Saturday highlights from the Giants' farm: Justin Fitzgerald threw 6.0 no-hit (and shutout) IP, while Craig Clark also had 5.0 shutout IP. Ryan Rohlinger had a three-hit game. Also notable, Zach Wheeler allowed 3 ER in 3.0 IP in his second pro start.
(after allowing five insurance runs in 9th inning)
Fresno: 2B Brock Bond: 0 for 2, 3 BB
Fresno: SS Ryan Rohlinger: 3 for 5
Fresno: 1B Buster Posey: 2 for 5, GiDP
Fresno: C Steve Holm: 1 for 4, HR, SF, SO, E
Portland: 1B Craig Cooper: 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB
Fresno: SP Matt Kinney: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--2 HR, 2 WP
Fresno: RP Osiris Matos: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB--1 PO
Fresno: RP Henry Sosa: 1.1 IP
Fresno: RP Alex Hinshaw: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 PO
Portland: RP Scott Munter: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 HR
Both Grizzly middle infielders, Rohlinger and Bond, reached base three times. Rohlinger and Posey had the Grizzlies' only multi-hit lines. Holm had his 1st HR. Cooper, whom the Padres drafted in the seventh round four years ago, had a big game, improving his OPS to roughly 1.100 to start the season.
Kinney has now allowed 6 ER in both of his first two starts. Matos allowed four baserunners but maintained his spotless ERA. Sosa had 1.1 perfect IP. Hinshaw worked a scoreless 8th inning after a leadoff single but then struggled in the 9th inning. Now in the Padres organization, Munter allowed a leadoff HR to Holm in the 5th inning and then a couple more runs later in that frame.
AA: Richmond defeated Reading 4-1
Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 4, GiDP
Richmond: 1B Andy D'Alessio: 2 for 4, HR, SO
Richmond: SP Craig Clark: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Richmond: RP Dan Turpen: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Neal and D'Alessio each had two of the Flying Squirrels' eight hits, including D'Alessio's first HR in the upper minors to lead off the 3rd inning.
Clark pitched five scoreless innings for his first win of the year. Will he once again lead the Giants minor league pitchers in wins? Turpen's two scoreless innings included stranding three runners inherited with no outs in the 7th inning.
A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 4-1
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB, E
San Jose: 3B Drew Biery: 2 for 3, BB
San Jose: CF James Simmons: 2 for 3, 3B, BB, CS
San Jose: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HB
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Culberson, Biery, and Simmons each reached base three times for the Giants.
Fitzgerald allowed a couple baserunners but otherwise faced the minimum eighteen batters in six no-hit innings. Stoffel struck out two of the three batters he faced while being credited with his 3rd save.
A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 4-0
Augusta: LF Daniel Cook: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
Augusta: SP Zach Wheeler: 3.0+ IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Augusta: RP Hector Correa: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K
Charleston: SP Kelvin Perez: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K--1 WP
Cook's 4th double of the young season was one five GreenJackets hits.
Wheeler's second pro start was not as bad as his first (at least statistically). After two scoreless innings, he allowed a couple runs in the 3rd inning and then did not retire any of the three batters he faced in the 4th inning. On the positive side, he struck out five of the fifteen batters he faced. After three appearances in the Giants' organization, Correa has 12 K in 7.2 IP. The Yankees' 24-year-old Perez had perhaps the best start of his pro career.