Monday highlights from the Giants' farm: Craig Westcott combined with two relievers for a shutout, Chris Dominguez homered and singled, and Taylor Rogers allowed just 1 ER in 7.0 IP.AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 8-3
Fresno: C Hector Sanchez: 1 for 3, BB
Tacoma: 2B Dustin Ackley: 3 for 5, 2B, BB, SO
Fresno: SP Doug Mathis: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Fresno: RP Josh Banks: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 IBB
Fresno: RP Felix Romero: 1.2 IP, 3 K
Playing his third PCL game, Sanchez reached base twice. Ackley, the Mariners' top prospect, had three hits. With an OBP over .450 since the start of May, he appears basically ready for the majors.
Mathis had his second shortest start of the year. He threw 71 pitches (39 strikes) in three innings. Banks pitched in long relief, although nearly half the batters reached base against him. Romero had 3 K in 1.2 perfect IP to finish the game.
AA: Richmond had a scheduled off-day
(their second of three straight Monday off-days
A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 6-0
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 0 for 3, BB, SO, CS
San Jose: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, HR, SO
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph: 2 for 4
San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Dominguez, who had his 11th HR, and Joseph were two of three Giants with two hits each. While Dominguez's AVG remains close to .300, Joseph got his AVG back above .250 after he hit just .164 in May. He has had multiple hits in six of his last nine games. While Joseph has been heating up, Brown may be going into the first slump of his pro career. He is hitless over his last three games, although his AVG remains above .340.
Westcott had his fourth straight start with 0 ER in 7.0+ IP. The stats suggest he is ready for another crack at the upper minors. A year ago he began the season with a 1.83 ERA in thirteen Cal League starts before posting a 5.13 ERA in thirteen Eastern League starts. One sign of improvement over a year ago is his walk rate. Last year, his BB/IP was barely below 0.50 while in the Cal League; this year his BB/IP is below 0.20.
A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 8-3
(after leading 6-0 through five innings)
Augusta: 3B Adam Duvall: 1 for 5, HR, SO
Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 3 for 4, 2B, BB
Augusta: RF Ryan Lollis: 3 for 4, 2B
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 3, BB
Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 HB
With three hits each, Mazzola and Lollis accounted for over half of the GreenJackets' eleven hits. They raised their respective AVGs to .221 and .304. Adrianza had the team's other multi-hit line, but his AVG remains just .216. Duvall had his organization-leading 16th HR.
Rogers continues to pitch quite effectively. Over his past nine starts, he has allowed 1 R or less six times. His season ERA is just 2.40, and his WHIP is below 1.00.
DSL: Giants defeated Rangers 8-1
Dominican: 3B Alberto Robles: 3 for 5
Dominican: SP Jorge Reyes: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 WP
Robles (20.9 y.o.) now has multiple hits in six of his last eight games, lifting his season AVG to .413 through a dozen games. Reyes (20.5 y.o.) has pitched effectively with a sub-2.00 ERA after three starts, although he has done so with unimpressive strikeout and walk ratios (7 K vs BB in 14.2 IP).