Weekend Highlights: Eugenio Velez had a four-hit game on Friday, including an extra-innings walk-off home run, and Ryan Cavan had a four-hit game with a home run. Also, Ehire Adrianza and Francisco Peguero have three hit games with a pair of doubles, and Jeremy Toole returns to the rotation and has a very strong start. Sunday's games will be up tomorrow.Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)
Friday: Fresno 10, Tacoma 7 (12 Innings)
LF Eugenio Velez - 4-7, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS
DH Brett Pill - 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO
RF Ben Copeland - 3-6, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 CS
3B Jesus Guzman - 2-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO
SP Kevin Pucetas - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 1 HBP
RP Joe Paterson - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO
Saturday: Tacoma 3, Fresno 1
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 3-4, 1 R
1B Brandon Belt - 1-4, 1 2B, 3 SO
CF Tyler Graham - 1-4, 1 2B, 1 SO
SP Eric Hacker - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR
RP Dontrelle Willis - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
Eugenio Velez’s home run on Friday was of the most dramatic home runs of the season, a grand slam to walkoff an extra-inning game. The home run was his seventh of the season in Fresno (ninth of the season including the bigs). He has 31 stolen bases in 47 attempts now. Brett Pill picked up his 34th double on Friday, and has gone 8-for-17 with a pair of doubles and two walks in four games in September. Ben Copeland’s home run on Friday was his fourth of the year. Jesus Guzman’s 18th was his team-leading home run. Manny Burriss’ three hit game raised his average to .284, and on-base percentage to .338. Brandon Belt’s double on Saturday broke a two-game hitless streak. After the three strikeouts, he once again has more strikeouts (14) than walks (13) in 11 games in Fresno. He was also back at first base on both days as Pill went to designated hitter. Tyler Graham has hit .382 to finish his surprising season, but his overall on-base percentage is just under .400.
Kevin Pucetas followed up his impressive start against Sacramento with another terrible game, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks. His post-All-Star Break ERA (5.63) is now back to being close to his pre-All-Star game level (5.74). RP Joe Paterson struck out five of the six batters he faced on Friday, giving him 46 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings this season. Eric Hacker wasn’t as bad as he was in his last two starts (14 runs, 8 2/3 innings), but the game means he’ll finish the season with a 4.51 ERA. Willis had his second straight game without allowing a hit, and had his first game without allowing a baserunner in the Giants system.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
Friday: Bowie, 5, Richmond 3
RF Juan Ciriaco - 2-2, 1 3B, 2 RBI
DH Brad Boyer - 3-4, 2 R
SP Clayton Tanner - 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR
Saturday: Richmond 4, Bowie 3
DH Conor Gillaspie - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI,
1B Sharlon Schoop - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO
SP Jake Stevens - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR
Juan Ciriaco’s two at-bat appearance on Friday came as he replaced Thomas Neal in the top of the sixth. There was no apparent reason. Boyer was the only player on Friday to get on base three times. Gillaspie’s Saturday home run was his second in three days. He now has twice as many home runs (8) in pitching-friendly Richmond as he had in San Jose in the California League. Sharlon Schoop’s two-hit game broke a four game hitless streak (0-for-14).
Clayton Tanner gave up four earned runs for the second straight game. Over his last four games, Tanner has a 6.75 ERA. He’ll finish the season with a 3.68 ERA on the year. Jake Stevens made his third start of the season, and he has a 4.97 ERA as a starter after posting a 2.26 ERA.
San Jose Giants (High-A):
Friday: Visalia 5, San Jose 2
CF Francisco Pegeuro - 3-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO
LF James Simmons - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
SP Kyle Woodruff - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, L (3-3)
Saturday: San Jose 7, Visalia 6
SS Ehire Adrianza - 3-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI
RF Juan Perez - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
C Johnny Monell - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO
3B Brandon Crawford - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
SP Kelvin Marte - 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP
Francisco Peguero has picked up multiple hits in each of four games so far in August. He’s gone 11-for-18 with two doubles and a home run during that stretch. James Simmons picked up his second multiple hit game in his las six games. Ehire Adrianza picked up two doubles to give him 22 on the season. Juan Perez picked up his second home run in four games on Saturday. Of his 13 home runs, nine have come at home, the best pitcher’s park in the league. Monell played his first game back in San Jose after going to Fresno to fill in, and hit his 18th home run of the season.
Starter Kyle Woodruff picked up his first start without allowing an earned run since July 21st, his first start of the season. Woodruff has a 3.32 ERA as a starter, while he had a 2.70 ERA as a reliever. Kelvin Marte made his first appearance in San Jose of the season. He had a 2.73 ERA in seven appearances in Augusta.
Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A):
Friday: Augusta 10, Delmarva 3
2B Ryan Cavan - 4-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO
3B Chris Dominguez - 2-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
LF Nick Liles - 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB
SP Zack Wheeler - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, W (3-3)
Saturday: Augusta 3, Delmarva 0
LF Nick Liles - 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B
2B Ryan Cavan - 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
SP Jeremy Toole - 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 SO, W (6-5)
RP Jose Casilla - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, S (14)
Ryan Cavan continued his impressive summer. His 34th double and 17th home run raised his slugging percentage to .456. Chris Dominguez kept his team lead in home runs, however, with his 19th home run of the season on Friday. He also added his fourth triple. Nick Liles had two two-hit games to raise his team-leading batting average to .318. His two doubles gave him 28 on the season, and he’s now got just as many stolen bases in 39 attempts.
Zack Wheeler had his second-straight game of allowing three runs, and for the second time since his return from injury, he went five innings. Jeremy Toole made his first start in a month, and had one of his best starts of the season, despite allowing more walks than strikeouts. He has 37 walks against 75 strikeouts in 97 2/3 innings this season. Jose Casilla picked up his third save in the last four games, raising his total to 14 on the season. He has a 1.18 ERA in 45 games.
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-A):
Friday: Salem-Keizer 2, Eugene 1
RF Devin Harris - 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B
DH Dan Burkhart - 2-3, 1 BB
SS John Eshleman - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO
CF Gary Brown - 1-3, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 HBP
SP Shawn Sanford - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, W (4-3)
Saturday: Salem-Keizer 1, Eugene 0 (10 Innings)
CF Gary Brown - 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB
2B Julio Izturs - 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B
SP Esky Escobar - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 SO, 1 WP
Devin Harris picked up his first triple of the season on Friday. Harris has 12 doubles, one triple and one home run combined across two levels in 40 games. Dan Burkhart is batting .329 with a .404 on-base percentage in 24 games this season. John Eshleman picked up his sixth double of the season between the AZL, Augusta and S-K in 48 games. Gary Brown picked up just his second hit in S-K on Friday, but got on base three times on Saturday, including his first two walks with the Volcanoes, and a tenth inning two-out single to knock in the game’s only run. Julio Izturis picked up his first extra-base hits since July on Saturday.
Shawn Sanford made just his third start of the season, all coming in his last four games. He has 40 strikeouts against 14 walks in 42 innings this season, but just two of the walks have come in his 14 innings as a starter. Esky Escobar had another one of the starts that made him the NWL Pitcher of the Week in mid-August. Seven strikeouts were the highlight of his Saturday start, just one short of his season.
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