Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Brad Eldred homered twice, Jackson Williams and Edgar Gonzalez also homered as part of multi-hit performances, and Daryl Maday allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP.AAA: Fresno defeated Oklahoma City 8-5
(after trailing 5-4 through five innings)
Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 1 for 4, HR, BB
Fresno: SS-2B Edgar Gonzalez: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, BB
Fresno: 1B Brad Eldred: 3 for 4, 2 HR, SO
Fresno: PH-C Jackson Williams: 2 for 2, HR, PB
Fresno: SP Matt Yourkin: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Fresno: RP Ronnie Ray: 2.0 IP, 1 BB
The Grizzlies slugged five HRs. Eldred hit his 6th and 7th HRs. Gillaspie and Gonzalez both had their 3rd HRs. Jackson added his 1st HR.
On a night when the wind was blowing out to RF at 15 mph, Yourkin came up shy of a quality start. After posting a sub-1.00 ERA in fifteen appearances with Richmond, Ray made his season debut with the Grizzlies, with whom he spent all of the 2009 season.
AA: Richmond defeated Erie 6-1
(scoring four runs in the 7th inning to break a 1-1 tie)
Richmond: LF Justin Christian: 1 for 4, HR
Richmond: 3B Jose Flores: 2 for 3, HR, E
Richmond: SP Daryl Maday: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K--1 WP
Flores, who had the Flying Squirrels' lone multi-hit line, and Christian both homered in the 7th inning. It was the 3rd HR for both hitters. Flores' AVG is just .186 through 140 AB.
Despite issuing a season-high 4 BB, Maday had his second quality start of the year in eight starts. His BB/IP ratio remains below 0.33.
A+: San Jose defeated Bakersfield 6-4
(scoring five runs in the 7th inning)
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 4, CS
San Jose: 1B Luke Anders: 2 for 4, 2B
San Jose: LF Nick Liles: 3 for 4, 2B
San Jose: SP Kelvin Marte: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
San Jose: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 3 K
Batting in the final two spots in the Giants' lineup, Liles and Anders combined for half of the Giants' ten hits, including both of the team's XBHs. They raised their respective AVGs to .321 and .258. Brown, the Giants' top hitting prospect in the lower minors, had an unremarkable line.
Marte followed up his longest start of the year (1 ER in 8.0 IP) matching his second longest start of the year. The 9 H were a new season high, but the 1 BB was a new season low. His K/BB ratio remains below 1.50, but tonight he did have a 12/1 GO/FO line. For the second time in his last three appearance, Hembree struck out all three batters faced.
A-: Augusta lost to Savannah 6-0
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 0 for 4, 4 SO, E
Augusta: DH Drew Biery: 2 for 4, 2B
Savannah: RF Cory Vaughn: 4 for 4, HR, 2B, BB
Augusta: SP Shawn Sanford: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Biery was the lone GreenJacket to reach base twice, with the two hits raising his AVG to .288. After striking out in all four plate appearances, Adrianza now has 14 SO vs 9 H in 47 AB (.191 AVG). Vaughn, the son of Greg Vaughn whom the Mets drafted in the 4th round a year ago, had a big game to continue his big full-season pro debut. He has hit .342/.475/.503 through 161 AB this year.
Sanford allowed as many ER in this start as he had allowed in his previous four starts combined but still pitched well enough to have a quality start.