AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 9-4
Fresno: CF Ben Copeland: 3 for 4, 2B, BB
Fresno: 2B Travis Denker: 2 for 5, HR, 2B, SO, GiDP
Fresno: 3B Scott McClain: 1 for 2, HR, 3 BB
Sacramento: C Justin Knoedler: 1 for 3, HR, SO
Fresno: LHP Erick Threets: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--2 HR, 1 E
Fresno: RHP Vinnie Chulk: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Batting leadoff, Copeland reached base four times. He had three of the Grizzlies' dozen hits, raising his PCL AVG to .367. Denker homered for the third straight game and for the fifth time in his last seven games. McClain had his fifth HR in his last eight games. He leads the organization with 28 HRs. The A's Knoedler, the ex-Giant and ex-Grizzly, had his 8th HR surpassing his total of 7 HRs with Fresno a year ago. He has shown power this year with a XBH/H ratio well above 50%, but he has had a disappointing season with a .173/.233/.366 line.
Threets had his longest start yet, throwing more than two thirds of his pitches (62 of 91) for strikes. He had a 12/5 GO/FO line. Chulk had his 2nd save.
AA: Connecticut lost to Erie 3-2
Connecticut: C Eliezer Alfonzo: 2 for 4, E
Connecticut: DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 0 for 1, 3 BB
Connecticut: 3B David Maroul: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Connecticut: RHP Joe Martinez: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Connecticut: RHP Justin Hedrick: 1.0 IP
Alfonzo had two of the Defenders' five hits. He has hit safely in all ten of his games with Connecticut this year (including five games in June) with a .357 AVG in those games. EME had three walks after not having any walks in his previous eight games. His BB/AB ratio remains above 14%, but his SLG remains lower than his OBP. Maroul, the team leader in strikeouts, suffered the oh-fer with the hat trick.
Martinez had a fine start, improving his K/BB ratio to better than 4.00. He has allowed just 6 ER total in his last six starts, lowering his ERA to 2.52. Hedrick lowered his ERA yet further to 1.41.
A+: San Jose lost to Rancho Cucamonga 8-4
San Jose: DH Brock Bond: 1 for 3, 2 BB, SO, SB
San Jose: RF Mike McBryde: 2 for 5, 2 SB
Rancho Cucamonga: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB
San Jose: RHP Kevin Pucetas: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--1 HR
Rancho Cucamonga: RHP Jordan Walden: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 WP
McBryde had two of the Giants' five hits and also had his 29th and 30th SB. He has now more than doubled his total of 14 SB last year. Bond reached base three times, improving his OBP to .394. The Angels' Willits reached base three times in his third rehab game.
Pucetas, who went most of the season without suffering a loss, has now suffered a loss in two straight starts, this time victimized in particular by four runs in the 5th inning. His ERA rose above 3.00. Walden, perhaps the Angels' top pitching prospect, lowered his ERA to 4.10 in seven Cal League starts. He did allow the Giants to steal five bases against him, though.
A-: Augusta lost to Kannapolis 3-2
(allowing two runs in bottom of 9th inning)
Augusta: RF James Simmons: 1 for 4, 3 SO
Augusta: RHP Chance Corgan: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HR
No one had two hits for the GreenJackets, but Simmons did connect for his 5th HR, while also suffering his second straight hat trick. In his last ten games, he has 17 SO in 38 AB.
Corgan had his second straight start with 1 ER in 6.0 IP. However, this time he had just 1 K after having a season-high 7 K in his previous start. His K/BB ratio dipped below 4.00. He did have an 11/6 GO/FO line.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 4-3
Salem-Keizer: CF Caleb Curry: 2 for 3, HR, 2B
Salem-Keizer: RHP Orlando Yntema: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Curry, the only Volcano with two hits and the only Volcano without a strikeout, connected for his first pro HR. The other eight hitters in the lineup combined for 16 strikeouts.
Yntema had his best NWL start to date, improving his W-L record to 5-1 in nine NWL appearances (five starts) and bringing his ERA below 5.00.
R: Giants defeated Rangers 6-0
Scottsdale: 3B Josh Mazzola: 3 for 4, SO, SB, CS
Scottsdale: RF Brooks Lindsley: 3 for 3, BB
Scottsdale: RHP Kyle Nicholson: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K--1 PO
Mazzola and Lindsley each had three hits, raising their AVGs to .329 and .410. Lindsley is 14 for 26 in his last eight games.
Nicholson continues to absolutely dominate AZL hitters, although four hits was the the most baserunners he has allowed in his last six starts. Over those six starts, he has a WHIP of 0.50, a K/IP above 1.00 and just 1 ER. With a 10/2 GO/FO line, his GO/AO ratio is now above 3.25.
DSL: Giants defeated Ray 6-3
Dominican: C Hector Sanchez: 2 for 4, HR
Dominican: RHP Marcos Prada: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 WP, 1 PO
Sanchez (18.9 y.o.) had his 4th HR of the season and his 3rd HR in his last nine games. He had 4 HRs last summer. Prada (17.11 y.o.) finished his second pro season with a 4.60 ERA in thirteen starts.