AAA: Fresno had their first scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is May 19.)
AA: Richmond defeated New Britain 5-3
(after rallying for three runs in top of 9th inning)
Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 5, 2B, 2 SO
Richmond: RF Roger Kieschnick: 3 for 5
Richmond: SP Craig Clark: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Andy Sisco: 1.2 IP, 2 K
Corner outfielders Neal and Kieschnick combined for five of the Flying Squirrels' nine hits, raising their respective AVGs to .227 and .288. Neal's 6th double was the Squirrels' only XBH today.
Clark's four starts have been fairly consistent in statistical terms. His 11 K vs 8 BB in 19.2 IP is not very good, but he has held opposing hitters to a .203 AVG. Even with a 3/8 GO/FO line today, his GO/AO ratio remains above 1.00 for the year. In his sixth appearance, Sisco had both his first appearance without issuing a walk and his first multiple strikeout appearance.
A+: San Jose lost to Stockton 3-0
San Jose: CF Francisco Peguero: 3 for 4, SO
San Jose: 1B Brandon Belt: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB
San Jose: SP Eric Surkamp: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
San Jose: RP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Stockton: SP Michael Wuertz: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Peguero's three hits raised his AVG to .250. They also accounted for nearly half of the Giants' seven hits, all of which were singles. Belt extended his hitting streak to fifteen games. He reached base three times and had his 7th SB.
Surkamp allowed a season-high three runs but still pitched well enough to record his third straight quality start. He maintained his excellent K/BB ratio over 5.00 as his ERA nudged up to 2.35. Quirarte threw a perfect 9th inning, which included just his second strikeout in six appearances. The Athletics' Wuertz made his fifth rehab appearance, two of which have been with Stockton.
A-: Augusta lost to Hagerstown 7-2
(after allowing six runs in the 7th inning)
Augusta: CF Evan Crawford: 1 for 3, HBP, SO
Augusta: SP Zach Wheeler: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Augusta: RP Jose Casilla: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--3 WP
The GreenJackets did manage ten baserunners but just four hits, all of which were singles. Crawford was one of three GreenJackets to reach base twice. His AVG remains well below the Mendoza line.
In terms of runs allowed, Wheeler's fourth start was his best yet (after allowing 3 ER in each of his previous three starts), but he also allowed a career-high 4 H and a career-high 4 BB. Casilla, who had allowed just one run in his previous nine appearances, allowed three inherited runners to score and then two more runs charged to his own record in the 7th inning.