AAA: Fresno defeated Portland 11-10 (11 innings)
Fresno: RF Nate Schierholtz: 3 for 6, HR
Fresno: 3B Scott McClain: 3 for 3, 2 HR, BB
Fresno: CF-LF Justin Leone: 3 for 3, 2 HR, BB, SF
Portland: SS Craig Stansberry: 3 for 5, HR, BB, SO
Portland: C Chad Morton: 3 for 6, HR, 3 SO
Fresno: RHP Victor Santos: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Fresno: LHP Geno Espineli: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K--1 HB
Fresno: RHP Vinnie Chulk: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB--1 WP
Schierholtz, McClain and Leone combined for 5 HRs. Leone, playing in his third game after spending a month on DL, hit two HRs early, raising his total to 14 HR. Schierholtz then connected for his 12th HR in the 7th inning. McClain had two dramatic solo HRs in the 9th and 11th innings, the first to tie the game and the second to end the game. He now has an organization-leading 17 HRs. Morton and Stansberry, who each have played eleven games in the majors in the past year, went deep for the Padres' affiliate.
Santos had his shortest start of the year, throwing 63 pitches (34 strikes) in two full innings. His ERA rose back above 4.00. Espineli, the first of six Grizzlies relievers, pitching longer than any other reliever in the game. Chulk, making his second appearance since being sent to the minors, suffered the blown save with three runs in the 8th inning.
AA: Connecticut defeated New Britain 5-3
Connecticut: SS Kyle Haines: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, SO, E
Connecticut: DH Pablo Sandoval: 3 for 5, 2B, 2 SO
Connecticut: RHP Joey Martinez: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K--1 HB
Connecticut: RHP Justin Hedrick: 1.1 IP, 1 K
Sandoval's three hits paced the Defenders' twelve-hit attack and raised his AVG in .260 in 50 AB since his his promotion. Among four other Defenders with multiple hits, Haines reached base four times, improving his team-leading OBP to .409.
Martinez was dominant through five innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. He did allow three singles and a couple runs, though, in his final inning of work. With 10 K--after just 4 K in previous two starts combined--he raised his K/BB above 3.00.
A+: San Jose had a scheduled off-day
(their first since their all-star break, with their next scheduled off-day being July 15)
A-: Augusta defeated Lakewood 7-6
(despite allowing five runs in the 9th inning)
Augusta: RF Taylor Creswell: 4 for 5, 2B, SO
Augusta: RHP Chance Corgan: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Augusta: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 0.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER--1 WP
Creswell, making his full-season debut (aside perhaps from a pinch hit appearance with Fresno a couple years ago) had four of the GreenJackets' twelve hits. A year ago the 21-year-old drafted in the 22nd round in 2005 hit .161/.316/.258 in 31 AB in the AZL.
Corgan had the best start of his pro career in his 13th appearance as a pro. He improved his ERA to 2.22. With an 11/6 GO/FO line and 4 K in 7.0 IP, stats consistent with his previous four starts this year, he appears to be a groundball pitcher. Joaquin allowed hits to all five batters he faced in the 9th inning, ballooning his ERA to nearly 4.50.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 9-6
Salem-Keizer: DH Michael Ambort: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
Salem-Keizer: C Trent Klinke: 3 for 3, 2B, CS
Salem-Keizer: RHP Wilbur Bucardo: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RHP Trey Webb: 1.2 IP, 2 BB
Tri-City: RHP Brad McAtee: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Ambort and Kline each had three of the Volcanoes' thirteen hits, raising their AVGs to .268 and .269. Ambort connected for his 13th HR to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning.
After allowing just 4 ER over his first four starts, Bucardo allowed 4 ER in his fifth start, nearly doubling his ERA to 3.18. Webb was the only one of five Volcanoes relievers not to allow another earned run. The Rockies' McAtee, drafted out of UC Davis this year, pitched very effectively in his fourth pro appearance (second start) to lower his ERA to 0.50.
R: Giants lost to Cubs 17-4
(allowing ten insurance runs in the 8th and 9th innings)
Scottsdale: RF Ryan Mantle: 3 for 5
Scottsdale: RHP Jorge Bucardo: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 WP
Scottsdale: RHP John King: 0.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB
Mantle's three singles accounted for a third of the rookie Giants' hits and raised his AVG to .300 through 40 pro AB.
A level lower, Bucardo pitched more effectively than his older brother, although for the season he still has the higher ERA at 4.05. He certainly pitched much more effectively than the four relievers who next followed him, who each allowed multiple earned runs. The first of them was King, the 17th rounder from a year ago making his second appearance of the year. (At least I am trusting that the scorekeeper did not confuse him with LHP Aaron King, the 7th rounder this year.)
DSL: Giants lost to Blue Jays #2 10-7
Dominican: LF Sundrendy Windster: 2 for 3, 2 BB
Dominican: RHP Miguel Ferrer: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Windster (19.5 y.o.) reached base four times, but his unimpressive line of .225/.307/.326 remains a bit worse than last year's fairly similar line. Ferrer (18.11 y.o.) had his worst start of the year, but his 4.34 ERA looks very good compared to three of the four relievers who followed him.