Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, and Jesus Guzman each homered while reaching base three times. Also notable, Brian Anderson made his first appearance in nearly three years.
AAA: Fresno defeated Salt Lake 12-4
Fresno: 3B Jesus Guzman: 3 for 5, HR, SO, E
Fresno: C Buster Posey: 2 for 3, HR, BB, SO, CS
Fresno: SP Joe Martinez: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Fresno: RP Steven Edlefsen: 1.0 IP, 3 K
Fresno: RP Waldis Joaquin: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Playing at third base with Ryan Rohlinger now in the majors, Guzman led the Grizzlies' offense today with three of their dozen hits, including his 3rd HR. Posey connected for his 4th HR while also reaching base three times.
Martinez allowed just one run through 6.0 IP but then allowed three runs in the 7th inning. This was his longest start of the year. Although the 4 ER matched a season high, he improved his W-L record to 3-0. Edlefsen struck out all three batters he faced. He now has 15 K in 17.2 IP to go along with his GO/AO ratio of nearly 4.00. Joaquin struck out two of the four batters he faced in his third appearance since being optioned to the minors.
AA: Richmond lost to Harrisburg 6-3
Richmond: SS Brandon Crawford: 2 for 3, HR, BB
Richmond: SP Craig Clark: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--2 HR
The only Flying Squirrel to reach base twice today, Crawford's afternoon included his 3rd HR. It was just his second XBH in his last ten games.
Clark is finding the Eastern League more challenging than the Cal League. After a 2.86 ERA last year, his ERA is nearly two full runs higher (4.76) through his first six starts this year. He has pitched into the 6th inning only once this year. This was his first start with just one walk (or less).
A+: San Jose lost to High Desert 8-4
San Jose: CF Juan Perez: 3 for 5, 2 2B
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 5, 2B
San Jose: 1B Brandon Belt: 2 for 4
San Jose: SP Eric Stolp: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 2 HB, 1 WP, 1 PO
San Jose: RP Brian Anderson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Perez had three of the Giants' dozen hits, including his 7th and 8th doubles, raising his AVG above .300. Belt's pair of singles kept his AVG above .400. Culberson, who is a year younger than Belt, had his 8th double.
Stolp, who allowed just one hit and no runs in his first start, was roughed up in his second start. His season ERA is above 5.00. Is Brian Anderson making his return to the Cal League after missing all of the last two seasons perhaps the best line of the day from the Giants' farm? It's great to see his name back in a box score.
A-: Augusta defeated Hagerstown 6-5
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 4, 2B, E
Augusta: SS Sharlon Schoop: 2 for 4, 3B
Augusta: RF Ryan Lollis: 2 for 4, 2B, SB
Hagerstown: LF Destin Hood: 3 for 3, BB, SB, PO
Augusta: SP Jorge Bucardo: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K--1 PO
Augusta: RP Chris Gloor: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Augusta: RP Jason Jarvis: 1.2 IP, 1 K--1 WP
With two hits each, including an XBH for each, Anders, Schoop and Lollis accounted for two thirds of the GreenJackets' nine hits and all four of their RBIs today. All three hitters have AVGs above .285. Hood, whom Baseball America ranked as the Nationals' #10 prospect, reached base in all four plate appearances. The three singles lifted his AVG to .339 through 118 AB.
While having his second straight start with 1 ER in 5.0 IP, Bucardo had season highs with both 7 K and 5 BB. For the season, he now has 14 BB and 30 K in 32. IP. While Gloor retired just one of the five batters he faced, Jarvis retired all five batters he faced. Gloor had allowed just 2 ER previously this year. Jarvis received his 7th save.