Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Brett Pill and Adam Duvall homered as part of multi-hit games, and Taylor Rogers had 8.1 IP with 2 ER. Also notable, Joe Panik had four hits.
AAA: Fresno lost to Sacramento 8-7
(scoring four insurance runs in the top of the 8th inning before allowing five runs in the bottom half of the inning and a walk-off homer in the 9th inning)
Fresno: SS-2B Edgar Gonzalez: 3 for 5, SO, 2 CS
Fresno: RF Brandon Belt
: 0 for 3, 2 BB, SO
Fresno: 2B-1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, HR
Sacramento: SS Adam Rosales
: 2 for 4, HR, SO
Fresno: SP Felix Romero
: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Dan Runzler
: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 WP
Gonzalez had three hits, raising his AVG to .310. Pill was one of four other Grizzlies with multiple hits, including his 18th HR, a shot that landed well past the left field fence. Belt drew a couple walks as he continues to frequently work deep counts. Rosales, playing his first game after the Athletics
just optioned him to the minors, homered and singled.
Making his third start, Romero allowed nearly two baserunners per inning but only two runs, which came on a two-run HR in the 4th inning. Runzler pitched two scoreless frames before seemingly losing his command in his third inning of work. In 2.2 IP, he threw 64 pitches (38 strikes).
AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 6-1
Richmond: RF Roger Kieschnick
: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Richmond: C Johnny Monell
: 2 for 3, 2B
Richmond: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Kieschnick led off the 7th inning with his 11th HR, scoring the Flying Squirrels' only run. Monell was one of three Squirrels with two hits. He has hit .327 since the start of June.
Fitzgerald had less than a quality start, perhaps due in part to "rust" after pitching on nine days rest following the all-star break and having two of his previous three starts shortened by rain.
A+: San Jose lost to Inland Empire 11-9
(falling behind 6-0 after two innings but tying the game 7-7 in the 6th inning)
San Jose: CF Gary Brown
: 0 for 4, HBP, SB
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
San Jose: SP Jonathan Sanchez: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR
San Jose: RP Michael Main: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER--3 HR
Adrianza's three hits paced the Giants' twelve-hit attack and raised his AVG to .318. Brown had his 38th SB.
The line from Sanchez's first rehab start hardly inspires confidence as he allowed 3 ER in both the 1st and 2nd innings. He left the game with one runner on base in the 3rd inning. Main, the second of three Giants relievers, allowed hits to half of his eighteen batters. Among the nine hits, he allowed 3 HRs after having allowed just 2 HRs previously this year.
A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 9-2
Augusta: 3B Adam Duvall: 3 for 4, HR, BB, SO, CS
Augusta: LF Rafael Rodriguez: 2 for 4, 2B
Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Duvall had his organization-leading 20th HR while reaching base four times. His current nine-game hitting streak includes an overall line of 21 for 35 with 10 XBH and 8 BB. Rodriguez had a couple hits, including his 12th double. His AVG is .242.
Rogers had his longest start of the year, which included a 14/5 GO/FO line. Despite a 2.69 ERA, he has a losing W-L record (7-8).
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Yakima 16-5
Salem-Keizer: 2B Kaohi Downing: 3 for 5, HR, 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: SS Joe Panik: 4 for 5, 2B
Salem-Keizer: RF Brett Krill: 5 for 6, 2 2B
Salem-Keizer: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP Stephen Shackleford: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K--1 WP
The Volcanoes' twenty-hit attack was led by Krill's five hits, which raised his AVG to .349, and Panik's four hits, which raised his AVG to .355. Panik's performance included 6 RBIs. Downing had his 1st HR and 6th double.
Mendoza began the season with 4 ER in his first three starts combined but has had 5+ ER in each of his subsequent three starts. His ERA is now 6.21. Making his tenth appearance, Shackleford had his longest appearance of the season with 3.2 near-perfect IP.
R: Giants defeated Athletics 11-7
Scottsdale: LF Mike Mergenthaler: 2 for 3, BB
Scottsdale: SP Kyle Vazquez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Scottsdale: RP Clayton Blackburn: 3.0 IP, 5 K
Playing his tenth pro game, Mergenthaler, the Giants' 32nd rounder this year, reached base three times.
Vazquez, who had a dozen Sally League starts a year ago, made his first start of the year following five relief appearances. Blackburn had 5 K in 3.0 perfect IP.
DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day