Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Roger Kieschnick homered and singled, and Justin Fitzgerald allowed just an unearned run in 7.0 IP.
AAA: Fresno lost to Colorado Springs 9-6
(after allowing four runs in the 7th inning)
Fresno: 3B Juan Perez: 4 for 5, 2 2B, SO, 2 SB
Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, 2 SO
Fresno: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4, HR, SO
Fresno: SP Yusmeiro Petit: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Colorado Springs: SP Drew Pomeranza: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Perez had four of the Grizzlies' twelve hits, including his 4th and 5th doubles, raising his AVG above .300. Kieschnick connected for his 5th HR. Brown, who at least entered the season as one of the Giants' top two position prospects, reached base three times, including once via his 6th double. Still,his AVG remains below the Mendoza line.
Petit had an abbreviated start. After allowing 3 ER in the 1st inning, he pitched perfect 2nd and 3rd innings. In the bottom of the 3rd, he struck out swinging in his lone plate appearance and did not return to the game. He threw 45 pitches (34 strikes). The Rockies' Pomeranz allowed more than 1 R for just the second time in six starts.
AA: Richmond defeated Trenton 5-1
(scoring all five runs in the 3rd inning)
Richmond: SS Joe Panik: 2 for 5, SO
Richmond: RF Jarrett Parker: 3 for 4, SB
Trenton: DH Tyler Austin: 2 for 4, 3B, SO
Richmond: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HB, 1 E
Richmond: RP Phil McCormick: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Panik and Parker combined for half of the Flying Squirrels' ten hits, raising their respective AVGs to .308 and .245. Austin, one of the Yankees' top five prospects, was the only other player in the game with multiple hits. His 1st triple was the lone XBH for the Thunder.
Fitzgerald has been perhaps the most effective starting pitcher on the Giants' farm so far this year. Today he allowed only an unearned run in the 1st inning. He had a 12/3 GO/FO line and improved his ERA to 1.09. His peripheral stats are 30 H, 8 BB and 41 K in 33.0 IP. After striking out three of five batters today, McCormick has 22 K in 17.2 IP over his eleven appearances.
A+: San Jose lost to Rancho Cucamonga: 4-1
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 1 for 3, HR
San Jose: SP Austin Fleet: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 1 E
Rancho Cucamonga: SP Ross Stripling: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HR
While no one reached base twice for the Giants, Villalona did lead off the 5th inning with his 6th HR, scoring the Giants' lone run. While he has hit just .214, nearly half (11 of 24) of his hits have gone for extra bases, giving him a .420 SLG.
Making his second start, Fleet pitched six full innings. He had a 10/1 GO/FO line but allowed 4 R. Stripling, whom Baseball America ranked as the Dodgers #10 prospect, shut down the Giants' lineup aside from Villalona's big fly, facing just three batters over the minimum in 8.0 IP. Both Fleet and Stripling threw 89 pitches.
A-: Augusta hosting Asheville postponed by rain
(A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow.)