Highlights from the farm tonight: Jarrett Parker, Gus Benusa and Leonardo Ochoa all homered as part of multi-hit performances, and Gary Brown had three hits. Also, Andres Torres and Sergio Romo had successful rehab outings.
AAA: Sacramento beat Fresno 6-2
Fresno: CF Andres Torres: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Fresno: 1B-3B Conor Gillaspie: 1-3
Fresno: SP: Matt Yourkin: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR, L (9-7)
Andres Torres continues his rehab with his ninth game in Fresno, and his third home run of the run. He also has two doubles and two triples. Gillaspie has cooled off a little, but is still batting .354 in August. Matt Yourkin was certainly not called up for Saturday's start, and had a tough game. He has 132 strikeouts and 48 walks in 149 innings pitched.
AA: Akron beat Richmond 7-5
Richmond: 1B Wes Hodges: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO
Richmond: SS Skyler Stromsmoe: 1-1, 1 R, 3 BB
Richmond: SP David Quinowski: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, L (4-3)
Richmond: RP Drew Bowlin: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
Guess who was supposed to start this game? (Hint: Not David Quinowski). Quinowski made the first start of his six-year career, and it was shorter than his average relief outing. His ERA went from 2.63 to 3.46. Also in a first, 24-year old Drew Bowlin made his first start above Low-A. Bowlin had a 3.66 ERA with 33 strikeouts and 26 walks in 51 2/3 innings with Augusta this season. (Bowlin missed 2010 with injury)
Hodges had been 2-for-25 in his previous nine games before this game. Skyler Stromsmoe has been coming on. He's batting .452 in his last ten games, and has five walks alone in his last two games (giving him 23 in 73 games). Of note, when I was in Richmond in April, he was acting as a coach for the team, not a player.
A+: San Jose beat Rancho Cucamonga 8-7 (the winning fun in the 9th inning scored on an error)
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
San Jose: C Hector Sanchez: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO
San Jose: SP Michael Main: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO
Gary Brown's not going to end any talk about bringing him up to the majors like this. He's had at least three hits in four of his last five games, with four doubles, two triples, and two home runs. He also picked up his 48th stolen base in his 65th attempt. Parker picked up his 11th home run, braking an 0-for-12 slump. Hector Sanchez got his first start since returning to San Jose, his first start since June 6th in High-A.
Michael Main got his first start since July 29th, when he only got one out, while giving up six runs. He had a 5.29 ERA as a reliever.
A-: Greenville beat Augusta 3-0
Augusta: C Joel Weeks: 1-3, 1 3B
Augusta: SP Mike Kickham: 6.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, L (5-9)
Augusta's offense had a Giant-like night, mustering just three hits. Week's triple, his first of the year, was the only extra-base hit. Kickham gave up his highest hit total since giving up ten in four innings on July 31st. The two walks were also his highest total since that game.
Sh-A: Salem-Keizer defeated Boise 7-3
S-K: 2B Kaohi Downing: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
S-K: LF Leonardo Ochoa: 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
S-K: SS Joe Panik: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
S-K: SP Paul Davis: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
Kaohi Downing got back to .300 with his third two-hit game in the last five games, with his tenth double and second triple of the season. Ochoa's home run is his second in three games and third in the last nine. Panik broke an 0-for-10 streak with his two-hit game, and added his eighth double. He's slugging .464 on the season.
Paul Davis made his first start in Salem-Keizer after posting a 3.44 ERA in 12 games, nine starts, with the AZL Giants.
R: The Giants beat the Diamondbacks 13-2
Giants: LF Michael Mergenthaler: 3-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB (2), 1 SF
Giants: 3B Stephen Yarrow: 2-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Giants: CF Kentrell Hill: 2-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Giants: RF Gus Benusa: 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Giants: SP Sergio Romo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
Giants: RP Demondre Arnold: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO
Megenthaler had his second straight three-hit game, and four three-hit games in his last seven games. He's batting .514 in the last nine games. Stephen Yarrow has 12 walks against nine strikeouts in 16 games. Kentrell Hill has a little mini-five-game hitting streak going. Gus Benusa had his third multi-hit game in the last four, and picked up his first home run of the season (in his 23rd game).
That was Sergio, not Andrew, in the lineup. His rehab start saw him strike out three of the four batters he faced. Demondre Arnold got the non-start start, and struck out six of the 12 batters he faced, giving him a season-high. He has 32 strikeouts against eight strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings.
DSL: No Game Scheudled