Highlights from the Giants farm on Thursday: Shawn Payne continues to rule Augusta, hitting a grand slam in a three-hit performance. Clayton Blackburn had a season-high eight strikeouts.
AAA: Fresno lost to Iowa 10-1
Fresno: 3B Brock Bond: 1-for-4, 1 2B (3), 2 E (3)
Fresno: SS Nick Noonan: 1-for-4, 1 2B (5), 1 RBI
Fresno: 1B Todd Linden: 1-for-4, 1 2B (7), 1 SO
Fresno: SP Yuseiro Petit: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, L (1-2)
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
I'm blaming you guys for jinxing Brock Bond, after all the talking about him yesterday. Bond did get his third double of the season (his slugging percentage is up to .517), but his biggest impact was with his two errors, both fielding errors. See the pitching lines. Nick Noonan has quietly had a solid season so far. His fifth double gives him a .396 slugging percentage. While he didn't have any today, he's got 10 walks and 10 strikeouts. Linden picked up his seventh double, and is slugging .458 over his .271 batting average.
Yusmeiro Petit was victimized by those two errors, as he gave up six unearned runs, and that was far too many for this offense. Heath Hembree gave up his first run since April 22nd, a span of eight appearances.
AA: Richmond lost to Bowie, 7-3 (in 11 innings)
Richmond: 3B Daniel Mayora: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B (8), 1 RBI, 1 SO
Richmond: 2B Ryan Cavan: 2-for-5, 1 R
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 1-for-4, SAC
Richmond: SP Jason Stevenson: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR
Richmond: RP Brett Bochy: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, L (2-1)
Daniel Mayora is a 27-year old journeyman signed to shore up Richmond's offense. His eighth double ties him for the team lead with Chris Dominguez. Ryan Cavan has collected hits in only three of his last ten games played, and his BA has gone from .307 to .259 in that span. Gary Brown's mediocreness is exemplified by this line. A hit, no extra bases, no stolen bases. Over the last ten games, he's batting 10-for-41 (.244) with no XBH, no walks against six strikeouts and two stolen bases in three attempts. That's not far off his season lines.
Jason Stevenson has a 6.69 ERA on the season, but this was one of his more solid games, as he went more than five innings for just the third time this season. He did walk his first batter since April 24th. I blame NBC 11 for jinxing Brett Bochy. After showing a graphic about his performance yesterday, he gave up his first runs of the season in his 12th appearance, and had another runner stranded after being relieved.
A+: San Jose lost to Visalia, 4-1 (after giving up 3 in the ninth)
San Jose: SS Joe Panik: 2-for-4, 1 SB (2)
San Jose: CF Chris Lofton: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 2 SB (5)
San Jose: SP Justin Schumer: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR
Panik hasn't been dominating the California League, but he's starting to come around a bit. He's 12-for-36 (.333) over his last nine games, with two doubles, six walks and four strikeouts. Lofton continues to be hot, extending his hit streak to 12 games, and his sixth multi-hit game over his last ten.
Justin Schumer also gave up just his first walk since April 24th in a strong effort. It's his first time allowing just one earned run or less since throwing a shutout in his season debut on April 8th.
A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 9-2
Augusta: LF Shawn Payne: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 5 RBI, 1 SB (11)
Augusta: 1B Ben Thomas: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B (4), 2 BB, 1 SB (2)
Augusta: SP Clayton Blackburn: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
Shawn Payne, who turns 23 in July, is definitely the hottest player in Augusta. He hit a grand slam in a three-hit effort today, though the slam was just his second extra-base hit over his last nine games. He also has more walks (19) than strikeouts (17), and his 11 stolen bases leads the team. Ben Thomas has three two-hit games over his last four starts.
Blackburn bounced back from his season-worst effort a week ago to deliver an average one. He has allowed two earned runs in four of his six starts. however, he had a season-high eight strikeouts, and now has 31 strikeouts against 8 walks in 25 innings.
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