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minor lines, 7/4/12

Independence Day highlights from the Giants' farm: Tommy Joseph and Ehire Adrianza both homered while combining for 5 XBH, and Gary Brown added 3 XBH.

AAA: Fresno lost to Sacramento 18-4
(after treailing 8-1 entering the 8th inning)

Fresno: CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 5, 2B, SO
Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 5, 2 2B, SO
Fresno: DH Brock Bond: 3 for 4
Sacramento: C Josh Donaldson: 3 for 5, 2 HR, SO
Sacramento: SS Adam Rosales: 3 for 5, 2 HR

Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--2 HR
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Sacramento: SP Tyson Ross: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Bond's three hits paced the Grizzlies and raised his AVG to .328. Pill and Peguero, two of three other Grizzlies with at least two hits, combined for three doubles. Pill now has 11 doubles in his 103 PCL AB, while Peguero has 12 doubles in 334 AB. Donaldson and Rosales, both of whom have seen appreciable MLB playing time for the Athletics this year, both homered twice.

After allowing 13 ER over 3.2 IP in his two June starts, Kown showed some statistical progress but still plenty of room for improvement with more than a run per inning. His ERA is up to 5.31. Hembree was the first of two relievers to allow 5 ER in the 9th inning, boosting his ERA above 5.50. Ross, who has made a few starts for the Athletics this year, had a fine start, lowering his PCL ERA to 2.17.

AA: Richmond defeated Binghamton 9-4

Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 3 for 5, 3B, 2 2B, SO
Richmond: C Tommy Joseph: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Richmond: SS Ehire Adrianza: 3 for 4, HR, 2 2B

Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 WP

This was clearly the best game for Richmond's hitting prospects this year as Brown, Joseph and Adrianza combined for 8 XBH, including Joseph's 5th HR, Adrianza's 2nd HR and Brown's 3rd triple. They now have 19, 14 and 10 doubles, respectively.

After allowing 9 ER over his past two starts, Westcott finished with a quality start for the second time in his last five starts.

A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 8-2

San Jose: 3B Adam Duvall: 1 for 4, HR, BB, SO
San Jose: 2B Carter Jurica: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO, E

San Jose: SP Ryan Bradley: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Duvall homered for the third straight day. He now leads the organization with 16 HR. Jurica had his 7th and 8th doubles.

Bradley bounced back from his last start (9 ER in 2.2 IP) with a quality start, as he scattered nine hits sufficiently to keep the damage to just a couple runs.

A-: Augusta lost to Asheville 8-4

Augusta: LF Shawn Payne: 1 for 3, 2 BB, E
Augusta: CF Elliot Blair: 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB, SO

Augusta: SP SP Chris Marlowe: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Augusta: RP Andrew Berger: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Batting last in the GreenJackets' lineup, Blair had his 11th and 12th doubles to have the team's only multi-hit line. Payne had his 4th HR, although it arguably came in garbage time with his team trailing by seven runs with two outs in the 9th inning.

Marlowe had his third straight start with less than 5.0 IP. He has allowed 8 ER in 10.2 IP over his last three starts. Berger had 1.0 perfect IP for the second straight day.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 8-2

Salem-Keizer: C Dashenko Ricardo: 3 for 3, SH, PB
Salem-Keizer: 3B Stephen Yarrow: 2 for 3, BB, SO

Salem-Kiezer: SP Mario Rodriguez: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--2 HR

Ricardo and Yarrow combined for five of the Volcanoes' eleven hits. Their AVGs are rather different, though, at .425 and .174.

After allowing just 1 ER over his first two starts, Rodriguez has allowed 7 ER in each of his subsequent two starts.

R: Giants defeated Padres 3-2 (10 innings)

Scottsdale: C Gabriel Cornier: 1 for 3, 3B, BB

Scottsdale: SP Bryce Bandilla: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

Cornier had his 3rd pro triple while reaching base twice.

Bandilla had an excellent start with a season-high 10 K, although he is a bit old for rookie ball (22.6 y.o.).

DSL: Giants lost to Mets1 2-0 (14 innings)

Dominican: SS Rando Moreno: 2 for 5, 2 BB, CS, 2 E
Dominican: RP Diomedes Mateo: 7.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 11 K

Moreno (20.0 y.o.) had two of the Gigantes' just five hits. His AVG is now .245. Presuming the box score is accurate, Mateo (22.8 y.o.) had 7.1 scoreless IP in relief.