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minor lines, 6/28/11

Tuesday highlight from the Giants' farm: Hector Sanchez reached base four times.

AAA: Fresno lost to Tucson 11-9

Fresno: 2B Brett Pill: 3 for 5, 3B, SO
Fresno: C Hector Sanchez: 3 for 4, BB, 2 PB
Tucson: 1B Kyle Blanks: 3 for 5, HR, 2B

Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 4.0+ IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
Fresno: RP Danny Otero: 1.0 IP, 2 K

On a night when seven Grizzlies starters had at least two hits, Pill and Sanchez each had three hits.  For Pill, it was his third straight three-hit game and his sixth multi-hit line in his last seven games.  Sanchez has hit .314 in his sixteen PCL games, although two tonight he also had his 2nd and 3rd passed balls.  The Padres' Blanks seems to be on the verge of a promotion back to the majors given his OPS close to 1.300 since rejoining the PCL eighteen games ago.

Kown had one of his shortest starts of the season, at least in terms of IP.  He threw 99 pitches (52 strikes) in just 4.0 IP.  After three other Grizzlies relievers allowed 2 ER each, Otero pitched a perfect 9th inning.

AA: Richmond hosting Harrisburg suspended
(The game is scheduled to be completed tomorrow as part of a double-header.)

Richmond: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Fitzgerald retired all three batters who came to the plate, including two by strikeout, as the two teams played just seven minutes.

A+: San Jose at Modesto rained out
(A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow.)

A-: Augusta hosting Charleston rained out
(A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow.)

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene 11-0
(allowing at least one run in each of the first seven innings)

Salem-Keizer: SS Joe Panik: 0 for 4, E
Salem-Keizer: DH Mike Murray: 2 for 3, BB
Salem-Keizer: 3B Kaohi Downing: 2 for 4, E
Eugene: 2B Cory Spangenberg: 2 for 2, 2B, 3 BB

Salem-Keizer: SP Brandon Allen: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 0 K--2 HB, 2 WP

Murray and Downing each had two of the Volcanoes' seven hits (all singles), helping both hitters keep their AVGs above .400.  Panik's tenth pro game was his first not reaching base.  He also committed his 2nd error.  Through twelve games it seems that NWL pitchers are barely capable of getting Spangenberg out.  The Padres' tenth overall pick has a .603 OBP.  He has had two hits in each of his last six games, plus six walks over that time.

At least in terms of earned runs, Allen's starts have gotten progressively worse, from 3 ER in his first start, to 4 ER in his second start, and now 6 ER in his third start.  His ERA is 11.32, and his 2/9 K/BB line is perhaps even more unsightly than the ERA.

R: The rookie Giants had their regularly scheduled off-day
(every fifth day)

DSL: Giants lost to Phillies 8-3

Dominican: LF Carlos Cartagena: 1 for 4, HR
Dominican: RP Gregorio Minier: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Cartagena (17.6 y.o.) homered for the second straight day.  After the first two pitchers both allowed 4 ER, Minier (19.4 y.o.) finished the game with 3.1 scoreless IP, although his ERA remains above 5.00 after five appearances.