Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Mike Kickham allowed just 1 ER in 6.1 IP, Ryan Lollis reached base in all five appearances, and both Johnny Monell and Mac Williamson homered in multi-hit efforts.
AAA: Fresno defeated Oklahoma City 4-1
Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 4, HR, BB, 2 SO
Fresno: 1B Jonny Monell: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
Oklahoma City: 1B Brett Wallace: 2 for 2, 2 BB
Fresno: SP Mike Kickham: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Oklahoma City: SP Jarred Cosart: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 HR
The Grizzlies got two big flies--Brown with his 3rd HR in the 5th inning and Monell with his 7th HR in the 8th inning. Wallace, the Marin native now with his the Astros, reached base in all four plate appearances.
Kickham had 6.0 scoreless IP before allowing a run in the 7th inning. He improved his ERA to 4.33. Cosart, a top 100 prospect, allowed more than 1 ER for only the third time in nine starts. His ERA is 2.55. Hembree pitched a scoreless 9th inning for his 13th save.
AA: Richmond defeated Trenton 9-4
(after trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the 6th inning)
Richmond: SS Joe Panik: 3 for 4, 2 BB, SB
Richmond: 2B Mark Minicozzi: 1 for 4, HR, 2 BB, 3 K
Richmond: CF Ryan Lollis: 3 for 3, 2B, HBP
Richmond: SP Chris Gloor: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Panik and Lollis both reached base five times, raising their OBPs to .392 and .343. Minicozzi went deep with his 3rd HR.
Gloor had his third straight quality start. After a 6.62 ERA in four April starts, he has a 3.65 ERA in four May starts. Primarily, he has allowed a lot fewer baserunners, from a 1.75 WHIP in April to a 1.17 WHIP in May.
A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 2-1
San Jose: RF Mac Williamson: 2 for 4, HR
San Jose: C Jeff Arnold: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SO, E
San Jose: SP Kelvin Marte: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Williamson connected for his 5th HR. In May, he has had just 6 XBH among 84 AB. Arnold also had two hits. He has had 9 XBH in 57 AB this month.
Marte did not allow a run through 5.2 IP but departed with the bases loaded and two outs in the 6th inning. In his third Cal League season, he now has 23 H, 4 BB and 22 K in 24.2 IP over eight appearances.
A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 3-1
Augusta: CF Jesus Galindo: 1 for 3, BB, SB, CS
Augusta: Joe Biagini: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
With one of the GreenJackets' four hits and their only walk, Galindo was the lone GreenJacket to reach base twice. He has been an OBP machine this month with a .471 OBP in 21 games. His SB/CS line is now 26/5.
Coming off perhaps his best start of the year (allowing just 1 H and 0 R), Biagini had his second straight start completing 7.0 IP. He improved his ERA to 4.50. With 4 K and 0 BB, he got his K/BB above 2.00.