AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 24-10
Fresno: RHP Nick Pereira: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 0 HR--1 HB
Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Billy Sadler: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
An offensive explosion, especially considereding that the win was blowing in from CF. Ellison broke out of his recent mini-slump to raise his AVG to .409. Lewis raised his AVG to .275 while stealing his 18th bag. Niekro had two doubles for the second straight day. Timpner connected for an 8th inning grand slam HR, his 3rd HR of the year with Fresno. Hansen had a big game, including his 9th HR and raising his AVG to .243.
Pereira threw just 13 of 44 pitches for strikes. His ERA ballooned to 5.29 as the Rivercats scored 8 runs in the 2nd inning. Kinney provided excellent long relief, throwing 47 of 73 pitches for strikes. Sadler now has a 6.00 ERA since his promotion to the PCL.
AA: Connecticut defeated Reading 5-4 (10 innings)
Connecticut: RHP James Garcia: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR-- 1 HB
Connecticut: RHP Scott Munter: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP RD Spiehs: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Reading: RHP J.A. Happ: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR
Another XBH for Schierholtz, his 7th triple, to extend his hitting streak. He must be putting some fear into opposing managers now given the number of intentional walks he has drawn recently. Ortmeier's 10th inning HR was just his 2nd HR with Connecticut. Von Schell now has 22 doubles.
Garcia had perhaps been the Defenders' best starter the past month. His ERA inched up to 4.00 in the Eastern League. Munter had 2 perfect IP with a 5/1 GO/FO. With a 3.05 ERA has Spiehs emerged as the Defenders' best reliever? The Phillies' Happ had his ERA raised to 2.62 since his mid-season promotion to double-A.
A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 10-4
(which I think puts Visalia back ahead of San Jose for 1st place in the Northern Division second half standings)
San Jose: RHP Brooks McNiven: 5.0+ IP, 12 H, 10 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR-2 WP
San Jose: RHP Thomas King: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Visalia: RHP James Houser: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 3 HR
The Little Giants offense included 8 hits, no walks and a hit batter. All the run scoring came from 4 solo HRs, including Bowker's 7th HR and Dobson's 4th HR. Cordido becomes yet another Giant farmhand with 12 HRs. Minicozzi raised his AVG to .281; he has 22 doubles.
Not sure whether 7 unearned runs reflects more poorly on the San Jose defense (3 errors in the game) or McNiven being unable to get out of an inning. He did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the 6th inning. King bounced back from his extended 8th inning appearance last night with 2.0 scoreless IP tonight, including a 4/1 GO/FO line. I believe that Houser is regarded among the Devils Rays' better prospects in the lower minors. His 12-4 W-L record looks better than his 4.32 ERA.
A-: Augusta defeated Kannapolis 2-0
Every Greenjackets hitter in the lineup reached base at least once, but only Mooney and Contreras reached more than once. Mooney raised his AVG to .283. Contreras moved back into a tie for the team lead in AVG at .309.
Another outstanding start for Martinez lowers his ERA to 3.12. Martinez's GO/FO line was 12/9. Quinowski retired both hitters he faced, stranding his one inherited baserunner, to collect his 3rd save.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Vancouver 10-1
Salem-Keizer: SS Emmanuel Burriss: 0 for 2, 3 BB
Salem-Keizer: 3B Christopher Todd: 1 for 2, 3 BB, SO, E
Salem-Keizer: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, 2 BB
Salem-Keizer: C Adam Witter: 3 for 5, HR, 2B, SO, PB
Salem-Keizer: DH Thomas Neal: 2 for 5, 3B
Salem-Keizer: CF Michael McBryde: 1 for 3, BB, 3 SB
Salem-Keizer: RHP Kevin Pucetas: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Salem-Keizer: LHP Jared Cranston: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--2 WP
Salem-Keizer: RHP Paul Lussier: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Drawing three walks each, Burriss and Todd did their job atop the Volcanoes lineup getting on base. Pill had probably his best game as a pro, at least statistically. He hit his 4th HR. Witter's 14th HR was no-doubt shot in the 8th inning. Both HRs were to right field. Defensively, Witter particularly struggled to handle Cranston's pitches, including his 7th passed ball (and maybe another pitch that should also have been ruled a passed ball). If first impressions matter, Neal was swinging at the first four pitches he saw tonight. He showed a bit more patience after that. His triple was a liner down the RF line that landed just barely fair and rolled to the wall. McBryde left an impression for thievry on the bases. He has now swiped 14 bags.
Pucetas did not seem that sharp, but he ended up with a pretty nice line in the box score. He lowered his ERA to 2.45. Cranston is pretty good when he throws strikes ... if only he did that on a more regular basis. His ERA is still just 2.81, but his control problems could be a real issue at higher levels. Lussier (whom I think I have been incorrectly calling a lefty for most of the year) had a 3-inning save, his 4th save of the year. The Volcanoes now have a scoreboard that sometimes includes the pitch velocity. I am not sure how useful it is, as it seemed like every pitcher had a 79-81 mph fastball, with a 70 mph changeup/slider and a 45 mph curveball. I soon stopped may much attention to it, although late in the game I saw Lussier register a pitch at 86 mph.
R: Scottsdale had its final scheduled off-day of the season
(it has 4 regular season games remaining)