AAA: Fresno lost to Salt Lake 8-0
McClain and Bergolla each had two of the Grizzlies' seven hits, raising their respective AVGs to .268 and .301. Wood and Brown, who both have seen time in the majors this year, combined for 3 HRs. Wood, the Angels' top prospect, hit his 21st HR; Brown hit his 18th and 19th HRs.
Blackley has been susceptible to the long ball this summer. Since the start of June he has allowed 18 HR in 92.2 IP. Sadler pitched well during his nearly month-long demotion to Connecticut, but back with Fresno his ERA in the PCL rose to 6.41.
AA: Connecticut defeated New Hampshire 3-2
Velez raised his AVG back to .300. He also had his 48th and 49th steals. Ruiz has provided a positive jolt to the Defenders' offense, hitting .274/.346/.530 in 117 AB since joining the team.
With a 3/12 GO/FO line, Pereira was a strikeout-flyball pitcher last night. He improved his ERA to 3.47. With a perfect 9th inning, Bateman lowered his ERA to 2.92.
A+: San Jose had an off-day
(their final scheduled off-day of the season)
A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 7-5
Augusta: RHP Kevin Pucetas: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR--1 HB
Augusta: RHP David Newton: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Augusta: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Greenville: RHP Daniel Bard: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Burriss had four hits, including his 13th double, to raise his team-leading AVG to .327. Felmy used his 29th and 30th doubles to help improve his season line to .281/.351/.451 in 452 AB. He has almost no platoon split this year, and August has been his worst month since April. He took over playing centerfield after Dyche was ejected in the 4th inning. Weston connected for his 11th HR.
Pucetas had a rather ineffective start by his standards, but his league-leading ERA remains just 1.82. Newton and Matos were perfect in relief. Since his demotion in mid-May, Newton has 21 H, 22 BB and 46 K in 38.1 IP with a 1.64 ERA. Matos picked up his 3rd save since his surprising demotion a couple weeks ago. Bard, the Red Sox 1st round pick a year ago, had an atypically effective start for him allowing just one run, despite the high number of baserunners he did allow.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Everett 7-3
Salem-Keizer: RHP Ryan McGrath: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR--1 HB, 2 WP, 1 IBB
Salem-Keizer: RHP Daniel Turpen: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR--1 HB, 1 WP
Salem-Keizer: LHP Joe Paterson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Downs, who now has 30 doubles in essentially a half season, raised his AVG to .335. He has a shot at Conor Jackson's league record of 35 doubles in 2003. Jackson did that in 257 AB, while Downs already has 260 AB. Schoop didn't just mail it in at the end, connecting for a solo HR with two out in the 9th inning. He has turned it on offensively in August, hitting .295/.360/.564 in 78 AB.
McGrath had another less-than-effective start. His ERA rose to 5.85. Turpen and Paterson, the 8th and 10th round picks this year, made their 8th and 7th appearances as Volcanoes. Turpen's ERA rose above 1.00.
R: Giants defeated Brewers 6-5
Scottsdale: 2B Nick Noonan: 2 for 5, 2B
Scottsdale: 3B Angel Villalona: 3 for 5
Scottsdale: 1B Andy D'alessio: 2 for 3, HR, 2 BB
Scottsdale: RHP Lars Knepper: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR--1 HB, 1 WP
Scottsdale: RHP Timothy Alderson: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Noonan had his 11th double and raised his AVG to .312. Three singles improved Villalona's season line to .276/.338/.444 in 196 AB. D'alessio connected for his league-leading 14th HR.
Knepper had a career high with 8 K (previous high was 5 K twice). He has made ten starts and has a 2.86 in his pro career so far. After two brief starts, Alderson, the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft, made his first relief appearance. As in his previous appearance, he had 5 K, but this time he allowed no baserunners.
DSL: Giants lost to Yankees1 9-8 (12 innings)
(losing both games of the best-of-three playoff series)
Giants: 1B Hector Sanchez: 2 for 4, BB, SH, SO, PO
Giants: DH Victor Santana: 3 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, HBP, IBB, CS
Giants: RF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 4, BB, HBP, SO
Giants: LHP Mario Rodriguez: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Giants: RHP Jose Casilla: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Reaching base three or more times were the 17-year-old Sanchez, the 18-year-old Santana and the 19-year-old Peguero. Santana, who was caught stealing home, was one of four Giants caught stealing in the game, with just one successful steal, while Sanchez was also picked off. On three days' rest, the 19-year-old Rodriguez did not last long as the starter, although he was the only one of five Giants pitchers not to issue a walk (nine walks total). The 18-year-old Casilla, pitching the final four innings, lasted longer than any other Giants pitcher. With one strikeout, he had as many strikeouts as his four teammates who preceded him in the game.