Highlights from the Giants' farm: (a) Ramon Ortiz had another fine start, this time with 2 ER in 7.0 IP; (b) Eddy Martinez-Esteve had four hits, including a double; (c) Jackson Williams homered and doubled; and (d,e) Thomas Neal and Tyler Graham both homered while reaching base twice.
AAA: Fresno lost to Oklahoma City 2-1
Fresno: RF Nate Schierholtz: 0 for 4
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 2 for 3, 2B
Fresno: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4
Oklahoma City: CF Dustin Majewski: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SO
Fresno: RHP Ramon Ortiz: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 HR
Fresno: LHP Alex Hinshaw: 2.0 IP, 3 K
Posey and Rohlinger each had two hits for the Grizzlies. In August, eight of Posey's ten hits have gone for extra bases. Schierholtz had an oh-fer in his fifth rehab game. Majewski, whom the Athletics drafted in 2003 before trading him to the Blue Jays after the 2005 season and who is now in the Rangers' organization, had his 2nd HR of the year.
Ortiz had another quality start, although this was the first time he had allowed more than 1 ER in over a month. His ERA basically remained steady at 2.49. Hinshaw had 3 K in 2.0 perfect IP.
AA: Connecticut defeated Erie 12-2
Connecticut: 2B Brock Bond: 3 for 6, SO, GiDP
Connecticut: 1B Brett Pill: 3 for 5, 2B
Connecticut: DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve: 4 for 5, 2B
Connecticut: SS Brandon Crawford: 3 for 5, 2B
Connecticut: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 5, HR, 2B, E
Connecticut: RHP Geivy Garcia: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 HR
Connecticut: LHP Joe Paterson: 2.0 IP, 3 K
Connecticut: LHP Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K
EME had four of the Defender's twenty hits. His 25th double and three singles improved his season line to .298/.370/.423 through 359 AB, which is reasonably comparable to his line from a year ago. Bond, Pill, and Crawford added three hits each, including Pill's 31st double and Crawford's 22nd double. Williams had two XBH, his 7th HR and his 18th double; but his SLG remains just .333.
Perhaps Garcia has found a role as a stater as he has just a 2.57 ERA in three starts after a 5.79 ERA in 26 relief appearances. He allowed just one hit today, albeit a big fly. Paterson had 3 K in 2.0 perfect IP. Runzler faced just the minimum three batters, despite allowing a hit, in the 9th inning.
A+: San Jose defeated Rancho Cucamonga 11-4
San Jose: 2B Nick Noonan: 2 for 4, BB, 2 SB
San Jose: LF Thomas Neal: 1 for 4, HR, BB, SO
San Jose: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SO
San Jose: DH Tyler Graham: 2 for 4, HR, SB
San Jose: LHP Clayton Tanner: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Neal and Graham both homered while reaching base twice, Neal for his 18th HR and Graham for his 7th HR. Noonan and Kieschnick both reached base three times. Noonan has had two hits in four of his last six games. He also now has 7 SB for the season.
Tanner had another quality start. He has had at least 6.0 IP in his last seven starts and allowed 2 ER or less in five of those starts (although today was not one of them). Today was the first time he has issued more than a single walk in nearly two months. For the season, his K/BB ratio remains above 3.00, and his ERA is 3.23.
A-: August had a scheduled off-day
(Their only other remaining off-day this year is August 18.)
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Vancouver 10-2
Salem-Keizer: DH Shane Lindsley: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Salem-Keizer: 2B Juan Martinez: 2 for 4, 3B, SO, E
Salem-Keizer: LHP Chris Gloor: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Salem-Keizer: RHP Andrew Bowlin: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Lindsley had his 2nd HR. Martinez, one of three Volcanoes' with two hits, had the Volcanoes' other XBH, remarkably his 7th triple already in just 42 games. He is now hitting .281/.326/.463 through his first 160 pro AB.
Gloor's third start among twelve appearances was perhaps the best appearance of his young pro career. He faced just three batters over the minimum in 5.0 scoreless IP, which improved his ERA to 1.69. Bowlin had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning.
R: Giants defeated Athletics 13-0
Scottsdale: PH-3B: Kyle Mach: 3 for 3, 2 2B
Scottsdale: 1B Carlos Quintana: 3 for 5, 2B, SO
Scottsdale: C Hector Sanchez: 3 for 5, 2B
Scottsdale: RHP Bryan Salsbury: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Scottsdale: RHP Devan Cline: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Mach, who didn't enter the game until the 6th inning, was one of three rookie Giants, along with Quintana and Sanchez, to have three hits, including four of the rookie Giants' five XBHs. They raised their respective AVGs to .225, .256, and .320.
Salsbury had his fourth straight start with no earned runs. In his last four starts, his stat line is 8 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, and 15 K in 22.0 IP. Making his sixth pro appearance, Kline worked a perfect inning for the first time, including 2 K in the 9th inning.
DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day