Friday Highlights from the Giants' farm: Joe Panik got on base every time he went to the plate. Gary Brown got on base four times out of five. Fresno's Roger Kieschnick hits a ninth inning, game-winning home run. San Jose starter Ryan Bradley goes seven scoreless innings.
AAA: Fresno defeated Colorado Springs 7-6 (after scoring 2 runs in the top of the ninth)
Fresno: LF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2B (10), HR (7), 3 RBI, 2 SO
Fresno: SS Nick Noonan: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2B (4)
Fresno: SP Yusmeiro Petit: 4.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, BB, SO
Fresno: RP Dan Otero: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, SO, W (1-0)
In the rarified air of Colorado Springs, Roger Kieschnick's seventh home run of the season gave the Grizzlies a lead in the ninth inning. Kieschnick also had a double, and he now has a 1.064 OPS on the season. Noonan had a four-hit night earlier this week, but is maintaining a solid .333 batting average. His on-base percentage (.393) is still out-pacing his slugging percentage (.387).
Petit did not do well in the rare air, giving up double-digit hits for the first time this season, and collecting a season-low one strikeout. Otero picked up his first decision in the minors this season. He has given up one earned run over five innings in four appearances, for a 1.80 ERA.
AA: Richmond lost to Altoona 8-7
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 3, 2 R, SB (7), 2 HBP
Richmond: LF Chris Dominguez: 3 for 4, 2 R, SO
Richmond: 2B Ryan Cavan: 2 for 5, 2B (4), RBI
Richmond: SS Ehire Adrianza: 1 for 4, R, 2B (2), RBI, 2 E (3)
Richmond: SP Jason Stevenson: 4.0 IP 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
Richmond: RP Ari Ronick: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, BS (1), L (0-1)
Altoona: RP Tim Alrderson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, W (1-0)
Richmond had three players with multiple hits, and one in multiple ways. Brown had his third multi-hit game in the last seven, and also picked up his first stolen base since that seventh game. With the two hit-by-pitches, his on-base percentage is up to .344. His slugging is at .291. Dominguez has gone 6 for 14 over his last four games with a double. Ryan Cavan broke a five-game hitless streak with a first inning RBI double, and had gone 0 for 16. Adrianza picked up his second double of the year, but also suffered his first multi-error game of the year.
Stevenson went a season-low four innings for the second time this year, giving up four earned runs for the second straight start despite giving up no walks. Ronick's four runs allow breaks a streak of four appearances without allowing a run. Remember Tim Alderson? He tasted AAA for the first time in late April, but after giving up two earned runs in a pair of games and four innings of work there, he's back in AA. He hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings of Eastern League relief work.
A+: San Jose defeated Inland Empire 10-0
San Jose: SS Joe Panik: 3 for 3, 2 2B (8), RBI, BB, HBP
San Jose: CF Chris Lofton: 2 for 4, 3 R, 2B (3), BB
San Jose: RF Devin Harris: 2 for 4, 2 R, HR (3), 2 RBI, SO
San Jose: SP Ryan Bradley: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, W (3-2)
Panik finally had a breakout game, his first multi-hit game since April 24th. His batting average is up to .240 from .216 on this night alone. Panik was lifted in the eighth after being hit by a pitch, but there were no reports of any injury, just a wipeout game. Lofton has three multi-hit games in four May games. Harris picked up his first home run since April 26th, but also now has just two walks against 22 strikeouts.
Ryan Bradley was sparkling, going a season-high seven innings. In six starts this season, three times he hasn't allowed any runs.
A-: Augusta lost to Kannapolis 7-2
Augusta: SS Jose Cuevas: 1 for 3, BB, SO, E (4)
Augusta: SP Christopher Marlowe: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, L (1-1)
Augusta: RP Adalberto Mejia: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
Cuevas was one of two GreenJackets to get on base twice, along with Carlos Willoughby (who walked twice, but was hitless). Overall, each of the first five hitters in the Augusta lineup got at least one walk, but were a combined 1 for 15 to go with those six walks.
Marlowe was a victim of defense, giving up only two unearned runs. He gave up no earned runs for the first time since April 12th. It was a night to forget for Meija. He had been been fairly successful as a reliever since giving up 11 earned runs in five innings over two starts to start the season, but the four earned runs inflates his ERA back up to 16 after eight appearances and nine innings of work.
May the Fourth be with you.