Highlights from the Giants' farm: Madison Bumgarner allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP; Buster Posey doubled three times; Roger Kieschnick homered twice, as well as walking twice; Drew Biery homered, doubled and singled in the second game of a doubleheader; and Daryl Maday combined with three relievers on a shutout.
AAA: Fresno defeated New Orleans 7-1
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 3 for 5, 3 2B
Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SO, SB
Fresno: P Madison Bumgarner: 2 for 3, SO
Posey doubled three times. He now has 16 XBH among his 43 H and 121 AB (.355 AVG). Pill also reached base three times. With 12 doubles, he has two more doubles than Posey but fewer XBH overall. Bumgarner was the third Grizzly with a multi-hit line.
Bumgarner matched his longest start of the year with 6.0 IP that included a new season-high 5 K. The 7 H were the most he had allowed since his second start of the year when he allowed 11 H and 10 H in his first two starts but only 12 H in the next four starts combined. He pounded the strike zone tonight with more than three quarters of his pitches (66 of 87) going for strikes. Sosa's eighth straight appearance without allowing a run lowered his ERA to 0.86. Tucker, who has been rated among the Marlins top ten prospects for the last couple years, has scuffled through the start of this season. He has a 5.28 ERA and an 0-4 W-L record through six starts.
AA: Richmond defeated Bowie 5-0
Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Richmond: RP Andy Sisco: 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Rafale Cova: 1.0 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
One night after finally hitting his first homer, Kieschnick didn't waste any time in going deep again, connecting for his 2nd HR in the 1st inning and his 3rd HR in the 5th inning. Overall, he reached base four times, improving his season line to .297/.353/.424 through 118 AB. Crawford reached base three times, improving his OBP to .338. Neal was the third Flying Squirrel with two hits, raising his AVG to an even .250.
For the third time in seven starts, Maday did not allow a run. He impressively has a 6-0 W-L record and a 1.54 ERA. Tonight he had a 7/5 GO/FO line, causing his GO/AO ratio to slip to 1.88. Sisco matched a season-high 4 K, and Cova had a new season-high 3 K. Four Flying Squirrel pitches combined for a shutout despite issuing seven walks.
A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 3-2 (10 innings) in game 1
San Jose: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 WP
In his two rehab appearances, Sanchez now has three doubles and two walks in eight plate appearances. The rest of the Giants' offense was limited to three singles, a walk, and two hit batters. Flores, who pinch ran for Sanchez in the 8th inning, had one of those three hits.
Fitzgerald's fifth start was his longest start of the year. The was his first start with fewer than 3 K and his first start with more than 1 ER.
A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 8-3 (7 innings) in game 2
San Jose: CF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, 2 2B
San Jose: 3B Drew Biery: 3 for 4, HR, 2B
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 4, 3B, 2B, 2 SO, CS
San Jose: SP Oliver Odle: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Biery, Perez, and Adrianza each had two XBHs, including Biery's 2nd HR and Adriazna's 1st triple. Perez now has 10 doubles.
After eight relief appearances, including 5 ER allowed in his last appearance, Odle made his first start and pitched effectively enough in the spot start to be credited with the win.
A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 6-4
(after allowing five runs in the 2nd inning)
Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 5, 2B, SO, GiDP
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 4, 2B
Augusta: SP Zach Wheeler: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 HB, 2 WP
Augusta: RP Jeremy Toole: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB
As part of multi-hit lines, Dominguez and Anders had their 11th and 10th doubles, respectively.
Wheeler had perhaps his second least effective appearance as a pro, raising his ERA to over 6.50. With 19 H and 16 BB in 20.2 IP, he has allowed nearly two baserunners per inning. After three weeks on the DL, Toole returned to action making his third appearance as a reliever after starting the year in GreenJackets' rotation.