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minor lines, 5/3/12

Thursday highlight from the Giants' farm: Joel Weeks hit safely in all three plate appearances.

AAA: Fresno lost to Salt Lake 5-3

Fresno: 2B Charlie Culberson: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Fresno: 3B Brock Bond: 3 for 4, 2B

Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Craig Whitaker: 1.0 IP--1 WP
Salt Lake: SP David Pauley: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR

Culberson led off the 2nd inning with his 5th HR. Bond had three of the Grizzlies' eight hits to raise his AVG to .286.

Allowing 3 ER for only the second time in six starts, Kown took his first loss of the year. Whitaker not only made his season debut but his first appearance since the 2010 season. The Angels' Pauley, seeking to get back to the majors where he spent all of last year, has a 2.29 ERA through three starts and four relief appearances.

AA: Richmond defeated Bowie 6-2

Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 0 for 4, 2 SO
Richmond: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 4, 2 SO, E
Richmond: C Jose Weeks: 3 for 3, 2B, CS

Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HB
Bowie: SP Bobby Bundy: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Weeks hit safely in all three plate appearances. Adrianza had the Flying Squirrels' other multi-hit line, although his AVG remains below .250. Top prospect Brown had an oh-fer.

After 3+ ER in each of his first four starts, Westcott has had just 1 ER in each of his last two starts. With 6 H tonight and a BAA above .300, he remains a bit too hittable. The Orioles' Bundy, whose younger brother is the Orioles' top prospect, had allowed 0 ER in both of starts against Richmond but at least 4 ER in each of his other four starts.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 3-2 (10 innings)

San Jose: 2B Carter Jurica: 1 for 5, HR, SO
San Jose: DH Luke Anders: 2 for 5, 2 2B

San Jose: SP Taylor Rogers: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
San Jose: RP Chris Wilson: 1.1 IP, 2 K

Jurica had his 2nd HR. Anders added his 4th and 5th doubles, but his AVG remains below .250. Repeating the Cal League, he is striking out in nearly one third of his at bats (27 SO and 20 H in 83 AB).

Despite issuing a season-high 4 BB and allowing two baserunners per inning overall, Rogers did not allow a run, bringing his ERA below 3.00. Wilson had 1.1 perfect IP to bring his ERA below 5.00.

A-: Augusta lost to Kannapolis 11-1
(allowing ten runs over the first two innings)

Augusta: DH Brett Krill: 1 for 2, BB, HBP

Augusta: SP Clayton Blackburn: 1.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 WP

Krill reached base three times. However, both the OBP and SLG for last year's 25th round selection remain comfortably below .300.

Blackburn had the worst start of his pro career, with the disaster start ballooning his ERA to nearly 6.00.