Highlights from the Giants' farm: top prospect Zach Wheeler had 7 K in 5.0 scoreless IP, and Chris Dominguez homered and singled.
AAA: Fresno lost to Iowa 5-0
Fresno: RF Ben Copeland: 1 for 2, BB
Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--2 HR
Fresno: RP Tony Pena Jr.: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Iowa: SP Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HB, 1 WP
Copeland had one of the Grizzlies' three hits (all singles) and one of their two walks. He entered the day hitting .287/.381/.405 through 289 AB.
Yourkin has been the Grizzlies' top starter, but he has allowed 4 ER in both of his last two starts, raising his ERA back above 3.50. Pena pitched a perfect 8th inning, the first time he has pitched a perfect inning in sixteen PCL appearances. A late bloomer? The 25-year-old Bibens-Dirkx, drafted by the Mariners five years ago and now in the Cubs' organization, had perhaps the best start of his breakout season.
AA: Richmond defeated Portland 3-2
Richmond: RF Clay Timpner: 2 for 3
Richmond: DH Brad Boyer: 2 for 3, 2B
Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 5 K
Batting in the last two spots of the Flying Squirrels' lineup, Timpner and Boyer each had two of the Squirrels' six hits. Timpner's AVG is now .292, while Boyer has a .217 AVG across two levels.
Despite allowing a season-high and perhaps a career-high 6 BB, Tanner allowed just one unearned run in 6.2 IP, bouncing back from his last start (7 ER on 11 H in 3.0 IP).
A+: San Jose lost to Modesto 6-1
(allowing five runs over the final three innings)
San Jose: 3B Joel Weeks: 2 for 3
San Jose: SP Jeremy Affeldt: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K
San Jose: RP Kyle Woodruff: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--1 HR
With two singles, Weeks was the only Giant to reach base safely twice. With two hits in three of his last four games, he has raised his AVG to .256 through 180 AB.
Affeldt allowed hits to two of five batters in his first rehab appearance. Woodruff, the normal starter, allowed just four baserunners but 2 ER in 6.0 IP.
A-: Augusta defeated Rome 7-4
(after leading 7-0 through four innings)
Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, HR, 2 E
Augusta: 1B Luke Anders: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Augusta: SS Ydwin Villegas: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Augusta: SP Zach Wheeler: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K--2 HB
Augusta: RP Craig Clark: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Dominguez had his 18th HR but also committed his 25th and 26th errors. Villegas was one of two other GreenJackets with two hits, getting his AVG above the Mendoza line. Anders had the oh-fer with the hat trick.
Wheeler had the best start of his pro career. He had 7 K while allowing four baserunners in 5.0 scoreless IP. His ERA is now below 4.00. Making his first relief appearance of the year, Clark allowed four unearned runs.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Eugene 4-3
(after trailing 3-1 through six innings)
Salem-Keizer: CF Chris Lofton: 3 for 5
Salem-Keizer: C Daniel Burkhart: 2 for 4, 2B
Salem-Keizer: SP Shane Kaufman: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Salem-Keizer: RP Stephen Harrold: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Lofton's three hits paced the Volcanoes' eleven-hit attack and raised his AVG to .276. Burkhart was one of three Volcanoes with two hits.
Kaufman had his second straight quality start and his third quality start in nine starts this year. Harrold struck out two of his three batters for his 4th save. He has a K/IP above 1.00 and a WHIP below 1.00 through his first sixteen pro appearances.
R: Giants defeated Indians 9-1
Scottsdale: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 3 for 3, BB, SH, SB, CS
Scottsdale: DH Sundrendy Windster: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Scottsdale: SP Austin Fleet: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Scottsdale: RP David Newton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Scottsdale: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Willoughby's three singles raised his AVG to .305. He now has a 22/2 SB/CS line. Windster had the rookie Giants' other multi-hit line, raising his AVG to .333.
Fleet had 7 K while facing just two batters over the minimum in 5.0 IP. Newton made his first appearance in over a month. Hembree pitched a perfect 9th inning.
DSL: Giants defeated Nationals 9-4
Dominican: RF Hector Mercedes: 3 for 5, HR, 3B
Dominican: SP Bertoni Garcia: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--2 HB
Mercedes (18.10 y.o.), who previously had just one XBH in his pro career, had his 1st HR and 1st triple. His OPS remains below .500, though. Making his second start after seven relief appearances, Garcia (19.1 y.o.) had a short, ineffective start.