AAA: El Paso 8, Sacramento 5
- Once again, Sacramento’s strike zone control was a problem. The River Cats offense had just one inning of offense, scoring all five runs in the second, but the walks allowed lasted the entire game and El Paso took the lead on a four-run inning where they didn’t even have a hit. Sacramento’s pitching staff had 15 walks and just five strikeouts
- River Cats starter Ryan Walker had the best pitching night for Sacramento, with 2.0 innings pitched, giving up one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. Walker was throwing 93-97 mph with his fastball, and got a lot of strikes and whiffs with his slider in the low 80’s. It was Walker’s first professional start, and second appearance of the season, and he has five strikeouts to two walks in 3.2 innings.
- R.J. Dabovich really struggled with his outing, getting one out, but walking three with a wild pitch and allowing three runs after he was lifted. Out of 19 pitches, Dabovich got just four strikes, and even though were just on the edges of the zone. Dabovich was mostly missing very high, especially on his wild pitch to the backstop over everyone. His fastball ran from 94-96.
- Melvin Adón came on in relief of Dabovich with the bases loaded and no one out, walking three more while hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch, but getting the three outs eventually. He was throwing his fastball between 96-99 mph, but he was very wild, struggling with his release point, as his pitches were missing high to the arm side or under the zone with his cutter, or wide to the other side as he pulled on his fastball.
- Kade McClure had a rough game, going 2.2 innings with two runs allowed on six hits and two walks, and giving up a big home run to the rehabbing Fernando Tatis, Jr. McClure, working with a fastball running 91-95 and a cutter, curve, and slider, has now given up 10 hits and three walks with no strikeouts in 5.0 innings so far this season.
- Most of the runs came off the bat of catcher Ricardo Genovés, as he hit a bases-loaded double while going 1-for-4 and knocking in three runs. In two games played so far, Genovés is now 3-for-7 (.429) with the double, and six RBI.
- The other Sacramento extra-base hit came off the bat of Michael Gigliotti, going 1-for-4, hitting a double. Gigliotti has played all five games this season, going 3-for-15, with one walk but no strikeouts yet.
- Sacramento is walking 11.31 batters every nine innings, by far the most in Triple-A through Wednesday. The next-highest team is Reno, at 7.33. Remember, all of Triple-A is using the ABS system for balls and strikes, not umpires.