Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Joe Martinez had 2 ER in 7.2 IP, Brandon Crawford and Jesus Guzman both homered while reaching base more than once, and Evan Crawford reached base in all four plate appearances.
AAA: Fresno defeated Nashville 6-2
Reaching base at least twice for the Grizzlies were Bond, Posey, and Guzman. Guzman and Pill each had their 4th HRs.
Martinez had his longest start of the year. After 7.0 scoreless IP, he allowed a couple runs in the 8th inning. He threw 107 pitches (68 strikes) and had a 14/4 GO/FO line. Matos threw 1.1 scoreless IP while stranding both inherited runners. Lofgren, whom the Brewers acquired via the Rule 5 draft, saw his ERA rise above 5.00.
AA: Richmond defeated Erie 5-1
(rallying for four runs in the 8th inning)
Richmond: SS Brandon Crawford: 1 for 3, HR, BB, GiDP
Richmond: 2B-1B Juan Ciriaco: 3 for 3, 2B, E
Richmond: SP Craig Clark: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Tony Pena Jr.: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 7 K
Ciriaco, a reserve infielder playing with his third different Giants affiliate this year, had half of the Flying Squirrels' six hits. Overall he has hit .265/.330/.386 in 83 AB this year. Crawford's 4th HR this year was a three-run, two-out, inside-the-park HR to cap the final scoring.
Clark's eighth start was perhaps his best start of the year, matching season highs with 5.2 IP and 4 K. He had a 2/9 GO/FO line. Pena, who had 7 K in eight April appearances and 7 K in his previous six May appearances, had another 7 K in yesterday's relief appearance alone, easily shattering his previous career high as a pitcher. Mentioned in today's Prospect Hot Sheet on BaseballAmerica.com, he now has 15 H, 5 BB, 3 R, and 21 K in 24.2 IP this year.
A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 2-1 (10 innings)
(rallying for a run in both the 9th and 10th innings)
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 3, SB
San Jose: SP Aaron King: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
San Jose: RP Brian Anderson: 2.0 IP, 1 H
San Jose: RP Joe Paterson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Visalia: SP Wade Miley: 8.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Adrianza was the only Giant to reach base twice, accounting for two of their seven hits (all singles). His season line is now .226/.313/.293 in 133 AB with a 9/7 SB/CS line. The only walk San Jose drew was issued intentionally.
After allowing 7 R in each of his past two starts, King bounced back with no earned runs allowed in this start. His ERA remains above 7.50. Anderson faced the minimum six batters in 2.0 IP in his fourth appearance, which came on just one day of rest, after his previous two appearances had come on four days rest. Paterson struck out half of the eight batters he faced. He has 15 K against just 2 BB in 11.0 IP since his demotion. Miley, whom the Diamondbacks selected in the supplemental first round a year ago, was within one out of his first pro complete game and first pro shutout, but three of the five hits he allowed came in the 9th inning. He allowed a single to the first batter of the game, whom was subsequently caught stealing before the next at bat was concluded. He then did not allow another baserunner until Adrianza singled with two outs in the 6th inning.
A-: Augusta lost to Greenville 11-4
(falling behind 11-1 after three innings)
Augusta: CF Evan Crawford: 2 for 2, 2 BB
Greenville: DH Reymund Fuentes: 3 for 5, HR, 3B, SO
Augusta: SP Chris Heston: 2.1 IP, 10 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--2 HR
Crawford was the only GreenJacket with two hits and drew their only two walks, reaching base all four times. He has hit .362/.413/.449 through 69 AB in May. Fuentes, the Red Sox' first rounder a year ago, had his 3rd HR and 4th triple on a three-hit night.
Heston, the Giants' 12th rounder a year ago, saw his ERA balloon to nearly 7.00 as he was battered for 11 ER in the worst start of his pro career.