AAA: Sacramento 9, El Paso 4
- Every River Cats hitter reached base at least once as they rolled with a big win over El Paso. They scored seven runs in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings, and also even managed to keep Fernando Tatis off base all night, holding him to 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Playing third, Will Wilson hit the second home run of the season for the River Cats and went 2-for-4. Wilson doubled his hit total on the season in today’s game, and has now gone 4-for-22 (.182), but he’s got two doubles and a home run there.
- Right fielder Clint Coulter continued his strong start to the season by going 1-for-3 with his first home run and a walk. Coulter has a .368/.500/.526 batting line after six games with a steal, but his home run is his only extra-base hit as he’s gone 7-for-19.
- Playing short, Casey Schmitt went 2-for-4 with two doubles, giving him five on the season. Schmitt still doesn’t have a walk this season, but is 10-for-30 (.333) and slugging .500 with half of his hits being doubles. Through seven games played, Schmitt has played four games at third and three at shortstop.
- Center fielder Heliot Ramos finally got his first extra-base hit, going 2-for-4 with a walk and picking up a steal, his third of the season. Ramos is batting .333 (9-for-27), and now has one walk to five strikeouts after seven games.
- Starting pitcher Tristan Beck went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits (one a home run) while striking out three and allowing no walks. Beck’s outing was the longest by any Sacramento pitcher this season. Beck has a 4.32 ERA in his two games, and has giving up two home runs in 8.1 innings. Beck was working with his fastball in the 92-95 mph range.
- Reliever Nick Duron had a scoreless inning, striking out two but also walking two and giving up a hit. Duron has allowed three hits and five walks with five strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Duron worked almost entirely with his fastball (22 of 27 total pitches), and none of his sliders were strikes.
- Melvin Adón went a scoreless 1.1 innings, striking out two but giving up one hit and three walks. Adón has only allowing two hits and one run in 3.2 innings, but has walked six while striking out four. Adón was ranging 95-98 with his fastball, but only 30% of his pitches were in the zone.
- The walk bug was back for the River Cats, as they walked eight in 9.0 innings, even though their starter went five innings and didn’t walk anyone.
AA: Postponed – Rain
- For the second time, a Giants affiliate’s Opening Day gets rained out. The Squirrels and Fightin’ Phils will try to make the game up in Richmond on Saturday with a double-header.
High-A: Everett 4, Eugene 3 (11 Innings)
- Eugene’s Opening Day turned sour in extra innings. After the Ems scored a run in the 8th off of an error, they took the lead in the 10th inning on a 2-out Wade Meckler single. However, they gave up a tying run in the bottom of the 10th, and in the 11th, would lose on a walkoff single to deep left by Walking Cabrera.
- Grant McCray had a huge opening day, falling a home run short of the cycle. He was 3-for-5 with a double and triple, plus a stolen base, while striking out twice. McCray is coming off of a season where he hit .289/.383/.514 with 43 steals on 53 attempts.
- Also picking up three hits on Opening Day was left fielder Wade Meckler. Meckler went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. A former OSU star, Meckler hit .367/.500/.544 in 23 games in his 2022 pro debut.
- Starting pitcher Carson Ragsdale made the start as he comes back from injury, giving up a run on just two hits, but also walking three against four strikeouts in 4.0 innings. One of the minor league’s top strikeout pitchers with San Jose in 2021, Ragsdale missed almost all of 2022, coming back late for five rehab appearances.
- Nick Sinacola didn’t allow a run in two innings of work, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out two. The 2021 7th round pick had a 3.86 ERA in 2022, working mostly as a starter in San Jose, where he had 116 strikeouts to 39 walks, but also allowing 104 hits in 102.2 innings.
Low-A: Fresno 9, San Jose 5
San Jose Notes:
- San Jose opened the game with four runs, with Fresno loading the bases with nobody out for free with two walks and a HBP, but the offense would go back to sleep for the rest of the game, as the pitching staff allowed 16 hits leading into a 9-5 loss.
- Catcher Onil Perez led the Giants offense by going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season. Perez did not play in the season opener. In 2022 in the ACL, Perez played 47 games and had no home runs, just ten doubles and three triples.
- Shortstop Jose Ramos also had a 2-for-4 day, picking up a double, his first. Ramos is making the jump straight from the DSL, where he played two seasons. Ramos hit .272/.400/.422 in 49 games in the DSL in 2022.
- Third baseman Thomas Gavello went 1-for-3 with a walk. Gavello is 3-for-7 (.429) over his first two games. He hit .200/.364/.320 in 2022 in the Arizona Complex League.
- The starter for the game was Hayden Birdsong, who struck out six in 2.0 innings, but did so while giving up two runs on three hits, two walks, and a hit batter. The 6th round pick struck out 23 to just three walks in 11.2 innings in his 2022 pro debut.
- Daniel Blair worked the 9th inning, and was the only San Jose pitcher to not give up a run, as he worked his pro debut. He gave up no hits and struck no one out in 1.0 innings, but did walk one. Blair was an undrafted free agent signed in February, who had a 7.47 ERA with the Texas Bighorns in 2022.