AAA: Sacramento 18, Reno 8
- The power surge hit Reno, as they won a slugfest with five home runs and five doubles, resulting in 18 runs.
- The star of the night for the River Cats was third baseman David Villar. Villar was 4-for-6 with a pair of home runs, giving him five on the season. Last season, Villar set a Richmond franchise record with 20 home runs over 106 games, this season he’s a quarter of a way to that total after just nine games. He’s got a .303/.425/.758 line on the season after this game.
- Luis Gonzalez matched Villar’s power output, notching two of his own plus a walk. They were Gonzalez’s first two of the season. HIs career high was 14 in 2018 across both levels of Single-A.
- Jason Vosler was 2-for-6 with a home run of his own, with a walk. Vosler has been off to a slow start. He’s 7-for-30 with a double, a triple, and a home run, and his batting line rises to .233/.303/.433.
- Catcher Ricardo Genovés put together four hits, with his first double of the season. Genovés was 1-for-19 over his past five games, and his batting average jumped from .160 to .258.
- The only River Cat without multiple hits was Jason Krizan, who was 1-for-3 with a double, but also had three walks. Krizan is 3-for-25 on the season, but now has seven walks to six strikeouts, leading to a .120 batting average to a .303 on-base percentage.
- The ball was flying out against Sacramento as well, as Jakob Junis gave up four runs on three home runs allowed, among the eight hits he scattered. Junis has an 8.74 ERA through his first three starts, with nine strikeouts to four walks in 11.1 innings.
- Wei-Chieh Huang struggled with his control over his relief appearances, giving up four walks and two hits in 1.2 innings. Over 4.1 innings, Huang struck out nine and walked five this season.
- Finishing the game was Marciano, pitching for the second straight day, after getting one out the game before. Marciano’s fastball was down to 93, and he didn’t get a single whiff, but he got three outs quickly.
AA: Richmond 8, Altoona 4
- Sean Roby’s power surge continues. Roby his a solo home run in the 4th inning, and a solo home run in the 6th on a 3-for-3 day with a walk. The third hit was a 2-run single that gave the Squirrels the lead in the 7th inning. Roby now has hit five home runs in the last three games, while going 7-for-10 with three walks and two strikeouts. Just a lights-out run of games this week for Richmond’s third baseman.
- It’s worth noting that in the 6th inning, Roby appeared to come up in pain after a swing and a miss, and the trainer spoke with him. Roby stayed in to hit his second home run that at-bat, and collect a big 2-run single an inning later.
- Brett Auerbach had a home run in the 8th inning, his second of the season, as he collected two hits and two walks. Auebach has a batting line of .333/.429/.533 after seven games this season.
- Bryan Brickhouse had the start for Richmond, allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks in 4.0 IP. Brickhouse has a 8.59 ERA through his first two appearances of the season.
- Reliever Blake Rivera had his best appearances of the year, allowing just one hit over three innings, with two strikeouts. After giving up three earned runs in his first appearance, Rivera has worked his ERA down to 4.50.
- Also out of the bullpen, Chris Wright threw two scoreless innings, allowing two walks and also hitting a batter. He has yet to allowed an earned run in 4.0 innings this season, with just one hit allowed, but five free passes in three walks and two hit batters.
- This game was marred by a major benches clearing incident in the 8th inning. The heat may have started in the 6th. After Roby’s second home run, the first pitch that was thrown to the next batter, Tyler Fitzgerald, was hit on the arm, but it was ruled a strike because he was apparently attempting a bunt on it or got his bat. Fitzgerald was then hit by the next pitch legitimately on another ball up and in. In the top of the 8th, after Richmond had taken the lead, Chris Wright gave out a 1-out walk, and then threw a pitch behind the next batter, Connor Scott, that led to a wild pitch advancing the runner. The umpires convened, but nothing came of it. The next pitch Wright threw hit Scott square on the bat, which led to a lot of angry words, and the umpires issued warnings. To lead off the 8th inning, Jacob Heyward came up. He had words with the Altoona catcher Blake Sabol, who seemed to hold up his hands in a “I don’t know sort of manner”. The first pitch by Curve pitcher Oliver Garcia was a 96 MPH fastball right behind Heyward’s head. Heyward took a step towards the pitcher, but began yelling at the catcher Sabol instead. Garcia began yelling at Heyward and approached the mound, and the benches cleared. Garcia in particular had to be wrestled to the ground and away from the pile by an Altoona teammate. The Curve’s Garcia and Sabol, as well as their manager Kieran Mattison were all ejected, as was Heyward.
High-A: Doubleheader: Game 1: Eugene 3, Spokane 1; Game 2: Eugene 4, Spokane 2
- Armani Smith led the way in Game 1, with a 2-run home run in the 1st inning of Game 1, and added a pair of walks in Game 2. Smith now has two home runs over seven games, and has four walks to six strikeouts. His batting line is up to .316/.458/.632.
- The lone home run in the second game was the first hit for the season by Luis Toribio, on a 1-for-3 game. Toribio has an .083 average now after four games. He hit .229 and had 7 home runs in San Jose in 2021.
- Jairo Pomares was a combined 2-for-6 between the two games. That raised his total to 4-for-19 (.211) after six games played this season.
- Hunter Bishop had his first 2-hit game of the season in Game 2, and also added a walk in Game 1.
- Marco Luciano only played the first game, going 1-for-2 with a walk. He raised his line to .333/.375/.571 over the two games.
- Randy Rodriguez took the start in Game 1. He went 2.2 innings, giving up one hit, two walks, and three hit by pitches. Now as a regular starter for the first time, has a 1.93 ERA after two games.
- Wil Jensen worked three innings in relief, striking out four without allowing a baserunner. On the season, he’s allowed one hit and one walk with six strikeouts.
- Jake Wong took the second start, only giving up an unearned run in 2.1 innings. He had worked in relief for the first time in his pro career a week ago.
- To close out Game 2, Cole Waites had his best appearance of the young season, striking out the side. That gives him eight strikeouts in 3.0 innings, and lowered his ERA to 15.00.
Low-A: San Jose 8, Fresno 7
San Jose Notes:
- Vaun Brown had his best game of his pro career, with a 4-for-4 day. It bumped up his batting average from .172 to .273 in this one game, and extends what is now a 4-game hitting streak.
- Dilan Rosario returned from getting hit by a pitch on his hands with a 2-for-4 day with his first double of the season. While the double was his first extra-base hit, he is 7-for-20 on the season, good for a .350 batting average.
- Mason Black had the start, giving up four runs on seven hits, but he didn’t walk any. That offsets with Black spectacular debut, giving him a 4.70 ERA after two starts. Still, in 7.2 innings, he’s struck out ten and walked none yet.
- Jose Cruz had a strong day in relief, striking out four of the five batters he faced, and allowing just a walk. Cruz allowed four runs in his first appearance, but has two scoreless appearances (2.1 IP) since.
- Landen Roupp had the piggyback start, allowing just a walk while striking out four. Over two appearances, Roupp has allowed just one hit and one walk in 6.0 innings, with nine strikeouts.