Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Adalberto Mejia did not allow a hit in 6.0 scoreless IP, and Conor Gillaspie reached base in all five plate appearances. Also notable, Gary Brown, Juan Perez and Ryan Lollis each homered as part of multi-hit games; and Brett Krill had four hits.
AAA: Fresno lost to Tucson 7-5
(scoring two runs to tie in the 8th inning but allowing two runs in the 9th inning)
Fresno: 1B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 2, 3 BB, E
Fresno: SS Skyler Stromsmoe: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, CS
Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 2.0+ IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Gillaspie reached base in all five plate appearances, while Stromsmoe also reached base three times. They improved their respective OBPs to .392 and .366. Among those on the Grizzlies' active roster, Gillaspie has a team-leading .885 OPS.
Kown had an abbreviated start. He was removed from the game after 51 pitches (30 strikes) and not retiring any of his four batters in the 3rd inning. Runzler worked a perfect 7th inning.
AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 7-3
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 5, HR
Richmond: RF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, HR
Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
New Britain: RP Daniel Turpen: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Brown and Perez had their 3rd and 5th HRs this year.
Westcott had pitched well over his previous nine starts with an ERA below 3.00, but today he allowed 5 ER while having no strikeouts. From a statistical perspective, this was his worst start since the first month the season. Turpen, the ex-Giant farmhand whom the Twins acquired from the Rockies during the off-season for Kevin Slowey, pitched three frames against his former club.
A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 6-5
San Jose: DH Joe Panik: 2 for 3, 2 BB, SB
San Jose: RF Ryan Lollis: 3 for 4, HR, 2B
San Jose: SP Ryan Bradley: 6.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Moved to the third spot in the lineup, Lollis had his 4th HR and 17th double, raising his OPS above .800. After having his hitting streak snapped the night before, Panik reached base four times. After hitting just .221 in April, he has hit better than .290 since, and his season OBP is now over .350.
Bradley's 7 K were the most over his last ten starts, but he allowed 10 H. Opponents are batting well over .300 against him in his last nine games, during which he has an ERA close to 6.00.
A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 2-1
Augusta: 1B Wes Hodges: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO
Augusta: RF Brett Krill: 4 for 4, 3B
Augusta: SP Adalberto Mejia: 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Krill had four of the GreenJackets' thirteen hits, raising his AVG to .239. The 27-year-old Hodges, who doubled twice today, has spent his last 16 games in the Sally League after beginning the season in Richmond, where he spent most of last season.
Mejia, who celebrated his 19th birthday a few days ago, had perhaps the best appearance of his pro career, facing just two batters over the minimum in 6.0 no-hit IP.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Yakima 2-0
Salem-Keizer: C Dashenko Ricardo: 3 for 3, 2B
Salem-Keizer: SP Mario Rodriguez: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 PO
With three of the Volcanoes' seven hits, Ricardo had his first multi-hit game as a Giant.
Rodriguez has begun his seventh pro season well. In two starts, he has allowed just 1 ER over 10.0 IP.
R: Giants defeated Angels 10-9
Scottsdale: CF Randy Ortiz: 3 for 5, 3B, SO, SB
Scottsdale: RF Hector Mercedes: 3 for 5, 3B, 2B, CS
Scottsdale: SP Bryce Bandilla: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
With three hits each, Ortiz and Mercedes accounted for nearly half of the rookie Giants' thirteen hits. They raised their AVGs to .316 and .462.
Bandilla, who had four starts in the Sally League earlier this year, made his second AZL start. He has allowed 1 ER in 5.0 IP over those two starts.
DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day