AAA: Sugar Land 8, Sacramento 1
- Sacramento has been having trouble picking up hits over the last two games. Luis Gonzalez, though, picked up three walks. On the season, Gonzalez is 6-for-19, and has added six walks (with five strikeouts) to put up a .316 average with a .480 on-base percentage.
- Ka’ai Tom picked up a hit and a walk, and continues to put up nice states. He’s batting .400 (6-for-16) and has added three walks to three strikeouts, for a .500 OBP.
- In a rough game after Sugar Land fell behind 7-1, Joey Marciano came in mid-inning with the bases empty and two outs, but gave up back-to-back doubles to allow a run for the first time. Marciano had his fastball still up to 94-96, but allowed three hits and a walk, with just one strikeout.
- Yunior Marte cleaned up the final two innings, and was the most effective pitcher the River Cats had with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts. Across four innings, he’s struck out six and has yet to allow a baserunner. Marte had his fastball up to 96-98, with his slider from 81-85.
AA: Bowie 11, Richmond 6
- After narrowly missing one earlier in the weekend, Sean Roby hit his first home run of the season. He had 19 home runs in High-A last season. Roby is 3-for-13, with seven strikeouts and one walk on the season.
- Will Wilson had his second straight multi-hit game, and picked up his first extra-base hit with a double. He’s 5-for-12 with four walks to four strikeouts this season.
- Michael Gigliotti was 1-for-4 in his second game, and added another stolen base. That gives him three so far this season. He had six in a shortened 2021 season, in which he played in just 27 games. His season-high, 2019, was 36 steals in 46 attempts over 87 games.
- Brett Auerbach also had his second multi-hit game out of three this year, and also added a walk. Auerbach is 4-for-14 with a home run, two walks and four strikeouts.
- The Richmond Flying Squirrels have three catchers listed on their roster, and all three started today’s game. Auerbach started at second, while Brandon Martorano was at catcher. The third, Rob Emery, made his first appearance of the season, while playing first, where he did have a couple of errors. Emery played 23 games in the field last season. 16 were at catcher, 6 at first, and 1 at third, and he didn’t have any errors at first last season.
- Bryan Brickhouse made his Giants organization debut, and struggled early, with three runs allowed off three singles, a sacrifice fly, a walk, and a wild pitch. He finished with five hits, one walk, and one strikeout in 3.1 innings. In 2021, he had a 3.45 ERA splitting time as a starter and reliever for Double-A Tulsa.
- Making his 2022 debut as well was Blake Rivera, who also had some struggles, and allowed two home runs out of three hits in one inning of work. This may also be an indication that the organization might be moving Rivera primarily to the bullpen, after he worked primarily as a starter at High-A in 2021.
High-A: SUSPENDED in the Bottom of the 4th – Rain
- This suspended game will be complete on the team’s next visit to Everett, which begins on May 31st. Though the stats will not officially count until the game finishes, some notable stats happened.
- Hunter Bishop picked up his first hit, a single in his second at-bat. He also picked up his first steal.
- Luis Matos took a walk, and stole his second base of the season.
- Nick Swiney was making his first start of the season, but it probably wasn’t heavily shortened, as he finished with 58 pitches, while many of the Giants minor league starters have had pitch limits around 60. He gave up a run on a hit and walk, and struck out four.
- One other first was Casey Schmitt nabbing a steal off of a hit. He had only two steals in his first pro season, on four attempts.
Low-A: San Jose 6, Modesto 5 (10 Innings)
San Jose Notes:
- Someone turned on the home run button for San Jose. The team had no home runs before Sunday. On Sunday, they had five hits, and three were home runs. A fourth was a triple.
- Victor Bericoto had the biggest hit, a 2-run home run in the 10th inning to lead off the inning, of course scoring the placed runner for extra innings. It was his first big fly this year. Bericoto had two home runs in just seven games played last season, and had five in 65 games in the DSL as a 17-year old in 2019.
- Another first home run was Aeverson Arteaga, which was also his first hit of the year. While he’s just 1-for-11, he has collected three walks, but also eight strikeouts.
- The third home run belonged to Rayner Santana, who was in his first game of the year. He had four home runs in 30 games at the Arizona Complex League in 2021.
- In front of the home runs was starter Mason Black, the team’s 3rd round pick in 2021. Black threw 4.0 innings, with a hit allowed, no walks, and seven strikeouts. His fastball was 93-96 in his first game.
- Grant McCray was the Giant who hit a triple, which was his first hit of the season. He’s 1-for-7, with six walks, and three strikeouts.
- Working the save in the 10th was Esmerlin Vinicio, who was one of the most effective starters in the ACL in 2021. He gave up a single that allowed the placed runner to score, but it was unearned. It’ll be interesting to see if Vinicio continues to work in relief in this crowded pitching staff.