AAA: Las Vegas 9, Sacramento 5

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SS Thairo Estrada: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB
LF Jason Krizan: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO
1B Joe McCarthy: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO

SP Tyler Beede: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 2 HBP
RP Gregory Santos: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
RP Camilo Doval: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Tyler Beede’s rough spring continued in this game.  He gave up just a pair of hits over his three innings of work, but his six walks really doomed him in this game.  In Beede’s first three games back from his surgery, he walked just two in 5.2 innings.  In the 7.2 innings since, he’s walked 12.

The result of that left Sacramento too far behind to let even a big inning get them back in the game.  In the 7th inning, the Cats got the first four men on, highlighted by a Jason Krizan RBI single.  There were two RBI groundouts to follow that, and a Justin Bour RBI single, and the River Cats had four runs in the inning.

Other Notes:

  • Gregory Santos followed Beede, allowing a bunch of twos (hits, runs, and walks).  So far in Sacramento, in 10.0 innings, he’s allowed 11 hits, and six walks, while striking out eight.
  • Joe McCarthy hit his second home run in as many days, giving him four on the season.  In 16 games, that puts him more than halfway to his 2019 total (7) in 67 games.
  • Thairo Estrada had multiple hits for the second time in three games, and is now batting .365 on the season.
  • Camilo Doval loaded the bases, but kept runs off the board.  In Sacramento, Doval has a 3.2 IP, and has allowed four hits and three walks in that time, while striking out five.
  • In a day game after a night game, Joey Bart did not play after his first game back returning from groin tightness.

AA: Richmond 4, Reading 0

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CF Heliot Ramos: 2-5, 1 R, 3 SO
LF Jacob Heyward: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
2B Kyle Mottice: 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB (5)

SP Matt Frisbee: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 SO
RP Jose Marte: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
RP Norwith Gudino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

Another excellent start for Matt Frisbee, who continues to rip through the Eastern League.  Frisbee had allowed five runs combined over his last two starts, but bounced back with another shutout start, his first shutout since his part of the no-hitter the Squirrels threw on May 13th.  That gives Frisbee a 1.24 ERA and just a .112 average allowed over five starts.

Thanks to the excellent pitching, Richmond didn’t need much offensive help.  Heliot Ramos led off the game with a single, and scored on a single by the second batter Andy Sugilio, after a pickoff error let Ramos get to 2nd.  Two batters in, and they had all the runs they would need to win.  

But in the second, Kyle Mottice stole home on a double steal for a second run.  In the 8th, Mottice grounded into a force out that led to two runs after a throwing error.

Other Notes:

  • Heliot Ramos has continued his hot streak, a 5-game hitting streak.  He’s been 9-for-21 over the last three games with a double, although he’s also struck out eight times with no walks over that time.
  • Jose Marte continued to go unscored upon across two levels, as he made his second appearance in Double-A.  He’s got five strikeouts in 2.1 innings in Richmond, and 14 in 6.1 innings in High-A.
  • Norwith Gudino continues to pitch well at the back end of the bullpen.  Gudino’s struck out 20 against five runs in 12.2 innings this season, and has earned three saves for the Squirrels.

High-A: Eugene 2, Spokane 1

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2B Tyler Fitzgerald: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO
SS Will Wilson: 2-4, 1 SO
3B-SS Simon Whiteman: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB (10)

SP Seth Corry: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 9 SO, 1 HBP
RP Solomon Bates: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO
RP John Timmins: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO
RP Taylor Rashi: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

Seth Corry remains effectively wild, and mostly unhittable, if not always in the strike zone.  The only real hiccup was in the first inning, when Corry walked a batter, followed by a single.  On an attempted double steal, Patrick Bailey committed his first error of the season, and Spokane was on board with an unearned run.  Corry would walk the bases loaded in the second, but the Indians didn’t score, and Corry was back on track the rest of his outing.

Corry, and the rest of the pitching staff throwing a shutout the rest of the way.  That set the game up for Eugene to get on the board…which they didn’t do until the 8th.  The Emeralds got a runner on ahead of Tyler Fitzgerald in that inning with one out, and Fitzgerald hit a 2-run home run that gave the Emeralds a lead.

Other Notes:

  • The most important event in this game might have been in the 8th just before the game-winning home run.  Will Wilson had led the inning off with a single, but was then struck by Logan Wyatt’s single.  According to an on-hand report, Wilson collapsed and had to be helped off the field.  No details were yet available.
  • Seth Corry’s control certainly has been an issue, but his dominance in other areas has offset it.  He has 21 walks in 19.0 inning, but he’s struck out 38 batters and allowed just 10 hits.
  • Tyler Fitzgerald hit his third home run of the season for the win.  He’s batting just .205 on the season, with a .306 on-base percentage.
  • Solomon Bates worked just just a single inning in each of his first six games of the season, then went 2.0 in his last game, and reached a new season high with 3.1 innings in this game.  He’s struck out 13 and walked nine in 11.1 innings.
  • Simon Whiteman picked up a single and two walks.  That gives him a .255 batting average, but also a .417 on-base percentage which has helped him be available to get 10 steals, 4th best in the Northwest High-A West League.
  • Jacob Gonzalez has played mostly the infield for his career, but played 8 games in left field in 2019, and has played three there in 2021.  He showed off a strong arm from out there in a big play in this game.

Low-A: San Jose 2, Lake Elsinore 1

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SS Abdiel Layer: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 2 SO
CF Luis Matos: 1-3, 1 R

SP Wil Jensen: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 SO
RP Justin Crump: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
RP Jorge Labrador: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
RP Wilkelma Castillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP
RP Brooks Crawford: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO

The Giants were out-hit 6-2, but for the Giants, two hits equaled two runs and enough to win this one.  San Jose got on the scoreboard early, with an Abdiel Layer double and a Luis Matos single to put runners on the corners.  Marco Luciano hit into an error to score one run, and Brett Auerbach hit into an RBI groundout for the second run.

That held up as Wil Jensen had a season-high ten strikeouts in an also season-high 5.0 innings.  The rest of the staff held up as well, as the Giants finished with 19 strikeouts in the game, including striking out the side in each of the last two innings.

Other Notes:

  • This was the first start for Wil Jensen where he didn’t allow a run.  He has 28 strikeouts in 18.2 innings, with seven walks and 15 hits.
  • Abdiel Layer has five home runs on the season, but just now picked up his second double.  He’s slugging .593 in 13 games.
  • Wilkelma Castillo gave up two runs in his first appearance of the season, on two hits and a walk in an inning.  In his second outing, he struck out the side, allowing just a hit batter as a baserunner.