Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: San Jose's lineup scored 21 runs, which included Freddy Sanchez reaching base in all five plate appearances; for Fresno, Angel Berroa homered and doubled.
AAA: Freno defeated New Orleans 6-5
Fresno: CF Eugenio Velez: 3 for 5, 2 SO, 2 SB, E
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 1 for 5, SO
Fresno: LF Ben Copeland: 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB, CS
Fresno: SS Angel Berroa: 2 for 4, HR, 2B
New Orleans: 1B Mike Lamb: 2 for 2, BB
Fresno: SP Eric Hacker: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 BK
Fresno: RP Alex Hinshaw: 1.2 IP, 1 K
Fresno: RP Steven Edlefsen: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER
Velez had three of the Grizzlies' dozen hits, raising his AVG to .313. He also has 5 SB in four games. Copeland and Berroa each had two XBH, including Berroa's 1st HR. Copeland now has 8 doubles. Posey had an unremarkable line, letting his AVG slip below .350. Playing his first game in the minors this year after eighteen games in the majors, Lamb reached base three times, despite not being in the starting lineup.
Hacker allowed 3 ER for the second straight start but still improved his W-L record to 6-1 through seven starts. In relief, Hinshaw worked 1.2 perfect IP, but Edlefsen allowed hits to five of the seven batters he faced, which raised his BAA to .233.
AA: Richmond defeated Altoona 4-2
Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 4, 2B
Richmond: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 3, BB
Altoona: SS Chase d'Arnaud: 2 for 3, BB, SB
Richmond: SP David Mixon: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K--1 WP
Altoona: SP Tim Alderson: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HB
Kieschnick reached base three times, raising his OBP to .365, while Neal's 7th double was the Flying Squirrels' only XBH. Together Neal and Kieschnick accounted for more than half of the Squirrels' seven hits. Rated by Baseball America as the Pirates' #5 prospect, d'Arnaud reached base three times. He has been off to a slow start this year, and his OBP remains well below .300.
Mixon followed up the season-high 8 K in his previous start with a new season-high 9 K in this start. With no more than 2 ER allowed in any of his last six starts, his ERA is just 2.32. Alderson, the ex-Giants farmhand acquired by the Pirates for Freddy Sanchez, has made two of his last three starts in Richmond. He has allowed 4 ER in each of his past three starts, raising his ERA to 6.35.
A+: San Jose defeated Visalia 21-9
San Jose: CF Juan Perez: 4 for 7, SO
San Jose: 2B Freddy Sanchez: 3 for 3, 2 2B, BB, HBP
San Jose: 1B Brandon Belt: 4 for 6, 2 2B, BB, SO
San Jose: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 6, HR, BB
San Jose: SP Kyle Nicholson: 5.0+ IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--2 HR
San Jose: RP Brian Anderson: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER
With four hits each as the Giants pounded out 26 hits in all, Perez and Belt raised their respective AVGs to .319 and .383. Belt now has 13 doubles, while the rehabbing Sanchez has five doubles in just three games. Sanchez reached base in all five plate appearances. Monell had his 5th HR while reaching base three times.
On a night with plenty of offense (although officially the wind was blowing at just 4 mph out to RF), Nicholson yielded 7 ER but still was credited with the win. Anderson allowed a couple runs in his second appearance.
A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 3-2
Augusta: LF Nick Liles: 1 for 3, BB, SB, CS
Augusta: SP Kyle Vazquez: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Liles was the only GreenJacket to draw a walk and the only one to reach base twice, raising his OBP to .372.
Vazquez had the so-called quality start but suffered his first loss of the year. All three runs allowed came in the 2nd inning.