Richmond got big games from Luis Matos and Carter Aldrete, with a home run by each, as they picked up a win in the end of their series with Altoona.  And Carson Ragsdale has another great start for Eugene.

AAA: Las Vegas 2, Sacramento 1


Sacramento Notes:

  • Sacramento looked a bit like they were just there for rehabs, as they had two rehabbing position players and a rehabbing starting pitcher, and a returning outfielder as they lost a close game.   Alex Wood gave up two runs in his first rehab game, and Darin Ruf and Bryce Johnson combined to go 1-for-5 with two walks.
  • Starter Alex Wood gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits and no walks, with just one strikeout in 3.2 innings of work in his first rehab game.  Wood made his first appearance since leaving his start on April 18th early.
  • Bryce Johnson made his second rehab start, going 1-for-3 and got caught stealing once.  He’s 2-for-5 with a double, with three strikeouts and two steals on three attempts.  Johnson once again played six innings before being lifted.
  • Darin Ruf was in rehab start #5, and he went 0-for-2 with two walks.  He’s now 4-for-20 (.200) in his rehabe, but with four walks to six strikeouts for a .333 OBP.
  • Among the regular River Cats, Shane Matheny went 2-for-4 with his 5th steal of the season.  Matheny has a batting line of .276/.402/.337 with three doubles and a home run.
  • Left fielder Michael Gigliotti made his first appearance since April 21st, and went 0-for-3 with a walk.  On the season, Gigliotti has a batting line of .270/.385/.460 with six doubles and two home runs, with 11 walks to eight strikeouts.
  • Keaton Winn was the piggyback starter after the rehab start by Wood, and went 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk, and striking out a season-high six.  It was Winn’s first appearance without allowing a run since April 15th, and his longest of the season.  Winn has a 4.70 ERA after seven games, but currently has a 1.74 WHIP.

AA: Richmond 4, Altoona 1


Richmond Notes:

  • Two big performances led the Squirrels to a big win.  Carter Aldrete’s 2nd inning home run gave Richmond their first lead of the game as he had a 3-hit game, and Luis Matos was 2-for-4 with his 7th inning home run icing the game for Richmond.
  • Carter Aldrete was 3-for-4 with his third home run and fifth double of the season.  Aldrete now has hits in four straight games, going 7-for-16 (.437) with two doubles and a home run, with just two strikeouts.  Aldrete has a batting line of .280/.368/.451 with 11 walks to 20 strikeouts.
  • Luis Matos was 2-for-4 with a home run, and a couple of nice defensive plays.  Matos has had three multi-hit games so far in May, and is batting .429/.478/.619 over seven games so far this month with a double, a home run, and four steals in as many attempts.
  • Ismael Munguia was 0-for-3 with a walk, but picked up two steals, giving him seven on the season.  Munguia has a batting line of .270/.333/.370 with eight walks to 21 strikeouts, and seven steal in nine attempts.
  • Starting pitcher Carson Seymour gave up a run in 4.0 innings, on four hits and a walk, with one strikeout.  Seymour now has a 4.09 ERA, with 13 walks to 11 strikeouts in 22.0 innings.
  • Reliever Randy Rodriguez had a scoreless inning, striking out one without allowing any baserunners.  Rodriguez chipped his ERA down to 3.60, and now has 17 strikeouts to seven walks in 15.0 innings.

High-A: Spokane 2, Eugene 1


Eugene Notes:

  • Eugene fell in a low-scoring affair that didn’t go too well.  This game was a pitching duel as it remained scoreless through the first six innings, before Eugene began giving up runs.  Spokane gave up two RBI singles in each of the 7th and 8th innings.  Eugene’s only run came after Vaun Brown got on base after getting hit by a pitch, and after a single moved him to second, and he stole third, Brown scored on a wild pitch.
  • The only Emerald hitter with multiple hits was Logan Wyatt, who went 2-for-4.  Wyatt has three multi-hit games in his last six, and has a batting line that sits at .258/.349/.441 with five doubles to four home runs.
  • Vaun Brown went 0-for-2, but did get one walk and one HBP.  Brown also had a stolen base and committed a fielding error in center.  In three games at Eugene over his rehab there, Brown is now 2-for-12 (.167) with one walk to five strikeouts.
  • Starting pitcher Carson Ragsdale had a great start, striking out eight in 4.0 innings, allowing only two hits, a HBP, and no walks.  Ragsdale now has 38 strikeouts to just three walks in 24.2 innings, and lowered his ERA to 2.92.
  • Reliever Mat Olsen had a good inning of work in relief, striking out two without allowing a baserunner.  But it was Olsen’s first game without allowing a run in his last five appearances, and his ERA is at 10.24, with 17 strikeouts to seven walks in 9.2 innings.

Low-A: San Jose 5, Modesto 4


San Jose Notes:

  • Modesto scored four runs in the final three innings, taking a 4-2 lead late, but San Jose kept fighting back to get an unlikely win.  San Jose loaded the bases with one out after a single and two walks.  Another walk forced in a run to make it 4-3, and a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramos tied the game.  After a HBP loaded the bases again, P.J. Hilson hit the ball to third base and into an error that scored San Jose’s game-winning run.
  • Catcher Onil Perez had a perfect day getting on base, going 2-for-2 with three walks, and even stole a base, his third of the season, and committing an error.  As a catcher, Perez has played in just 13 games, but has a batting line of .370/.491/.457 and has nine walks to six strikeouts, with a double and a home run.
  • Andrew Kachel was 1-for-4 with the team’s only extra-base hit, going 1-for-4 with a double.  It was his ninth double of the season.  Kachel is batting .263/.352/.375 with nine doubles to make up all of his extra-base hits.
  • DH Carter Howell was 1-for-3 with two walks.  Mostly batting leadoff, Howell now has 11 walks to 29 strikeouts, and has a batting line of .327/.395/.430 after 24 games, with five steals in six attempts.
  • Hayden Birdsong went 4.0 innings without allowing a hit or a run, striking out six with one walk.  Birdsong has a 1.83 ERA after six games, with 35 strikeouts to ten walks in 19.2 innings.
  • Reliever Jack Choate struggled, giving up three unearned runs after three errors, with two hits and four walks in 3.2 innings, but struck out six.  All the unearned runs kept Choate’s ERA low at 1.29, and now has 37 strikeouts to nine walks in 21.0 innings.