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minor lines, 6/27/11

Monday highlights from the Giants' farm: Chris Dominguez, Brad Eldred, and Alex Burg all homered and doubled, and Justin Schummer allowed just 1 ER in 6.2 IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Tucson 12-11
(allowing seven runs over the final three innings)

Fresno: 2B-1B Brett Pill: 3 for 4, 2B, SF
Fresno: RF Brad Eldred: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
Fresno: P Matt Yourkin: 2 for 2
Tucson: 1B Kyle Blanks: 1 for 2, HR, 3 BB
Tucson: RF Aaron Cunningham: 4 for 5, HR, 2B

Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Marc Kroon: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB

Eldred had his 14th HR and 16th double.  He and Pill, who had his 23rd double, both had three hits, raising their respective AVGs to .302 and .289.  Although he had just two plate appearances, Yourkin was one of four other Grizzlies with two hits.  The Padres' Cunningham had his second straight big game against the Grizzlies as his four-hit performance included his 8th HR and 23rd double.  Blanks, also had a notable performance, including his 5th HR and three walks.

After allowing just 2 ER over his previous three starts, Yourkin allowed 5 ER in hitter-friendly Tucson Electric Park to bump his ERA back up to 4.72.  After a gametime temperature of 107, he threw just 88 pitches (54 strikes).  Kroon retired just one of four batters and now has an ERA above 5.00.

AA: Richmond defeated Harrisburg 9-3

Richmond: 2B Charlie Culberson: 3 for 4, CS
Richmond: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO

Richmond: SP Henry Sosa: 6.1 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Dominguez had another big game.  In his eleventh game in the upper minors, he had his 2nd HR, which was a grand slam in the 7th inning, and a double as he totaled 6 RBIs.  Culberson's three hits raised his AVG to .255.

Sosa allowed just one run through six innings before allowing a couple runs in the 7th inning.  He threw 95 pitches (61 strikes).  The 11 H were more than he had allowed in his previous four appearances (two starts), but his BAA remains below .250 in five Eastern League appearances.

A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 9-4

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 5, 2B
San Jose: DH Alex Burg: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, BB, 2 SO
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO

San Jose: SP Zack Wheeler: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 HR

Burg has been in fire since re-joining the Cal League.  In nine games this month, he is 13 for 31, including 3 HRs and 4 doubles.  Joseph had his 14th and 15th doubles.  Brown had his 18th double and was the lone Giant in the lineup to not strike out.

Making his first appearance since pitching in the California-Carolina all-star game six days earlier, Wheeler yielded 6 ER, including 4 ER in the 5th inning, to raise his ERA to 3.84.

A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 3-0
(allowing just one run through the first eight innings)

Augusta: C Eliezer Zambrano: 2 for 3

Augusta: SP Justin Schumer: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--1 WP

Playing just his sixth game of the year, Zambrano had two of the GreenJackets' three hits.

With 7 K in his tenth start, Schumer easily surpassed his previous season high of 4 K.  He had perahps his best start of the year as 6.2 IP was also a new season high, while 1 R matched a season low.  His ERA remains above 5.00.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 8-5
(allowing three runs in both the 2nd and 3rd innings)

Salem-Keizer: SS Joe Panik: 1 for 4, HR, BB
Salem-Keizer: 2B Kaohi Downing: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, E

Salem-Keizer: SP Cameron Lamb: 3.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K--1 HB
Salem-Keizer: RP Matthew Graham: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Panik had his 3rd HR, which was a grand slam with two outs in the 7th inning.  Downing had the Volcanoes' only multi-hit line, raising his AVG to .429, although he also committed his 3rd error.

Allowing 6 ER in 3.0 IP, Lamb saw his ERA rise above 5.00.  Graham provided long relief as he more than doubled his IP total for the young season in his fourth appearance.

AZL: Giants defeated Brewers 8-6

Scottsdale: 1B Ben Thomas: 2 for 4, BB
Scottsdale: RF Leonardo Fuentes: 1 for 4, HR, BB, SO

Scottsdale: SP Ryan Bean: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 WP, 1BK

Fuentes had his 1st HR.  Thomas had the lone multi-hit line for the rookie Giants.  With multiple hits in four of his five pro games, he has an AVG close to .600 so far.

Bean, the Giants' 17th rounder last year, has had 3.0 scoreless IP in both of his starts this year.  A year ago he had 1.47 ERA in 19 relief appearances.

DSL: Giants trailed Mets1 4-2 in 8th inning
(when game was suspended)

Dominican: LF Carlos Cartagena: 2 for 3, HR, SB
Dominican: SP Yeini Martinez: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K--2 WP, 1 BK

Cartagena (17.6 y.o.) had his 1st pro HR.  He had had just two hits in previous nine games, giving him an AVG not much above .100.  Martinez (20.6 y.o.) had issued 6 BB in 25.1 IP previously this year but issued 5 BB in this start.