Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Chris Heston, Justin Schumer and Kyle Crick each allowed just 1 R in their starts, and Ryan Cavan homered while reaching base three times.
Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 4, 2B
Fresno: 2B Charlie Culberson: 1 for 3, BB, SO
Sacramento: LF Anthony Recker: 3 for 4, HR, SB
Fresno: SP Brian Burres: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--4 HR
Fresno: RP Mitch Lively: 2.0 IP, 3 K
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R--1 HB
Sacramento: SP A.J. Griffin: 9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
While the Grizzlies' offense managed just six hit and no walks, Pill and Culberson reached base twice. Recker, playing his tenth game since being optioned to the minors, had three of the Rivercats' six hits, including his 1st HR of the year.
Burres allowed just five hits, but four of those hits were big flies, and those 4 HRs plated 5 ER. Lively had 2.0 perfect IP. Hembree allowed an unearned run. Griffin, whom the Athletics drafted in the 13th round just two years ago, had risen quickly through their farm system. He had his second straight complete game and has a 2.64 ERA through fourteen starts this year.
AA: Richmond defeated New Hampshire 6-5 (11 innings)
(outscroring the FisherCats 3-2 in the 11th inning)
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 3 for 6, CS
Richmond: C Tommy Joseph: 2 for 5, 2B, SO
Richmond: 2B Ryan Cavan: 2 for 4, HR, BB (IBB), SO
Richmond: SP Chris Heston: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--3 HB, 1 WP
Cavan had a two-run HR in the 8th inning to tie the score. It was his 4th HR as he reached base three times. Top prospects Brown and Joseph also had multi-hit performances.
Bouncing back from his merely quality start (3 ER in 7.0 IP), Heston had another fine start with 1 ER or less. Still, his ERA rose just a bit to an even 1.00 after thirteen starts.
A+: San Jose defeated Inland Empire 7-1
San Jose: RF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 5
San Jose: 2B Ydwin Villegas: 3 for 4, 2B
San Jose: SP Justin Schumer: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Villegas, a reserve infielder playing in just his ninth game this year, had three of the Giants' eight hits. Lollis had his third straight multi-hit game, finishing three-game series at Inland Empire going 9 for 17.
Schumer had his longest and perhaps his best start of the year, pitching eight full innings. His peripheral stats are now 84 H, 13 BB and 39 K in 77.1 IP.
A-: Augusta defeated Rome 2-1
(winning the game with a bases-loaded hit batter in the bottom of the 9th inning)
Augusta: SS Jose Flores: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
Augusta: 1B Ben Thomas: 2 for 4, SO, E
Augusta: SP Kyle Crick: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Flores and Thomas combined for three of the GreenJackets' four hits and one of their two walks.
Crick had just 4 K, his fewest in his last nine starts; but he faced just four batters over the minimum as he had his second straight start not allowing an earned run.
DSL: Giants lost to Phillies 14-7
Dominican: RF Julio Pena: 3 for 5, HR, 2 SO
Dominican: DH Anthony Gomez: 3 for 5, HR, SO
Dominican: RP Jose Morel: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 2 WP
Pena (19.6 y.o.) and Gomez (17.6 y.o.) were two of the five Gigantes who hit their first HRs of the year. Morel (18.9 y.o.) provided long relief, finishing the game as the final of three Gigantes pitchers.