Wednesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Brett Pill homered twice, and Eric Hacker allowed just 1 ER in 8.0 IP. Also notable, Ryan Lollis and Adam Duvall both homered as part of multi-hit games.
AAA: Fresno defeated Las Vegas 12-1
(after scoring six runs in the 3rd inning)
Fresno: 1B Brett Pill: 3 for 5, 2 HR
Fresno: CF Ryan Lollis: 3 for 4, HR
Fresno: SP Eric Hacker: 8.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K--1 E
Pill had his 6th and 7th PCL HRs, and Lollis had his 1st HR in the upper minors.
Hacker had perhaps his best start of the year. Pounding the strike zone, he threw just 84 pitches (63 strikes) in 8.0 IP.
AA: Richmond lost to Bowie 4-0
(after the game was scoreless through six innings)
Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SH
Richmond: LF Nick Liles: 3 for 4, 2B, SO
Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K--1 WP
With the Flying Squirrels' only multi-hit line, Liles raised his AVG to .272. Brown had his 26th double while reaching base twice. After being red hot for the first half of July, he has seemingly cooled off with just four hits in his last six games.
Westcott began the game with 6.0 scoreless IP but allowed 3 ER in the 7th inning. It was his fifth straight start with 3 ER or less in at least 6.0 IP.
A+: San Jose lost to Bakersfield 4-2
San Jose: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SO
San Jose: CF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, SO, SB
San Jose: SP Seth Rosin: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 HB
Duvall's 17th HR and 20th double were two of the Giants' just six hits. Parker also had two hits, as well as his 19th SB.
Bouncing back from his previous start (3 ER on 7 H in 2.0 IP), Rosin had his longest start of the year. Over his five starts, he has good peripheral stats with 21 H, 5 BB and 24 K in 24.0 IP.
A-: Augusta lost to Lexington 9-5
Augusta: LF Shawn Payne: 1 for 2, 3 BB, SO, SB, PO
Augusta: DH Brett Krill: 1 for 4, HR, SO
Augusta: SP Kevin Couture: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Payne reached base four times and had his 38th SB. Krill had his 4th HR.
Making his first start since mid-June, Couture delivered a solid spot start.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 6-4
(scoring three runs in the 9th inning)
Salem-Keizer: LF Kentrell Hill: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, SO, CS, E
Salem-Keizer: 3B Mitchell Delfino: 2 for 4, 2 2B
Salem-Keizer: SP Chris Stratton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K--1 HB
Salem-Keizer: RP Chris Johnson: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 HB
With at least two hits in eight of his last ten games, Hill has raised his AVG above .300. Delfino has 10 doubles through his first 22 pro games.
In his third pro start, Stratton retired just half of his dozen batters. One thing that is trending the wrong direction for him in his stat lines is his runs allowed with 1 R in his first start, 2 R in his second start and now 3 R in his third start. Johnson provided effective long relief.
R: Giants defeated Brewers 3-1
Scottsdale: CF Tyler Hollick: 2 for 4, BB, SO, SB
Scottsdale: 1B Jonathan Jones: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SO
Scottsdale: SP Matthew Lujan: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K--1 HR, 2 PO
Jones had his 3rd and 4th doubles. Hollick reached base three times, giving him a .500 OBP through his first seven pro games.
Although he allowed nearly two baserunners per inning, the only run Lujan allowed came on a solo HR to lead off the 4th inning.
DSL: Giants defeated Diamondbacks/Reds 7-1
Dominican: RF Carlos Valdez: 2 for 3, HR, 2 BB, SO
Dominican: SP Alejandro Flores: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Valdez (18.1 y.o.) had his 3rd HR while reaching base four times. Flores (18.10 y.o.) has not allowed an earned run in six of his nine starts.