Tonight's Highlights from the Farm: Tommy Joseph hit two home runs (at home, no less), in a blowout loss with San Jose. Johnny Monell had three extra-base hits for Richmond. And Augusta had a ridiculous game that ended in the 16th inning with a walk-off walk….the third straight two-out walk of the inning.
AAA: Fresno defeated Tacoma 4-2
Fresno: LF Nick Liles: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO
Fresno: 1B Brad Eldred: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO
Fresno: SP Geno Espineli: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, W (3-5)
Fresno: RP Dan Ruzler: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, H (4)
Fresno: RP Dan Otero: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, S (12)
Nick Liles got to continue his Frenso cameo for a second game, and has picked up multiple hits in each game, and collected his first Triple-A extra-base hit. Brad Eldred got just his third home run since the end of July.
Geno Espinli made his fourth start of the season, giving up the least number of runs in any start this season. He still finishes the year with a 6.02 ERA with Fresno (7.14 ERA overall). Dan Runzler has gone 2 1/3 innings since returning to Fresno, giving up just one baserunner on a walk. Dan Otero had his second straight game without giving up a baserunner, and the third game out of the last four.
AA: Richmond defeated Altoona 6-3 (in a 14 inning game)
Richmond: CF Juan Perez: 4-for-6, 1 R, 1 3B
Richmond: C Johnny Monell: 3-for-6, 2 2B. 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SO
Richmond: 2B Charlie Culberson: 3-for-7, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO
Richmond: RF Francisco Peguero: 2-for-7, 1 2B, 1 SO
Richmond: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP
Richmond: RP Hector Correa: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
Juan Perez had a four-hit game, raising his average to .254 on a tough season for the center fielder. His triple gives him double digits in the category for the second season in a row. Monell's average is up to .249 on the year, as he picked up his 24th double and just his first triple of the season. Charlie Culberson has picked up five doubles and a home run on the las six games of the season, as he's gone 14-for-30. He's batting .261 with 34 doubles on the year. He had 28 in San Jose last season. Peguero's two-hit game breaks a mini-two game drought, getting his batting average back to .312 in Richmond and grabbed his 13th double of the season in 85 games.
Justin Fitzgerald finished the season with allowing just two runs in three of his final four starts of the season. His era dipped to 3.51 to finish the year. Hector Correa got three scoreless inning of work, and gave up just one earned run in his final ten innings of work in his last three outings.
With the win and a Bowie loss, Richmond clinched at least a tie for a playoff spot as the Wild Card in the West Division of the Eastern League. They have two games to pick up a win (or a Bowie Loss) to get the playoff spot outright.
A+: Ranco Cucamonga blew out San Jose 22-8 (after scoring 11 runs in the ninth to double their score)
San Jose: DH Tommy Joseph: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SO
San Jose: 1B-C Alex Burg: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI
San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 0 SO
San Jose: RP Jacob Dunnington: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB
Tommy Joseph had a two-home run game at home. That gives him 10 home runs at the Muni, and 12 on the road this season (59 games at home, 66 on the road). Alex Burg had another good game, having picked up five home runs and three doubles in his last seven games.
Craig Westcott finished his season with a whimper, giving up six earned runs for the second game in a row. His ERA jumped from 2.93 to 3.42 with those last two games. Jacob Dunnington was one of the relievers hit hard in a big blowout. He had given up just three earned runs in San Jose before this game.
A-: Augusta defeated Augusta 9-8 (after an eight-run fifth inning tied the game, ten scoreless innings, and a 16th inning walkoff-walk. Yes, it ended on three straight, two-out walks after a leadoff error started the inning.)
Augusta: LF Rafael Rodriguez: 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Augusta: 3B-1B Joel Weeks: 3-for-7, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
Augusta: DH Adam Duvall: 2-for-8, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO
Augusta: SP Mario Rodriguez: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
Augusta: RP Seth Rosin: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO
Augusta: RP Edward Concepcion: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO
A crazy game in Augusta, after they gave up eight runs in the first five innings, and then the game got tied in the bottom of the fifth all at once, and then there were ten scoreless inning of baseball before the bottom of the 16th. Chris Lofton got on base thanks to an error to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt and Adam Duvall striking out, Rome gave an intentional walk to Devin Harris, then unintentional walks to Joel Weeks and Rafael Rodriguez, the latter of which won the game. It came in approximately at 12:30 am local time.
Rodriguez got his first multi-hit game since August 10th, and his first multi-walk game in longer than I could see, in getting the win. He has 24 walks and 67 strikeouts in 95 games at Augusta this season. Joel Weeks picked up his eighth double of the season, in his 70th game. Adam Duvall picked up a multi-hit game, but actually lowered his average to .286.
Mario Rodriguez went just 2.1 innings, his shortest start of eight made this season. He was victimized by an error to giving up three of his eight unearned runs given up this season. Rosin had a spectacular outing, striking out seven of the 12 batters he faced. He has 93 strikeouts in 89 innings with 30 walks this season. Concepcion had the longest outing of any Augusta pitcher, going four innings in the extra frames.
Sh-A: Tri-City defeated Salem-Keizer 3-1
S-K: DH Dan Burkhart: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO
S-K: 1B Ben Thomas: 2-for-4, 1 SO
S-K: SP Kendry Flores: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
Dan Burkhart picked up his 12th double in 52 games this season between Augusta and Salem-Keizer. With a multi-hit game, Ben Thomas raised his batting average to .302 with S-K in a successful first season. Kendry Flores had a tough final start to the season, although the 3.2 innings is the longest outing he's had since July 26th, when he went six innings.
DSL: No Game Played