Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Conor Gillaspie homered twice, and Brandon Belt homered and singled.AAA: Fresno defeated Sacramento 7-6
(after rallying for three runs in the 8th inning)
Fresno: SS Edgar Gonzalez: 1 for 4, HR
Fresno: RF Brandon Belt: 2 for 4, HR
Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 4, 2 HR, GiDP
Fresno: LF Thomas Neal: 3 for 4, 2B, SO
Sacramento: 2B Adrian Cardenas: 4 for 4, 3B, 2B
Fresno: SP Shane Loux: 7.0+ IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--2 WP
The Grizzlies went deep four times. Gillaspie, Belt, and Gonzalez each have 6 HRs this year. Neal was one of two Grizzlies with three hits. He also threw out a runner at the plate. Cardenas, whom the Athletics acquired nearly three years ago in exchange for Joe Blanton, had four hits, including his 2nd triple and 17th double.
Loux had his third straight start allowing 6 R and his second straight start with 11 H. His ERA is now 4.54, and his BAA .298.
AA: Richmond hosting Trenton postponed by rain
(A makeup doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow.)
A+: San Jose defeated Modesto 3-2
(scoring a run in the bottom of the 9th inning)
San Jose: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 5
San Jose: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
San Jose: LF James Simmons: 3 for 4, 2B, SO
San Jose: SP Chuck Lofgren: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 WP, 1 E
San Jose: RP Andrew Reichard: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K
The Giants' two corner outfielders, Parker and Simmons, both reached base three times. Brown, who presumably remains the Giants top hitting prospect aside from the rehabbing Belt, had an unremarkable line.
After sixteen relief appearances, Lofgren made his first start, tossing 4.0 scoreless IP. Reichard provided four innings in long relief.
A-: Augusta lost to Charleston 5-4
Augusta: 2B Carlos Willoughby: 3 for 3, 2B, BB, CS
Augusta: LF Rafael Rodriguez: 0 for 2, 2 BB
Charleston: C Gary Sanchez: 0 for 4, 3 SO, GiDP
Augusta: SP Taylor Rogers: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 E
Augusta: RP Andrew Bowlin: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Willoughby reached base in all four of his plate appearances. His three hits raised his AVG back to .257. He has hit just .209 since June 1st. Raf-Rod was the only other GreenJacket to reach base twice, but his OBP remains below .280. The Yankees' Sanchez, who began the year ranked among the top 50 prospects in baseball, had his second straight oh-fer with a hat trick.
Rogers had perhaps his shortest start of the year after he was ejected in the 4th inning. Bowlin threw a perfect 8th inning.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 10-6
Salem-Keizer: CF Jesus Galindo: 1 for 4, HR, BB
Salem-Keizer: RF Brett Krill: 3 for 6, HR
Salem-Keizer: 3B Garrett Buechele: 1 for 2, HR, SO
Salem-Keizer: SP Lorenzo Mendoza: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 HB
Salem-Keizer: RP Rafael Martinez: 1.0 IP, 2 K
The Volcanoes had three big flies, with Krill homering for the second straight night, Buechele having his first NWL HR, and Galindo having his first pro HR.
After allowing just 4 ER and 9 H over his first three starts combined, Mendoza allowed 5 ER and 9 H in his fourth start. Making his third appearance, Martinez piched a perfect 9th inning with 2 K.
R: Giants defeated Cubs 7-4
Scottsdale: CF Eldred Barnett: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Scottsdale: 1B Ben Thomas: 2 for 4, 3B, 2B, SO
Scottsdale: SP Edwin Escobar: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Mesa: SP Hayden Simpson: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K--1 WP, 1 BK
Barnett had his 1st pro HR. Thomas had his 1st triple and 5th double. Simpson, whom the Cubs drafted 16th overall last year, made his first AZL start. He was recently demoted following a 5.72 ERA in sixteen Midwest League starts.
Escobar had his second straight start with 0 ER in 4.0 IP.
DSL: No results yet reported for Gigantes at Blue Jays