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minor lines, 5/8/11

Sunday highlights from the Giants farm: both Hector Sanchez and Ryan Scoma homered as part of multi-hit afternoons.

AAA: Fresno defeated Tucson 4-3

Fresno: CF Andres Torres: 2 for 4, BB, SO
Fresno: 3B Mark DeRosa: 2 for 4, SO
Fresno: RF-1B Travis Ishikawa: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO

Fresno: SP Josh Banks: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Casey Daigle: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Torres and DeRosa--two Giants on rehab assignments--had both of the Grizzlies' multi-hit lines.  Ishikawa had his 2nd HR, along with a walk, improving his line to .273/.340/.420 through 88 AB.

Banks' fifth start was his most effective start of the year, as 6.0 IP matched his season high and 2 R was a new season low (as a starter).  Oddly enough, this was his first pitching appearance at home in four weeks.  Daigle pitched a perfect 7th inning, but his WHIP remains above 1.50.

AA: Richmond lost to Altoona 7-2
(allowing four runs in the 6th inning)

Richmond: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 4, 2B
Altoona: CF Starling Marte: 3 for 5, 2B, SB

Richmond: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 IBB

Kieschnick and Monell each had two of the Flying Squirrels' six hits, raising their respective AVGs to .185 and .207.  The day after taking an oh-fer with a hat trick, Marte, one of the Pirates' top five prospects, bounced back with three hits.  He has hit .315/.347/.450 through his first 111 AB.

Making his sixth start of the season and his third against Altoona, Fitzgerald allowed a season-high 6 ER.  After having allowed just 7 ER over his previous five starts combined, he saw his ERA rise to nearly 4.00.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 7-3
(scoring five runs over the 6th and 7th innings)

San Jose: DH Hector Sanchez: 2 for 5, HR, 2B, SO
San Jose: 3B Chris Dominguez: 1 for 4, HR, BB

San Jose: SP Chris Heston: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 WP
San Jose: RP Heath Hembree: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Dominguez and Sanchez had their 7th and 3rd HRs.  Sanchez's performance resulted in 5 RBIs.

Heston made his longest start of the season, pitching seven full innings.  With 6 K, which matched a season high, and just 1 BB, he got his K/BB ratio above 2.00.  Hembree got his 8th save, his seventh straight appearance in which he has recorded a save.

A-: Augusta lost to West Virginia 12-6
(after falling behind 10-1 midway through the 6th inning)

Augusta: DH Ryan Scoma: 2 for 5, HR, 2 SO
Augusta: 1B Sundrendy Windster: 1 for 2, HR

Augusta: SP Mario Rodriguez: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 HR, 1 WP, 1 PO
West Virginia: SP Jameson Taillon: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HB

Among six different GreenJackets with two hits, Scoma hit his 2nd HR.  Windster, who was not part of the starting lineup, added his 1st HR.

Rodriguez allowed a season-high 6 ER.  With 4+ ER allowed in four of his six starts, he has an ERA above 6.00.  Taillon, whom the Pirates selected second overall a year ago, made his third pro start.  So far in his brief pro career, he has 8 H, 2 BB, 2 R, and 11 K in 11.0 IP.