AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 9-5
Fresno: CF Justin Christian: 3 for 5, SB, PO
Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 3 for 5, 2 2B
Fresno: RF Francisco Peguero: 1 for 3, HR, BB
Fresno: 2B Charlie Culberson: 1 for 4, HR, E
Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Mitch Lively: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Fresno: RP George Kontos: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Fresno: RP Wilmin Rodriguez: 0.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB
Peguero had his 2nd HR, and Culberson his 3rd HR. Gillaspie, who had his 4th and 5th doubles, and Christian had three hits each, raising their AVGs to .341 and .402.
Yourkin went just four innings in his start, throwing just 52 pitches (36 strikes) while facing just a couple batters over the minimum. Lively and Kontos continued the shutout through eight innings, facing just one more batter over the minimum before Rodriguez failed to retire any of his five batters in the 9th inning.
AA: Richmond defeated Bowie 4-2
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 3, BB
Richmond: DH Tommy Joseph: 3 for 4, 2 HR, 2B, GiDP
Richmond: SP Chris Heston: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Joseph hit his first two HRs of the year--a two-run shot in the 1st inning and a solo HR to lead off the 5th inning. Adding a double, he had 3 XBH, while the rest of the Flying Squirrels combined for just two hits. Joseph finished April with a line of .257/.291/.446 in 74 AB. Brown was one of two other Squirrels to reach base twice.
Heston had another fine start, striking out better than one third (8 of 22) of his opposing batters. The 8 K were a season high. With 5 ER allowed over five starts, he has a 1.21 ERA.
A+: San Jose had an off-day
(their first scheduled off-day this year, with their next off-day scheduled for May 13)
A-: Augusta defeated Hagerstown 7-1
Augusta: DH Shawn Payne: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB
Augusta: C Joseph Staley: 2 for 3, BB, PB
Augusta: SP Paul Davis: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Augusta: RP Steven Neff: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Augusta: RP Keith Bioldeau: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Staley and Payne each reached base three times, raising their OBPs to .286 and .462.
Davis, who pitched primarily as a starter last summer (11 starts in 14 appearances), made his first start this year after six relief appearances. He struck out a third of his batters in 5.0 scoreless IP. Making his seventh appearance, Neff has a season-high 4 K. Bilodeau bounced back from his last appearance (6 ER in 2.0 IP) with a perfect 9th inning.