AAA: Sacramento 17, Reno 9
- Believe it or not, this game was close through the 7th inning. The River Cats scored two in the 7th, with Reno scoring one to tie the game 9-9. But in the 8th, after two quick outs, Dilan Rosario walked and then the River Cats got four straight hits, highlighted by Clint Coulter’s 2-run double, put Sac up 13-9. Sacramento would go on to score four more in the 9th for an unusual blowout win.
- Michael Gigliotti had a huge day, going 3-for-4 with his second home run and two doubles, plus two walks. After 14 games, Gigliotti is batting .340 with six doubles and two home runs, and now has nine walks to four strikeouts. Gigliotti hasn’t had double-digit doubles since having 22 doubles in 2019.
- Ricardo Genovés had the other home run of the game, going 2-for-5. It was Genovés’ first home run of the season. Genovés had 10 home runs in 91 games in 2022, and a career-high of 14 in 2021.
- Second baseman Brett Wisely had a quadruple double, going 4-for-6 with four doubles. Wisely has a .304 batting average through 12 Triple-A games, and nine of his 14 hits have gone for doubles. He also has 13 walks to 14 strikeouts.
- The four doubles in a game is a River Cats team record. The last time a player had three in a game was Joey Rickard in July of 2019.
- Casey Schmitt was back at shortstop, and was 3-for-6 with three singles. Schmitt is 21-for-66 (.318) with five doubles, and just three walks to 17 strikeouts. Schmitt has played eight games at third and seven at shortstop.
- Playing left field, Clint Coulter was 2-for-5 with two doubles and a walk. Coulter now has a .396/.508/.566 batting line after 14 games, with six doubles and a walk, with eight walks to eight strikeouts.
- Lost in the late-inning slugfest, Austin Slater continued his rehab with his third game, going 1-for-3 with 2 RBI, playing DH through the 6th inning. Slater is 2-for-7 with a home run, and two walks to four strikeouts.
- Nick Avila had the opener, going 1.0 inning, with two runs allowed on two hits, one walk, and one HBP. Avila has a 5.14 ERA with five hits and four walks allowed with two strikeouts in 7.0 innings.
- Sam Long took the lion’s share of the innings in relief, with 2.2 innings, but allowed four runs on five hits but no walks, with two home runs allowed. He did strike out three. Long has a 9.90 ERA, having allowed 11 runs on 14 hits and five walks in 10. innings, with just seven strikeouts.
- Reliever Ryan Walker gave up his first earned run of the year on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings, with two strikeouts. Walker has a 0.93 ERA after five games, with ten strikeouts to five walks in 9.2 innings.
- In non-game news, R.J. Dabovich was placed on the injured list as of April 14th, with no reason given. It does not seem to be serious, with reports indicating that it probably will not need surgery.
AA: Harrisburg 6, Richmond 3
- The Squirrels just had a rough day, as Kai-Wei Teng kept getting strikeouts, but couldn’t stop the runs. Harrisburg score two runs in the first inning, and three more in the 4th inning as they chased Teng from the game. While Riley Mahan’s home run keyed a 3-run rally in the 5th, it would be all the Squirrels could get.
- Tyler Mahan had the big hit of the day, going 1-for-3 with his first home run, and the only extra-base hit of the day for Richmond. The home run was just Mahan’s second hit of the season, as he’s gone 2-for-18 (.111), but he did make a hell of an attempt on a defensive play that didn’t count (see below).
- Playing second, Simon Whiteman was the only Squirrel with multiple hits. Whiteman went 2-for-3 with two singles. Through eight games, Whiteman is 6-for-19 (.315) with six walks to six strikeouts for a .480 OBP, but the speedster has yet to attempt a steal.
- DH Patrick Bailey was 1-for-4. Bailey has a batting line of .310/.355/.379 on the season after seven games. Bailey continues to have his struggles against left-handed pitching, now going 1-for-8 (.125), while he’s 8-for-21 (.381) against righties.
- Starting pitcher Kai-Wei Teng gave up four runs on three hits, three walks, and a HBP in 3.2 innings, but did get seven strikeouts. That gives Teng a 4.70 ERA after two starts, with 17 strikeouts to four walks in 7.2 innings.
- Nick Swiney piggybacked once again in relief, giving up a run in 3.0 innings, off of one hit and two walks, with four strikeouts. Swiney has a 1.50 ERA after two appearances, with seven strikeouts to two walks.
- Reliever Juan Sanchez continues to have a 0.00 ERA upon after three games, going an inning without a baserunner and one strikeout. He’s allowed just one earned run on three hits and no walks in 3.1 innings, on four strikeouts.
- Center fielder Ismael Munguia was 1-for-4, improving his numbers to 5-for-33 (.152), but his big highlight in this game was on the defensive end with one heck of a throw.
High-A: Spokane 10, Eugene 2
- A day after blowing out Spokane, the tables were turned on Eugene as they got blown out. The Indians scored eight runs in the first three innings, highlighted by a 3rd inning that allowed five runs on two doubles, two singles, a sac fly, two HBPs and an error by Jimmy Glowenke at third. Eugene’s offense couldn’t catch up.
- Center fielder Wade Meckler went 2-for-4, maintaining his early .500 batting average, with his fourth double of the season. In seven games this season, Meckler has gone hitless just once, and has had multiple hits in each of the other six.
- The biggest hit was by shortstop Aeverson Arteaga, going 1-for-4 with a triple, his first of the season, plus a walk and got caught stealing. Arteaga is just 5-for-29 (.172) with a triple and a home run after seven games.
- It was just a bad game for starter Seth Lonsway, giving up eight runs, five earned, in 3.0 innings on nine hits, one walk, one error behind him, and three HBP. Lonsway now has allowed 14 hits in 7.0 innings, to the tune of a .452 batting average allowed.
- Reliever Mat Olsen gave up three baserunners (on two hits and one walk) but also struck out the side in a scoreless inning. He’s allowed three runs, two earned, in 2.1 innings for a 7.71 ERA. He has six strikeouts to three walks.
Low-A: San Jose 10, Modesto 2
San Jose Notes:
- San Jose easily rolled over Modesto in their series finale. San Jose took an early lead in the 2nd inning, when they led the inning off with four straight doubles. They added two more in the 5th inning, but the big hit came off the bat off of Edison Mora’s 8th inning grand slam as part of five runs in the inning.
- Edison Mora was 2-for-4 with his grand slam, which was his first home run of the season. Mora has been off to a slow start, going just 3-for-24 (.125) over his first eight games, with the grand slam being his only extra base hit so far.
- Second baseman Andrew Kachel went 2-for-5 with two doubles, giving him six already on the season. Kachel is batting .333 after seven games, with six walks to seven strikeouts.
- Left fielder Matt Higgins went 2-for-4 with a double, his first of the season, plus a HBP. Higgins is 9-for-28 (.321) on the season, with one double and one home run after seven games.
- Right fielder Tanner O’Tremba also hit his first double of the year, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a HBP. O’Tremba has played in only six games, going 8-for-20 (.350) but his double is his only extra base hit so far.
- Starter Gerelmi Maldonado went 3.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits, a walk, and a HBP. He struck out four, giving him nine strikeouts to five walks in 6.2 innings after two appearances.
- Reliever Dylan Cumming had 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits but striking out three. Cumming is unscored upon through 7.2 innings, and has six strikeouts to no walks, but has allowed 10 hits.