Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Andrew Kown allowed 2 ER in 7.2 IP, Taylor Rogers allowed 1 ER in 7.0 IP, and five different hitters homered as part of multi-hit performances, including James Simmons (with four hits), Tyler Graham, Brad Eldred, Carter Jurica, and Francisco Peguero.AAA: Fresno defeated Las Vegas 12-4
(after scoring seven runs in the 2nd inning)
Fresno: CF Tyler Graham: 2 for 5, HR, SO, GiDP
Fresno: SS-3B Edgar Gonzalez: 3 for 4, 2B, BB
Fresno: 3B Pablo Sandoval: 1 for 3, HR, SF
Fresno: DH Brad Eldred: 2 for 4, HR, 2 SO
Fresno: RF James Simmons: 4 for 4, HR
Las Vegas: DH Ryan Shealy: 2 for 4, HR
Fresno: SP Andrew Kown: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR
Las Vegas: SP Brett Cecil: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--2 HR
The Grizzlies had 4 HRs--Eldred's 9th HR, Simmons' 3rd HR, Graham's 1st HR, and a HR by the rehabbing Panda. Simmons and Gonzalez combined for seven hits as they both reached base four times, raising their respective AVGs to .429 and .293. Shealy, the former Rocky now in the Blue Jays organization, also homered, albeit for just the 3rd time this year.
Kown had his longest start of the year with 7.2 IP. He allowed no runs on just two hits through the first seven innings before allowing a couple runs on a couple hits in the 8th inning (and one of those runs scored after he departed the game). Cecil's poor season continues. He was coming off his best start of the year (1 ER in 9.0 IP), but tonight's start pushed his ERA back above 6.00.
AA: Richmond lost to Portland 6-0
Richmond: LF Skyler Stromsmoe: 1 for 3, 2B, SO
Richmond: SP Clayton Tanner: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--3 HR
Richmond: RP Henry Sosa: 1.2 IP, 5 K
Stromsmoe's 1st XBH of the year (in 51 AB) was one of just two hits for the Flying Squirrels.
Tanner allowed more than 4 ER for the second time in his last three starts, but also for just the second time in his eleven starts this year. He gave up 3 HRs after yielding just 4 HRs over his previous ten starts. His ERA is now close to 5.00. A change of scenery seems to have produced dramatically different results for Sosa. After an ERA over 10.00 in seventeen PCL appearances, Sosa struck out all five batters he faced in his first Eastern League game.
A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 10-7 (11 innings)
(with the game tied at the end of every inning except for after the 4th and 11th innings)
San Jose: DH Gary Brown: 1 for 5, BB, 3 SO, CS
San Jose: CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 5, HR, SO
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, BB, 2 SO, SB
San Jose: SS Carter Jurica: 2 for 5, HR, 2B, 2 SO
San Jose: SP Andrew Reichard: 3.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K--2 HR
San Jose: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP, 1 K
San Jose: RP Hector Correa: 3.0 IP, 1 K
Jurica had a couple XBH with his 4th HR, which was a three-run shot in the 11th inning, and his 10th double. Earlier in the game, Peguero had lined a HR to left field. It was his first XBH of the season (in 24 AB in five games). Parker reached base three times, raising his OBP to .372. He also had his 10th SB. Brown reached base twice but also had a hat trick as he chased several pitches below the strike zone. He also had his 13th CS.
Making his fourth start among ten appearances, Reichard was ineffective, allowing a season-high 4 ER on a season-high 8 H and a season-high 3 BB. Hembree and Correa finished the game with 4.0 perfect IP, lowering their respective ERAs to 0.83 and 2.08.
A-: Augusta defeated West Virginia 4-1
(scoring three runs in the 6th inning)
Augusta: LF Devin Harris: 2 for 4, SO, SB
Augusta: C Joel Weeks: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB
Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--2 HB
Augusta: RP Jacob Dunnington: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
Harris had two of the GreenJackets' five hits, but his AVG remains just .237. Weeks had his 2nd XBH of the year (in 53 AB) as he reached base three times.
With 2 ER or less in nine of his last ten starts, Rogers has an ERA just barely above 2.50. His strikeout rate is not impressive (K/IP below 0.70), but his WHIP is barely above 1.00. After striking out three of his four batters tonight, Dunnington has 18 K in 10.2 IP over his last nine appearances.
DSL: Giants lost to Nationals 7-6
Dominican: SS Shurendell Mujica: 2 for 3, 2 BB, SO
Dominican: RP Noel Diaz: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Batting leadoff, Mujica (20.2 y.o.) reached base four times, raising his OBP to .400 after seven games. Diaz (17.8 y.o.) has now made two extended relief appearances with 3.1 IP and 4.1 IP to begin his pro career.