Lines of the day:
1B Lance Niekro - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (1)
RF Nate Schierholtz - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO
LF Brian Horwitz - 1-3, 1 BB
CF Clay Timpner - 1-3, 2 R
SP Chris Begg - 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, W (3-1)
RP Scott Atchison - 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
Fresno's offense continued to wake up, an important thing as the pitching staff gave up runs early. After Begg gave up two runs in the first innings, leadoff hitter William Bergolla doubled and Luis Figueroa singled to start a two-run inning that would tie the game. After that, Niekro homered in the third to give Fresno a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Niekro continues to hit well in Fresno, upping his average back to .319 and hitting his second home run of the year. Schierholtz continues to hit consistently, although he only managed to be a part of one run scoring. Horwitz's average dropped to .452, and his on-base percentage stayed at an even .500. Atchison hasn't given up a run in his last three outings, a combined seven innings.
Connecticut's offense continues to struggle, not giving its pitching many chances to do well. Espineli was unable to go five innings, but gave up just two runs on the day. The runs all came in the 5th inning, in which Espineli gave up four of the six hits, and one of his walks. Connecticut cut the lead in half in the 7th, thanks in part to an error by Portland, but the Defenders gave up a run in the bottom half to keep it out of reach.
With Eddy Martinez-Esteve back in Arizona to figure out what's wrong, Connecticut's offense is without a center. Bowker has been as good as anyone this season, but has been just solid. Ishikawa raised his average to .226. Espineli's outing was his shortest since May 5th, and raised his ERA to 2.68. Hedrick has been a solid overall performer this year, and dropped his ERA to 3.72 with a short outing, but arguably his best in nearly a couple of months.
Lines of the day:
DH Tyler Von Schell - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (5), 2 RBI
C Adam Witter - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI
RF Mike Mooney - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR (4), 1 RBI
SS Brian Bocock - 0-1, 2 BB, 1 CS (2)
RP David Quinowski - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
RP Sergio Romo - 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, L (1-1)
The Giants had an offensive breakthrough in the first inning, but couldn't even sustain it the rest of the game. The Giants hit back-to-back-to-back home runs for the first time this season, as Von Schell hit a two run home run to start the stint, followed by Witter and Mooney. The problem would be that the team only got one more hit the rest of the way, so even the seven walks accrued by the team could not help them out. Romo gave up his first earned run of the year in the 9th to take the loss.
Romo raised his ERA to just 0.66, as he'd gone six games without giving up any earned scores. Witter's home run was just his second of the year, and raised his slugging percentage to just .395 after helping lead the system in home runs in short season Salem-Keizer last year. Mooney has been well rounded all year with hits, getting his fourth home run to match his two triples and 14 doubles. Von Schell is slugging .603 in San Jose, with five home runs in just 23 hits. Bocock did not get a hit for just the second time in San Jose, but his two walks kept his on-base percentage at .409.
Lines of the day:
SS Emmanuel Burris - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 CS (4)
RF Matt Weston - 2-4, 1 2B (13), 1 RBI
1B Brett Peill - 1-4, 1 2B (15), 1 SO
SS Henry Sosa - 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, W (5-0)
RP David Newton - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, H (1)
RP Juan Trinidad - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, S (10)
Augusta finished off the North division's second place team with a four-game sweep. It was powered by Henry Sosa, who remains perfect and dominating in the South Atlantic League, and a bullpen that allowed no base runners in the final three innings. Meanwhile, a Burriss single, later followed by a Weston single gave the GreenJackets all the run support they'd need. A Weston double to lead off the seventh would result in the second run, a play in which Weston was out at home on a bases-loaded groundout, but then Michael McBryde, the runner behind Weston, scored on the throw.
Weston and Pill's doubles moved them closer to Ryan Rohlinger's team-leading 16. Weston is batting .431 with a .340 on-base percentage on the year, and has begun to emerge as a consistent hitter in Augusta's offense. Pill is batting just .250, but hasn't been able to back up his doubles with enough home runs, slugging just .352 behind just two home runs. Burriss had his third multi-hit game in a row, raising his average to .315. Sosa's 0.67 leads the league in ERA by a fairly large margin, with by nearly a half of a run. Newton has been excellent since coming down from San Jose, with just one earned run and four total hits allowed in five outings and 8 1/3 total innings. Trinidad isn't needed for too many save opportunities, but he continues to perform at it.