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minor lines, 8/21/14

Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Juan Perez and Tony Abreu each homered in multi-hit performances, and Ty Blach allowed just 1 R in 6.2 IP.  Also notable, four high draftees with the Volcanoes combined to hit 10 for 17 with an XBH each.

AAA: Fresno defeated Nashville 8-4 (7 innings) in game 1

Fresno: LF Juan Perez: 3 for 3, HR, 2B, SF
Fresno: 2B Tony Abreu: 2 for 3, HR

Fresno: SP Mike Kickham: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--2 HR

Perez and Abreu each hit their 7th HRs.

Kickham has allowed 4+ R in four of his last five starts, but today that was still good enough for the win.  He had not allowed a big fly in his last sixteen starts, covering three months, but yielded 2 HR today.

AAA: Fresno lost to Nashville 7-0 (7 innings) in game 2

Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 SO, CS

Fresno: SP Jake Dunning: 3.0+ IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 HR
Nashville: SP Taylor Jungmann: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Brown's 21st double was one of just hits for the Grizzlies.

Dunning made his second start this year.  He began with three scoreless frames before not retiring any of his three batters in the 4th inning.  Jungmann, whom the Brewers drafted twelfth overall three years ago, had one of the better starts of his pro career.  Today he faced just two batters over the minimum in 6.0 scoreless IP.

AA: Richmond defeated New Britain 10-1
(scoring eight runs over the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings)

Richmond: DH Ricky Oropesa: 2 for 3, 2B

Richmond: SP Ty Blach: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Richmond: RP Jose Casilla: 1.1 IP, 2 K--1 WP

Oropesa was one of six Flying Squirrels with a two-hit performance.

Blach has been inconsistent in the second half.  He has allowed 1 ER or less in two of his last three starts, but still has an ERA over 4.00 in six starts since the all-star break.  Casilla had 1.2 perfect IP, including stranding both runners inherited from Blach.

A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 2-1

San Jose: LF Ryan Lollis: 1 for 4, HR

San Jose: SP Joe Biagini: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
San Jose: RP Mason McVay: 2.0 IP, 4 K

Lollis led off the 4th inning with his 2nd HR--the lone hit for the Giants and one of just two baserunners.

Biagini matched a career high with 10 K but still took the loss.  McVay had 4 K in 2.0 perfect IP.  Both Biagini and McVay have ERAs above 4.00.

A-: Augusta defeated Hickory 4-3
(scoring all four runs in the 3rd inning)

Augusta: LF Rafael Rodriguez: 2 for 4

Augusta: SP Robert Ramer: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Rodriguez was the lone GreenJacket with two hits.  His pair of singles raised his AVG to .282.

Ramer has allowed exactly 2 ER in four of his last five starts.  He has a 5.31 ERA through 40.2 IP since his Giants organization debut in early July.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Tri-City 12-5

Salem-Keizer: SS Christian Arroyo: 3 for 5, 2B
Salem-Keizer: 3B Ryder Jones: 3 for 4, 3B, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: C Aramis Garcia: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Salem-Keizer: RF Dylan Davis: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO

Salem-Keizer: SP Keury Mella: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Garcia and Davis, the Giants' second and third round selections this year, connected for their 2nd and 4th HRs.    Arroyo and Jones, the Giants' first and second round selections a year ago, each had three hits.

Mella made his fourth rehab start with the Volcanoes.  He has gone one inning longer in each start.

R: Scottsdale had its regular off-day

DSL: Gigantes defeated Mariners 3-2

Dominican: SS Manuel Geraldo: 3 for 3, BB, 2 SB, E
Dominican: SP Alejandro Flores: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

The 17-year-old Gerado reached base in all four plate appearances.  He has 16 SB but also committed his 29th error in 62 games.  Flores delivered 6.0 scoreless IP to improve his ERA to 2.86.