Highlights from the Giants' farm: Jorge Bucardo allowed 0 ER in 7.0 IP, and Joe Borchard had a couple XBH.
AAA: Fresno defeated Memphis 5-3
Fresno: CF Eugenio Velez: 3 for 4, SO
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 1 for 4, HR, SO, GiDP
Fresno: RF Joe Borchard: 2 for 4, 3B, 2B
Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 5.0+ IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Velez's three singles raised his AVG to .289 through 41 AB in the PCL. Posey had his 6th HR. Borchard had his 3rd triple and 12th double.
In his fourth start, Yourkin allowed just one run through five innings but then a couple runs in the 6th inning.
AA: Richmond lost to Binghamton 9-1
(after allowing seven runs in the first two innings)
Richmond: 1B-2B Juan Ciriaco: 1 for 3, BB, E
Binghamton: CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 2 for 5, HR, 2B, SO
Richmond: SP Mike MacDonald: 1.0+ IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Wilmin Rodriguez: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Ciriaco had one of the Flying Squirrels' two hits and one of their four walks. He has reached base twice in each of his last six starts. The Mets' Nieuwenhuis homered for the second straight day, helping to raise his SLG to an even .500.
MacDonald had his worst start of the season, retiring just three of the fourteen batters he faced. His ERA ballooned to 4.35. In mop-up duty, Wi-Rod faced just one batter over the minimum in 4.0 IP. After no strikeouts in his previous five appearances, he had 4 K. His ERA remains a spotless 0.00 through 12.0 IP.
A+: San Jose lost to Stockton 13-3
San Jose: RF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, 2 SB, CS
San Jose: 1B Brandon Belt: 2 for 4, 2 E
San Jose: SP Kyle Nicholson: 3.2 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--2 HR, 1 HB, 1 BK
Perez and Belt each had two of the Giants' nine hits, keeping their AVGs above .350. Perez now has a 10/6 SB/CS line. Belt committed his 3rd and 4th errors (in 46 games).
Nicholson has now allowed 7+ ER in three of his eight starts. Tonight his ERA rose by nearly a run and a half to just over 7.00.
A-: Augusta defeated Rome 3-2
Augusta: 2B Ryan Cavan: 2 for 3, 2B
Augusta: SP Jorge Bucardo: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
With two of the GreenJackets' four hits, Cavan was their only hitter to reach base twice. After hitting .292 in April, he has hit just .237 in May.
In nine starts, Bucardo has averaged exactly two runs allowed per start, but only eleven of the eighteen runs have been earned, so his ERA is below 2.00. Tonight's 8 K was one shy of his season high. He had a 10/2 GO/FO line.