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Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Brad Eldred and Sharlon Schoop both homered while reaching base three times, and Chuck Lofgren allowed just 1 ER in 7.1 IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Iowa 9-4
(after allowing five runs in 6th inning)

Fresno: LF Brad Eldred: 3 for 5, HR, SO, CS
Fresno: CF Tyler Graham: 3 for 4, 2B, SB
Iowa: CF Brett Jackson: 2 for 3, 2 BB

Fresno: SP Shane Loux: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HB
Fresno: RP Justin Dowdy: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Eldred had three hits, including his 20th HR.  Graham also had three hits, plus his 52nd SB.  Batting leadoff, Jackson, who is perhaps the Cubs' top prospect and who was promoted to the PCL about three weeks ago, reached base four times.

Loux had a fairly non-descript start.  He threw just 87 pitches (49 strikes) but was finished after five innings.  Dowdy retired just two of his seven batters.  His ERA ballooned to 6.60, altough that is still lower than the ERAs of the two Grizzlies relievers who followed him.

AA: Richmond lost to New Hampshire 4-3
(allowing three runs in the top of the 9th inning)

Richmond: SS Sharlon Schoop: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, BB
Richmond: LF Skyler Stromsmoe: 1 for 2, BB, HBP, SO
New Hampshire: C Travis d'Arnaud: 2 for 4, BB, SO

Richmond: SP Chuck Lofgren: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 K

With his 4th HR and 8th double, Schoop had the Flying Squirrels' only multi-hit line.   He has 3 HRs in his last nine games.  Stromsmoe also reached base three times.  The Blue Jays' d'Arnaud reached base three times with the Fisher Cats' only multi-hit line.

Lofgren had his best start of the year, allowing just 1 R in 7.1 IP.  Hembree stranded both runners inherited from Lofgren in the 8th inning.  In the 9th inning, he was undone by three hits and two other batters reaching on errors.

A+: San Jose lost to High Desert 8-2

San Jose: DH Gary Brown: 0 for 4
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO
San Jose: CF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 3, BB, SO, SB

San Jose: SP Tommy Vessella: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 HB, 1 E

Adrianza had his 10th and 11th doubles.  He has hit .291 in 110 AB since his promotion to the Cal League, with better than one third of his hits going for extra bases.  Parker also had two hits, as well as drawing the Giants' only walk.  Brown had his second straight oh-fer.

Vessella made his fourth start among 28 appearances this year.  Even though more than half of his batters reached base, he allowed just a couple runs.

A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 2-0

Augusta: RF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 3, 2B, BB

Augusta: SP Shawn Sanford: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Lollis had two of the GreenJackets' four hits, improving his AVG to .290.

The 22-year-old Sanford had another very effective start, including a season-high 9 K.  Since the SAL's all-star break, he has a 1.42 ERA in eight starts.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Boise 3-2

Salem-Keizer: RF Brett Krill: 2 for 4
Salem-Keizer: LF Chuckie Jones: 2 for 3, CS

Salem-Keizer: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K--1 HR

Krill and Jones each had two of the Volcanoes' nine hits, raising their respective AVGs to .377 and .219.

Mendoza had his third straight start with 2 ER in 6.0 IP.  His ERA is now just below 5.00.  The 4 BB was easily a season high as he had issued just 5 BB in his previous eight starts.

R: Scottsdale had its regular off-day (every fifth day)

DSL: Giants hosting Cubs2 suspended after 1st inning (tied 0-0)