Memorial Day highlights from the Giants' farm: Travis Ishikawa homered while reaching base four times, Mark Minicozzi had four hits, and Luis Ysla allowed just 1 R in 6.0 IP.
AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 10-6
(after being tied 6-6 entering the 8th inning)
Fresno: 1B Mark Minicozzi: 4 for 4, 2B, HBP
Fresno: DH Travis Ishikawa: 2 for 3, HR, BB, HBP
Fresno: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 5, HR, GiDP
Salt Lake: 3B Luis Jimenez: 4 for 4, 2 2B
Fresno: SP Chris Heston: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K--2 HR, 1 HB, 2 E
Fresno: RP Mason Tobin: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Ishikawa homered while while reaching base four times. Dominguez's 5th HR was one of two other big flies for the Grizzlies. Minicozzi reached base in all five plate appearances. Jimenez, who has played in nine MLB games for the Angels this year, joined Minicozzi with four hits.
Making his tenth start, Heston allowed a new season-high 6 R, although only half the runs counted as earned runs. The 4 BB were also a new season high. His component stats are now 52 H, 17 BB, and 46 K in 58.0 IP. Tobin had 2 K in a perfect 8th inning. Despite a BB/IP ratio close to 0.50, he has an ERA below 2.00 through thirteen appearances.
AA: Richmond lost to Trenton 13-9
(despite leading 6-1 entering the 5th inning)
Richmond: CF Tyler Graham: 3 for 5, SO, SB
Richmond: 3B Mario Lisson: 3 for 4, BB, SB
Richmond: RF Jarrett Parker: 1 for 3, HR, BB
Trenton: C Gary Sanchez: 4 for 6, 2B
Richmond: SP Kyle Crick: 4.0+ IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
With three hits each, Graham and Lisson accounted for over half of the Flying Squirrels' eleven hits. They raised their AVGs to .319 and .271. Parker connected for his 4th HR. Sanchez, the Yankees' top prospect, had a four-hit game against the Squirrels for the second time in three games (in four days).
Crick allowed just an unearned run through 4.0 IP but in the 5th inning he did not retire any of his four batters, allowing three singles and a walk. He departed after 87 pitches (57 strikes). Both 5 R and 4 ER matched his previous season highs--both of which have come in his two starts against Trenton.
A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 10-2
(allowing seven runs in the 4th inning to fall behind 10-0)
San Jose: SS Ydwin Villegas: 1 for 3, SO
Visalia: 3B Brandon Drury: 3 for 5, HR
San Jose: SP Pat Young: 3.2 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HR
San Jose: RP Hunter Strickland: 1.0 IP, 3 K
No one reached twice for the Giants. Villegas had one of their five hits (all singles). Drury, one of the Diamondbacks' top fifteen prospects after acquiring him from the Braves, connected for his 10th HR among three hits.
Young allowed a season-high 9 R in a season-low 3.2 IP. His ERA ballooned to 5.83. Strickland struck out all three of his batters in a perfect 7th inning.
A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 2-0
(The game was called for rain after one out in the 8th inning.)
Augusta: DH Jeremy Sy: 1 for 2, BB
Augusta: SP Luis Ysla: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Savannah: SP Kevin McGowan: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Sy had one of the GreenJackets' three hits (all singles) and their lone walk.
Ysla had his sixth straight start allowing 1 ER or less. His component stats over his four May starts are 18 H, 5 BB, 0 HR, and 21 K in 28.0 IP. McGowan, whom the Mets drafted in the thirteenth round last year, has been on a roll, allowing only an unearned run over his last five starts.