AAA: Fresno lost to Nashville 15-9
(despite leading 9-7 after four innings)
Fresno: 2B Travis Denker: 2 for 5, 2 2B
Fresno: 1B Travis Ishikawa: 3 for 4, 2 HR, 3B, SO
Nashville: 2B Chris Woodward: 4 for 5, HR
Fresno: RHP Victor Santos: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 2 K--3 HR
Fresno: LHP Pat Misch: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Fresno: LHP Erick Threets: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Ishikawa had another huge game, with his 6th and 7th HRs in his last eight games. With three XBH, he raised his SLG above .700. Denker also had a couple XBH, improving his PCL line to .284/.400/.459 in 109 AB. The Brewers' Woodward, who spent all of last season in the majors, had a huge game, but the 32-year-old is still hitting just .233/.299/.314 in 210 AB in triple-A this year.
Santos had his third straight poor start. He has allowed 25 H, 11 BB and 28 ER in 11.0 IP over those three starts. After eight starts since being demoted, Misch made a brief relief appearance on one day's rest. Threets had allowed just 1 ER over his previous seven appearances but was tagged for a big crooked number in the 6th inning before rebounding with a perfect 7th inning.
AA: Connecticut lost to New Hamsphire 8-0
Connecticut: 1B Pablo Sandoval: 1 for 4, 2B
Connecticut: RF Carlos Sosa: 1 for 3, 2B
Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Connecticut: LHP Paul Oseguera: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--3 HR
Connecticut: RHP Kelvim Pichardo: 1.0 IP
Connecticut: RHP Justin Hedrick: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
The Defenders managed just six baserunners, and Sandoval's 12th double and Sosa's 19th double accounted for two of the six baserunners. No Defender reached base twice.
Broshuis's starts seem to be getting shorter. Is he wearing down? He strung together in June and July several starts in a row of 7.0 IP. He has not pitched past the 6th inning since, and not into even the 5th inning with this most recent start. Oseguera allowed 3+ ER for the fourth time in his last nine appearances. Pichardo did not have a strikeout for just the second time in his last ten appearances. Hedrick allowed a run for just the second time since June.
A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 4-3 (13 innings)
San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 2 for 4, BB, 2 SB
San Jose: 3B Matt Downs: 3 for 6, SO
San Jose: LF-RF Tyler Graham: 4 for 6, 2B, SO
San Jose: RHP Tim Alderson: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
San Jose: RHP Danny Otero: 1.0+ IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB
San Jose: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K--1 IBB
San Jose: RHP Steven Edlefsen: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K--1 WP
Ford, Downs and Graham each had multiple hits, accounting for nine of the Giants' thirteen hits and raising their respective AVGs to .244, .296 and .269.
Alderson had his second straight start allowing neither a walk nor an earned run, improving his ERA to 2.82. With 27 H and 32 K in his last six starts, Alderson now has more strikeouts than hits allowed this season. After a scoreless 8th inning, Otero allowed a game-tying, two-RBI double to the third batter he faced in the 9th inning, raising his ERA above 6.00. Joaquin and Edlefsen both had three strikeouts. Since the start of June, Edlefsen has 29 H, 18 BB and 40 K in 34.2 IP. He has become more of a strikeout pitcher and less of an extreme groundball pitcher.
A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 10-0
Augusta: 1B Angel Villalona: 1 for 3, HR, BB, 2 SO, E
Augusta: LF Dom Duggan: 3 for 4, 3B, SB
Augusta: LHP Madison Bumgarner: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Augusta: RHP Mitch Lively: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Villalona connected for his 13th HR. He also committed his 14th error. Duggan, playing his fifth game for the GreenJackets after 46 games with San Jose earlier this year, had three hits while batting ninth in the lineup.
Bumgarner had another outstanding start, improving his ERA to 1.70 and his W-L record to 11-3. He has pitched a full seven innings in seven of his his last nine starts. Over his last four starts, he has 18 H, 2 BB, 3 ER and 32 K in 28.0 IP. Lively, who was signed and drafted by the Rockies a year ago, made his full-season debut, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene 12-2
Salem-Keizer: SS Ryan Lormand: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Salem-Keizer: 1B Mike Loberg: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, HBP, SO
Salem-Keizer: CF Damon Wright: 2 for 4, 2B
Salem-Keizer: RHP Wilbur Bucardo: 2.0+ IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Salem-Keizer: RHP Brian Irving: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 K
With his 5th HR and 9th double, Loberg raised his AVG above .300 and his SLG above .475. Wright was the other Volcano with multiple hits, extending his hitting streak to six games and raising his AVG to .280. Lormand had not struck out in any of his previous four games and had a SO/AB ratio barely above 10%, but he suffered the oh-fer with the hat trick in this game.
Bucardo had perhaps the worst start of his pro career, watching his ERA balloon by more than a full run from 4.20 to 5.27. Irving was the only one of five Volcano pitchers not to allow an earned run. His fourth straight appearance without an earned run lowered his ERA by more than a half run to 3.86.
R: Giants lost to Cubs 7-5
Scottsdale: C Ryne Price: 2 for 3, 2B, HBP, SF, SO, E
Scottsdale: RHP Kyle Nicholson: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Scottsdale: LHP Mario Rodriguez: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Scottsdale: RHP Geomar Patino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Price was the lone rookie Giant with multiple hits, raising his AVG to .282 through 71 AB.
Is the 23-year-old Nicholson too good for the AZL? He has gone exactly 6.0 IP in each of his last three starts and has allowed just 8 H, 0 BB and 1 ER in that time with 18 K. The 19-year-old Rodriguez had perhaps the least effective appearance of his career, although three of the runs did score after he left the game. The 21-year-old Patino now has 11 K in 5.1 IP in his second season in the U.S.
DSL: Giants had their typical Sunday off-day
Gigantes on DSL leaderboards:
OBP: Sanchez 8th
HR: Windster 1st
RBI: Sanchez 7th
R: Willoughby 2nd
SB: Willoughby 3rd
H: Concepcion 5th
BB: Azocar 6th
HR: De La Cruz 1st
G: Mendez 3rd
W: Concepcion 5th
Sv: Mendez 3rd