AAA: Fresno lost to Sacramento 4-3
Fresno: CF Clay Timpner: 2 for 4, 2 SO, CS
Fresno: LF Dan Ortmeier: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Fresno: 1B Scott McClain: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Fresno: RF Nate Schierholtz: 3 for 4, 3B, 2B
Sacramento: LF Bobby Kielty: 3 for 4, PO
Sacramento: 1B Daric Barton: 2 for 4, 3B, 2B
Fresno: LHP Travis Blackley: 7.0+ IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Fresno: LHP Erick Threets: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Fresno: RHP Tyler Walker: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Timpner raised his AVG to .352, but his SB/CS fell to 6/8. Ortmeier had the hat trick, but his SO/AB ratio remains below 20%. McClain connected for his organization-leading 16th HR. He has 6 HRs in his last 11 games. Schierholtz raised his AVG to .347. He now has 30 XBH among 84 H and 242 AB. The A's Kielty now has a .394 AVG in nine rehab games. Barton, the A's top prospect, entered the night hitting .323/.409/.479.
Blackley had an ERA over 6.00 in June, and his ERA is even higher in two July starts. Threets retired one of two batters faced. In his first appearance with Fresno, Walker allowed one of two inherited runners to score, which provided the Rivercats with a needed insurance run.
AA: Connecticut defeated Harrisburg 2-0 (7 innings) in game 1
Connecticut: RHP Nick Pereira: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR
Connecticut: RHP Brian Anderson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Harrisburg: LHP Michael O'Connor: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Velez's speed was at work again, getting him his 7th triple and 30th SB. Webb connected for his 2nd HR.
Pereira had what I believe is a season-high strikeout total. He lowered his ERA to 3.72, but the BB/IP ratio could still stand a fair amount of improvement. With a perfect 7th inning, Anderson earned his 19th save. The Senators' O'Connor spent most of last year in the majors. This year all six of his starts have come in the Eastern League, where he has a 3.13 ERA.
AA: Connecticut lost to Harrisburg 5-2 (7 innings) in game 2
Connecticut: C Stephen Holm: 1 for 1
The Defenders' offense was limited to three singles and a couple hit batters, with no one in the lineup reaching base twice. Holm entered the game in a double switch and singled in his only plate appearance, raising his AVG to .298.
McKae had his worst start as a Defender among seven starts, raising his ERA to 2.40. All five baserunners he allowed scored as he allowed a 3-run HR in the 1st inning and a 2-run HR in the 4th inning. Those are the first HRs he has allowed as a Defender. With five strikeouts, Hedrick improved his strikeout ratios, raising his K/IP ratio above 1.00 and his K/BB ratio above 2.00.
A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 12-5
San Jose: RHP Joseph Martinez: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Kelvin Pichardo: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
San Jose: RHP Sergio Romo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Modesto: RHP Chaz Roe: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Martinez's ERA was barely under 5.00 in June (4.99). Is headed to another month with a high ERA? Richardo and Romo combined to strike out half the hitters they faced. Pichardo now has 35 H, 15 BB and 70 K in 45.0 IP. Romo improved his K/BB ratio to better than 7.00.
Witter's power has largely been missing this year, but he connected for his 6th and 7th HRs tonight in his first two plate appearances. Ishikawa had a big OBP game, raising his OBP above .400. Bocock continues to scuffle. In his past eleven games, he has 6 H and 19 SO among 47 AB. He made his 10th error in 39 games with San Jose. (He had 39 games with Augusta before his promotion.) Roe entered the year considered one of the Rockies top ten prospects. Even with may of those other top prospects graduating to the majors (Tulowitzki, Hirsh, Iannetta, Baker), his 4.78 ERA means he is probably no longer among the organization's top ten prospects.
A-: Augusta defeated Hickory 9-0
With five hits, Pill raised his AVG to .282. He also connected for his organization-leading 29th double, although most of his 35 XBH have been doubles. He's swung a hot bat recently, including a .301/.339/.544 line in June. Reaching base four times, Felmy improved his OBP to .355. His SB/CS of 14/10 is not an impressive ratio.
Snyder's lines have been impressive recently as he has allowed just 3 ER over his last five starts, lowering his season ERA to 1.89. With an 11-2 W-L record, he seemingly has very little left to prove at this level. That said, he did falter late in his start and allowed three straight singles with one out in the 6th inning. Shaver stranded all three baserunners to preserve the shutout. Normally a pitcher relying on the groundball (4.04 GO/AO ratio this year), Shaver instead struck out half the batters he faced. He now has 43 H, 13 BB and 33 K in 48.0 IP.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Tri-City 11-7
(further improving the franchise record start)
Salem-Keizer: 2B-1B Matthew Downs: 4 for 5, 3 2B, E
Salem-Keizer: DH Michael Ambort: 3 for 5, HR, SO
Salem-Keizer: RF Sean Van Elderen: 3 for 4, SO
Salem-Keizer: 3B Andrew Davis: 2 for 4, HR, 3B, SO, E
The offense does not seem to feature many prospects, but late round picks from a year ago like Downs and Van Elderen are hitting very well nonetheless, as they raised their respective AVGs to .315 and .358. Ambort and Davis, who connected for their 2nd and 1st HRs, respectively, were mid-round selections this year and so they do appear to be marginal prospects.
The 22-year-old Rodriguez, who had allowed just 1 ER over his first three starts, had his least effective start of the season. Bauer, the 24-year-old undrafted free agent signed a couple years ago, pitched the final four innings for the win and bringing his ERA below 4.00.
R: Scottsdale had a scheduled off-day
DSL: Giants lost to Royals 4-3 (11 innings)
Giants: 1B Victor Santana: 3 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, SB
Giants: RHP Walin Geraldo: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR--1 HB, 1 WP
The 18-year-old Santana reached base five times to improve his season line to .295/.415/.453. He half of the offense's six hits. The 18-year-old Geraldo had his best start of the season (among seven starts) to improve his ERA to 5.14.