1st round pick Reggie Crawford made his second pro start, and he continues to dominate. And in Sacramento was powered by two hitters who helped dominate: Luis Matos and Jacob Nottingham each had four hits and one home run.
I appreciate Carlos Ramirez representing the San Jose Giants on Twitter, but I think we all know the real reason he did this was to subtly get of photo of himself with me and Marc Delucchi as we’re back there talking about Reggie Crawford’s fastball, P.J. Hilson’s tools, Diego Velasquez’s great ABs, and how loud Zach Morgan was playing tonight. Nice try, Carlos.
AAA: Sacramento 7, Tacoma 3
- Behind two big hitting performances, Sacramento took out Tacoma 7-3. Both Luis Matos and Jacob Nottingham had four hits and a home run on the day, combining for six of the team’s seven RBI. With a solid start by Marcus Strotman, Sacramento rolled easily.
- Batting leadoff, Luis Matos was 4-for-6 with his first Triple-A home run. It’s Matos third straight game with as least three hits, and fifth such game at Triple-A out of 14 games. That gives Matos a batting line of .391/.435/.563 in Sacramento.
- Jacob Nottingham also had four hits, going 4-for-5 with a home run, his fifth of the season. In four games with the River Cats, Nottingham has hit 10-for-16 with a double and a home run, for a ridiculous batting line of .625/.667/.875.
- Center fielder Shane Matheny was 2-for-4 with a walk. It was Matheny’s first multi-hit game since back on May 9th, and he’s seen his batting average fall from .282 to as low as .225 since then, but it’s back up to .232 with a .356 batting average.
- Starter Drew Strotman gave up a run in 5.0 innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out four. It’s Strotman’s second straight game of allowing just one run after he gave up eight runs the start prior. He’s struck out 27 to 21 walks in 30.2 innings this season.
- Reliever Nick Swiney gave up two runs on two hits, one of which was a home run, in his inning of work, while he struck out one. Swiney now has a 5.19 ERA in five Sacramento appearances, having given up five runs on nine his and four walks in 8.2 innings, with just five strikeouts.
- Erik Miller worked a scoreless 9th, striking out one. Miller gave up four runs in his first three games at Triple-A, but has had eight scoreless appearances since, lowering his ERA to 2.57. He now has 31 strikeouts to 12 walks in 24.1 innings.
AA: Erie 9, Richmond 1
- On the other side of the coin, Richmond was soundly beaten by Erie 9-1. Richmond actually collected eight hits on the day, but with only two doubles as the only extra-base hits, they only managed one run, when they hit three consecutive singles in the 7th. By then, the game was well out of reach.
- Shortstop Simon Whiteman went 1-for-4 with one of the team’s doubles, also picking up a strikeout. It’s Whiteman’s first double since May 14th, during which span he only had one other extra-base hit, a triple. Whiteman’s batting line has dipped to .206/.310/.302 through 41 games.
- Brady Whalen had the team’s only other extra-base hit in a shortened game, going 1-for-2. Whalen was replaced at the top of the 6th for no clear reason. Through seven games, Whalen is 6-for-24 (.250) with a double, a triple, and two home runs.
- Jimmy Glowenke got his first hit at Double-A, going 1-for-4 with a single. Glowenke hit .313 over 26 games in Eugene, but it took him two games for his first hit (1-for-8) in Richmond.
- Starter Nick Zwack had a rough one, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. It’s been a rough string for Zwack, who has allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts, leading to an 8.16 ERA. He has 32 strikeouts to 15 walks in 32.0 innings.
- Parker Dunshee had one of his best games so far with Richmond. He gave up only an unearned run on one hit and no walks, with four strikeouts. Through five games, he has a 6.52 ERA though 9.2 innings, striking out 12 and walking five.
- Reliever Randy Rodriguez went 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts. He now has 39 strikeouts to 17 walks in 29.1 innings, and is holding hitters to a .160 average.
High-A: Vancouver 8, Eugene 0
- It was another blowout that went the wrong way. There’s not much to say here, unfortunately, with Vancouver blowing out Eugene, and the Emeralds collecting just three hits and two walks en route to the big loss.
- The only extra-base hit for Eugene was a double off the bat of Adrian Sugastey, who went 1-for-4. Sugastey finished the month of May with a .320/.354/.493 batting line on the month, with four doubles and three home runs.
- Grant McCray was the only Emerald to get on base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk. That gives McCray five walks to just two strikeouts over his last four games.
- Starter Eric Silva gave up five runs, on six hits and two walks in 3.1 innings, with just two strikeouts. Silva gave up two home runs in the game, which makes it three home runs allowed in the last two games, and four on the season in 37.2 innings.
- Reliever Nick Morreale had a scoreless inning, striking out one. He’s got 32 strikeouts to 11 walks in 23.2 innings, with a .380 ERA.
Low-A: San Jose 10, Fresno 1
San Jose Notes:
- With 1st round pick Reggie Crawford making his home debut, everything was clicking for San Jose. Three pitchers held Fresno scoreless until the 8th, and meanwhile, every hitter in the lineup got at least one hit. San Jose basically puts it away in the 3rd inning, with four runs, highlighted by a 2-run Thomas Gavello single and a 2-run Tanner O’Tremba double.
- The leading hitter for the night was left fielder Tanner O’Tremba, who went 4-for-5 with a double. It’s his first 4-hit game of the season, and first time with more than two hits in any game this season. O’Tremba now has 12 doubles to go with two triples and three home runs, and has a batting line of .291/.399/.468.
- Zach Morgan was playing first base, and went 3-for-5, and knocked out his third home run of the season, as well as making a nice diving catch on a line drive. It was his second 3-hit game of the season. Morgan now has a .236/.377/.382 batting line on the year, and has three home runs to go with five doubles and a triple in 31 games.
- Diego Velasquez has moved into the leadoff spot with Carter Howell’s promotion, and went 2-for-3 with two walks. The 19-year old Velasquez is having a great season, now batting .321 on the year. With 22 walks to 32 strikeouts, he has a .419 on-base percentage.
- Center fielder Alexander Suarez was 2-for-5 with a double on the day. Suarez now has five doubles, three triples, and two home runs over 34 games, with a .270/.354/.417 batting line.
- Thomas Gavello was the DH, going 2-for-4 with two singles, and a HBP. Gavello’s batting line sits at .280/.431/.520 after 35 games, with seven doubles, a triple, and seven home runs.
- Starting pitcher Reggie Crawford made his second start of his career, and first at home. He went 2.0 strong innings, allowing only one hit while striking out three. That gives him six strikeouts and no walks in 3.2 innings, with three hits allowed.
- The lion’s share of the innings belonged to Jack Choate, who went 4.0 innings in relief, giving up just a hit and a walk with no runs, and struck out three. Choate has a 2.31 ERA, with 51 strikeouts and 16 walks in 35.0 innings.
- Daniel Blair picked up his first save of his career with 3.0 innings in relief. He gave up a run on a home run, on four hits and a walk, while striking out one. Blair now has 22 strikeouts to 12 walks in 27.1 innings.