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minor lines, 4/17/12

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Jackson Williams homered and doubled, and Eric Hacker and Taylor Rogers combined for 13.0 scoreless IP in their starts.

AAA: Fresno defeated Reno 4-2

Fresno: LF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 SO
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, E

Fresno: SP Eric Hacker: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 E
Reno: SP Joe Martinez: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Williams had his 1st HR and 3rd double. Kieschnick also had two XBHs with his 5th and 6th doubles.

Hacker had perhaps the best start of any Fresno starter this year as he faced just four batters over the minimum in 7.0 scoreless IP. The Diamondbacks' Martinez, the former Grizzly who started 18 games for them over the 2009 and 2010 seasons, also had a quality start.

AA: Richmond lost to Reading 19-6
(allowing 15 runs over the 5th and 6th innings)

Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 0 for 3, 2 BB, SO
Richmond: 1B Wes Hodges: 1 for 5, HR, 2 SO

Richmond: SP Jason Stevenson: 4.0+ IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Edwin Quirarte: 0.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB
Reading: SP Trevor May: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Brown, the Giants' top prospect, was one of two Flying Squirrels to reach base twice as he had two of the team's four walks. Hodges had his 2nd HR.

After allowing 3 ER over the first four innings, Stevenson did not retire any of the five batters faced to start the 5th inning. With those five batters all scoring, his ERA ballooned over 8.00. Quirarte, the second of four Squirrels relievers, retired just one of his eight batters. May, the Phillies' top prospect, allowed just 1 ER while striking out nearly one third (7 of 22) of his batters. With a high pitch count (92 pitches, 53 strikes), he came up shy of a so-called quality start.

A+: San Jose defeated Rancho Cucamonga 4-0

San Jose: C Andrew Susac: 3 for 4, SO, PB
San Jose: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 4, 3B

San Jose: SP Taylor Rogers: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
San Jose: RP Seth Rosin: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K

With multi-hit lines, Susac and Duvall combined for five of the Giants' nine hits, raising their AVGs to .243 and .235.

Rogers combined with four relievers for the shutout. The 6.0 scoreless IP lowered his ERA to 1.62. Rosin struck out three of five batters as he picked up his 2nd save.

A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 7-3 (11 innings)

Augusta: RF Brett Krill: 2 for 5, 2 SO
Augusta: DH Michael Mergenthaler: 2 for 3, BB

Augusta: SP Clayton Blackburn: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 HB, 1 IBB, 1 BK

Krill and Mergenthaler each had two of the GreenJackets' seven hits, but both still have AVGs below the Mendoza line. In fact, seven of the thirteen hitters on the GreenJackets' roster have AVGs below .200.

Blackburn's third start was his longest of the season. He has allowed 2 ER in each start. So far his peripheral stats are 13 H, 3 BB and 13 K in 14.1 IP.