AAA: Sacramento’s season will begin Thursday May 6th

One more day until the last Giants farm team begins play.  But we now know the roster, which seems oddly unfinished and is a little out of balance.  But that’s for the future.  But we do get to add in this section for the first time:

Key Transactions

Joey Bart was optioned from the big leagues down to Triple-A, after getting one pinch-hit at-bat in the bigs, in which he popped out to second.  He’ll bring some star power to the Triple-A roster, and get ready for his real run in the big leagues.

AA: Richmond 6, Hartford 4

Top Lines:

SS Ryan Howard: 3-3, 1 R, 2 2B (2), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (1)
CF Heliot Ramos: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO
2B Kyle Mottice: 2-2, 1 R, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI

SP Sam Long: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
RP Norwith Gudino: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO

It was a nice bounceback from Opening Day for the Squirrels, and a couple of hitters looked a lot better after not having to face a top pitching prospect.  None more so than Heliot Ramos, who picked up three strikeouts after getting his leadoff single.  Ramos struck his first time up, but picked up another pair of hits, including his first home run of the year.

Sam Long was the starter on day 2, and ended up with a few struggles.  A pair of back-to-back doubles in the third inning, the last inning in which he pitched, gave up a total of three runs on the day, but he did finish the third inning with his fifth strikeout, catching the batter looking.

The back side of the team had some shine to it in this game.  Ryan Howard was the hitter of the day, getting on base four times with two doubles.  Coming off the bench, Kyle Mottice made his Giants organization debut, going 2-for-2 with a double of his own.  He’d last played in 2019 in Low-A for the Pirates organization.  On the mound, Norwith Gudino collected seven K’s but also three walks in three innings, allowing just one hit.  The 25-year old only threw 33.2 innings in 2019, getting up to Low-A, where he’d struck out 25 but walked only three in 15 innings.

High-A: Eugene 8, Spokane 6

Top Lines:

3B Sean Roby: 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 SO, 1 HBP
C Patrick Bailey: 2-4, 1 2B (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO
1B Logan Wyatt: 2-4, 3 R, 1 BB
LF Diego Rincones: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 1 HBP

SP Kai-Wei Teng: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR
RP Taylor Rashi: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO
RP Jose Marte: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

On the season’s second day, the Emeralds continued to rock offensively.  The only two hitters who didn’t get hits today each ended up with two walks.  The biggest hit went to Sean Roby, who hit his second home run in as many days, but today he was only Em with a home run.  Meanwhile, Patrick Bailey, the rare leadoff-hitting catcher, continued to get on base with two more hits, including his first double of the season.

This time, the Emeralds got into some trouble on the mound, with Kai-Wei Teng getting into trouble in the first by letting three of the first four batters get on base, and giving up two runs in the first.  But Teng was followed up by Taylor Rashi, the Giants 23rd round pick in 2019, who dominated in a short relief stint.  The Giants also got anice appearance out of Jose Marte, striking out two as he got his first save of the season.

Behind the team headliners, one of the nicer starts has been from Logan Wyatt, the team’s 2019 2nd round pick.  Although he doesn’t have any extra-base hits in his first two games, he has shown the plate discipline he was famous for in college, with three walks and just one strikeout, and a small-sample-size OBP of .600.

Low-A: Fresno 10, San Jose 4

Top Lines:

RF Alex Canario: 2-3, 1 2B (2), 1 BB, 1 SO
SS Marco Luciano: 1-5, 1 2B (1), 2 RBI, 1 SO
2B Jimmy Glowenke: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 SO, 1 E

SP Ryan Murphy: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 E
RP Kanoa Pagan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

It was another rough day for the Giants to open the season, both on the mound and in the field.  Game 2 starter Ryan Murphy, the Giants 5th round pick in 2020, gave up five hits, and also his own error as part of his troubles.  It could’ve been worse if not for a heads-up play in the second, when a single with a runner on second scored a run, but catcher Ricardo Genoves caught the runner trying to get to second with a sharp throw.

Behind the pitching, the team continued to struggle with the glove, collecting four errors after three errors on Opening Day.  That wasn’t enough to account for the loss, with only four runs being unearned.  But it wasn’t enough for the offense compete against.

On the bright side, Alex Canario had his second straight good day at the plate, even though he made his first out.  Canario is 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple, and three walks between his first two games.  As well, Marco Luciano got his first extra-base hit on the season, getting a double off the wall in his only hit in five at-bats.