Tonight's highlights might be honorable mentions on other nights: (a) Brandon Crawford has his first HR in the upper minors; (b) Ben Copeland has two doubles; and (c) Oliver Odle does not allow an earned run. From a prospect point of view, the most significant line of the night is Tim Alderson's third start in the upper minors. It was a quality start but not quite highlight worthy.
AAA: Fresno had a scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is June 10.)
Grizzlies on PCL leaderboards:
AVG: Guzman 4th
OBP: BOwker 6th
SLG: Guzman 11th
OPS: Guzman 13th
3B: Guzman 6th
2B: Guzman 6th, Downs 6th, Rohlinger 6th
H: Guzman 1st, Downs th, Rohlinger 7th
TB: Guzman 2nd
BB: Bowker 2nd
AB: Guzman 6th, Rohlinger 10th
RBI: Guzman 6th
CS: Timpner 1st
K: Sadler 4th, Kinney 8th, Sadowski 10th
IP: Pucetas 4th
BB: Sadler 5th
HR: Kinney 2nd, Pucetas 9th
HB: Palazzolo 7th
R: Kinney 6th
ER: Kinney 7th
G: Espineli 3rd
W: Sadler 6th
L: Kinney 2nd
AA: Connecticut defeated Binghamton 6-3
(after scoring five runs in 3rd inning)
Connecticut: SS Brandon Crawford: 2 for 4, HR, SB
Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 2 for 2, 2 BB, CS
Connecticut: C Tyler LaTorre: 1 for 4, HR, PB
Connecticut: RHP Tim Alderson: 6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Connecticut: LHP Jesse English: 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
Crawford and LaTorre both hit their first Eastern League HRs. Both Crawford and LaTorre have OPS's over 1.000, Crawford through 146 AB this year (with both Connecticut and San Jose) and LaTorre through his first 34 AB. EME reached base three times, raising his OBP to .389.
Pitching on three days rest after his one-inning start, Alderson made his third start with the Defenders. For the season, Alderson's peripheral stats are now 42 H, 4 BB, and 38 K in 40.0 IP. After making his four previous appearances as a starter, English returned to the bullpen and struck out three of the six batters he faced.
A+: San Jose lost to Inland Empire 2-1
San Jose: CF Ben Copeland 2 for 4, 2 2B
San Jose: C Buster Posey: 1 for 3, BB, SO, PB
San Jose: RF Roger Kieschnick: 0 for 4, 3 SO
San Jose: RHP Oliver Odle: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K--1 PO
San Jose: RHP Sergio Romo: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Inland Empire: RHP Steve Johnson: 8.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
Copeland's 3rd and 4th doubles were two of the Giants' three hits. With the Giants' other hit and one of their two walks, Posey also reached base twice. Kieschnick had the oh-fer with the hat trick, but his AVG remains above .330.
Odle had his first start of the year without allowing an earned run, improving his ERA to 5.50. The two unearned runs dropped his W-L record to 2-4. Romo retired eight of nine batters in his fourth rehab appearance. Johnson, whom BA ranked as the Dodgers' #15 prospect, had his best start of the year. His peripheral stats are now 35 H, 18 BB, and 59 K in 44.0 IP with a 3.68 ERA.
A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 4-3
(after scoring all four runs in the 4th inning)
Augusta: LF Wendell Fairley: 2 for 3, 2B
Augusta: RHP Chance Corgan: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Augusta: LHP Dan Runzler: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 6 K
Greenville: RHP Casey Kelly: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--1 WP
With two of the GreenJackets' three hits, Fairley was the only GreenJacket to reach base twice. His season line is now .232/.318/.316 through 95 AB.
Corgan, who moved into the rotation when Kelvin Marte went on the DL, made his second start. He has solid peripheral stats with 20 H, 6 BB, and 19 K in 23.1 IP. Runzler continues strikeout hitters at an amazing clip. In six May appearances, he now has 18 K in 9.0 IP. Kelly, the Red Sox' first round pick last year, had perhaps his least effective start of the year, suffering his first professional loss. The 19-year-old's stats are 31 H, 9 BB, and 36 K in 42.1 IP with a 1.28 ERA.