Highlights from the Giants' farm: Buster Posey had four hits, Juan Perez reached base in all five plate appearances, and Thomas Neal homered as one of his two hits.
AAA: Fresno lost Memphis 8-1
(allowing all eight runs in the first two innings)
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 4 for 4, 2B
Memphis: LF Allen Craig: 2 for 5, HR, SO
Fresno: SP Eric Hacker: 4.0 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--2 HR
Fresno: RP Henry Sosa: 3.0 IP, 3 BB, 3 K
Fresno: RP Osiris Matos: 1.0 IP
Fresno: RP Joe Paterson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Memphis: SP Adam Ottavino: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K--2 WP
After a fairly extended streak with no multi-hit games, Posey had a hit in all four plate appearances, raising his AVG to .344. Craig, who made the Cardinals' opening day roster but has spent most of the season in the minors, had his 2nd HR.
Hacker, who had not allowed more than 3 ER in any start previously this season, had easily his least effective start of the year, ballooning his ERA from 2.20 to 3.49. Sosa pitched three scoreless innings in long relief, lowering his ERA to 1.38. Matos and Paterson each pitched a scoreless inning, with Paterson returning to the PCL after three weeks in the Cal League. Ottavino, the Cardinals' first round pick four year ago, had his second straight start with just 1 ER allowed, but his ERA does remain above 4.00.
AA: Richmond defeated Binghamton 3-2
Richmond: SS Brandon Crawford: 1 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 4, HR
Richmond: SP David Mixon: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HB, 1 PO
Crawford and Neal, perhaps the top two prospects on the Flying Squirrels' roster, had their 5th and 3rd HRs, respectively.
Mixon bounced back from his previous start (6 ER in 4.0 IP) with a near quality start. He had a 9/1 GO/FO line. Although the 3 BB were a new season high, his K/BB ratio remains nearly 3.50.
A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 4-2
San Jose: RF Juan Perez: 3 for 3, 2 BB, 2 SB
Modesto: CF Tim Wheeler: 3 for 4, 2B, SO, SB
San Jose: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--1 WP
San Jose: RP Brian Anderson: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K--1 WP
Modesto: RP Rex Brothers: 1.0 IP, 2 H
Perez had three of the Giants' fourteen hits and both of their walks as he reached base in all five plate appearances, further improving upon the .383 OBP with which he entered the day. Wheeler, whom the Rockies drafted 32nd overall a year ago, had three of the Nuts' seven hits, raising his AVG to .273. Both Perez and Wheeler now have 8 SB.
Fitzgerald matched his longest start of the year with 7.0 IP. He has pitched at least six innings in each of his last five starts. The couple earned runs did nudge his ERA upwards to an even 2.00. Anderson had 2.0 scoreless IP in his fifth appearance. Brothers, the 34th overall selection a year ago, struck out two of the three batters he faced. In his first full pro season, he now has 11 H, 10 BB, and 22 K in 21.1 IP.
A-: Augusta lost to Rome 3-1
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 1 for 4, 2B, SO
Augusta: LF Nick Liles: 1 for 4, 2B, 2 SO, SB
Augusta: SP Kyle Vazquez: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Rome: SP Brett DeVall: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Liles' 9th double and Anders' 14th double were the GreenJackets' only two hits.
In his eighth start, Vazquez had his third straight quality start despite allowing a season-high 7 H. Still, his BAA remains just .222, and his ERA just 2.61. Devall, whom the Braves drafted 40th overall two years ago but was limited to just ten starts a year ago, made just his fourth start this year, which was definitely his most effective start of the year.