Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Tommy Joseph homered among four hits, and Ryan Bradley allowed just 1 ER in 8.0 IP. Also notable, Gary Brown homered and singled, and Jason Stevenson allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP.
Fresno: SS Nick Noonan: 2 for 3, 3B, BB
Las Vegas: SS Adeiny Hechavarria: 3 for 4, BB
Fresno: SP Jason Stevenson: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Noonan had his 3rd triple while reaching base three times. The two hits helped keep his AVG above .300. Hechavarria reached base four times. Entering the night hitting .307/.356/.427 through 410 AB, the 23-year-old is perhaps on his way to becoming the Blue Jays regular shortstop next year.
Stevenson had his most effective start in over a month, although his peripheral stats were not strong with just 1 K and a WHIP of 1.50.
AA: Richmond defeated Erie 7-6 (15 innings)
(after leading 6-1 in the middle of the 5th inning in the only game played in the Eastern League)
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 6, HR, BB, SO
Richmond: C Tommy Joseph: 4 for 6, HR, BB, SO
Richmond: 1B Mark Minicozzi: 3 for 5, 2 BB, GiDP
Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Richmond: RP Austin Fleet: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Brown and Joseph had their 7th and 8th HRs. Minicozzi reached base five times.
Maday allowed just 1 ER through the first four innings but then allowed 2 ER in both the 5th and 6th innings. Fleet struck out three of his four batters in the 15th inning for his 4th save.
A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 7-1
San Jose: SS Joe Panik: 1 for 3, BB, HBP
San Jose: 3B Adam Duvall: 1 for 5, HR, 3 SO
San Jose: SP Ryan Bradley: 8.0 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Panik reached base three times. Duvall had his 18th HR.
Bradley had his longest start of the season with 8.0 IP, although he also matched a season high with 10 H. He improved his ERA to 4.60.
A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 9-5
Augusta: SS Kelby Tomlinson: 3 for 5, 3B
Augusta: RF Devin Harris: 3 for 5, 3B, 2B
Augusta: LF Brett Krill: 3 for 5, 2 2B
Lexington: 2B Delino DeShields Jr: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB, CS
Augusta: SP Kyle Crick: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K--1 HB
Lexington: SP Michael Foltynewicz: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 HB
With three hits each Tomlinson, Harris and Krill combined for nine of the GreenJackets' thirteen hits. And they just didn't hit singles with five of their nine hits going for extra bases. DeShields, whom the Astros drafted eighth overall two years ago, reached base three times. He now has a 72/13 SB/CS line.
On paper this looked like a great pitching matchup between Crick, who is perhaps the Giants' top pitching prospect, and Foltynewicz, whom the Astros drafted 19th overall two years and who was leading the Sally League with a 11-2 W-L record. However, in a game that included a two-hour rain delay, Crick issued six free passes, and Foltynewicz allowed 6 R while taking his third loss of the year. The two pitchers combined to strike out just four of their 41 batters.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Everett 4-1
Salem-Keizer: SS Matthew Duffy: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: SP Joe Biagini: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Salem-Keizer: RP Ian Gardeck: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Duffy's 3rd double and single were two fo the Volcanoes' three hits.
Biagini now has a 0-4 W-L record in six NWL starts. He was coming off his best start of the year but had gotten a no decision in that start. Gardeck had 2 K in a perfect 6th inning. He now has 25 K in 13.1 IP through his first ten pro appearances.
R: Giants defeated Royals 11-1
Scottsdale: SS John Polonius: 3 for 4, BB, SB
Scottsdale: 3B Travious Relaford: 2 for 3, 3B, 2B, BB, SO
Scottsdale: SP JosSSe Reyes: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Polonius had three hits, raising his AVG to .438. Relaford had his 2nd triple and 9th double
Reyes had a season-high 4 BB. He had walked more than one batter in only one of his previous six appearances this year. Still, his BB/IP remains below 0.33.
DSL: Giants defeated Diamomdbacks/Reds 5-2
Dominican: 1B Franklin Matamoros: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SO
Dominican: SP Carlos Diaz: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Matamoros (19.1 y.o.) had his first multi-hit game this year, getting his AVG above the Mendoza line. Diaz (18.8 y.o.) had a season-high 6 K in his second straight start not allowing a run.