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minor lines, 7/5/12

Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Conor Gillaspie and Tyler LaTorre each homered while reaching base three times.

AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 9-8
(tying the game in the 9th inning and winning the game in the 10th inning)

Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 4, HR, BB, SF
Fresno: DH Tyler LaTorre: 1 for 1, HR, BB, HBP
Sacramento: C Josh Donaldson: 3 for 4, HR, 3B, BB

Fresno: SP Eric Hacker: 6.0 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Sacramento: RP Erick Threets: 1.2 IP, 2 K

Gillaspie and LaTorre each homered while reaching base three times. It was Gillaspie's 9th HR that tied the game in the 9th inning. The Athletics' Donaldson following his his 2-HR game from the previous night with a performance nearly as good.

Despite allowing 11 H, Hacker had a quality start. It was his first quality start in just over a month, when he had several quality starts in a row. Threets, the ex-Giant now with the Athletics, had 1.2 perfect IP.

AA: Richmond lost to Binghamton 5-1

Richmond: 3B Joel Weeks: 2 for 4, 2 SO

Richmond: SP Chris Heston: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Richmond: RP Jacob Dunnington: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Richmond: RP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Binghamton: SP Zack Wheeler: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Weeks had two of the Flying Squirrels' five hits, but his AVG remains below .225.

Heston allowed a season-high 5 ER as his recent scuffles continue. Still, his ERA is just 2.24 after his extremely stingy start to the season. Dunnington pitched a perfect 6th inning in his upper minors debut. Quirarte also pitched a perfect inning. Pitching against his former organization for the first team, Wheeler pitched quite effectively. He began with 7.0 scoreless IP before allowing a run in the 8th inning, which scored after he had left the game. After walking at least two in each of his previous five starts, he issued no free passes tonight.

A+: San Jose lost Modesto 6-2

San Jose: 1B Ricky Oropesa: 2 for 3, BB
San Jose: C Dan Burkhart: 3 for 4, SO

San Jose: SP Josh Osich: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
San Jose: RP Justin Schumer: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HR

Combining for five the Giants' eight hits, Oropesa and Burkhart each reached base three times.

Osich faced ten batters in his second start, allowing four to reach base. Schumer, the first of four Giants relievers, was somewhat ineffective in long relief, with 4 ER raising his ERA above 5.00.

A-: Augusta lost to Asheville 5-1

Augusta: RF Brett Krill: 3 for 4, 2 2B, SO

Augusta: SP Kyle Crick: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 4 K--1 E
Augusta: RP Steven Neff: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 5 K

Krill has heated up with the summer. After batting close to .200 in April and May, he has hit better than .300 since the start of June. Tonight's three-hit performance included his 11th and 12th doubles.

Crick's walk rate has been up over his last four starts, during which he has issued 17 BB, including 6 BB tonight. Despite the walks, he had not allowed an earned run over his previous four starts as he had allowed just 6 H in that span. Tonight, though, he allowed both the hits and walks, resulting in 5 ER. For the season, he now has as many walks as hits (44 H and 44 BB in 64.1 IP). Neff had his second straight relief appearance with 5 K. In his last five appearances, he has 18 K against 0 BB in 11.2 IP.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 10-2
(after trailing 2-1 entering the 6th inning)

Salem-Keizer: 1B Joseph Rapp: 1 for 4, HR, 3 SO
Salem-Keizer: 2B Ryan Jones: 3 for 4, CS

Salem-Keizer: SP Joe Biagnini: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K--1 HR

With three singles, Jones had the Volcanoes' lone multi-hit performance. Rapp led off the 6th inning with his 3rd HR.

Biagnini had 9 K in a quality start. He entered the game with 41 K in 41.1 IP previously this year.

R: Giants lost to Athletics 10-0

Scottsdale: LF Eldred Barnett: 2 for 3, CS

Scottsdale: SP Jose Reyes: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K--1 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP
Scottsdale: RP Luis Angeles: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Phoenix: SP Michael Ynoa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 WP

Batting ninth, Barnett had two of the rookie Giants' three hits. It was his first multi-hit pro game.

Reyes didn't get out of the 1st inning, allowing 4 ER. Angeles allowed 3 ER more over the next two innings. All five pitchers who appeared for the rookie Giants finished the game with ERAs of 5.40 or higher. Ynoa, the bonus baby signed by the Athletics four years ago, pitched a scoreless inning in just his fifth pro game.

DSL: Giants lost to YankeeEEs1 6-4

Dominican: DH Anthony Gomez: 1 for 1, 2B, 3 BB
Dominican: SP Eber Guzman: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 WP, 1 BK

Gomez (17.7 y.o.) reached base in all four plate appearances. He has hit .257/.426/.486 through his first 35 AB. Making his sixth start, Guzman (19.2 y.o.) had a career-high 7 K, although 7 H and 4 ER were also new career highs.