Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: both Tommy Joseph and Michael Sandoval homered as part of multi-hit performances, and Jorge Bucardo allowed just 1 ER in 7.0 IP.
(Triple-A all-star game: PCL lost to International 2-1)
Pacific Coast: 2B Brock Bond: 0 for 2
Pacific Coast: LF Matt Miller: 1 for 3, BB
Pacific Coast: SP Thomas Diamond: 2.0 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
International: RP Nate Bump: 1.0 IP, 1 H
International: RP Pat Misch: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Fresno's Bond was in the starting lineup as the leadoff hitter but did not reach base in his two plate appearances. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the top of the 5th inning. The Rockies' Miller was one of two hitters to reach base twice for the PCL.
Diamond, who was part of the Rangers' famed DVD pitching prospect trio but is now with the Cubs, began the game with 2.0 scoreless IP for the PCL. Ex-Giants Bump and Misch combined for 2.0 scoreless IP for the International League.
AA: Richmond had the second day of its two-day all-stark break
(In the Eastern League all-star game, the West defeated the East 10-3.)
West: LF John Drennen: 2 for 4, HR
West: DH Thomas Neal: 1 for 3, BB
West: SS Chase d'Arnaud: 1 for 2, HR, SO
Neal, Richmond's lone all-star to appear in the game, reached base twice. The big blow for the West was the grand slam HR in the 7th inning by the Pirates d'Arnaud (not to be confused with his brother Travis who plays in the Blue Jays organization). D'Arnaud was named to the all-star game following the injury to Richmond's Brandon Crawford. The Indians' Drennen, who added another HR in the 8th inning, was one of two West hitters with two hits.
A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 10-4
(after breaking out for five runs in the 5th inning)
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 1 for 3, HR, BB
San Jose: 1B Michael Sandoval: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
San Jose: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
San Jose: RP Brian Anderson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 K--1 WP
Culberson had his team-leading 13th HR in the 5th inning. In the 8th inning, Sandoval added his 1st HR as a member of the Giants organization.
Although he allowed just a couple runs, Fitzgerald lasted just four innings, his shortest start in over a month. Despite an ERA over 6.00 in four June starts, his season ERA remains below 3.50. Anderson had a season-high 4 K.
A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 3-1
(allowing two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning)
Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SO
Augusta: 1B Tommy Joseph: 2 for 4, HR
Augusta: SP Jorge Bucardo: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Augusta: RP Zach Wheeler: 1.0 IP
Augusta: RP Wilmin Rodriguez: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB--1 HR
Joseph led off the 5th inning with his 12th HR. Adding a single, he was the GreenJackets' only hitter with a multi-hit line. Dominguez, who had his 20th double, was one of two other GreenJackets to reach base twice.
Bucardo had his most effective start in over a month, including a 13/3 GO/FO line. Wheeler pitched a perfect 8th inning in his third appearance, including the Futures Game, since returning from the DL. It seems odd to see a line from him without a strikeout. Wi-Rod, who was making just his fourth SAL appearance after seventeen appearance for Richmond earlier this year, gave up the lead as he allowed a big fly for just the second time this year.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Boise 4-2
Salem-Keizer: DH Mike Loberg: 2 for 3, BB
Salem-Keizer: 1B Daniel Brock: 3 for 4, 2B, SB
Salem-Keizer: SP Taylor Rogers: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Three hits extended Brock's hitting streak to eight games and raised his AVG to .313. He also stole home. The 25-year-old Loberg, who spent last year in the Sally League, also reached base three times in his ninth game of the year.
Rogers had his second straight start with 2 ER in 6.0 IP. After having 8 K and 8 BB through his four starts, he has had 8 K but 0 BB in his last two starts.
R: Giants defeated Royals 9-8 (10 innings)
Scottsdale: DH Joe Staley: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SO
Scottsdale: 1B Sundrendy Windster: 3 for 5, 2 HR
Scottsdale: SP Todd Wellemeyer: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Scottsdale: RP Kelvin Marte: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB< 2 K
The 21-year-old Windster, who is playing in his second AZL season, had his 2nd and 3rd HRs of the year. Staley, the Giants' eighth round selection last month, reached base four times. With three hits, Staley and Windster raised their respective AVGs to .216 and .341.
With gametime temperature at 106 degrees, Wellemeyer made his first rehab start. The fourth of six relievers for the rookie Giants, Marte made his longest appearance of the year.
DSL: Giants defeated Mets1 10-1
Dominican: 3B Alberto Robles: 3 for 4, 2 BB
Dominican: SP Juan Nova: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K--2 WP
Robles (19.10 y.o.) reached base five times, improving his OBP to .350. Nova (18.9 y.o.) had one of his best starts of the year, the third time in his eight starts in which he has not allowed a run.