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minor lines, 8/30/12

Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Johnny Monell homered twice, Elliott Blair homered while reaching base in all four plate appearances, and Adalberto Mejia allowed just 1 ER in 7.0 IP. Also notable, Andrew Susac and Bobby Haney each had four hits, and Todd Linden homered and singled.

AAA: Fresno lost to Reno 5-4

Fresno: RF Todd Linden: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 4, SO
Fresno: PH Juan Ciriaco: 1 for 1, HR

Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K--1 HB

Linden had his 11th HR. Both he and Williams had two hits each. With an AVG below .200 in August, Williams' season AVG has slipped to .253. Ciriaco had a pinch-hit solo HR in the 9th inning to draw the Grizzlies within a run.

Presumably making his final start of the year, Kown allowed 4 ER for the sixth time in nine starts after the all-star break. He finishes the year with an ERA of 5.60.

AA: Richmond defeated Harrisburg 5-4
(allowing a run in the top of the 9th inning but scoring two runs in the bottom half)

Richmond: LF Juan Perez: 2 for 5, 2B, SO
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 4, 2 HR, PB, E

Richmond: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 HR, 1 HB

Monell had his 10th and 11th HRs. Perez's 26th double was the Flying Squirrels' only other XBH.

Amid the attention that some of his teammates in the rotation have received this year, it's perphaps too easy to forget that Fitzgerald was the one member of the Squirrels rotation who was a non-roster invitee to big league camp this spring. He finished his season with five straight quality starts and overall had a 3.22 ERA over 28 starts.

A+: San Jose defeated Lake Elsinore 10-3

San Jose: C Andrew Susac: 4 for 6, 3B
San Jose: CF Jarrett Parker: 3 for 5, 3B, 2B, BB, SO
San Jose: 2B Bobby Haney: 4 for 5, 2 2B

San Jose: SP Taylor Rogers: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HR

Susac and Haney had four hits each, including Susac's 3rd triple and Haney's 15th and 16th triples. With multiple hits in four of his last five games, Susac has gotten his AVG above .240. Haney has hit .317 in his more limited playing time (nearly 200 AB). Parker also reached base four times. He had his 7th triple and 21st double. Despite a sub-.250 AVG, he has the second highest SLG on the team (minimum 25 AB).

Rogers finished his regular season with a quality start and a 12-11 W-L record in 27 starts. Remarkably, he had just four no decisions.

A-: Augusta defeated Rome 5-1

Augusta: 3B-LF Myles Schroder: 2 for 4, BB, SO
Augusta: CF Elliott Blair: 2 for 2, HR, 2B, BB, HBP

Augusta: SP Adalberto Mejia: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 BK

Blair had his 3rd HR and 14th double and reached base in his two other plate appearances in perhaps his best game of the year. Schroder also reached base three times. Both hitters still have AVGs below the Mendoza line, however.

Mejia made eleven starts after the SAL's mid-June all-star break. Over those eleven starts, his stats were 71 H, 7 BB and 49 K in 69.0 IP with a 3.00 ERA.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 16-10

Salem-Keizer: RF Mac Williamson: 2 for 4, 2B, HBP
Salem-Keizer: C Trevor Brown: 3 for 4

Salem-Keizer: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HR

Brown and Williamson combined for half of the Volcanoes' ten hits.

Mendoza finished his second NWL season with one of his least effective starts. His ERA in ten starts ended up just above 5.00.

R: Scottsdale's season ended yesterday

DSL: The Gigantes season ended last week