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Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) Paul Oseguera had 15 K in a complete-game shutout; (b) Garrett Broshuis allowed just 1 ER in 6.2 IP; (c) Eddy Martinez-Esteve had three hits, including his 8th HR; (d,e) Joe Borchard and Brad Boyer each had a couple XBH; (f) Waldis Joaquin had  K in his relief appearance; and (g) in short-season ball Evan Crawford had a huge game with a HR, two doubles, a single, and a walk that resulted in 8 RBIs.

AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 6-3

Fresno: CF Andres Torres: 0 for 4, SH, 4 SO
Fresno: SS Kevin Frandsen: 2 for 5, 2B, SB
Fresno: DH Joe Borchard: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO
Fresno: PR-1B Adam Witter: 0 for 1
Sacramento: 1B Chris Carter: 0 for 5, 3 SO
Sacramento: RF Travis Buck: 2 for 3, HR, BB, SO

Fresno: RHP Matt Kinney: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K--2 HR
Fresno: RHP Waldis Joaquin: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K
Fresno: LHP Alex Hinshaw: 1.0 IP, 3 K
Sacramento: LHP Dana Eveland: 6.0+ IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Frandsen and Borchard each had two hits, including all three of the Grizzlies' XBHs.  Borchard now has 19 doubles, and Frandsen 15 doubles.  Torres had the sombrero in his second PCL rehab game.  This was presumably Witters' first experience as a pinch runner.  He entered the game after Juan Ciriaco apparently injured a knee in a collision at third base (in which he was safe).  With Ryan Rohlinger promoted to the big club, the Grizzlies were short on infielders, and Witter entered the game with first baseman Jesus Guzman shifting over to third base.  A night after having three hits in his PCL debut, the Athletics' Carter had the oh-fer with the hat trick in his second PCL game.  Buck had his 5th HR.

Kinney allowed just four hits, but two of those were big flies, although just solo HRs.  His ERA remains above 5.00.  Joaquin and Hinshaw were dominant in relief, striking out eight of the eleven batters they faced.  Joaquin entered with the bases loaded and one out and struck out both batters to end the inning.  Hinshaw's curveball produced several swing throughs.  Eveland pitched well through six innings but then failed to retired any of the three batters he faced.

AA: Connecticut defeated New Britain 3-1

Connecticut: 3B Brad Boyer: 2 for 4, 2 3B
Connecticut: RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 3 for 3, HR, 3B
Connecticut: SS Sharlon Schoop: 1 for 1, 2 BB, SB, CS

Connecticut: RHP Garrett Broshuis: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Boyer and EME had five of the Defenders' seven hits, including EME's 8th HR and Boyer's 9th and 10th triples.  Schoop reached base in all thre plate apperances, but his AVG remains below .240.

Broshuis matched his longest start since joining the Defenders, although he had had a new season-high with 4 BB.  Statistically, it was probably his second best of the ten starts he has made for the Defenders.

A+: San Jose defeated Lancaster 4-0

San Jose: DH Darren Ford: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO, CS
San Jose: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
San Jose: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 4, SO
San Jose: 1B C.J. Ziegler: 1 for 3, HR
Lancaster: 1B Matt Weston: 0 for 3, 3 SO

San Jose: LHP Paul Oseguera: 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 15 K

Ford led off the bottom fo the 1st inning with his 8th HR, while Ziegler added his 4th HR a few innings later.  Joining Ford with two hits each were Kieschnick, who had his 32nd double, and Gillaspie.  Weston, who played for Augusta in 2007 before being subsequently released and played independent ball in Canada last year, struck out in all three plate appearances playing against his former organziation.  Now with the Astros this year, he has an OPS over .900 (in a very hitter-friendly environment), although with a SO/AB ratio above 33%.

Oseguera pitched far better than when I saw his previous start in person.  He pitched a complete-game shutout, facing just three batters over the minimum.  He had 15 K and a 9/3 GO/FO line.  His ERA fell to 4.11.

A-: Augusta lost to Savanna 5-1

Augusta: LF Wendell Fairley: 1 for 2, BB, SO

Augusta: RHP Mike Loree: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 WP

While the GreenJackets had just three hits, all of which were singles, they did have four batters reach base twice.  Among them was Fairley, who did so in just three plate appearances.  His line is .248/.332/.341 thorugh 323 AB.

Loree had his second straight start with 5 ER, raising his ERA to 4.54.

ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 12-2

Salem-Keizer: CF Evan Crawford: 4 for 4, HR, 2 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: 3B Joel Weeks: 3 for 5, 2B
Salem-Keizer: SS Ryan Cavan: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
Everett: 1B Gerardo Avila: 3 for 3, HR, BB

Salem-Keizer: RHP Craig Westcott: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 HR
Salem-Keizer: LHP David Quinowski: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 4 K

Crawford had a huge night, including his 1st pro HR, 3 XBHs, and 8 RBIs.  He now has a line of .318/.375/.418 in 85 AB since joining the Volcanoes in late July.  Weeks added three more hits, and Cavan had his 4th HR.  The Mariners' 23-year-old Avila continues to have a big year, including his third HR in two games against the Volcanoes.  He has an OPS close to 1.000 through 188 AB.

Westcott had new career highs with 6.0 IP and 7 K, although 7 H was also a new career high.  He has a 2.73 ERA through six NWL starts.  Quinowski struck our four of seven batters he faced.

R: Giants defeated Cubs 6-4

Scottsdale: 2B Nick Liles: 3 for 4, 2 2B, CS
Scottsdale: RF Ryan Scoma: 2 for 2, 2B, BB, SF

Scottsdale: RHP Edward Concepcion: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
Scottsdale: RHP Kelyn Acosta: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB
Scottsdale: RHP Brian Irving: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 6 K

Liles and Scoma each had a multi-hit line for the rookie Giants.  Liles raised his AVG to .315, although it is a fairly empty AVG given his sub-.350 OBP and sub-.400 SLG.

Concepcion had perhaps his shortest start of the year.  The 5 BB (while facing 14 batters) was a bit of an outlier considering he had hust 12 BB in his previous nine starts, with as many as three walks in a game only once.  Acosta's fourth appearance of the year did not go well.  He allowed 4 H and 1 BB after allowing just 1 H and 0 BB in his previous three appearances combined.  Irving struck out six of the ten batters he faced.

DSL: Giants defeated Mariners 9-1
(in first game of best-of-three playoff series)

Dominican: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 3 for 5, SO
Dominican: 1B Gilberto Almonte: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Dominican: RHP Lorenzo Mendoza: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 HB

Willoughby continues to be an OPB force atop the Gigantes' lineup, singling three times.  Almonte also reached base three times.  Mendoza had his longest start of the season, pitching into the 8th inning for the first time.  He pitched seven full innings three times during the season, and this was his first start in ten days.