AAA: Fresno had the final day of its three-day all-star break.
Triple-A All-Star game: Pacific Coast League lost to International League 7-5
The 32-year-old Perez, now a farmhand of the Tigers, was the only International League player with multiple hits. The 21-year-old Jones, the Mariners top prospect, was the only Pacific Coast League player with multiple hits. The 29-year-old De La Rosa, representing the Giants, had a forgettable night as far as his stats were concerned.
The 34-year-old Brower, formerly with the Giants and now a Yankees farmhand, was the seventh of ten International League pitchers. He retired the only batter he faced on one pitch. The 30-year-old Giese, representing the Giants affiliate, threw 23 pitches (14 strikes) while facing five batters.
AA: Connecticut had the final day of its two-day all-star break
Eastern League All-Star game: Cancelled due to fog with North and South tied 2-2 with two outs in top of 3rd inning
Velez and Bowker were batting first and third in the North's starting lineup. LHP Eugene Espineli apparently had entered the game in the top of the third inning with two outs, but the came was called before he threw a pitch.
A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 4-1
Richardson's two doubles raised his AVG to .274 and his XBH/H ratio to exactly 20%. After tonight's sombrero, Ishikawa has 15 H and 14 SO in 47 AB (.319 AVG) since his demotion.
Oseguera had a career high in strikeouts (at least to the best of my recollection). It is also his first start in some time with more K than IP. His K/BB ratio is now above 4.00. It was another start where Oseguera appeared to pitch well through the first five or six innings but then allowed a few runs when he was asked to go deeper into the game. Does this reflect upon his stamina or the need for an improve third pitch? Romo's dominating peripheral stats are now 22 H, 6 BB and 47 K in 34.1 IP.
A-: Augusta defeated Asheville 5-0
Augusta: SS Emmanuel Burriss: 2 for 4, 2B, SH, 2 SO, SB
Augusta: RF Robert Felmy: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
Augusta: 1B Brett Pill: 0 for 5, 3 SO
Augusta: CF Michael McBryde: 4 for 4, 2B, CS
Augusta: C John Ray: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Augusta: LF Tyler Graham: 3 for 4, 3B, 2B, SO, 2 SB
Augusta: RHP Daniel Griffin: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Augusta: RHP Craig Whitaker: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--1 HB
Augusta: RHP David Newton: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Felmy connected for his 12th HR and raised his AVG to .295. McBryde may be the hottest hitter on the team. He now has 5 multi-hit games in his last six games and has raised his season AVG to .277. Graham is almost as hot, as both he and McBryde have AVGs over .400 this month. With his 24th SB as a GreenJacket, Burriss raised his SB/CS ratio to 75%. He also raised his team-leading AVG to .330. On the downside, both Pill and Ray had oh-fer's with a hat trick. I believe this may be the first time that has happened to them in their pro careers.
Griffin bounced back strong from his previous start (9 ER in 4.0 IP). His sinker was apparently working with an 8/3 GO/FO line. However, his control may have been the worst it has been this year with a season-high 5 BB. His BB/IP ratio had been just 0.27 entering the night. Completing the shutout, both Whitaker and Newton lowered their ERAs to 1.74.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 8-2
Salem-Keizer: 2B-1B Matthew Downs: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
Salem-Keizer: DH Michael Ambort: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: 3B Andrew Davis: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Salem-Keizer: SS Sharlon Schoop: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Vancouver: CF Corey Brown: 2 for 4, HR
Salem-Keizer: LHP Craig Clark: 4.0+ IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR--1 HB
With the wind officially blowing out at 5 mph to CF, the Volcanoes hit four long balls in the first couple innings. Downs connected for his 4th HR, while Ambort and Davis both connected for their 3rd HRs. Schoop hit his 1st HR in the NWL and his second homer of the season. In the 6th inning, Brown, a first round pick by the A's this year, connected for his team's only homer, his 3rd HR of the seaon.
Clark, the 14th round pick this year, had another nice start. He now has 17 H, 8 BB and 20 K in 20.0 IP with a 2.70 ERA over his five starts. He had a GO/AO ratio close to 3.00 in his previous four starts, but had a GO/FO line of 1/5 tonight.
R: Scottsdale had a regularly scheduled off-day
Giants among league leaders:
SLG: Noonan 5th, Dyche 10th
OPS: Noonan 6th
HR: Noonan 2nd, Monell 2nd, Dyche 2nd
3B: Duggan 1st
2B: Noonan 6th
H: Noonan 5th, Duggan 6th
TB: Noonan 3rd, Duggan 5th
BB: Duggan 3rd
SO: Duggan 9th, CaBond 9th
AB: Duggan 1st, Noonan 5th, Villalona 10th
R: Duggan 5th, Noonan 7th
RBI: Villalona 5th, Noonan 6th, Dyche 6th
SB: Duggan 8th
CS: Monell 1st
ERA: Bucardo 1st
WHIP: Bucardo 1st
IP: Bucardo 1st
R: Lamb 6th
ER: Lamb 1st
HR: Loree 1st
BB: Valdez 9th
HB: Gomez 3rd
DSL: Giants defeated Dodgers 11-0
Giants: LF Ramon Abad: 3 for 4
Giants: RHP Jorge Bucardo: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--1 HB
The 20-year-old Abad entered the day hitting .313/.422/.522 in 67 AB after hitting just .167/.306/.200 in 30 AB a year ago. The 17-year-old Bucardo appears to be the ace of the staff as he improved his W-L record to 5-0 and his ERA to 0.68 over seven starts. On the season he now has 25 H, 7 BB and 21 K in 40.0 IP. Everything but the low strikeout rate looks great (although he did have 7 K in his previous start), and he would seem likely to be in the United States next year based on these stats.