Lots of Friday highlights from the Giants' farm: on the pitching side, three starters--Horacio Ramirez, Michael McDonald, and Justin Fitzgerald combined to allow just 1 ER in 19.0 IP; on the hitting side, Mike McBryde, Francisco Peguero, Tommy Joseph, Chris Dominguez, Ryan Cavan, and Luke Anders all homered as part of multi-hit efforts.
AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 5-0
Fresno: 2B Brock Bond: 3 for 4, 3B
Fresno: CF Mike McBryde: 2 for 4, HR, SO
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 0 for 4
Fresno: DH Jesus Guzman: 1 for 2, 2 BB
Sacramento: DH Jack Cust: 2 for 4, 2B
Fresno: SP Horacio Ramirez: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 IBB
Fresno: RP Henry Sosa: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
Sacramento: SP Michael Wuertz: 1.2 Ip, 2 H, 1 K--1 HB
With three of the Grizzlies' eight hits, Bond raised his AVG above .300. McBryde, who had just 5 HRs last year, connected for his 3rd HR already, raising his SLG to an even .500. Like Bond, Guzman also reached base three times, but his OBP remains below .300 so far this year. Bosey had for him the rare oh-fer, slipping his AVG to .338, which is tied for the team lead (with Rohlinger and Borchard). The Athletics' Cust had two of the Rivercats' four hits.
Making his second start, Ramirez combined with two relievers for the shutout. In his two starts, he has allowed just 1 ER in 10.0 IP. Sosa had a season-high 3 K, giving him 10 K in 13.1 IP this year. Unfortunately, his K/BB ratio is just 1.25 as he has just one appearance without a walk. Wuertz threw 20 of 29 pitches for strikes in his sixth rehab appearance. This was the first time he has pitched more than an inning in his four appearances with Sacramento.
AA: Richmond defeated Bowie 2-0
Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 1 for 3, HBP, SO
Richmond: 2B Nick Noonan: 2 for 3, 2B
Richmond: DH Clay Timpner: 2 for 3, 2 2B, CS
Richmond: SP Michael McDonald: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K--1 HB
Bowie: SP Steve Johnson: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Noonan and Timpner had four of the Flying Squirrels' six hits and all three of their XBH. They raised their respective AVGs to .211 and .405. Neal also reached base twice. His OBP is .333.
McDonald's fifth start was easily his best of the year. The 2 H was half of his previous season low, and 8 K was double his previous season high. The 7.0 IP was a new season high, and the 1 BB matched a season low. It was his second start without allowing a run. Overall, he improved his ERA to 2.54. Johnson, whom the Giants had selected in the Rule 5 draft before returning him to the Orioles, had a quality start but took the loss. His ERA is 4.32 through five starts.
A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 8-1
San Jose: RF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 4, HR, SO
San Jose: 1B Brandon Belt: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: LF James Simmons: 2 for 4, 2B, SB
San Jose: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Among five Giants with two hits each, Peguero hit his 1st HR, matching his season total from last year. With three straight multi-hit games, he finished April hitting .274/.307/.405 in 84 AB. With two hits, including his 8th double, Belt further extended hit hitting streak. Monell and Simmons also each had two hits, including a double.
Fitzgerald, the Giants eleventh rounder two years ago, had another fine start. He has allowed just 2 ER in 17.0 IP over his three starts. The 5 K was a new season high. Stoffel allowed a couple hits but still finished April with a spotless 0.00 ERA in seven appearances.
A-: Augusta defeated Hagerstown 16-4
Augusta: 2B Ryan Cavan: 4 for 5, HR, BB
Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 3 for 6, HR, SO, GiDP
Augusta: C Tommy Joseph: 2 for 3, HR, 2 BB, SF
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 3 for 5, HR, SF
Augusta: SP Kyle Vazquez: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
Hagerstown: SP Josh Smoker: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K--3 HR
Hagerstown: RP Colton Willems: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--2 WP
Three GreenJackets had a big offensive game. In the 1st inning, Dominguez and Joseph went back-to-back with their 4th HRs each, and Anders followed with his 5th HR a couple batters later. In the 4th inning, Cavan had his 1st HR of the year. Officially, the wind was blowing out at 10 mph to LF. Cavan led the GreenJackets' eighteen-hit attack with four hits, raising his AVG to .292. Joseph also reached base four times, including his HR, to give him a .263/.345/.461 line in 76 AB for his first month as a pro. He has hit in seven straight games. The three hits each by Dominguez and Anders raised their respective AVGs to .261 and an even .300.
Through four starts, Vazquez has yet to allowed more than 2 ER, which has kept his ERA below 2.00 so far, as well as his BAA below .200. Smoker, whom the Nationals drafted 31st overall in 2007, and Willems, whom the Nationals drafted 22nd overall in 2006, both have ERAs above 8.00 and look very much like first rounders who will not pan out.