AAA: Fresno defeated Memphis 11-6
Fresno: 2B Brian Dallimore: 3 for 5, HBP
Fresno: 3B Mike Cervenak: 3 for 5, HR, K
Fresno: 1B Tony Torcato: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, K
Dallimore raised his AVG to .294, which gets him closer to a mark befitting a former batting champion. Torcato is now batting .270, and he has never finished a season with an AVG below .290. Cervenak's 16th HR came off Bill Pulsipher, who made it back to the majors this year after being a top prospect for the Mets about a decade ago.
Fresno: RHP Matt Cain: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Jeremy Accardo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Cain's ERA is now 4.54, more than double Accardo's 2.22. Cain has walked a lot of batters recently. It should be interesting to see how he finishes the 2005 season as he faded down the stretch with a tired arm in 2004.
AA: Norwich defeated Bowie 9-3
Norwich: LF Randy Walter:4 for 5, 2 2B, SB
Norwich: C Chris Curry: 3 for 4, 2 HR, 2B, K, 2 E, PB
Norwich: DH Tim Hutting: 0 for 4, 4 K
Two bench role players shined in this game. Walter was drafted the same year as Cain, Lewis, Ortmeier and Correia, so he is not old for the league. Curry raised his AVG to .204. He did struggle defensively as he made his 8th error and 8th passed ball. I don't think Hutting should be the DH anymore.
Norwich: LHP Brian Burres: 5.0+ IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Norwich: RHP Billy Sadler: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Norwich: RHP Merkin Valdez: 1.0 IP,0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Norwich: RHP Brian Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Another mediocre start for Burres. Sadler did not allow a hit but a walk this time. Why is Merkin Valdez being moved back to relief? Does this reflect some short-term or long-term plans by the Giants? Another scoreless inning for Wilson. Is he now a top 20 prospect for the Giants? I don't know that I have enough information to answer, but I am asking myself how he compares to Sadler. A few weeks ago I had thought I might attend this game, in which case I might have some of that information, but I did not make the trip to DC this summer. I gave a friend how I would rank the Giants top 40 prospects (which was getting pretty marginal by the end). I did rank Wilson 20th and Sadler 23rd. You can find the list here:
A+: San Jose defeated Lake Elsinore 6-3
San Jose: LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2 for 4, HR
San Jose: 3B Brian Buscher: 2 for 4, 2B, K
EME hit his 14th HR of the year, which Buscher raised his AVG with San Jose to .264. To compare 3rd round picks, has Brian Buscher or Jon Bowker been a bigger disappointment this year?
San Jose: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
San Jose: RHP Justin Hedrick: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
One of Broshuis's best starts of the year. Hedrick has been raising his K/IP recently.
A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 5-4
Augusta: SS Kyle Haines: 1 for 3, 2 BB
Augusta: 1B Julian Benavidez: 2 for 4, HR, K
Haines, a late round pick last year, got a spot start and did his job as the leadoff hitter. Benavidez now has a .265 AVG and 5 HR since his demotion to Augusta.
Augusta: RHP Osiris Matos: 4.0+ IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Is Matos fading in his first full pro season?
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Boise 6-3
Salem-Keizer: CF Joey Dyche: 4 for 5, 3 SB
Salem-Keizer: RF Mike Mooney: 3 for 5, 2B, K
Salem-Keizer: 2B Mark Minicozzi: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Dyche has been a singles-hitting machine, who now has 12 steals. By contract, Mooney had not hit many singles recently. His AVG had fallen, but he had been hitting for more power. Minicozzi is now hitting .286.
Salem-Keizer: RHP Nick Pereira: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
Salem-Keizer: RHP Dave McKae: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Another good start for Pereira, which raised his ERA to 1.82. McKae may not be a prospect, but he is wily enough to be very effective in the NWL, as his low ERA also gained a few points, to 2.06.
R: No box score for Rangers at Giants
(One would have thought the reporting of AZL games would have improved after MLB took over all minor league stats, but I guess not.)