Thursday super highlight from the Giants' farm: Gary Brown homered twice and doubled twice among five hits. Normal highlights include Francisco Peguero's four hits and Taylor Rogers allowing just 1 ER in 6.0 IP. Also notable, Cristian Paulino had five hits.
(after leading 6-0 entering the 4th inning)
Fresno: LF Edgar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO
Fresno: C Max Ramirez: 1 for 4, HR
Sacramento: CF Jermaine Mitchell: 3 for 4, 2B
Fresno: SP Shane Loux: 8.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HB, 1 WP
On a day when his younger brother homered twice, Edgar doubled twice, giving him 29 doubles this year. Ramirez led off the 6th inning with his 10th PCL HR. The Athletics' 26-year-old Mitchell has enjoyed a breakthrough year, beginning with an OPS over 1.000 in 304 AB in the Texas League and now an OPS over .800 through nearly 200 AB in the PCL.
Loux had one of his longest start of the year with 8.0 IP. He threw 103 pitches (67 strikes).
AA: Richmond defeated Akron 4-3
Richmond: CF Darren Ford: 2 for 5, SO
Richmond: DH Francisco Peguero: 4 for 5, SO
Richmond: SP Chuck Lofgren: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 E
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K--1 IBB
Peguero had his third multi-hit game in his last four games, raising his AVG to .313. Ford was one of two other Flying Squirrels with two hits.
Lofgren allowed just 1 ER despite having his second straight start with 4 BB. He continues to walk too many with a BB/IP above 0.50 in his seven Eastern League starts. Hembree retired just three of his six batters but got his 16th save as a Squirrel and his 37th save of the year.
A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 11-5
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 5 for 5, 2 HR, 2 2B
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 3 for 5, 2 2B
San Jose: 1B Alex Burg: 2 for 3, 2 2B, SF
San Jose: SP Tommy Vessella: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 0 K--1 WP
Brown had perhaps the best line of any Giants minor league hitter this year with 2 HRs and 2 doubles among five hits. His 11th and 12th HRs came leading off the 1st and 6th innings. Adrianza and Burg also had a couple doubles each.
In contrast to Brown, Vessella had the worst K/BB line of any Giants minor league pitcher this year. Over half his batters reached base.
A-: Augusta defeated Kannapolis 2-1
Augusta: CF Chris Lofton: 1 for 2, 2 BB, CS
Augusta: SS Robert Haney: 3 for 4
Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--2 HB, 1 WP, 1 E
Augusta: RP Seth Rosin: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Batting in the top two spots in the GreenJackets' lineup, both Lofton and Haney reached base three times. Both hitters have an AVG close to .250.
Rogers further improved his ERA, which is second best in the 16-team Sally League, to 2.84. In his last four starts, he has allowed just 14 H in 27.0 IP, lowering his BAA to .231. Rosin pitched a perfect 8th inning.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Boise 7-4
Salem-Keizer: DH Mike Murray: 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: 1B Ben Thomas: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: SP Cameron Lamb: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Murray, who had been hitting less than .250 in August, had three hits, reclaiming the team lead in AVG at .341. Thomas also reached base three times.
Making his fourteenth start, Lamb had a season-high 8 K but also allowed 5 ER. His ERA climbed back above 5.50.
R: Giants defeated Cubs 17-15 (12 innings)
Scottsdale: C Eric Sim: 3 for 3, 3B
Scottsdale: 2B Cristian Paulino: 5 for 6, 3 2B, BB (IBB), 2 SB
Scottsdale: SP Joan Gregorio: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Scottsdale: RP Kyle Crick: 1.0 IP, 2 BB, 1 K
Paulino had five hits to raise his AVG to .279. He doubled his doubles total from three to six. Sim hit safely in each of his plate appearances.
Gregorio had perhaps his shortest start of the year, allowing a season-high 7 H. Crick walked two of his four batters in a scoreless 5th inning. Over his last five appearances, he has 8 BB in 4.0 IP.