AAA: Sacramento 6, Las Vegas 4

Top Lines

SS Thairo Estrada: 2-4, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 2B (1), 1 HR (2), 1 BB, 1 SO
CF Bryce Johnson: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 2B (1), 1 HR (1), 1 SO, 1 E
DH LaMonte Wade Jr: 0-2, 1 R, 3 BB
C Joey Bart: 1-5, 2 SO, 1 E
3B Mitchell Tolman: 2-4, 1 SO, 1 SB (1), 1 E

SP Nick Tropeano: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR
RP Tyler Cyr: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
RP Jimmie Sherfy: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
RP Francisco Leone: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO

Thairo Estrada continues to rock things on his new team, while Bryce Johnson joined him on a very mixed night of Sacramento hitting.  Johnson hit his first home run in the second, a 2-run shot that very briefly gave the Cats a 2-1 lead, and had a double as well to lead the team.  But it was Thairo Estrada who has been the hottest in the first two games, now with two home runs in two games.  He’s 6-for-9 on the young season, with a double on top of the two home runs.

Other Notes:

  • LaMonte Wade Jr. was 0-for-2, but did draw three walks (one intentional walk among them).
  • Nick Tropeano had a rough day on the mound, giving up way too much contact despite striking out six of the 16 batters he faced.
  • Tyler Cyr made his season debut, looking solid as the only Sacramento pitcher to not give up a hit.  At the end of the game, Francisco Leone got the save, and notably became the only pitcher in the Sacramento lineup to not give up a walk (every other pitcher gave up just one).

AA: Richmond and Hartford were rained out

The rain means there will be a doubleheader on Saturday, so more baseball on the weekend!

And, usually I don’t need to post two tweets announcing a rainout, but this second one caught me, and left me a little amused, a little confused, and more than a little upset.

Is….Carmax sponsoring rainout notifications?  I know that advertising has become the end-all be-all of everything, but are we really sponsoring these, too?

Pity the company that thinks it’s a good idea to sponsor the extra runner on second base in extra innings.  Pity them a lot for their foolishness.

High-A: Eugene 8, Spokane 4

Top Lines:

RF Ismael Munguia: 3-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO
DH Will Wilson: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR (1), 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS (1)
1B Logan Wyatt: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO
SS Tyler Fitzgerald: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
2B Simon Whiteman: 2-4, 1 SO, 1 SB (2)

SP Nick Morreale: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2 Balks
RP Travis Perry: 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO
RP R.J. Dabovich: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR

Eugene kept rolling, as the offensive machine continued to roll up there in the Northwest.  Today, it was Will Wilson’s turn to get in on the home run trots, as he hit his first as a Giants prospect as part of a 2-hit day.  But today again, most of the runs came in on consistent hitting up and down the lineup with just one hitter, Carter Aldrete, not getting a hit.

Other Notes:

  • Ismael Munguia continues to make excellent contact, and is now 7-for-14 over three days.
  • Logan Wyatt walked…what a surprise.  With 2 more walks, he now has eight in four games, and with a 7-for-13 batting line, he’s got a .714 on-base percentage.
  • Nick Morreale struggled with command in his first game, with three walks and two balks in 3.1 innings, along with three hits allowed.  The 19th round pick from 2019 had a 1.52 ERA in nine games, seven starts, in the AZL in his rookie 2019 stint.
  • Travis Perry came in and made up for it.  The 28th round pick from 2018 had a 3.82 ERA in 14 games in Salem-Keizer in 2019, but shut down Spokane with four strikeouts and no hits in 3.2 innings.

Low-A: San Jose 9, Fresno 4

Top Lines:

LF Armani Smith: 2-4, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 3B (1)
C Ricardo Genovés: 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, 1 SO
CF Luis Matos: 3-4, 2 R, 1 BB
RF Harrison Freed: 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
SS Marco Luciano: 0-5, 1 SO
DH Alex Canario: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

SP Nick Swiney: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO
RP Ivan Armstrong: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
RP Justin Crump: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO

San Jose finally got into the win column thanks to some early dominating hitting and the pitching performance they’d been waiting for.  Nick Swiney, one of the Giants’ sandwich picks in the 2020 draft, made his pro debut in the right way.  He gave up only one hit and two walks over four scoreless innings, all while striking out six.  When he was officially replaced, San Jose had jumped out to a 7-0 lead that they would not lose.

Our friend Roger had an interesting note about Swiney and his rival for the day on the other side of the mound:

Other Notes:

  • Armani Smith had the big hit in the team’s 4-run first inning.  HIs triple off the glove of the left fielder scored the game’s first three runs, and was Smith’s first extra-base hit of the season.  Smith had as many triples (4) as home runs in his 2019 season at Arizona and Salem-Keizer.
  • Two of the team’s top prospects went hitless, with Marco Luciano and Alex Canario going a combined 0-for-9 with four strikeouts, and only Canario getting a walk.  Well, there will be days like this.
  • Ricardo Genovés picked up his first double of the year, plus his first walk of the season.  The big man has had two 2-for-4 days and is 4-for-12 on the season.