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minor lines, 6/18/11

Saturday highlight from the Giants' farm: Andrew Kown 6.0 no-hit, shutout IP.  Also notable, Joe Panik reached base four times.

AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 3-0

Fresno: 2B Edgar Gonzalez: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Fresno: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 4
Fresno: C Hector Sanchez: 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Gonzalez led the Grizzlies' offense with a double, single, and a walk.  The 33-year-old, whose younger brother is the Red Sox' Adrian Gonzalez, is now hitting .298/.357/.422 through 218 AB.  Also reaching base twice were Neal and Sanchez.

Kown had his most notable start of the season with 6.0 no-hit IP.  He combined with three relievers for the shutout.  He threw 102 pitches (55 strikes).  The stats suggest that he tends to allow fewer hits but more walks than your average PCL starting pitcher.  He has just 67 H but 34 BB in 82.1 IP this year.

AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 3-1

Richmond: DH Johnny Monell: 1 for 3, HR, SO
Richmond: SS Nick Noonan: 2 for 3

Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Alex Hinshaw: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Monell had his 7th HR with two outs in the 8th inning, enabling the Flying Squirrels to avoid the shutout.  Noonan had the Squirrels' other two hits, getting his AVG back above .230.

Tanner had a season-high 8 K while delivering another quality start.  His ERA remains above 4.50, though.  Hinshaw had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning.

A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 2-1

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 0 for 2, BB, SH, SO
San Jose: SS Robert Haney: 1 for 3

San Jose: SP Chris Heston: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Haney's single, just his second hit among 21 AB since being promoted to the Cal League, was one of just two hits for the Giants.  Brown had unremarkable line.

Heston had a strong start, including a season-high 9 K and an 8/2 GO/FO line.  His ERA is now just below 3.50 after a dozen starts.  In his last two starts he has 17 K and 0 BB in 14.0 IP, raising his K/BB towards 4.00.

A-: Augusta hosting Asheville suspended by rain
(with Augusta leading 6-0 after four innings)

Augusta: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 1 for 3, HR
Augusta: LF Devin Harris: 2 for 2, 2B

Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 E

Willoughby, who has had 1 HR in each of his previous two seasons, had his 1st HR of this season.  Harris had hit safely in both plate appearances.

Despite no strikeouts, Rogers delivered another strong start.  He had a 7/1 GO/FO line as he further lowered his ERA to 2.27.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Spokane 7-2
(allowing six runs in the 4th inning)

Salem-Keizer: SS Joe Panik: 3 for 4, BB, SB
Salem-Keizer: DH Kaohi Downing: 2 for 3, BB, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Brandon Allen: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K--1 HB

After reaching base three times in his first pro game, Panik reached base four times in his second pro game.  He also his 1st pro SB.  Downing, the Giants' 50th rounder two years ago, reached base three times.  This was his second pro game.

Allen, the Giants' 18th rounder a year ago who made just five appearances in the AZL last summer, began with three scoreless frames but then allowed three baserunners in the 4th inning before being removed from the game.

DSL: Giants defeated Mets 6-4

Dominican: 2B Shurendell Mujica: 2 for 4, HR, 3B, BB, SO
Dominican: SP Renzo Freite: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K--1 WP

Mujica (20.2 y.o.), who is playing in his second DSL campaign, had his 1st pro HR.  Freite (18.5 y.o.) made his first start after two relief appearances earlier this year.  He allowed just one run despite allowing nearly two baserunners per inning.