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minor lines, 7/31/12

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Jackson Williams homered among three hits, and Clayton Blackburn allowed 1 ER in 6.0 IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Colorado Springs 9-4 in game 1
(completing yesterday's suspended game)

Fresno: 2B Brock Bond: 1 for 3, BB

Fresno: SP Erick Hacker: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Jason Stevenson: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Fresno: RP Scott Munter: 1.2 IP, 1 K--1 WP

Bond had one of the Grizzlies' four hits (all singles) and one of their eight walks.

After Hacker began the game with 1.0 scoreless IP the previous day, Stevenson resumed the game but was generally ineffective as over half his batters reached base. He threw 104 pitches (59 strikes) in less than 5.0 IP. Munter had 1.2 perfect IP, although he did allow an inherited runner to score.

AAA: Fresno defeated Colorado Springs 7-3 (7 innings) in game 2

Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 1 for 4, HR
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 3 for 4, HR, 2B
Colorado Springs: CF Charlie Blackmon: 1 for 1, HR, 2 BB, HBP

Fresno: SP Boof Bonser: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 HR

Gillaspie and Williams had their 12th and 9th HRs. Blackmon, one of the Rockies' better prospects who has missed much of this year due to injury, had his 4th HR while reaching base in all four plate appearances.

After four relief appearances with the Grizzlies, Bonser made the spot start.

AA: Richmond lost to Reading 6-4

Richmond: LF Mark Minicozzi: 3 for 5
Richmond: P Craig Westcott: 2 for 3

Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Minicozzi's three singles paced the Flying Squirrels' eleven-hit attack and raised his AVG to an even .300. Westcott was one of two other Squirrels with two hits. He's apparently a fairly decent hitter given his .360 AVG.

Westcott had his least effective start in over a month surrendering more than 4 R for the first time in his last seven starts.

A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 8-6

San Jose: 2B Carter Jurica: 3 for 5, CS
San Jose: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 5, HR
San Jose: 1B Ricky Oropesa: 1 for 5, HR, SO

San Jose: SP Kelvin Marte: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HB
San Jose: RP Stephen Harrold: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HR
San Jose: RP Jose Valdez: 1.0 IP, 2 K

Jurica had three hits. Hitting nearly .350 in over 100 AB since the all-star break, he has raised his season AVG above .290. Duvall and Oropesa had their 20th and 12th HRs.

Marte made his first start for a full-season affiliate this year. Harrold provided effective long relief, striking out four of his ten batters, but his ERA remains above 5.50. Valdez had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning for his 6th save.

A-: Augusta lost to Rome 6-5
(scoring two runs in the top of the 9th inning to tie but allowing the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning)

Augusta: CF Jesus Galindo: 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB, 2 SB, E
Augusta: LF Shawn Payne: 2 for 4, BB
Augusta: DH Devin Harris: 2 for 4, 3B, BB, SO, SB

Augusta: SP Clayton Blackburn: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--2 WP

Galindo had three hits, including his 6th and 7th doubles, raising his AVG above .240. Payne and Harris also reached base three times.

Blackburn had another fine start. He has allowed 1 ER or less in eight of his last eleven starts.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 3-2

Salem-Keizer: RF Michael Mergenthaler: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Salem-Keizer: C Trevor Brown: 1 for 2, 2 BB

Salem-Keizer: SP ChrisSS Johnson: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP Chris Stratton: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Vancouver: RP Marcus Stroman: 2.0 IP, 3 K

Brown reached base three times. Mergenthaler had his 2nd HR this year.

Making his second start in ten appearances, Johnson had a career-high 8 K. His peripheral stats so far include 26 H, 3 BB and 28 K in 27.1 IP. Stratton, the Giants' first rounder this year, appeared out of the bullpen after starting in his first three pro appearances. He pitched a scoreless 6th inning. Stroman, the Blue Jays' first rounder this year, had 3 K in 2.0 perfect IP. After allowing 2 ER in each of his first two appearances, he has dominated in his subsequent five appearances with 3 H, 1 BB, 0 R and 13 K in 10.0 IP.

R: Giants lost to Mariners 4-1

Scottsdale: CF Randy Ortiz: 2 for 4, SB

Scottsdale: SP Jose Reyes: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 WP, 1 BK

Ortiz had two of the rookie Giants' eight hits (all singles) and his 15th SB.

After four straight starts without an earned run, Reyes allowed 2 ER in this start.

DSL: Giants defeated Pirates2 7-2

Dominican: PH-DH Royel Astacio: 2 for 3, 2B
Dominican: RP Noel Diaz: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 1 WP

Although not in the starting lineup, Astacio (18.10 y.o.) had a couple hits, including his 11th double. Diaz (18.10 y.o.) pitched well in relief, getting his ERA below 8.00.