AAA: Round Rock 17, Sacramento 9
- Well, this game was just a blowout from the start, with Round Rock taking the lead in the first inning with a grand slam, and just piling on from there. Sacramento did score four runs in the bottom of the 9th, but they started the inning down 17-5, so it wasn’t close to enough of a rally.
- Mitch Haniger started his rehab with a success, hitting a home run in his first rehab at-bat while going 1-for-3.
- Continuing his rehab, Austin Slater was 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI. Through 4 rehab games, Slater is 4-for-10 (.400) with a double and a home run, with two walks to four strikeouts.
- Right fielder Clint Coulter was 2-for-4 with a double, his seventh on the season. Through 15 games, Coulter has a .404/.507/.579 batting line with seven doubles and one home run, and has gotten a hit in every game.
- Cole Waites was the opener, but his control was just not there, as he walked three, struck out one, and then gave up his only hit, a grand slam, before being lifted. That doubled his runs allowed on the season, and he now has a 14.40 ERA with 10 walks to four strikeouts. While he’s allowed eight runs in 5.0 innings this season, in 2022 he allowed just nine earned runs in 41.2 innings in the minors.
- Reliever Melvin Adón was the only Sacramento pitcher to not allow a run, as he struck out two with no baserunners. That chips away at his ERA, down to 7.71 from the 9.0 it was at. He now has nine strikeout to ten walks in 7.0 innings.
- Making his season debut was Colton Welker at first base, going 0-for-2 with two walks. It was Welker’s first games since April 2022 with Albuquerque (Rockies). Welker had shoulder surgery, and the Rockies designated him for assignment in July. Welker was picked up by the Giants and put on the IL, but was designated for assignment by the Giants in November to get him off the 40-man roster. Welker immediately signed back as a minor league free agent. Welker hasn’t played more than 35 games in a season since 2019.
AA: Richmond 15, Erie 6
- Richmond just dominated this one, behind Patrick Bailey’s perfect day at the plate and five home runs. The Squirrels knocked out 18 hits and drew an additional seven walks, and only had four extra base hits (two home runs and two doubles).
- Patrick Bailey had a huge game, going 5-for-5 with his first home run of the season, plus a walk for good measure (and his third passed ball of the year). It’s been a fantastic start for Bailey after eight games, as he has a .412/.459/.559 batting line with two doubles and a home run. He’s batting .500 (13-for-26) against RHP, but is just 1-for-8 against lefties.
- Ismael Munguia had his first big game since early in the season, going 3-for-5 with an RBI, plus a HBP. Munguia hadn’t had multiple hits in a game since the first game of the season, with a drought of eight games. He’s 8-for-38 (.211) with a .302 OBP.
- Playing second base, Brett Auerbach went 3-for-5 with all singles, and was caught stealing once. Auerbach is 8-for-36 with a double and a home run, and three walks to four strikeouts. However, he now has just one steal in three attempts.
- Carter Aldrete was 3-for-5 with two RBI, with all singles. Aldrete is 11-for-31 (.355) with one double and two home runs after nine games. He has also collected five walks to seven strikeouts, with a .444 OBP.
- At shortstop, Simon Whiteman picked up his second home run of the season, going 1-for-4 with a walk, and his first error of the season. Whiteman has now doubled his home run total from last season, and after a slow start is 7-for-23 (.304), plus seven walks to six strikeouts. But he still hasn’t attempted a steal!
- Luis Matos went 1-for-4 with his second double of the season, two walks, and picked up his second steal of the season. Matos has a batting line of .257/.395/.400 with two doubles and a home run, and two steals in three attempts. He also has eight walks to two strikeouts.
- Ryan Murphy had a bit of a rough start, giving up three runs in 4.0 innings, on seven hits and one walk. Murphy’s got a 6.30 ERA after three games, and has really struggled with hits allowed, currently allowing a batting average of .341 to opposing hitters.
- Reliever Evan Gates went 1.1 shutout innings, allowing one hit and collecting two strikeouts. Gates has a 4.50 ERA after three appearances (4.0 IP), with six strikeouts to three walks.
High-A: Eugene 8, Hillsboro 3
- Eugene managed a nice win despite drawing more walks (nine) than hits (five). The big inning was four runs in the third, with Eugene loading the bases on two walks and a HBP. All three would score, with a Wade Meckler sacrifice fly and then a Logan Wyatt 3-run home run.
- Logan Wyatt was just 1-for-4, but he had a 3-run home run for his third of the season. He also had two errors in the field, however. The three home runs tie Wyatt’s career high, which he set in 44 games in 2019 in his pro debut.
- Grant McCray was 0-for-2 with three walks, and was caught stealing once. McCray is batting only .152 on the season in eight games, but with his five walks, his OBP is up to .300. He does have 13 strikeouts.
- Right fielder Wade Meckler was also hitless, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly, and also picked up his first steal. Through eight games, Meckler has a .469/.526/.594 batting line, with five walks to four strikeouts.
- Jimmy Glowenke was 1-for-2 with a walk and a HBP. He’s now 11-for-24 (.458) with three walks to four strikeouts on the season.
- Matt Mikulski took the start, and only allowed two unearned runs in 3.2 innings, on four hits and no walks, with four strikeouts. The two unearned runs are his only runs of the season in two games, so his ERA remains at 0.00, with seven strikeouts to two walks in 6.2 innings.
- Tyler Myrick also maintained his 0.00 ERA with 1.0 inning in relief, with a hit allowed and one strikeout. Myrick has just one unearned run in 5.0 innings, off of four hits and no walks, with five strikeouts.
Low-A: San Jose 4, Inland Empire 1
San Jose Notes:
- San Jose won a pitcher’s duel with some late runs. Inland Empire led most of the way after a run in the 4th inning, but took the lead in the 7th with a pair of runs off of a Tanner O’Tremba double and a wild pitch. They would add on two insurance runs in the 8th with a Matt Higgins RBI single and a Jose Ramos RBI double.
- Shortstop Jose Ramos went 2-for-4 with his fourth double and second stolen base of the season. Through nine games, that gives Ramos a .294/.375/.412 batting line, with four doubles, four walks, and seven strikeouts. He also had a great catch to save some extra bases in the 8th!
- Right fielder Tanner O’Tremba had a similar line, going 2-for-4 with a double. He is batting .375 (9-for-24) after seven games, but has just two doubles for extra-base hits, and has three walks to nine strikeouts.
- Center fielder Carter Howell was also 2-for-4, but both singles, with his first steal of the season. After nine games, Howell has a .238/.273/.381 batting line, with two doubles and two triples, but just one walk to 14 strikeouts.
- Starter Manuel Mercedes had a big game, going four innings with only one unearned run allowed, on two hits and a walk, while striking out five. That’s two good outings by Mercedes, with just two runs, one unearned, in 8.0 innings, with nine strikeouts to one walk.
- Reliever John Bertrand also went 4.0 shutout innings, allowing only three runs, while striking out five. The 10th round pick has a 3.86 ERA after two games, with seven strikeouts and no walks.