Monday highlights from the Giants' farm: Gary Brown tripled among four hits, Eric Surkamp allowed just 1 R in his PCL debut, Ricky Oropesa homered and doubled, and Edwin Escobar allowed just a couple unearned runs in 6.0 IP.
AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 14-6
(scoring nine runs in the 6th inning)
Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 4 for 5, 3B
Fresno: RF Cole Gillespie: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB, SO
Fresno: 3B Chris Dominguez: 4 for 5, SO
Fresno: SP Eric Surkamp: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
With four hits each, Brown and Dominguez combined for over half of the Grizzlies' fifteen hits, raising their AVGs to .246 and .298. Gillespie's 9th HR was one of three big flies for the Grizzlies.
On a night on which Mike Kickham had his third straight poor major league start, Surkamp's strong start in his PCL debut seems all the more encouraging. He threw 75 pitches (52 strikes) facing conditions in Las Vegas favorable for hitting with a gametime temperature of 110 and the wind blowing out to CF at 11 mph.
AA: Richmost lost to Reading 4-1
Richmond: P Craig Westcott: 1 for 1, HR
Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--2 HR
I guess you could say that Westcott accounts for all the run-scoring in the game. He allowed 2 ER in the 4th inning and responded by hitting a solo HR in the top of the 5th inning. He later allowed 1 ER in both the 5th and 7th innings. His big fly was one of just five hits for the Flying Squirrels, for whom no batter reached base twice.
A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 5-3
(scoring all five runs over the final three innings)
San Jose: CF Chris Lofton: 3 for 5, 3B, 2B, SO
San Jose: DH Ricky Oropesa: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
San Jose: SP Edwin Escobar: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Modesto: SP Eddie Butler: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Demoted to the Cal League after hitting just .207/.255/.307 in 241 AB, Oropesa homered and doubled in his first game back in the Cal League. He hit 16 HRs last year in the Cal League. With his 6th triple, 8th double and a single, Lofton had three of the Grizzlies' ten hits, but his AVG remains below .240.
With 8 K and 0 ER in 6.0 IP, Escobar had one of his stronger appearances this year, at least from a statistical perspective. In five appearances since the start of June, his component stats are 25 H, 2 BB and 28 K in 22.0 IP. Escobar was outpitched, though, by Butler, one of the Rockies' top ten prospects, who faced just three batters over the minimum in 5.0 scoreless IP. Last year's supplemental first rounder has a 2.45 ERA in eight starts since being promoted to the Cal League.
A-: Augusta lost to Kannapolis 8-6
Augusta: CF Andrew Cain: 2 for 4, 3B, BB
Augusta: 1B Joseph Rapp: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Augusta: SP Joe Biagini: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--3 WP
Batting leadoff, Cain reached base three times, but his OBP remains below .300. Rapp connected for his 2nd HR.
Making his thirteenth start, Biagini allowed new season highs with 6 ER and 11 H. His ERA rose above 4.00, but his BAA remains below .250.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Boise 3-2
Salem-Keizer: RF Tyler Hollick: 2 for 4, 2B
Salem-Keizer: C Eugene Escalante: 3 for 4, SO, PO, PB
Salem-Keizer: SP JoseEEE Reyes: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Escalante singled three times to raise his AVG to .233. Hollick was the other Volcano with multiple hits.
With 4 ER in 18.0 IP over his four starts, Reyes has a 2.00 ERA despite having as many walks as strikeouts (9 BB, 9 K).
R: Giants defeated Padres 8-5
Scottsdale: C Drew Stiner: 3 for 4
Scottsdale: SP Luis Ysla: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HB
Playing just his third game this year, Stiner singled three times.
Ysla allowed 3 ER for the second time in three starts.
DSL: Gigantes hosting Diamondbacks--no results reported