Saturday highlights from the Giants' farm: Brett Pill, Roger Kieschnick, and Tommy Joseph homered as part of multi-hit performances. Also notable, Zack Wheeler had 7 K and 1 BB while allowing 2 ER in 6.0 IP.
Fresno: RF Justin Christian: 3 for 5, 2B
Fresno: 1B Brandon Belt: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB (1 IBB), SO
Fresno: 2B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, HR, BB, 2 SO
Fresno: CF Tyler Graham: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB
Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--2 HR
Christian's three hits paced the Grizzlies' ten-hit attack and raised his PCL AVG above .300. Also reaching base three times were Pill, who had his 17th HR, which which was a grand slam in the 6th inning; Belt, who raised his PCL OBP to .471; and Graham, who had his 14th double and 44th SB.
With the wind blowing out to CF at 12 mph, Kown had less than a quality start but improved his W-L record to 9-6.
AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 9-2
Richmond: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 2.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 IBB
Richmond: RP Wilmin Rodriguez: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Richmond: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K
Kieschnick had his 10th HR and 16th double, improving his season line to .263/.312/.420 through 331 AB.
After allowing 3 ER in the 2nd inning, Maday did not retire any of the three batters he faced in the 3rd inning. Rodriguez provided long relief, stranding both inherited runners and having one of the longest appearances of his pro career. Stoffel's ERA rose to 3.60.
A+: San Jose defeated Inland Empire 9-4
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
San Jose: 3B Mark DeRosa: 1 for 2, 2B, BB
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB, 2 SO
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
San Jose: DH Nick Liles: 3 for 4
San Jose: SP Zack Wheeler: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Joseph had his 11th HR and 24th double plus a single to improve his season line to .251/.290/.424 through 347 AB. Liles also had three hits, raising his AVG to .323. Also reaching base three times each were Brown and Parker. Playing his first rehab game, DeRosa reached base in two of three plate appearances.
Wheeler had one of his better starts, at least in terms of throwing strikes. It was just the second time in his last ten starts that he did not issue multiple walks. This start also included for Wheeler an atypically high number of groundball outs (9/3 GO/FO line).
A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 6-5 (10 innings)
(tying the game in the bottom of the 9th and getting the walk-off finish an inning later)
Augusta: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 2 for 4, BB, E
Augusta: 3B Adam Duvall: 3 for 4, BB (IBB)
Augusta: SP Shawn Sanford: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
With three singles and a walk, Duvall reached base four times, improving his OBP to .392. Willoughby was one of two other GreenJackets to reach base three times.
After having just 1 ER allowed during his past three starts combined, Sanford came up shy of a quality start. The 20-year-old still has an impressive 2.76 ERA in sixteen starts.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Yakima 5-3
(after trailing 3-1 through six innings)
Salem-Keizer: SS Joe Panik: 2 for 5, CS, E
Salem-Keizer: SP Kendry Flores: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 BK
Panik was one of three Volcanoes with two hits, getting his AVG back up to .333. He also made his 5th error in 26 games.
After beginning the season with 10 ER in 9.0 IP over his first three starts, Flores has improved with 5 ER in 17.1 IP over his subsequent three starts.
R: Giants defeated Angels 5-3
Scottsdale: 3B Jose Cuevas: 3 for 4, 3 2B
Scottsdale: C Eric Sim: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Scottsdale: SP Edwin Escobar: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 WP, 1 BK
Scottsdale: RP Keuren Feliz: 2.0 IP, 3 K
Cuevas had his 3rd, 4th, and 5th doubles, improving his line to .273/.393/.659 through 44 AB. He has had 9 XBH (including 4 HR) among 12 H. Sim was the other rookie Giant with multiple hits. His AVG is .278.
Escobar has allowed 1 ER or less in four of his six AZL starts. Making his ninth appearance, Feliz had a season-high 3 K in 2.0 perfect IP.
DSL: Giants lost to Cubs2 5-4
Dominican: C Fernando Pujadas: 2 for 4, SO, PB
Dominican: RP Ebert Fernandez: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Pujadas (19.6 y.o.) had the Gigantes' only multi-hit line, raising his AVG to .244 through 41 AB. Pitching in long relief, Fernandez had (20.8 y.o.) had his second relief appearance of 6.0+ IP. His ERA is 3.03 in 35.2 IP over eleven relief appearances (with no starts).