Let’s start with an old transaction.  On April 27th, the Giants traded LHP Wandy Peralta and a player to be named later to the Yankees for OF Mike Tauchman.  Well, now we know the PTBNL.

Connor Cannon.  Dammit.  I really liked this kid, and was looking forward to seeing him hit, once he recovered from his wrist surgery.  Well, that’s baseball.  I was telling people in the offseason to be excited about him.  I should’ve told those podcasts not to let the Yankees hear it.

AAA: Sacramento 5, Las Vegas 4

Top Lines

3B Mitchell Tolman: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR (6)
CF Braden Bishop: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR (1)
1B Jason Krizan: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
SS Thairo Estrada: 2-4
LF Joe McCarthy: 2-4, 1 2B (3)

SP Shun Yamaguchi: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR
RP Trevor Hildenberger: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
RP Sam Wolff: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
RP Camilo Doval: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
RP Trevor Gott: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

You’ve got to love a comeback win.  It’s even better when it’s a walkoff.  The River Cats fell behind 4-2 going into the bottom of the fifth, but led off the inning with singles by Jason Krizan and Joe McCarthy.  But Justin Bour grounded into a double play, leaving a runner on third with two out.  Mitchell Tolman saved the rally with a 2-run home run to tie the game.

The tie stuck into the ninth inning thanks to some fantastic bullpen pitching.  The Cats got the Aces out in the top half of the inning, and then Braden Bishop led off the bottom half.  He also ended it, hitting his first home run of the season and giving Sacramento the win.

Other Notes:

  • With his 2-hit game, Tolman got his batting average back over .300.  He’s had five multi-hit games over his last seven hits.
  • Shun Yamaguchi’s 4-run game means he’s now allowed at least two runs in all five of his starts, and at least four runs in three of his starts.
  • The bullpen was remarkably consistent.  Four pitchers each threw a shutout inning, striking out one each.  Only Camilo Doval broke the pattern, giving up a hit where none of the others did.
  • Braden Bishop got his first home run on the season in his seventh game (four with Tacoma, three with Sacramento).  His season high is 8, which he’s done twice in 2018 and 2019.
  • Jason Krizan had his third 3-hit game of the season, and he’s now hitting 6-for-13 over his past three games.

AA: Altoona 4, Richmond 1

Top Lines

SS Shane Matheny: 1-4, 1 2B (5), 2 SO
C Bryan Torres: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
PH Sandro Fabian: 1-1, 1 RBI, 1 2B (2)

SP Gerson Garabito: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
RP Mac Marshall: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR
RP Raffi Vizcaino: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
RP Frank Rubio: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO

Richmond got the hits (7), and yet they couldn’t score the runs to get into this game.  Starter Gerson Garabito was hit for a single run in the first inning, giving up a sacrifice fly after two straight hits, but he gave up just one hit over the rest of his time on the mound.  However, Mac Marshall came in for relief, and gave up just two hits.  Unfortunately, there were walks in front of each hit, and one hit was a double and the other was a home run, allowing three runs.

That left Altoona up 4-0, but the offense struggled.  Only in the 7th inning could the Squirrels string hits together.  That inning saw Bryan Torres and Sandro Fabian hitting back-to-back doubles to get Richmond on the board.  Kyle Mottice and Heliot Ramos drew walks after that to load the bases, but Matheny flying out ended the rally and Richmond only scored the run.

Other Notes:

  • Gerson Garabito had his best game since his first game of the season, allowing just one run for the first time since then.  He also matched his season high in innings with 5.0.
  • Bryan Torres had his best game as a Squirrel, his first one with multiple hits and his first extra-hit game.  Torres spent 2019 in the Brewers system, playing in the Rookie Pioneer League.
  • Raffi Vizcaino struck out the side for the first time this season.  That gives him 10 strikeouts in 7.0 innings, with five walks allowed.

