Saturday highlights from the Giants' farm: Tyler Graham homered among three hits, and Joe Biagini allowed just 1 H in 5.2 IP.
AAA: Fresno lost to Albuquerque 1-0 (7 innings) in game 1
Fresno: SS Nick Noonan: 2 for 3, 2B, SO
Fresno: SP Mitch Lively: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--1 WP
Noonan had two of the Grizzlies' three hits, and his double was the lone XBH in the game.
Lively pitched well. Statistically, this was easily his best performance in five starts. He struck out over a third of his batters (7 of 19) and allowed just 1 R but took the loss.
AAA: Fresno lost to Albuquerque 2-0 (7 innings) in game 2
Fresno: C Guillermo Quiroz: 1 for 2
Fresno: SP Edwin Escobar: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 IBB, 1 HB
Quiroz's single was one of just two hits for the Grizzlies (both singles).
Coming off his best start of the year, Escobar began with 4.0 scoreless IP, including escaping a bases-loaded jam in the 2nd inning, but then allowed the first four batters in the 5th inning to reach base (one via an error). With today's start, he now has more strikeouts than hits (28 K and 27 H in 24.0 IP).
AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 5-4 (7 innings) in game 1
(with a three-run rally in the 7th inning coming up a run short)
Richmond: CF Tyler Graham: 3 for 4, HR
Richmond: SP Adalberto Mejia: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 HR
New Britain: SP Sean Gilmartin: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Graham had half of the Flying Squirrels' six hits, including his three-run HR with two outs in the 7th inning.
In his fourth start, Mejia allowed new season high with 4 R and 7 H. He also allowed his 1st HR. Gilmartin, whom the Braves drafted in the first round three years ago but traded to the Twins for Ryan Doumit, allowed just 1 R through 6.0 IP before yielding the three-run HR in the 7th inning.
AA: Richmond defeated New Britain 5-1 (7 innings) in game 2
Richmond: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 3
Richmond: 2B Kelby Tomlinson: 1 for 1, 2 BB
Richmond: SP Kyle Crick: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Richmond: RP Cody Hall: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Batting ninth, Tomlinson reached base in all three plate appearances. He has had a cold start to his 2014 campaign with a sub-.500 OPS. Parker was the lone Flying Squirrel with two hits, raising his AVG to .303.
It appears the pitch count led to an early exit for Crick today. In 1.2 IP, he threw 53 pitches (28 strikes). After a perfect 1st inning, Crick faced five batters in the 2nd inning who all worked deep counts. Hall, the second of three Squirrels' relievers, worked a perfect 6th inning.
A+: San Jose lost to Bakersfield 6-3 (11 innings)
(allowing the tying run in both the 8th and 9th innings)
San Jose: SS Blake Miller: 1 for 4, HR, SF, SO
San Jose: C Ben Turner: 1 for 3, BB, SO
San Jose: SP Joe Biagini: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--1 HB
Miller connected for his 2nd HR in the 3rd inning. Turner was one of three Giants to reach base twice.
Biagini has allowed 1 R or less in three of his fours starts. Coincidentally, the schedule has meant that he has faced the Blaze in three of four starts.
A-: Augusta lost to Asheville 3-2
Augusta: SS Ryder Jones: 2 for 4, GiDP
Augusta: SP Matthew Lujan: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--2 WP
Jones was the lone GreenJacket with two hits, raising his AVG to .269.
Making his third start in five appearances, Lujan allowed new season highs with 9 H and 3 R. Even so, his ERA remains below 2.25.