Friday highlights from the Giants' farm: Devin Harris homered twice, and Kendry Flores had 6.0 scoreless IP. Also notable, Kensuke Tanaka, Jesus Galindo and Trevor Brown each had four hits.
AAA: Fresno defeated Reno 9-8
(after trailing 7-5 entering the 7th inning)
Fresno: 2B Kensuke Tanaka: 4 for 5, 3B, 2B, 2 CS
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 1 for 4, HR, SO, PB
Fresno: 3B Juan Perez: 2 for 2, 3B
Reno: 1B Kila Ka'aihue: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB
Fresno: SP Chris Heston: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K--2 HR, 1 WP
Fresno: RP Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Reno: RP Joe Paterson: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Tanaka had four hits, including his 1st triple and 4th double, raising his AVG to .392. Perez, who entered the game on a double switch, was one of just two other Grizzlies with multiple hits. Williams led off the 4th inning with his 1st HR. Ka'aihue, now in the Diamondbacks' organization, seems to fit the definition of the AAAA-player. Tonight he hit his 5th HR while reaching base three times.
Heston uncharacteristically struggled with his control, throwing just 52 of 99 pitches for strikes. A year ago, he had less than two walks per start (40 BB over 25 GS) but tonight issued five free passes. Runzler and Hembree each had 2 K while pitching perfect 8th and 9th innings. Paterson, the former Giants' farmhand, pitched a perfect 7th inning.
AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 7-4
Richmond: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 3. BB, SO
Richmond: C Andrew Susac: 2 for 4
Richmond: SP Ryan Bradley: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Parker and Susac each had two of the Flying Squirrels' nine hits, raising their respective AVGs to .203 and .281. Parker also threw out a runner at the plate.
Bradley had his longest start of the year, pitching into the 6th inning for the first time in four starts. He allowed just one run through five innings but two runs in the 6th inning.
A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 6-4 (12 innings)
San Jose: RF Devin Harris: 3 for 6, 2 HR, SO
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 1 for 5, HR, HBP, SO
San Jose: SP Chris Marlowe: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 HB
After homering each of the previous two days, Harris went deep twice more, first in the 7th inning with a solo HR and again in the 12th inning. The 25-year-old already has 6 HRs this year after 12 HRs a year ago. Villalona led off the 8th inning with his 5th HR. He is hitting just .193, but over half his hits have gone for extra bases.
Despite an unimpressive K/BB of 1.25 (15 K and 12 BB in 21.0 IP), Marlowe has allowed just 4 ER over his four starts, good for a 1.71 ERA.
A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 12-1
(scoring ten runs over the 5th, 6th and 7th innings)
Augusta: CF Jesus Galindo: 4 for 6, 2 SB
Augusta: SS Matthew Duffy: 2 for 4, 2 BB, SO, SB
Augusta: 2B Trevor Brown: 4 for 5, SO, CS
Augusta: SP Kendry Flores: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
With four hits each, Galindo and Brown accounted for nearly half of the GreenJackets' seventeen hits. Galindo also had his 12th and 13th SB. Duffy also reached base four times.
Flores had perhaps his best start of the year, facing just three batters over the minimum in 6.0 scoreless IP. With 16 H in 23.2 IP, he has held opponents to a .188 BAA.