Tonight's Highlights: The top prospects heat up, as Gary Brown gets two hits and two stolen bases, and Joe Panik hits hits a home run in a three-hit game for the second game in a row. Also, home runs from Ricky Oropesa, Mark Minicozzi and Ryan Cavan.
Fresno (AAA): Sacramento defeated Fresno 2-1 in 12 Innings
Fresno: DH Todd Linden: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 SO
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Fresno SP: Yusmeiro Petit: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO
Fresno RP: Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
Fresno RP: Steve Edlefsen: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO
Fresno RP: Dan Otero: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, L (3-3)
Fresno's offense got hits. Every starter except Skyler Stromsmoe got on base, but only Jackson Williams picked up two hits. That's the third straight game played for Williams getting two hits, though that's three games in the last six days. He's 11-for-22 with three home runs and a walk in his last five starts (going back to June 12th). Todd Linden was pinch-hit for as the DH, but he managed to still pick up a hit in his eighth straight game.
Yusmeiro Petit has allowed more than one run in only one of his last seven starts, and twice in his last nine. He came one strikeout shy of his season-high of 10. The parade of former major league relievers started with Dan Runzler, who had a scoreless outing after giving up two runs in his first appearance for Fresno this season earlier this week. Steve Edlefsen hasn't given up a run, and only two hits, in four appearances since returning to Fresno. However, the two walks give him three in four innings since his return. Dan Otero took a tough loss as he went over two innings for the first time in Fresno this season, giving up just his second home run of the year in 28 appearances between Fresno and San Francisco.
Richmond (AA): New Britain defeated Richmond 9-8
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 SB (21)
Richmond: DH Mark Minicozzi: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B (6), 1 HR (3), 2 RBI
Richmond: 2B Ryan Cavan: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E (2)
Richmond: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 2 WP
Richmond: RP Austin Fleet: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
Five Richmond errors (three by shortstop Joel Weeks) led to four unearned runs, including two ninth-inning runs to break a tie. Gary Brown is starting to heat up. He had his third-straight multi-hit game, and sixth in his last nine games. Over his last ten games, he's 17-for-49 (.347) with two walks, two strikeouts, and six steals in seven attempts. Mark Minicozzi picked up his third home run for Richmond, all in the last ten games. It was also his third straight multi-hit game. Ryan Cavan has been on his own tear, now with four home runs in his last nine games, giving him seven on the year. He had only 12 with San Jose last year. More impressively, five of those home runs have come at home.
Justin Fitzgerald had another rough outing, and has allowed three earned runs or more in five of his last seven games. Austin Fleet had given up a run in each of his last three appearances, but was unsecured upon tonight.
San Jose (High-A): San Jose defeated Visalia, 7-2
San Jose: SS Joe Panik: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS (4)
San Jose: 1B Ricky Oropesa: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B (16), 1 HR (8), 2 RBI
San Jose: SP Jack Snodgrass: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, W (7-2)
San Jose: RP Hector Correa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
San Jose: RP Josh Osich: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
Speaking of top prospects heating up, Panik now has a home run and a three-hit game in each of his last two games. He's batting .405 in his last ten games with a double, a triple, and three home runs, with four walks and three strikeouts. However, with being caught stealing, he's now been caught (4) more times than he's been successful (3). Ricky Oropesa notched his first homer since June 9th, and is 8-for-18 with four doubles and a home run in his last four games.
Jack Snodgrass had a solid start, if unspectacular. He has 54 strikeouts with 24 walks in 80 1/3 innings this season. Hector Correa made his first appearance since giving up five runs on May 30th. After a short-lived three-game run as a starter before his injury, he's now relieving at least to begin his return. Josh Osich had his third scoreless appearance in a row after giving up three earned over two appearances to start the month.
Augusta (Low-A): Savannah defeated Augusta 5-1
Augusta: DH Ben Thomas: 3-for-4, 1 SO
Augusta: RF Ben Krill: 3-for-4, 1 2B
Augusta: CF Jesus Galindo: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 2 SB (19)
Augusta: SP Christopher Marlowe: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO, L (1-4)
Maybe it's just me, but do Thomas and Krill only hit when I'm covering minor lines? Ben Thomas had his first three-hit game since June 10th. The lefty is batting just .163 against southpaws this season. Lucky for him, he was facing a righty tonight. Brett Krill had six games without a hit until going 5-for-8 over his last two games. Jesus Galindo didn't get on base of his own accord, but stole two bases anyway and now has ten in his last ten games, and 19 in 23 attempts.
Christopher Marlowe suffered his shortest start of the season, and walked five while just striking out three for the second time in four games.
Salem-Keizer (Short-A): Yakima defeated Salem-Keizer 4-2
S-K: DH Rafael Rodriguez: 3-for-3, 1 2B (2)
S-K: 1B Joseph Rapp: 2-for-4, 1 2B (2), 1 SO
S-K: SP Raymundo Montero: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP L (0-1)
Rodriguez had his second three hit game of the six-game-old season, and is 8-for-24 this season in Short-A. Joseph Rapp went 0-for-10 to start his pro career, but has gone 4-for-11 with two doubles since.
Raymundo Montero made his second start, and the 22-year-old gave up four walks after walking none in his first start. He had a 9.82 ERA with Salem-Keizer in five games last season, along with a 6.35 in seven games in the AZL.
AZL Giants (Rookie): The Angels defeated the Giants 7-6 in 11 innings.
Giants: C Ryan Honeycutt: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 PB
Giants: DH Mitchell Delfino: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO
Giants: SP Brandon Allen: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER,1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP
Ryan Honeycutt led the rookie offense with his first multi-hit game of the young season. In three games, he's 3-for-6, with two walks and no strikeouts. Mitchell Delfino of UC Berkeley was making his pro debut with a double to start his career.
Brandon Allen made his first start of the year, starting for the second time in the rookie league. He had a 7.94 ERA in five appearances for the rookies in 2012 before putting up a 6.04 ERA with Salem-Keizer in 13 games.