Saturday highlights from the Giants farm system: Francisco Peguero has a perfect day at the plate, adding a triple to the resume, while Nick Noonan, Conor Gillaspie, Bill Hall, and Chris Dominguez homered as part of multi-hit performances. What was in the water? Oh, and that Clayton Blackburn guy posts a career-high in strikeouts.
AAA: Iowa defeated Fresno 3-2
(With two runs coming in the bottom of the ninth for Iowa to win)
Fresno: LF-3B Conor Gillaspie - 2-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
Fresno: 2B Bill Hall - 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Fresno: SP Felix Romero - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Fresno: RP Waldis Joaquin - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, H (5)
Fresno: RP Marc Kroon - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, L (2-5), BS (4)
Fresno's lone offense came in the fifth, with Gillaspie and Hall hitting back-to-back home runs. It was Gillaspie's ninth of the season, while Hall picked up his second in Triple-A and his third double in Triple-A.
Romero was adequate in his start. The bullpen was good except at the end, with Joaquin showing some strikeout ability. However, he has just 22 in 37 2/3 innings. Kroon's blown save broke a streak of three consecutive saves, with the three walks upping his total to 27 in 39 2/3 innings.
AA: Richmond defeated Portland 7-5
Richmond: DH Francisco Peguero - 4-for-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Richmond: 3B Chris Dominguez - 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Richmond: RF Roger Kieschnick - 1-for-3, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner - 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, W (5-8)
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, S (12)
Francisco Peguero broke a bit of a chilly run (3-for-16) with his 444 night, and he collected his fourth triple in the last six games alone (he has six on the season in 58 games at all levels). He also picked up his ninth stolen base on the season, in nine appearances. Dominguez picked up his second home run in the last eight games, and his sixth in Richmond. He's slugging .442 in Richmond. Kieschnick's fifth triple of the year ups his slugging percentage to .450.
Tanner has posted less than four strikeouts in five of his last nine started, with 78 in 104 1/3 innings. Hembree now has 12 saves in Richmond, giving him 33 on the season. Since his four-run nightmare on July 24th, he's given up just one earned in 4 2/3 innings.
High-A: San Jose defeated High Desert 3-2
San Jose: 3B Nick Noonan - 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker - 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO
San Jose: SP Craig Westcott - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP
Noonan got his first home run in San Jose in his fourth game there, which matches his total in Fresno in 13 games. He has no other extra-base hits at either city. Parker picked up his second multi-hit game in the last four. He hadn't gotten an extra-base hit since July 29th.
Craig Westcott had his longest start since going eight innings on July 15th. His strikeouts have fallen off since then, with just 12 in 33 1/3 innings over his last five starts.
Low-A: Augusta defeated Rome 6-5 in 10 innings
(With a three-run comeback in the bottom of the ninth)
Augusta: RF Ryan Lollis - 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
Augusta: 2B Carlos Willoughby - 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO
Augusta: SP Ryan Bradley - 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR
The double by Lollis, his 13th of the season, was the only extra-base hit of the game for Augusta. He had his second straight three-hit game, and fourth multi-hit game in the last six. Carlos Willoughby's two hits increases his batting average over the last ten games to just .237.
Ryan Bradley went more than five innings for the first time in a start this season (five chances). The last three times, he went five innings exactly.
Short-A: Boise defeated Salem-Keizer 10-5
S-K: SS Joe Panik - 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B
S-K: C Joe Staley - 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
S-K: SP Stephen Shackleford - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, L (2-1)
S-K: RP Matt Graham - 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Panik picked up his first multi-hit game since rattling off five straight from July 27th-August 2nd. The double is his fifth of the season, giving him a .441 slugging percentage in 44 games, above a .339 batting average. Joe Staley had his second straight game with a double, and is batting .478 (11-for-23) over his last eight games.
Stephen Shackleford made just his second start of the season, and has given up six earned runs in 8 2/3 innings as a starter. He does, however, still have what is my favorite name of the farm system. Matt Graham's six earned runs tonight means he's given up 17 over the last ten games, leading to an 8.05 ERA over that span. However, that's still lower than his overall Salem-Keizer ERA of 10.17.
Rookie: The Athletics defeated the Giants 6-5
(The Giants scored three in the ninth to tie, then gave up one in the bottom half of the ninth to lose)
Giants: CF Darren Ford - 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Giants: SS Carter Jurica - 1-for-3, 2 RBI
Giants: SP Clayton Blackburn - 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO
The offense did not get much help from the actual rookies. Ford and Jurica accounted for all but two of the hits and three walks of offense. Ford has now played seven games with the rookies, one of the longest rehab stints that low I've seen, going 9-for-20 with a triple and two home runs, and five walks against four strikeouts. Jurica is in the fifth game of his rehab, having gone 5-for-14.
It's a little silly to say that a guy in his ninth appearance had a career high in anything, but hey, seven strikeouts. That gives him 22 in 21 innings, with just two walks and nine hits allowed.
Dominican: The Giants defeated the Yankees #1 team 8-6
Giants: LF Carlos Cartagena - 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Giants: CF Randy Ortiz - 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 SO
Giants: 2B Alberto Robles - 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Giants: SP Alejandro Flores - 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 9.00
Cartagena had a good game, breaking a line of 4-for-29 over his past nine games. Ortiz picked up his fourth double and third triple in 44 games this season. Alberto Robles has had nothing but multi-hit games or no-hit games over his last ten games. With six of the type with hits, he's batting .371.
Flores did not have his shortest start of the season (out of five), but he's still averaging just over three innings a start.