Both Luis Matos and Wade Meckler each collected four hits and hit a home run, as the Giants farm system swept its games on the day (too bad about the big league team). Check this out for two wild game-ending highlights…and even a couple of bunt highlights.
AAA: Sacramento 4, Salt Lake 3
- The River Cats and Bees turned a pitching duel that went scoreless for six innings, into seven run in the last three innings. The 9th inning started with the teams tied 2-2, Salt Lake got a run in the top of the 9th. But in the bottom of the 9th, Will Wilson singled and Tyler Fitzgerald doubled to put runners in scoring position. After an intentional walk, a Patrick Bailey single knocked in two runs for the walkoff win.
- The hitting was led by Tyler Fitzgerald, who went 3-for-3 with two walks, two doubles, a triple, and a steal. In 11 games at Sacramento, Fizgerald now has four doubles, a triple, and three home runs. For the first time, Fitzgerald now has a better batting line in Sacramento (.326/.412/.674) than he had in 19 games at Double-A (.324/.410/.588).
- Second baseman Will Wilson got above the Mendoza line by going 2-for-4 with a home run. Wilson’s batting average jumped ten points to .205, and he now has six doubles and three home runs over 38 games.
- Michael Gigliotti was 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, his 7th of the season. It’s his first hit in the last eight games, going back to before his injury. His batting average has dropped from .333 to .240 over that span without the hits.
- Patrick Bailey got the game-winning single and a bunt single with a 2-for-5 day. He has hits in eight of his last nine games, going 10-for-34 (.294) with a double and a home run, with five walks and ten strikeouts.
- Starting Sean Hjelle had a strong game, going 4.0 shutout innings, allowing just three hits, a walk, and a HBP while striking out two. In three Triple-A starts, Hjelle now has a 0.90 ERA with five strikeouts to one walk in 10.0 innings, and seven hits allowed for a .194 average allowed.
- Reliever Drew Strotman followed Hjelle without allowing any baserunners in 3.0 innings, striking out four. It’s just Strotman’s second game out of seven this season without allowing a run. He now has 18 strikeouts to nine walks in 19.1 innings.
AA: Richmond 7, Erie 3
- Richmond picked up a big win, moving into first place over Erie by a half game. They won partially due to a 5-run 4th inning, powered by back-to-back home runs by Luis Matos and Marco Luciano, which capped off the inning.
- Luis Matos had an almost perfect day, going 4-for-4 with a walk, and a double and a home run. The only downside was that Matos was caught stealing twice. Matos now has seven doubles and three home runs on the season, giving him a batting line of .304/.398/.443, but now also has nine steals out of 13 attempts.
- Marco Luciano picked up his second home run in Richmond, going 1-for-5, with three strikeouts. Luciano is now 4-for-25 in ten games since his return from injury, with one double and two home runs. That gives him a .114 batting average and a .314 slugging percentage, with three of his four bases going for extra bases.
- Simon Whiteman was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI sacrifice bunt. That gives him three doubles to go with two home runs, and 14 walks to 27 strikeouts on the year.
- Landen Roupp took the opener role in this game, allowing a run on one hit and one walk with two strikeouts in a single inning of work. It was Roupp’s second appearance of the season, and first since his initial return on April 23rd. He now has one run allowed in 4.0 innings, with eight strikeouts to two walks.
- The majority of the innings were taken by Nick Zwack, who went 4.0 innings, giving up just one runs, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out four. Zwack now has 26 strikeouts to nine walks in 23.1 innings.
- Making his Giants organizational debut was Parker Dunshee, who was signed as a free agent in late April after being released by the A’s. Dunshee didn’t allow a baserunner in 2.0 innings, with two strikeouts. Dunshee had made one appearance with the Las Vegas Aviators, giving up two runs in one inning. In 2022, Dunshee had a 9.22 ERA in 31 games, with 92 strikeouts to 56 walks in 111.1 innings.
