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minor lines, 7/18/11

Monday highlight from the Giants' farm: Ryan Cavan homered while reaching base three times.  Also notable, Joan Gregorio had 5.0 shutout IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Reno 10-5

Fresno: RF Brandon Belt: 0 for 4, BB, 4 SO, E
Fresno: C-1B Max Ramirez: 3 for 4, 2B
Fresno: SS Nick Noonan: 1 for 2
Reno: 3B Cody Ransom: 2 for 3, 2 2B, 2 BB

Fresno: SP Chuck Lofgren: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 0 K
Fresno: RP Justin Dowdy: 1.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB
Reno: SP Wade Miley: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K--1 BK

Ramirez had three of the Grizzlies' nine hits, raising his AVG to .280.  Belt had a sombrero, boosting his SO/AB ratio (in the PCL) above 30%.  Noonan made his PCL debut coming in off the bench in the 6th inning and singling in one of his two plate appearances.  Former Giant Ransom reached base four times.  The 35-year-old entered the game hitting .324/.401/.643 in 336 AB.

Lofgren struggled to throw strikes in his Fresno debut, throwing less than half his pitches for strikes (38 for 78) and issuing 6 BB.  Dowdy also struggled to throw strikes in the 8th inning.  He had just 6 BB in his previous 20 PCL appearances but had 5 BB tonight, while throwing just one third of his pitches for strikes (14 for 42).  Miley, one of the Diamondbacks' top ten prospects, had a 15/0 GO/FO line in his third PCL start.

AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 11-6

Richmond: DH Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4, HBP, GiDP
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
New Britain: 1B Chris Parmelee: 3 for 4, 3 2B

Richmond: SP Eric Surkamp: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Richmond: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 IBB, 1 WP

Kieschnick and Monell were two of the four Flying Squirrels with two hits each, raising their AVGs to .265 and .260.  Parmelee, the Twins' first rounder five years ago who remains among their top twenty prospects, had three doubles, improving his season line to .287/.379/.452.

Surkamp had his shortest start in a month and a half, when he also allowed 5 R in 4.2 IP on June 3rd.  Stoffel had his second straight appearance allowing 2 ER.

A+: San Jose lost to Inland Empire 6-4 (12 innings)

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 5, BB, SO, SB
San Jose: DH Tommy Joseph: 3 for 6, SO
San Jose: 2B Ryan Cavan: 2 for 5, HR, BB, SO

San Jose: SP Chris Heston: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 7 K--1 E

Heston, whose BB/IP ratio has been below 0.25, issued a season-high 6 BB but allowed just 1 ER.

Joseph's three singles got his AVG above .250.  Also reaching base three times were Cavan, whose 7th HR tied the game in the 9th inning, and Brown, who had his 39th SB.

A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 5-3

Augusta: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 3 for 4, SO, CS
Augusta: CF Chris Lofton: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SO, 2 SB

Augusta: SP Mike Kickham: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB,4 K

Willoughby's three hits raised his AVG to .268.  After hitting just .209 in June, he has hit .309 in July.  Lofton also had a solid game, including his 11th double and his 14th and 15th SBs.

Kickham just met the minimum standard for a quality start to get his second win of the season.  He had a 10/4 GO/FO line.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 9-4

Salem-Keizer: RF Brett Krill: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: 1B Brian Cutspec: 2 for 3, 2B, , BB

Salem-Keizer: SP Cameron Lamb: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 WP

Krill and Cutspec both had two hits for the Volcanoes, including a double, plus a walk.

Lamb had perhaps his best start of the season.  It was not his longest start, but it was his first start of the year with no earned runs, getting his ERA below 4.00.

R: Giants defeated Athletics 12-3 in game 1
(completing game suspended in 3rd inning on July 5)

Scottsdale: 3B Jose Cuevas: 2 for 4, HR, 3B

Scottsdale: RP DeMondre Arnold: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Cuevas had his 3rd HR and 1st triple.

Arnold pitched the 3rd through 5th innings, striking out four of his eleven batters but also allowing a couple earned runs.

R: Giants defeated Athletics 5-0 (7 innings) in game 2

Scottsdale: RF Leonardo Fuentes: 2 for 3, 2B, CS
Scottsdale: 2B Jean Delgado: 1 for 2, HR, BB, SO

Scottsdale: SP Joan Gregorio: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Scottsdale: RP Brian Maloney: 1.0 IP, 3 K

Fuentes had two hits, including his 6th double, to raise his AVG to .263.  Playing in his sixth pro game, Delgado had his 1st HR.

The nineteen-year-old Gregorio had perhaps the best start of his pro career, at least from a statistical perspective, facing just two batters over the minimum in 5.0 shutout IP.  Maloney, the Giants' 45th rounder this year, completed the shutout by striking out his three batters.

DSL: Giants lost to Nationals 7-6 (11 innings)

Dominican: CF Randy Ortiz: 3 for 5, 3B
Dominican: SP Yeini Martinez: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 WP, 1 E

With three hits Ortiz (18.1 y.o.) raised his AVG to .308.  Martinez (20.7 y.o.) now has a 3.24 ERA in seven starts.