Tuesday playoff highlights from the Giants' farm: Jarrett Parker, Charlie Culberson, and Skyler Stromsmoe homered as part of multi-hit performances, and Jackson Williams reached base in all five plate appearances.
(winning the first game of the best-of-five league championship series)
Richmond: 2B Charlie Culberson: 3 for 6, HR, SB
Richmond: DH-C Johnny Monell: 2 for 4, BB, SO
Richmond: LF Wendell Fairley: 3 for 4
Richmond: C Jackson Williams: 4 for 4, 2B, BB
Richmond: SS Skyler Stromsmoe: 4 for 4, HR, SH, E
Richmond: SP Chuck Lofgren: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Ryan Verdugo: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Heath Hembree: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB--1 HR
New Hampshire: SP Chad Jenkins: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HR
With a double, three singles, and a walk, Williams reached base in all five plate appearances before exiting the game for a pinch runner in the 9th inning. Stromsmoe also had four hits, including the crucial two-run, one-out, go-ahead HR in the top of the 9th inning. With Culberson and Fairley also adding three hits each, including Culberson's solo HR in the 1st inning, four Flying Squirrels combined for fourteen hits, although the other five hitters in the lineup combined for just three hits, two of which came from Monell.
Lofgren had an ineffective start, retiring just seven of his fifteen batters while issuing a season-high 5 BB. All four runs scored in the 3rd inning, with three of them scoring after he had departed the game. Verdugo entered to start the 4th inning, and he allowed a run in both the 5th and 6th innings. Hembree blew the save opportunity when he allowed a two-run HR to the first batter he faced in the 8th inning, but he rebounded with a scoreless 9th inning. Jenkings, the Blue Jays' first round selection two years ago, had a rough start with 4 ER in 3.2 IP. He had allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP in his previous start against the Squirrels.
A+: San Jose lost to Stockton 4-2
(losing the best-of-five Northern Division Championship Series in four games)
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 4, 2B
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: 2B Ryan Cavan: 1 for 3, BB, SO
San Jose: 1B Luke Anders: 1 for 2, BB
San Jose: SP Andrew Reichard: 6.0+ IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HR
Parker had two of the Giants' seven hits. He was the Giants' leading hitter in the post-season with 4 HRs and a .462 AVG. Cavan and Anders also reached base twice. Brown had his fifth double in four post-season games.
Reichard allowed just 1 R through 6.0 IP, facing just three batters over the minimum in that time. He did not retire either batter faced in the 7th inning, and both of those runners subsequently scored, first the tying run and then the go-ahead run.