Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a,b) John Bowker and Conor Gillaspie each had two doubles; (c,d) Ari Ronick and Andrew Reichard combined for 1 ER in 13.2 IP while starting both ends of a doubleheader; and (e) Franicsco Peguero had six hits in the doubleheader. Honorable mention goes to (f) Madison Bumgarner with 1 ER (but 2 R) in 5.0 IP.
AAA: Fresno lost to Memphis 6-3
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 2 for 3, BB
Fresno: LF John Bowker: 2 for 3, 2 2B, SF
Fresno: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, 2B
Fresno: RHP Ramon Ortiz: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Fresno: RHP Steve Palazzolo: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Fresno: RHP Shingo Takatsu: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Memphis: RHP Adam Ottavino: 8.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
While drawing the Grizzlies' only walk, Posey reached base three times. Bowker had his 21st and 22nd doubles, while Rohlinger had his team-leading 36th double.
Ortiz allowed six runs, including four in the 2nd inning, but his ERA remains below 3.00. He threw 110 pitches (67 strikes). Palazzolo and Takatsu each had 2 K in a perfect inning of work. Ottavino, whom BA ranked as the Cardinals #22 prospect, had one of his better starts of the year. The 30th overall pick in 2006 has a 4.59 ERA in 24 PCL starts this year.
AA: Connecticut defeated New Hampshire 4-2
Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 2 for 5, SB, E
Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 3 for 5, GiDP, CS
Connecticut: LHP Madison Bumgarner: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Connecticut: RHP Craig Whitaker: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K--1 E
Pill and Bond combined for five of the Defenders' nine hits, all of which were singles. Their AVGs are now .343 and .297. Bond's error was his 14th E this year.
Bumgarner pitched exactly five innings for the third time in his last four starts. Since his trip to the Futures Game, he has 28 H, 12 BB, and 21 K in 35.0 IP with a 2.57 ERA in seven starts. With 2.1 scoreless IP, Whitaker improved his ERA to 2.45 through six appearances in the upper minors.
A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 10-4
(despite leading 2-1 in the middle of the 6th inning)
San Jose: CF Darren Ford: 2 for 4, BB, SB
San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 5, 2 2B
San Jose: RHP Oliver Odle: 6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HB
San Jose: RHP Mike Musgrave: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB--1 WP
Ford reached base three times. He also had his 26th SB. Gillaspie had his 26th and 27th doubles.
Odle allowed just two runs through five innings but then was touched up for three more runs before the night was over, although two of those runs scored after he was out of the game in the 7th inning. It was just his second time to pitch into the 7th inning in his last nine starts. Musgrave failed to retire any of the four batters he faced, ballooning his ERA to 13.50 in a dozen Cal League appearances after he began the year with a 5.76 ERA in 23 Eastern League appearances.
A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 2-1 (11 innings) in game 1
(after rallying to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th inning)
Augusta: CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 5, BB
Augusta: 3B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, BB, SO, SB
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 4, BB, E
Augusta: LHP Ari Ronick: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K--1 HB, 1 IBB, 2 WP
Augusta: RHP Edwin Quirarte: 1.0 IP, 1 K
While reaching base three times each, Peguero, Culberson and Adrianza combined for all but one of the GreenJackets' seven hits, all of which were singles. Culberson had his 11th SB, while Adrianza committed his 25th E.
Ronick had another fine start. In his three August starts, he has pitched seven full innings each time and allowed just 2 ER, improving his season ERA to 2.76. Quirarte worked a perfect 11th inning.
A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 6-1 (7 innings) in game 2
Augusta: CF Francisco Peguero: 4 for 4
Augusta: 2B Vladimir Frias: 2 for 3, 3B, BB
Augusta: RHP Andrew Reichard: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Peguero's four singles paced the GreenJackets' eleven-hit attack and raised his AVG to .362. Frias also reached base three times, including once with his 5th triple.
Reichard made his longest start of the season and with just 1 ER brought his season ERA below 3.00. Since returning from the DL and joining the rotation, he has an impressive 1.40 ERA in five starts.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Everett 5-3
Salem-Keizer: DH Evan Crawford: 2 for 5, 2B, SO
Salem-Keizer: RF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 4, BB, SO, GiDP
Salem-Keizer: LHP Chris Gloor: 5.0+ IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Salem-Keizer: RHP Jose Valdez: 1.0 IP, 3 K
Crawford and Lollis each had two of the Volcanoes' eight hits, raising their respective AVGs to .298 and .306.
Gloor allowed 3 ER through 5.0 IP but then in the 6th inning allowed a no-out, two-run HR to the final batter he faced. He had previously allowed just 6 ER, so his ERA came reasonably close to doubling, now at 2.80, as he suffered his first loss as a pro. After striking out all three batters he faced in a perfect 8th inning, Valdez has his K/IP ratio back above 0.75.
R: Giants defeated Brewers 4-2
Scottsdale: C Jesse Shriner: 3 for 4, 2 2B
Scottsdale: RHP Bryan Salsbury: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--2 HR
Scottsdale: RHP Shawn Sanford: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Signed as an undrafted free agent a year ago, the 24-year-old Shriner continues to be a solid offensive force for the rookie Giants, now batting .302/.338/.475 through 139 AB.
Salsbury had his longest start as a pro, pitching into (and completing) the 7th inning for the first time. In ten starts, he has 27 H, 8 BB, and 38 K in 48.1 IP with a 2.05 ERA. Sanford struck out two of the four batters he faced for his 6th save.
DSL: Giants defeated Blue Jays 2-1 (7 innings)
(completed early due to rain)
Dominican: CF Jesus Galindo: 2 for 3, 2B
Dominican: RHP Luiyin Perez: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--2 HB
Galindo (18.11 y.o.) has heated up in August, batting .359 so far this month to lift his season AVG to .244. He has an OBP over .400 despite a SLG below .300. He also has a 22/4 SB/CS line. After eleven relief appearances, Perez (20.4 y.o.) made his first start of the year. Even with no earned run in 5.0 IP, his ERA remains above 4.00.