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minor lines, 5/22/12

Tuesday highlight from the Giants' farm: Chris Heston had 9 K and 0 ER in 8.0 IP. Also notable, Francisco Peguero tripled twice, and Ryan Lollis homered and singled.

AAA: Fresno lost to Albuquerque 8-7
(after scoring six runs in the 6th inning to tie)

Fresno: RF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 5, 2 3B, SB
Fresno: 2B Nick Noonan: 2 for 3, 3B, BB, SO
Albuquerque: CF Trent Oeltjen: 3 for 3, HR, 2B, BB, SH, CS

Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Mitch Lively: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB,3 K

The Grizzlies got three triples among their eight hits. Peguero got his 5th and 6th triples. With 5 XBH over his last five games, his bat is perhaps coming alive after a slow start. Noonan got his 2nd triple while reaching base three times. Oeltjen, whom the Dodgers outrighted to the minors earlier this month, had a big game. He had been off to a slow start and still has an OPS below .650, but tonight had his 1st HR and 7th double while reaching base four times.

Yourkin retired just two of his seven batters before being removed from the game. He threw 39 pitches (22 strikes) to record two outs. His ERA rose to 7.39. Lively, the first of four Grizzlies relievers, provided long relief.

AA: Richmond defeated Bowie 3-1

Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 0 for 3, BB, 2 SO, SB
Richmond: 3B Daniel Mayora: 2 for 4, SO, SB, E

Richmond: SP Chris Heston: 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Richmond: RP Brett Bochy: 1.0 IP, 1 K

With two of the Flying Squirrels' six hits, Mayora was the lone Squirrel to reach base twice, raising his AVG above .300; but he also committed his 17th error. Top prospect Brown walked and had his 12th SB.

Heston has been dominant, at least from a statistical perspective, in May. While allowing only two unearned runs in four starts, his peripheral stats are 20 H, 4 BB and 23 K in 29.0 IP. Tonight he had a new season-high 9 K in his second straight start of 8.0 IP. Bochy pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 4th save.

A+: San Jose lost to Stockton 15-3
(after leading 3-1 entering the 6th inning)

San Jose: RF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 5, HR
San Jose: 2B Carter Jurica: 2 for 4

San Jose: SP Taylor Rogers: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
San Jose: RP Chris Wilson: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Lollis, who had his 2nd HR, and Jurica each had two of the Giants' seven hits, raising their respective AVGs to .336 and .254.

Rogers allowed just 1 ER through the first five innings but retired just one of his five batters in the 6th inning. His ERA rose to nearly 4.00, but by comparison none of the four relievers who followed him (not counting the position player Tyler LaTorre who got the final out) finished the day with an ERA below 4.75. Among those four relievers, Wilson did retire all three batters he faced.

A-: Augusta lost to Rome 3-1 (7 innings) in game 1

Augusta: C Jeff Arnold: 2 for 2, 2B

Augusta: SP Edwin Escobar: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 WP

With a double and single, Arnold accounted for the GreenJackets' only two batters to reach base safely, and he scored their lone run because of a subsequent error.

For the fifth time in seven starts, Escobar allowed 2 ER or less in 5.0+ IP. His ERA is 2.86.

A-: Augusta lost to Rome 6-2 (7 innings) in game 2
(allowing five runs in the 3rd inning)

Augusta: CF Jesus Galindo: 0 for 1, BB, HBP, SB, CS

Augusta: SP Joseph Biagnini: 2.0+ IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K--2 WP
Augusta: RP Derek Law: 3.0 IP, 1 H

Drawing the GreenJackets' lone walk, Galindo was the only GreenJacket to reach base twice. Today's two games were his debut with a full-season affiliate. Last summer, he hit .276/.353/.364 with 47 SB in 62 NWL games.

Biagnini began with two scoreless innings but then did not retire any of his six batters in the 3rd inning. His ERA rose above 10.50, which is the highest on the team. Law got nine outs while facing nine batters, and the 3.0 scoreless IP lowered his ERA to 2.08, which is second best on the team.