Game 1: Salt Lake 2, Sacramento 0 (7 Innings)
Game 2: Sacramento 7, Salt Lake 4 (7 Innings)
- Sacramento’s offense did not show up much in Game 1, as Sacramento was held to just four hits. However, they still outhit Salt Lake, who had just three. The walks were a killer for Sacramento’s starter Tristan Beck. A third-inning solo home run gave Salt Lake the lead, but Beck loaded the bases in the fourth on a double and two walks, and then reliever Ryan Walker walked in the game’s second run.
- Sacramento pounded out 11 hits in Game 2, led by Casey Schmitt going 2-for-4 with a double, and three RBI by catcher Ricardo Genovés. The game was a bullpen game, with Mauricio Llovera starting it with scoreless inning, and Cole Waites with a scoreless seventh inning to save the game.
- Casey Schmitt ended the day with a 3-for-7 day with a double, and also played generally great defense, though he also had an error in Game 2.
- Also with a 3-for-7 day combined was Heliot Ramos, who added a pair of stolen bases, one in each game. Two of his three hits had exit velocities of over 106 mph, two of the five hardest hit balls of the day. The slimmed-down Ramos played both right field and center, and in Game 1 was unable to complete a basket catch on an eventual double, but showed off his arm strength, starting a relay from himself to Will Wilson to Schmitt to nail the batter at third.
- Top relief prospect Cole Waites picked up the Game 2 save with a scoreless inning. Waites had a combined 1.94 ERA in the minors last season, and went unscored upon in Triple-A over seven appearances. Waites worked almost exclusively with his fastball (17 of 19 pitches).
- Game 2 starter Mauricio Llovera was throwing between 93-95 with his fastball as he had a strong inning, striking out two without allowing a baserunner. Llovera had a 0.00 ERA in Sacramento in 15 games in 2022, but had a 4.41 ERA in 17 games with the Giants in the big leagues.
- Catcher Ricardo Genovés made his return to Triple-A with a 2-for-3 day with a walk and a team-leading three RBI. Genovés started 2022 in Triple-A but went down to Double-A for much of the season, hitting a combined just .215. He chose free agency, but eventually signed back with the Giants organization in the offseason.
- Minor league free agent signing Armando Alvarez was hitless (0-3) in his first game, but went 1-for-2 with two walks in Game 2. Alvarez had a .844 ERA in Triple-A in the Yankees organization in 2022 before signing with the Giants.
- Game 1 starter Tristan Beck had a rough day, handing out four walks and three hits in 3.1 innings, giving up two runs. He struggled with his control, with just 24 pitches out of 71 being in the strike zone. He woked mostly with a 92-95 mph fastball and a mid-80’s slider. Beck had a 5.64 ERA in 20 games at Triple-A in 2022.
When the other teams begin play
AA Richmond: Friday, April 7
High-A Eugene: Friday, April 7
Low-A San Jose: Thursday April 6