(Filling in for Steve S.)
And the pitching star of the day is…Christopher Heston? Let the rifle jokes begin. Heston pitched seven innings of a pitching duel win for the GreenJackets. Madison Bumgarner in Fresno? Not quite as good. Meanwhile, San Jose picks up a second win in their season opening homestead, and home runs by Brandon Crawford and Conor Gillaspie aren't enough for the Squirrels.
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Las Vegas 8, Fresno 7
DH Joe Borchard - 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 4 RBI, 1 SO, .333
C Buster Posey - 2-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, .367
2B Brock Bond - 2-5, 1 SO, .345
SP Madison Bumgarner - 4.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR, 14.14 L (0-1)
RP Henry Sosa - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 3.60 ERA
Game Notes: A hot start turned into a rough start for Madison Bumgarner. The Grizzlies got off to a big start as Buster Posey and Brett Pill each got two-out singles to be followed by Joe Borchard's three-run home run. However, Bumgarner gave up a single and double to lead off the bottom of the first as Las Vegas closed the lead to 3-2. The score stayed that way until the fifth inning, when the Grizzlies scored two more runs after a Fred Lewis double led to RBI singles by Posey and Borchard. However, Las Vegas opened up the flood gates in the bottom of the inning. A single and a double to lead off the inning, followed by a home run tied the game at five. Bumgarner gave up a single and a home run and the game was 7-5, and Bumgarner was lifted. Both teams would add a run in the sixth on solo home runs, Matt Downs hitting the one for Fresno. In the ninth, an error helped load the bases with nobdy out for Fresno, but Ryan Rohlinger grounded into a double play to get one run in, and the Grizzlies rally would fall short.
Team Notes: Posey broke a two-game hitless streak with his two singles today...Borchard had 55 RBI in 96 games last season. He now has six in seven games after tonight...Bond has hit safely in his last five games and has reached base in all seven games he has played...Downs hit his first home run of the season. He has five walks against six strikeouts...Bumgarner has now given up 11 earned runs in seven innings, and has struck out six while walking two batters. In 2009, he gave up six home runs all season. He has given up three this year...Henry Sosa has given up earned runs in each of his last two outings.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA): Altoona 4, Richmond 2
SS Brandon Crawford - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .381
3B Conor Gillaspie - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .207
C Tyler LaTorre - 2-2, 2 BB, .800
SP Clayton Tanner - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, L (1-1)
Game Notes: Altoona opened the game's scoring with a home run to lead off the second inning, and the Curver were up 2-0 at the end of the inning. Conor Gillaspie hit a home run to lead off the fourth and cut the lead in half, but an RBI double in the bottom half took the score to 3-1. In the fifth inning, Brandon Crawford hit a home run to make it 3-2, but Richmond iced the game with an insurance run in the seventh.
Team Notes: Crawford got his first home run of the season. Crawford is slugging .619 after six games. In 2009, he slugged .365 in 108 games in Double-A...Gillaspie hit his second home run of the year. He had just four in all of 2009...Kieschnick had his first multiple hit game since opening day. He still has yet to walk in 29 at-bats, and has struck out 11 times...LaTorre made his second start, and is now 4-for-5 with two walks...Tanner gave up his first runs of the season after going unscored upon in his first start for 5 1/3 innings.
San Jose Giants (High-A): San Jose 6, Visalia 4
RF Francisco Peguero - 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .348
1B Brandon Belt - 2-3, 1 BB, 1 CS, .353
CF Juan Perez - 1-1, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 SF, .294
SP Eric Surkamp - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1.80 ERA, W (1-0)
RP Jason Stoffel - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA, S (2)
Game Notes: San Jose jumped out to the early lead with a Francisco Peguero RBI double and a Juan Perez sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the second, Juan Ciriaco homered to add a run, and a second sacrifice fly by Perez in the third made it 4-0. In the fourth inning, Culberson hit a home run, and San Jose had a 5-0 lead. Visalia scored three runs in the eighth to attempt a comeback, but a Perez triple led to a final insurance run the Giants wouldn't need.
Team Notes: Culberson hit his first home run of the season, and also picked up his first RBI of the season...Ciriaco hit his first home run since August of 2008...Peguero has five stolen bases on five attempts over six games...Belt was caught stealing for the first time in five attempts. He has three walks and three strikeouts...Eric Surkamp has eight strikeouts in ten innings with three walks...Stoffel has three strikeouts and one walk in 2 1/3 innings…Ehire Adrianza picked up two more errors, and has three on the season.
Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A): Augusta 1, Savannah 0
C Hector Sanchez - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, .273
LF Dan Cook - 1-3, 1 2B, .296
SP Christopher Heston - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0.00, W (1-0)
RP Jose Casilla - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00, H (2)
RP Jason Jarvis - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0.00
Game Notes: Augusta pulled out a real pitcher's duel. Savannah starter James Fuller struck out nine batters, and gave up just four hits, but it was also a wild pitch too many. Hector Sanchez led off the third inning with a double. On a wild pitch, Sanchez went to third and came home on the play thanks to an error by Savannah's catcher Kal Gronauer. That would be enough for Christopher Heston and the bullpen. Heston struck out just two, but also gave up only two hits en route to seven shutout innings.
Team Notes: Sanchez hit his third double in three games, and is 3-for-11 overall on the season...Dan Cook also picked up his third double, albeit in his seventh game...Heston has yet to allow a run in 11 innings of work. He's given up just three hits and no walks against eight strikeouts...Casilla picked up his second hold, and has struck out four in 3 1/3 innings...Jarvis picked up his second consecutive save, but had his first outing without getting a strikeout this season.