Highlights from the Giants farm on Sunday: Kyle Crick had his best start yet, giving up one hit in six innings. Jarrett Parker homered to extend his team lead with San Jose. Gary Brown picked up his eighth stolen base, while Charlie Culberson picked up two more doubles for Fresno.
AAA: Fresno lost to Colorado Springs, 6-5
Fresno: 2B Charlie Culberson: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B (10), 1 BB
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 2 RBI
Fresno: SP Brian Burres: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO
Fresno: RP Dan Otero: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 WP, BS (1), L (1-1)
Culberson now has two doubles and three home runs over his last seven games, raising his slugging percentage to .517. Jackson Williams has picked up two doubles in his last three games.
Burres walked none in his last start while giving up seven runs. This week, five walks but just two runs given up. Otero, however, suffered a blown save in his first attempt at Fresno.
AA: Richmond lost to Altoona, 4-1
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB (8)
Richmond: 3B Daniel Mayora: 1-for-2, 1 2B (7), 1 RBI, 1 BB
Richmond: SP Michael Kickham: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, L (1-3)
Altoona: RP Tim Alderson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, S (3)
Brown is slowly heating up, now batting .308 with a .357 OBP in his last ten games, along with four stolen bases in five games. Mayora has four doubles over the last ten games.
Kickham had his second rough start. He walked four and struck out two, the second game where he'd given up more walks than batters he struck out. Alderson is rolling in Double-A, now with seven scoreless appearances, and three of them against Richmond.
A+: San Jose defeated Inland Empire, 4-2
San Jose: LF Jarrett Parker: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB (6), 1 CS (1), 1 PO
San Jose: CF Chris Lofton: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI
San Jose: 1B Ricky Oropesa: 1-for-3, 1 2B (6), 1 BB
San Jose: SP Jack Snodgrass: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 Balk
San Jose: RP Hector Correa: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, W (1-0)
Parker picked up his first home run of May, and his team-leading fifth home run. However, a long hitless streak before yesterday's game helped him slump to a .179 average. Lofton collected his second home run, and he has an extra-base hit in each of the last three games. Oropesa collected his sixth double, and third in the last four games.
Snodgrass hadn't allowed a run in his last three games before giving up one run today. He has 25 strikeouts and seven walks in 35 innings this season. Correa made his second appearance of the season, more than a week since his first appearance on April 27th.
A-: Augusta defeated Hagerstown, 4-1
Augusta: SS Kelby Tomlinson: 2-for-5, 2 R
Augusta: RF Michael Mergenthaler: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI
Augusta: SP Kyle Crick: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO, 2 HBP, W (1-1)
Augusta: RP Cody Hall: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, S (7)
Kelby Tomlinson has hit just 3-for-13 in May, but he has collected four walks to give him a .412 OBP in the month. Michael Mergenthaler's home run was his first of the season, and just his third extra-base hit in 21 games this year. He's batting .182 on the season.
Kyle Crick is starting to come into his own. For the second straight start, he struck out eight, but this time he went a season-high six innings, breaking his previous high of 4 1/3 innings. He has 27 strikeouts but also 17 walks in 21 2/3 innings. He has given up just ten hits in the season. Cody Hall threw his third straight scoreless outing and picked up his third save in as many games. He has 19 strikeouts and five walks in 14 1/3 innings.