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minor lines, 8/28/13

Wednesday highlight from the Giants' farm: Mitchell Delfino homered among three hits.

AAA: Fresno lost to Sacramento 4-3
(allowing a walk-off, solo HR in the 9th inning)

Fresno: LF Kensuke Tanaka: 2 for 4, SO
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 4

Fresno: SP MItch Lively: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Tanaka and Williams each had two of the Grizzlies' nine hits (all singles).

Lively allowed 2 R or less for the sixth time in his last seven starts.  After having appeared exclusively as a reliever in his previous six pro seasons, he has a 3.79 ERA in his nineteen starts since moving into the rotation in May.

AA: Richmond defeated Reading 1-0

Richmond: SS Kelby Tomlinson: 2 for 4, BB
Richmond: C Eliezer Zambrano: 2 for 3, BB

Richmond: SP Ryan Bradley: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Richmond: RP Phil McCormick: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Reading: SP Jesse Biddle: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 BB, 4 K--1 WP

Tomlinson and Zambrano both reached base three times.

Bradley combined with McCormick and two other relievers for the shutout.  Biddle, who began the year ranked as the Phillies' top prospect, matched a season high with 7 BB while throwing less than half (29 of 63) his pitches for strikes.  For the year, he has 82 BB in 138.1 IP.

A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 7-5

San Jose: LF Chris Lofton: 2 for 5, 2 3B, SO
San Jose: RF Mac Williamson: 2 for 2, 2 BB, SF, CS

San Jose: SP Ty Blach: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Lofton legged out his 10th and 11th triples.  There are four other Cal Leaguers with more triples.  Williamson reached base four times.

In 22 starts (including two long relief appearances), Blach has allowed more than 2 ER just four times, including twice his his last three starts.  He remains the league leader in ERA (among 22 qualifiers).

A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 13-4

Augusta: LF Shawn Payne: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Augusta: 3B Mitchell Delfino: 3 for 5, HR
Lexington: CF Bubba Starling: 2 for 5, HR

Augusta: SP Kendry Flores: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP

In the 1st inning, Payne and Delfino connected for their 4th and 13th HR this year.  Earlier in the 1st inning, the Royals' Starling had connected for his 13th HR, including his 3rd HR in his last five games.  After an OPS below .700 in each of the first four months (April through July), he has hit .346/.411/.617 in 81 AB in August.

Yielding the two-run HR in the 1st inning, as well as another run in the 5th inning, Payne allowed more than 1 R for just the third time in his last nine starts.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Boise 10-6

Salem-Keizer: RF Tyler Horan: 3 for 4, 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: 3B Ryan Tuntland: 3 for 5, 2B, SO, E

Salem-Keizer: SP Jake Smith: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--2 HR

Horan and Tuntland each had three of the Volcanoes' thirteen hits, raising their AVGs to .304 and .254.

After allowing just 1 ER in each of his first starts, Smith was tagged for 4 ER in his third start.

R: Giants lost to Diamondbacks 9-4

Scottsdale: SS Christian Arroyo: 2 for 4
Scottsdale: 3B Ryder Jones: 2 for 4

Scottsdale: SP Carlos Diaz: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 BK

Arroyo and Jones each had two of the rookie Giants' four hits, finishing their first pro season with AVGs of .326 and .317.

Diaz got the start in the season finale was the first of eleven rookie Giants pitchers to appear in the game, all of whom allowed at least a hit or two walks.

DSL: Gigantes lost to Red Sox 8-3
(completing yesterday's suspended game and being swept in the best-of-three series)