AAA: Sacramento 4, Reno 3
- This game was a tight pitcher’s duel until the end. Reno was led by former MLB pitcher Dan Straily, who has a 4.56 career ERA over 8 years in the bigs. Sacramento took a 2-0 lead in the first, and it held until the 8th inning, when Reno tied the game. In the 9th, Jason Vosler tripled and scored on a passed ball to give the River Cats the lead again, and Austin Dean’s home run made it 4-2. That was important, because Reno had a solo home run in the bottom of the 9th before Sacramento could finish the game off.
- Wyatt Mathisen had the 2-run home run in the 1st inning that gave Sacramento the lead. It was Mathisen’s first of the year. He had just 10 home runs in 74 games in 2021 with three different Triple-A teams, five of which were with Sacramento.
- Austin Dean was 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season. The 28-year old outfielder is 5-for-28 on the year, but has three doubles and a home run among those five hits.
- Jason Vosler’s triple was his only hit of a 1-for-3 day with a walk. He’s 5-for-24 with two walks to eight strikeouts across six games.
- Ka’ai Tom was 1-for-4 with his third double of the season. He now has a 7-game hitting streak to open the season, and has a batting line of .407/.467/.519.
- Heliot Ramos made his return to Sacramento after his Major League debut. He was 1-for-4. On the season in Triple-A, he’s 4-for-17 (.235) with a double and a home run.
- Raynel Espinal threw four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out six. His fastball was 92-94 in this game. Over 7.2 scoreless innings so far this season, he’s struck out 13 to just four walks and four hits allowed.
- It was a tough day for Yunior Marte, also making his first appearance since his Major League debut earlier in the week. He gave up three runs on three hits, two of which were home runs, blowing the save, but eventually getting the win. Last season with Sacramento, he allowed just four home runs in 56.2 innings. He was throwing 95-98 on his fastball, but used his slider more. Both home runs came off his fastball.
- Joey Marciano came in with two out in the 9th to try and get the save. He did give up a double and suffer a balk, but got the fly ball to center for his first Triple-A save. His fastball velocity was 95-96.
- The pitcher’s duel required some defense, one example of which was supplied by Jason Krizan in the 8th, to get the first out of what would be a key inning. You know we love defensive highlights here.
AA: Altoona 6, Richmond 1
- It was a tough offensive night for the Squirrels, but Will Wilson still got a home run for the Squirrels, his first of the season. Wilson is batting 7-for-23 with a double and a home run, and has seven walks to seven strikeouts.
- Brett Auerbach, playing second tonight, got one of the other of the four Squirrels hit, and also got his second steal of the season. Auerbach is 8-for-27 on the year, but with two strikeouts tonight now has eight Ks on the season compared to three walks.
- Kai-Wei Teng was on the mound, and gave up a lot of hits in his home Double-A debut. He gave up six hits in 4.2 innings and also walked three while allowing two runs. After his scoreless season debut, Teng has a 1.86 ERA over 9.2 innings, and 10 strikeouts to four walks.
- Frank Rubio allowed his first run of the season on a long (for him) 2.1 innings of work. He did strike out five, giving him seven in 5.1 innings, with two walks. The 2.1 innings were Rubio’s longest stint by innings pitched since going 3.0 innings on May 3rd of 2019.
- Taylor Rashi had a scoreless inning to remain unscored upon after three appearances. He’s struck out seven in 4.0 innings, with two walks and no hits allowed.
High-A: Eugene 1, Spokane 0
- In a game that had only three hits on each side, Kyle Harrison was the star. Harrison struck out nine in five scoreless innings, with two hits and a walk. Harrison now has 16 strikeouts to one walk in 9.0 innings over his first two starts of the season. Very, very impressive start to the season for the Giants’ top pitching prospect.
- The big hit goes to Ghordy Santos, whose 9th inning home run went onto the roof of the building in right field, and ended the game. Santos is 4-for-10 over three games this season, with a double and the one home run. Santos started the game in center field, and moved to third midway through the game as part of a defensive shuffle.
- One of the other hits for Eugene went to Hunter Bishop, for his first “official” hit of the season. He previously had one in Sunday’s suspended game, but it won’t count on the record until the game is finished. He’s 1-for-17 to start the season.
- Nick Morreale had two quiet innings in relief. Over three innings, he’s given up just one hit and one walk while striking out four.
Low-A: Fresno 3, San Jose 0
San Jose Notes:
- Will Bednar took the loss in this one, but it was a much better start for him, as his control was back to expected. He allowed one run on two hits, one a 2nd inning home run, walking one and striking out five.
- Jeremy Walker made a comeback appearance, his first in a regular season game since 2019, when he pitched in AA, AAA, and with the Braves in the Majors. Walker was released by the Braves in early 2021, and the Giants picked him up in April 2021. This was essentially a rehab appearance. Walker allowed two runs on four hits and a HBP. In 2019, he made six MLB appearances, with a 1.93 ERA. He also had a 3.97 ERA in 11 games at Triple-A, and a 2.45 ERA in 21 games at Double-A in 2019.
- Seth Lonsway had the piggyback start, going three scoreless innings to finish the game. Lonsway wasn’t as dominating as his first game, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out three. He has nine total Ks in 7.0 innings.
- Yorlis Rodriguez was the only Giant with multiple hits, picking up two singles in four at-bats. He’s 7-for-25 (.280) with three doubles in the young season.
- Garrett Frechette picked up his second double of the year, on a 1-for-4 day. He’s 8-for-24 (.333) with one walk to six strikeouts this year.
- Adrian Sugastey picked up one of the team’s other doubles, also his second of the season. He’s 6-for-22 (.273) with two doubles and a home run in six games this season.
- Great news delivered during the game broadcast by broadcaster Joe Ritzo, as Dilan Rosario had a clean X-Ray on his hand after getting hit on it in the 8th inning of Thursday’s game, and hopes to be back in the lineup at some point this weekend.