Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Francisco Peguero, Andrew Susac, and Mac Williamson each homered as part of multi-hit games.
AAA: Fresno lost to Reno 11-2
(after allowing six runs in the first three innings)
Fresno: RF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Fresno: SP Michael Kickham: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 7 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Brett Bochy: 1.0 IP, 1 K
With his 2nd HR and 4th double, Peguero accounted for much of the Grizzlies' offense. The rest of the lineup managed just six singles, plus a hit batter.
Kickham's fifth start included several new season highs including 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER and 7 K. While his BAA rose to .333 today, he did improve his K/BB to nearly 2.00. Bochy pitched a perfect 6th inning.
AA: Richmond defeated New Britain 4-2
Richmond: SS Joe Panik: 2 for 4, 3B, 2B, SO
Richmond: DH Andrew Susac: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO, PO
Richmond: SP Chris Gloor: 4.0+ IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Tom Vessella: 4.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Susac led off the 6th inning with his 3rd HR but also struck out a couple times. His SO/AB ratio is now above 33%. Panik had his 2nd triple and 6th double, lifting his OPS above .800.
Despite allowing nearly half his batters to reach base, Gloor allowed only an unearned run. Vessella inherited two runners from Gloor with no outs but shut down the Rock Cats, facing just eleven batters to record twelve outs as he was assisted by a couple double plays. Gloor and Vessella improved their ERAs to 6.62 and 1.08.
A+: San Jose at Modesto 5-3
San Jose: DH Devin Harris: 1 for 4, HR, SO
San Jose: RF Mac Williamson: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
San Jose: C Jeff Arnold: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: SP Austin Fleet: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 WP
Harris, who entered the year with 29 pro HRs, homered for the fifth straight day--a feat which I cannot immediately recall any other Giants minor leaguer accomplishing over the last decade. Williamson, who is likely San Jose's top hitting prospect, had his 3rd HR and 4th double. With his first multi-hit game in a couple weeks, he raised his SLG back above .400. By comparison, Harrison's SLG has risen to nearly .700 with recent power outburst. Arnold also had his 3rd HR.
Fleet made his first start of the season after four relief appearances. In 4.0 scoreless IP, he allowed just three baserunners and recorded half his outs via strikeout.
A-: Augusta lost to Lexington 7-4
(allowing three runs in both the 1st and 8th innings)
Augusta: 3B Mitchell Delfino: 2 for 4, SO
Augusta: 1B Benjamin Turner: 2 for 4, SO
Lexington: CF Bubba Starling: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB, SO
Augusta: SP Jose Reyes: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 3 WP
With two singles each, Delfino and Turner accounted for half of the GreenJackets' eight hits, raising their respective AVGs to .274 and .231. Starling, whom the Royals drafted fifth overall two years ago, connected for his 3rd HR while reaching base three times. He has otherwise experienced a slow start this year, hitting just .181/.253/.337 through 83 AB.
Reyes continues to struggle with his control, today issuing four free passes and making three wild pitches. Through four starts, he has 12 BB (against 11 K) in 13.1 IP.