Both Giants' affiliate still in the post-season won their games, with these individual highlights: (a) Brian Bocock homered, doubled, and had a walk; (b) Thomas Neal reached base four times; (c) Mike McBryde had three hits; and (d) Paul Oseguera allowed 2 ER in 5.2 IP pitching at High Desert.
AAA: Fresno ended its season on Labor Day
AA: Connecticut defeated Akron 8-7
(but still trail 2-1 in the best-of-five series)
Connecticut: CF Mike McBryde: 3 for 5, SO, SB
Connecticut: DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 0 for 1, 3 BB
Connecticut: PH-LF Bobby Felmy: 1 for 1, 2B
Akron: C Carlos Santana: 1 for 4, HR, BB, SO
Akron: 3B Lonnie Chisenhall: 3 for, 4 BB
Akron: SS Carlos Rivero: 3 for 5, 2B
Connecticut: LHP Craig Clark: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP
Connecticut: RHP Mitch Lively: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Connecticut: LHP Alex Hinshaw: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Connecticut: RHP Matt Yourkin: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K
The only Defender with a multi-hit line, McBryde continues to swing a very hot bat in the post-season, now with a .452 AVG. He also had his 3rd post-season SB. The only Defender in the lineup without a hit, EME still reached base three times. Felmy's pinch-hit, RBI double in the 9th inning provided a needed insurance run and was the Defenders' only XBH. Santana, the Indian's top prospect, had a two-run, one-out HR in the 3rd inning, his 2nd HR of the post-season. Chisenhall and Rivero, who both entered the season ranked among the Indians' top ten prospects, had three hits each. Chisenhall, the Indians' first rounder a year ago who had just a .183 AVG in 93 AB after being promoted to Akron in early August, has a .520 post-season AVG.
Clark had a short start, allowing 4 ER in 2.1 IP. His post-season ERA rose to 8.59. Lively provided long-relief, also with 2.1 IP. He stranded both his inherited runners, but Hinshaw was not able to do the same when he allowed the runner he inherited from Lively to score. Among six Defenders relievers to make an appearance, Lively, Hinshaw, and Yourkin all pitched at least an inning, with Yourkin getting the final five outs for his 2nd post-season save.
A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 7-5
(winning both of the first two games of the best-of-five championship series at High Desert)
San Jose: LF-CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 5, 3B
San Jose: DH Thomas Neal: 1 for 2, 3 BB
San Jose: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4, BB, SO, E
San Jose: SS Brian Bocock: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, BB
San Jose: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 4, HR, BB, PB
San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--1 WP
San Jose: LHP Ryan Verdugo: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
San Jose: RHP Ryan Shaver: 0.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER
San Jose: RHP Dan Turpen: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Bocock led the Giants' offense with his 1st HR and 4th double of the post-season, along with a walk. Peguero and Kieschnick joined Bocock with multi-hit lines. Neal had three walks while reaching base four times. Monell had his 2nd post-season HR.
Oseguera allowed just 1 R through the first five innings but came up a bit short of the quality start. Verdugo stranded both runners inherited from Oseguera in the 6th inning but then retired just three of six batters faced in the 7th inning. After Shaver failed to retire any of the three batters he faced to the start the 8th inning, Turpen got the final six outs to secure the victory.
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