and 45 K in 32.0 IP through six starts.

A-: Augusta had a scheduled off-day
(Their only other scheduled off-day this month is May 24.)