Friday highlights from the Giants' farm: Gary Brown and Carter Jurica both homered while combining for seven hits, and Craig Westcott allowed just an unearned run in 7.0 IP.
AAA: Fresno lost to Colorado Springs 5-3
(allowing three runs in the 7th inning to break a 2-2 tie)
Fresno: LF Thomas Neal
: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SO
Fresno: CF Tyler Graham
: 2 for 4, 3B, SB
Fresno: SP Dan Runzler
: 1.2 IP, 3 B, 2 K
Fresno: RP Josh Banks: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Fresno: RP Casey Daigle
: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Fresno: RP Marc Kroon
: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Graham, who had his 3rd triple, was one of two Grizzlies with two hits each. Neal reached base three times. He previously had just 4 BB this year in 72 AB.
Runzler got the start in his first minor league appearance of the year. The team appeared to treat him as though he were making a rehab start. He threw 20 of 40 pitches for strikes. Effectively working as the starter, Banks was charged with 5 ER, although three of the runs scored after he had left the game. Daigle worked a perfect 8th inning, and Kroon a perfect 9th inning.
AA: Richmond lost to Reading 5-0
Richmond: 3B Jose Flores: 1 for 3, SO, SB
Richmond: SP Eric Surkamp: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Richmond: RP Wilmin Rodriguez: 2.1 IP
No Flying Squirrel reached base safely twice. Their offense was limited to five singles, a pinch-hit walk, and Flores' 5th SB.
Surkamp had perhaps his least effective start of the season. The 4.2 IP was actually just his third shortest start (among eleven starts), but the 5 ER was a season high. He had allowed just 4 ER over his previous seven starts combined. His ERA is still below 2.00, though. Rodriguez had 2.1 perfect IP to get his ERA under 4.00 (in seven Eastern League appearances after seven PCL appearances).
A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 13-1
(after scoring seven runs in the 3rd inning)
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 3 for 6, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: CF Francisco Peguero
: 4 for 5
San Jose: 3B Pablo Sandoval
: 0 for 3, SO, E
San Jose: C Hector Sanchez
: 3 for 5
San Jose: SS Carter Jurica: 4 for 5, HR
San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HB
San Jose: RP Jake Dunning: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Peguero, playing in his second game of the year, and Jurica both had four hits, including Jurica's 3rd HR. Adding three more hits each were Brown, who had his 6th HR, and Sanchez, who lifted his AVG above .300. Sandoval was hitless in his first rehab game.
Westcott made his third straight start without allowing an earned run, lowering his ERA to 2.40 and improving his W-L record to 7-0. Dunning pitched a perfect 8th inning. Since moving to the bullpen, this was his first relief appearance without allowing a hit.
A-: Augusta lost to Asheville 13-5
Augusta: RF Ryan Lollis: 1 for 4, HR
Augusta: LF Rafael Rodriguez: 3 for 3, BB, CS
Asheville: LF Corey Dickerson: 3 for 3, 3 HR, 2 SF
Augusta: SP Mike Kickham: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--1 HB
Augusta: RP Seth Rosin: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K--1 WP
Asheville: RP Kraig Sitton: 2.0 IP, 2 K
Raf-Rod reached base in all four plate appearances. While his OBP remains below .300, he at least pushed his OPS above .600. Lollis had his 1st HR. Dickerson, the Rockies
' eighth round selection a year ago had a huge night with 3 HRs and 10 RBIs.
In his fifth start, Kickham allowed as many earned runs (7 ER) as he had allowed in his previous four starts combined, ballooning his ERA to 5.11. Rosin, the fifth GreenJackets' reliever to appear in the game, appeared in back-to-back games for the first time in his pro career. Sitton, the Rockies' seventh round pick last year out of Oregon State, where his father had starred in basketball about 25 years earlier, had 2.0 perfect IP.
DSL: Giants lost to Phillies 4-3
Dominican: 3B Alberto Robles: 2 for 4, 2B
Dominican: SP Adalberto Mejia: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Robles (20.8 y.o.) has hit safely in all six games so far and has a .348 AVG. Mejia's (17.11 y.o.) second start was very good, even if not quite as dominant as his first start.