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minor lines, 8/16/12

Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Jason Stevenson had 5.0 scoreless IP, Chris Gloor allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP, and Gary Brown reached base four times.

AAA: Fresno defeated Oklahoma City 5-1

Fresno: LF Todd Linden: 2 for 5, 2B, SO
Fresno: SS Juan Ciriaco: 2 for 4, SB

Fresno: SP Jason Stevenson: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Fresno: RP Steven Edlefsen: 1.0 IP, 3 K

Linden and Ciriaco were two of the three Grizzlies with two hits each. The 32-year-old Linden has hit .282/.366/.452 this year.

Stevenson had one of his best starts of the year, facing just two batters over the minimum in 5.0 scoreless IP. He was removed from the game after just 64 pitches (44 strikes). Edlefsen struck out all three of his batters, but his K/BB remains below 2.00.

AA: Richmond defeated New Britain 3-1

Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 3 for 4, BB, CS
Richmond: 1B Mark Minicozzi: 2 for 3, 2B, BB

Richmond: SP Chris Gloor: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Daryl Maday: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K--1 HB

Brown had hit just 8 for 42 (.190 AVG) through his first eleven games in August after hitting .355 in July, but he had three hits tonight. Minicozzi also reached base three times, with his two hits lifting his AVG above .300.

Gloor had a quality start for the fifth time in his last eight starts. His ERA over all ten starts is just below 2.00. Maday had 3.0 scoreless IP for his 10th save.

A+: San Jose lost to Bakersfield 4-2

San Jose: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 4, BB, SO, SB
San Jose: C Dan Burkhart: 2 for 4, E

San Jose: SP Jack Snodgrass: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Duvall and Burkhart each had two hits, while the rest of the Giants' lineup combined for just two hits.

Allowing hits to more than a third (9 of 24) of his batters, Snodgrass came up shy of a quality start. In eleven starts since the all-star break, he more than twice as many hits as strikeouts (74 H and 34 K in 57.0 IP).

A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 3-1

Augusta: C Joseph Staley: 1 for 2, 2B, BB
Augusta: CF Elliott Blair: 1 for 2, BB, 2 SB

Augusta: SP Paul Davis: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Staley and Blair each had a hit and a walk, while the rest of the GreenJackets' offense was limited to two hits.

Coming off one of his shortest starts of the year (5 ER in 3.0 IP), Davis had a solid start, although he was helped by having both of his bequeathed runners stranded.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Eugene 3-2

Salem-Keizer: 1B Joseph Rapp: 2 for 4, HR
Salem-Keizer: SS Stephen Yarrow: 2 for 3

Salem-Keizer: SP Joan Gregorio: 5.0+ IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Rapp had his 10th HR. He and Yarrow combined for four of the Volcanoes' seven hits.

Gregorio began the game with 5.0 scoreless IP but then did not retire any of his three batters in the 6th inning. He left the game with the bases loaded, and two of those runners subsequently scored.

R: Giants losing to Athletics 15-10
(with game delayed in the 9th inning)

Scottsdale: 3B Shayone Houck: 2 for 4, HR, BB
Scottsdale: 1B Jonathan Jones: 1 for 5, HR, 2 SO

Scottsdale: SP Guillermo Mota: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K--1 HR
Scottsdale: RP Andrew Leenhouts: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K--1 HR, 1 HB

Houck had his 3rd HR while reaching base three times. In the 2nd inning, Jones connected for his 6th HR--a grand slam that helped give the rookie Giants an 8-1 lead entering the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Based on the stats, it may not be accurate to say Mota was hit hard, but he was certainly hit frequently as six of ten batters hit safely against him. Leenhouts had his second straight appearance with 8 K. He has 27 K in 15.2 IP over his last four appearances.

DSL: Giants lost to Pirates2 8-7 (11 innings)

Dominican: LF Carlos Valdez: 2 for 4, HR, BB, SO, SB, E
Dominican: SP Luis Pino: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB

Valdez (18.1 y.o.) had his 4th HR while reaching base three times. Making his fifth appearance, Pino (17.9 y.o.) allowed a career-high 5 ER.