No particular Friday individual highlights from the Giants' farm, but the Dominican Gigantes won their playoff opener. The most notable individual performances were Carter Jurica reaching base four times and Chris Heston with 2 ER in 7.0 IP.
AAA: Fresno lost to Sacramento 11-3
(allowing seven runs in the 6th inning)
Fresno: SS Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 1 for 1, BB
Sacramento: 1B Dallas McPherson: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, BB, SO
Fresno: SP Waldis Joaquin: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Fresno: RP Alex Hinshaw: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Tony Pena Jr.: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB
Fresno: RP Dontrelle Willis: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 HR, 1 HB
Sacramento: SP Brett Tomko: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 IBB
Sacramento: RP Cedrick Bowers: 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
Rohlinger was the only Grizzly with two hits. He had his 21st and 22nd doubles. Williams, who did not start the game but entered after Steve Holm apparently had been struck by a few foul balls, reached base in both of his plate appearances. He has hit .234/.320/.378 in 111 AB since being promoted to the PCL. McPherson, the former Angel who was with the Giants last year but missed the entire season and who is now in the Athletics organization, had his 22nd HR and 16th double.
Joaquin allowed three runs in the first inning but followed that up with three scoreless frames. He threw 34 of 62 pitches for strikes. Hinshaw threw a perfect 5th inning, but then he, Pena and Willis combined to allow seven runs in the 6th inning. Like Joaquin, they barely threw half of their pitches for strikes. Tomko, the ex-Giant, made just his twelfth start of the year. Bowers, who has made fourteen appearances for the Athletics earlier this year, looked overpowering as he struck out four of his six batters.
AA: Richmond lost to Altoona 5-0
Richmond: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 4
Richmond: SP Felix Romero: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Daryl Maday: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Neal had two of the Flying Squirrels' three hits (all singles). He has hit nearly .300 the last couple months, albeit with just 3 HRs.
Romero had one of his less effective starts. His ERA rose just above 3.50. Maday, making his sixth relief appearance after 23 starts this year, provided 3.0 scoreless IP in relief.
A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 4-2
San Jose: CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 4, BB, PO
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 1 for 3, 3B, 2 BB, SO, SB
San Jose: SP Jorge Bucardo: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K--2 BK
Both Peguero and Adrianza reached base three times, raising their respective OBPs to .350 and .323. Showing his speed, Adrianza's line included his 5th triple and 30th SB.
Bucardo's sixth Cal Leauge start was his shortest while he issued 5 BB. After having a BB/IP barely over 0.25 in the Sally League, his BB/IP is 0.60.
A-: Augusta lost to West Virginia 3-2 (11 innings)
Augusta: 1B Lars Anders: 0 for 5, 4 SO
Augusta: SS Ydwin Villegas: 2 for 5, 2B, SO
Augusta: SP Chris Heston: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Villegas was one the lone GreenJacket with two hits, but his AVG remains below the Mendoza line. Anders had the oh-fer with the sombrero as he continues to have a high strikeout rate.
Heston once again had another very good start, although he allowed more than 1 ER for just the second time in his last nine starts. Last year's 12th rounder is finishing the season strong with a 2.48 ERA in twelve starts since the SAL's all-star break.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Vancouver 8-1
Salem-Keizer: LF Ryan Scoma: 3 for 4, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: SS Carter Jurica: 3 for 4, BB
Salem-Keizer: SP Shawn Sanford: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 PO
Salem-Keizer: RP Devan Kline: 2.0 IP, 2 K
Scoma, the Volcanoes' leading hitter this year, and Jurica, the Volcanoes' top prospect, both reached base four times. With three hits each, they raised their respective AVGs to .313 and .209.
After eighteen relief appearances, Sanford had now allowed just one run in both his starts. His ERA is 2.25. Kline pitched two perfect frames in the 6th and 7th innings.
R: Giants defeated Cubs 8-7
Scottsdale: RF Rafael Rodriguez: 3 for 5, 2B, SO, SB
Scottsdale: C Derek Dibbens: 2 for 3, HBP, PB
Scottsdale: SP Armando Paniagua: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Raf-Rod's three hits, including his 5th double, raised his AVG to an even .300. Dibbens also reached base three times.
Paniagua had had his second shortest start of the year. His ERA rose to 3.82.
DSL: Giants defeated Mariners 4-3
(after scoring three runs in the 1st inning in their playoff opener)
Dominican: 1B Cesar Soto: 2 for 2, BB, HBP
Dominican: SP Keurin Feliz: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Soto (19.4 y.o.), who managed a .361 OPB despite a .244 SLG during the regular season, reached base in all four plate appearances. Feliz (20.0 y.o.), who had a 1.51 ERA in ten starts during the regular season, had his worst start in two months, but it was still good enough to help secure the Gigantes their first playoff victory.