High-A: Eugene 7, Vancouver 1

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C Patrick Bailey: 3-5, 1 R, 3 2B (8)
SS Tyler Fitzgerald: 2-5, 1 R, 5 RBI, 1 HR (4)
RF Franklin Labour: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B (4), 1 BB, 1 SF
1B Logan Wyatt: 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B (2), 2 SO, 1 HBP

SP Aaron Phillips: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP
RP Bryce Tucker: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

The Eugene pitching staff threw an excellent game on Tuesday, even if he wasn’t dominating in the usual strikeout numbers.  Aaron Phillips was spotted a 4-0 lead before he pitched in the first, and he gave up a 2-out single.  After a steal, Spencer Horowitz hit into a center field error, allowing in just the one unearned run.  That was the only run they would get, as Phillips allowed four hits, and a hit batter, for the rest of the game.  That led to Bryce Tucker’s great three innings of relief, keeping the Canadians off the board.

That let the offense rule the roost.  In the first, Patrick Bailey and Logan Wyatt hit back-to-back doubles, followed by Franklin Labour’s walk and a Tyler Fitzgerald home run to get a 4-0 lead.  That would be enough, but Eugene would score all their runs before the fifth inning.

Other Notes:

  • It’s frustrating that sometimes there’s no video for the minor leagues.  In the 5th inning, the Canadians put runners on second and third with no outs.  The next batter flew out to center, and threw it in to the cutoff man Logan Wyatt.  Wyatt noticed that the runner on second had gotten caught in-between the bases when he broke to advance, but the runner ahead of him hadn’t.  Wyatt threw the ball to Tyler Fitzgerald, who got the tag on the runner, and then fired home as the runner on thrid broke for the plate.  Bailey got the ball and put down the tag for the triple play.
  • Aaron Phillips was making just his second start of the season.  He had a 4.62 ERA in High-A San Jose in 2019, but is looking much stronger at the level this time around, at least through two starts so far.
  • Patrick Bailey hit a double each time he was up, giving him eight on the season in 22 games.  Bailey’s batting .226/.294/.376 with eight doubles and two home runs.
  • Tyler Fitzgerald got his fourth home run of the season, and now has as many home runs as doubles.  He’s batting .218/.311/.244.
  • Bryce Tucker got his first save the hard way, pitching three innings.  It was also his longest outing of the season.
  • Will Wilson, who was struck by a batted ball in Sunday’s game, was reportedly available for this game but was not in the lineup.

Low-A: San Jose 4, Modesto 3

Top Lines

CF Luis Matos: 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR (3), 1 BB, 1 SO
2B Brett Auerbach: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 2B (6), 1 SO
1B Garrett Frechette: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (1)

SP Kyle Harrison: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP
RP Randy Rodriguez: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 SO
RP Juan Sanchez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
RP Austin Reich: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
RP Clay Helvey: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

San Jose jumped on the board first in the bottom of the first, as Luis Toribio drew a walk and Luis Matos followed that with a home run to make it 2-0.  Modesto came back in the fourth, getting a run for free, with a walk, a hit batter, and after a productive out moved the runners up, a wild pitch a run come in.

San Jose immediately struck back in the bottom of the fourth, as they loaded the bases on a Garrett Frechette single and a pair of walks.  Brett Auerbach doubled, knocking in two more runs, though he got caught in a rundown.  That was good, as Modesto scored two more runs in the seventh, but that was all they got.

Other Notes:

  • Kyle Harrison remains hard to hit, but the wildness remains.  He gave away a run for free with a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch.  Overall, he has 34 strikeouts to 15 walks in 18.2 innings.  But he’s holding batters to a .172 batting average.
  • Luis Matos hadn’t hit a home run since May 14 until today’s first inning home run.  He’s batting .287/.317/.457 so far this season.
  • Brett Auerbach has gotten into 15 games, and has six doubles but no other extra-base hits.  He has collected 13 walks to 11 strikeouts in 61 plate appearances.

Olympic Qualifier Games

Bonus section!  The US beat the Dominican Republic today 8-6, which clinches them a berth in the Super Group in the next round.  But there’s a lot of Giants in this tournament.  So let’s see what they did.

USA 8, Dominican Republic 6
No Giants players

Canada 6, Cuba 5
No Giants Players

Nicaragua 7, Puerto Rico 6
CF Ismael Munguia: 2-5, 1 R

Venezuela 3, Colombia 2
C Andres Angulo (COL): 0-3, 1 SO
RP Jasier Herrera (COL): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO
RF Diego Rincones (VEN): 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR
(Rincones’ home run was a ninth inning walkoff home run.)