minor lines, 5/13/14

Tuesday highlights in the Giants system: Homers! Fresno hits four home runs, including two by catcher Andrew Susac and others by Adam Duvall and Joe Panik, while Augusta knocked out three, including one by 2013 high draft pick Ryder Jones. Also, Augusta starter Luis Ysla took a perfect game into the sixth inning.

AAA: Fresno defeated Reno 7-4

Fresno: 1B Adam Duvall: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, SO
Fresno: C Andrew Susac: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Fresno: 2B Joe Panik: 2 for 5, 2 R, HR, RBI

Fresno: SP Jason Berken: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 2 HBP
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

Adam Duvall came a single short of the cycle, knocking his 13th home run of the season.  He's had 7 in the last ten games, while batting .325.  Andrew Susac connected on his fifth and sixth home runs of the year, five of which have come in the last nine games.  He's also walked four times and struck out four times in 31 at-bats during that span, batting .355.  Joe Panik's home run was his second of the year, and no, his other didn't come in the last few games.

Jason Berken gave up a season-high in earned runs, but the 31-year old has been mostly effective for the Grizzlies.  Heath Hembree picked up his first save since May 5th, bouncing back from giving up two runs in his last appearance on May 10th, also in Reno.

AA: Richmond lost to Bowie, 5-1

Richmond: C Eliezer Zambrano: 2 for 3, 2B, SO
Richmond: LF Devin Harris: 2 for 4, R, 2 SO

Richmond: SP Clayton Blackburn: 6.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP

Zambrano has played sparingly for the Flying Squirrels, just getting his season going on April 29th and having played only in five games, but he has been effective.  However, he's 5 for 9 against lefties, but just 1 for 7 against right-handers.  Devin Harris picked up his fourth two-hit game out of his last five.  It's also his first of those two-hit games to not get an extra-base hit.

Clayton Blackburn gave up a season high in hits (10, beating the previous high of eight).  His batting average against is a surprising .306, after having BAA's of .224 and .232 in his last two seasons.  Part of what might be happening?  His K/9 rate is down to 7.5 after staying above 9.3 the last two seasons.

A+: San Jose lost to Stockton, 10-5

San Jose: RF-CF Chuckie Jones: 3 for 4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, SO
San Jose: 3B Mitch Delfino: 2 for 4

San Jose: SP Martin Agosta: 2.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR

Chuckie Jones collected his third home run of the year, his second in four days.  The three hit game raised his average to .238 on the year.  Delfino had his second straight game with multiple hits, raising his average to .327.

Martin Agosta got rocked, again, even though his 2 inning start wasn't the shortest of the year (he went 1.2 on April 17th, getting pulled after walking three straight batters).  Over his last four starts, he has allowed 4 runs or more, and the 6 today was a season high.  In 19 2/3 innings over 6 starts, he has 16 walks against 15 strikeouts.

A-: Augusta defeated Hickory, 11-1

Augusta: RF Tyler Horan: 2 for 4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Augusta: SS Ryder Jones: 2 for 5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
Augusta: 3B John Polonius: 2 for 4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
Augusta: C Leonardo Rojas: 2 for 4, 2 R, HR, RBI

Augusta: SP Luis Ysla: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB 7 SO

Tyler Horan is quickly becoming the hitting star in Augusta.  He is the only Augusta hitter batting over .300 (.331), and after his two doubles, has nearly double the number of doubles (15) as the player with the second most (Brandon Bednar with 8).  He also leads the team with 3 home runs.  Ryder Jones picked up his second home run of the year, getting both in the last three games.  He's batting 5 for 15 in those games.  Leonardo Rojas and John Polonius both picked up their first home runs of the year.

Despite all the runs, the star of the game was Ysla.  He took a perfect game into the sixth inning.  For the second straight start, he struck out seven, after collecting no more than three in any game for his first five starts.  In his last four starts (one of which went only one out), he has walked just 1 while striking out 16 in 20 innings.  Reports had his fastball velocity as high as the mid-90s even late into the game.

In other Augusta news, 2013 first round draft pick Christian Arroyo was placed on the disabled list, after he tweaked something in his leg while running the bases on May 10th.  He had been batting .203 with a .497 OPS before landing on the DL.

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