Grant McCray finally hits his first home run of the season, while San Jose rolls to a shutout rout in a day of two rainouts. Plus, an injured top prospect’s return is announced!
- For the second time this series, weather has postponed a game in Oklahoma City. The teams will play as scheduled on Saturday and plan to do another doubleheader on Sunday. Sacramento was swept in a doubleheader by OKC on Thursday.
- Boy, it was sunny on the west coast, but boy, the rain ruled much of the day elsewhere. Richmond will play a doubleheader in Bowie on Saturday.
High-A: Vancouver 7, Eugene 2
- Vancouver piled on for an easy victory over Eugene, but there were a couple of bright sides for Eugene. The Canadians were up 5-1 after four innings, with the game already well out of reach, but in the 7th, a meaningless home run (for the game) was hit by slumping Grant McCray, hopefully a sign of a turn around for him.
- McCray’s home run came on a 1-for-5 day, with two strikeouts. That’s his first home run, 17 games into the season. He’s coming off a season where he had 23 home runs in 120 games in San Jose and briefly Eugene. McCray is batting .152 with a .300 OBP, with 10 walks to 27 strikeouts in 66 at-bats.
- Catcher Adrian Sugastey went 2-for-4 and picked up his first double of the season in his 13th game. Sugastey now has a batting line of .283/.304/.358 with a double and a home run, and two walks to nine strikeouts in 53 at-bats.
- Left fielder Jared Dupere was 2-for-3 with his fourth double of the year. Dupere now has hits in each of the last five games, going 10-for-19 (.526) with three doubles, and raising his batting average from .200 to .305.
- Aeverson Arteaga also had a double, going 1-for-5. Arteaga now has four doubles, a triple, and a home run, but is just 13-for-63 (.206) on the season.
- Starting pitcher Seth Lonsway was knocked around, giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks with one strikeout in 3.0 IP. That bumps his ERA up to 9.69 after his fourth start. Lonsway now has seven walks to eight strikeouts in 13.0 innings, but also has allowed 22 hits to the tune of a .386 batting average along.
- Reliever Joe Kemlage had a big game, striking out six in 2.0 innings without giving up a run, while he allowed four hits and a walk. The big day gives Kemlage 11 strikeouts to five walks in 9.0 innings, although he still has a 5.00 ERA after he gave up five earned runs in his first 4.0 innings.
Low-A: San Jose 11, Fresno 0
San Jose Notes:
- Well, not much to say about this one: San Jose dominated, routing Fresno 11-0 and allowing just two hits. They scored three runs in the first without getting a hit, thanks to a sacrifice fly and getting a bases-loaded walks and a bases-loaded balk. But San Jose got their 11 runs without any home runs. Meanwhile, the pitching staff was led by Gerelmi Maldonado with 4.0 innings without allowing a hit, but the staff as a whole gave up more walks (5) than getting strikeouts (3).
- Shortstop Diego Velasquez went 3-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout. Through 16 games this season, Velasquez has a batting line of .295/.389/.393 with three doubles and a home run.
- Another 3-hit game went to left fielder Matt Higgins, going 3-for-4 with a walk, all singles. It’s Higgins’ second 3-hit game in his last four games, and he has a batting line of .310/.420/.397.
- First baseman Andrew Kachel was 2-for-4 with a walk and his seventh double on the season, and his third error. Through 15 games, Kachel is 17-for-60 (.283) with seven doubles, and ten walks to 22 strikeouts.
- Center fielder Alexander Suarez went 3-for-5, with all singles. Suarez is 13-for-50 (.260) with three doubles and two triples, but just two walks to 15 strikeouts.
- Starting pitcher Gerelmi Maldonado had a great start, allowing only three walks and no hits in 4.0 innings, while striking out two. It was Maldonado’s first game without allowing any runs, lowering his ERA from 8.31 to 5.68 in the one game. He has 12 strikeouts to 11 walks in 12.2 innings.
- Reliever Nomar Medina gave up the only hits of the game for San Jose, giving up two hits and one walks in 4.0 innings, while striking out one. Medina now has a 0.64 ERA after four games, and has struck out 10 to allowing four walks in 14.0 innings.
- And, finally, while not in the lineup, the San Jose Giants got news that a big name will be rehabbing with them…Vaun Brown!