Highlights from the Giants' farm: Roger Kieschnick homered while reaching base three times, and Ben Copeland doubled twice while reaching base four times. Also notable, Tyler Graham, Juan Perez, and Wendell Fairley each had three hits.
AAA: Fresno defeated New Orleans 8-4
(rallying for four runs in 9th inning)
Fresno: LF Tyler Graham: 3 for 5, 2B, SO, 2 SB
Fresno: 1B Buster Posey: 1 for 3, 2 BB
Fresno: CF Ben Copeland: 2 for 3, 2 2B, 2 BB, SO
Fresno: C Steve Holm: 1 for 5, HR, SO
New Orleans: LF Jason Lane: 2 for 4, HR
Fresno: SP Kevin Pucetas: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 1 E
Fresno: RP Osiris Matos: 2.0+ IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Waldis Joaquin: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
New Orleans: SP Rick VandenHurk: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K--1 HR
Copeland reached base four times, including his 5th and 6th doubles. His OPS is now over (a still disappointing) .650 through 92 AB. He had a .751 OPS last year. Graham had three hits. With hits in all seven games with Fresno, he has a .545 AVG (12 for 22). Posey also reached base three times, raising his OBP to .442. Holm had his 2nd HR. Lane, the 33-year-old former major leaguer now in the Marlins' organization, led off the 4th inning with his 3rd HR.
Pucetas improved his ERA to 4.50, although he still has not been very efficient with his pitch count. He threw 88 pitches (57 strikes) in five innings. Matos had 2.0 perfect IP but then walked the leadoff batter in the 8th inning. Joaquin allowed both inherited runners to score in the 8th inning to tie the game but then pitched a scoreless bottom of the 9th inning to maintain his 0.00 ERA. The 24-year-old VandenHurk, who made eleven starts in the majors last year, has a 5.01 ERA through seven PCL starts this year.
AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 6-5
(after trailing 5-3 through three innings)
Richmond: CF Darren Ford: 2 for 4, BB, SB
Richmond: DH Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 4, HR, BB, IBB
Richmond: 2B Nick Noonan: 2 for 4
Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Dan Turpen: 2.0 IP, 3 K
Ford and Kieschnick both reached base three times, including Kieschnick's 1st HR this year after 23 HRs last year. Like Ford and Kieschnick, Noonan also had two hits. Ford and Noonan still have AVGs below .250, though.
Tanner had his shortest start of the year while allowing a season-high 5 ER. He had allowed just 4 ER in his last four starts combined. His ERA rose to 3.15. Turpen had a season-high 3 K in 2.0 perfect IP. In five May apperances already, he has 5 H, 1 BB, and 8 K in 9.2 IP.
A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 6-1
San Jose: RF Juan Perez: 3 for 5, 3B, 2 SO
San Jose: 2B Freddy Sanchez: 2 for 4, 2 2B
San Jose: LF Wendell Fairley: 3 for 4
San Jose: SP Craig Westcott: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
San Jose: RP Joe Paterson: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Perez and Fairley each had three hits, raising their AVGs to .301 and .264. Playing in his first game of the year as part of his rehab assignment, Sanchez doubled twice.
Westcott had another fine start, pitching into the 6th inning for the first time this year. He picked up his first win of the year. His ERA remains below 1.00. Paterson retired seven of eight batters with three strikeouts and four ground ball outs. Stoffel struck out two of the batters he faced. He has 15 K but also 15 H in 9.1 IP this year.
A-: Augusta had a scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is not until June 9.)