It's unusual that a performance from a short-season team is the leading highlight from the Giants' farm system, but (a,b,c) a combined no-hitter by starter Craig Westcott and relievers Brandon Graves and Wilbur Bucardo certainly seems worthy. Also, in short-season ball, (d) Chris Dominguez reached base four times. The other highlights: (e) Matt Kinney allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP; (f) Tyler Graham homered while reaching base twice; and (g,h) both Mike McBryde and Francisco Peguero had three hits. Other mention: (i) Aaron King allowed just 1 R and 1 H in 5.1 IP in his start, but can a line with 6 BB be highlight worthy?
AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 2-0
With two singles each, Bowker and Copeland accounted for all but one of the Grizzlies' five baserunners. Copeland now has 12 SBs. The Mariners' Tuiasosopo had his 7th HR.
Kinney pitched effectively, but he allowed a HR. Aside from the HR, he and Vargas had fairly similar stats. Each had just one ground ball out as they combined for a 2/19 GO/FO line. Kinney threw 106 pitches (67 strikes); Vargas threw 107 pitches (73 strikes). Vargas's ERA is now just below 3.00 through eight PCL starts after he had an ERA above 5.00 in his fourteen MLB starts, plus two relief appearances.
AA: Connecticut defeated Binghamton 4-3
(rallying for three runs in the final two innings)
Connecticut: CF Mike McBryde: 3 for 4, 2 CS
Connecticut: 3B Ramon Castro: 1 for 1, HR
Connecticut: RHP Geivy Garcia: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
Connecticut: RHP Mitch Lively: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Binghamton: RHP Jenrry Mejia: 4.0+ IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--2 HB
McBryde had three of the Defenders' six hits, raising his AVG to .277. He also threw out a runner at the plate. But his SB/CS line is now 21/11 this year. Castro, who entered the game on a double switch, had a two-run, two-out, walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th inning. It was his 1st HR this year.
Garcia's fifth start was probably his least effective start since entering the rotation. Lively provided effective long relief with 3.0 scoreless IP that lowered his ERA to 0.68. The Mets' Mejia has emerged this year as perhaps one of the top 50 prospects in baseball. This was his third starting since returning from a month and a half on the DL. In his upper minors debut back in early June, he did not allow an earned run in 7.0 IP against the Defenders.
A+: San Jose lost to Stoctkon 8-7
San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 1 for 2, 2B, BB
San Jose: RF Tyler Graham: 1 for 3, HR, BB
San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 5 K--1 WP
San Jose: RHP Trey Webb: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Stockton: LHP Daniel Haigwood: 3.0+ IP, 5 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Ford led off the game with his 15th double and reached base once more before leaving the game with a noticeable limp. In the 4th inning, Graham homered the opposite way, just inside the foul pole by about ten feet. It was his 8th HR.
With Oseguera and Haigwood pitching, the game moved along at a plodding pace, although with lots of offense. The first inning took forty minutes, and the game was still in the 5th inning after two hours and twenty minutes. The game moved along spritely after the two starters had departed, with the final four innings taking less than an hour. Oseguera had perhaps his worst start of the year. He looked done in the 4th inning but managed to get out of the inning. The 5th inning turned into a disaster, punctuated by a bases loaded walk that led to the ejection of Giants manager Andy Skeels and a long-heated exchange, or even exchanges, after that. The 2-2 pitch in that at bat had appeared to be a strike that would have ended the inning but was called a ball. Webb provided 2.1 scoreless IP in relief to improve his ERA to an even 3.00. Haigwood was once considered a fairly good prospect, in fact being part of the Aaron Rowand and Jim Thome trade back in 2005. This year with the Athletics' organization, the 25-year-old is back in the lower minors after an ERA above 7.00 in the Texas League.
A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 4-2
Augusta: CF Francisco Peguero: 3 for 5, SB
Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 2 for 4, 2B, SO, E
Augusta: LHP Aaron King: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 6 K--1 WP
Augusta: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP, 1 BB
Augusta: RHP Chris Wilson: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Peguero had another multi-hit game, raising his AVG a bit further to .368. That said, it's been an empty batting average the past ten games with all sixteen hits being singles and just one walk. Mazzola added a couple hits, including his 27th double.
Despite six walks, King had a rather effective start. His BB/IP ratio is back above 0.50, but he allowed just 1 ER for the fourth time in his past five starts. His ERA is below 3.00 in nine starts since the all-star break. Quirarte pitched a scoreless inning. Wilson pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 6th save. He has a K/BB ratio above 7.00.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 8-0
Salem-Keizer: RF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 3, BB, HBP, SO, E
Salem-Keizer: C Aaron Lowenstein: 2 for 4, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: RHP Craig Westcott: 5.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Salem-Keizer: LHP Brandon Graves: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Salem-Keizer: RHP Wilbur Bucardo: 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Dominguez, who entered the evening with an OBP below .290, reached base four times. He also committed his 6th error. Reaching base three times each were Lollis and Lowenstein.
Westcott, Graves, and Bucardo combined on a no-hitter. All three pitchers have ERAs between 2.40 and 2.90.
R: Giants defeated Cubs 2-1
Scottsdale: SS Ydwin Villegas: 2 for 3, BB, SB
Scottsdale: RF Ryan Scoma: 2 for 4, 2B
Scottsdale: RHP Edward Concepcion: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Scottsdale: RHP Ben Wilshire: 1.2 IP, 1 K
Villegas and Scoma each had two of the rookie Giants' eight hits, improving their respective AVGs to .338 and .247. Through five NWL starts, Westcott has 16 H, 7 BB, and 30 K in 20.1 IP. It was his first pro start with fewer baserunners than innings pitched.
Concepcion had one of this betters starts. The 20-year-old continues to rack up an impressive strikeout total. His K/IP is nearly 1.33, and his K/BB is over 4.00. Wilshire was better than perfect, getting five outs while facing four batters.
DSL: Gigantes had an off-day following the conclusion of their regular season yesterday and the start of their playoff series
(They finished with a 52-19 W-L record, winning their 12-team division by 3.5 games.)