Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Edwin Escobar allowed just 1 ER in 7.0 IP, Brennan Metzger homered while reaching base in all three plate appearances, and Andrew Susac reached base four times. Also notable, Mac Williamson homered among three hits.
AAA: Fresno lost to Memphis 9-2
Fresno: RF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 4, 2B, SO
Fresno: 3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Memphis: C Bryan Anderson: 2 for 4, 2 HR, BB, 2 SO
Fresno: SP Jason Stevenson: 5.0 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--3 HR, 1 HB
Fresno: RP Dan Otero: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Memphis: SP Shelby Miller: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Gillaspie had two of the Grizzlies' five hits and thier only walk. Peguero also had two hits. Anderson, who a couple years ago was one of the Cardinals' top five prospects but has since seen his prospect standing slip, had his 4th and 5th HRs.
Stevenson allowed a season-high 13 H. With 6+ ER in four of his last seven starts, his ERA is now above 6.75. Otero pitched a perfect 8th inning. MIller, who entered the year ranked as the Cardinals' top prospect but has scuffled with an ERA above 5.00, had his second straight start with 8 K, 0 BB and 2 ER in 7.0 IP.
AA: Richmond defeated Harrisburg 6-3 (5.5 innings)
(completed early due to rain)
Richmond: LF Nick Liles: 2 for 3, SO
Richmond: RF Juan Perez: 2 for 3
Harrisburg: CF Brian Goodwin: 2 for 3, 3B, SO
Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Liles and Perez, the Flying Squirrels' two corner outfielders, each had two of the team's six hits. The Nationals' Goodwin had another strong game against the Squirrels, including throwing out a runner at the plate.
Despite allowing hits to roughly 40% of his batters, Westcott got the complete-game victory. The 9 H were the most hits he had allowed in a start in over two months. The rain snapped a string of seven straight starts pitching at least six full innings.
A+: San Jose defeated Inland Empire 12-4
San Jose: 3B Adam Duvall: 1 for 5, HR
San Jose: RF Alex Burg: 3 for 5, 2B
San Jose: PH-DH: Brennan Metzger: 1 for 1, HR, 2 HBP
San Jose: C Andrew Susac: 3 for 4, BB
San Jose: SP Kelvin Marte: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K--1 HB
San Jose: RP Edward Concepcion: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB< 2 K--1 WP
San Jose: RP Phil McCormick: 1.0 IP, 2 K
With 7 HRs in his last ten games, Duvall now has 24 HRs. Metzger got his first pro HR. Burg and Susac each had three hits, raising their respective AVGs to .272 and .229.
Marte has allowed 2 ER or more in three of his five Cal League appearances this year. Concepcion provided effective long relief. McCormick pitched a perfect 8th inning.
A-: Augusta defeated Charleston 7-1
Augusta: CF Jesus Galindo: 2 for 4, SH, 2 SB
Augusta: RF Devin Harris: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB, 2 SO
Augusta: SP Edwin Escobar: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Galindo had another two-hit game. He also had his 36th and 37th SB. Harris had his 7th HR this year.
Escobar had one of his better starts this year, facing just four batters over the minimum in 7.0 IP. He improved his ERA to 3.50.
ssA: Salem-Keizer defeated Everett 9-5
(after trailing 3-1 entering the 7th inning)
Salem-Keizer: RF Mac Williamson: 3 for 4, HR, HBP
Salem-Keizer: LF Michael Mergenthaler: 4 for 5, 3 2 B
Salem-Keizer: C Dashenko Ricardo: 2 for 5, HR, SO
Salem-Keizer: SP ChrisSS Johnson: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HR
Salem-Keizer: RP Chris Stratton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
Williamson and Ricardo each had their 2nd NWL HR. Mergenthaler doubled three times after having had just 5 XBH in his previous 32 NWL games.
Johnson had his second straight start with 3 ER in 5.0 IP. So far in his young pro career, Stratton seems to have some issues controlling the strike zone as he has walked at least one batter in each of his five appearances, giving him 6 BB in 8.1 IP. This was his first appearance without a strikeout.
R: Giants defeated Cubs 8-6
Scottsdale: LF Tyler Hollick: 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SB
Scottsdale: 3B Shayne Houck: 2 for 4, HR
Scottsdale: SP Martin Agosta: 1.0 IP, 1 BB
Scottsdale: RP Tyler Hess: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Houck had his 1st pro HR. Hollick had another strong game, with three hits further raising his AVG to .373.
Agosta, the Giants' second rounder this year, made his pro debut pitching a scoreless 1st inning. Hess, the third of six relievers, had 3.0 scoreless IP in his longest appearance of the year.
DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day