Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a,b) Buster Posey and Roger Kieschnick each had three hits, with each homering and doubling; (c) Conor Gillaspie also had three hits, including a double; (d) Scott Barnes had 0 ER and 9 K in 6.0 IP; (e) Garrett Broshuis had 6.2 scoreless IP in his first this year for Connecticut; and (f) Kyle Nicholson pitched his third complete game of the season, although in a losing effort.
AAA: Fresno defeated Las Vegas 9-6
(snapping their six-game losing streak)
Fresno: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 1 for 2, 2 BB, HBP
Fresno: LF John Bowker: 1 for 5, HR, SO
Fresno: 2B Matt Downs: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SF, E
Fresno: RHP Ramon Ortiz: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Fresno: RHP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Fresno: RHP Alex Hinshaw: 1.0 IP, 1 H
Rohlinger reached base four times, improving his OBP to .363. Downs, one of four Grizzlies with two hits, had his 19th double while reaching base a third time with a walk. Bowker had his 17th HR.
Once again, Ortiz had his longest start of the season, this time with seven full innings. In hitter-friendly Vegas, he did allow 4 ER in to nudge his ERA up to 3.36. Matos and Hinshaw each pitched a scoreless inning, with Hinshaw picking up his first save of the year.
AA: Connecticut defeated New Britain 3-0
Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 2 for 4
Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 1 for 3, BB
Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB, 1 E
Bond had two of the Defenders' eight hits, all singles. With his current hitting streak at nine games, his season line now reads .333/.421/.403 through 258 AB. EME was the only other Defender to reach base twice.
After a single start for Fresno, Broshuis returned to the Eastern League where he has spent most of the last two seasons. He had a solid season debut there with 6.2 scoreless IP.
A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 12-2
San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 3 for 5, 2B
San Jose: C Buster Posey: 3 for 5, HR, 2B
San Jose: RF Roger Kieschnick: 3 for 4, HR, 2B, BB
San Jose: 1B Angel Villalona: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: DH Skyler Stromsmoe: 2 for 3, HBP
San Jose: LHP Scott Barnes: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K--1 WP, 1 PO
San Jose: RHP David Mixon: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Every Giant in the starting lineup had a hit, but the three hitters in the meat of the lineup--Gillaspie, Posey, and Kieschnick batting third, fourth and fifth--each had three hits including a double. But Posey and Kieschnick also homered, with their 12th and 17th HRs, respectively. While they both have AVGs over .300, Gillaspie's AVG remains below .280. Villalona had his first multi-hit game in a week. Not to be outdone, Stromsmoe also reached base three times, with the two singles lifting his AVG above .300.
Barnes had another very good start, his third straight start with 0 ER in 6.0 IP and at least 8 K. Over his last ten starts, he has 42 H, 18 BB, and 65 K in 57.2 IP with a 2.18 ERA. Mixon had 4 K while facing just one batter over the minimum in three innings for his 2nd save.
A-: Augusta lost to Bowling Green 3-2
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 3, BB, SB
Augusta: RF Juan Perez: 1 for 3, BB, 2 SO, E
Augusta: C Johnny Monell: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Augusta: RHP Kyle Nicholson: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Bowling Green: RHP Nick Barnese: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
The GreenJackets' limited offense came from the bottom half of their lineup tonight. Adrianza had their only multi-hit line. He now has a .273 AVG and 6 SBs. Perez was the only other GreenJacket to reach base twice, but his season OBP remains just .289. Conell connected for his 3rd HR to score both runs.
Nicholson pitched his third complete game among fifteen starts this year, but he took the loss to drop his W-L record to 4-8 despite having an ERA below 3.50. The innings-eater has pitching at least 7.0 IP in nine of his last ten starts. Tonight he had a 13/4 GO/FO line, although his GO/AO ratio for the season is not much over 2.00. Barnese, who entered the season ranked among the Ray's top ten prospect, made his seventh start. He's been tough to score upon having allowed just five runs total so far.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 8-5
Salem-Keizer: LF Dan Cook: 3 for 5, HR, 2B, SO, SB
Salem-Keizer: RF Ryan Lollis: 4 for 5, CS
Salem-Keizer: RHP Jeremy Toole: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
The Volcanoes had their top two hitters in the lineup combine for seven hits. Cook had his second straight three-hit night, including his 1st pro HR. Lollis's (37th rounder) four singles raised his AVG to .341.
After three relief appearances, Toole (10th rounder) made his first pro start. So far he has allowed 0 R and just 2 H in 7.2 IP.
R: Scottsdale had their regular off-day (every fifth day)
DSL: Giants defeated Cubs2 10-1
Dominican: RF Jose De La Cruz: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, E
Dominican: LHP Keurin Feliz: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB
De La Cruz (18.4 y.o.) extended his hitting streak to seven games. He has played in just ten games this year and has an OPS over .900 in his six games this month. Feliz (18.10 y.o.) matched his longest start of the year. His ERA remains over 6.00 after two poor starts in June.