The young Giants look to start the second half of the season strong. Many of the more promising farmhands had disappointing first halves, but hit the ground running this week, particularly young pitcher Adalberto Mejia.
AAA: Fresno lost to Tucson 9-6 last night. Eric Hacker allowed six runs in six innings of work to take the loss, although his record still stands at 10-3. He struck out five and walked only one. Conor Gillaspie hit a grand slam for his sixth home run of the season. The Grizzlies stand in second place at 46-31.
AA: Richmond was swept in four games by New Britain, falling last night by a score of 6-2. The game was called due to high winds in the eighth inning. The good news is that both Gary Brown and Tommy Joseph went 2-3 with a double. Brown in particular has been heating up as of late and is racking up the stolen bases, with a tally of 21 on the year. He also has three home runs (all of which hit quite recently) and has raised his batting average to a respectable .261. Richmond is in fourth place with a record of 36-40.
A+: San Jose was blown out 15-4 last night by Stockton. Shawn Sanford was torched for eight earned runs in 4.1 innings of work. This was the most runs allowed by San Jose all year. They are 2-3 in the second half and in third place.
A: Augusta has started strong in the second half, defeating Asheville 3-2 last night. Garrett Buechele and Shawn Payne had huge offensive nights, combining for six hits. On Sunday, Adalberto Mejia (who had previously dominated the Dominican League as a 17 year old but has struggled in Augusta this year) put up a monster line, going six hitless innings and allowing only two walks while striking out five. He was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for this outing. The Greenjackets are 4-1, tied for first place.
A-Short Season: Salem-Keizer lost to Eugene 10-7 last night, falling to 6-5 on the year. Lorenzo Mendoza had a tough start for the Volcanoes, allowing four earned runs in three innings. Rafael Rodriguez hit a home run and a triple for S-K, recording three RBI and scoring twice. S-K is currently in second place.