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minor lines, 4/15/12

Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: starting pitchers Travis Blackley, Justin Fitzgerald, and Jack Snodgrass combined to allow just 2 ER on just 7 H and 4 BB in 16.1 IP.

AAA: Fresno defeated Tacoma 7-1

Fresno: CF Justin Christian: 3 for 4, 2 2B
Fresno: SS Skyler Stromsmoe: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SO, 2 SB, E
Tacoma: SS Carlos Triunfel: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO

Fresno: SP Travis Blackley: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 HR

Christian just keeps on hitting, with three more hits raising his AVG to .553. It's not just singles as he has an XBH in each of his last seven games. Stromsmoe, who also has a .500 AVG, also reached base three times. The Mariners' Triunfel led off the 4th inning with his 1st HR.

Making his first start after one relief appearance six days earlier, Blackley faced just three batters over the minimum in 5.1 IP. He threw 78 pitches (54 strikes).

AA: Richmond defeated Altoona 3-1

Richmond: 2B Ryan Cavan: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SO

Richmond: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 HB
Richmond: RP Brett Bochy: 1.0 IP, 1 K

After reaching base three times today, Cavan is hitting .273/.351/.333 through his first ten games in the upper minors.

After allowing 3 ER in both of his first two starts, Fitzgerald had 5.0 scoreless IP in his third start, bringing his ERA below 4.00. Bochy pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 1st save.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 2-1 (7 innings) in game 1

San Jose: C Andrew Susac: 2 for 3
Bakersfield: SS Billy Hamilton: 1 for 2, BB, 2 SB, CS, E

San Jose: SP Jack Snodgrass: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 BK

Susac had started the season slow, but with two of the Giants' three hits, he got his AVG up to an even .200. The Reds' Hamilton was the lone player for the Blaze to reach base twice.

After being hit hard in his first start at High Desert, Snodgrass had a fine start today back at home.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 2-1 (8 innings) in game 2

San Jose: LF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
San Jose: 3B Adam Duvall: 1 for 4, HR
Bakersfield: SS Billy Hamilton: 3 for 3, 2 3B, BB, CS

San Jose: SP Edward Concepcion: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K--2 WP
San Jose: RP Jose Valdez: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

In the first extra inning, Duvall connected for the walk-off solo HR, his 1st HR this year. Lollis had two of the Giants' seven hits. The Reds' Hamilton did not exactly run wild in the four-game series at San Jose with 3 CS, but he did hit very well going 8 for 11 with 4 BB. His season line is .382/.500/.676 through 34 AB.

Wildness apparently limited Concepcion to just two innings in this spot start. While throwing just 25 of 54 pitches for strikes, he walked five of his twelve batters. Valdez had one of the longer outings of his pro career. He faced just one batter over the minimum in 4.0 IP, which is remarkable considering five of his thirteen batters reached base.

A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 6-1

Augusta: SS Kelby Tomlinson: 3 for 4, SO, SB

Augusta: SP Joseph Biagini: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--3 HR
Savannah: SP Tyler Pill: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

With three of the GreenJackets' eight hits, Tomlinson raised his AVG to .341. He has had three hits in three of his last six games.

Although he had a 9/0 GO/FO line, Biagini was victimized by three big flies. The Mets' Pill, the younger brother of the Giants' Brett Pill, had a very effective start against his brother's organization with 6.0 scoreless IP that included a 10/1 GO/FO line.