Saturday highlights from the Giants' farm: Martin Agosta had 7.0 scoreless IP, Jarrett Parker homered twice, and Jack Snodgrass allowed 0 ER in 6.1 IP and got three hits. Also notable, Juan Perez, Javier Herrera and Angel Villalona homered as part of multi-hit games.
AAA: Fresno lost to Colorado Springs 7-5 (12 innings)
(after both team scored 3 runs in the 10th inning)
Fresno: SS Juan Perez: 3 for 6, HR
Fresno: RF Roger Kieschnick: 1 for 3, 3 BB
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 3 for 5, 2B
Colorado Springs: 1B Ben Paulson: 2 for 6, HR
Fresno: SP Mitch Lively: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 WP
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 K
With three hits each, Perez and Williams combined for half of the Grizzles' dozen hits. Perez's three hits included his 8th HR, which scored two runs in the 10th inning. He raised his AVG to .316. By contrast, Jackson's three hits raised his AVG to just .200. Batting cleanup, Kieschnick reached base four times, improving his OBP to .372. Paulsen, the Rockies' thrid round selection four years ago, homered twice yesterday and today had the walk-off, two-run HR in the 12th inning.
Making his second start, Lively was effective allowing just 1 R. Not particularly efficient with his pitch count, though, he lasted just 5.0 IP while throwing 94 pitches (54 strikes). Hembree allowed 3 ER in the 10th inning, raising his ERA above 3.50.
AA: Richmond defeated Altoona 12-5
(scoring ten runs over the 5th and 6th innings)
Richmond: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 6, 2 HR, 2 SO
Richmond: LF Javier Herrera: 2 for 5, HR, SO
Richmond: 3B-1B Mark Minicozzi: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, GiDP
Richmond: C Andrew Susac: 1 for 4, HR, BB, SO
Richmond: P Jack Snodgrass: 3 for 4, 2B
Richmond: SP Jack Snodgrass: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
There were many offensive highlights for the Flying Squirrels as they pounded out fifteen hits, with seven of those hits going for extra bases. Parker hit his 7th and 8th HRs. Susac hit his 6th HR, and Herrera his 5th HR. Minicozzi reached base four times. Even Snodgrass got three hits.
Not only did Snodgrass have three hits, but he also did not allow an earned run, bringing his ERA below 2.00. He had a season-high 5 K in his second longest start this year.
A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 6-3
(rallying for five runs over the 7th and 8th innings)
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 3 for 4, HR, 2B
San Jose: SS Bobby Haney: 2 for 4, 2 2B, E
San Jose: SP Clayton Blackburn: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
San Jose: RP Luis Rojas: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Villalona lead off the 4th inning with his 9th HR, scoring the Giants' lone run surrendered by the Mavericks starting pitcher. Overall, Villalona's three hits paced the Giants' eleven-hit attack, but his AVG remains just .226. Among three other Giants with two hits each, Haney hits his 6th and 7th doubles. He also has a sub-.250 AVG.
Making his ninth start, Blackburn delivered just his third quality start this year and his first quality start in his last six starts. With 8+ K for the fourth time this year, he raised his K/BB back above 4.00. The 7 H did match a season-high. Rojas had 2 K in a perfect 7th inning.
A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 2-1
(allowing both runs in the bottom of the 9th inning)
Augusta: 2B Trevor Brown: 2 for 3, HBP, SB
Augusta: C Ben Turner: 3 for 4
Augusta: SP Martin Agosta: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K--1 HB
Augusta: RP Derek Law: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Turner and Brown each reached base three times for the GreenJackets, whose offense was limited to eight singles and four free passes. Both have AVGs still below .250.
Agosta made his longest start of the year with 7.0 scoreless IP. Through nine starts, he has been hard to hit with 65 K and just 35 H in 47.2 IP (.203 BAA).