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Saturday highlights from the Giants' farm: Clayton Tanner allowed 1 ER in 5.2 IP, and Leonardo Fuentes had four hits.

AAA: Fresno lost to Tucson 8-3

Fresno: C 3B Conor Gillaspie: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
Fresno: C Max Ramirez: 2 for 4, 2 2B, E
Tucson: SS Evereth Cabrera: 3 for 5, HR

Fresno: SP Shane Loux: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--2 HB
Fresno: RP Felix Romero: 1.0 IP, 3 K
Tucson: SP Wade LeBlanc: 8.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

With two doubles, Ramirez had the Grizzlies' only multi-hit line.  Gillaspie, who had his 16th double, was one of two other Grizzlies to reach base twice.  Cabrera, who spent most of the past two seasons in the majors with the Padres, had three hits, including his 2nd HR.  He is now hitting .299/.364/.409 through 137 AB this year (all in the PCL).

Loux allowed 4+ ER for the fourth time in his last seven starts, pushing his ERA back above 4.00.  Romero struck out all three of his batters.  Considering his WHIP is nearly 2.00, he could use a few more appearances not allowing any baserunners.  LeBlanc, who made three starts in the majors earlier this year, had his third straight PCL quality start.

AA: Richmond defeated Erie 6-2

Richmond: 2B Charlie Culberson: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Richmond: LF Justin Christian: 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 2 WP
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K

Culberson had his 5th HR.  Christian was the lone Flying Squirrel to reach base twice.

Since allowing 8 ER in his final start in May, Tanner has allowed 3 R or less in four of his five starts, getting his ERA below 4.50.  Hembree had 3 K in a scoreless 9th inning.

A+: San Jose lost to Stockton 9-7

San Jose: CF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, BB, 2 SB
San Jose: 3B Jose Flores: 1 for 4, HR

San Jose: SP Kelvin Marte: 5.0 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Batting leadoff and playing centerfield, the role which Gary Brown has had for most of the season, Parker reached base three times and stole his 13th and 14th bases.  Flores had his 1st HR.

Coming off his all-star appearance, Marte began with three scoreless frames but then allowed 4 ER in the 4th inning and 2 ER in the 5th inning.  His ERA rose to 3.43.

A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 6-5
(after leading 5-2 through five innings)

Augusta: 1B Jose Mazzola: 2 for 4, HR, 2B

Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Mazzola had his 6th HR and 6th double.  Two years after his .802 OPS for Augusta, his OPS is nearly .150 ower in the same league.

Rogers, who has been perhaps the GreenJackets' best starting pticher, had perhaps his worst start of the year.  With a 2.68 ERA, he remains their only starter with a sub-3.00 ERA.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 11-9

Salem-Keizer: CF Shawn Payne: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, 2 SB, E
Salem-Keizer: DH Mike Murray: 2 for 4, 2 HR, BB, 2 SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Kendry Flores: 3.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HR

Murray had his 2nd and 3rd HRs.  With three hits, Payne raised his AVG to .310.

Flores has now allowed 7 ER in 5.1 IP over his two NWL starts.

R: Giants lost to Rangers 9-3

Scottsdale: RF Leonardo Fuentes: 4 for 4, 2B

Scottsdale: SP Edwin Escobar: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 1 WP

After having just one hit in his first three games, the 18-year-old Fuentes had four hits in his fourth AZL game.

Escobar has now allowed 4 ER in 4.1 IP in his two AZL starts.

DSL: Giants defeated Yankees1 5-3

Dominican: SS Shurendell Mujica: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SO
Dominican: SP Adalberto Mejia: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Mujica (20.3 y.o.) reached base three times.  He now has has many hits as walks (19 H and 19 BB in 80 AB, .238 AVG and .380 OBP).  Mejia (18.0 y.o.) seems to be pitching more effectively than any other Gigante starting pitcher in recent years.  He has allowed just 4 ER through his first six pro starts.