AAA: Fresno lost to Sacramento 12-5
Fresno: 2B William Bergolla: 3 for 5, 2 2B, SO
Fresno: 1B Scott McClain: 1 for 3, HR, BB
Fresno: RF Brian Horwitz: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
Sacramento: 3B Daric Barton: 2 for 5, 2B, BB
Sacramento: 1B Jeremy Brown: 2 for 4, HR, BB, SO
Fresno: RHP Sun-Woo Kim: 3.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Fresno: RHP Carlos Hines: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR--1 WP
Fresno: LHP Erick Threets: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Scott Munter: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Sacramento: LHP Dan Meyer: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Bergolla raised his AVG to .288, but it remains a relatively empty average given his sub-.700 OPS. McClain, the PCL MVP a year ago, connected for his 9th HR of the season, a 5th inning shot which came against his teammate from a year ago. Horwitz must be enjoying the PCL, as he raised his AVG to .417 in 60 AB. He now has as many XBH in 60 AB in the PCL as he had in 136 AB in the Eastern League to start this season. Horwitz also had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at the plate. Barton may be the A's top prospect with Travis Buck graduated to the majors. However, it has been a somewhat disappointing year for the 21-year-old as he has hit .261/.375/.417. I don't follow the A's farm system that closely, but this is the first I am aware of him playing a position other than first base this year. Barton has heated up recently, as he entered the night hitting .400 in his past ten games, including half of his hits for extra bases (but no HR), plus a bunch more walks. Meanwhile, the 27-year-old Brown, famous for his role in Moneyball, connected for his 4th HR of the season.
Kim has not exactly been consistent. He has seven very good appearances, including two starts. He has three horrible appearances, including two starts. For the season, he has allowed 21 ER in 28.2 IP. The three bad appearances account for 17 ER in 7.0 IP. Hines' ERA rose to 4.97. As a reliever, Threets remains hard to hit, and even harder to score upon (at least with an earned run). As a reliever, his line is now 13.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 8 BB, 12 K, 0 HR. Munter's season is trending the wrong way. He allowed just 4 ER over his first 17 appearances; since then he has allowed 8 ER over his last 7 appearances. He now has twice as many walks as strikeouts. Meyer, whom the A's acquired as the centerpiece of the Tim Hudson trade, had a decent start, certainly not as impressive as his last start when he had 11 K and 1 ER in 6.0 IP last Tuesday. His ERA crept up to 3.27.
AA: Connecticut had a scheduled off-day
(They have a doubleheader tomorrow, second of four doubleheaders this month.)
(Their next scheduled off-day is June 18, the last of three off-days this month.)
Defenders among league leaders:
AB: Bowker 2nd
TB: Bowker 5th
3B: Bowker 5th, Velez 8th
SB: Velez 6th, Requena 9th
ERA: Espineli 5th, Broshuis 10th
WHIP: Espineli 6th
IP: Broshuis 10th
BB: Pereira 4th
HB: Pereira 4th
HR: Sack 8th
R: Sack 5th
ER: Sack 4th
a) Just want to emphasize a bit that John Bowker is 5th in TB, but not in the top ten in SLG.
b) Fairly impressive for Eugenio Velez to already be among the league leaders in those couple speed categories.
c) Eugene Espineli a league leader? I didn't expect it, but I probably should have. Garrett Broshuis also rated higher than I expected.
d) Nick Pereira and Darren Sack are not exactly what you call "leaders" when you rank high in those categories.
A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 5-2
San Jose: RHP Ronnie Ray: 5.0+ IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR--1 WP
San Jose: LHP Jason Waddell: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Sergio Romo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Brian Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Bocock and Copeland were the only two Giants to reach base multiple times. They accounted for 3 of the team's 7 hits and all 4 of its walks. Bocock entered the game with a OBP of .313 and a BB/AB ratio a bit below the 1/10 benchmark, so it was good to see him bounce back so positively after going 0 for 10 in his last two games. Copeland now has more walks than strikeouts. It's also good to see him with the XBH given that he entered the night with just 8 XBH among 35 H and 115 AB.
Ray lowered his ERA to 5.16 and improved his W-L record to 5-3. On his 26th birthday, Waddell made his 2007 season debut. He had a 3.70 ERA in 48.2 IP (38 G) with Connecticut last season. Romo bounced back from his poor performance a couple days ago with a perfect 8th inning, giving him his 5th hold among 12 appearances. Wilson apparently joined San Jose for a little rehab work as he made his first appearance since May 20th.
A-: Augusta hosting Asheville was postponed by rain
(A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow.)
The GreenJackets currently have a 5.5 game lead in their division for the first half title. They entered today with a magic number of three.
Meanwhile, there is currently a picture of Henry Sosa at BaseballAmerica.com as he tops their Prospect Hot Sheet this week. BA writes, "For most pitchers Henry Sosa's last three starts would be outstanding: 3-0, 1.12 with 20 strikeouts in 16 innings piched. But for Sosa they're actually below average. Sosa saw his ERA climb to a still microscopic 0.76 easily the best in the minors. Sosa's season is nearly incomprehensible. He's not allowed two earned runs in any of his 12 outings and he's not allowed any earned run in seven outings. Righthanders are hitting .109 against him this year. And his stuff is legit: he has a 94-95 mph fastball that has touched 98 this season to go with an improving curveball. Add it all up, and you've got an easy choice for the pole position on this week's Hot Sheet."