AAA: El Paso 9, Sacramento 6
- Isan Diaz had the only River Cats’ extra-base hit out of their ten hits on the day, going 2-for-4 with his first triple of the year. In ten games since joining Sacramento, he’s gone 7-for-27 (.259) with today’s triple and two home runs, plus five walks to seven strikeouts.
- Kevin Padlo was 2-for-3 with two walks and a steal on the day. Padlo has had three 2-hit games over his last four games, raising his Triple-A batting average from .211 to .239.
- Bryce Johnson also picked up a pair of hits for the Cats, going 2-for-4 with his steal, his ninth of the season. Across 27 games this season, Johnson is batting .330/.347/.429 over 27 games, with five doubles and two triples, and nine steals on 11 attempts.
- Tommy La Stella’s rehab continued into its eighth game, and he’s had at least one hit in each of his last four games. Overall, La Stella is 7-for-27 (.259) with five walks to four strikeouts.
- Starter Enmanuel De Jesus gave up four runs on five hits and two walks, two hits of which were home runs. De Jesus’s ERA nudged up to 5.68 after this game, and now has 30 strikeouts to 12 walks in 25.1 innings.
- Reliever Patrick Ruotolo had his first rough game as he took the loss. In the bottom of the 9th, after getting the last out in the 8th, Ruotolo struck out a batter, but then gave up a walk and a HBP before allowing his first home run of the year.
AA: Richmond 7, Harrisburg 4
- Brandon Martorano was the only Squirrel with two hits, and both of them were home runs! That gives Martorano five home runs on the season as he has knocked in four runs on the day. With five home runs in 22 games, Martorano now is more than halfway to his career-high of nine home runs in 64 games in 2021.
- Brett Auerbach hit his own home run, his fourth of the season, and first since April 21st. Auerbach missed about two weeks over that span, and has played six games since his return, going 3-for-21 (.143) with six walks to nine strikeouts in that span.
- Michael Gigliotti was 1-for-4 with a single and got hit by a pitch, and also picked up two steals. Gigliotti leads the Squirrels with eight steals, double the next highest (Tyler Fitzgerald with four, after getting a steal today as well).
- A day after seven Squirrels were hit by pitches, there were three more Squirrels hit, as well as two for Harrisburg, but again there appeared to be no intention behind them and there were no ejections
- Kai-Wei Teng had a solid start for Richmond, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings, off of six hits, two walks, and two HBPs. Teng hasn’t had any dominating starts since his first game of the year, but has a 4.54 ERA through seven starts, and has 38 strikeouts to 17 walks in 33.2 innings.
- Reliever Solomon Bates went 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out one. Bates lowered his ERA to 0.92 with his seventh straight game without allowing a run. He now has 23 strikeouts to eight walks in 19.2 innings.
Game 1: Eugene 1, Vancouver 0 (8 Innings)
Game 2: Vancouver 12, Eugene 4 (7 Innings)
- Marco Luciano was the only Emerald to get two hits in Game 1, and got the game-winning, extra-inning single that knocked in the game’s only run. Luciano was a combined 2-for-5 with a walk between the two games, but was lifted in the fifth inning of Game 2 for undisclosed reasons, but there was no apparent injury.
- Carter Aldrete combined for a 3-for-6 day with his 4th double of the season. Aldrete is 12-for-52 (.231) on the year, with four doubles and two home runs.
- Jairo Pomares was 0-for-2 with a walk in Game 1, but was 2-for-3 with a walk and his fifth double in Game 2. Pomares is now batting .239/.308/.437 over 21 games this season with five doubles and three home runs.
- As a catcher, Patrick Bailey worked just the first game, going 1-for-3 with his second double of the season. Both of his doubles this season have come in his last two games, though his last game before today was a week ago on May 7th. On the year, Bailey is 10-for-58 (.172) with two doubles and two home runs.
- Kyle Harrison had one of his best games yet again, as he started Game 1. He allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out nine in five shutout innings. The 5.0 innings matched his season high, and the nine strikeouts were tied for only 3rd-most in the season. Harrison has a 1.88 ERA though six starts, with 51 strikeouts to nine walks in 24.0 innings.
- Nick Morreale worked two scoreless innings in relief, and extended his 0.00 ERA through eight games. Though 12.0 innings this season, Morreale had ten strikeouts to four walks and five hits allowed, and just one unearned run.
- Brooks Crawford went a scoreless eighth inning in Game 1, striking out one without allowing a baserunner. Crawford has 14 strikeouts to six walks in 12.2 innings this season.
- Randy Rodriguez took the Game 2 start, allowing a run on three hits and two walks in 3.0 innings, while striking out five. Rodriguez has 23 strikeouts in 15.2 innings to 11 walks.
Low-A: San Jose 8, Lake Elsinore 7
San Jose Notes:
- Vaun Brown led the way for San Jose with two clutch home runs on a 2-for-4 day with a walk, three RBI and three runs. Brown hit a game-tying 2-run home run in the 7th inning, and when he came up in the bottom of the 9th, he broke that tie with a walk-off home run. Brown now has 10 home runs, leading San Jose, and among the farm system leaders in homers. Brown is batting .322/.394/.627.
- Victor Bericoto had a 2-hit day, and hit his fourth home run. Bericoto is just 20-for-97 (.206) on the year, with three doubles and four home runs on the year. It’s the fourth multi-hit game Bericoto over his last seven games.
- Going 2-for-4, catcher Adrian Sugastey hit two doubles to give him six on the season. Sugastey has gone 21-for-102 (.206) on the year. He’s 10-for-42 (.238) on the month of May, with three doubles.
- Grant McCray had a relatively quiet day for him this month, going 1-for-3 with a double (his seventh) and two walks. Still, McCray is 24-for-51 (.471) on the month with eight walks, five doubles, a triple, and five home runs.
- Starter Will Bednar suffered with his control again in this game, only getting two outs but allowing five runs on three hits and three walks, and just one strikeout. Bednar’s ERA jumped up from 2.28 to 4.07 in one game, and now has 28 strikeouts to 13 walks in 24.1 innings.
- Esmerlin Vinicio came in after Bednar with 2.1 innings, allowing just a run on two hits, two HBP, but no walks, and with four strikeouts. Vinicio has 15 strikeouts to five walks in 12.0 innings, but has allowed eight runs on 16 hits, leading to a 5.25 ERA.
- Seth Lonsway had the longest stint on the mound, with one run over 4.0 innings, on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Lonsway now has 31 strikeouts to 18 walks in 25.0 innings, and lowered his ERA to 3.96.
- Evan Gates picked up the win by pitching the final two innings without allowing a baserunner, and also striking out four. Gates had allowed runs in each of the last three games (including an unearned run in his last game), but still lowered his ERA back down to 1.64.