Tuesday highlights from the Giants farm: none?
AAA: Fresno lost to Las Vegas 3-2
(allowing tying and winning runs in 7th inning)
Fresno: 1B Travis Ishikawa: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SO
Fresno: P Mike Kickham: 2 for 3, 3B, SO
Fresno: SP Mike Kickham: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP George Kontos: 2.1 IP, 3 K
Ishikawa doubled, singled, and walked to lead the Grizzlies' offense. He has hit 9 for 16 with 3 XBH and 3 BB in his last five games. Kickham was one of two other Grizzlies with two hits.
Bouncing back from his previous start (9 ER in 2.0 IP), Kickham delivered a quality start but still saw his W-L record drop to 1-5 after nine starts. Kontos finished the game with 2.1 perfect IP.
AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 7-2
Richmond: DH Angel Villalona: 1 for 3, 2B
Richmond: SP Adalberto Mejia: 4.0+ IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Austin Fleet: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 WP
New Britain: SP Sean Gilmartin: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Villalona's 10th double was one of just four hits for the Flying Squirrels. So far in May, Villalona has hit just .213/.284/.311 through 61 AB.
Mejia has allowed 21 ER in 27.1 IP over his last five starts, raising his ERA to nearly 6.00. The 6 R today were a new season high. Fleet provided effective long relief, improving his ERA to 3.79. Gilmartin, whom the Braves drafted in the first round three years ago and traded to the Twins for Ryan Doumit, had his longest start of the year. The 24-year-old's component stats are now 48 H, 12 BB, 1 HR, and 46 K in 47.2 IP.
A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 5-3
(after being tied 3-3 entering the 7th inning)
San Jose: DH Mark Minicozzi: 2 for 4, HR, GiDP
San Jose: 1B Brian Ragira: 2 for 4, 2 2B
San Jose: SP Pat Young: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
Minicozzi led off the 2nd inning with his 2nd HR. Ragira hit his 11th and 12th doubles. With 5 XBH in his last five games, perhaps last year's fourth rounder is beginning to heat up after entering the night hitting just .216/.295/.365 through 148 AB.
In his eighth start, Young matched a season high with 7 K but he also issued 4 BB for the third time in his last four starts. His K/BB ratio stands at 1.50.
A-: Augusta defeated Greensboro 6-5 (10 innings)
Augusta: 3B Ryder Jones: 1 for 5, HR, SO, E
Augusta: 1B Ryan Tuntland: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SO
Augusta: CF Cristian Paulino: 3 for 5, SO
Augusta: SP Keury Mella: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Tuntland and Paulino each reached base three times. They combined for half of the GreenJackets' ten hits, raising their AVGs to .200 and .260. Jones hit his 3rd HR but also committed his 14th error.
Mella's eighth start had a season-low 2 K as he matched his second shortest this year with 5.0 IP. His K/BB ratio remains strong at nearly 4.00, but he has been fairly hittable with his .275 BAA.