AAA: Fresno lost to Salt Lake 8-1
Fresno: C Eliezer Alfonzo: 2 for 3, BB, SO
Salt Lake: 1B Matt Brown: 3 for 5, SO
Fresno: RHP Ryan Sadowski: 1.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Fresno: LHP Geno Espineli: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Salt Lake: RHP Nick Adenhart: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Alfonzo was the only Girzzly to reach base multiple times as he had two of the Grizzlies' four hits, which raised his AVG to .316. Three more hits for the Angels' Brown raised his AVG to .429.
Sadowski's PCL debut was forgetable, as he allowed five runs in the 1st inning. Espineli pitched well in long relief, improving his ERA to 1.23. Adenhart is arguably the top prospect in the Angels organization, and a very effective start improved his ERA to 0.87. In eight innings, he threw just under 100 pitches. It was his longest start of the year but tied a season-low for hits allowed. He now has 18 H, 15 BB and 19 K in 31.0 IP this year.
AA: Connecticut lost to Reading 9-4
(after trailing 7-0 through six innings)
Connecticut: RF Carlos Sosa: 2 for 3, 3B, BB
Connecticut: C Adam Witter: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Connecticut: RHP Dave McKae: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Connecticut: RHP Steve Palazzolo: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Connecticut: RHP Sergio Romo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--2 HB, 1 IBB
Sosa and Witter each had one of the Defenders' two XBHs, and each reached base three times, improving their respective OBPs to .364 and .397.
McKae's fifth start of the season basically doubled his ERA to 4.62. Palazzolo improved his ERA to 0.54. He also had his second straight appearance without issuing a walk, which is all the more impressive since this appearance was nearly twice as long as any of his previous appearances, at least in terms of IP. Romo allowed his first runs of the year.
A+: San Jose defeated Inland Empire 7-4
San Jose: 2B-RF Matt Downs: 3 for 5, 2B, SO, 2 SB
San Jose: 1B Pablo Sandoval: 2 for 4, HR, SO, CS
San Jose: LF Robert Felmy: 3 for 4, HR, SO
San Jose: RHP Tim Alderson: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 PO
Felmy and Downs had three hits each, accounting for over half the Giants' eleven hits and raising their respective AVGs to .322 and .291. Felmy and Sandoval went deep for their 2nd and 7th HRs, respectively.
In terms of ER, it was the worst start of Alderson's career, but he also tied the longest outing of his pro career in IP and set a season-high (career high?) in strikeouts. He now has 22 H, 7 BB and 17 K in 27.0 IP over five starts.
A-: Augusta lost to Asheville 8-4
Augusta: DH Angel Villalona: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
Augusta: CF James Simmons: 2 for 4, 2B
Augusta: RHP Orlando Yntema: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Augusta: RHP Danny Otero: 1.1 IP, 1 K
Simmons was the only GreenJacket with multiple hits, raising his AVG to .273, although he still has more strikeouts than hits (21 H and 25 SO among 77 AB). Simmons also had his first XBH of the season. Villalona's 5th double of the season was the GreenJackets' other XBH.
Yntema has now allowed 4 ER in two of his four starts, helping to give him an ERA over 5.00. Since allowing 6 H and 2 BB in his first four appearances, Otero has not allowed a hit or a walk in his past five appearances.