Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Ryan Verdugo had 10 K in 8.0 shutout IP, and Jarrett Parker homered while reaching base three times.AAA: Fresno lost to Colorado Spring 9-3
(after trailing 5-1 through two innings)
Fresno: LF Thomas Neal: 2 for 3, 3B, 2 SO
Fresno: SS-2B Edgar Gonzalez: 2 for 3, BB, GiDP
Colorado Springs: 3B Ian Stewart: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, BB, E
Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 2 K--2 HR, 2 HB
Fresno: RP Waldis Joaquin: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Colorado Springs: SP Aaron Cook: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 WP
Neal and Gonzalez accounted for four of the Grizzlies' six hits, raising their respective AVGs to .375 and .278. The Rockies' Stewart, who is back in the minors after hitting just 3 for 47 in the majors, had a big game. He has hit .311/.432/.705 through 61 AB back in the PCL.
After allowing just 2 ER over his previous three starts, Kown allowed a season-high 7 ER on a season-high 9 H. His ERA is now just below 4.00. Joaquin pitched a perfect 8th inning, making his first appearance after a couple weeks on the DL. Making his fifth rehab start (second in the PCL), Cook had a quality start, throwing 103 pitches (62 strikes).
AA: Richmond defeated Bowie 4-2
(scoring two runs in the both the 1st and 9th innings)
Richmond: DH Charlie Culberson: 2 for 5, 2B
Richmond: 3B Jose Flores: 3 for 4, SB
Richmond: SP Ryan Verdugo: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
Richmond: RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Flores had three hits, but his AVG remains below the Mendoza line. Culberson's 12th double was the Flying Squirrels' lone XBH.
Making his tenth start of the season, Verdugo had the most effective start of his pro career, with a career-high 8.0 IP, a season-low 2 H, and tying a career-high 10 K. With just 1 BB, he snapped a string of six starts with multiple walks. His peripheral stats are now 47 H, 20 BB, and 59 K in 54.0 IP. Stoffel pitched a scoreless 9th inning.
A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 12-8
(after allowing five runs in the 4th inning and four runs in the 6th inning)
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 0 for 4, 2 BB, SB
San Jose: 2B Ryan Cavan: 1 for 4, HR, BB
San Jose: DH Hector Sanchez: 3 for 5, 2B
San Jose: LF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, HR, BB
San Jose: C Tommy Joseph: 3 for 5
Visalia: SS Chris Owings: 3 for 5, 2B, HBP, 2 SP, E
Visalia: 3B Matt Davidson: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, BB, GiDP, E
San Jose: SP Chris Heston: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--2 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP
San Jose: RP Ari Ronick: 2.0 IP, 1 K
Parker and Cavan had their 5th and 6th HRs, respectively. Sanchez and Joseph, the catching tandem, each had three hits to raise their respective AVGs to .295 and .222. Brown was hitless but had a couple walks and his 31st SB. His BB/AB ratio is just below 10%. Davidson, one of the Diamondbacks' top five prospects, had his 8th HR and 14th double. Owings, another one of the Diamondbacks' top five prospects, reached base four times, although his season to date has generally been considered a disappointment given his .227/.315/.438 line through 224 AB.
Making his tenth start, Heston had his second straight start setting a new high in terms of ER. Half of his ER allowed this year (13 of 26) have come in his last two starts. The 4.2 IP was also a season-low, and he allowed 2 HRs after having allowed just 1 HR previously this year. Ronick was the only one of seven pitchers in the game not to allow a baserunner.
A-: Augusta lost to Asheville 4-3
Augusta: C Jeff Arnold: 1 for 4, HR, 3 SO
Augusta: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SO
Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K--1 HR, 2 HB, 2 WP, 2 E
Augusta: RP Seth Rosin: 2.0 IP, 4 K
Batting ninth, Adrianza had the GreenJackets' only multi-hit line. Arnold had his 3rd HR to account for the GreenJackets' lone run in the first eight innings.
Despite an 8/0 GO/FO line, Rogers had less than a quality start with four runs allowed. Making his third relief appearance, Rosin had 4 K in 2.0 perfect IP.
DSL: Giants defeated Mets1 10-1
Dominican: 3B Franklin Matamoros: 3 for 5, 2B
Dominican: RP Reyes Moronta: 4.0 IP, 1 H,1 BB, 4 K
Matamoros (17.11 y.o.) had his second straight multi-hit game, with his double being the Gigantes' lone XBH. Moronta (18.4 y.o.) made his pro debut facing just two batters over the minimum in 4.0 scoreless IP in relief.