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minor lines, 9/1/11

Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Conor Gillaspie, Justin Christian and Devin Harris homered as part of multi-hit performances; and Eric Surkamp had 6.0 scoreless IP.

AAA: Fresno defeated Reno 4-1

Fresno: RF Justin Christian: 2 for 4, HR, SO, SB
Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 3, HR, BB, SB

Fresno: SP Scott Munter: 3.0 IP, 4 K

With two hits each, including a HR each, Gillaspie and Christian combined for four of the Grizzlies' six hits.  Gillaspie has hit .297/.389/.453 through 428 in his first PCL season.

Making just his second start in the last seven seasons, Munter had 3.0 perfect IP.

AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 8-0

Richmond: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, SO, E

Richmond: SP Ryan Verdugo: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K--2 HR, 1 WP

With two of the Flying Squirrels' five hits, Culberson had his fourth straight multi-hit game.  He was the lone Squirrel to reach base twice but also committed his 13th error.

Verdugo had one of his least effective starts of the season, with 6 R being the most allowed in any of his last ten starts.  This was likely his last start of the year, in which case he finishes his first season as a starting pitcher with a 4.35 ERA in 25 starts.  Despite having more walks than strikeouts in each of his last two starts, he still finished with a K/BB above 2.00.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 5-2

San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
San Jose: C Hector Sanchez: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB, SO
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 1 for 3, HR, HBP, SO

San Jose: SP Eric Surkamp: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Sanchez had his 12th HR of the year, and Parker his 13th HR.  Sanchez and Brown both reached base three times.

The box score indicates that Surkamp had a strong start to stay finely tuned for his next big league start.

A-: Augusta lost to Rome 6-1

Augusta: SS Robert Haney: 2 for 4, 2 SO, CS
Augusta: RF Devin Harris: 2 for 3, HR

Augusta: SP Mike Kickham: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Rome: SP Sean Gilmartin: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K--1 HR

Harris had his 15th HR.  He and Haney were two of the three GreenJackets' with two hits each.

Kickham finished his first full pro season with his third straight quality start, but he was outdueled by Gilmartin, whom the Braves selected 28th overall this year.  Kickham had a 4.11 ERA in 21 starts this year.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 7-2

Salem-Keizer: SS Joe Panik: 2 for 3
Salem-Keizer: C Joseph Staley: 2 for 4, E

Salem-Keizer: SP Jack Snodgrass: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Salem-Keizer: RP Matt Graham: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K

With two hits each, Panik and Staley combined for four of the Volcanoes' six hits.  They raised their respective AVGs to .341 and .281.

After allowing just 1 ER (but 4 R) over his first three pro starts, Snodgrass allowed 4 ER in his fourth start.  Graham had perhaps his best appearance of the year, striking out four of his seven batters.