AAA: Fresno lost to Salt Lake 5-3
Fresno: RF Nate Schierholtz: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Fresno: LF Brian Horwitz: 2 for 4
Fresno: 3B Travis Denker: 0 for 4
Fresno: PH Justin Leone: 0 for 0, 1 RBI, SF
Salt Lake: SS Brandon Wood: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 SO
Fresno: SP Victor Santos: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
Fresno: RP Erick Threets: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, L (1-2)
Salt Lake: SP Shane Loux: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, W (6-3)
Nate Schierholtz's great day at the plate couldn't get the Grizzlies past Salt Lake. Schierholtz put Fresno ahead briefly by a run with his fifth home run of the year. Erick Threets, still rehabbing in Fresno, blew the game in the seventh inning when he allowed Salt Lake to score the go-ahead run. Fresno scored once more on Justin Leone's sacrifice fly but Salt Lake rallied for two runs against Bartolome Fortunado in the top half of the inning.
Bright side of the game, the outfield contingent keeps hitting. Brian Horwitz had two hits and he is hitting .310 in his last ten games with 6 RBI. Clay Timpner added a hit Monday evening which gives him 12 hits in his last 41 at bats.
AA: Connecticut lost to Binghampton 9-0
Connecticut: CF Antoan Richardson: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 1 E
Connecticut: 1B Travis Ishikawa: 1 for 4, 1 SO
Connecticut: LF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Binghampton: 3B Dan Murphy: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Connecticut: SP Dave McKae: 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 HB, L (3-3)
Connecticut: RP Ronnie Ray: 2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
Connecticut: RP Josh Sharpless: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Binghampton: SP Salvador Aguilar: 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, W (4-0)
Connecticut lost their fourth game in a row with a weak effort where they could only get six hits. Binghampton starting pitcher Salvador Aguilar struck out seven batters to win his fourth game of the year. Connecticut's starter fared much worse. Dave McKae lasted 4 1/3 innings and allowed a season worst eight runs. The Mets posted a six run inning against McKae in the second. Josh Sharpless made his third appearance since joining the Giants organization and allowed one run, his first run allowed.
David Maroul was the only successful hitter in the Defenders lineup, and he only got two hits. Antoan Richardson made an error in that rally inning for Binghampton, but he also hit a triple in the sixth inning. It was the best scoring chance the Defenders had all day.
A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 13-3
San Jose: LF Bobby Felmy: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, SF
San Jose: 2B Matt Downs: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
San Jose: C Pablo Sandoval: 1 for 3, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 PB
San Jose: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
San Jose: DH Andy D'Alessio: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO, S,
Stockton: 1B Sean Doolittle: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
San Jose: SP Jesse English: 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, WP, W (6-2)
San Jose: RP Wilmin Rodriguez: 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
Stockton: SP Trevor Cahill: 5 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, L (5-1)
San Jose held down two of the best players on the Stockton squad and two well known names among prospect mavens in their 13-3 win over the division rival. Sean Doolittle is a legitimate power hitting threat in the lineup. Monday night Doolittle had one hit, an RBI double. Stockton kept pace with San Jose early in the game. Each team scored three runs by the fourth inning. Then San Jose came to life.
The team scored ten unanswered runs. The Giants chased Stockton starting pitcher Trevor Cahill with a five run inning in the fifth. Cahill hadn't lost a start prior to this game and he had allowed ten runs total. In this game, Cahill gave up eight. The outburst backed Jesse English well, and San Jose's starter threw his second strong start in a row. English has allowed three runs in his last 16 2/3 innings and has struck out 17 batters in his last three starts.
A-: Augusta lost to Columbus 11-2
Augusta: RF Francisco Pegeuro: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 SB
Augusta: 1B Thomas Neal: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Augusta: DH Angel Villalona: 0 for 3, 1 HBP
Augusta: 2B Nick Noonan: 0 for 3, 1 SO, 1 HBP
Columbus: CF Maiko Loyola: 2 for 4, 1 R, 3 RBI
Augusta: SP TJ Brewer: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3 WP, 1 HB L (2-3)
Augusta: RP Dan Turpen: 2/3 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO
Columbus: SP Joshua Johnson: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HB, W (2-4)
The pitchers were wild in this game, as were Augusta's fielders. Augusta committed two errors. Charlie Culberson was not involved, thankfully. Daniel Turpen's no good very bad day included an awful outing on the mound and an error on a bad throw in the eighth inning. The error allowed Maiko Loyola to reach second base and from there Turpen did not record an out. It was a vast departure from his shutdown 2/3 inning in the seventh where he relieved Andy De La Garza and retired Columbus' scoring threat with a runner on second base.
The big hitters in Augusta's lineup were absent today. Angel Villalona's recent power show was off, with a 0-fer for the teenager. Nick Noonan was hit by a pitch but that was the only kind of hit he got. Francisco Peguero carried the offense as far as it could go with a three hit day. Columbus starting pitcher Joshua Johnson pitched a fine outing to win the game for the Catfish.
BONUS: I got a tip from a friend on the whereabouts of one Darren Sack. Sack busted out in the California League in 2006, not losing a start until August of that year. He struggled in AA in 2007 before being sent down to San Jose, where he won the deciding game of the 2007 Cal League championship for the Giants. Sack was released prior to the 2008 season. I spoke to him in mid-August and really enjoyed talking to him.
Sack is pitching for Camden in the Atlantic League, an independent minor league. I got a tip from a friend who lives out on Long Island that Sack started the game for the Riversharks tonight. Sack has pitched 22 2/3 innings with a 1-1 record and 21 strikeouts.
Jeez. I was really rooting for the guy. I mean, at least he's still in baseball. It was just sort of mindblowing to get that report tonight.