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minor lines, 6/21/11

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Barry Zito pitched a two-hit shutout, Adam Duvall homered and singled to be named the SAL All-Star Game's MVP, and both Roger Kieschnick and Johnny Monell also homered and singled.  Also notable, Henry Sosa had 1 ER and 7 K in 5.1 IP.

AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 2-0

Fresno: CF Darren Ford: 1 for 4, HR
Fresno: RF Brad Eldred: 1 for 3, HR
Fresno: C Hector Sanchez: 1 for 3, 2B

Fresno: SP Barry Zito: 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Eldred scored the game's first run in the 2nd inning with his 11th HR.  Ford scored the game's only other run in the 8th inning with his 2nd HR.  Sanchez's 2nd PCL double was one of only two other hits for the Grizzlies.

Zito had a very effective start, facing only three batters over the minimum in his two-hit, complete-game shuout.  He threw 118 pitches (75 strikes).

AA: Richmond defeated Harrisburg 4-2

Richmond: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 5, HR, SO
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 3, HR, BB
Harrisburg: C Derek Norris: 1 for 3, HR, BB, 2 SO, PB

Richmond: SP Henry Sosa: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Harrisburg: SP Shairon Martis: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--1 HR

Kieschnick and Monell each had two hits, including their 7th and 8th HRs, respectively.  Norris, who entered the season considered the Nationals' best prospect after Bryce Harper, had his 10th HR, although he also had his 13th passed ball.  He has had mixed results this season.  After a sub-.500 OPS in April, he had an OPS over 1.000 in May, and has an OPS close to .900 so far in June despite an AVG barely over .200.  For the season, his SO/AB ratio is over 33%.

Sosa's second start was not quite as effecitve as his first start, but still very good, including a season-high 7 K.  He threw 79 pitches (55 strikes).  Stoffel allowed his 1st HR of the year but still got his 12th save.  Martis, the former Giants prospect who made 15 starts in the majors two years ago, had a quality start against his former organization, although he took the loss.

A+: San Jose had the second day of its three-day all-star break
(The California all-stars defeated the Carolina all-stars 6-1.)

California: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 4
California: 3B Jed Gyorko: 2 for 4, SO

California: SP Tyler Skaggs: 1.0 IP, 2 K
California: RP Craig Westcott: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K
California: RP Kelvin Marte: 1.0 IP
California: RP Zack Wheeler: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K
California: RP Chris Heston: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Carolina: RP Robert Bundy: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB--1 HB
Carolina: RP Jake Odorizzi: 1.0 IP, 1 K

The Giants' Brown had an RBI single.  The Padres' Gyorko, who has an OPS close to 1.100 this year, was the game's lone hitter with two hits.

The Diamondbacks' Skaggs started for the Cal League.  One of the minor leagues' leaders in strikeouts, he had 2 K in a perfect 1st inning.  Four Giants pitchers--Westcott, Marte, Wheeler, and Heston--each pitched a scoreless inning, although they did allow four of the Carolina League's seven hits.  The Orioles' Bundy, whose younger brother Dylan was drafted with the fourth overall pick by the Orioles earlier this month, had the misfortune of being the pitcher on the mound when four of the game's runs were scored.  Odorizzi, whom the Royals acquired from Brewers as part of the Zach Greinke trade, one of four pre-season top 100 prospects in the game, pitched a perfect 4th inning.

A-: Augusta had the second day of its three-day all-star break
(The South all-stars defeated the North all-stars 6-3.)

South: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 1 for 5, 2 SO
South: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 3, HR, SO
North: SS Manny Machado: 2 for 4, SO
North: RF Bryce Harper: 0 for 2

South: RP Taylor Rogers: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K
South: RP Shawn Sanford: 0.1 IP
South: RP Stephen Harrold: 0.1 IP

The Giants' Duvall won MVP honors for his two-run HR and his RBI single.  The Giants' Willoughby got to play the entire game but had just a single.  Machado, whom the Orioles drafted third overall last year, was the lone player with two hits for the North.  Nationals' top prospect Harper did not reach base in either of his two plate appearances.

The Giants' Rogers pitched a scoreless 5th inning despite allowing a couple hits.  The Giants' Sanford and Harrold retired the only two batters they faced, getting the final outs of the 8th and 9th innings.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Spokane 15-8
(allowing 13 runs in the 5th and 6th innings)

Salem-Keizer: 1B-3B Daniel Brock: 2 for 4, BB

Salem-Keizer: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Salem-Keizer: RP Matt Graham: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 IBB, 2 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP Jack Snodgrass: 1.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Brock, whom the Giants signed as an undrafted free agent a year ago, reached base three times.

Mendoza, who had a 3.50 ERA last summer in a dozen AZL starts and one relief appearance, had a good 2011 season debut.  He was relieved by Graham and Snodgrass, who retired just five of their twenty batters.

R: Giants defeated Diamondbacks 4-2

Scottsdale: SS Jose Cuevas: 1 for 3, HR, SH, SO
Scottsdale: C Myles Schroder: 3 for 4, SO, SB

Scottsdale: SP Joan Gregorio: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Cuevas, who had 2 HRs last year in the AZL, had his 1st HR of the new season.  Schroder had three hits in his first pro game.

Gregorio, who had 2.80 ERA in fourteen DSL starts last year, had a solid 2011 season debut.

DSL: Giants lost to Rangers 3-1

Dominican: 3B Alberto Robles: 2 for 3, BB, SB, 2 E
Dominican: SP Yeini Martinez: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 1 HB

Robles (20.9 y.o.) had another big game.  His two singles lifted his AVG to .371 after 62 AB.  He also had his 9th SB but also his 5th and 6th errors.  Martinez (20.7 y.o.) had a quality start.