Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Mike Kickham and Kendry Flores each allowed just 1 R, and both Roger Kieschnick and Joey Rapp homered among three hits.
AAA: Fresno defeated Reno 4-1 (10 innings)
Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 3 for 5, 2 SO, CS
Fresno: RF Roger Kieschnick: 3 for 5, HR, SO
Fresno: SP Mike Kickham: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Brown had three singles, including a leadoff single in the 10th inning to ultimately score the go-ahead run. Kieschnick capped the scoring with his 11th HR. With three hits each, Brown and Kieschnick raised their AVGs to .244 and .280.
Kickham had his best start since returning to the minors, allowing just 1 R in 7.2 IP. His ERA is now 4.81.
AA: Richmond lost to Binghamton 4-3
Richmond: 1B Ricky Oropesa: 2 for 3, BB, SO
Richmond: SP Chris Gloor: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 BK
Oropesa had two of the Flying Squirrels' five hits (all singles) and one of their three walks. The third round selection two years ago has had a disappointing season hitting just .218/.269/.311 through 206 AB.
Gloor allowed 3 R through 6.0 IP. In the 7th inning, he retired just one of his three batters, and the go-ahead run scored a couple batters after he left the game.
A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 2-1
San Jose: CF Angel Pagan: 0 for 2, BB
San Jose: 2B Brock Bond: 1 for 3, HBP, SO
San Jose: 3B Myles Schroder: 1 for 4, HR, SO
San Jose: SP Eric Surkamp: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
San Jose: RP Cody Hall: 1.0 IP, 1 K
San Jose: RP Bryce Bandilla: 1.0 IP, 2 K
San Jose: RP Josh Osich: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Schroder hit his 4th HR. Bond was the lone Giant to reach base twice. Was Pagan late arriving to the game? He entered the game defensively in the 4th inning. I don't recall previously seeing a big league position player on a minor league rehab assignment enter the game as a substitute (presuming the box score is correct).
Making his fourth rehab start, Surkamp allowed just two batters over the minimum in 4.0 IP. Hall, Bandilla and Osich finished the game with 5 K in 3.0 perfect IP.
A-: Augusta defeated Kannapolis 5-1
Augusta: 1B Joey Rapp: 3 for 3, HR, HBP, SF
Augusta: SP Kendry Flores: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K--1 HR
Augusta: RP Steven Okert: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Rapp hit his 1st HR among three hits. Last year's 28th rounder has hit just .244/.294/.341 through 123 AB this year.
Flores had a season-high 10 K while facing just three batters over the minimum in 7.0 IP. The 21-year-old's component stats are now 57 H, 13 BB and 68 K in 76.0 IP. His 0.92 WHIP leads the Sally League. Okert pitched a perfect 9th inning. With no walks in his last five appearances, he has improved his K/BB to nearly 2.00.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Vancouver 6-4
Salem-Keizer: 1B Jonathan Jones: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Salem-Keizer: 3B Sam Eberle: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: SP Andrew Leenhouts: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Jones and Eberle each doubled and singled to lead the Volcanoes' offense. Eberle, who had a .630 OPS last summer for the Volcanoes, is off to a hot start this year with 6 XBH through seven games.
Leenhouts allowed over a third of his batters to reach base but just a single unearned run.
R: Giants defeated Athletics 11-8
(in their season opener)
Scottsdale: SS Kelby Tomlinson: 3 for 5
Scottsdale: CF Julio Pena: 3 for 5, 3 2B
Scottsdale: RF Leonardo Fuentes: 3 for 5, 3B, 2B, SO
Phoenix: DH Billy McKinney: 3 for 6, 2B, 2 SO
Scottsdale: SP Luis Ysla: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB
Playing his first (official) game in the U.S., Pena doubled three times. Fuentes, who is starting his third AZL campaign, also had six total bases, which he did with a triple, double and single. Tomlinson, who began the year with 14 games in the Cal League, also added three hits. McKinney, the Athletics' first rounder this year, doubled among three hits.
The 21-year-old Ysla allowed half his batters to reach base in his pro debut.
DSL: The Gigantes had a scheduled off-day