First things first, today the Giants announced a highly expected promotion, as Kyle Harrison is headed to Double-A Richmond after dominating in the Northwest League over seven starts this season.

Harrison is slated to make his Double-A debut on Friday…as long as the rain doesn’t follow him from the Northwest to the Northeast.

Also getting a promotion was San Jose’s Mason Black, the most dominating performance from a talented group of pitchers in Low-A.

Black should make his debut Thursday or Friday as well. In San Jose, this also opens the door for some of the recent piggyback starters to start expanding as a role in the rotation has opened up.

AAA: Sacramento 3, Salt Lake 2


Sacramento Notes:

  • Isan Díaz provided all the offense for Sacramento with one swing, his fifth home run of the season.  All of Díaz’s five home runs have come in the last 15 days, since his trade to Sacramento. 
  • Bryce Johnson was 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak up to six games and moving up his batting average to .324 on the season.  Johnson was also caught stealing, which has become a bit of a problem.  Over his last six games, he’s been caught three times out of four attempts.
  • Enmanuel De Jesus had another strong start, giving up a run on two hits and two walks in 5.0 innings, and striking out eight.  De Jesus now has struck out 17 over his last two games, in 9.1 innings.
  • Jake McGee made his third rehab appearance, giving up his first run of the rehab, allowing a run on one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.  In 2.2 innings at Triple-A, he’s struck out seven with one walk and one hit.
  • Patrick Ruotolo had a nice bounceback with a scoreless 1.1 innings, after having given up seven earned runs over his last two appearances (a combined 1.1 innings).  In 14.0 innings at Triple-A this year, Ruotolo has 19 strikeouts to eight walks.

AA: Hartford 4, Richmond 3 (10 Innings)


Richmond Notes:

  • Michael Gigliotti was 1-for-5 with his second home run of the year.  Gigliotti hit his first home run on Opening Day back on April 9th.  That gives him half the total he had last year in just about the same number of games.
  • Brando Martorano was 1-for-4 with his eighth double of the year.  Martorano now has a batting line of .229/.328/.495, but he also got picked on by the Yard Goats baserunners, as they successfully stole five times on six attempts this year.
  • Frankie Tostado has a 2-for-4 day with his tenth double of the year.  It’s been a great year for Tostado, and now he has hits in 11 of his last 12 games, and has gone 18-for-49 (.367) over that span.
  • Matt Frisbee had his best start of the year, having his first game without allowing a run while going a season-high 6.0 innings.  Frisbee had given up 12 earned runs, 14 overall, in 13.2 innings over his last three starts before this game.
  • R.J. Dabovich pitched the last two innings, and ended up giving up the losing run, an unearned run while allowing just one hit, and striking out three.  It’s the first run of any kind he’s given up in the last five games.

High-A: Eugene 4, Tri-City 2


Eugene Notes:

  • Carter Aldrete had a huge day for High-A Eugene, picking up two home runs to give him five on the year.  It’s Aldrete’s first multi-home run day of his career, and raised his slugging percentage to .500 on the season with six doubles and five home runs in 27 games.  Aldrete also had a sacrifice fly, meaning he knocked in three of the four runs for Eugene.
  • All of the Eugene hitters that have been on the upswing also picked up a single each, including Hunter Bishop, Marco Luciano, and Casey Schmitt (all going 1-for-4), as well as Jairo Pomares, who went 1-for-3.
  • Wil Jensen had a strong start, going 5.0 scoreless innings with three hits and just one walk, with four strikeouts.  It was Jensen’s first game without allowing a run since April 16th, six appearances ago and in relief.  Jensen has 31 strikeouts to seven walks in 24.1 innings.
  • Clay Helvey struck out four in 2.0 innings with just one hit allowed.  It continues a fantastic May for Helvey, as he has not allowed an earned run on the month, and the hit he allowed today was his first in May, in 8.0 innings, with 16 strikeouts to two walks.
  • Nick Avila had a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and two hits allowed.  Avila had 15 strikeouts to three walks in 13.0 innings this season, with a 2.08 ERA.

Low-A: Modesto 3, San Jose 1


San Jose Notes:

  • Vaun Brown took care of all of San Jose’s scoring, with his home run being the only Giants run, and also picked up a walk.  Brown now has 11 home runs on the season, the second-most in the California League, behind the 14 that leads the league.
  • Eric Silva gave up two runs on two hits and four walks in 4.2 innings of work, with three strikeouts.  The four walks allowed are a season high for Silva, and he now has 10 walks to 36 strikeouts in 28.0 innings.
  • Manuel Mercedes had two scoreless innings, with no hits allowed, but two walks and one strikeout.  It’s Mercedes second straight game without allowing a run, but he still has 19 strikeouts to 24 walks in 20.1 innings.