Saturday playoff highlight from the Giants' farm: Johnny Monell reached base four times. Also notable, top prospect Gary Brown was one of several Giants hitters to reach base three times.
AA: Richmond defeated Harrisburg 4-2 (11 innings)
(taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series)
Richmond: RF Francisco Peguero
: 1 for 4, 2B, BB, SO
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 3, 2 BB
Richmond: SP Jason Stevenson: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K--1 HR, 1 IBB, 1 WP
Richmond: RP Mitch Lively: 2.0 IP, 3 K
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 K--1 IBB
Harrisburg: SP Shairon Martis
: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K
Monell reached base four times. He had two of the Flying Squirrels's seven hits. He tied the game with an RBI single in the 8th inning and later led off the 11th inning with his other single. Peguero was the only other Squirrel to reach base twice.
Stevenson, who had a 3.93 ERA in three regular season starts after signed out of indy ball, delivered a quality start. Lively pitched perfect 8th and 9th innings. Hembree retired just five of his nine batters but did not allow a run. Martis allowed just one hit as he made his second straight excellent start against his former organization. Fortunately for the Squirrels, his pitch count of 111 (73 strikes) through 7.0 IP prevented him from going further, and they scored two unearned runs in the 8th inning to tie.
A+: San Jose lost to Stockton 7-6
(after trailing 6-5 through four innings)
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
San Jose: 3B Nick Noonan
: 1 for 3, 2 BB, SO
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph
: 2 for 4, BB
San Jose: 2B Ryan Cavan: 1 for 3, 2 HBP, 2 SO
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker
: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO, SB, E
San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 6 K--2 HR
Brown and Joseph each had two of the Giants' eight hits. Along with Noonan and Cavan, they each reached base three times. Parker led off the 4th inning with a solo HR.
Westcott, who had a 4.61 ERA in the second half, allowed 7 ER in one of his least effective starts of the year. The 7 ER was more than he allowed over any of his final ten starts.
A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 3-1
(losing the decisive game 3)
Augusta: CF Chris Lofton: 1 for 2, 2 BB
Augusta: 1B Joel Weeks: 2 for 4, E
Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 WP
The GreenJackets had limited offense with just five singles and three walks. Weeks singled twice, and Lofton reached base three times.
Rogers, who had won five of his last six starts, delivered a quality start but took the loss.