Although the big leaguers are on their annual All-Star break, the kids on the farm continue to play. Sunday’s games were punctuated by huge offensive outputs from Fresno, Richmond, and Salem-Keizer.
AAA: Fresno beat Sacramento 8-6 on Sunday night. Although Jason Stevenson had a difficult start, allowing 4 runs in just over 5 innings, the offense picked him up. Nick Noonan recorded two home runs and Chris Dominguez added a third. Jackson Williams went 2 for 4 with a triple. Fresno now stands at 50-40, second place in their division.
AAA: Richmond defeated Reading 7-2 on Sunday. Chris Gloor recorded another stellar start, allowing only one run in six innings while tallying five strikeouts. The run given up by Gloor was in fact the only run he has given up as a starting pitcher. Johnny Monell had a big day at the plate with a home run and a double. Richmond stands at 43-46, sixth place in their division.
A+: San Jose lost to Rancho Cucamonga 4-1 Sunday night, as Seth Rosin continues to struggle on the mound as of late. He allowed all four runs in six innings of work. The lone San Jose run came on a Dan Burkhart solo home run. San Jose now stands at 7-11 in the second half, third place in their division.
A: Augusta lost to Asheville 3-2 in extra innings despite Edwin Escobar’s quality start for the GreenJackets. Escobar went seven strong innings, allowing only two runs. He has gone at least seven in three of his last five starts. Jose Flores had the only noteworthy day at the plate for Augusta, going 2-4 with a home run. Augusta is now 9-9 in third place.
A-SS: Salem-Keizer defeated Eugene by a whopping 17-2 Sunday night. Kendry Flores had a great start for the Volcanoes, striking out five and allowing two runs over five innings. Mike Mergenthaler and Joseph Rapp had huge days at the plate, with Mergenthaler going 3-6 with a double and Rapp going 3-5 with a home run and a double. Salem-Keizer is now 10-14, fourth place in their division.