Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Andrew Kown and Taylor Rogers both had 7.0 scoreless IP, Devin Harris homered among four hits, and Brandon Belt homered and walked twice.
AAA: Fresno defeated Memphis 5-3
(scoring four runs in the 7th inning)
Fresno: SS Emmanuel Burriss
: 2 for 4, BB, SO, SB
Fresno: LF Brandon Belt: 1 for 2, HR, 2 BB, SF, CS
Fresno: CF-RF Terry Evans
: 3 for 5
Fresno: C Chris Stewart: 2 for 4, BB
Memphis: LF Daryl Jones
: 3 for 4, 2B
Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K--1 WP
Belt provided the big blow for the Grizzlies' offense with his grand slam HR in the 7th inning. It was his first HR of the month. With 19 BB among 55 AB this month, including 9 BB over his last five games, his OBP is over .500. Three of the other four Grizzlies to reach base three times each were Burriss, Evans, and Stewart, who combined for seven of the Grizzlies' dozen hits. Jones, who was once considered one of the Cardinals
' top five prospects but is still just 24 years old, had three of the Redbirds' seven hits, raising his OPS to .838 through 41 AB.
Kown had his second most effective start of the season (matching a previous start with 7.0 scoreless IP) despite a season-high 4 BB and a season-low 2 K. His K/BB ratio slipped below 2.00, but he improved his ERA to 3.60.
AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 2-0
(allowing both runs in the 1st inning)
Richmond: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, SO, E
Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner
: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 HB
Richmond: RP Alex Hinshaw
: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Bowie: SP Alfredo Simon
: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 PO
Culberson had two of the Flying Squirrels' five hits (all singles), raising his AVG to .299. He also committed his 3rd error.
Tanner had his third straight quality start as he has not allowed more than 3 ER since his first start of the year. Still, his W-L record dropped to 0-4. He matched a season high with 6 K. His K/IP ratio so far this year is 0.84--appreciably higher than his 0.53 ratio a year ago. Hinshaw made his first Eastern League appearance in four years (which was his first year in the upper minors). Former Giants' farmhand Simon and two relievers shut out the Grizzlies. Simon, who had 49 appearances in the majors last year, was making his third rehab start.
A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 3-2
(with San Jose scoring both its runs in the 9th inning)
San Jose: CF Gary Brown
: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
San Jose: 2B Ryan Cavan: 3 for 5, 3B, SO
San Jose: SP Zack Wheeler: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K--1 HB
With three hits each, Brown and Cavan accounted for all but two of the Giants' eight hits. They raised their respective AVGs to .374 and .265.
Making his seventh start, Wheeler had a season-high 5 BB. This was also his first start with fewer K than IP, as well as his start with fewer K than BB. Still, his K/BB ratio remains above 3.00.
A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 8-2
(after scoring five runs in the 5th inning)
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 1 for 4, HR, BB, 2 SO, CS
Augusta: 3B Adam Duvall: 1 for 5, HR, SO
Augusta: DH Drew Biery
: 3 for 4, 2B, BB
Augusta: RF Devin Harris: 4 for 5, HR, 2B, SO
Greenville: RF Bryce Brentz
: 0 for 4, SO
Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Every member of the GreenJackets' lineup had at least one hit. They were led by Harris's four hits, which included his 8th HR and 12th double. With nearly two thirds of his hits going for extra bases, he has a .493 SLG despite a .232 AVG. Biery also reached base four times as he had three hits. Duvall added his 9th HR, and Adrianza his 1st HR. Brentz, whom the Red Sox
drafted 36th overall a year ago, had his second straight game without a hit (in the first game of this series), after he had his long hitting streak snapped the previous night.
Rogers bounced back from his last start (5 R in 3.0 IP) with his most effective start of the year. He matched a season high with 7.0 IP as he had his first start without allowing a run. His ERA is now 2.58 through seven starts.