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minor lines, 8/22/11

Monday highlights from the Giants' farm: Ryan Verdugo allowed just 1 ER in 7.0 IP; Ryan Bradley had 6.2 scoreless IP; and Andres Torres, Tommy Joseph, and Joe Panik were among those homering as part of multi-hit performances.

AAA: Fresno defeated Las Vegas 6-4
(scoring the game's final four runs in the 4th inning)

Fresno: CF Andres Torres: 2 for 5, HR, 3B, SO
Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 3 for 5
Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 3 for 4, 2B, SO, CS
Las Vegas: 3B Chris Woodward: 3 for 4, HR, GiDP

Fresno: SP Jason Stevenson: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--2 HR

Torres homered and doubled in the fifth game of his current rehab assignment.  With three hits each, Gillaspie and Pill raised their AVGs to .296 and .312.  The Blue Jays' 35-year-old veteran Woodward homered for the second time in three games of the current series.

Stevenson, a 30-year-old signed from the Independent Chico Outlaws who was drafted by the Expos and last played in organized ball for the Nationals in 2005, made his Giants debut.  After allowing 4 ER in the 1st inning, he did not allow another run.

AA: Richmond lost to Altoona 3-2
(allowing two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning)

Richmond: RF Francisco Peguero: 1 for 4, HR
Richmond: SS Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, SB, E
Richmond: SS Skyler Stromsmoe: 2 for 4
Altoona: CF Starling Marte: 3 for 5, SO

Richmond: SP Ryan Verdugo: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Richmond: RP Alex Hinshaw: 0.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB
Altoona: SP Brett Sinkbeil: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HR

Peguero had his 1st HR in August and his 6th HR this year.  Dominguez and Stromsmoe each had two hits.  Marte, one of the Pirates' top prospects, had three singles to edge his AVG a bit higher to .330.

Verdugo had his most effective start in over a month.  He threw 102 pitches (66 strikes).  His ERA remains above 4.00.  Hinshaw threw just 3 of 11 pitches for strikes while all three of his opposing batters reached base.  Sinkbeil, whom the Marlins drafted 19th overall five years and whom they released earlier this year, made his second start for the Pirates.

A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 18-4
(scoring fourteen runs in the 4th through 6th innings)

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 3 for 5, 2 3B
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 1 for 4, HR, HBP, SF, SO, 2 E
San Jose: C Tommy Jospeh: 2 for 5, HR, 2B, SO, PB
San Jose: 2B Ryan Cavan: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
San Jose: LF Juan Ciriaco: 3 for 4, 3B, 2B, BB

San Jose: SP Kelvin Marte: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

With three hits each, Brown and Ciriaco accounted for nearly half of the Giants' fourteen hits.  Brown's 11th and 12th triples were two of the Giants' four triples.  The Giants got three HRs among their ten XBHs, including Joseph's 20th HR, Cavan's 11th HR, and Adrianza's 3rd HR.

Marte had a reasonably good start.  Given the number of runs scored by one team, it's hard to know how to evaluate a start like this from the box score alone.

A: Augusta lost to Kannapolis 3-2 (13 innings)
(after leading 1-0 entering the 8th inning)

Augusta: DH Josh Mazzola: 2 for 4, HR, BB (IBB), CS
Augusta: SS Robert Haney: 3 for 5

Augusta: SP Ryan Bradley: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Mazzola had his 13th HR.  Haney's three singles raised his AVG to .240.

Bradley, the Giants' 30th rounder a year ago, seems to have turned a corner in the second half.  After an ERA of 8.00 in 18.0 IP through the end of June, he has a 2.22 ERA in 48.2 IP since the start of July, as he has also transitioned from a bullpen role to the rotation.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Vancouver 14-5

Salem-Keizer: SS Joe Panik: 2 for 5, HR, 3B
Salem-Keizer: 3B Garrett Buechele: 2 for 4, HR, BB, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Jack Snodgrass: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
Salem-Keizer: RP Chris Gloor: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 6 K

Among seven Volcanoes with multi-hit lines, Panik and Buechele both homered.

Snodgrass now has just 1 ER in 10.0 IP over his two NWL starts.  The 24-year-old Gloor, who spent all of last year in the Sally League with a 2.65 ERA, had his second straight dominant appearance, giving him 10 K in his last 4.0 IP.

R: Giants defeated Angels 6-5

Scottsdale: 2B Cristian Paulino: 1 for 2, 3 BB, SB
Scottsdale: 1B Jonathan Jones: 1 for 3, HR, BB, 2 SO
Tempe: SS Jean Segura: 2 for 2

Scottsdale: SP Kyle Vazquez: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Scottsdale: RP Miguel Ferrer: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Jones' 1st pro HR was one of two HRs for the rookie Giants.  Paulino reached base four times.  Segura, one of Angels top prospects who is playing in his third rehab game following a lengthy DL stint, singled in both of his plate appearances.

Vazquez had his best start of the year with a season-high 4 K in a season-high 4.2 IP.  Ferrer pitched a perfect 9th inning, further lowering his ERA to 1.75.