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minor lines, 8/15/11

Monday highlights from the Giants' farm: Chris Heston and Taylor Rogers each allowed just 1 ER, and Devin Harris homered and singled.

AAA: Fresno lost to Albuquerque 8-4
(falling behind 5-1 after three innings)

Fresno: RF Justin Christian: 1 for 3, BB, HBP, 2 SB
Albuquerque: CF-LF Jamie Hoffman: 4 for 5, HR, 2B

Fresno: SP Shane Loux: 6.0 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--2 HR, 1 E

While no one had two hits for the Grizzlies, Christian did reach base three times.  He also had his 23rd and 24th SB.  The Dodgers' 26-year-old Hoffman had a huge series against the Grizzlies, going 11 for 19 with 6 XBH and 2 HR.

Loux allowed 5 R over the first three innings but just 1 R over the next three innings.  He thew 108 pitches (71 strikes).

AA: Richmond had a scheduled off-day
(their final off-day of the season)

A+: San Jose defeated Lake Elsinore 2-1

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SB
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph: 1 for 4, HR, SO

San Jose: SP Chris Heston: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K--1 HB, 1 WP, 1 E

With his 6th HR in his last five games, Joseph now has 18 HRs this year.  Brown was the lone Giant to reach base twice.

With 1 ER or less in four of his last six starts, Heston has gotten his ERA just below 3.50.

A-: Augusta defeated Greensboro 3-2

Augusta: LF Devin Harris: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO

Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Augusta: RP Brett Bochy: 1.0 IP, 3 K

Harris had his 13th HR.  He was the lone GreenJacket to reach base twice, but his AVG remains just .229.  Rogers followed up his complete-game shutout with his third straight quality start.  Bochy struck out all three of his batters for his 5th save.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 7-6 (11 innings)

Salem-Keizer: CF Jesus Galindo: 2 for 4, HBP, 2 SB
Salem-Keizer: C Joseph Staley: 2 or 5, HR, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Brandon Allen: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Staley had his 7th HR.  Galindo, who reached base three times, had his 30th and 31st SBs.  Still not quite 21 years old yet, he has a .282/.356/.370 line, which with his apparent speed suggests he may be among the Giants top 30 prospects.  That may depend on his defensive statistics.

Allen seemingly had a fairly non-descript start, allowing 7 H, which was as many hits as in his previous two starts combined.

R: Giants lost to Reds 12-2

Scottsdale: LF Mike Mergenthaler: 2 for 4

Scottsdale: SP Edwin Escobar: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Scottsdale: RP Addison Proszek: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Mergenthaler was the lone rookie Giant with two hits, improving his AVG to .324.

Escobar had his shortest start over his last nine starts but at least did not allow 5 ER as he had done in his previous starts.  Proszek, who is in his third pro season, provided effective long relief and was the only one of six Giants pitchers not to allow a run.

DSL: Giants defeated Yankees1 4-1 (7 innings) in game 1

Dominican: C Luis Vasquez: 2 for 3, 2B
Dominican: SP Yeini Martinez: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 E

Vasquez (20.4 y.o.) had two hits for the third time in his last four games to raise his AVG to .256.  Martinez (20.8 y.o.) had perhaps his second best start of the year.  A month earlier he had 8 K in 7.0 scoreless IP versus the Yankees.

Giants defeated Yankees1 3-2 (7 innings) in game 2

Dominican: CF Nicoll Parra: 2 for 3, SO
Dominican: SP Ebert Fernandez: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--2 HB

Parra (17.0 y.o.) had the first two hits of pro career, after entering the game 0 for 39.  Fernandez (20.9 y.o.) pitched effectively in his second straight start.