AAA: Sacramento 14, Albuquerque 11
- LaMonte Wade had a an interesting day in his first game playing a full nine innings defensively. Wade was 1-for-3 with his second double of his rehab, plus three walks. He also was part of a big defensive wheel turning in the 5th inning. Wade moved from right field to first base. Bryce Johnson went from left to right, Kevin Padlo went from third to left, and David Villar went from first to third. No one new came in, the corners just rotated.
- David Villar took advantage of the altitude in New Mexico with a huge home run, which went 444 feet with an exit velocity of 108.9 mph off the bat, that cleared the bleachers and to the parking lot. That gives Villar seven home runs on the season, and he added his first triple since the 2019 season.
- After 25 runs, the scoring was really kicked off in the first as Alex Blandino with his first home run of the season, and it was a Grand Slam. For Blandino, it was his first home run since 2019, when he was with Triple-A Louisville in the Reds organization, as Blandino has only played 19 games this season and 18 in 2021. For the River Cats, it was their first grand slam of the year.
- Bryce Johnson was a home run away from the cycle, as he hit his second triple and fourth double on a 3-for-4 day, with a sacrifice fly. Johnson is on quite a run, with eight multi-hit games in his last 13, and despite not having a home run, he has a batting line of .355/.369/.484.
- Ricardo Genovés picked up his third double, going 1-for-4 with a walk. Genovés has been getting just a single hit in four of his last five games, and he’s got a batting line of .222/.300/.389 so far this season.
- Tristan Beck made his Triple-A debut unluckily in Albuquerque, and though he didn’t allow a home run, he gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks. The nine hits are the most hits he’s allowed in a game over the last two seasons.
- Raynel Espinal, meanwhile, made his first relief appearance of the year, giving up a pair of runs in three innings on three hits and a hit batter. Espinal has a 2.30 ERA over four appearances this season, with 23 strikeouts to 15.2 innings.
- The save went to Jeremy Walker for his first of the year and since 2019. Walker overall has eight strikeouts to five walks in 6.1 innings overall this season.
AA: Richmond 3, Bowie 1
- Will Wilson had a big game and a concerning exit. Wilson was 3-for-3, with his 5th home run being a 2-run game-winning home run in the 6th, and also stole his first base. But on an attempted steal in the 8th, Wilson was caught and came up limping. He came off the field under his own power with a slight but noticeable limp, favoring his left leg. There’s been no word of his condition yet.
- Simon Whiteman had his first multi-hit game of the season since his late start, with his first double and first stolen base. Whiteman is 3-for-21 (.143) to start the season.
- The starter for Richmond was Matt Frisbee, who had another good start, though he gave up his first walks of the season. He gave up a run on four hits and three walks. He’s given up just a single run in each of his three starts, has a 3.00 ERA and eight strikeouts to three walks in 3.1 innings.
- Blake Rivera was the first reliever into the game, and went 2.1 scoreless innings with just one hit and walk allowed. It was a strong bounce-back after giving up a total of three runs in his last two appearances.
- Frank Rubio had another scoreless outing, his second straight after having a pair of appearances where he didn’t get an out. His ERA dropped from 5.40 to 4.70.
- Chris Wright got the save, his third of the season, with one strikeout in 1.1 innings. Wright has eight strikeouts to five walks in 8.0 innings.
- Eugene’s Saturday was rained out. Eugene and Tri-City will play a doubleheader on Sunday to wrap up their series.
Low-A: Modesto 3, San Jose 0
San Jose Notes:
- Starter Eric Silva took a tough loss, as he allowed just one hit in 3.1 innings, but also two walks, which led to two earned runs. Over 11.0 innings, Silva has struck out 16 to four walks, but has also allowed seven runs on ten hits.
- Manuel Mercedes had his first appearance of the year without allowing a run, as he didn’t give up a hit and walked three in 3.0 innings. Mercedes’ control issues remain notable, as he has 15 walks to eight strikeouts in 10.2 innings this season.
- San Jose’s offense had another very underwhelming day, collecting just four hits. The only extra-base hit was Adrian Sugastey, who picked up his third double. It was Sugastey’s first extra-base hit since hitting a double on April 15th. He’s hitting just .183/.290/.283 on the season.