Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) Eugenio Velez had four hits; (b,c) Brock Bond and Buster Posey had three hits each; and (d) Jorge Bucardo had another fine start with 1 ER in 6.0 IP.
AAA: Fresno lost to Las Vegas 6-5
(allowing four runs over the last three innings)
Fresno: CF Eugenio Velez: 4 for 5, 2 SB, CS
Fresno: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
Las Vegas: 1B Randy Ruiz: 2 for 3, HR, 2 HBP
Fresno: RHP Kevin Pucetas: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--2 HR, 2 HB
Las Vegas: LHP David Purcey: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
Velez's four singles accounted for nearly half of the Grizzlies' ten hits and raised his AVG to .308. He now has a 13/6 SB/CS line. Rohlinger had the Grizzlies' other multi-hit line, including his 27th double. Ruiz once again had a big game against his former organization, including his 17th HR.
Pucetas pitched deep into another start, as he is averaging just over 6.0 IP a start. His ERA remains under 3.25. Purcey, who made five starts earlier this season for the Blue Jays, made his thirteenth PCL start of the season. His 9 K and 3 BB improved upon the 1.28 K/BB ratio with which he entered the night.
AA: Connecticut defeated Reading 4-3
Connecticut: 2B Bock Bond: 3 for 5, 2B, SB
Connecticut: LF Bobby Felmy: 2 for 3, HR, BB
Reading: LF Raul Ibanez: 0 for 2, BB, SO
Connecticut: RHP Brooks McNiven: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HB
Connecticut: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 2.0 IP, 2 BB
Reading: RHP Kyle Drabek: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 1 E
Bond had three of the Defenders' nine hits, raising his team-leading AVG to .331. Felmy also reached base three times. In the 6th inning, he had his 4th HR. Ibanez had three plates appearances in his first rehab appearance.
McNiven has allowed just 4 ER in his last four starts, getting his ERA back under 4.00 after a pair of starts with 6 ER each in May. Joaquin's walk rate has been back up a bit since the start of June, with 11 BB and 10 K in 17.1 IP over his last ten appearances. Drabek, who has solidified his status as one of the Phillies' top prospects, made his seventh start since being promoted to the upper minors, all of which have come at home. So far his stats are 41 H, 17 BB, and 35 K in 46.2 IP with a 2.70 ERA.
A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 9-3
(after adding four insurance runs in the 8th inning)
San Jose: C Buster Posey: 3 for 4
San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: RF Shane Jordan: 3 for 4, 2B, SB, CS
San Jose: LHP Craig Clark: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--1 HB, 2 WP
Posey had his best game since returning to the lineup. The three singles raised his AVG to .320. Batting at the bottom of the lineup, Ford and Jordan had the Giants' other two multi-hit lines, including both of the team's XBHs. Both still have AVGs below .220, though.
Clark allowed more than 2 ER for the first time in a month, nudging his ERA back above 3.00. He continues to post outstanding K/BB and K/IP ratios.
A-: Augusta lost to Bowling Green 4-3
Augusta: 1B Josh Mazzola: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB
Bowling Green: SS Tim Beckham: 2 for 4, SO, E
Augusta: RHP Eric Stolp: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 HR
Mazzola led the GreenJackets' offense, with their only multi-hit line, their only XBH, and their only SB. Beckham, whom the Rays selected first overall a year ago, had his second straight multi-game against the GreenJackets.
Stolp made his fourth straight start after fifteen relief appearances. He continues to be a groundball pitcher with few strikeouts. Today he had no strikeouts and a 12/3 GO/FO line.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Tri-City 5-1
Salem-Keizer: LF Dan Cook: 3 for 4, 2 2B, PO
Salem-Keizer: 1B C.J. Ziegler: 3 for 4, 2B
Salem-Keizer: 2B Juan Martinez: 4 for 4
Salem-Keizer: RHP Jorge Bucardo: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Salem-Keizer: RHP Kyle Vazquez: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Martinez (46th rounder) had four hits to raise his AVG above .300. Cook and Ziegler, who were drafted in the 15th and 16th rounds a year ago, both had three hits. It was Ziegler's third straight multi-hit game, raising his AVG to .444.
Bucardo had another fine start, with his third straight start of 6.0 IP. So far this year he has 16 H, 4 BB, and 21 K in 21.2 IP with a 1.25 ERA. Vazquez (15th rounder) pitched a perfect 7th inning in his pro debut.
R: Giants defeated Cubs 5-3
Scottsdale: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, BB
Scottsdale: LF Rafael Rodriguez: 2 for 3, BB, SO
Scottsdale: RHP Edward Concepcion: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K--1 HR, 3 WP
Dominguez and Raf-Rod (can I call him that?) had the rookie Giants' two multi-hit lines. Dominguez homered for the second straight night. Raf-Rod has had four hits in his last two games after having just three hits in his first five games.
In his third start and fourth appearance of the season, Concepcion had his longest start and had 6 K against 0 BB that raised his K/BB ratio above 2.00.
DSL: Giants defeated Orioles/Brewers 6-2 in game 1
Dominican: 3B Gilberto Almonte: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SO
Dominican: RHP Bertoni Garcia: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 K--2 WP
Almonte (20.11 y.o.) was one of several different Gigantes to reach base three times. Garcia (18.0 y.o.) made his seventh and longest relief appearance of the season.
DSL: Giants defeated Orioles/Brewers 6-1 (7 innings) in game 2
Dominican: C Luis Vasquez: 2 for 3, PB, E
Dominican: RHP Lorenzo Mendoza: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR
Vasquez (18.3 y.o.) had the first multi-hit game of his young pro career. Mendoza (17.11 y.o.) pitched a complete game in his third career start.