It was a rough day along the farm system, but Carson Whisenhunt continues to dominate at High-A.  And in Sacramento, Tyler Fitzgerald hits a home run for his third straight game.

AAA: Sacramento 8, Salt Lake 4


Sacramento Notes:

  • Sacramento jumped out to an early lead in this one, and was able to hold on.  The River Cats scored three runs in the 1st inning, and then got five runs in a big 3rd inning rally, punctuated by a 3-run home run by Tyler Fitzgerald.  That was enough as Keaton Winn held Salt Lake to just one run in four innings to lead the pitching staff.
  • Tyler Fitzgerald led the offense, going 2-for-4 with his 3rd Triple-A home run in as many games, with a walk and his first steal at the level.  Fitzgerald now has a batting line of .270/.333/.541 in nine games at Sacramento, and overall has five home runs and four steals in as many attempts.
  • Catcher Ricardo Genovés was 1-for-3 with his fourth double and got hit by a pitch.  He’s now got a .246/.356/.361 batting line in 21 games, with four doubles and one home run, and nine walks to just 18 strikeouts.
  • First baseman Ford Proctor went 2-for-3 with a walk.  Proctor has a .228 batting average, but thanks to 28 walks to 25 strikeouts in 32 games, he has a .397 on-base percentage.
  • Starting pitcher Keaton Winn gave up just one run in 4.0 innings, on three hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.  Winn now has a 4.33 ERA after eight games, with 30 strikeouts to 13 walks in 27.0 innings, although he’s allowed a .296 batting average on the year.
  • Nick Avila got three strikeouts in 2.0 innings without allowing a baserunner.  After a rough April, Avila is having a strong May, having allowed just one run on two hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings (four appearances).
  • Erik Miller was in the closer role, striking out three batters in 1.1 innings, without allowing any hits or walks.  This was Miller’s first game without allowing a run in four games since his promotion to Sacramento.  Miller now has nine strikeouts to tw walks in 6.0 innings.
  • 2020 2nd round compensation pick Nick Swiney is headed to Triple-A, after posting a 1.15 ERA in six games so far in 2023.

AA: Erie 6, Richmond 1


Richmond Notes:

  • The SeaWolves jumped out to an early lead, and a punchless Richmond offense made no serious effort to catch up in a 6-1 loss.  In six hits, Richmond only got one extra-base hit, a double, in the effort.
  • That double belonged to Ismael Munguia, who was 2-for-5 with his 7th double of the season.  Since the start of May, Munguia is batting .317/.391/.463 over ten games, with six doubles and four steals in five attempts.
  • Luis Matos was 1-for-4 with a HBP and a steal, his ninth of the year.  Matos now has nine steals in 11 attempts.  In all of 2022, Matos had 11 steals on 14 attempts in 93 games.  He had career highs of 21 steals in both 2021 and 2019.
  • Richmond starter Ryan Murphy had a rough game, giving up a season-high-tying four runs in 3.1 innings on five hits and four walks, including two home runs, and just one strikeout.  Murphy now has a 6.08 ERA in seven games, with 22 strikeouts to 12 walks in 23.2 innings.
  • Reliever Blake Rivera had another rough game, allowing two runs, one earned, in an inning with one hit, three walks, and a passed ball, while striking out none.  After a fantastic start in which he gave up just one unearned run in his first 11.0 innings, Rivera has allowed four runs, three earned.

High-A: Tri-City 6, Eugene 5


Eugene Notes:

  • A great start by Carson Whisenhunt ended up wasted, after he went five scoreless innings while striking out seven.  But six runs allowed by the bullpen left the Ems on the wrong end of the scoreboard.
  • The star of the game was Carson Whisenhunt, who allowed just one hit and one walk to the seven strikeouts that he collected.  In three starts at High-A, Whisenhunt now has a nice 0.69 ERA, and has 16 strikeouts to two walks and three hits in 13.0 innings.  That’s after he had a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 innings at San Jose, with 20 strikeouts to four walks.
  • Logan Wyatt had the big hit for Eugene, picking up his fifth home run on a 2-for-2 days with two walks.  Wyatt is one behind team leader Luis Toribio with the five home runs.  Now he has a .257/.364/.455 batting line, with 17 walks to 32 strikeouts.
  • DH Victor Bericoto went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.  That gives Bericoto five doubles on the season, to go with one triple and four home runs, with 10 walks to 21 strikeouts.  He has a .293/.355/.485 batting line for the year.
  • Playing third base, Jimmy Glowenke was 1-for-3 with his 5th double of the season, with one strikeout.  Glowenke missed three weeks, so has only played in 12 games this season, but is batting .400/.489/.629 over that span.  Glowenke has gone 3-for-10 (.300) with a double, and one walks to two strikeouts in the three games since his return.

Low-A: San Jose 5, Lake Elsinore 4


San Jose Notes:

  • San Jose won by squeaking out a single run an inning for the game’s final five innings, giving them a 5-4 win.  The winning, walkoff run came in on the strangest of plays, as P.J. Hilson struck out for the second out of the 9th inning, but a passed ball by the catcher allowed Alexander Suarez to score from third base.
  • Catcher Zach Morgan kicked off the scoring for both teams in the 5th inning with his first home run of the season, going 1-for-4.  In 18 games this season, the 7th round pick from 2022 has a batting line of .203/.402/.305, with three doubles and one home run, and 21 walks to 13 strikeouts.
  • The other home run came from first baseman Edison Mora, hitting his second of the season in the 7th inning while going 1-for-4.  It’s been nearly a month since Mora’s other home run, back on April 16th.  Mora now has a .214/.397/.393 batting line on the season.
  • Leadoff hitter Carter Howell went 2-for-5 with two singles, and was caught stealing once.  Through 28 games, Howell has a .320/.393/.408 batting line, with five steals in eight attempts.  
  • Onil Perez was DH until late in the game, when he was lifted as a pinch runner.  He was 2-for-3 with a walk, and a steal.  Perez now has a batting line of .371/.481/.484, with two doubles, a triple, and one home run, with 12 walks to seven strikeouts, and four steals in as many attempts.
  • Esmerlin Vinicio made his first start of the season, going 4.0 scoreless innings, although striking out none.  He allowed two hits, three walks, and a HBP.  It’s Vinicio’s fifth straight game without allowing an earned run (he has three unearned, all allowed in one game), a span of 10.2 innings, with eight hits and 10 walks allowed to just five strikeouts.
  • Former starter William Kempner picked up his first win, now pitching the 9th inning, not allowing a baserunner and getting one strikeout.  Kempner now has a 4.95 ERA on the season, with 22 strikeouts to 12 walks in 20.0 innings.