AAA: Fresno had a scheduled off-day
AA: Connecticut defeated Harrisburg 5-3
Connecticut: CF Clay Timpner: 1 for 4, BB, SB
Connecticut: 1B Travis Ishikawa: 1 for 4, BB, SO
Connecticut: LF Aaron Sisk: 2 for 5, HR, SO, GiDP
Connecticut: SS Jake Wald: 3 for 4, 2B
Connecticut: RHP Chris Begg: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Oscar Montero: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Billy Sadler: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
The Defenders had four different hitters reach base twice? When's the last time that happened? Timpner now has 9 SB and 9 BB (plus 2 SB and 3 BB with Fresno). Perhaps he could better utilize his base-running ability if his OBP were above .275. Ishikawa still has more SO than H. Sisk connected for his 6th HR, among 22 hits. Wald raised his AVG to .200.
Technically a "quality start" for Begg, but it raises his ERA to 3.87. He seems to pitch better in April than in May and June. Montero was dominant in 2 perfect IP, but his ERA is still above 6.00. This seems like a typical line for Sadler, i.e., no hits, a walk, multiple strikeouts.
A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 3-0
San Jose: SS Marcus Sanders: 0 for 2, BB, SF, SB
San Jose: RF Brian Horwitz: 2 for 4, SO
San Jose: RHP Nick Pereira: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Justin Hedrick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Brian Anderson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Horwitz was the only Giant to reach base twice. It seems odd for a winning team to have only such player in a 9-inning game. Sanders stole his 21st base. With a BB/AB of 13%, Sanders does have an OBP over .300 despite a low .215 AVG.
This was Pereira's most effective start in a few weeks. His sinker appeared to be working more effectively with a 10/2 GO/FO. Hedrick struck out all 3 batters he faced. After a remarkably low BB/IP last year, Anderson has seen his BB/IP rising recently, although it is probably not too much of a cause for concern yet given his 4.0 K/BB and his WHIP below 1.00.
A-: Augusta defeated Rome 4-0 (7 innings) in game 1
Augusta: LF Ben Copeland: 1 for 2, 2B, BB, SF, CS
Augusta: 2B Eugenio Velez: 1 for 3, 2B, HBP, 3 SB
Augusta: RF Mike Mooney: 1 for 2, BB, SO, PO
Augusta: CF Antoan Richardson: 1 for 2, BB, SB
Augusta: RHP Dave McKae: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
Augusta: LHP David Quinowski: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Augusta: RHP Wayne Foltin: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR--1 WP
A nice game for Copeland at the plate, but he continues to be only marginally effective as a basestealer with 12 SB and 8 CS (60%) after this game. Mooney raised his AVG to .316 and got his BB/AB a little closer to 10%, now at 8.7%. Richardson's 26 SB still lead Velez's 23 SB for the organization lead.
McKae got the start in his 3rd appearance of the year. He now has 6 H, 1 BB and 8 K in 9.1 IP with a 0.96 ERA. Quinowski seems to give up a lot of walks, but his BB/IP is still fairly good at 0.35. It's his H/IP that is so good at 0.50. Foltin collected his 7th save as he reduced his ERA back to 3.00.
A-: Augusta defeated Rome 4-0 (7 innings) in game 2
Augusta: LF Ben Copeland: 0 for 1, 3 BB, SB
Augusta: SS Anthony Contreras: 1 for 3, BB
Augusta: RF Mike Mooney: 1 for 4, 2B, 3 SO
Augusta: 3B David Maroul: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Augusta: 1B Jose Yens: 1 for 2, 2B, BB, SO
Augusta: RHP Ryan Shaver: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
Augusta: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Copeland now has 31 BB in 230 AB, which seems like a very healthy ratio for a leadoff hitter. At this point he makes an interesting comparison to Fresno's Fred Lewis--two LFers batting leadoff. Lewis walks even more, but Copeland is doing a much better job of making contact, with a 17% SO/AB ratio. Along with making contact more often, he has a higher AVG. There was a time when 1-for-3 did not raise Contreras's AVG, but now he is at .326, which still leads the team. Mooney and Maroul raised their already high strikeout rates. Mooney and Contreras, along with RHP Sergio Romo, were named to participate in the SAL all-star game earlier in the day.
Shaver now has 65 H, 22 BB and 51 K in 69.0 IP with a 2.35 ERA. He has done a nice job in terms of WHIP, but the K/IP is relatively low. That may be okay if he is a groundball pitcher, but tonight his GO/FO was just 8/6. Matos kept his WHIP below 1.00.