(after leading 2-1 through five finnings)
Fresno: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 3 for 4, BB, SB
Fresno: CF Ben Copeland: 2 for 3, 3B, 2 BB, IBB, SO
Fresno: SP Kevin Pucetas: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Rohlinger and Copeland both reached base four times as they combined for five hits, including Copeland's 7th triple, and raised their respective AVGs to .303 and .283.
Although he yielded 9 H, the most in his last seven starts, Pucetas still had his most effective start in some time. In his last ten starts, this was his only start recording an out in the 7th inning and his only start without an earned run. His ERA is now 5.72, and his BAA is .323.
AA: Richmond defeated Reading 5-4
Richmond: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 4, 3B
Richmond: 1B Brandon Belt: 2 for 3, BB
Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K--2 HR, 1 WP
Two of four Flying Squirrels with two hits each--Belt reached base three times, raising his OBP to .409; and Gillaspie had his 8th triple, which was the Squirrels' only XBH.
Tanner had a quality start, including 6 K, his highest strikeout total over his last ten starts. His K/IP is now 0.55, with his K/BB just above 1.25.
A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 5-4
(scoring three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning)
San Jose: CF Francisco Peguero: 1 for 4, 3B, BB
San Jose: RF Juan Perez: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
San Jose: SP Kyle Woodruff: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--3 HR, 1 HB
Perez had a big game with his 11th HR and 35th double, plus a single, improving his season line to .302/.341/.474 through 500 AB. He has hit well in August after relatively poor performance statistically in June and July. Peguero, who had his 15th triple, was the only other Giant to reach base twice.
Woodruff made his sixth start among 23 appearances. He gave up 3 HRs after having allowed just 4 HRs previously this year.
A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 5-4
(rallying for four runs in the 8th inning and the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 9th inning)
Augusta: LF Nick Liles: 1 for 4, 2B
Lexington: SS Jio Mier: 2 for 3, BB
Augusta: SP Kelvin Marte: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HR
While no one reached base twice for the GreenJackets, Liles did have a well-timed double as his 23rd double, the GreenJackets' only XBH, drove in three runs with two outs in the 8th inning to tie the game. Mier, one of the Astros' top prospects, reached base three times.
Marte gave up 4 ER in the 1st inning, with much of the damage coming on a three-run HR, the only HR he has allowed in 27.2 IP this year; but then he bounced back to finish his start with 5.0 scoreless IP.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Yakima 8-3
Salem-Keizer: CF Chris Lofton: 1 for 3, BB
Salem-Keizer: LF Raynor Campbell: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Salem-Keizer: SP Shane Kaufman: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP Devan Kline: 1.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP Aaron King: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K--1 PO
Lofton reached base twice with one of the Volcanoes' three hits (all singles) and one of their three walks. Campbell had the oh-fer with the hat trick, raising his SO/AB just above 25%, although at least he still has more hits than strikeouts (42 H vs 41 SO in 163 AB).
Kaufman had his second straight start allowing at least ten baserunners in 4.0 IP. Kline, who began the season with Augusta, has now allowed 4 ER in both of his NWL appearances. King had one of his best relief appearances this year.
R: Giants lost to Athletics 4-1
Scottsdale: 2B Josh Lopez: 1 for 1, 3B, BB, SH
Scottsdale: SP Austin Fleet: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Scottsdale: RP Brandon Allen: 2.0 IP, 1 K
Lopez, who is playing in his fourth AZL campaign, was the lone rookie Giant to reach base twice. His line remains an unimpressive .209/.296/.384 through 86 AB as he has at least shown good secondary average this year.
Fleet had one of his shortest starts, although his start does not appear to be curtailed by his own performance according to the stats. Allen had 2.0 perfect IP in his fourth pro appearance.
DSL: The Gigantes have a bye in the first round of the playoffs
(Friday will be their next game against the winner of today's game between Mets2 and Mariners.)