Vaun Brown returned to action with a rehab beginning in San Jose and was looking very healthy! Meanwhile, Richmond split a doubleheader and a recent trade acquisition went down with injury for Sacramento.
AAA: Oklahoma City 5, Sacramento 1
- Sacramento took an early lead with a run in the top of the first, but Oklahoma City scored two in the bottom of the first and didn’t need any more runs to get this win. The River Cats had just one extra-base hit, a Will Wilson double, and lost one of their biggest sluggers to injury early in the game.
- Matt Beaty’s injury might be the biggest games story. In his second at-bat in the 4th, a check-swing left him shaking his right arm, and then after a swing-through he was in obvious pain and would come out of the game. Beaty was 1-for-1 with an RBI for Sacramento’s only run. He has a .263/.349/.474 batting line after ten games in Sacramento.
- Will Wilson went 1-for-3 with a walk and his sixth double of the season. Wilson’s double broke a 5-game hitless streak, and Wilson has gone just 16-for-86 (.186) with six doubles and a home run, with 10 walks to 27 strikeouts after 24 games.
- Starter Drew Strotman threw three innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Strotman has a 4.63 ERA after four games, with nine strikeouts to six walks in 11.2 innings.
- In relief, Melvin Adón gave up a run on two hits and a walk, with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Adón now has 18 strikeouts but also 13 walks in 12.2 innings. The 13 walks match his 2022 total, in 24.2 innings.
Game 1: Bowie 1, Richmond 0 (7 Innings)
Game 2: Richmond 6, Bowie 4 (7 Innings)
- Richmond split a tight double-header. In Game 1, the Squirrels pitching staff put together a strong game, allowing just one run, but the Squirrels offense managed just one hit on their end, leading to a 1-0 loss. In Game 2, a 4-run 3rd inning highlighted by RBI singles from Ismael Munguia and Luis Matos, and then a 2-run home run by Tyler Fitzgerald, leading to a 6-4 win and a DH split.
- Outfielder Ismael Munguia got the only hit in Game 1, a double, and went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI in Game 2 to be the hitter of the day for Richmond. He was 3-for-6 with the double and a sacrifice fly, which raises his batting line to .263/.321/.355, with a double and two home runs.
- Shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 in Game 2, with a home run and a double, and was 2-for-7 overall. Fitzgerald has a batting line of .324/.410/.588, with six doubles, three triples, and two home runs, and with nine walks to 22 strikeouts.
- Riley Mahan only played Game 2 as the DH, going 2-for-4 with two doubles, giving him five on the season. Mahan now has five doubles and three home runs in 14 games, with a batting line of .231/.255/.500, but has just two walks to 16 strikeouts.
- Hayden Cantrelle was 1-for-3 with two walks and his first triple of the season on the day. Cantrelle has a batting line of .294/.400/.412 with four doubles and a triple, with seven walks and nine strikeouts.
- Game 1 starter Kai-Wei Teng had another strong start and a tough luck loss, giving up the only run on four hits and two walks in 3.2 innings, striking out five. The five strikeouts are a season-low for Teng, but he now has 30 strikeouts to six walks in 15.1 innings, and his ERA slips down to 2.93.
- In relief in Game 1, Nick Swiney went 2.1 shutout innings with a hit and walk allowed, and three strikeouts. Swiney has been working as a piggyback starter, but has a 0.73 ERA after four starts, with 14 strikeouts to four walks in 12.1 innings.
- Game 2 starter Ryan Murphy gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits, a walk, and a HBP, with four strikeouts in 4.0 innings. The game reduces his ERA from 5.93 to 5.09 in the one game, with 14 strikeouts to four walks in 13.2 innings.
- Reliever Erik Miller had another strong game, not allowing a baserunner in an inning, with two strikeouts. Miller has allowed just three hits and four walks with 15 strikeouts in 10.1 innings.
High-A: Vancouver 11, Eugene 1
- Well, this one got ugly early, as starter Matt Mikulski couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning as the team gave up seven runs alone in that inning and were down 8-0 after two. The lone Eugene Run came off the bat of Jared Dupree, but that would be all the good news for the Ems.
- Jared Dupere was 1-for-4 with his third home run of the season, which was Eugene’s only extra-base hit of the game. Dupere has a batting line of .302/.366/.508, with four doubles to three home runs, but just six walks to 30 strikeouts.
- It was a rough game for Matt Mikulski, giving up five runs, four unearned, on three hits and four walks in 1.1 innings, striking out just two. The walks give Mikulski six walks to 11 strikeouts in 12.0 innings, but has struggled most in giving up hits, now with 14 in 12.0 innings for a .298 average allowed.
- Reliever Brett Standlee gave up his first runs of the season as part of that ugly 2nd inning. He came on with the bases loaded, allowed all of them to score and also allowed three of his own on six hits and a walk, with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Standlee gave up a double and a triple as well as two singles. Standlee now has 13 strikeouts to three walks in 11.0 innings after seven games.
Low-A: San Jose 4, Fresno 1
San Jose Notes:
- San Jose pounded out 11 hits, with four doubles, leading to a 4-1 win in Fresno, and they gave Vaun Brown his season debut. In the 1st inning, Tanner O’Tremba had a 2-run single to put San Jose on top early, and in the 4th, Garret Frechette and Carter Howell had RBI hits to give the Giants all the offense they would need.
- Vaun Brown is back! Vaun Brown began his rehab by playing in the field in Center, and going 2-for-5 with two steals. It was a great sign that the knee troubles Brown was having are in the past. Of course, this was Brown’s first game of the season, and is coming off a season where he hit .246/.437/.623 across both Single-A levels. Brown’s eventual destination should be Double-A Richmond.
- Edison Mora was 2-for-4 with two doubles, giving him three on the season. In his last seven games, Mora has four 2-hit games, and he didn’t get any hits in the other three. After 14 games, Mora has a batting line of .209/.314/.349 with three doubles and one home run.
- Shortstop Jose Ramos went 1-for-4 with his ninth double of the season and his fifth stolen base. In 19 games, Ramos now has almost as many doubles (nine) as he had in 49 games in the DSL in 2022 (11). His batting line is .264/.345/.417, with eight walks to 19 strikeouts.
- Catcher Onil Perez was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. After ten games, Perez has a batting line of .316/.409/.421 with four walks to four strikeouts, a double and a home run.
- Playing in left, Carter Howell was 2-for-4 with a walk, his third steal, but also go caught stealing for the first time this year. After 18 games, Howell has a batting line of .298/.330/.417, with three steals in four attempts, but just three walks to 26 strikeouts.
- It was an interesting line for starting pitcher Manuel Mercedes. Mercedes allowed no runs or hits, only two walks, but also struck no one out. Mercedes has a 2.81 ERA after four games, but now has 11 strikeouts to five walks in 16.0 innings this season.
- Also going 4.0 innings was John Bertrand, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, with two strikeouts. Bertrand has a 3.00 ERA after 15.0 innings, with 11 strikeouts to two walks, but has allowed 15 hits for a .259 average allowed.