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Fresno Fridays

By Ashley Varela

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with the Giants’ minor league affiliates down in Fresno, Richmond, and San Jose. Here’s the latest from the farm system—those who are flourishing, failing, and fighting their way to San Francisco.

Fresno Grizzlies

Current record: 46-29

The comeback kids: After suffering a four-game losing streak this week, the Grizzlies bounced back with a 4-3 series opener against the Tucson Padres. Fresno wasted no time collecting run support, with a handful of singles and a Brett Pill 2-RBI homer in the 1st to put them up 3-0. Southpaw Jason Stevenson brought the Padres within a run of tying the game on a pair of doubles, but the ‘pen bailed him out with a 2-hit performance in 3.1 IP.

Recent call-ups: By the look of the leaderboards, Justin Christian placed third in Pacific Coast League batters with a .364 AVG and .432 OBP, gathering 91 hits and 7 home runs in just 60 games. In his 9 days as a major leaguer, Christian touts a .167/.167/.167 slash line in San Francisco, with a single run in 6 PA and 4 games.

Richmond Flying Squirrels

Current record: 36-38

Bottoming out: The Squirrels may be sitting above five teams in the Eastern League, but you wouldn’t know it from their stats. They’re currently scraping the bottom of the barrel in runs, extra base hits, OBP, SLG, and OPS.

Sweet and sour: Then again, what do team stats really tell us? Gary Brown and Daniel Mayora have been constant standouts on the Squirrels’ roster, with averages spiked well above .300, 12 doubles apiece, and a combined 50 walks in 73 games. Brown has grabbed 21 bags in 32 attempts, while Mayora’s bat has not been enough to disguise a hefty 20 errors at third base.

San Jose Giants

Current record: 40-33

Let’s go streaking: Following an 11-game hit streak, Joe Panik went 0-for-4 last night against the Visalia Rawhide, striking out twice against RHP Conrad Flynn. During his tear, he collected 3 home runs, going 3-for-4 on Thursday with 2 singles, a 2-RBI homer, and a walk.

Give me a break: The San Jose Giants sit at a respectable 3 games behind the Bakersfield Blaze, going 2-1 in their brief homestand following the All-Star break. The All-Star showdown between the California and Carolina leagues ended in a 9-1 whopper, with the Cal-Stars getting the short end of the stick. Lefty reliever Jack Snodgrass represented San Jose, with a painful 3-hit, 2-run 7th inning.

With the influx of odd injuries, holes in the infield, and rotation struggles plaguing the Giants right now, which baby Giant would you like to see called up next?