Today's Highlights: Pretty much, the entire San Jose team had a good day. In particular, Tommy Joseph had his second consecutive multi-home run game, while Ryan Cavan hit a grand slam and Gary Brown also homered as part of a multi-hit day. That's right, pretty much every San Jose star hitter had a home run...and James Simmons did, too; Joe Panik had his second consecutive day with a home run in a multi-hit game; Chuckie Jones extended his hitting streak to 11 games. On the lowlight side: Zito injured himself in Fresno.
AAA: Albuquerque defeated Fresno 10-4
Fresno: SS Brandon Crawford: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB
Fresno: CF Justin Christian: 1-for-4, 1 3B, 1 HBP
Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Fresno: SP Barry Zito: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
Fresno: RP Dan Otero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
Brandon Crawford had his second double in as many days, and fourth in his last eight games. Crawford also picked up his third stolen base in that many games, and fourth in eleven games at Fresno. Justin Christian picked up his third triple in 41 games at Fresno. Conor Gillaspie got just his first double in the month of August. He had already gotten two home runs.
Zito was had thrown 52 pitches without finishing three innings, but he was fairly effective for Fresno while he was in. However, he left the game being helped off the field by trainers after a play at first in the third. It's being said this is a significant injury, and we'll know more in the next couple of days. Dan Otero was the only reliever to not give up a run, bouncing back from giving up three runs without getting an out on Tuesday.
AA: Binghamton defeated Richmond 7-0
(Richmond managed just four singles and no walks in this game)
Richmond: RF Francisco Peguero: 1-for-4, 1 SO
Richmond CF Darren Ford: 1-for-4, 1 SO, 2 SB
Richmond SP: Justin Fitzgerald: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, L (8-7)
This wasn't an exciting one for the Squirrels. Peguero's single gives him hits in eight out of his last ten games (going 13-for-40), but with seven strikeouts and no walks. Ford stole a pair of bases, his first in five games at Richmond this season. He'd been caught stealing twice previous in those five games.
Justin Fitzgerald had one of his longest starts since the All-Star Break, but he gave up a lot of runs. His ERA since the break is 3.53, not far above the 3.38 he posted before the break.
A+: San Jose defeated Lancaster in a close game 16-3
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph: 5-for-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 PB
San Jose: 2B Ryan Cavan: 1-for-6, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 CS
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 4-for-6, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
San Jose: LF James Simmons: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 4-for-6, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E
San Jose: SP Andy Reichard: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, W (7-2)
San Jose: RP Michael Main: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP
San Jose: RP Stephen Harrold: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
Hey, guess who was playing in Lancaster today? Tommy Joseph had his second straight game with two home runs, and has five home runs in three games at Lancaster in this trip alone. Ryan Cavan pitched in with a grand slam, his second home run in as many games. Gary Brown got in on the action as well, with his second triple in two games, and his tenth home run of the season. James Simmons had the fifth home run of the game for San Jose, and guess what? It was also his second game in a row with a home run. Ehire Adrianza was left out of the home run business, but he did have his second four-hit game in the last three, and also got his sixth error in 37 games at San Jose.
Andy Reichard did not have a very Lancaster-like start, in fact having one of his better starts since moving back into the rotation in mid-July. The five strikeouts are his highest total since being a starter to start the season. Michael Main made his third relief appearance since moving out the rotation to start August, and he's given up at least one run in each of those appearances, and five total. He's got an 8.71 ERA in six relief appearances (compared to a 5.67 ERA in seven starts). Former Augusta closer Stephen Harrold is trying to live down a rough debut in San Jose last month, but he has now given up just one run in eight innings over his last six appearances.
A-: Augusta's game against Lexington canceled due to weather.
This game will not be made up, since this was their last scheduled game against the Legends. This hurts their playoff chances in a tight playoff race, losing a game against the last-place Legends. Augusta is 2.5 games back of Savannah in the second-half division race, and six games back of Greenville for the Wild Card should Augusta not overtake the Sand Gnats.
sea: Salem-Keizer beat Spokane 8-4
S-K: SS Joe Panik: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SO
S-K: LF Chuckie Jones: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO
S-K: RF Brett Krill: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO
S-K: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR
Joe Panik continues his hot streak. He hit a home run for the second consecutive game, and is batting 11-for-16 over his last five games. Chuckie Jones has an 11-game hit streak dating back to July 31st. His batting average has risen from .196 to .261 during the streak. Brett Krill had his second consecutive multi-hit game with a double.
Lorenzo Mendoza has now made five consecutive starts of six innings, allowing two runs or less.
R: No Game Scheduled
BS: Jose Cuevas (.348, 10th)
OBP: Eric Sim (.423, 9th)
SLG: Jose Cuevas (.705, 1st)
SLG: Ben Thomas (.569, 7th)
SLG: Eric Sim (.545, 10th)
2B: Jose Cuevas (14, T-2nd)
2B: Leonardo Fuentes (12, T-7th)
HR: Jose Cuevas (9, 1st)
HR: Ben Thomas (6, T-3rd)
HR: Leonardo Fuentes (5, T-6th)
HR: Eric Sim (5, T-6th)
ERA: Joan Gregorio (2.06, 1st)
WHIP: Joan Gregorio (1.05, 4th)
DSL: Double-header suspended in the bottom of the first inning of the first game.