The big news out of the farm were two Sacramento players who got pulled out of their game in the middle of it, mere minutes after the Giants suffered two injuries. Good thing Sugar Land (where Sac was playing) is so close to St. Louis (where the Giants were playing). Meanwhile, Rayner Arias has another huge game in the Dominican Summer League.
AAA: Sugar Land 9, Sacramento 8
- A 9th inning comeback was just enough tie this game up for Sacramento, but then it fell apart. Down 8-6 going into the 9th inning, Clint Coulter hit a 2-run home run to tie the game. But in the 9th inning, two walks and a single loaded the bases, and then Erik Miller delivered a bases loaded walk to hand them a walkoff.
- While the River Cats were batting in the top of the 4th inning, David Villar walked and then was lifted for a pinch runner. In the middle of the inning, Coulter came in to replace Luis Matos. This was minutes after both Mitch Haniger and J.D. Davis had gone down with injuries in the big league game. And soon, it was confirmed as to why:
- In his last (partial) game before his callup, Luis Matos went 1-for-2 with a home run. Matos now has six home runs in his last six games, and seven overall in Triple-A over 24 games. Matos hit .398/.435/.685 with six doubles, two triples, and seven home runs in Triple-A before his impending callup.
- The other home run was by Matos’ replacement Clint Coulter, who was 1-for-3 with his sixth home run of the season, and third home run in his last three games played, though that’s over the last five games. In seven games in June, Coulter is 9-for-25 (.360) with two doubles and three home runs.
- Shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald was 3-for-5 with his own home run, and was caught stealing in his only attempt. That gives Fitzgerald his fifth home run in Sacramento, and 7th overall on the season. His Triple-A batting line sits at .308/.383/.496 after 28 games.
- Starting pitcher Sean Hjelle had one of his roughest games in Triple-A, giving up five runs in 4.0 innings, on six hits and two walks, with six strikeouts, plus two wild pitches and two HBP. Hjelle has a 4.09 ERA after eight games in Sacramento, with 26 strikeouts to ten walks in 33.0 innings.
- Reliever Chris Wright was the only Cat without allowing any runs, striking out three while giving up just one hit in 1.1 innings. That ups his total to 34 strikeouts and 16 walks in 20.1 innings, with a 3.98 ERA.
AA: Bowie 7, Richmond 5
- Two big innings were the downfall for the Squirrels. Richmond was up 4-0, including a leadoff home run from new Squirrel Shane Matheny, but in the 4th inning, Bowie scored four runs of their own to tie the game, capped off by a home run of their own. While Richmond scored a run in the 5th to get the lead back, in the 6th Bowie hit a bases-loaded triple to get the win.
- Shane Matheny joined the Squirrels from Triple-A and slotted into third base, and hit a home run on his second pitch, ending up going 2-for-5 with a walk as well. Matheny had a batting line of .221/.362/.302 in 57 games in Triple-A. He hit .254/.377/.416 over 93 games in Richmond in 2022.
- First baseman Carter Aldrete went 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk. After 53 games, this was Aldrete’s 7th home run, and he now has a batting line of .247/.302/.412.
- Left fielder Simon Whiteman went 1-for-3 with two walks. Whiteman has a batting line of .214/.307/.305 over 49 games, with 21 walks now to 44 strikeouts. He has just five steals on six attempts so far this season. Last season, he had 21 in 23 attempts over 89 games.
- Starting pitcher Carson Whisenhunt gave up four runs in 3.2 innings in his second game at Double-A, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out five. That comes after a spectacular first start at the level. In 8.2 innings at Richmond, Whisenhunt has now given up almost as many hits (7) as he had allowed in 25.1 innings at Eugene before the promotion.
- Reliever Juan Sanchez struck out two and allowed just one walk in 1.1 scoreless innings. It’s Sanchez’s first game without allowing any runs in his last three appearances, as he’d allowed three runs in his past 4.2 innings, striking out just one while allowing two walks.
- While not in this game, but also recently promoted was first baseman Logan Wyatt from Eugene. Wyatt had been hitting .259/.371/.430 over 53 games at Eugene, with nine doubles and eight home runs, with 33 walks to 52 strikeouts.
High-A: Spokane 5, Eugene 3
- Eugene just couldn’t string together the hits in this loss. The Emeralds had three innings with just a single run scored, one of them a home run by Victor Bericoto. But for Spokane, they strung together four hits and a walk to rally for three innings, which would end up being the difference in the game.
- The big hit was by Victor Bericoto, as he hit out his system-leading 12th home run on a 1-for-3 day where he also had a walk. That gives Bericoto 12 home runs in 54 games, matching his previous season-high of 12 in 2022 at San Jose, that took him 107 games to do. He has a batting line of .304/.359/.539 on the season.
- Catcher Adrian Sugastey went 1-for-4, hitting a double. Over 40 games this season, Sugastey has seven doubles with four home runs, and has a batting line of .258/.287/.377 with seven walks and 25 strikeouts.
- The starter was John Bertrand, who only allowed one unearned run on four hits and no walks, with four strikeouts. It’s his first game in seven at Eugene in which he allowed no earned runs. It lowers his High-A ERA to 4.30, with 23 strikeouts to seven walks in 29.1 innings.
