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minor lines, 8/21/13

Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Kendry Flores had 15 K in 8.0 IP, and Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker homered in multi-hit performances.

AAA: Fresno lost to Las Vegas 8-7 (11 innings)

Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 4 for 6
Fresno: RF Francisco Peguero: 3 for 5, 2B, 2 SO
Fresno: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO, E
Las Vegas: RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 2 for 4, HR, 3B, 2 BB, 2 SO

Fresno: SP Daryl Maday: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Brown and Peguero combined for seven of the Grizzlies' thirteen hits.  Their AVGs are now .239 and .318.  Monell hit his 20th HR, establishing a new career high.  Nieuwenhuis, who had nearly 100 AB with the Mets earlier this year, hit his 16th HR this year while reaching base four times.

Maday made his first start this year after 37 relief appearances.  He had 4.0 scoreless IP, before the four Grizzlies relievers who followed him each allowed at least one run.

AA: Richmond defeated Harrisburg 4-3
(scoring the winning run in walk-off fashion)

Richmond: 3B Adam Duvall: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
Richmond: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, HR, CS

Richmond: SP Edwin Escobar: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Edwin Quirarate: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Richmond: RP Josh Osich: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K

Duvall's 14th HR was a two-run shot in the 4th inning, and Parker's 16th HR was a solo shot with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to end the game.

Escobar reached his single-inning pitch limit after facing just five batters.  He threw 34 pitches (17 strikes).  He walked his first three batters, struck out his fourth batter and then allowed a single to his fifth and final batter.  He had averaged 6.0 IP in his seven previous starts since being promoted to the upper minors.  Quirarte followed with 3.2 scoreless IP in long relief, including stranding both inherited runners.  Osich had one of his better appearances since his promotion, striking out three of his seven batters.  His 2.0 scoreless IP got his ERA back below 6.00 after he had allowed 5 ER in his last five appearances.

A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 16-11 (10 innings)
(scoring six runs over the 8th and 9th innings to tie)

San Jose: RF Mac Williamson: 3 for 6, HR, SO
San Jose: LF Devin Harris: 3 for 6, 2B, SO
San Jose: C Eric Sim: 3 for 4, BB, SO, PB
San Jose: C Jeff Arnold: 1 for 1, HR
San Jose: 3B Myles Schroder: 3 for 6, 3B, SB, E
Stockton: SS Addison Russell: 2 for 5, HR, BB, SO

San Jose: SP Clayton Blackburn: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K--3 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP
San Jose: RP Derek Law: 2.0 IP, 4 K
Stockton: SP Raul Alcantara: 6.0+ IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 1 WP

Williamson hit his 22nd HR among three hits.  With three hits each, he, Harris, Sim, and Schroder combined for twelve of the Giants' sixteen hits.  Arnold's 12th HR knocked in three insurance runs in the 10th inning.  Russell, the Athletics' top prospect, led off the bottom of the 1st inning with his 16th HR--the first of three times he would reach base and the first of four big flies for the Ports.

Blackburn had previously allowed more than 1 HR in a pro start just once (his final start in 2011), but tonight with the wind blowing out to CF, he saw three fly balls sail out.  He presumably had a fairly high pitch count in 5.0 IP given that 10 of his 23 batters went the distance (7 K and 3 BB).  Law, the fourth of five Giants relievers, was dominant with 4 K in 2.0 perfect IP.  Alcantara, one of the Athletics' top 30 prospects, fared better than Blackburn, as he kept the ball on the ground (10/2 GO/FO line).  He had a quality start, at least until his two batters in the 7th inning both reached base and subsequently scored.

A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 2-1 (12 innings)

Augusta: C Eliezer Zambrano: 2 for 4, SH

Augusta: SP Kendry Flores: 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 15 K
Augusta: RP Jorge Bucardo: 2.0 IP, 3 K

Zambrano had two hits, including an RBI single in the 12th inning.

Flores had a career-high 15 K, striking out better than half his 28 batters.  When is the last time a Giants pitcher had 15 K?  I cannot immediately recall.  Bucardo combined with two other relievers for 5 K in 4.0 perfect IP.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Boise 5-2

Salem-Keizer: CF Tyler Hollick: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: 3B Blake Miller: 3 for 4, 2 2B

Salem-Keizer: SP Andrew Leenhouts: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Hollick and Miller had half the Volcanoes' eight hits and all three of the Volcanoes' XBHs.  Miller has 9 XBH in 58 NWL AB, while Hollick has just 8 XBH in 199 NWL AB.

Leenhouts had just his second quality start this year (just the second start with more than 5.0 IP), but nonetheless saw his W-L record dip to 8-2 after thirteen starts.

R: Giants lost to Athletics 12-5

Scottsdale: 2B Brett Kay: 4 for 5, E
Scottsdale: LF Leonardo Fuentes: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
Phoenix: CF Billy McKinney: 5 for 6, 2B, PO

Scottsdale: SP Carlos Diaz: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Fuentes hit hits 3rd HR and 5th double.  Kay's four singles raised his AVG to .271.  McKinney, the Athletics' first rounder this year, had five hits to raise his AVG to .325.

Diaz allowed a season-high 8 H while over half (11 of 20) his batters reached base.

DSL: Gigantes defeated Twins 5-3 (7 innings) in game 1
(completing a game suspended in the 4th inning on August 9th)

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DSL: Gigantes defeated Twins 10-2 (7 innings) in game 2

Dominican: CF Gustavo Cabrera: 2 for 4, HR, 3B, SO, SB
Dominican: SP Olbis Parra: 5.0+ IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB

Cabrera (17.6 y.o.) hit his 2nd HR and 3rd triple.  He also stole home for his 20th SB.  Parra (18.10 y.o.) allowed just an unearned run, but his ERA remains above 4.00 after thirteen starts.