Highlights from the Giants' farm: Joe Borchard hit for the cycle, Nick Noonan homered among his three hits, Clay Timpner reached base in all four plate appearances, and Eric Hacker had a quality start to win his fifth straight start.
AAA: Fresno defeated Colorado Springs 14-4
Fresno: SP Eric Hacker: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--1 HB, 1 BK
Borchard had the big night, hitting for the cycle with his 5th HR, 2nd triple, and 3rd double. He raised his AVG to .367. Bond's three hits raised his AVG to .319. Posey was one of several other Grizzlies to reach base three times. McBryde, the only Grizzlies starter without a hit, had the oh-fer with the hat trick.
Hacker had another fine start, although statistically this might have been his worst start of the year with two runs allowed. The conditions were presumably quite favorable for hitters with the wind officially blowing out to LF at 23 mph. Hacker has won all five of his starts.
AA: Richmond defeated Altoona 9-5
Richmond: 2B Nick Noonan: 3 for 5, HR, 2 SO
Richmond: SS Brandon Crawford: 2 for 3, 3B, 2 BB
Richmond: CF Clay Timpner: 3 for 3, HBP
Richmond: SP David Mixon: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 BK
Altoona: SP Tim Alderson: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K--1 HB
Noonan homered for the second straight day, and the three hits raised his AVG to .241. Crawford and Timpner both reached base four times. Crawford's line is now .250/.355/.395 through 76 AB. In comparison to last year, his AVG is lower, but his OBP is higher.
Mixon had another effective start. After allowing 4 ER in his first start of the year, he has allowed just 4 ER over his subsequent four starts combined. He now has a 2.51 ERA. Facing his former team, Alderson, whom the Pirates acquired from the Giants in the Freddy Sanchez deal, had 8 K after having had just 7 K over his previous four starts. He also had a season-high 9 H, raising his BAA to .330.
A+: San Jose had its first scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is May 25, with three doubleheaders schedule in that time frame as well.)
A-: Augusta hosting Greenville was postponed by rain
(A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow.)