AAA: Tacoma 8, Sacramento 3
- Back in Sacramento, the River Cats bats were limited to just four hits. However, the one biggest hit belonged to Kevin Padlo, who hit his eighth home run in the PCL this season on a 1-for-4 day. Since joining Sacramento, Padlo is batting .318/.388/.773 over 11 games, with two doubles and six home runs.
- Heliot Ramos picked up just his second double of the season, also on a 1-for-4 day with a HBP. That’s two straight games with an extra-base hit, with a home run on Sunday. Ramos is now batting .195/.316/.292 with two doubles and three home runs. He also picked up his second steal of the season.
- New River Cat Stuart Fairchild made his debut against his old team, albeit a Tacoma team he only played with for four games. Fairchiold was 0-for-1, with two walks and got hit by a pitch.
- Another new River Cat, Donovan Walton, also made his debut against his old team. Walton went 1-for-4 with a double. While with Tacoma in 12 games, Walton hit .294/.368/.510 with four doubles, two triples, and a home run.
- Today was the first day in the Pacific Coast League for the Automated Balls and Strikes system, so going forward, it’ll be interesting to see how pitchers react.
- Sean Hjelle had another rough game giving up hits, with eight hits allowed leading to six runs. Hjelle now has allowed a .331 batting average allowed this season, and a .443 batting average allowed in May. But Hjelle had a season-high six strikeouts to just one walk. Out of 90 pitches, Hjelle got 21 called strikeouts, which is a pretty good number.
- Kervin Castro threw a scoreless inning, striking out 1 and giving up two hits. Castro’s had a tough time of it this year, allowing nine runs on nine hits and 13 walks in 9.0 innings, with just ten strikeouts.
- Jeremy Walker struck out three and walked one in two innings. It was a strong bounceback game as Walker had allowed five runs over his last two games (2.1 innings).
AA: Altoona 12, Richmond 2
- Brandon Martorano was the only Squirrels hitter with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with his 6th double. Over his last five games, Martorano is 5-for-17 (.294) with three home runs, a double, and three walks to six strikeouts.
- Shane Matheny was 1-for-4 with his fourth double of the year. Matheny is batting .265/.384/.494 on the season, with four doubles and five home runs.
- Armani Smith got his first Double-A hit, going 1-for-4 with an RBI. Smith had hit .233/.364/.413 over 23 games in High-A Eugene this season.
- Gray Fenter took the start for Richmond, giving up a season-high four runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. This breaks a streak of three straight starts without allowing an earned run. On the season, Fenter has 31 strikeouts to 15 walks in 24.2 innings, and a 3.28 ERA.
- Reliever Solomon Bates struggled significantly for the first time this season, giving up five runs on a walk and four hits, three of which were home runs. It breaks a streak of seven straight scoreless games for Bates, and his ERA jumped up from 0.92 to 2.91 in this game.
- Trenton Toplikar went a scoreless inning with his first walk of the season and a strikeout. In three games since returning, Toplikar has gone 2.2 scoreless innings with one hit, one walks and four strikeouts.
High-A: Spokane 1, Eugene 0 (10 Innings)
- Nick Swiney led off what was a strong pitching performance for Eugene, despite the loss. Swiney struck out six and allowed just three hits in 4.0 innings. It was Swiney’s second scoreless appearance in his last three starts, lowering his ERA to 3.80. On the year, Swiney has struck out 25 to ten walks in 21.1 innings.
- Ty Weber threw the most innings in the game, going 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. Weber has a 3.33 ERA on the season, though just 16 strikeouts in 24.1 innings to only two walks.
- Casey Schmitt had the best day of any Emerald at the plate, going 1-for-2 with two walks. Schmitt is now batting .321/.404/.593 on the season, and though he’s gone just 1-for-6 over the last three games, he’s drawn five walks in the same span. He now has 11 walks to 21 strikeouts on the year.
- Marco Luciano also picked up one of the other Emerald hits, going just 1-for-5. Since the start of May, he’s gone 8-for-31 (.258) with just one double and no other extra-base hits.
Low-A: Inland Empire 11, San Jose 8
San Jose Notes:
- Yorlis Rodriguez hit two home runs in a 2-for-4 day, giving himself three home runs on the season. That gives Rodriguez three home runs in 24 games this season, so he’s halfway to matching his six home runs from 2021 in 52 games.
- Aeverson Arteaga went 2-for-5 with his first home run since May 8th, and his second multi-hit day in as many games. Arteaga now has five home runs on the season, with six doubles, and a batting line of .254/.321/.426.
- The other Giants home run went to Adrian Sugastey, on a 2-for-3 day with a HBP. It was Sugastey’s second home run this year, tying his total from his debut year last season.
- Vaun Brown had two hits, but both were just singles while going 2-for-4. He also added two stolen bases, to lead the team with 12 steals, and 6th in the California League.
- Grant McCray was 2-for-5 with his team-leading third triple of the season. McCray now has a batting line of .317/.419/.615 with seven doubles, three triples, six home runs.
- Matt Mikulski took the start, giving up a season-high tying six runs on a season-high eight hits, with four strikeouts. That raises his ERA to 5.96 on the season, and with 30 hits allowed in 25.2 innings, he’s allowing a batting average of .303. He does have 27 strikeouts to seven walks.
- Trevor McDonald pitched four innings in the piggyback start, allowing season highs in five runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk. Although he did also collect a season-high nine strikeouts, jumping his ERA from 1.40 to 2.70. McDonald has 38 strikeouts to five walks in 23.1 innings.