The power was the highlight in the farm, as Luis Matos and Ford Proctor each had two home runs among seven (!!!) in Sacramento, and Marco Luciano hit another home run of his own, and in Eugene, the unlikely leader of the system is Victor Bericoto, who hit his 11th. Plus, Reggie Crawford had another difficult start.
AAA: Sacramento 18, Las Vegas 2
- Yeah, this was a clear shellacking by the River Cats. This game was pretty much over by the 3rd inning, as Sacramento hit four home runs in that inning alone to score seven runs, going up 8-1. Overall, the Cats had seven home runs, with two players having a pair of home runs, so…yeah, Las Vegas had no chance on Sunday.
- The crazy run by Luis Matos continued, as he went 3-for-6 with two home runs, and a steal, his sixth. That’s six home runs for Matos in 23 games at Triple-A, with five home runs coming in his last five games. He’s 42-for-106 at Triple-A, with six doubles, two triples, and six home runs, and has done it all with only eight strikeouts and seven walks.
- Third baseman Ford Proctor also had a pair of home runs, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. That’s four home runs for Proctor in 51 games this season at Sacramento, and three of them have come in his last two games. He also has three doubles, and 38 walks to 39 strikeouts.
- Center fielder Brett Wisely was 3-for-5, hitting a home run and a double and getting hit by a pitch. It’s Wisely’s first home run and 10th double in 16 games at Sacramento. He had two Major League home runs in 33 games with the Giants, along with four doubles. In Sacramento, he’s hitting .302/.443/.508.
- Designated hitter Clint Coulter was 2-for-4 with a walk, also hitting a double and a home run. Coulter now has played 49 games with the River Cats, with a batting line of .247/.348/.388, with nine doubles and five home runs.
- The final Sacramento home run was by Shane Matheny, who went 2-for-5 with his third home run of the season. The 2-hit day for Matheny has his first game with a hit in his last seven, although Matheny went 0-for-12 over those six games, with eight walks. His batting light sits at .221/.362/.302.
- Starting pitcher Alex Wood made a rehab start, giving up a run in 3.0 innings, on three hits and one walks, and getting one strikeout. Wood hasn’t been seen since his last game in the big leagues on May 31st, when six runs being allowed boosted his big league ERA to 4.80.
- Reliever Cole Waites got back on a role, striking out two in an inning of work without allowing a baserunner. Waites only got one out in his last game, giving up four runs on two hits and three walks. On the year in Triple-A, he has a 6.10 ERA.
- Sean Newcomb made his Triple-A debut, going a scoreless inning, striking out two and giving up two hits. The 30-year old gave up one run in 3.0 innings in rehab at San Jose. In 2022 at Triple-a, Newcomb had a 3.38 ERA at Iowa in the Cubs system, but had a combined 8.78 ERA in 20 MLB games between Atlanta and the Cubs.
- Another new arrival to Sacramento, but making a return, was Mauricio Llovera, who struck out two without allowing a baserunner. Llovera had given up one run in 2.0 innings in the ACL during rehab. He was last seen before that on April 27th in Sacramento.
- Reliever Erik Miller, who gave up only one walk and struck out one in a single inning of work. That lowered Miller’s ERA to 2.00 after 14 games in Sacramento, with 24 strikeouts to 13 walks in 18.0 innings.
AA: Altoona 5, Richmond 4 (10 Innings)
- The Squirrels had an early 4-1 lead in this game, but lost it in the bullpen. The Squirrels gave up a run in the 8th, and a 2-run home run in the 9th to tie it. A squeeze bunt in the 10th gave Altoona the winning run.
- DH Marco Luciano went 2-for-4 with a walk, hitting a home run and striking out. It was Luciano’s third home run in the last two games, and he’s getting closer to the Mendoza Line, now batting .191. He also has five walks in the last three games, which has upped his OBP to .309 after 32 games.
- Infielder Hayden Cantrelle was 2-for-4 with a strikeout. Cantrelle has a batting line of .216/.386/.333 after 52 games, with 34 walks to 37 strikeouts.
- Shortstop Simon Whiteman went 1-for 4 with a double, his sixth of the season. Whiteman now has six doubles, a triple, and two home runs, with a batting line of .212/.298/.305 with 19 walks to 42 strikeouts.
- Starting pitcher Landen Roupp struck out a season-high-tying seven while allowing just a run in 4.0 innings, on three hits and a walk. That’s now seven starts this season where Roupp has allowed just one run or less. Roupp now has a 1.83 ERA and has 29 strikeouts to seven walks in 19.2 innings.
- Reliever Carson Seymour also went 4.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits and no walks, with three strikeouts. Seymour has just 25 strikeouts to 19 walks in 45.2 innings, with a 3.35 ERA after 12 appearances.
High-A: Tri-City 8, Eugene 4
- Eugene just didn’t get started early enough in this game. The Dust Devils scored across 2nd through 5th innings, and had an 8-0 lead before the Emeralds even scored a run.
- Right fielder Victor Bericoto was 1-for-4 with a home run, and a walk and a strikeout. That gives Bericoto a system-leading 11 home runs. After 53 games, he’s got a batting line of .303/.357/.527, with ten doubles, a triple, and 11 home runs, with 21 walks to 42 strikeouts.
- Third baseman Brett Auerbach went 3-for-5 with his first double since returning to High-A. The demotion has reinvigorated Auerbach’s season, as he’s gone 5-for-10 (.500) with a walk, collecting four walks and striking out once.
- DH Ghordy Santos was 2-for-4 with a triple, his first of the season. Santos has a batting line of .193/.323/.339 with five doubles and three home runs to go with that triple in 36 games.
- Starting pitcher Eric Silva had some troubles in this game, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks in 2.1 innings, striking out just one. After 12 games, Silva has a 4.61 ERA, and 42 strikeouts to 24 walks in 41.0 innings.
- Reliever Tanner Kiest had a scoreless inning, striking out two. Kiest hasn’t allowed a run in three games, two at High-A and one in the ACL, a total of 3.2 inning with five strikeouts and zero walks.
Low-A: Visalia 3, San Jose 2
San Jose Notes:
- San Jose got edged in this game. Visalia took an early lead in the 2nd innings, scoring two runs, highlighted with a home run. San Jose would come back in the 7th inning, with a pair of runs to tie the game. But in the bottom of the 7th, Visalia got the game-winning run on a wild pitch.
- Catcher Onil Perez went 2-for-4 with his third triple of the season. Perez is on a bit of a quiet tear, over his last four games, going 8-for-20 (.400) with a double and a triple. On the season, he’s batting .313/.377/.417.
- First baseman Matt Higgins went 2-for-4 with a double for his day. Higgins now has 11 doubles, with a triple and seven home runs, for a .291/.380/.480 batting line.
- It was a bit of a rough start, going 2.0 innings and giving up two runs on two hits, one of which was a home run, no walks, and one HBP, with three strikeouts. Crawford has given up five runs in his last two games (3.2 innings), highlighted by allowing three home runs over five hits in those two games. Overall, he has a 6.14 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 7.1 innings, and has allowed no walks and just one HBP.
- Hayden Birdsong got the lion’s share of the innings, going 4.0 shutout innings, allowing just three hits, one walk, and a HBP while striking out six. Birdsong now has a 2.16 ERA with 70 strikeouts to 22 walks in 41.2 innings.