Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Max Ramirez, Brad Eldred and Alex Burg each homered as part of a three-hit performance; and James Simmons homered while reaching base four times. Also notable, Eric Surkamp had 12 K.
(scoring nine runs in the first two innings)
Fresno: RF Brandon Belt: 2 for 5, 2B, SO
Fresno: 2B-1B Brett Pill: 3 for 5, 2B
Fresno: 1B Brad Eldred: 3 for 5, HR
Fresno: C Max Ramirez: 3 for 5, HR
Tucson: SS Logan Forsythe: 3 for 3, HR, BB, SB
Fresno: SP Felix Romero: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--2 HR
Fresno: RP Dan Runzler: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Ramirez and Eldred both homered among three hits. Pill also had three hits, while Belt added a couple hits of his own. The Padres' Forsythe had a strong game for the second straight day.
Romero allowed 4 ER in his second start. Runzler had 4 K in his third straight relief appearance. He threw 33 of 51 pitches for strikes.
AA: Richmond defeated Harrisburg 4-3
(scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning)
Richmond: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 5, 2B, 2 SO
Richmond: CF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, SO
Richmond: SP Eric Surkamp: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 12 K--1 HB
Kieschnick and Perez both had two hits, raising their respective AVGs to .264 and .243.
Surkamp followed up his 11 K start (officially a relief appearance) with a 12 K start. He did yield 3 ER, just the second time in his last nine starts to allow more than 1 ER.
A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 11-1
(scoring five runs in the both the 2nd and 7th innings)
San Jose: C Alex Burg: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
San Jose: RF James Simmons: 2 for 3, HR, 2 BB, E
San Jose: SP Michael Main: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 HB, 1 WP, 1 E
Among seven Giants with multi-hit lines, Burg and Simmons both homered. In their Cal League playing time this year, both hitters have 5+ HRs in less than 100 AB.
In his third start since returning from the DL, Main had 5.0 scoreless IP.
A-: Augusta defeated Asheville 10-2
(after trailing 5-1 through five innings)
Augusta: CF Chris Lofton: 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB
Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 1 for 3, HR, BB, HBP, SO
Augusta: SP Shawn Sanford: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 WP
Augusta: RP Brett Bochy: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Augusta: RP Seth Rosin: 1.0 IP, 2 K
With his 8th and 9th doubles, Lofton raised his AVG to .253. Mazzola had his 8th HR.
Sanford had his second straight start with 7 K. With just 1 ER over his last three starts, he has improved his ERA to 2.53 through 103.0 IP. Bochy and Rosin both had 2 K in a perfect IP. Bochy has allowed neither a hit nor a walk in seven of his last eight appearances.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Tri-City 14-2
Salem-Keizer: C Dan Burkhart: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: 1B Brian Cutspec: 3 for 4, HR, BB
Salem-Keizer: SP Kendry Flores: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K--2 WP
Among six Volcanoes with a multi-hit line, Cutspec had his 4th HR, and Burkhart his 2nd HR.
Making his fifth start, Flores had a season-high 7 K and a season-low 3 H. For the season he still has more hits than strikeouts (23 H vs 22 K in 20.1 IP), though.
R: Giants defeated Reds 9-3
Scottsdale: 3B Jose Cuevas: 1 for 4, HR, BB, SO
Scottsdale: DH Ben Thomas: 2 for 5, 2 HR
Scottsdale: SP Brian Maloney: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Scottsdale: RP Armando Paniagua: 2.0 IP, 5 K
In the 1st inning, Cuevas and Thomas went back-to-back with their 3rd HRs. In the 9th inning, Thomas added his 4th HR.
Maloney, the Giants' 45th rounder this year, made his first pro start after four relief appearances. He allowed his first earned run as a pro. Paniagua's seventh relief appearance was easily his best of the year as he struck out all but one of his six batters in 2.0 perfect IP.
DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day
Futures Game: U.S. defeated World 6-4
U.S.: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 2
U.S.: PH-2B Grant Green: 2 for 2, 2 2B
U.S.: RP Jarred Cosart: 1.0 IP, 2 K
The Giants' Brown singled in one of his two plate appearances. The Athletics' Green had the most notable line of among American hitters with a pair of doubles.
The Phillies' Cosart was the game's only pitcher with two strikeouts.