- Reliever Juan Sanchez struck out the side without allowing a baserunner. Through ten games, Sanchez has a 1.62 ERA, and he has 16 strikeouts to four walks in 16.2 innings, with six of his strikeouts coming in his last three innings of work.
High-A: Eugene 12, Tri-City 5
- The Emeralds just blew Tri-City out of the water in this game, as every hitter for Eugene got at least one hit, and the team collected two home runs and four doubles among 16 hits, and took advantage of four Dust Devil errors.
- Left fielder Wade Meckler had his second-straight 4-hit game, going 4-for-5 with his second home run of the season. Despite going 8-for-10 over the last two games, Meckler’s batting average only went up 50 points, from .406 to .456, as his quest to get back to batting .500 continues. Since returning, Meckler is now 14-for-34 (.412) with just one triple and one home run over eight games.
- Right fielder Victor Bericoto moved into a tie for the home run lead of the team by going 2-for-5 with his 7th home run. Bericoto ties Luis Toribio at the 7-HR plateau. Bericoto is just five behind his career-high of 12, which he hit in 2017 games in San Jose last season. He’s batting .321/.375/.587 on the season.
- Third baseman Jimmy Glowenke was 2-for-4 with his sixth double of the season. Glowenke continues to have a strong batting line of .410/.481/.641 over 13 games, with six doubles and a home run, and has seven walks to seven strikeouts.
- Second baseman Ghordy Santos was 2-for-5 with three strikeouts, hitting his first double of the year. Santos now has one double to three home runs in 18 games, with a batting line of .189/.306/.377. He has nine walks to 29 strikeouts.
- Starting pitcher Eric Silva gave up a season-high three runs on four hits and a season-high four walks, with four strikeouts. Silva now has a 2.70 ERA after seven starts, with 23 strikeouts to 13 walks in 26.2 innings.
- Hunter Dula struck out two without allowing a baserunner in an inning of work. He now has a 2.13 ERA, with 19 strikeouts to four walks in 12.2 innings of work this season.
- Tyler Myrick gave up just one hit in an inning of work, with two strikeouts. He has a 0.77 ERA after 12 games, and has three saves in as many chances, although this game was too much of a blowout to be an opportunity. He has 12 strikeouts to no walks in 11.2 innings.
Low-A: San Jose 6, Lake Elsinore 5 (10 Innings)
San Jose Notes:
- San Jose prevailed in a wild game, with a 10th inning flurry by both teams. The teams went into the final inning tied 3-3. Lake Elsinore struck first, with runs on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly putting them up 5-3. But things got wild in the bottom half, as a Diego Velasquez single gave San Jose one run. Then Tanner O’Tremba doubled to put runners on second and third. A passed ball scored one run, and a throwing error let the winning run come in for San Jose.
- Right fielder Tanner O’Tremba’s 10th inning double was the only extra-base hit for the Giants on the day, going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and a sacrifice fly. O’Tremba has a batting line of .287/.406/.437, with eight doubles, a triple, and a home run, with 23 strikeouts to nine walks over 24 games.
- Diego Velasquez was the only Giant with multiple hits, going 2-for-4, also picking up his fifth error of the season. Through 28 games, Velasquez is batting .318/.412/.455 with nine doubles and two home runs, and 14 walks to 23 strikeouts.
- Shortstop Jose Ramos was 1-for-3 with a walk. Over 30 games, Ramos hit ten doubles and two triples, with a .239/.341/.363 batting line.
- Jack Choate made his starter, allowing two runs off of two hits and three walks in 4.0 innings, striking out four. Over 25.0 innings, Choate has 41 strikeouts to 12 walks on the year, and he’s allowed just a .159 batting average.
- In relief, Daniel Blair also threw 4.0 innings to end the game, giving up two unearned runs in the 10th inning, on one hit and two walks, with six strikeouts. The undrafted free agent now has 15 strikeouts to seven walks in 16.2 innings over nine games. The 4.0 innings was easily he’s most he’s pitched in a game this season.