Wednesday highlight from the Giants' farm: Andrew Cain homered twice.
AAA: Fresno lost to Oklahoma City 7-3
Fresno: LF Francisco Peguero: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SO, SB
Fresno: SS Carter Jurica: 3 for 4, 2B, SO, E
Fresno: SP Shane Loux: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K--2 HR, 1 HB
Oklahoma City: RP Jason Stoffel: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K
With three of the Grizzlies' seven hits, Jurica raised his AVG to .293. His 8th double was their lone XBH. With two of the Grizzlies' three walks, Peguero was the only other Grizzly to reach base twice. He had walked only twice previously this year among 107 AB.
Loux's start with a season-high 7 ER and 0 K did not deliver a strong statement for his potential to fill Ryan Vogelsong's spot in the Giants' rotation. After 3 ER in the 3rd inning and 4 ER in the 5th inning, his ERA rose to 4.75. Stoffel, whom the Giants drafted in the fourth round four years ago before trading him to the Astros for Jeff Keppinger, struck out three of his seven batters in the 7th and 8th innings. So far this year his component stats are 15 H, 6 BB and 17 K in 18.1 IP.
AA: Richmond defeated Trenton 5-4
Richmond: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 4, 3B, BB, 2 E
Richmond: 1B Mark Minicozzi: 2 for 3, BB, HBP
Richmond: RF Brett Krill: 3 for 4, 2 2B
Richmond: SP Fabio Castillo: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Pacing the Flying Squirrels' twelve-hit attack, Krill pounded out three hits, including his 4th and 5th doubles. Minicozzi reached base four times, raising his OBP to .409. Playing his second game after spending more than five weeks on the DL, Duvall was one of three other Squirrels to reach base three times. He had his 2nd triple but also committed his 3rd and 4th errors.
Pitching on two days rest, Castillo made his first start after a dozen relief appearances. He struck out 7 of 17 batters while throwing 72 pitches (47 strikes). He has a 3.21 ERA.
A+: San Jose lost to High Desert 11-6
(after allowing seven runs in the 6th inning)
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: C Jeff Arnold: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
San Jose: SP Jason Forjet: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 HR
With his 12th double and a single, Villalona was the lone Giant with two hits, raising his AVG to .220. Arnold homered for the second straight day, giving him 8 HRs this year. He had just 12 HRs in his previous three minor league seasons combined.
Forjet, who had one start among seven appearances last summer in the AZL, allowed nearly half (7 of 16) his batters to reach base in his 2013 season debut.
A-: Augusta defeated Rome 12-6
(scoring at least one run in seven of nine innings)
Augusta: CF-LF Andrew Cain: 2 for 5, 2 HR, BB, SO
Augusta: SS Matthew Duffy: 3 for 5, 2B, SB, E
Augusta: 2B Trevor Brown: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SF, E
Augusta: SP Kendry Flores: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Cain led off the game with his 2nd HR and added his 3rd HR in the 8th inning. He has now had five multi-hit performances in his last seven games, raising his OPS above .700 through 94 AB. In the 9th inning, Brown hit his 2nd HR. Duffy's three hits, including his 8th double, paced the GreenJackets' sixteen-hit attack and raised his AVG to .299.
Coming off his longest start of the year (8.1 IP), Flores allowed more than 1 ER for just the second time in his last seven starts. His ERA remains below comfortably below 3.00, though.