Highlights on the final day of the regular season for the Giants' full-season affiliates (and with the short-season teams having already completed their regular seasons): (a) Josh Mazzola homered, doubled twice, and singled; (b,c) Matt Downs and Thomas Neal also had four hits each; (d) Brett Pill had three hits, including a big fly; and (e,f,g) Garrett Broshuis, Paul Oseguera, and Andrew Reichard combined to allow just 1 R and 6 H in 18.0 IP in their starts. Honorable mention goes to other lines that would often be highlight-worthy today but not quite as impressive as the previously cited performances: (h,i,j) Nestor Rojas, Shane Jordan, and James Simmons each reached base four times; (k,l) Ryan Lormand and Charlie Culberson each had a couple XBH; and (m) Jorge Bucardo pitched a complete game.
AAA: Fresno lost to Reno 11-4
Fresno: 1B Kevin Frandsen: 2 for 4, BB
Fresno: 2B Matt Downs: 4 for 4, 2B
Fresno: LHP Steve Hammond: 5.0 IP, 13 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HB
Fresno: RHP Mike Musgrave: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Reno: LHP Travis Blackley: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 K
With four hits in the season finale, including his 33rd double, Downs raised his AVG to an even .300. Frandsen, who drew the Grizzlies' only walk, reached base three times. He finished the year with a .295 AVG.
Hammond allowed 9 ER, inflating his ERA to 5.73. In his second PCL game, Musgrave had 2 K in a perfect 8th inning. Blackley, the ex-Giants' farmhand now in the Diamondbacks organization, pitched three scoreless innings against his former team.
AA: Connecticut defeated Reading 5-1
(adding three insurance runs in 8th inning)
Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 3 for 4, HR
Connecticut: PH-3B Ramon Castro: 2 for 2, 2B
Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Connecticut: RHP Geivy Garcia: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Pill had three of the Defenders' eight hits, raising his AVG to .298. One of his three hits was his 19th HR. He finished the year with 109 RBIs in 139 games. Although he didn't enter the game until the 6th inning, Castro was the only other Defender with a multi-hit line.
Broshuis had one of his best starts of the year. He finished the season strong, allwoing just 2 ER in his final three starts combined. This final start also included a possible season-high 7 K. getting his K/IP above 0.50. Garcia had 3.0 scoreless IP for his first save.
A+: San Jose defeated Lake Elsinore 11-0
San Jose: RF Tyler Graham: 2 for 5, BB, SB
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 4 for 6, SO
San Jose: DH Nestor Rojas: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, HBP
San Jose: SS Ryan Lormand: 2 for 5, 3B, 2B, 2 E
San Jose: CF Shane Jordan: 3 for 4, HBP
San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
With four singles, Neal finished the season with a .337 AVG. Rojas and Jordan also reached base four times. Graham reached base three times and had his 28th SB. Lormand had a couple XBH but also a couple errors.
Oseguera finished the season with 6.0 scoreless IP. With just 2 ER in his final three starts (after 8 ER in Stockton on August 22), he finished with a 3.77 ERA in his seventeen Cal League starts.
A-: Augusta defeated Rome 6-5
Augusta: 3B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 5, 2 2B
Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 4 for 5, HR, 2 2B
Augusta: RF James Simmons: 3 for 3, 2 2B, HBP
Augusta: RHP Andrew Reichard: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Augusta: RHP Chris Wilson: 1.2 IP, 2 K
Rome: RHP Julio Teheran: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K--1 HB, 2 WP
In the season finale, Mazzola had three XBHs--his 16th HR and his 29th and 30th doubles. He finished the season with a line of .284/.347/.455 in 490 AB. Culberson and Simmons also had two doubles each, although they both fell short of having 20 doubles this year. Simmons got his AVG just above .250 with a hit in all three at bats to finish the season.
Reichard faced the minimum eighteen batters in his final start of the year. In eight starts this year, he had a 1.02 ERA with a .187 BAA. Wilson had his 4th blown save despite 1.2 perfect IP. The Braves' 18-year-old Teheran had 7.0 hitless, scoreless IP in his last start, but he gave up 10 H and 5 ER in his final start.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 2-0
(in the first game of the best-of-five league championship series)
Salem-Keizer: LF Dan Cook: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SO
Tri-City: CF Tim Wheeler: 1 for 3, 2B
Salem-Keizer: RHP Jorge Bucardo: 8.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Tri-City: RHP Sheng-An Kuo: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HB
Cook had two of the Volcanoes' four hits. Their offense was limited to two doubles, two singles, and a hit batter. Wheeler, whom the Rockies drafted at the end of the first round this year, had an RBI double in the 6th inning and subsquently scored the game's only other run.
Bucardo pitched very effectively but suffered the complete-game loss. He had a 15/3 GO/FO line. Kuo, the 23-year-old from Taiwan, who is repeating the NWL this year and had an ERA over 5.50 in thirteen NWL starts, dominated the Volcanoes in this start. He had a 12/4 GO/FO line. The pitchers duel lasted just 1:44 in duration.
R: Giants lost the AZL championship game on August 31
DSL: The Gigantes swept the DSL championship on August 31