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minor lines, 5/1/12

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Jack Snodgrass had 7.0 scoreless IP, Nick Noonan had four hits, and Brock Bond and Jeff Arnold combined to reach base in all nine of their plate appearances.

AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 9-7

Fresno: 1B Conor Gillaspie: 3 for 5, 2B
Fresno: 3B Nick Noonan: 4 for 5, 2B, GiDP
Fresno: DH Brock Bond: 3 for 3, 2 BB

Fresno: SP Brian Burres: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--2 HR, 1 HB
Fresno: RP Shane Loux: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Salt Lake: SP Garrett Richards: 4.0+ IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--2 HB, 1 WP

Noonan had four hits, raising his AVG to .344. Gillaspie, who has had multiple hits in seven of his last eight starts, and Bond, who also walked twice to reach base in all five plate appearances, added three hits each as they combined with Noonan for 10 of the Grizzlies' 15 hits.

Burres had his second straight start allowing 5+ ER. With three such starts, this year, he has an ERA above 5.50. That said, he was barely outpitched by Richards, the Angels' top pitching prospect, who had his least effective start of the year. Loux provided effective long relief, facing just one batter over the minimum in 3.0 scoreless IP. With just 1 ER allowed in nine appearances, he has a 0.55 ERA. Hembree pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 6th save. He also had a couple strikeouts after having just 2 K over his previous seven appearances.

AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 2-0

Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, SO, CS

Richmond: SP Michael Kickham: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Andy Reichard: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB
Richmond: RP Chris Gloor: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Brown's two singles accounted for half of the Flying Squirrels' baserunners as the rest of the lineup managed just a single and a walk.

Kickham threw less than half his pitches for strikes (39 of 81) while issuing a season-high 5 BB. His BB/IP is now above 0.75. He has completed the 4th inning in just two of his five starts, but his ERA is still just 3.00. Reichard provided effective long relief, and Gloor pitched a perfect 8th inning with 2 K, snapping a string of three straight appearances allowing at least one earned run.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 4-1

San Jose: CF Chris Lofton: 3 for 5, SO
San Jose: C Jeff Arnold: 3 for 3, 2 2B, HBP

San Jose: SP Jack Snodgrass: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
San Jose: RP Seth Rosin: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Arnold reached base in all four plate appearances, including twice with his first XBHs of the year. The backup catcher now has a .588 AVG. Lofton also had three hits, getting his AVG above the Mendoza line.

Snodgrass had the best start of his pro career, at least from a statistical perspective. In his third straight start not allowing a run, he had a new season-high 7.0 IP and matched his season-high 5 K. After allowing 10 H and 5 R in his first start, he has allowed just 11 H and 1 R in his subsequent four starts. Rosin pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 3rd save. He now has 15 K in 8.2 IP over nine appearances.

A-: Augusta had an off-day
(their second scheduled off-day, with their next off-day scheduled for next Wednesday)