Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Ryan Rohlinger homered while reaching base safely in all four plate appearances, Madison Bumgarner and Daryl Maday both allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP, and Aaron King had 10 K in 5.0 scoreless IP. Also notable, Buster Posey and Charlie Culberson both homered as part of their multi-hit performances.
AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 4-2
Fresno: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 1 for 1, HR, 2 BB, HBP
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 2 for 4, HR, SO, PB
Fresno: SP Madison Bumgarner: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Sacramento: SP Lenny DiNardo: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 IBB
Rohlinger and Posey hit back-to-back solo HRs in the 8th inning to provide a couple insurance runs. It was the 2nd HR this year for both hitters. Reaching base in all four plate appearances, Rohlinger improved his season line to .329/.440/.514 through 70 AB. Posey's passed ball was his first of the year.
Statistically, Bumgarner had his best start of the year, setting or matching his season-bests in most stats (except walks) that appear in his line. He threw 57 of 85 pitches for strikes and had a 10/4 GO/FO line. Through six innings he was matched by the Athletics' 30-year-old DiNardo, who had five starts in the majors last year.
AA: Richmond defeated Bowie 4-1
Richmond: LF Clay Timpner: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 SO
Richmond: 2B Nick Noonan: 1 for 3, HR, SO
Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Andy Sisco: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
While no one reached base twice for the Flying Squirrels, Noonan did hit his 1st HR. He hit 7 HRs a year ago. Timper had his 6th double and threw out a runner at the plate.
Maday won his fourth straight start, during which time he has allowed only two runs. He did allow nine hits today, which as many as he had allowed in his previous three starts combined. That raised his BAA to just .208. Today was also his first start in which he has had more fly outs than ground outs. Sisco struck out four of the seven batters he faced.
A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 8-1
(with all nine runs scored in the game coming in the 9th inning)
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO
San Jose: DH Brandon Belt: 0 for 2, 2 BB
San Jose: SP Aaron King: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K--1 HB, 1 WP
San Jose: RP Jason Stoffel: 0.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER
Culberson led off the bottom of the 9th inning to avoid the shutout. It was his 2nd HR of the year, and the two hits lifted Culberson's AVG above the Mendoza line. Drawing both of the Giants' two walks, Belt was the only other Giant to reach base twice.
Strinking out ten of the nineteen batters he faced, King had his best start of the year. He had just 11 K in his previous three starts. Over his four starts, his peripherals stats are now 13 H, 10 BB, and 21 K in 17.1 IP. Thus, the K/BB ratio is now over 2.00. Stoffel had his worst pro appearance, retiring just one of the eight batter he faced. His ERA ballooned from 0.00 to 7.71.
A-: Augusta had their first scheduled off-day of the season
(Their next scheduled off-day is May 11.)