Monday highlights from the Giants' farm: Jose Medina homered twice, Juan Perez homered as part of a multi-hit line, James Simmons reached base in all four plate appearances, Hector Sanchez had three hits including a double, and Bryan Salsbury allowed just 1 ER in 7.0 IP. Also notable, Steve Holm had a grand slam HR, but Madison Bumgarner yielded 5 ER.
AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 6-5
(with each team having a five-run inning)
Fresno: LF John Bowker: 2 for 4, SO
Fresno: C Steve Holm: 1 for 3, HR
Fresno: SP Madison Bumgarner: 6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Fresno: RP Brandon Medders: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Fresno: RP Steven Edlefsen: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K--1 WP
Holm's two-out grand slam HR in the 4th inning, his 4th HR this year, was the Grizzlies' only XBH and their big blow offensively. Bowker had their only multi-hit line.
Bumgarner had five scoreless innings until yielding a five-spot in the 6th inning. He was ejected from the game after allowing a double to the second batter in the 7th inning. The 5 ER in the 6th inning equalled the 5 ER he had yielded in his six previous starts combined. Medders made his third PCL appearance. Edlefsen struck out two of four batters en route to his 4th save.
AA: Richmond had a scheduled off-day
(Their next scheduled off-day is June 21.)
Flying Squirrels on Eastern League leaderboards:
AVG: Timpner 2nd
OBP: Timpner 3rd
SB: Ford 3rd
ERA: Maday 1st
WHIP: Mixon 3rd, Maday 8th
K: Mixon 2nd
IP: Mixon 9th
W: Maday 2nd, Mixon 6th
Sv: Cova 3rd
A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 12-6
(after trailing 5-3 through five innings)
San Jose: CF Juan Perez: 2 for 5, HR
San Jose: 3B Jose Flores: 1 for 5, HR, E
San Jose: LF James Simmons: 3 for 3, BB
San Jose: RF Jose Medina: 2 for 4, 2 HR, SO
Modesto: CF Tim Wheeler: 2 for 5, HR, 2B
San Jose: SP Kyle Nicholson: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 HB
San Jose: RP Ben Wilshire: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Medina may have just two hits since being promoted to the Cal League, but both those hits were HRs tonight. After 16 HRs in the DSL, he had hit just 1 HR previously in the U.S. Perez added his 7th HR, and Flores his 2nd HR. Simmons reached base in all four plate appearances. Wheeler, whom the Rockies selected 32nd overall last year out of Sac State, hit his 5th and and 13th double, but his SLG remains below .425 in his first full season.
With 6+ ER allowed in three of his last five starts, Nicholson's ERA is above 7.25. He was selected in the seventh round three years ago. Wilshire struck out two of the three batters he faced mopping up the 9th inning.
A-: Augusta defeated Greenville 7-2
Augusta: DH Hector Sanchez: 3 for 4, 2B
Augusta: SS Juan Martinez: 2 for 3, 2B, SH, SO
Augusta: CF Evan Crawford: 2 for 3, 3B, SH, SO
Augusta: SP Bryan Salsbury: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Augusta: RP Ryan Verdugo: 1.0 IP, 1 K
The bottom three hitters in the GreenJackets' batting order combined to hit 7 for 10 with 3 XBH. In so doing, Sanchez and Crawford both raised their AVGs to .263, while Martinez's AVG remains just .230.
Salsbury had his most effective start since mid-May, returning the form he showed through his first three starts in May with 1 ER in 23.0 IP before stumbling with 10 ER in 20.2 IP in his three starts after that. In both situations, he has been an innings-eater nonetheless. Verdugo pitched a perfect 9th inning.
DSL: Giants defeated Cubs2 9-3
Dominican: LF Jorge Lopez: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Dominican: SP Joan Gregorio: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
With three hits in his fourth game this year, Lopez (18.9 y.o.) raised his AVG to .313. He hit an even .200 in 190 AB a year ago. Through two pro starts, Gregorio (18.5 y.o.) has sub-3.00 ERA despite a BAA of .325.