San Jose absolutely blew up Lake Elsinore for a week’s worth of runs, behind three home runs and three doubles on the day. The rest of the farm…it wasn’t as great. But Andy Thomas did have a career day, going 4-for-4 with a home run in Richmond.
AAA: Salt Lake 5, Sacramento 2
- It was Kyle Harrison day for Sacramento, and Harrison had an okay day as the offense struggled in a 5-2 loss. Harrison’s walk issues returned, as he walked three in 3.2 innings, but he kept the Cats in the game. Sacramento got its runs on an error in the second inning, and a solo home run by Tyler Fitzgerald in the losing effort.
- Harrison gave up the pair of runs on two hits, three walks, and a HBP in 3.2 innings, but still struck out a season-high-tying eight. Harrison ERA jumped up a little to 3.47, and now has 42 strikeouts to 24 walks in 23.1 innings.
- Melvin Adón didn’t allow any runs or hits, but did walk two while striking out three. Adón has a 4.67 ERA after 12 appearances, with 25 strikeouts and 16 walks in 17.1 innings on the year, but is holding battings to a .186 average.
- The big hit of the game for Sacramento was by Tyler Fitzgerald, with his second home run in as many days, going 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. Fitzgerald now has two home runs in Sacramento over eight games, and had two in Richmond over 19 games.
- At first base, Matt Beaty went 1-for-2 with two walks and a HBP. Beaty has a .306/.436/.468 batting line, and eight walks to 16 strikeouts on the season in 18 games.
- Center fielder Cal Stevenson was 1-for-4 with a walk. Stevenson now has seven games in Las Vegas, seven games in Sacramento, and six in San Francisco. With the River Cats, Stevenson has a line of .240/.345/.360.
AA: Erie 6, Richmond 5
- Richmond lost a close one, and a series of mistakes in the 9th inning led to the loss. Richmond was up 5-4. But with two out, an error by Riley Mahan let a runner get on. That was followed by a wild pitch and a throwing error by the catcher Andy Thomas preceded a game-tying double, and then an RBI single gave Erie the walkoff win.
- Andy Thomas had a season-best day, if not a career-best day, going 4-for-4 with his second home run of the season, even if he also had an error in the 9th. The game boosts Thomas from way under the Mendoza Line to above it, from .171 to .213. The 4 hits are a season high, but Thomas has had two 3-hit days this season.
- Riley Mahan also had a key 9th inning error (his first of the year), but was 1-for-3 with a walk, and hit his 7th double of the season. It’s Mahan’s first extra-base hit since a double on May 5th, and first walk since he walked twice on April 12th. He has just three walks to 27 strikeouts in 23 games.
- Ismael Munguia was 1-for-4 with his 6th double, plus a walk. He was also caught stealing for the third time. Munguia now has a line of .277/.344/.384, with seven steals in ten attempts.
- Right fielder Carter Williams was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. It was Williams’ first multi-hit game in 14 games at Richmond. Williams now has a batting line of .191/.269/.340 at Double-A.
- Mercurial Kai-Wei Teng had a fairly average game, coming off a great one, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits, two walks, and one HBP, with four strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Teng has not allowed any runs in every other game this season (through six), so he’s due for another shutout next time out. He has a 2.63 ERA with a .171 batting average allowed this season.
High-A: Tri-City 7, Eugene 6
- It was a tough game for Eugene, who busted out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, lost it after two innings, then took the lead back in the 7th, lost it immediately, and then lost it to a walk-off RBI single in the 9th.
- Victor Bericoto was 1-for-4 with the big hit in the 1st inning, a 3-run home run. It’s Bericoto’s fourth home run of the season. He now has those with four doubles and a triple, with 10 walks to 20 strikeouts in 25 games, for a batting line of .284/.349/.474.
- The other two runs came in on Grant McCray’s 2-run home run, as he went 2-for-5 and also had a double. That gives McCray three doubles and five home runs, with two triples, to go with his batting line of .209/.310/.409.
- Playing DH, Logan Wyatt was 1-for-2 with two walks. Wyatt now has 15 walks to 32 strikeouts in 26 games, and has a batting line .253/.351/.424.
- Starting pitcher Nick Sinacola really struggled, giving up five runs in 3.2 innings, on five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. It’s Sinacola’s first start in which he allowed more than one run, and his ERA jumped from 0.86 to 2.55 in the game.
- Reliever Matt Mikulski had a strong game, allowing just one run in 3.0 innings, on four hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. It lowers Mikulski’s ERA from 6.14 to 5.60, and gives him 19 strikeouts to 10 walks in 17.2 innings.
Low-A: San Jose 19, Lake Elsinore 1
San Jose Notes:
- Yeah…this was just a rout. San Jose scored 19 runs on 15 hits, seven walks, and 3 HBP, behind three home runs and three doubles. The Giants were already up 9-1 after six innings, but went on to score nine runs in the bottom of the 7th to turn this into an immense blowout.
- Thomas Gavello was 1-for-3 with a walk and 2 HBP, hitting his third home run in as many days, and sixth overall. Through 23 games, Gavello has a batting line of .321/.477/.642 with six doubles, a triple, and six home runs, with 11 walks to 26 strikeouts.
- Matt Higgins went 3-for-5 with a 3-run home run en route to six RBI. That gives Higgins three home runs in 25 games, to go along with six doubles and a triple. He’s batting .364/.450/.667 through eight games in May.
- The team’s other home run came off the bat of right fielder P.J. Hilson, who was 2-for-5 while hitting his first home run of the season in his fifth game. Through five games, Hilson has a batting line of .227/.250/.364 with today’s home run his only extra-base hit so far.
- Second baseman Diego Velasquez led the team in getting on base, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a HBP, hitting a double and scoring five runs on the day. Through 25 games, Velasquez has eight doubles and two home runs. He’s got a batting line of .316/.410/.459.
- First baseman Andrew Kachel hit his 11th double and stole his first base, going 2-for-5 with a walk. Kachel has only played in six games in May, but is batting .304/.385/.478 with four doubles, and three walks to six strikeouts in the month.
- Catcher Onil Perez went 2-for-5, hitting his second double of the season, and added a sacrifice fly. Perez has multiple hits in five of his last seven games, going 11-for-25 (.440) with a double and a triple, and seven walks to four strikeouts in that span.
- Starter Manuel Mercedes had a solid game, giving up one run in 4.0 innings, on five hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. It’s the first run Mercedes has allowed in the last three games. He’s got a 2.25 ERA on the season in six games, with 16 strikeouts to seven walks in 24.0 innings.
- Reliever Tyler Vogel struck out five in 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. It was a season high in both innings and strikeouts. Through 13.0 innings, Vogel has 19 strikeouts to ten walks.