Finally, one of the Giants top prospects hit his first home run of the season, as Casey Schmitt finally broke the seal in Sacramento.  Meanwhile Luciano returns to action and Tyler Fitzgerald makes his Triple-A debut.

AAA: Sacramento 7, Las Vegas 2


Sacramento Notes:

  • One big inning led to this win for Sacramento.  With a 2-0 lead already in the 4th inning, Sacramento got six hits, a walk, a HBP, and a sacrifice fly to score five runs to take a commanding 7-0 lead that they would not give up.
  • It was a commanding day for (once again second baseman) Casey Schmitt, who was 2-for-5 with his 10th double and (finally) his first home run of the season, though he also had an error at his new position.  Schmitt now has 10 doubles to one home run, and is batting .311/.338/.418 with six walks to 25 strikeouts on the season in 29 games.
  • Sacramento’s only other extra-base hit came off the bat of center fielder Shane Matheny, who was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.  Matheny now has three doubles in 28 games, his only extra-base hits of the season, as he’s batting 20-for-85 (.235).
  • Patrick Bailey was behind the dish again, and was 1-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice fly.  After five games, Bailey is now batting 2-for-14 (.143) with six walks to three strikeouts, for a .381 on-base percentage.
  • Right fielder Heliot Ramos as 2-for-4 with a walk, and got caught stealing for the first time.  It’s the first multi-hit game for Ramos since April 25, the day he returned to Sacramento.  He’s 7-for-29 (.241) with a double and a home run in the eight games since returning to Triple-A.
  • Shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in his Triple-A debut.  Fitzgerald had a batting line of .324/.410/.588 with six doubles, three triples and two home runs after 19 games in Double-A Richmond before his promotion.
  • The start was handled by Chris Wright, who walked three and allowed a hit, but no runs, in 2.0 innings, while striking out two.  Wright has a 0.90 ERA after six games, with 18 strikeouts to seven walks in 10.0 innings.
  • Reliever Nick Avila didn’t allow any hits in his 2.0 innings, allowing just one walk and striking out two.  Avila now has a 4.20 ERA with just eight strikeouts to nine walks in 15.0 innings of work.
  • Joey Marciano worked the 9th inning, but handled a difficult job.  He came in after the bases had been walked loaded, with nobody out.  Marciano got two strikeouts en route to ending the inning without any runs allowed.  Marciano has an 8.56 ERA, as he’s allowed runs in each of his last seven game, multiple runs in many cases, and now has 15 walks to 14 strikeouts in 13.2 innings.

AA: Altoona 5, Richmond 4 (10 Innings)


Richmond Notes:

  • A 9th inning comeback gave the Squirrels some hope, but things fell apart at the last moment.  In the bottom of the 9th, A HBP and a walk put runners on first and second with Richmond down 4-3.  With two outs, Simon Whiteman hit a double, scoring one run to tie the game, but the winning run was gunned down while getting hung up between third and home.  In the 10th, with the ghost runner, a single scored a run for Altoona, but while the Squirrels runner got to third on a wild pitch, all three Richmond struck out in the inning to end the game.
  • Let’s start with the highly anticipated season debut of top prospect Marco Luciano.  Luciano may need some time to get back up to speed.  He was 0-for-4 with a walk and four strikeouts.  Luciano has had some struggles with strikeouts in the past, with 58 in 227 at-bats in 2022 (65 games) and 122 in 395 at-bats in 2021 (106 games).
  • Carter Williams had the big hit for the Squirrels, going 1-for-4 with a 2-run home run, his second with Richmond.  After seven games with Richmond, Williams is batting just .208/.296/.500 with a double and two home runs.
  • Playing in right field, Simon Whiteman was the only Squirrel with two hits, going 2-for-4 with a double, but also two strikeouts and a caught stealing.  Through 20 games, Whiteman is batting .262/.357/.393 with two doubles and two home runs.
  • Starter Nick Zwack gave up a season-high three runs in 3.0 innings, on five hits and no walks, though with just two strikeouts.  It ties Zwack’s lowest strikeout total on the season after five games.  He now has a 4.41 ERA, with 20 strikeouts to six walks in 16.1 innings.
  • Reliever Randy Rodriguez went 3.0 innings, the third time he got to that level, giving up only one hit and no walks, with two strikeouts.  Rodriguez had a 3.86 ERA with 16 strikeouts to seven walks in 14.0 innings.
  • Raymond Burgos took the L and the run in the 10th (unearned, of course), giving up two hits and one walks with one strikeout.  Burgos’ ERA remains at 0.00, but he now has just eight strikeouts to eight walks in 10.1 innings.

High-A: Spokane 13, Eugene 7


Eugene Notes:

  • Eugene just got blown out in this game.  The teams got into an early 2-2 tie, but the Ems gave up three runs in the 5th inning, and four in each the 6th inning and 8th inning.
  • Third baseman Luis Toribio hit his 5th home run of the season, while going 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI.  After 19 games, Toribio now has a batting line of .284/.388/.552.  He has three doubles and a team leading five home runs, with 12 walks to 25 strikeouts.
  • Right fielder Victor Bericoto led the team in hits, going 3-for-4 with a walk, hitting his third home run of the season.  After 19 games, Bericoto has a .306/.378/.514 batting line with four doubles, one triple, and three home runs, with nine walks to 17 strikeouts.
  • Center fielder Grant McCray had a nice game after his soft April, going 2-for-3 with two walks.  It’s only his second game with multiple hits since April 8th, a span of 19 games.  With the hits and walks, his batting line is now .171/.306/.317 with 12 walks to 34 strikeouts on the year.
  • Shortstop Aeverson Arteaga was 2-for-5 with three strikeouts.  It’s Arteaga’s second game with multiple hits in a row.  He’s now batting .225/.315/.363 with 10 walks to 26 strikeouts after 20 games.
  • Starter Eric Silva gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in 3.2 innings, with three strikeouts.  The game boosts Silva up to 2.41, which is its highest number of the season after five games.  In 18.2 innings, he has 14 strikeouts to eight walks.

Low-A: Modesto 12, San Jose 7


San Jose Notes:

  • San Jose blew a 7-0 lead in an awful way.  The San Jose bullpen gave up three unearned runs in the 6th inning, five runs in the 7th, and two more in the 8th and 9th to lose 12-7.
  • Matt Higgins got one of the two San Jose extra-base hits, going 1-for-5 with a triple and three strikeouts.  It was his first triple of the season, and he now has four doubles and a home run, with a .288/.381/.411 batting line on the year.
  • Third baseman Thomas Gavello also had a triple, going 1-for-4 with a walk with two strikeouts.  Gavello has a 1.006 OPS after 17 games, with four doubles, one triple, and three home runs, with nine walks to 17 strikeouts.
  • Catcher Onil Perez went 2-for-4 with a walk.  After 11 games, Perez has a batting line of .333/.429/.429 with a double and a home run, and has five walks to five strikeouts.
  • For the first time since his rehab began, Vaun Brown did not get a hit, going 0-for-2 with two walks and one strikeout.  Even So, after four games, he’s 7-for-17 (.412) with two walks to five strikeouts for a .500 OBP.
  • Starting pitcher Will Kempner went 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out four.  After five games, Kempner now has a 5.00 ERA, with 19 strikeouts to 10 walks in 18.0 innings on the year.