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minor lines, 6/30/11

Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Justin Christian homered and doubled, and Shawn Sanford had 7.0 near-perfect IP.  Also notable, Eric Surkamp allowed 1 ER in 6.0 IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 6-5
(allowing a run in the bottom of the 9th inning)

Fresno: LF Justin Christian: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, BB, SB
Fresno: 2B Mike Fontenot: 0 for 3
Tacoma: 3B Kyle Seager: 3 for 4, HR, BB, SB

Fresno: SP Ronnie Ray: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Dan Runzler: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1, BB, 2 K
Fresno: RP Justin Dowdy: 3.1 IP, 2 K

Playing his second game with the Grizzlies, Christian homered and doubled.  Restarting his rehab after a nearly three week lapse, Fontenot got 3 PA but did not reach base.  Promoted to the PCL when the Mariners promoted Dustin Ackley to the majors, Seager continues to rake.  Tonight was his 1st PCL HR, and he has hit 15 for 31 in his seven PCL games with 5 other XBH.

Ray got his first start of the year but threw just 25 of 56 pitches for strikes while issuing 4 BB and retiring just half of his twelve batters.  Runzler, who had started in his previous five appearances, also retired just half of his batters before Dowdy entered and had 3.1 perfect IP.

AA: Richmond defeated Reading 5-2
(after scoring four runs in the 3rd inning)

Richmond: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 5, SO
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 3, BB

Richmond: SP Eric Surkamp: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 3 K
Reading: RP Joe Savery: 2.0 IP, 3 K

Culberson had two of the Flying Squirrels' nine hits (all singles).  Monell was one of two other Squirrels to reach base twice.

Surkamp had his third straight start with 1 ER or less in 6.0 IP.  His season ERA is 1.72.  Stoffel pitched a scoreless 9th inning despite allowing hits to three of his five batters.  Savery, the Phillies' first rounder four years had switched from pitching to hitting this year but may have switched back to pitching with this performance of 3 K in 2.0 perfect IP.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 5-2

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 3, 3B, HBP, SF
San Jose: LF Nick Liles: 3 for 5
San Jose: 3B Alex Burg: 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB, SO
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 0 for 5, 3 SO

San Jose: SP David Mixon: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
San Jose: RP Mitch Lively: 1.2 IP, 3 K

With three singles, raising his AVG to .329, Liles was one of three Giants to reach base three times.  One of the two others was Burg, who has 8 XBH in his last six games.  Parker had an OPS close to .900 in June but finished the month with an oh-fer that included a hat trick.  Brown had his 5th triple.

Mixon has allowed 2 ER or less in six of his seven Cal League starts.  He has a 2.76 ERA.  Lively had 3 K in 1.2 perfect IP to record his 3rd save.

A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 5-1
(after leading 5-0 through four innings)

Augusta: SS Raynor Campbell: 2 for 4, SO, SB, CS

Augusta: SP Shawn Sanford: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

One of three GreenJackets with two hits each, Campbell raised his AVG to .228.  He also has an 11/3 SB/CS line.

Sanford had his most effective start of the year, facing just one batter over the minimum in 7.0 IP.  He had a 11/1 GO/FO line.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene 6-3

Salem-Keizer: SS Joe Panik: 1 for 3, BB
Salem-Keizer: 1B Brian Cutspec: 2 for 4, 2B, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Kendry Flores: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Salem-Keizer: RP Phil McCormick: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Panik was one of five Volcanoes to reach base twice.  Cutspec's 2nd double was the Volcanoes' lone XBH.

Flores has yet to reach 4.0 IP or allow less than 3 ER in any of his three NWL starts.  McCormick had 2 K in a perfect 8th inning.

R: Giants lost to Indians 3-2

Scottsdale: LF Leonardo Fuentes: 1 for 4, 2B, SO, E

Scottsdale: SP Edwin Escobar: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Fuentes' 3rd double was one of just three hits for the rookie Giants.

Facing just one batter over the minimum in 4.0 scoreless IP, Escobar had his best start of the year.

DSL: Giants defeated Cubs2 1-0

Dominican: 2B Nelder Gonzalez: 1 for 2, BB
Dominican: SP Jose Reyes: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 PO

Playing in his third pro game, Gonzalez (17.10 y.o.) secured his first pro hit and was the only Gigante to reach base twice.  Through his first four starts Reyes (20.5 y.o.) has allowed just 3 ER for a 1.31 ERA.