Highlights from the Giants' farm: John Bowker, Brandon Crawford, and Jackson Williams each homered as part of multi-hit performances; Thomas Neal had four hits; Juan Perez also reached base four times; and Eric Hacker did not allow an earned run in 6.1 IP. Also notable, Daryl Maday got his 8th win with 2 ER in 7.0 IP.
AAA: Fresno lost to Sacramento 2-1
Fresno: LF John Bowker: 3 for 4, HR, SO
Fresno: SS Brad Boyer: 2 for 3, E
Sacramento: RF Matt Watson: 2 for 4, HR
Fresno: SP Eric Hacker: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 PO, 1 E
Fresno: RP Waldis Joaquin: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K--1 HR
Sacramento: SP Clayton Mortensen: 8.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Bowker had three of the Grizzlies' nine hits, with his 1st PCL HR being the Grizzlies' only XBH tonight. Boyer also had a multi-hit line, but his AVG remains below the Mendoza line. The Athletics' 31-year-old Watson hit a go-ahead solo HR in the 9th inning, his 5th HR this year and his second HR of the series.
After scuffling through his past three starts, Hacker returned to effective form in this start, not allowing an earned run while pitching into the 7th inning. The performance got his ERA back below 4.00. Joaquin allowed his first HR this year (in the majors or minors) to take the loss. Mortensen, whom the A's acquired from the Cardinals as part of the Matt Holliday a year ago, had his longest start of the season.
AA: Richmond defeated New Britain 6-2
Richmond: 3B Skyler Stromsmoe: 1 for 4, HR
Richmond: SS Brandon Crawford: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 4 for 4, 2B
Richmond: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 4, HR, SO
Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
While Neal had base hits in all four of his plate appearances, three other Flying Squirrels went deep, Crawford for his 6th HR, Williams for his 2nd HR, and Stromsmoe for his 1st HR.
Maday had another fine start, although arguably this was below his standards as he allowed more than 1 ER for just the third time in his last ten starts and matched a season-low 2 K. His ERA remains well below 2.00 as he improved his W-L record to 8-2 through a dozen starts.
A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 7-4
San Jose: CF Juan Perez: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SO, SB
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 3, 2B, HBP, SO
San Jose: SP Oliver Odle: 5.0+ IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HR, 2 WP
San Jose: RP Edwin Quirarte: 2.0 IP, 2 K
Perez and Culberson combined for five of the Giants' eight hits as they reached base seven times. They raised their respective AVGs to .339 and .295. Perez also had his 11th SB.
Odle didn't have a quality start, but he did have a season-high 6 K, which doubled his previous season high. With 2.0 perfect IP, Quirarte lowered his ERA to 0.68.
A-: Augusta lost to Greenville 4-1
(allowing three runs in the 7th inning)
Augusta: 2B Ryan Cavan: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Augusta: SS Juan Martinez: 2 for 3
Augusta: SP Jeremy Toole: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Augusta: RP Brian Irving: 1.2 IP, 2 K
With two of the GreenJackets' six hits (all singles), Martinez was their only hitter to reach base twice. His AVG is now .244. Cavan had the oh-fer with the hat trick--his first multi-strikeout game in more than a week.
Toole allowed just one run through the first six innings, but two more runs were added to his record after he left the game in the 7th inning. His ERA rose to 2.11. Irving pitched 1.2 perfect IP and stranded both inherited runners.
DSL: Giants defeated Nationals 8-2 (7 innings) in game 1
Dominican: DH Victor Feliz: 2 for 2, BB
Dominican: SP Luiyin Perez: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--2 HB
Feliz (19.6 y.o.) reached base in all three plate appearances. In his season debut, Perez (21.1 y.o.) pitched five solid innings. A year ago he had an ERA just above 4.00 working primarily in relief.
DSL: Giants defeated Nationals 2-1 (7 innings) in game 2
Dominican: 2B Alberto Robles: 2 for 3
Dominican: SP Luis Angeles: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Robles (19.9 y.o.) had two of the Gigantes' five hits, which are also his only two hits this year through 20 AB. Making his second pro start, Angeles (20.6 y.o.) pitched a complete game allowing just one run for the victory.