Friday highlights from the Giants' farm: Chris Stratton had 9 K and just 1 R in 6.0 IP, and Chris Gloor had 7.1 scoreless IP.
AAA: Fresno lost to Salt Lake 7-5
Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 1 for 4, HR
Fresno: LF-CF Cole Gillespie: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Fresno: SP Fabio Castillo: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--2 HR
Pill and Gillespie hit their 10th and 6th HRs.
Castillo's last two starts have come against the Bees, and he has allowed 11 ER in 11.0 IP over those two starts.
AA: Richmond lost to Reading 3-1 (10 innings)
Richmond: 2B Mark Minicozzi: 1 for 2, 2B, BB, SO
Richmond: SP Chris Gloor: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Reading: SP Jesse Biddle: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K--1 WP
Minicozzi's 18th double was the lone XBH for the Flying Squirrels.
Gloor had a fine start, scattering seven baserunners over 7.1 scoreless IP. After a rough April, he has rebounded and lowered his ERA to 3.57. Biddle, the Phillies' top prospect, made his second straight start with 1 ER and 7 K. His component stats suggest he has been tough to hit with 47 H and 86 K (but 36 BB) in 73.1 IP.
A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 5-4 (10 innings)
San Jose: 3B Skyler Stromsmoe: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SB
San Jose: SS Bobby Haney: 3 for 5, 2B
San Jose: SP Eric Surkamp: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR
San Jose: RP Cody Hall: 1.2 IP, 2 K
San Jose: RP Josh Osich: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Batting in the bottom third of the batting order, both Stromsmoe and Haney three hits, raising their AVGs to .368 and .259.
Making his third rehab start, Surkamp pitched into the 4th inning. He allowed 2 ER in the 1st inning, and the other run came after he had departed the game in the 4th inning. Hall and Osich, who got his 8th save, combined for 3 K in 2.2 perfect IP.
A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 4-1
Augusta: DH Chuckie Jones: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Augusta: SP Chris Stratton: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Jones' 3rd HR was the lone XBH for the GreenJackets.
Stratton had one of his best starts this year. The 9 K were the most over his last seven starts. He now has 72 K in 65.2 IP this year. Considering he allowed just 1 R, his pitch count was somewhat high at 96 pitches (65 strikes).
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Hillsboro 3-2
(in the NWL season opener)
Salem-Keizer: LF Shilo McCall: 2 for 2, BB, HBP
Salem-Keizer: SP Chris Johnson: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
With two of the Volcanoes' six hits (all singles), plus a couple free passes, McCall reached base in all four plate appearances. Last year he had a .743 OPS in rookie ball.
Johnson, who had an ERA close to 7.00 in sixteen NWL appearances last summer, threw 6.0 scoreless IP in his season debut.
DSL: Gigantes lost to Twins 1-0
Dominican: CF Gustavo Cabrera: 0 for 2, 2 BB
Dominican: SP Raffi Vizcaino: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Cabrera (17.4 y.o.) drew a couple walks. With his AVG below the Mendoza line, he has as many walks as hits following this game (8 H and 8 BB in 41 AB). Vizcaino's (17.6 y.o.) third start was his best so far.