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minor lines, 8/23/11

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Craig Westcott had 7.0 shutout IP, and Tyler LaTorre homered and doubled.  Also notable, Reiner Roibal had 6.0 shutout IP, and Ben Thomas homered among four hits.

AAA: Fresno defeated Las Vegas 7-6
(scoring go-ahead runs in both the 8th and 9th innings)

Fresno: 2B Emmanuel Burriss: 2 for 5, SB, 2 E
Fresno: C Tyler LaTorre: 2 for 4, HR, 2B

Fresno: SP Daryl Maday: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HR

LaTorre had his 2nd HR and 7th double.  Burriss also had two hits, plus his 23rd SB.

Making his 2nd PCL start this year, Maday delivered a quality start.  He threw 100 pitches (65 strikes) and had a 10/4 GO/FO line.

AA: Richmond defeated Altoona 6-2 (7 innings) in game 1

Richmond: CF Darren Ford: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Richmond: RF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Altoona: CF Starling Marte: 1 for 1, 2 BB (1 IBB), E

Richmond: SP Justin Schumer: 4.0+ IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Richmond: RP David Quinowski: 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K--1 IBB
Altoona: RP Tim Alderson: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

While every starter in the Flying Squirrels lineup had a hit, only Ford and Peguero had two hits.  Their AVGs are now .240 and .299, respectively.  Some question whether the Pirates' Marte can transition his high AVG (now .331) to the majors given his low walk rate (BB/AB below 4.0%), but he drew two walks in this game.

Schumer made his upper minors debut, pitching four scoreless innings before not retiring any of his four batters in the 5th inning.  Aside from an intentional walk, Quinowski had 3.0 perfect IP, lowering his ERA to 2.63.  He stranded both inherited runners too.  Alderson, the ex-Giant traded to the Pirates, has allowed 2+ ER in five of his last six relief appearances.

AA: Richmond lost to Altoona 4-3 (7 innings) in game 2

Richmond: C Jackson Williams: 1 for 2, HR
Altoona: C Tony Sanchez: 2 for 3, HR

Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 2 HB
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree: 0.2 IP, 1 H

Williams' 3rd HR since his demotion to the Eastern League was one of just four hits for the Squirrels.  Sanchez, whom the Pirates drafted fourth overall two years, has had a disappointing year hitting just .238/.342/.318 through 365 AB, but today he connected for his 5th HR.

Tanner has allowed 4 R in four of his last six starts.  Hembree allowed a single to one of his two batters.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 1-0
(scoring the game's only run in the bottom of the 8th inning)

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 4, 2B, SO
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph: 1 for 3, 2B

San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
San Jose: RP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP, 1 K

While no one reached base twice for the Giants, Joseph and Brown had their 31st and 28th doubles, respectively.

Westcott had one of his best starts of the year with 7.0 shutout IP and 8 K.  This start pushed his ERA below 3.00.  Appearing in his sixth Cal League game after 35 appearances with Richmond, Quirarte pitched a perfect 8th inning.

A-: Augusta lost to Kannapolis 5-4 (11 innings)

Augusta: C Eliezer Zambrano: 3 for 4, 2B, BB (IBB)

Augusta: SP Mario Rodriguez: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Augusta: RP Seth Rosin: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 4 K

Making his first appearance in over a month, Zambrano had three hits.  He has a .246 AVG in 57 AB this year.

Rodriguez made his first start since May--a role in which he previously strugged before being moved to the bullpen.  Rosin struck out four of his eight batters.  For the year, he has 82 K in 83.0 IP.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Vancouver 12-0

Salem-Keizer: SS Joe Panik: 2 for 4, BB, GiDP, SB
Salem-Keizer: 1B Ben Thomas: 4 for 5, HR, 2B, SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Reiner Roibal: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Salem-Keizer: RP Phil McCormick: 1.0 IP, 3 K

Thomas had his 1st NWL HR among four hits.  Panik reached base three times, raising his OBP to .409.

Roibal faced just one batter over the minimum in 6.0 shutout IP.  With a 3.50 ERA, he has been the Volcanoes only starter with an ERA below 4.00.  McCormick finished the shutout striking out all three batters in the 9th inning.  The 31st rounder got his ERA back below 1.00.

R: Scottsdale had a scheduled off-day
(their final off-day of the season)