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minor lines, 9/1/14

Labor Day highlights from the Giants' farm: Gary Brown homered among 3 XBH, and Angel Villalona and Ryan Lollis both homered while reaching base four times.

AAA: Fresno defeated Tacoma 9-5
(scoring six runs in the 5th inning)

Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 3 for 5, HR, 3B, 2B, CS
Fresno: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 4, HR
Fresno: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, HR

Fresno: SP Chris Heston: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

The Grizzlies went deep three times in their season finale--Duvall for his 27th HR (in the PCL), Brown for his 10th HR, and Parker for his 15th HR (3rd PCL HR).  Brown also had his 6th triple and 24th double, as he was a single away from hitting for the cycle.

Heston concluded his season with a quality start and matched a season high with 9 K.

AA: Richmond defeated Binghamton 12-4
(scoring five runs in both the 1st and 3rd innings)

Richmond: CF Elliott Blair: 3 for 5, 2 2B, SO
Richmond: 1B Angel Villalona: 2 for 3, HR, BB, HBP, SO

Richmond: SP Clayton Blackburn: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HB
Richmond: RP Kyle Crick: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Villalona led off the 4th inning with his 10th HR.  He and Blair, who doubled twice, were two of six Flying Squirrels with multiple hits.

Blackburn finished his season with a quality start, pounding the strike zone with 62 of 81 pitches for strikes.  Crick, who may still be the Giants' top prospect, pithced a scoreless 7th inning despite throwing just 8 of 19 pitches for strikes.

A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 12-3
(scoring ten runs over the 7th and 8th innings)

San Jose: DH Shawn Payne: 2 for 6, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: CF Ryan Lollis: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, BB
San Jose: 1B Brian Ragira: 2 for 4, HR, BB, SO
San Jose: LF Tyler Horan: 2 for 5, HR, 2 SO

San Jose: SP Matt Lujan: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K--1 HR

The Giants went deep four times--Lollis in the 4th inning for his 3rd HR, Payne in the 7th inning for his 5th HR, and Ragira and Horan went back-to-back in the 8th inning for their 20th and 10th HRs (in Cal League games this year).

Lujan completed his third pro season with his fifth straight quality start and a 3.42 ERA in twelve Cal League starts after his mid-season promotion.

A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 2-0

Augusta: 2B Jeremy Sy: 1 for 3, HR, 2 SO

Augusta: SP Luis Ysla: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Augusta: RP Carlos Diaz: 4.0 IP, 4 K

Sy led off the 2nd inning with his 13th HR.  He hit .216/.324/.393 in 338 AB.

Ysla and Diaz combined to face just one batter over the minimum in 7.0 scoreless IP.  Ysla had a 2.45 ERA in 121.1 IP this year, winning the Sally League's ERA title.

ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Boise 6-5
(allowing four runs in the 9th inning)

Salem-Keizer: CF Seth Harrison: 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB, SO, CS

Salem-Keizer: SP Keury Mella: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Batting leadoff, Harrison reached base four times.

Mella made a sixth rehab start with the Volcanoes.  He yielded 7 H in 4.2 IP after having yielded just 9 H in 15.0 IP over the previous starts.

R: Giants lost to Indians 14-0
(allowing twelve runs in the 6th inning of the AZL championship game)

Scottsdale: SS Christian Lichtenthaler: 1 for 3, BB, SO
Scottsdale: LF Brennan Metzger: 0 for 1, BB, HBP, SO

Scottsdale: SP Matt Gage: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Lichtenthaler and Metzger each reached base twice.

Gage delivered the longest start of his young pro career.