With another week gone by, it's time once again for the San Francisco Giants Minor League affiliates weekly review. The Fresno Grizzlies and San Jose Giants have sent a lot of their talent to the big leagues over the last week, but they are still going strong along with the Richmond Flying Squirrels and the Augusta Greenjackets. Let's take a look at how each team fared, with one setting historic team records in their division...
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): Fresno was definitely hit the hardest by the Giants call-ups, and they managed to go only 2-6 last week including a 8-6 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Monday. The Grizz currently are 22-30 on the season, now sitting 11 games back of the Sacramento Rivercats in the Pacific Coast League South. Brett Pill still managed to have a nice week, including a 2-4 game on Sunday where he launched a homer and racked up three RBI. Pill is batting .304 for the season with 40 RBI so far. Next up for Fresno will be four more against the Sky Sox than another four game set at home against the Las Vegas 51's.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA): Skipper Dave Machemer and his Squirrels have had an up and down season so far, and their 4-4 record last week including a 3-2 loss to the Akron Aeros on Monday goes to show it. They currently sit 5 games back in the Eastern League West at 24-26, though that division is very tight so far. Pitcher Eric Surkamp has been very effective in the 10 games he's started so far this year, posting a 3-2 record with a 1.33 ERA in those games. Surkamp pitched very well on Sunday, going for eight full innings allowing eight hits, but no earned runs, one walk, and three strikeouts. Next up for Richmond will by a three game set in Bowie to face the Bay Sox, then three at home against the Reading R-Phils.
San Jose Giants (A): By far the most successful club in the Giants minor league system thus far, these Giants are currently riding a franchise record 11 straight games, including a 5-3 win over the Stockton Ports on Monday. Their winning streak has pushed their lead in the California League North to nine games ahead of Stockton, and will have 4 more game against them coming up this week. Gary Brown has still by swinging the lumber in San Jose, sporting a eye popping .374 with 39 RBI and 30 stolen bags. He went 3-4 on Sunday against the Ports with two runs, an RBI, and two stolen bases. As for on the mound, Zach Wheeler had a carrer high 12 strikeouts in his outing on Sunday as well, allowing only three hits, no runs, and one walk in his seven innings of work.
Augusta Greenjackets (A): The Greenjackets are another team searching for consistency, going 3-4 last week including a 10-3 victory over the Rome Braves on Monday. At 21-30 on the season, Augusta currently sits 6.5 GB in the Southern Atlantic League South in second to last place. Second baseman Carlos Willougby has been a nice story for them thus far, including a 4-5 night on Monday with three runs, two RBI, and two stolen bags. Willougby currently is rocking a .284 average with 15 RBI and 30 stolen bases for the year. The Greenjackets have one more with the Braves in Rome, then four in Asheville to face Tourists, then three at home against the Charleston Riverdogs.