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minor lines, 8/31/12

Friday highlight from the Giants' farm: Johnny Monell hit safely in all three at bats. Also notable, Edwin Escobar allowed 2 ER in 8.2 IP.

AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 19-3
(after allowing 14 runs over the last two innings)

Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, E
Tacoma: DH Mike Carp: 3 for 6, HR, 2B
Tacoma: LF Alex Liddi: 3 for 4, HR 2B

Fresno: SP Yusmeior Petit: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K--3 HR

Gillaspie had his 18th double while reaching base three times. He also had his 15th error. The Mariners' Carp and Liddi both homered and doubled among three hits each. And both HRs came early in the game, as opposed to just running up the score late in the game.

Petit matched a season-high with 10 K but yielded 5 R. He finished the year with a 3.46 ERA, which ranks 2nd in the PCL.

AA: Richmond lost to Akron 8-1

Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 3 for 3, 2 2B, 2 PB
Akron: SS Ryan Rohlinger: 3 for 5, 2 2B, SO

Richmond: SP Chris Gloor: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HB

Monell hit safely in all three of his plate appearances. He had his 25th and 26th doubles. In August, he had an OPS above 1.000 in 82 AB. Rohlinger, the ex-Giant now with the Indians, also had three hits, including his 13th and 14th doubles.

Gloor had 3.0 scoreless IP in his final start of the year. He had 105.2 IP this year after just 29.2 IP last year.

A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 3-1

San Jose: C-1B Dan Burkhart: 2 for 4, 2 SO

San Jose: SP Jack Snodgrass: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 1 K
San Jose: RP Cody Hall: 1.0 IP, 2 K
San Jose: RP Josh Osich: 1.0 IP, 3 K

Burkhart had two of the Giants' four hits (all singles). His AVG is just shy of .300.

Snodgrass had a season-high 6 BB but a quality start nonetheless. He finished the season with a 4.62 ERA. Hall and Osich, the first and fourth of four Giants relievers, struck out all but one of their batters in 2.0 perfect IP.

A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 4-1

Augusta: DH Joseph Staley: 1 for 3, BB, SO

Augusta: SP Edwin Escobar: 8.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 HB

Staley had one of the GreenJackets' four hits (all singles) and their only walk.

Escobar had his third straight start with at least 8.0 IP. When is the last time a Giants' minor league accomplished that? He finished the season with an ERA below 3.00. The 20-year-old's peripheral stats were 121 H, 32 BB and 122 K in 130.2 IP.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 10-5

Salem-Keizer: RF Michael Mergenthaler: 2 for 4, HR, 2B

Salem-Keizer: SP Chris JohnNNson: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--2 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP

Mergenthaler had his 3rd HR and 7th double as the lone Volcano with two hits.

Johnson was roughed up for a season-high 8 R in the final start of his first pro season. His ERA ballooned to 6.84.