AAA: Reno 11, Sacramento 4
- David Villar was at first base in this game, and knocked out his third home run of the season on a 2-for-3 day with a walk. Villar is 5-for-19 over six games, with three home runs, and six walks to seven strikeouts.
- Austin Dean was 2-for-4 with two doubles, giving him three on the year. Dean is just 4-for-21 to bat .190 so far, but three of those four hits are doubles.
- It was a forgettable start for Michael Plassmeyer, giving up four runs across 4.0 innings, but he did strike out five to two walks.
AA: Altoona 3, Richmond 2
- DH Frankie Tostado returned to the Diamond after being a fan-favorite last season, and was 2-for-4 with his first double on the season. He’s 4-for-13 on the year, with the double his first extra-base hit.
- Brett Auerbach was 2-for-4 with a steal while catching. He’s 6-for-18 on the season so far, with a home run, and three walks to five strikeouts.
- Center fielder Michael Gigliotti was 2-for-5 with his first double, but also got picked off once that hurt a late-inning rally.
- Will Wilson and Sean Roby each went hitless, but drew two walks. For Wilson, that gives him six walks on top of 5-for-15 hitting, giving him a .524 OBP. Roby now has three walks against eight strikeouts over four games.
- Tristan Beck made his season debut, and allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over 4.0 innings. Beck appeared in just 37.1 innings in 2021, and in Double-A had a 5.89 ERA over four starts (18.1 innings).
- Frank Rubio struck out two over 2.0 innings of relief in his second appearance of the season.
- Franklin Labour didn’t get any hits, but he did get outs, from the outfield. He had two outfield assists, one at first and this one at third.
High-A: Spokane at Eugene Postponed due to weather
- Not the best home opener ever for Eugene. No makeup date was announced. This is the second game in a row Eugene has had affected by weather. The Emeralds had Sunday’s game at Everett suspended due to weather, and it will be finished in the next trip to Everett which starts at the end of May.
Low-A: San Jose 5, Fresno 1
San Jose Notes:
- Matt Mikulski, the Giants 2021 2nd round pick, made his season debut and had a strong game. He struck out five, while allowed one run on three hits and a walk. Notably, he struck out the side in the second inning, but let runners on in the third. He hit a batter, but then promptly picked him off. The next batter singled, and Mikulski picked him off as well. Mikulski nearly had a third batter picked off in the fourth inning, but that runner completed the steal as first baseman Garrett Frechette threw the ball to the outfield.
- On the piggyback start, 9th round pick Mat Olsen made his own season debut, going three innings, striking out four and allowing three hits. The 21-year old was drafted out of Central Arizona Junior College and was unscored upon in three ACL innings in 2021, where he didn’t give up any baserunners and struck out five.
- Aeverson Arteaga took the DH spot, and was 1-for-2 with a walk and got hit by a pitch, and added a steal. Arteaga had some impressive base-running in the 4th, as he was on first, and when Adrian Sugastey singled to right, he saw the right fielder bobble the ball and went to third, which prompted a throw that was its own error, letting Sugastey go to second. Arteaga would score on a wild pitch.
- Catcher Adrian Sugastey was 2-for-3 with a walk for his first big offensive game this season. He was 1-for-8 coming into this game.
- Dilan Rosario was at second, and picked up his first 2-hit game, adding a walk of his own. Through three games, Rosario is 3-for-10, but also has three walks to one strikeout.
- Giants 18th round pick Hunter Dula got into his second game of the year, notching a pair of strikeouts. He has struck out four with two hits and a walk allowed across 3.0 innings so far.
- It was San Jose’s home opener, so it was a chance for the team to remember their championship from 2021, and they shared this nice video package for the moment.
Finally…it’s not strictly about the minor leagues, but we have to recognize and salute Alyssa Nakken for her historic achievement in San Francisco on Monday.