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minor lines, 7/5/11

Tuesday highlights from the Giants farm--the night of the long ball: Tommy Joseph homered twice; those also homering included Justin Christian, Charlie Culberson, Juan Perez, and Gary Brown.  The two pitching highlights were Eric Surkamp with 11 K in 5.2 scoreless IP and Shawn Sanford with just 1 ER in 8.0 IP.

AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 7-6 (11 innings)

Fresno: CF Justin Christian: 2 for 4, HR, 2 BB, SO
Fresno: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 5, 3B, SO, SB

Fresno: SP Felix Romero: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Fresno: RP Dan Runzler: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K
Fresno: RP Danny Otero: 2.0 IP, 3 K
Sacramento: SP Tyson  Ross: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 1 WP

Christian led off the bottom of the 1st inning with his 3rd PCL HR--the first of four times he would reach base.  One of three other Grizzlies with two hits, Neal had his 3rd triple and his 6th SB.

Romero made his first start after 23 appearances, throwing 55 pitches (35 strikes) in 3.0 scoreless IP.  Runzler struck out better than half of his thirteen batters in his 3.0 scoreless IP.  Otero did allow one of two inherited runners to score but otherwise had 2.0 perfect IP with 3 K.  In his ten PCL appearances, his peripherals stats are 7 H, 2 BB, and 12 K in 10.0 IP.  The Athletics' Ross has allowed 8 ER in 5.1 IP over his two rehab starts.

AA: Richmond defeated Trenton 5-1 in game 1
(completing yesterday's suspended game)

Richmond: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, E
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
Richmond: CF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO, SB

Richmond: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Richmond: RP Eric Surkamp: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K--1 WP, 2 PO
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree: 1.1 IP, 3 K

The Flying Squirrels got three big flies--Monell with his 9th HR, Culberson with 6th HR, and Perez with his 3rd HR.

After Fitzgerald allowed just an unearned run the previous day, Surkamp had 5.2 dominant IP, facing just three batters over the minimum and striking out more than of his batters.  It was Surkamp's first double-digit strikeout game in nearly two months.  Both his WHIP and K/IP are now 1.14.  Hembree had 3 K in 1.1 perfect IP for his 3rd save.

AA: Richmond defeated Trenton 9-6 (7 innings) in game 2
(capping off a six-run 7th inning with a walk-off grand slam)

Richmond: DH Francisco Peguero: 1 for 5, HR, SO
Richmond: CF Juan Perez: 2 for 3, 3B, BB

Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--2 HR

Perez reached base three times in the nightcap, but his OBP remains below .290.  The Flying Squirrels homered just once in the night cap, but Peguero's 3rd HR was a two-out, walk-off, grand slam HR.  For the year, Peguero has hit .331/.370/.492 through 118 AB.

Making his fifteenth start, Maday allowed a season-high 5 ER.  His season ERA is now 4.15.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 9-5

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph: 2 for 3, 2 HR, BB
San Jose: LF James Simmons: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Modesto: 3B Nolan Arenado: 2 for 4, HR, 2B

San Jose: SP Chris Heston: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K--1 PO, 1 E
San Jose: RP Jake Dunning: 2.0 IP, 2 K

The Giants had five big flies--Joseph with his 8th and 9th HRs, Parker with his 9th HR, Brown with his 7th HR, and Simmons with his 6th HR of the year.  Arenado, one of the Rockies' top five prospects, had his third HR in two nights and his 11th HR of the year.

Making his fourth straight start against the Nuts, Heston bounced back from his last start (7 ER in 4.1 IP) to pitch well enough to get the win.  Dunning had 2.0 perfect IP, including a 4/0 GO/FO line.  With 2 ER in his last eight appearances, he has lowered his ERA to 5.24.

A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 4-1

Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 2 for 4, 2B, SO, SB

Augusta: SP Shawn Sanford: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Augusta: RP Seth Rosin: 1.0 IP, 3 K

Mazzola had two of the GreenJackets' four hits, but his AVG remains below .230.

Making his fourteenth start, Sanford had a season-high 7 K in a season-high 8.0 IP.  With just 1 R in 15.0 IP over his last two starts, he has improved his season ERA to 2.66.  Rosin struck out all three batters for his 2nd save.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 7-2

Salem-Keizer: RF Brett Krill: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, BB, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Kendry Flores: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Krill, the Giants' 25th rounder last year playing in his sixth pro game, had his first pro HR--a two-out, grand slam HR in the 7th inning.

Flores, who had allowed 10 ER in 9.0 IP over his first three starts, had clearly his best start of the year.

R: Giants at Athletics suspended by rain in 3rd inning

Scottsdale: SP Luis Angeles: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Angeles has allowed 11 ER in 7.0 IP over his last three starts.

DSL: Giants lost to Mets1 8-2

Dominican: 3B Royel Astacio: 2 for 4, 2B, SO, 2 E
Dominican: SP Yeini Martinez: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K--1 E

With two of the Gigantes' five hits, Astacio (17.9 y.o.) raised his AVG to .257.  He also had his 6th and 7th errors in 21 games.  Martinez (20.7 y.o.) has a 3.72 ERA in five starts.