Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Juan Perez and Brandon Hicks both homered twice. Also notable, catchers Guillermo Quiroz, Tyler LaTorre, and Gabriel Cornier each homered in multi-hit efforts.
AAA: Fresno defeated Colorado Springs 11-7 (7 innings) in game 1
(after leading 11-3 entering the 6th inning)
Fresno: LF Darren Ford: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 SB
Fresno: RF Juan Perez: 2 for 3, HR
Fresno: 3B Brandon Hicks: 2 for 3, 2 HR, SO
Fresno: C Guillermo Quiroz: 2 for 3, HR, SO
Fresno: SP Jason Berken: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K--1 HR, 2 WP
The Grizzlies went deep four times--Hicks for his 2nd and 3rd PCL HRs, Quiroz also with his 3rd HR, and Perez with his 5th HR. For doubled twice and stole twice. He now has 32 SB.
Berken allowed nearly half his batters (13 of 27) to reach base, but today that was good enough for the win.
AAA: Fresno defeated Colorado Springs 4-3 (7 innings) in game 2
(scoring four runs over the final two innings)
Fresno: CF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, HR
Fresno: 1B Mark Minicozzi: 1 for 3, HR
Fresno: SP Andrew Carignan: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
Fresno: RP Jake Dunning: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K
The Grizzlies got a couple more big flies in the night cap, when Perez and Minicozzi both had solo shots in the 6th nning.
In what was essentially a bullpen game for the Grizzlies' pitching staff, Carignan made his first pro start after 166 relief appearances. Dunning provided 3.0 scoreless IP, although his ERA remains above 4.50.
AA: Richmond lost to Portland 7-1
(allowing five runs in the 2nd inning)
Richmond: SS Blake Miller: 3 for 4, E
Richmond: C Tyler LaTorre: 2 for 4, HR
Richmond: SP Kyle Crick: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K--1 WP
Richmond: RP Jose Casilla: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Richmond: RP Steven Okert: 1.0 IP, 2 K
LaTorre connected for his 1st HR this year. Miller's three singles raised his AVG to .326.
Crick had one of his shortest starts this year, although he struck out nearly half his batters (5 of 11). Of the six batters he did not strike out, all reached base, four via walks and two via singles. He threw 56 pitches (29 strikes). Casilla and Okert each had 2 K in perfect 6th and 7th innings.
A+: San Jose defeated Stockton 6-2
(scoring all six runs in the 6th inning)
San Jose: CF Chuckie Jones: 3 for 4, BB, SB, CS
San Jose: LF Tyler Horan: 1 for 4, HR, BB
San Jose: SP Joe Kurrasch: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
San Jose: RP Stephen Johnson: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Horan has 6 HR in fifteen Cal League games. Jones had his second straight multi-hit game, lifting his AVG to .259.
Making his first appearance in over three weeks, Kurrasch allowed over half his batters (9 of 17) to reach base. Johnson had 2 K in a perfect 9th inning.
A-: Augusta lost to Asheville 11-3
(allowing seven runs in the 4th inning)
Augusta: C Gabriel Cornier: 2 for 4, HR, PB
Augusta: SP Joan Gregorio: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--2 HR, 1 HB
Cornier connected for his 2nd HR.
Gregorio allowed 3 ER over the first three frames and then did not retire any of his four batters in the 4th inning.
ssA: Salem-Keizer lost to Boise 7-6
(scoring five runs in the 1st inning but allowing seven runs over the final three innings)
Salem-Keizer: RF Austin Slater: 2 for 4, BB, SO, GiDP
Salem-Keizer: SP Nicholas Gonzalez: 6.0IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 WP
Among four Volcanoes with two hits each, Slater reached base three times. He has an AVG close to .400 through his first seventeen NWL games.
Gonzalez bounced back from his last start (7 ER in 1.2 IP) with one of his best starts this year.
R: GIants tied with Red 3-3 (suspended in top of 5th inning)
Scottsdale: 2B Kevin Rivera: 2 for 3, 3B, BB
Scottsdale: SP Matt Gage: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Rivera tripled, singled and walked in his three plate appearances. Gage allowed hits to nearly half his batters (8 of 17).
DSL: The Gigantes had their usual Sunday off-day