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minor lines, 8/30/11

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: both Brett Pill and Raynor Campbell homered and singled.  Also notable, Stephen Yarrow had a grand slam among three hits.

AAA: Fresno defeated Reno 5-2
(scoring three runs in the 4th inning)

Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, HR
Fresno: 2B Bill Hall: 1 for 3, HR, SF, SO
Fresno: RF Brad Eldred: 3 for 4, SB

Fresno: SP Shane Loux: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--2 HR
Fresno: RP Dan Runzler: 0.2 IP, 1 BB

Pill had his 25th HR, and Hall had his 7th HR in 29 games with the Grizzlies.  Eldred had three hits, raising his AVG above .270.

Loux had his most effective start in a month, beginning with six scoreless frames before allowing a couple solo HRs to lead off the 7th inning.  Runzler got the final two outs of the 7th inning.

AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 12-3
(allowing seven runs in the 2nd inning)

Richmond: RF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 4, E
Richmond: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, 2B, SO, E

Richmond: SP Chuck Lofgren: 1.0+ IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Austin Fleet: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Richmond: "RP" Skyler Stromsmoe: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Dominguez doubled and singled, but he has scuffled since the all-star break, hitting just .219/.236/.372 in 183 AB with 50 SO.  Peguero's third straight multi-hit game raised his AVG to .325.

After allowing a run in the 1st inning, Lofgren did not retire any of his six batters in the 2nd inning.  Fleet provided long relief.  Stromsmoe pitched a perfect 9th inning.

A+: San Jose lost to Bakersfield 11-6
(scoring all six runs in the 9th inning)

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 4, CS, SO
San Jose: C Hector Sanchez: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: 1B Luke Anders: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO

San Jose: SP Tommy Vessella: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 B, 2 K--1 WP

The Giants' offense was largely limited to the 9th inning, first with a two-run HR by Sanchez and then a grand slam by Anders, both with two outs.  Brown had one of the Giants' other five hits.

In three of his last four starts, Vessella has had 4 ER in less than 5.0 IP.  His ERA in his five Cal League starts is over 6.00.

A-: Augusta lost to Greenville 5-3

Augusta: 1B Ryan Scoma: 2 for 3, BB
Augusta: 3B Raynor Campbell: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO, E

Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 WP
Augusta: RP Jose Valdez: 2.0 IP, 5 K

Campbell led off the 5th inning with his 7th HR.  Scoma also had two hits.

Rogers finished August with his least effective start of the month.  His ERA remains below 3.00.  Valdez struck out five of his six batters.  He has dominated since his demotion to the Sally League with 4 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, and 14 K in 9.2 IP over nine appearances.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 2-1
(allowing a run in the bottom of the 9th inning)

Salem-Keizer: CF Jesus Galindo: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SO, SB
Salem-Keizer: 2B Kaohi Downing: 2 for 4, 2 SO, SB

Salem-Keizer: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP Keith Bilodeau: 2.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Downing had two of the Volcanoes' four hits, edging his AVG up to .309.  Galindo had his 9th double and league-leading 43rd SB.

Bouncing back from his previous start (4 ER in 2.0 IP), Mendoza had one of his best starts of the year.  Although he has an ERA over 4.00, his peripheral stats remain strong, including a K/BB ratio over 4.00.  Bilodeau faced the minimum in 2.1 scoreless IP.

R: Giants defeated RedXXs 9-3
(scoring six runs in the 6th inning to win the playoff semifinal and advance to the championship game)

Scottsdale: 1B Stephen Yarrow: 3 for 5, HR, SO, SB
Scottsdale: LF Mike Mergenthaler: 3 for 3, 3B, 2B, BB

Scottsdale: SP Clayton Blackburn: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HB

Yarrow and Mergenthaler combined for six of the rookie Giants' eleven hits, highlighted by Yarrow's grand slam with two outs in the 6th inning.

Blackburn, who allowed just 4 ER over six regular season starts, delivered a quality start in the playoff opener.