- Reliever Ben Madison had a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit while striking out one. It nudged his ERA a tad lower, to 3.86. He has 49 strikeouts to 20 walks in 30.1 innings, and he’s allowed just 16 hits, and held hitters to just a .152 batting average.
Low-A: San Jose 2, Rancho Cucamonga 1
San Jose Notes:
- San Jose edged out Rancho Cucamonga in a pitcher’s duel, despite not scoring either of their runs with hits. San Jose took the lead with an RBI fielder’s choice by Thomas Gavello. The Quakes came back with a home run in the 4th to tie the game. But San Jose got the winning run in the 6th coming in on a double-play.
- Center fielder Turner Hill led the team, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, and stole a base in two attempts. Hill is having a great start to his pro career, with a batting line after 11 games of .298/.358/.404 with five doubles, five walks to six strikeouts, and eight steals in nine attempts.
- Second baseman Diego Velasquez was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. That keeps bumping his batting line up, which is now at .326/.431/.438 after 47 games, with 26 walks to 35 strikeouts.
- Starting pitcher Jack Choate gave up just one run on four hits and no walks in 4.0 innings, while striking out six. Through 12 games this season, Choate has a 2.30 ERA and has struck out 62 to 17 walks in 43.0 innings.
- Daniel Blair also went 4.0 innings in relief, giving up just two hits and no runs while striking out five. He lowered his ERA to 2.36, with 30 strikeouts to 13 walks in 34.1 innings.
- Tyler Vogel made the save, going a scoreless inning while striking out one. He has 33 strikeouts to 15 walks in 24.2 innings on the season, and five saves in seven attempts.
ACL: ACL D-backs Red 3, ACL Giants Black 2 (7 Innings)
ACL Giants Black Notes:
- Shortstop Ryan Reckley was 1-for-3 with a double, the only extra-base hit of the game for the Giants. Reckley is now 5-for-25 (.200) with a double, his only extra-base hit. He has walked four times to ten strikeouts.
- Donovan Walton went 1-for-3 as his rehab continued. After four games, he’s 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles, and one walk to two strikeouts.
- Starting pitcher Luis Bermudez went 5.0 innings, with three runs allowed on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts. That gives Bermudez a 6.75 ERA after two appearances this season, with eight strikeouts to six walks in 8.0 innings.
ACL: ACL Angels 11, ACL Giants Orange 8
ACL Giants Orange Notes:
- Left fielder Donovan McIntyre had the biggest hit for the Orange Giants, going 1-for-5 with a triple, but also four strikeouts. After seven games, the 2021 11th round pick is 4-for-21 (.190) with a double, a triple, and three walks to ten strikeouts.
- Center fielder Estanlin Cassiani was 1-for-4 with his first double of the year. He’s 3-for-17 (.176) with one walks to two strikeouts after five games.
- DH Jean Carlos Sio went 1-for-3 with two walks and his second double of the season. Sio now has a batting line of .304/.429/.478 with two doubles and a triple after seven games, with five walks to six strikeouts.
- Second baseman Armando Alvarez, going 2-for-3 with two walks, and an error. Alvarez has gone 6-for-18 in five rehab games at the ACL, batting .333/.400/.389.
- Making his first rehab start was pitcher Ross Stripling, who went 2.0 innings with three runs (one earned) allowed on four hits and a walk, with two strikeouts. Stripling hasn’t been seen since May 17th, at which point he had a 7.24 ERA over nine games in the big leagues this season.
DSL: DSL Guardians Blue 15, DSL Giants Black 7
DSL Giants Black Notes:
- Center fielder Rayner Arias was a single short of a cycle, as he went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, and a home run, while striking out once. It’s been a very successful start to the season for Arias, who has a .440/.548/1.000 batting line with three doubles, a triple, and three home runs over six games.
- Keiberg Camacaro was 2-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base, his second of the season. Camacaro is 5-for-24 on the season with a triple, with seven walks to 11 strikeouts and two steals in three attempts.
- Starting pitcher Jose Bello gave up five runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk in 2.0 innings with three strikeouts. Bello now has a 9.00 ERA after two starts, with eight strikeouts to two walks in 6.0 innings.
DSL: DSL Royals Blue 6, DSL Giants Orange 2
DSL Giants Orange Notes:
- Left fielder Angel Guzman hit his first home run of the season on a 1-for-4 day with a walk as well. Guzman is 13-for-28 (.464) after seven games this season, with six doubles, a triple, and a home run, with four walks and seven strikeouts. His batting line is .464/.531/.857.
- 3B Dario Reynoso went 2-for-5 with a double on the day. Reynoso is 12-for-26 (.462) with three doubles and a triple on the season over six games, with three walks and six strikeouts.
- Center fielder Luis Frias went 2-for-5 with a triple, his first of the season. That gives him a double and a triple in six games, and a batting line of .310/.333/.414.
- The starting pitcher was Frainer Mejias, and he gave up two runs, one earned on five hits in 3.0 inning (but no walks), with four strikeouts. After two starts, he has a 5.40 ERA with seven strikeouts and four walks in 5.0 innings.