AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 7-5 (9 innings) in game 1
Fresno: 3B Mike Cervenak: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
Fresno: 1B Lance Niekro: 3 for 4, HR
Fresno: DH Abraham Nunez: 1 for 5, 2 SO
Fresno: LF Ada Shabala: 2 for 4, 2 SO
Fresno: C Justin Knoedler: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Tacoma: 2B Michael Garciaparra: 2 for 4, E
Fresno: RHP Pedro Liriano: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Fresno: LHP Erick Threets: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Fresno: RHP Carlos Hines: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR--1 WP
Cervenak's .358 AVG in 20 games is impressive, but Niekro has an even higher .375 AVG in 8 games with Fresno, including 4 HR. Nunez returned to Fresno after his suspension and rehab assignment. Shabala also returned to the lineup, raising his AVG to .278. Knoedler pushed his OPS over the .700 mark. It has been argued that the Mariners made a mistake using a first round supplemental pick on Nomar Garciaparra's younger brother a few years ago, but he is hitting .330 in almost 100 AB in the PCL.
Liriano has made 10 starts among his 22 appearances now. His ERA rose above 5.00 tonight. One could argue that Threets has been Fresno's most effective reliever recently. Hines ERA rose back above 4.00.
AAA: Fresno defeated Tacoma 7-5 (7 innings) in game 2
Fresno: CF Jason Ellison: 2 for 4, 2B
Fresno: 2B Kevin Frandsen: 1 for 4, HR
Fresno: 1B Lance Niekro: 1 for 2, BB
Fresno: RF Abraham Nunez: 1 for 3, HR
Fresno: SS Tomas De La Rosa: 1 for 2, BB, SB
Tacoma: RF Shin-Soo Choo: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, 2 SB
Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
Fresno: LHP Jack Taschner: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Ellison is still hitting .447 in 9 games since his demotion, while Niekro has hit .382 in his 9 games with Fresno. A nice OBP game for De La Rosa, whose OBP was .335 at the start of the day. So is it more valuable to have a hitter with De La Rosa's line, or with the line of Frandsen or Nunez? The latter two hitters connected for their 2nd and 7th HRs (in the PCL), respectively. The Mariners' Choo had yet another big game against Fresno. Choo is having a very good year as he entered the day hitting .331/.397/.510, plus a 24/4 SB/CS mark.
Kinney pitched fairly well through 4 innings, but then allowed a 3-run HR in the 5th inning to tie the game. Nice to see Taschner with 1.2 perfect IP after his recent struggles. He threw 12 of 16 pitches for strikes.
AA: Connecticut lost to Reading 8-6
Connecticut: 2B Derin McMains: 2 for 5, 2B, SO
Connecticut: RF Dan Ortmeier: 2 for 5
Connecticut: LF Brian Horwitz: 1 for 4, BB, 2 GiDP
Connecticut: 1B Tyler von Schell: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, 2 BB
Connecticut: RHP Jesse Floyd: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Connecticut: RHP Scott Munter: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Joe Bateman: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Reading: LHP Gio Gonzalez: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
McMains and Horwitz, who have been among the Defenders' hottest hitters recently, raised their AVGs to .231 and .257, respectively. With a .300 AVG, Ortmeier is hitting much better in the Eastern League than in the PCL, where his AVG had slumped below .250 before his demotion. A big game for Von Schell, who has good power, just rather poor OBP. He connected for his 8th HR.
A few days ago Floyd had perhaps his best start of the year. Tonight he struggled. Normally a fly ball pitcher, he had a 8/2 GO/FO mark. Munter's ERA rose to 4.30. He now has 25 H, 7 BB and 11 K in 23.0 IP. Bateman had two perfect IP. Gonzalez entered the year as one of the Phillies top five prospects, but control has been an issue for him with a BB/IP above 0.50.
