Saturday highlights from the Giants' farm: Craig Westcott had 6.0 scoreless IP, and Matthew Duffy homered twice.
AAA: Fresno defeated Memphis 6-5
(scoring all six runs in the 6th inning)
Fresno: LF Cole Gillespie: 3 for 4, BB
Fresno: SS Juan Ciriaco: 3 for 5, SB
Fresno: 3B Chris Dominguez: 1 for 4, HR, SO, GiDP
Fresno: SP Chris Heston: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--2 HB
Gillespie and Ciriaco each had three of the Grizzlies' thirteen hits, raising their AVGs to .299 and .219. Dominguez connected for his 4th HR.
Heston allowed nearly half (12 of 26) his batters to reach base. His BAA rose to .344, and his ERA to 6.18.
AA: Richmond defeated Altoona 5-0 (7 innings) in game 1
Richmond: 3B Mark Minicozzi: 1 for 2, BB
Richmond: RF Jarrett Parker: 1 for 3, HR, GiDP
Richmond: CF Ryan Lollis: 1 for 3, HR
Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
While Minicozzi was the lone Flying Squirrel hitter to reach base twice, Parker connected for his 4th HR, and Lollis for his 2nd HR.
Westcott had his best start of the year with 6.0 shutout IP. He threw 98 pitches (61 strikes). He had a season-high 7 K and a season-low 0 BB, raising his K/BB ratio just above 2.00.
AA: Richmond lost to Altoona 5-3 (7 innings) in game 2
Richmond: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 2, 2B, SH
Richmond: SP Taylor Rogers: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 WP
Adrianza had the Flying Squirrels' lone multi-hit line, and his 5th double was their lone XBH. He has hit .236/.341/.311 through 106 AB this year. A year ago, he hit .220/.289/.310, meaning the OBP is up significantly so far this year, even if the AVG and SLG remain fairly similar to last year.
Making his fourth start and first appearance in ten days, Rogers allowed a season-high 5 ER on a season-high 7 H. His ERA rose to 5.79.
A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 5-2
San Jose: DH Shawn Payne: 2 for 4, SB
San Jose: LF Devin Harris: 2 for 4, 2 2B
San Jose: SP Austin Fleet: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 WP
San Jose: RP Jose Casilla: 2.0 IP, 2 K
San Jose: RP Hunter Strickland: 1.0 IP, 3 K
Payne and Harris each had two of the Giants' nine hits. Payne had his 13th SB. Harris had his 8th and 9th doubles. Although he has just 1 HR over his last ten games, Harris's SLG remains above .600.
Fleet had a fairly non-descript start from a statistical perspective. Over four relief appearances and three starts, his peripheral stats remain quite solid with 17 H, 8 BB and 26 K in 25.2 IP. Making his first apperance in nearly two years, Casilla had two hitters reach via error but otherwise had 2.0 perfect IP. Strickland struck out all three of his batters in the 9th inning for his 6th save.
A-: Augusta lost to Greenville 6-5
(allowing the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 9th inning)
Augusta: SS Matthew Duffy: 3 for 5, 2 HR, SO
Augusta: SP Joe Biagini: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 WP
The GreenJackets' had hit just 8 HRs previously this year, but tonight Duffy went deep twice, connecting for his 2nd and 3rd HRs. With those two big flies plus a single, he had half of the GreenJackets' six hits.
Biagini allowed 4 ER for the third time in six starts. He has a 6.38 ERA. Over his last three starts, he has 13 H, 9 BB, 9 K and 16 R in 8.1 IP.