Monday highlights from the Giants' farm: Mario Lisson, Blake Miller, and Mark Minicozzi each homered in three-hit performances. Also notable, Shawn Payne had three XBH, and Luis Ysla allowed just 1 R in 7.0 IP.
AAA: Fresno defeated Las Vegas 7-5
(scoring four runs in the 4th inning)
Fresno: 1B Travis Ishikawa: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB
Fresno: P Jason Berken: 2 for 2, 2B
Fresno: SP Jason Berken: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Playing his fifth game with the Grizzlies (this year), Ishikawa doubled while reaching base three times. Berken helped himself at the plate, hitting safely in both plate appearances.
Berken yielded a season-high 10 H and had his third straight start allowing 4 R but nonetheless pitched well enough to improve his W-L record to 7-1 after nine starts.
AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 10-6
(allowing four runs in the 3rd inning and five runs in the 6th inning)
Richmond: RF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 4, BB
Richmond: DH Mario Lisson: 3 for 4, HR, SF
Richmond: SP Clayton Blackburn: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--2 HB
Lisson connected in the 1st inning for his 6th HR and added two singles later in the game. After having just a sub-.600 OPS in April (62 AB), he has an OPS over 1,000 in May (through 58 AB). Batting leadoff, Lollis also reached base three times.
Blackburn allowed too many baserunners, retiring just 11 of 25 batters. He had a 10/1 GO/FO line but was not helped too much by his defense that allowed three batters to reach via error.
A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 12-8
(scoring five funs in the 6th inning)
San Jose: DH Shawn Payne: 3 for 5, 3B, 2 2B, 2 SO
San Jose: 1B Mark Minicozzi: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
San Jose: SS Blake Miller: 4 for 5, HR, 2B
San Jose: RF Elliott Blair: 2 for 5, HR, 2B
San Jose: SP Martin Agosta: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HR
San Jose: RP Steven Okert: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Four different Giants had at least two XBHs each. Miller hit his 4th HR and 12th double among four hits. Minicozzi hit his 1st HR and 2nd double, plus a single. Blair hit his 4th HR and 5th double. Payne hit his 3rd triple and 7th and 8th doubles.
Agosta had his second straight poor start. Over his last two starts he has allowed 11 ER on 14 H in 3.2 IP. His BAA is now up to .376. Okert pitched a perfect 9th inning. He has multiple strikeouts in five of his last seven appearances, improving his K/IP to nearly 1.50.
A-: Augusta defeated Greensboro 3-2
(taking the lead with two runs in the 7th inning)
Augusta: 3B Ryder Jones: 2 for 4, 2 2B
Augusta: 2B John Polonius: 2 for 3
Augusta: SP Luis Ysla: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
With his 8th and 9th doubles, Jones improved his season line to .271/.318/.375 through 144 AB. Polonius also had two hits
Ysla has pitched quite effectively in his three May starts, allowing just 1 ER in each. His component stats in those three starts include 14 H, 2 BB, and 18 K in 22.0 IP.