Wednesday highlight from the Giants' farm: Chris Lofton homered and doubled while reaching base four times.
Fresno: SS Edgar Gonzalez: 3 for 4, 2B
Fresno: 2B Brett Pill: 1 for 3, BB
Colorado Springs: 3B Josh Fields: 3 for 5, HR, 2 SO, SB
Fresno: SP Doug Mathis: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Gonzalez had three hits, including his 11th double, to raise his AVG to .270. Pill was one of three other Grizzlies to reach base twice. Fields, whom the Rockies acquired during the off-season, continues his big season. He entered the day hitting .383/.458/.677 through 133 AB. He has huge home-away splits, but that didn't seem to matter in Fresno tonight.
Mathis had his streak of five straight quality starts snapped.
AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 3-2
Richmond: SS Ryan Lormand: 0 for 1, 2 BB
Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 BK
Lormand had two walks while the Flying Squirrels hitters reached base safely just five times.
Tanner bounced back from his previous start (8 ER in 3.1 IP) with his sixth quality start in his last eight starts. Despite the quality starts, he has just a 1-5 W-L record after ten starts this year.
A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 4-0
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: SP Kelvin Marte: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 BK
San Jose: SP Jose Valdez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Brown had two of the Giants' four hits, including his 15th double, pushing his AVG back above .370.
Despite matching a season low with just 1 K, Marte had his third straight quality start. He edged his ERA a bit lower to 2.63. Valdez struck out four of his eight batters. Both his K/IP and H/IP remain above 1.00.
A-: Augusta defeated Asheville 13-6
(after leading 10-2 after six innings)
Augusta: DH Josh Mazzola: 3 for 4, 3B, 2 BB
Augusta: CF Chris Lofton: 3 for 5, HR, 2B, BB
Augusta: SP Justin Schumer: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 JB
Augusta: RP Mario Rodriguez: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Augusta: RP Ryan Bradley: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB--1 HB, 1 WP
Mazzola and Lofton both three hits as they combined to reach base nine times and combined to hit for the cycle. Lofton had his 1st HR and 3rd double, but his SLG remains just .316.
Schumer made his first start after spending the past month on the DL. Rodriguez faced the minimum nine batters in 3.0 IP of relief before Bradley, by contrast, retired just one of his six batters. While Rodriguez got his ERA below 5.00, Bradley's ERA reached nearly 10.00.
DSL: Giants lost to Yankees1 5-4
Dominican: 3B Franklin Matamoros: 2 for 4, GiDP, E
Dominican: SP Juan Nova: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Playing in his second pro game, Matamoros (17.11 y.o.) had the Gigantes' lone multi-hit line. Nova (19.7 y.o.), who had an ERA close to 3.00 in a dozen starts last year, allowed a couple runs in the first start of his second pro season.