Friday highlights from the Giants' farm: Brett Pill homered and doubled, and Johnny Monell and Luke Anders also homered as part of multi-hit performances. Also notable, Madison Bumgarner allowed 2 ER in 5.0 IP.
AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 3-2
(rallying for two runs in bottom of 9th inning)
Fresno: 2B Brock Bond: 3 for 5, SB, E
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 1 for 4, GiDP
Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, BB
Salt Lake: 2B Kevin Frandsen: 1 for 3, 2B, HB
Fresno: SP Madison Bumgarner: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Fresno: RP Henry Sosa: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Fresno: RP Matt Yourkin: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Salt Lake: SP Trevor Bell: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Pill had a big game, with his 3rd HR and 8th double, plus a walk. He raised his SLG to an even .500. Bonds' three singles, including a bunt RBI single in the 9th inning to tie the game, raised his AVG to .336. Posey had an unremarkable line. Frandsen, whom the Angels claimed off waivers a couple weeks ago, had the Bees' only XBH. It was his first XBH in nine games in the Angels' organization.
After three straight starts with 1 ER, Bumgarner allowed 2 ER in this start, which finally got his ERA below 5.00 after allowing 11 ER in his first two starts. Bumgarner's peripheral stats over his last four starts are 12 H, 8 BB, and 13 K in 22.0 IP. Sosa's 3.0 scoreless IP in relief lowered his ERA to 1.06. Youkin had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning. Bell, whom Baseball America ranked as the Angels' #10 prospect to begin the year, arguably outpitched Bumgarner based on their stat lines. He at least needed a lot fewer pitches, throwing just 65 pitches (45 strikes) while Bumgarner threw 90 pitches (54 strikes).
AA: Richmond defeated Harrisburg 5-3
Richmond: 1B Clay Timpner: 2 for 2
Richmond: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 1 for 4, HR, GiDP
Harrisburg: SS Danny Espinosa: 2 for 3, 2B, HBP, GiDP
Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Gillaspie had his 4th HR, already matching his season total from a year ago. Making perhaps his first pro start at first base, Timpner singled twice, further raising his AVG to .459. Espinosa, the Nationals' #5 prospect according to Baseball America, had a solid game. He is hitting .279/.405/.410 through his first 61 AB this year.
Maday, who had allowed just 2 ER over his last four starts combined, allowed a season-high 3 ER but still improved his W-L record to 5-0 through six starts. The 2 K matched a season low, but he also had a 11/2 GO/FO line. The Flying Squirrels just missed facing top prospect Stephen Strasburg, who was promoted to triple-A and started there instead of starting for Harrisburg.
A+: San Jose lost to High Desert 5-2
San Jose: 1B Brandon Belt: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SO, SB
San Jose: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 4, HR, SB, PB
San Jose: SP Kyle Nicholson: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K--2 HR, 1 WP
Belt and Monell each had two of the Giants' six hits, including Monell's 3rd HR and Belt's 10th double, raising their respective AVGs to .402 and .237.
Nicholson had his second straight start with 3 ER in 7.0 IP. He also matched a season high with 5 K. He had a 10/5 GO/FO line but also allowed his 2nd and 3rd HRs of the season.
A-: Augusta lost to Hagerstown 5-4
Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 0 for 4, 4 SO
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO, E
Augusta: SP Chris Heston: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K--1 WP, 1 E
Augusta: RP Jose Casilla: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Anders had his 6th HR and 8th double, raising his SLG to .545 as he has an XBH/H ratio just shy of 50%. Dominguez had the sombrero, striking out in all four plate appearances. He still has more hits than strikeouts, but just barely (31 H and 30 SO in 116 AB, .267 AVG). It was the first time he had struck out more than once in any of his last ten games.
Heston, the Giants' 12th round selection last summer, had his fourth straight start allowing five runs. Over those four starts, he has yielded 30 H and 6 BB in 19.0 IP, for a WHIP of nearly 2.00 in that time. For the second time in his last three appearances, Casilla threw 3.0 scoreless IP against the Suns.