Highlights from the Giants' farm: John Bowker homered and doubled, and Charlie Culberson tripled twice. Also notable, Roger Kieschnick had three hits.
AAA: Fresno lost to Portland 9-6
Fresno: LF John Bowker: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
Fresno: CF-2B Eugenio Velez: 2 for 3, BB, SB, E
Fresno: C Steve Holm: 2 for 4, 2B
Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 4.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Andrew Romo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Fresno: RP Waldis Joaquin: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Bowker had his fourth straight game with a HR. He has 8 XBH in eleven PCL games. Velez and Holm were two of four other Grizzlies with two hits each, raising their AVGs to .330 and .269.
Yourkin had allowed as many as six hits only once and as many as three runs only twice, but in this start he allowed new season highs with 10 H and 5 ER. His ERA rose from less than 4.00 to just over 4.50. Romo made his second PCL appearance after a brief debut two days earlier. Sergio's younger brother is apparently skipping all the way from short-season ball to the PCL. Joaquin had his third straight appearance allowing an earned run.
AA: Richmond lost to Binghamton 11-2
(after the game was tied 2-2 through five innings)
Richmond: CF Darren Ford: 2 for 3, SH, SO, SB
Richmond: RF Roger Kieschnick: 3 for 4, 2B
Richmond: SP Mike MacDonald: 5.0+ IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Richmond: RP Dan Turpen: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Kieschnick, playing in his fourth game since coming off the DL, and Ford combined for five of the Flying Squirrels' seven hits. Still, neither player has an AVG above .250. Ford had his 19th SB.
With 4 ER in 5.0 IP, although two of those runs scored after he left the game, MacDonald's W-L record dropped to 1-6 as his ERA rose to nearly 5.00. After MacDonald and three relievers allowed three runs in each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings, Turpen pitched a perfect 9th inning with 2 K.
A+: San Jose defeated High Desert 4-3
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 4, 2 3B
San Jose: LF Jose Flores: 2 for 4, 2B, CS
San Jose: SP Eric Surkamp: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K--1 HR
San Jose: RP Brian Anderson: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB--1 WP
San Jose: RP David Quinowski: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Culberson had his 3rd and 4th triples. Including 10 XBH in his last nine games, he has hit .377/.418/.738 through his first fifteen games in June. Flores had the Giants' other multi-hit line.
Surkamp had his second straight quality start. He had a 3/8 GO/FO line in this start--the fewest groundball outs he has had in any start this year. Quinowski continues to pile up the strikeouts. He stranded all three inherited runners after Anderson retired just one of the five batters he faced.
A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 15-6
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SO
Augusta: CF Evan Crawford: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, CS
Charleston: C J.R. Murphy: 4 for 6, 2B, SO
Augusta: SP Kyle Vazquez: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K--1 WP, 1 PO
Augusta: RP Jose Casilla: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Augusta: RP Juan Martinez: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K
While reaching base three times each, Anders and Crawford each had two of the GreenJackets' nine hits, raising their respective AVGs to .290 and .261. Murphy, the Yankees' second rounder from a year ago had a big game, but he is still hitting just .241/.291/.315 through his first 108 AB this year (roughly similar stats to the Giants' second rounder a year ago, who is also a catcher only two months younger than Murphy).
Vazquez allowed a season-high 7 ER in his shortest start of the year (in terms of IP). His ERA rose above 4.00. Casilla, the only one of six GreenJackets pitchers not to allow an earned run, pitching a perfect 7th inning. Infielder Martinez made his second pitching appearance this year.
DSL: Giants at Nationals--no results reported