While one Giants' affiliate won and the other lost its post-season game last night, individual highlights included these two performances: (a) Conor Gillaspie homered while reaching base in all four plate appearances, and (b) Mike McBryde had 3 XBHs and a single.
AAA: Fresno ended its season on Labor Day
AA: Connecticut lost to Akron 7-6
(having now lost the first two games at home)
Connecticut: RHP Daryl Maday: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Connecticut: LHP Joe Paterson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K
Connecticut: RHP Mitch Lively: 0.0 IP, 1 BB
Connecticut: LHP Alex Hinshaw: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 K
Connecticut: RHP Matt Yourkin: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB--1 HR
McBryde had four hits, including three XBHs. The four hits raised his post-season AVG to a team-leading .423. With the Defenders' only other multi-hit line, Bond reached base three times. Pill homered. Both Bond and Pill have post-season AVGs above .300. Williams was the only Defender to reach base, but his post-season AVG remains above .260--better than several of his teammates.
Maday allowed three runs in the 3rd inning but otherwise kept the Aeros from scoring. Paterson, Lively, and Hinshaw combined to allow another run in the 7th inning. Yourkin allowed 3 ER in the 9th inning to break the tie score (although the Defenders rallied for two runs in the bottom half of the inning to provide the final margin).
A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 12-3
(scoring eleven runs in the 7th and 8th innings in the decisive game 5)
San Jose: RHP David Mixon: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
San Jose: LHP David Quinowski: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
San Jose: RHP Dan Turpen: 2.0 IP, 1 H
Gillaspie had three hits, including a HR to lead off the 5th inning, which provided the Giants' only run until the 7th inning; and he reached base in all four of his plate appearances. His .389 AVG led the Giants in this five-game series. Neal had the Giants' only other multi-hit line, raising his AVG to .250 after an oh-fer in the first two games of the series. Peguero reached base three times. Bocock's third double of the series was the Giants' only XBH in the final game asisde from Gillaspie's HR.
Mixon, who had just three starts among his 40 appearances this year, which were an emergency start for Fresno and then starts in his final two games of the year, had a quality start. He also struck out more batters than he allowed to reach base. Quinowski and Turpen finished the game with 3.0 scoreless IP to secure the win.
A-: Augusta ended its season on Labor Day
ssA: Salem-Keizer won the NWL championship series on September 10
R: Giants lost AZL championship game on August 31
DSL: The Gigantes finished their DSL championship series sweep on August 31