Before we get into the box scores, a couple of big transactions to report.
Obviously, top prospect Marco Luciano making the move up to High-A is the big move, as his progress will be followed very closely. But don’t sleep on Yorlis Rodriguez, who had a batting line of .316/.375/.468 with four doubles, a triple, and two home runs in 25 games in the ACL.
AAA: Scheduled Day Off
AA: Reading 4, Richmond 1
- Is Diego Rincones about to start a run? Rincones hit a pair of doubles, giving him three in two games. Before the last two games, he’d had just one double in 19 Double-A games. His batting line is up to .257/.361/.514.
- Frankie Tostado reached double digits in home runs with his 10th today. Tostado’s career-high is 18, which he hit in 128 games in Low-A Augusta in 2019.
- Simon Whiteman has at least one hit in every game so far in August (okay, it’s just three games). He’s played three games in center field and is establishing that as an option for himself going forward.
- Trenton Toplikar matched a season-high with 7.0 innings. Toplikar is coming off a 6.89 ERA in July, when he cracked more than four innings just once in four starts, missing 10 days in mid-July.
High-A: Eugene 8, Tri-City 0
- Sean Roby now has more home runs this season (11) than he had in his career before (five in each of two seasons). He’s started off August on the right foot, going 4-for-15 (.267) with two home runs, but also seven strikeouts with no walks.
- Ismael Munguia hit his second home run over his last three games played. In 62 games this season, Munguia has more than doubled his career total coming into this season, which was 256 games over four seasons (three home runs total).
- Heath Quinn has hit home runs in two consecutive games, giving him seven on the season. In three August games, he’s 4-for-11 (.364) with two home runs, with a walk and three strikeouts.
- Kai-Wei Teng has put together two shutout games back-to-back. He’s gone five innings in each, and has combined to strike out 11 with five hits and seven walks.
- John Russell had an absolutely fantastic day, facing seven batters and striking out a season-high six. So far in Eugene, Russell has 40 strikeouts to 18 walks in 30.0 innings.
Low-A: San Jose 6, Fresno 5
San Jose Notes:
- Jairo Pomares celebrated his birthday with being named the Low-A West Player of the Month, and then having a 3-hit game when he played. He’s got a .356/.414/.663 batting line.
- Luis Matos extended his hitting streak to ten games, and he’s had five straight multi-hit games. He’s 13-for-21 (.619) over the last five games. However, he was lifted after being hit by a pitch on his hand in the 9th inning.
- Tyler Wyatt hit 2 doubles on the day, giving him three doubles in San Jose, and four on the season in total.
- Kyle Harrison took the start, and for the 3rd straight game, he allowed three earned runs. He did allow his first home run since June 24th, just his second of the season.
- 25-year old Jesus Tona’s journey from catcher to pitcher made its first big hurdle, as he was promoted from the ACL after seven games without an earned run allowed to San Jose, where he got the win in relief in his first Low-A appearance.