Highlights from the Giants' farm: Kevin Pucetas allowed 1 ER in 6.0 IP, and Chris Dominguez and Juan Perez both homered among three hits each. Also notable, Kelvin Marte made his first start since last May and combined with two relievers for a shutout.
AAA: Fresno defeated Albuquerque 9-1
(after trailing 1-0 through six innings)
Fresno: 3B Jesus Guzman: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
Fresno: C Jackson Williams: 2 for 4, 2 2B
Fresno: 3B Tony Pena: 1 for 1, 2B
Fresno: SP Kevin Pucetas: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HR
Guzman and Williams both had a couple XBHs for the Grizzlies. Guzman had his 16th HR and 14th double. Williams had his 5th and 6th PCL doubles. Pena, the former shortstop converted a year ago to pitching, entered the game in a double switch and doubled in his lone plate appearance.
Pucetas had his most effective start in some time. In his previous nine starts, the only time had allowed less than 2 ER was a start in which he had just 4.2 IP.
AA: Richmond had a scheduled off-day
(Their only other remaining scheduled off-day is next Monday August 16.)
A+: San Jose lost to Lancaster 6-2
San Jose: CF Juan Perez: 3 for 4, HR, 2B
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 1 for 3, 3B
San Jose: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--2 HR, 1 WP
Perez had his 10th HR and 34th double as he had half of the Giants' six hits and raised his AVG above .300. Adrianza had his 4th triple, his first XBH in his last ten games.
Fitzgerald allowed 4 ER in for the third time in his last five starts. After an ERA of 2.13 in nine starts before May, his ERA has been over 5.00 in his dozen starts since.
A-: Augusta defeated Asheville 8-0
Augusta: 3B Chris Dominguez: 3 for 4, HR
Augusta: DH Ryan Cavan: 1 for 4, HR
Augusta: SP Kelvin Marte: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--2 WP
Augusta: RP Jeremy Toole: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 6 K--1 HB
While every GreenJacket in the lineup contributed at least one hit, Dominguez led the way with his three hits, raising his AVG to .261. Both he and Cavan had a three-run HR, which were Dominguez's 17th HR and Cavan's 12th HR.
Marte, who had five Sally League last starts to begin the 2009 season, made his first start since being sidelined. He combined with two relievers for a shutout. One of those relievers was Toole, who made just his second relief appearance among sixteen starts this year.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene 3-1
Salem-Keizer: SS John Eshleman: 1 for 3, BB, SO
Salem-Keizer: SP Taylor Rogers: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Salem-Keizer: RP Andrew Romo: 2.0 IP, 3 K--1 HB
Batting leadoff, Eshleman was the lone Volcano to reach base safely twice. He had one of their four hits (all singles) and one of their five walks.
After Rogers had one of his best starts of the year (1 ER in 6.0 IP), Rogers' tenth start matched his shortest start of the year. Romo struck out three of his seven batters. Rogers and Romo also combined for a 12/0 GO/FO line.
R: Giants defeated Padres 6-5 (8 innings) in game 1
Scottsdale: RF Rafael Rodriguez: 3 for 4, 2B, SO
Scottsdale: CF Chuckie Jones: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 SO
Scottsdale: SP Armando Paniagua: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K--1 IBB, 1 HB, 2 WP
Raf-Rod had the rookie Giants' only multi-hit performance, raising his AVG to .292. Jones, who was born in the same month as Raf-Rod, reached base twice but also struck out twice. His hits and walks combined equal his strikeouts (33 H, 14 BB, 47 SO).
Allowing 4+ ER for the third time in eight starts, Paniagua's ERA rose to nearly 5.50.
R: Giants lost to Padres 4-0 (7 innings) in game 2
Scottsdale: C Derek Dibbens: 2 for 2
Scottsdale: SP Andy Altemus: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Scottsdale: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Playing in his seventh pro game, Dibbens singled in both his plate appearances, accounting for two of the rookie Giants' four hits.
Altemus made his first pro start after twelve relief appearances but allowed 4 ER in 2.0 IP. Hembree struck out three of his four batters.
DSL: Giants lost to Mets1 2-1 (7 innings) in game 1
Dominican: SS Shrendell Mujica: 2 for 3, BB, CS
Dominican: SP Joan Gregorio: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Mujica (age unavailable) reached base three times, but his AVG remains below the Mendoza line. Gregorio (18.6 y.o.) bounced back from his season-high 6 ER in his previous start with a solid start to lower his ERA back to 2.76.
DSL: Giants and Mets1 suspended in 4th inning with score tied 0-0
Dominican: SP Yeini Martinez: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Martinez had a solid start going before the game was suspended, while offensively the Gigantes did not have a hit through the first three innings.