Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Tommy Joseph homered and doubled twice over a doubleheader, Luke Anders homered in two consecutive innings, and Juan Perez homered and doubled. Also notable, Madison Bumgarner also homered while allowing just 1 ER in 5.0 IP, and Phillippe Aumont and two relievers nearly no hit Richmond.
AAA: Fresno defeated Portland 4-2
Fresno: SS Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, 2 2B, HBP
Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, HR
Fresno: CF Mike McBryde: 1 for 4, HR
Fresno: P Madison Bumgarner: 1 for 2, HR, GiDP
Portland: CF Luis Durango: 3 for 3, SH, CS
Fresno: SP Madison Bumgarner: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--2 PO
Fresno: RP Henry Sosa: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
The Grizzlies had three leadoff HRs, with Pill homering to leadoff the 2nd inning, Bumgarner homering to lead off the 3rd inning, and McBryde homering to lead off the 6th inning. For Pill and McBryde, it was their 2nd HRs of the year, and for McBryde his second HR in two days. Rohlinger had his 5th and 6th doubles. Durango, who made his MLB debut with the Padres last September, had his second straight three-hit game against the Grizzlies, raising his AVG to .299.
Bumgarner had a solid start. He did allow seven of twenty batters to reach base (.350 OBP), but he helped his cause with a couple pickoffs. Making his fourth start of the year, he evened his W-L record at 1-1 and lowered his ERA to 6.50. He was not particularly efficient, throwing 99 pitches (58 strikes) in five innings. Sosa did a little better in finding the strike zone, with 15 of 27 pitches going for strikes.
AA: Richmond lost to Reading 2-0
Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 4.0+ IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Tony Pena Jr.: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Reading: SP Phillipe Aumont: 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Gillaspie had the Flying Squirrels' only hit, a single with two outs in the 7th inning. Ford's recent hot streak came to an abrupt halt with the oh-fer and hat trick. His SO/AB ratio is now 25%. Brown, the Phillies' top prospect, had another solid game in his third game back off the DL.
Tanner improved his ERA to 2.25 through four starts but also issued a season-high 4 BB, giving him a BB/IP ratio of 0.45. Today was also his second straight start with fewer ground outs than fly outs. Pena pitched a perfect inning to lower his ERA to 0.82. Aumont, the Phillies' top pitching prospect whom they acquired as part of the Cliff Lee trade, faced just one batter over the minimum in six no-hit, shutout innings.
A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 4-2
San Jose: CF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
San Jose: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 4, HR, SO
San Jose: SP Kyle Nicholson: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--2 WP
Perez's 2nd HR and 5th double accounted for the Giants' only multi-hit line. Extending his hitting streak to nine games, the hot-hitting Perez entered the day hitting .325/.370/.550 through his first 40 AB. Monell, who has by contrast been off to a slow start (OPS of .527 through 41 AB), had his 1st HR of the year. He had 8 HRs last year.
Nicholson allowed just one run through six innings, before another run was charged to his record in the 7th inning. The quality start brought his ERA below 7.50 (through three starts after yielding 8 ER in his first start).
A-: Augusta defeated Asheville 7-5 (7 innings) in game 1
Augusta: C Tommy Joseph: 2 for 4, 2 2B
Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 1 for 3, HR, 2 SO
Augusta: SS Juan Martinez: 2 for 3, 2B, SO
Asheville: 3B Joe Sanders: 3 for 4, HR
Augusta: SP Kyle Vazquez: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Joseph doubled twice, his 2nd and 3rd doubles of the year, raising his AVG to .230. Among three other GreenJackets with two hits each, Martinez also had his 3rd double of the year. Dominguez led off the 6th inning with his 3rd HR, but he also struck out twice, giving him multiple strikeouts in four of his last six games. Sanders, the Rockies' the rounder last summer, had perhaps his best game of the year.
After allowing just 1 ER over his first two starts, Vazquez allowed a couple earned runs today but otherwise improved his W-L record to 2-0.
A-: Augusta defeated Asheville 7-5 (7 innings) in game 2
(rallying for four runs in the top of the 7th inning)
Augusta: LF Nick Liles: 3 for 4, CS
Augusta: CF Daniel Cook: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 SO
Augusta: DH Tommy Joseph: 2 for 4, HR, SO
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 4, 2 HR, SO
Augusta: SP Chris Heston: 4.0+ IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 BK
Augusta: RP Jason Jarvis: 1.0 IP
Anders finished the day homering his last two at bats, with solo shots in both the 6th and 7th innings for his 2nd and 3rd HRs this year. The second broke a tie-score with two outs in the final inning. After two doubles in the first game of the double-header, Joseph followed up with another XBH, this time connecting for his 3rd HR. Cook added two more XBH with his 9th and 10th doubles. Liles had five hits over the doubleheader, improving his AVG to .333.
Heston allowed just one run through four innings, but in the 5th inning he did not retire any of the batters he faced, and four more runs were charged to his record, raising his ERA to 4.74 after four starts. With a perfect 7th inning, Jarvis recorded his second save of the day and his 5th save this year.