Sunday highlight from the Giants' farm: Charlie Culberson homered twice.
AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 10-5
Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 3 for 5
Fresno: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 5, 2 HR, SO
Salt Lake: LF Vernon Wells: 2 for 4, HR, SO, SB
Fresno: SP Clayton Tanner: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--2 HR
Fresno: RP Steven Edlsefsen: 1.1 IP, 1 K
Culberson connected for his 9th and 10th HRs. Gillaspie's three singles raised his AVG to .307. The Angels' Wells, playing his third rehab game, homered and singled.
Tanner has allowed 4 R in both starts. He lasted a bit longer in this start than in his previous start (4.2 IP vs 3.1 IP). Edlefsen had 1.1 perfect IP to get his ERA below 4.00.
AA: Richmond defeat Akron 4-3
(scoring three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning)
Richmond: 1B Tommy Joseph: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Richmond: 3B Mark Minicozzi: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Richmond: SP Michael Kickham: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K--2 HR, 1 WP
In the 9th inning, Joseph and Minicozzi went back-to-back. Joseph's 7th HR scored two runs to tie the game, and Minicozzi's 6th HR won the game in walk-off fashion.
Kickham allowed a solo HR in the 2nd inning and another solo HR in the 5th inning. He was otherwise unscored upon. After just 3 HR through his first seventeen starts, he has allowed 3 HR in his last two starts. Still, his 6 HR in 106.1 IP remains better than average, at least for the Eastern League as a whole. For the Flying Squirrels, it's a ratio a bit worse than the team average.
A+: San Jose lost to Inland Empire 12-0
(after allowing seven runs in the 2nd inning)
San Jose: 2B Carter Jurica: 2 for 3, BB
San Jose: SS Bobby Haney: 2 for 4, E
San Jose: SP Taylor Rogers: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K--1 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP
With two hits each, Jurica and Haney combined for over half of the Giants' seven hits.
Rogers had his shortest start of the year. Just once in his previous nineteen starts this year had he not gone at least 5.0 IP.
A-: Augusta lost to Hagerstown 10-4
(after taking a 4-3 lead in the top of the 8th inning)
Augusta: 3B Jose Flores: 3 for 4, 2B
Augusta: DH Devin Harris: 1 for 3, HR, BB
Augusta: SP Paul Davis: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Flores had multiple hits in three of the four games in the series, raising his AVG to .265. Harris had his 6th HR this year.
Davis had a solid start matching a season-high with 6 K. Perhaps the strikeout total led to a higher pitch count and early departure, which seems notable given that the two relievers who followed him were ineffective allowing 7 ER in 2.1 IP.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 6-2
Salem-Keizer: LF Kentrell Hill: 2 for 3, 2 BB
Salem-Keizer DH Sam Eberle: 3 for 5
Salem-Keizer: SP Joan Gregorio: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB
Salem-Keizer: RP Ian Gardeck: 2.0 IP, 3 K
Salem-Keizer: RP Cameron Lamb: 2.0 IP, 2 K
Eberle's three singles raised his AVG to .317. Batting leadoff, Hill reached base four times.
Gregorio allowed 2 R in the 1st inning and 3 R in the 2nd inning. Gardeck and Hill finished the game with 4.0 perfect IP, while striking out nearly half (5 of 12) of their batters.
R: Giants lost to Diamondbacks 2-1
Scottsdale: 1B Leonardo Fuentes: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB, SO, CS
Scottsdale: SP Andrew Leenhouts: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Scottsdale: RP Renzo Freite: 2.0 IP, 2 K
Fuentes, who has been off to a cold start in his second year in the AZL, reached base three times, which at least got his OPS above .350.
Making his first pro start after eight relief appearances, Leenhouts faced just one batter over the minimum while striking out half of his ten batters. Freite's fourth appearance in the U.S. was his best so far.
DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day