Saturday highlights from the Giants' farm: Ben Copeland and Ehire Adrianza both reached base in all four plate appearances, Jorge Bucardo had 7.0 scoreless IP, and Matt Yourkin combined with three relievers for a shutout.
AAA: Fresno defeated Oklahoma City 2-0
Fresno: 2B Freddy Sanchez: 2 for 4, SO
Fresno: DH Buster Posey: 1 for 4, SO, GiDP
Fresno: LF Ben Copeland: 3 for 3, BB, SB, CS
Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Fresno: RP Steven Edlefsen: 2.1 IP, 2 K
Fresno: RP Santiago Casilla: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Oklahoma City: SP Geoff Geary: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 WP
Copeland reached base in all four plate appearances. His three singles counted for a quarter of the Grizzlies' dozen hits (all singles), raising his AVG to .274. He now has a 6/2 SB/CS line. Sanchez, playing in his first PCL rehab game, was one of two other Grizzlies with a multi-hit line. Posey had an unremarkable line.
Making his second straight start, Yourkin combined with three relievers for the four-hit shutout. In five innings, he threw just 57 pitches (35 strikes) and had a 1/7 GO/FO line. Edlefsen and Casilla combined for 4 K in 3.1 perfect IP. Geary, who has made all 287 of his MLB appearances as a reliever, made his second start this year in the Rangers' organization. It was a quality start, but he took the loss.
AA: Richmond lost to Altoona 9-2
Richmond: SS Brandon Crawford: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SO
Richmond: 2B Nick Noonan: 1 for 2, BB
Richmond: SP Mike McDonald 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Richmond: RP Andy Sisco: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--2 HR
Richmond: RP Craig Whitaker: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB--1 HR, 1 HB
Altoona: SP Jared Hughes: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
The Flying Squirrels' two middle infielders were their only hitters to reach base twice. Neither has an AVG above .250, though.
It's not clear from the box score why McDonald pitched just three innings. In long relief, Sisco and Whitaker were bombed for 9 ER. Both have ERAs above 4.50, while MacDonald's ERA is below 2.50. Hughes, the Pirates' fourth round pick four years ago, was not ranked by Baseball America among the Pirates' top thirty prospects, but he having a fine season. Through eight starts he has a 7-1 W-L record with a 3.16 ERA. Over half of his 15 ER came in the one start he lost.
A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 6-2
San Jose: CF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, 2B, SO, SB
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 2, 2 BB, CS
San Jose: SP Eric Stolp: 7.0 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Adrianza reached base in all four plate appearances, lifting his OPS above .600. With a SLG below .300, he has had a disappointing season so far, at least offensively; but he has had two hits in four of his last six games. Perez had the Giants' other multi-hit line, keeping his AVG close to .330.
Stolp, the groundball specialist, allowed ten hits but just two runs. He had a 15/3 GO/FO line.
A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 3-1
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SO
Augusta: C Hector Sanchez: 1 for 4, HR, SO, PB
Augusta: SP Jorge Bucardo: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Sanchez hit his 2nd HR but also allowed his 4th passed ball. Anders, who had his 12th double, was one of three GreenJackets with two hits each.
Bucardo had his most effective start of the year. It was his first start this year without yielding an earned run. He topped the season-high 7 K in his previous start with a new season-high 9 K. Normally a ground ball pitcher, he was more of a strikeout-flyball pitcher last night. With a 4/7 GO/FO line, his GO/AO ratio dipped below 2.50. His ERA is now 2.08 through seven starts.