Some highlights from the Giants' Farm System: (a) RafRod has a perfect day, going 4-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI; (b) Cameron Lamb, in what could be his last start of the season, throws five shutout innings with three hits and two walks against six strikeouts, getting his fourth win of the season; (c) Steve Hammond does something odd - six shutout innings to help Fresno shut out Sacramento (too little, too late for playoff hopes); (d) Dan Runzler: Journeyman. Runzler makes his Triple-A debut with a scoreless inning in Fresno, his fourth level of the season. Stay packed for the AZL, Dan!; (e) San Jose - Dominant. For the second season in a row, the Giants swept the first and second half titles with tonight's clinching win against Lancaster.
Also, one lowlight: Connecticut gets rained out, so their chance to clinch the division (and their first Giants-affiliated playoff spot) is pushed back to Saturday, as they just need one win or one New Britain loss to clinch. Both teams play doubleheaders on Saturday.
Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A): Fresno 3, Sacramento 0
2B Matt Downs - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, .295
1B Jesus Guzman - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, .322
CF Clay Timpner - 1-3, 1 RBI, .238
RF Andres Torres - 1-4, 1 SO, .316
SP Steve Hammond - 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 5.42 ERA, 2 WP
RP Dan Runzler - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA, H (1)
RP Steve Edlefsen - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO, 1.78 ERA, S (2)
Game Notes: Steve Hammond and the Fresno bullpen put together some rare domination over their Highway 99 rivals. Hammond gave up just one hit, a one-out single in the fourth, but otherwise pitched a great game. Meanwhile, all the Fresno offense came in the second, as Bowker led off with a single and Guzman doubled to lead off the inning. Downs had a 2-RBI single, followed later in the inning by an RBI single by Timpner, and that lead held the rest of the game.
Team Notes: Downs has five RBI over his last four games. He has 63 in 99 games at Triple-A...Guzman's double is his third in the last six games. He has 26 on the season with 15 home runs for a .506 slugging percentage...Torres is now in his third rehab game, and has gone 2-for-11 with seven strikeouts in the stint...Hammond bounced back from giving up seven earned runs over five innings in his last start with his one hit allowed and no runs...Runzler is now in his fourth level of the season, after posting a 0.96 ERA in seven games at Double-A. Overall, he has a 0.78 ERA in 46 games this season, with 83 strikeouts and 24 walks in 58 innings...Edlefsen now has nine total saves on the season after picking up his second in Triple-A.
Connecticut Defenders (Double-A): Postponed Due To Rain
The Defenders will have to wait. After clinching a tie for the division title with a win on Thursday, Connecticut got rained out. A win in one of the two games, or a loss by New Britain in one of their two games (they were also rained out), and the Defenders will have their first division title as a Giant affiliate.
San Jose Giants (A-Advanced): San Jose 6, Lancaster 3
2B Nick Noonan - 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B (25), .258
SS Brian Bocock - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B (23), 1 BB, 1 SO, .238
1B C.J. Ziegler - 1-3, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .225
RF Roger Kieschnick - 1-4, 1 2B (33), 1 RBI, .300
SP David Mixon - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 3.63 ERA
RP T.J. Brewer - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2.88 ERA, BS (1), W (4-2)
RP Wilmin Rodriguez - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.06 ERA, S (3)
Game Notes: The Giants' domination of the North Division became complete with this win, as the Giants clinched the second half title to match their first half title. San Jose fell behind on a two-run home run in the second, but tied the game after a 3rd inning double by Noonan and a wild pitch to score him. The Giants took the lead in the fifth on a wild pitch as well. Lancaster tied it in the sixth on a pair of doubles, but in the bottom half, Bocock and Ziegler hit a pair of two-out doubles to give the Giants a lead for good.
Team Notes: Noonan had his first multiple-hit game since August 23rd. He's batting .317 over his last ten games...Bocock has been hitting just .129 over his last ten games (4-for-31), although he's also drawn nine walks to score four runs...Ziegler hit his second double in five games. He has seven in San Jose in 37 games, though he had the same amount in 14 games at SalemKeizer, and eight in 31 games at Augusta...Kieschnick has eight of his 33 doubles in the last ten games, keeping his slugging percentage at .542 on the season...Mixon made his first start of the season...Brewer had given up seven walks in 4 2/3 innings over his last three appearances before having no walks in this game...Rodriguez hasn't allowed an earned run since giving up five earned runs over four games to end July and start August.
Augusta GreenJackets (A): Postponed Due To Rain
Saturday will feature a double-header as Augusta holds onto its slim playoff hopes. Three games back in the second half to Asheville, Augusta will need ever win they can get with eleven games left in the season.
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short Season-A): Salem-Keizer 9, Everett 2
LF Caleb Curry - 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B (7), 1 RBI, .208
SS Ryan Cavan - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (9), 1 3B (4), 3 SO, .256
RF Ryan Lollis - 2-4, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI, .301
SP Jorge Bucardo - 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2.70 ERA, W (5-3)
RP Drew Bowlin - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.45 ERA
RP Gary Moran - 0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2.95 ERA, 1 WP
RP Jason Stoffel - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA, S (1)
Game Notes: The Volcanoes continue their bounceback from Wednesday's debacle. The Volcanoes opened up a big lead with some help, two errors in the fourth followed by a Curry double and a Crawford triple as part of a five run inning. The Volcanoes follwed that in the eighth as Cavan hit a triple to lead off the inning and score on a wild pitch, and a Curry double helped power to the win.
Team Notes: Curry broke a five-game hitless streak, after going 0-for-13...Cavan has gone 3-for-8 with a double, triple and a home run over his last two games...Lollis is batting 4-for-17 with a double over his last four games...Bucardo has his third start in a row of allowing one earned run or less...Bowlin has 13 strikeouts and two walks in his last seven games...Stoffel has nine strikeouts and no walks in five outings in Salem-Keizer.
AZL Giants (Rookie): Giants 10, Athletics 0
LF Rafael Rodriguez - 4-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, .299
RF Ryan Scoma - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B (6), 1 3B (1), .274
PH-3B Kyle Mach - 1-1, 1 2B (6), 1 RBI, .216
C Jesse Shriner - 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, .296
SP Cameron Lamb - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2.04 ERA, W (4-1)
RP Kaohi Downing - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.55 ERA, 1 WP
RP Brennan Flick - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2.50 ERA
RP Audy Santana - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1.52 ERA
Game Notes: With a division title sweep in the cards, the Giants dominated the Athletics rookies. The Giants broke out for three runs in the second inning, highlighted by a Rodriguez two-run single, then added three more in the third on a Jake Dunning two-run RBI double. That was enough to get the Giants off to the win behind Lamb, who dominated after being named pitcher of the year for the league.
Team Notes: Rodriguez has found his stride, batting .364 in Augusta with a .400 on-base percentage and a .436 slugging percentage...Scoma's batting .389 over his last ten games with five doubles and a triple...Lamb has not allowed an earned run in four of his last five starts, and gone five full innings in each of those four...Downing hasn't allowed any earned runs since allowing two on July 14th.