AAA: Fresno lost to Albuquerque 3-2
(after the game was scoreless through six innings)
Fresno: RF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 4, HR, SO
Fresno: LF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4, 2 SO
Fresno: SP Yusmeiro Petit: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K--1 HR
Albuquerque: SP John Ely: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Peguero had his 3rd HR this year and his first HR in May. He has hit just .229/.262/.373 through his first 153 AB in the PCL. Kieschnick had two of the Grizzlies' other three hits and was their only other hitter to reach base twice.
Despite the wind blowing out to left field, this was a pitcher's duel as Petit and the Dodgers' Ely, the latter who has made eighteen starts in the majors two years ago, had their most effective starts of the season. Petit had a season-high 9 K in a season-high 7.0 IP. In the 8th inning, Hembree allowed his 2nd HR this year. Despite a WHIP below 1.00, he has an ERA above 4.00 after allowing 5 ER over his last four appearances.
AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 8-5
(allowing five runs in the 7th inning)
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, SF, SO
Richmond: 2B Jose Flores: 2 for 4, 2B
Bowie: SS Manny Machado: 3 for 4, 2B, SO
Richmond: SP Jason Stevenson: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Brown and Flores were two of the three GreenJackets with two hits each. They raised their respective AVGs to .254 and .225. The Orioles' Machado, who is probably among the top ten prospects in the minors, was the game's lone hitter with three hits. The 19-year-old is hitting .279/.374/.435 through his first 147 AB in the upper minors. By comparison, the only Flying Squirrel with an OPS within 90 points of Machado's .810 OPS (minimum 15 AB) is 26-year-old Johnny Monell.
Coming off one of his best two starts of the year, Stevenson did not make it through the 5th inning--the fifth time in nine starts he has not completed the 5th inning.
A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 7-6
San Jose: CF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, GiDP
San Jose: 1B Ricky Oropesa: 1 fof 4, HR, BB, SO
San Jose: DH Luke Anders: 1 for 4, HR
Stockton: C Max Stassi: 3 for 5, HR
San Jose: SP Jack Snodgrass: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HR
In the 7th inning, Oropesa and Anders went back-to-back for their 3rd and 4th HRs, respectively. With two of the Giants' eleven hits and one for their four walks, Lollis reached base three times, raising his OBP above .400. Stassi, whom the Athletics signed for a $1.5 million bonus three years ago, had his 4th HR plus a couple singles.
Snodgrass had his least effective start of the year, allowing a season-high 5 ER in a season-low 3.2 IP. Still, his ERA remains below 2.50.
A-: Augusta at Rome postponed by rain
(A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow.)