#SFGiants Minors Rundown: 8/16

Player of the Day: San Francisco Giants #3 Prospect LHP Mike Kickham was the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week last week, and had a

June 25, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Michael Kickham (59) pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

17+ inning scoreless streak broken tonight.  In two starts last week, Kickham went 14 innings and gave up no runs on only 6 hits.  That streak continued into today until Reno scored in the 4th.  Kickham’s line for tonight: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 8 K, 2 BB.  Not bad numbers – but this nod goes to the body of work over the last 2 weeks.  September call-up?  Most likely.

 

Fresno Grizzlies – AAA Pacific Coast League

Highlights/News: (W 5-2) Giants #9 prospect CF Gary Brown homered and the Grizzlies held Reno to 5 hits to pull out the victory.  Mike Kickham continued his stellar pitching as of late, and one has to believe he is vying for a September call-up.  Fresno Closer and Giants #6 prospect Heath Hembree extended his franchise record for saves after recording his 28th of the season.  The game didn’t get started until after 8PM (7:05 scheduled start) due to the team’s “gear arriving late”, according to the Grizzlies twitter account.

At the Plate: CF Gary Brown 2-5, 2 R, HR, RBI; RF Juan Perez 3-4, RBI, SB

On the Mound: RHP Heath Hembree S (28), 1 IP, 1 K, 0 BB

 

SOUTH DIVISION STANDINGS

W

L

GB

Las Vegas (Mets)

69

56

-

Sacramento (Athletics)

70

57

-

Tucson (Padres)

66

61

4

Fresno (Giants)

60

66

9 1/2

 

Richmond Flying Squirrels – AA Eastern League

Highlights/News: (W 3-0; W 6-5)  Richmond won the first game over Bowie - a completion of a game started on July 21st and resumed Friday in the 10th inning - on a RF Brett Krill infield single with runners at the corners in the 11th.  In the 2nd game, Giants 11th ranked prospect LHP Edwin Escobar gave up no runs and scattered 7 hits over 7 IP, picking up the win for the Flying Squirrels.  Escobar has given up 0 ER in three out of his last four starts.  In 7 starts since being called up to the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels, Escobar has put up the following line: 4-3, 2.57 ERA, 42 IP, 36 hits, 12 ER, 41 K and 7 BB.  LF Javier Herrera hit his 16th HR on the year, matching the Flying Squirrels franchise single season record.  Richmond now sits only one game out of first.

Jun 18, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Giants pitcher Edwin Escobar (47) during the fourth inning of the California League vs Carolina League All Star Game at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

At the Plate: LF Javier Herrera 2-5, R, HR, RBI

DH Mark Minicozzi 2-4, R, BB

C Jesus Navarro 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI

On the Mound: LHP Edwin Escobar W, 7 IP, 7 H, 5 K, 1 BB

RHP Cody Hall S, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 3 K

WESTERN DIVISION STANDINGS

W

L

GB

Erie (Tigers)

65

58

-

Harrisburg (Nationals)

66

59

0

Richmond   (Giants)

65

60

1

Bowie (Orioles)

62

62

3.5

Altoona (Pirates)

57

66

8

Akron (Indians)

57

67

8 1/2

 

San Jose Giants – High A California League

Highlights/News: (W 3-2) Giants #1 prospect RHP Kyle Crick was dominant again, giving up only 1 ER and striking out 10 over 6 IP - as San Jose defeated Inland Empire with a walk off sac fly by CF Chris Lofton in the bottom of the 10th.  This marks the 4th time in the last 10 starts that Crick has eclipsed 10 strikeouts.  At one point the stadium radar gun had him at 99mph with the fastball – however most reports had him between 93-97.  There were some questions about Crick’s health coming into this game, as his start earlier in the week had to be pushed back due to back stiffness.  It’s safe to say he put any worry to rest.

At the Plate: C Jeff Arnold 2-3, 3 R, 2B, BB; CF Chris Lofton 1-2, RBI, GW Sac Fly

On the Mound: RHP Kyle Crick 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 10 K, 3 BB

In case you’ve never seen Crick pitch – or just want to watch it again – here is some video of one of his 10K performances from earlier this year, courtesy of sfgiantpotential.com:

 

NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS

W

L

GB

Modesto (Rockies)

31

23

-

Visalia (Diamondbacks)

28

25

2 1/2

San Jose (Giants)*

27

27

4

Stockton (Athletics)

26

27

4 1/2

Bakersfield (Reds)

22

32

9

 

Augusta GreenJackets – Low A South Atlantic League

Augusta doubleheader rained out.

SOUTHERN DIVISION STANDINGS

W

L

GB

Augusta   (Giants)

32

20

-

Lexington (Royals)

30

23

3

Charleston (Yankees)

25

24

5

Savannah (Mets)

27

26

5 1/2

Rome (Braves)

26

27

7

Greenville (Red Sox)

23

27

7 1/2

Asheville (Rockies)

20

32

12 1/2

 

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – Short Season A Northwest League

Highlights/News: (W 7-2) LHP Andrew Leenhouts earned his 8th victory in 12 starts and lowered his ERA to 2.38 as the Volcanoes dominated Vancouver.  Salem-Keizer has now won 13 out of 16 ball games as the Northwest League Playoffs approach.

At the Plate: 1B Brian Ragira 3-4, 3 R, BB; DH Leo Rojas 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI; RF Tyler Horan 3-4, R, RBI

On the Mound: LHP Andrew Leenhouts W, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 8 K, 0 BB

 

SOUTH DIVISION STANDINGS

W

L

GB

Salem-Keizer (Giants)*

15

7

-

Boise (Cubs)

14

8

1

Yakima (Diamondbacks)

11

11

4

Eugene (Padres)

10

12

5

AZL Giants:

Game note -

DSL Giants: (W 2-0) RHP Jonathan Loasiga 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 K, 2 BB; #14 Prospect Gustavo Cabrera 1-2, RBI, BB

 

*First-Half division champions, made playoffs.

Prospect rankings are based on those of mlb.com.

 

Topics: Angel Pagan, Augusta GreenJackets, Fresno Grizzlies, Heath Hembree, Kyle Crick, Mike Kickham, Richmond Flying Squirrels, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Giants

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