A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 10-2
(falling behind Vislia for 1st place in the second half Northern Division)
San Jose: 1B Pat Dobson: 2 for 4, BB, 2 SO, SB, E
San Jose: C Steve Holm: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: LHP Adam Gardner: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--4 WP, 1 E
San Jose: LHP Alex Hinshaw: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
San Jose: RHP Thomas King: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
The little Giants had just two hitters reach base more than once. A particularly nice game for Dobson considering he entered the night with a sub-.650 OPS. Holm, on the other hand, was hitting .252/.333/.496.
Gardner, signed a couple years ago as an undrafted free agent, made his second start of the year tonight, and he apparently had little idea where he was throwing the ball. Nice to see Hinshaw cutting down on the walks a little bit--or how bad a sign is that when 2 BB in 3.1 IP is reducing your BB/IP ratio? King had been very effective recently, but he hit a little blip in the road tonight. He still has a sub-3.00 ERA.
A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 10-1
Augusta: LF Ben Copeland: 1 for 3, BB, HBP
Augusta: 3B David Maroul: 2 for 5, HR, 2 SO
Augusta: 2B Eugenio Velez: 3 for 4, 2B, SB
Augusta: DH Julian Benavidez: 2 for 2, 2B, SF
Augusta: RHP Joey Martinez: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR
Augusta: RHP Taylor Wilding: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Copeland continues to be an OBP machine atop the Greenjackets lineup. Maroul connected for his 11th HR. Velez's .313 AVG now leads the team. Benavidez is hitting .444 in 18 AB with Augusta.
Martinez continues to show stronger and stronger starts as the season wears along. The 12th round pick a year ago now has 124 H, 22 BB and 99 K in 126.0 IP with a 3.50 ERA over 20 starts. Wilding, the 13th round pick a year ago, had been scuffling recently, but bounced back with a perfect inning today.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 6-1
Salem-Keizer: SS Emmanuel Burriss: 1 for 5, SB
Salem-Keizer: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: C Adam Witter: 0 for 1, 3 BB, SB
Salem-Keizer: RF Thomas Neal: 1 for 3, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: CF Mike McBryde: 2 for 4
Salem-Keizer: RHP John Odom: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Salem-Keizer: LHP Paul Oseguera: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
After missing a few games, Burriss returned to the lineup and stole his 17th base. With a pair of hits, McBryde and Rohlinger, the 5th and 6th round picks, raised their AVGs to .289 and .288, respectively. Witter doubled his number of walks. He now has 6 BB in 81 AB. I bemoaned how Neal went approximately his first 60 AB without a walk. He now has 5 BB in 99 AB for the season.
Odom lowered his ERA to 2.04. He supposedly was with the Volcanoes this year on a rehab assignment, but with 7 starts that assignment has lasted longer than a month now. Oseguera pitched two perfect innings, which may be his first effective appearance as a pro given his 7.84 ERA.
R: Giants lost to Royals 1-0 (7 innings) in game 1
Scottsdale: CF Tayler Creswell: 1 for 3, 2B
Scottsdale: 1B Rich Janeway: 1 for 3
Scottsdale: RHP Henry Sosa: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR--1 HB
Scottsdale: LHP Carlos De La Rosa: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR--1 HB
The AZL Giants had just two batters reach base safely. Creswell, the 22nd round pick a year ago, entered the day hitting .213/.333/.288. Janeway is an undrafted collegian hitting .333 in his second year in the AZL.
Sosa and De La Rosa both entered the day with ERAs over 5.00, so neither would seem like much a prospect at this point.
R: Giants defeated Royals 7-3 (7 innings) in game 2
Scottsdale: CF Tayler Creswell: 2 for 3, HBP, SO, SB
Scottsdale: 2B Jose Flores: 2 for 4
Scottsdale: SS Sharlon Schoop: 1 for 3, HBP, SO, SB
Scottsdale: LF Emmanuel Cividanes: 2 for 3, 2B
Scottsdale: LHP Wilmin Rodriguez: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Despite no AZL Giant drawing a walk, the team still managed four hitters who reached base twice. Creswell now has 5 SB, a couple more than Schoop. Flores raised his AVG to .275; Cividanes his AVG to .342.
Rodriguez's 6.63 ERA is accompanied by rather unimpressive peripherals: 25 H, 9 BB and 10 K in 19.0 IP.