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minor lines, 7/9/12

Monday highlight from the Giants' farm: Craig Westcott had 6.0 shutout IP and homered.

AAA: Fresno had the first day of its three-day all-star break

AA: Richmond defeated Reading 9-0

Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 3 for 5
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 3
Richmond: P Craig Westcott: 1 for 2, HR, BB

Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Richmond: RP Jake Dunning: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Brown's three singles paced the Flying Squirrels' fourteen-hit attack. With multiple hits in seven of his last nine games, he has raised his AVG above .280. Monell was one of three other Squirrels with multiple hits. Westcott led off the 3rd inning with his 2nd HR this year.

After giving up 7 H in each of his last three starts, Westcott faced just three batters over the minimum in 6.0 IP as he combined with three relievers for the shutout. He improved his ERA to 3.71. Dunning pitched a perfect 9th inning.

A+: San Jose lost to Rancho Cucamonga 6-0

San Jose: C Andrew Susac: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SO, E

San Jose: SP Ryan Bradley: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--1 HR

The lone Giant to reach base twice, Susac had one of the Giants' four hits (all singles) and two of their five walks. He also committed his 10th error.

Bradley continues to five up his share of hits. Since the end of April, he has a BAA close to .325 and an ERA of nearly 6.00.

A-: Augusta had a scheduled off-day
(the first of five scheduled off-days after their mid-June all-star break)

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene 4-2

Salem-Keizer: LF Brennan Metzger: 2 for 3, BB, SB
Salem-Keizer: 2B Ryan Jones: 2 for 4

Salem-Keizer: SP Chris Johnson: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 HR
Salem-Keizer: RP Matthew Graham: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP Keith Bilodeau: 2.1 IP, 2 K

Metzger and Jones each had two of the Volcanoes' six hits (all singles), raising their respective AVGs to .245 and .258.

Making his first start after five relief appearances, Johnson lasted just two innings after yielding 4 ER in the 2nd inning. Graham, the second of three Volcanoes relievers, had the longest stint of the four Volcanoes pitchers, facing thirteen batters in 2.2 IP. Bilodeau finished the game with 2.1 perfect IP.

R: Giants defeated Reds 6-1

Scottsdale: RF Hector Mercedes: 3 for 4, 2B

Scottsdale: SP Jason Forjet: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB
Scottsdale: RP Cameron Lamb: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Scottsdale: RP Eduardo Encinosa: 1.0 IP, 1 K

Mercedes had three hits, raising his AVG above .300. His 3rd double was the lone XBH for the rookie Giants.

Forjet, a late round draftee by the Giants this year, made his first start after six relief appearances. Lamb made his season debut with a scoreless 5th inning after the first batter reached on an error. Encinosa had a perfect 7th inning.

DSL: Giants defeated Diamondbacks/Reds 16-2

Dominican: LF Nicoll Parra: 3 for 6, 2 2B, SO
Dominican: SP Juan Nova: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Parra (17.11 y.o.) was the youngest of the four Gigantes with three hits each. Nova (20.9 y.o.) had perhaps his best start of the year, allowing only an unearned run in a season-high 7.0 IP.