Thursday highlights from the Giants' farm: Juan Ciriaco and Todd Linden both homered in multi-hit games, and Ricky Oropesa had four hits.
AAA: Fresno lost to Las Vegas 10-9 (10 innings)
(after being outscored 6-5 in the 2nd inning)
Fresno: SS Nick Noonan: 2 for 4, 2B, SF, GiDP
Fresno: RF-1B Todd Linden: 2 for 5, HR, SO
Las Vegas: RF Travis Snider: 1 for 1, HR
Fresno: SP Yusmeiro Petit: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--2 HR
Linden led off the 2nd inning with his 8th HR. He and Noonan were two of the four Grizzlies with two hits each. The Blue Jays' Snider led off the bottom of the 2nd inning with a solo HR. The 2nd inning finished when he was replaced by a pinch hitter who grounded out.
If you could somehow excise the 2nd inning, then Petit had another very good start. Unable to excise that inning, Petit matched a season-high with 7 R.
AA: Richmond lost to Akron 4-3
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Richmond: LF Juan Ciriaco: 2 for 3, HR, 3B
Akron: 3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, 2B
Richmond: SP Chris Gloor: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Richmond: RP Jake Dunning: 2.1 IP, 2 K
Richmond: RP Brett Bochy: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Through his first 88 AB with the Flying Squirrels this year, Ciriaco had had just one XBH. Today he had his 1st HR of the year and a triple. Brown had his third straight two-hit game. With a .442 AVG so far in July, his season AVG has risen to nearly .300. Rohlinger, the former Giant now in the Indians organization, was the game's only other player with two hits.
After allowing just 2 R in his previous four starts, Gloor allowed 4 R in the 1st inning today. He did not allow a run thereafter, though. Dunning and Bochy finished the game with 3.1 perfect IP, while striking out four of their ten batters.
A+: San Jose defeated Lancaster 15-8
San Jose: 1B Ricky Oropesa: 4 for 4, 2 2B, SF, E
San Jose: CF-RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, 3B, BB, SO, SB
Lancaster: CF George Springer: 3 for 4, BB, CS
San Jose: SP Seth Rosin: 2.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
San Jose: RP Chris Wilson: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Oropesa's four hits paced the Giants' fifteen-hit attack, raising his own AVG to .261. His evening performance included his 21st and 22nd doubles. Parker, who showed some speed with his 4th triple and 18th steal, was one of four other Giants with two hits. Springer, whom the Astros drafted eleventh overall a year ago, reached base four times. He entered the game hitting .331/.411/.566 through 362 AB.
Starting on ten days rest, Rosin retired just five of his fourteen batters. On a night when the wind was blowing out to RF at 19 mph, Wilson managed to work a perfect 8th inning.
A-: Augusta at Hagerstown postponed by rain
(A make-up doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow.)
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City 7-5
Salem-Keizer: LF Kentrell Hill: 3 for 5, 2 SO, SB, CS
Slame-Keizer: 1B Joseph Rapp: 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB
Salem-Keizer: SP Kendry Flores: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K--1 HR, 1 WP
Salem-Keizer: RP Matthew Graham: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Hill and Rapp both had three hits for the Volcanoes, raising their respective AVGs to .256 and .291. Rapp now has 12 XBH, getting his XBH/AB ratio just above 10.0%.
Flores allowed just an unearned run through four innings before being touched for 5 ER in the 5th inning. He had previously allowed more than 2 ER in just one of his six starts. Graham pitched a perfect 7th inning. He has allowed just 1 ER this year, although his BB/IP remains well above 0.50.
R: Scottsdale had its regular off-day (every fifth day)
DSL: Giants defeated Cubs2 7-0
Dominican: DH Emmanuel Hernandez: 2 for 4, HR
Dominican: SP Alejandro Flores: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Hernandez (18.8 y.o.) hit his 1st pro HR. After 48 AB last year, he has 30 AB so far this year. Flores (18.9 y.o.) had his second straight start with 6.0+ scoreless IP, although he was saved the bullpen in this start after leaving the game in the 7th inning with the bases loaded and one out.