Carson Whisenhunt is really looking like a guy in Eugene, as he rattled off his fourth excellent start there since his promotion. Meanwhile, Vaun Brown made his return (finally, and also again) to the field in Richmond!
AAA: Reno 11, Sacramento 3
- Reno was far out in front in this game early, and it was never competitive. They were up 9-0 after four innings. Sacramento would get on the board in the 6th inning with Matt Beaty’s 2-run home run, but it was far too little a bit too late.
- First baseman Matt Beaty’s home run was the team’s big hit, as he went 2-for-5 on the day. Beaty now has three home runs to go with four doubles over 23 games this season at Triple-A. He’s got a .263/.406/.425 batting line at the level.
- Luis Matos was 2-for-4 with a walk for his first hits at Triple-A in his second game there. Matos is 2-for-9 with a double and the walk with a strikeout. He also had a hell of a diving catch in center field.
- Catcher Ricardo Genovés was 1-for-4 with a double, his fifth of the season, and also his first passed ball. Over 24 games, he has a batting line of .247/.341/.356 with five doubles and a home run, with nine walks to 24 strikeouts.
- Left fielder Michael Gigliotti went 2-for-3 with a walk, and made his first error in the field. Gigliotti now has 15 walks to 15 strikeouts, and has a batting line of .259/.377/.424 after having his second straight 2-hit game.
- Starter Keaton Winn had a rough one, giving up a season-high seven runs, six earned, on an also season-high eight hits and season-high-tying three walks, with three strikeouts. His ERA jumped from 4.33 to 5.83 in the game.
- Reliever Cole Waites had a good appearance, with a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out one. That’s two scoreless appearances for Waites since his return from the big leagues. His Triple-A ERA has dropped from 9.31 to 7.71 in those two games.
- Nick Swiney gave up a pair of runs in his second Triple-A appearance, with four hits and a walk allowed, but no strikeouts. That bumps Swiney’s ERA up to 4.50 in Sacramento early on. He has a walk and a strikeout in 4.0 innings, with six hits allowed. Swiney had allowed just nine hits in 15.2 innings at Double-A Richmond.
AA: Akron 10, Richmond 2
- In this game, Richmond jumped out to a lead, but it was just a 1-0 lead after the 1st inning. But from there, Akron scored the next nine runs to run away with this one.
- The leading hitter for the Squirrels was Ismael Munguia, who was 2-for-3 with a steal, his eighth of the season. Munguia was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning, but there was no clear reason for it. It’s Munguia’s 7th multi-hit game in May (out of 14), where he’s hitting .352 with a .426 on-base percentage.
- The only extra-base hit for Richmond was off the bat of Marco Luciano, going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. It’s another small bump up for Luciano as he gets his season underway. He’s now 7-for-45 (.156) with three doubles and three home runs, and still just one single.
- Making his return (again) was Vaun Brown, who was at DH. Brown was 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first game May 10th in Eugene, over a week ago. Brown has played just one previous game at Richmond, where he went hitless in two at-bats before an injury ended his game and season in 2022.
- In his second game at Double-A, Wade Meckler fell into a significant slump, as he was just 1-for-4 with the team’s only RBI, knocking in Brown. That lowers Meckler’s batting average in Richmond to just .444 after two games, after he hit .456 in 20 games at Eugene.
- Ryan Murphy struggled with his control through three innings of work, giving up just one hit but walking four while striking out five. It’s Murphy’s second straight game walking a season-high four, though it’s his second time striking out a season-high five. He has a 5.74 ERA with a 1.76 WHIP.
- Randy Rodriguez struck out three in 2.1 innings in relief, allowing just one walk. Rodriguez has allowed just one earned run over his last six games (12.2 IP), with 16 strikeouts to six walks.
High-A: Eugene 2, Hillsboro 0
- Eugene won a pitcher’s duel behind the strong pitching of Carson Whisenhunt, who didn’t give up a hit in his 4.1 innings, and yet still got outhit in the win. Eugene got the lead with a Grant McCray home run in the 3rd inning, and sealed the game with a McCray RBI single in the 5th inning, for the 2-0 lead.
- Starter Carson Whisenhunt went 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing no hits and three walks, while striking out a career-high eight. Four starts into his High-A stint, Whisenhunt now has a 0.52 ERA. He had a 3.29 ERA in four starts at Low-A San Jose. Overall, he has 44 strikeouts to nine walks in 31.0 innings.
- Reliever Ben Madison struck out three while allowing just one hit in 1.2 innings. Madison now has a 6.19 ERA after ten games, with 25 strikeouts to 13 walks in 16.0 innings.
- Grant McCray led the Ems offensively, going 2-for-4 with his sixth home run and two strikeouts. McCray now has hits in five straight games, though this is his first with more than one hit. Since the start of May, McCray’s batting .286/.338/.556 with two doubles and five home runs.
- Left fielder Jared Dupere went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and a double. Over 31 games, Dupere has six doubles and four home runs, with a .243/.318/.400 batting line.
- As the DH, Damon Dues went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts and two stolen bases. Dues now has seven steals on nine attempts, but has just two doubles in 25 games. He has a .275/.402/.300 batting line on the season.
Low-A: Stockton 5, San Jose 3
San Jose Notes:
- Things fell apart late in this game for San Jose. San Jose was up 3-2 in the 8th inning, but Stockton scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th to take a 5-2 lead, and knock off the Giants.
- The big hit for San Jose was by right fielder Alexander Suarez, hitting his first home run of the season on a 1-for-3 day with a strikeout. Through 26 games, Suarez has three doubles, three triples, and one home runs, for a batting line of .259/.357/.400.
- The only Giant with multiple hits was Onil Perez, going 2-for-4 with his third double of the season. Onil now has six multi-hit games out of ten played in May. Over those ten games, he’s got two doubles and a triple, with nine walks to just three strikeouts. His May batting line of .389/.500/.500.
- Former Major Leaguer Miguel Yajure started a rehab stint in San Jose, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Majure played with Pittsburgh in 2022, where he had a 8.88 ERA after 12 games, and was waived in the offseason, where the Giants claimed him on waivers. He started the season on the injured list for undisclosed reasons.
- Reliver William Kempner had a scoreless inning, allowing just one walk while not striking anyone out. Kempner had a 5.00 ERA in five appearances as a starter, but has just a 3.00 ERA in three games as a reliever, with three walks to three strikeouts in 3.0 innings.