Highlights from the Giants' farm: Brandon Belt homered and singled. and Darren Ford reached base four times and stole three bases.
AAA: Fresno defeated Reno 4-0
Fresno: SS Manny Burriss: 2 for 3, BB, SB
Fresno: SP Henry Sosa: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
Fresno: RP Brandon Medders: 1.1 IP
Burriss had two of the Grizzlies' five hits (all singles). His second straight multi-hit line gives him a .375 AVG in five rehab games with Fresno.
Despite a season-high 5 BB, Sosa threw 4.2 scoreless IP in his third start and 20th appearance overall. He now has almost as many walks as hits with peripheral stats of 30 H, 29 BB and 33 K in 46.0 IP. He thew 51 of 83 pitches for strikes. With 1.1 perfect IP to finish the combined shutout tonight, Medders made his sixth straight appearance without allowing a run.
AA: Richmond lost to Altoona 3-2 (12 innings)
Richmond: CF Darren Ford: 3 for 5, HBP, 3 SB
Richmond: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 1 for 4, BB
Richmond: SP David Mixon: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Richmond: RP Rafael Cova: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 WP
With three of the Flying Squirrels' seven hits (all singles), Ford reached base four times and improved his AVG to .241. He also had 3 SB, giving him a 22/9 SB/CS line for the year. Gillaspie was one of just two other Squirrels to reach base twice. His OBP is just .283.
Mixon had his second straight quality start with 1 K. In his first season as a starter, he continues to have a fine campaign, now with a 3.07 ERA through fourteen starts. Cova stranded three baserunners in the 11th inning but then allowed a run in the 12th inning to take the loss. He has a 0-3 W-L record despite allowing just 5 R (4 ER) all year.
A+: San Jose defeated Lake Elsinore 6-3
San Jose: 1B Brandon Belt: 2 for 4, HR, SO
San Jose: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2B Charlie Culberson: 2 for 2, BB, SF
San Jose: SP Kyle Nicholson: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
San Jose: RP Oliver Odle: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K--1 WP
San Jose: RP David Quinowski: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 K
San Jose: RP Edwin Quirarte: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Belt had his 9th HR, tying Culberson for the team lead. Culberson reached base three times as he had multiple hits for ths seventh time in his last nine games. His AVG is now .314. Given that he is a year younger than Belt and plays a more premium position defensively, is he perhaps a better prospect than Belt who has gained more attention throughout the season for flirting with a .400 AVG?
For a reason that's not apparent from the box score, Nicholson pitched just three innings in his twelfth start this year. He, Odle and Quinowski combined for 8.0 shutout IP while facing just four batters over the minimum before Quirarte yielded 3 ER in the 9th inning. Quirarte's line is completely out of step with his performances previous this year as he gave up 3 ER and 3 BB tonight after yielding just 3 ER and 4 BB in his previous nineteen appearances this year.
A-: Augusta defeated Savannah 5-4
(after tying the game with four runs in the 8th inning)
Augusta: RF Dan Cook: 2 for 5
Augusta: SP Andrew Reichard: 6.0+ IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Augusta: RP Jose Casilla: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Augusta: RP Ryan Verdugo: 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
Cook had the GreenJackets' only multi-hit line. With his seven-game hitting streak and his third straight multi-hit game, the 24-year-old has improved his season line to .278/.328/.393 through 234 AB.
Making his first start of the year after nine relief appearances, Reichard had a rough 1st inning in which he allowed three earned runs, but then he allowed just one more run over the next five innings. Casilla threw another perfect inning. In nine appearances since mid-May (which goes back to his last appearance before his 21st birthday), his stats are 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, and 9 K in 9.2 IP. Verdugo racked up another four strikeouts.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Everett 5-3
Salem-Keizer: C-1B Jesse Shriner: 1 for 3, HR, BB, PB
Salem-Keizer: DH Andrew Burg: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Salem-Keizer: SP Edward Concepcion: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Shriner, who signed as an undrafted free agent two years ago, provided the bulk of the Volcanoes' offense with a three-run, two-out HR in the 6th inning. Burg, the Volcanoes' offensive hero the previous night, took the oh-fer with the hat trick in his second NWL game.
Concepcion, who had a 4.61 ERA as a starter in the AZL last summer, had a rough NWL debut.
R: Scottsdale begins their season on Tuesday
DSL: Giants defeated Mets1 6-0 (8 innings)
(with the game completed early)
Dominican: C Fernando Pujadas: 2 for 2, 2B, HBP
Dominican: SP Luis Angeles: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Pujadas (18.5 y.o.), playing in his seventh pro game, reached base in all three plate appearances. In his fourth pro start, Angeles (20.6 y.o.) nearly pitched a complete game shutout. His ERA is now 2.10.