Yet another pitching callup has a strong game, as Hayden Birdsong went four scoreless innings in his first game at Eugene. Meanwhile Wade Meckler had a 3-hit game in Richmond, and Luis Toribio finally got his first home run since his injury.
AAA: Sugar Land 10, Sacramento 3
- This game was defined early by Sacramento mistakes. Although Sacramento got a run in sacrifice fly in the top of the first, a pair of errors defined the second inning when Sugar Land scored two runs to take the lead. Sacramento had five errors in total, and though the team only gave up three unearned runs, they were three of the first four, and Sugar Land’s route was on.
- DH Jacob Nottingham had one of Sacramento’s three doubles, on a 1-for-4 day. Nottingham has now played 13 games with Sacramento now, and he has a .320/.414/.500 batting line, with three doubles and two home runs since the trade.
- Another double was by center fielder Bryce Johnson, who went 1-for-4 with his fourth double in Triple-A. In just 14 games at the level, Johnson went .304/.381/.482 with four doubles and two home runs, with six walks to 13 strikeouts.
- The only Sacramento player with multiple hits was shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald, who was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Fitzgerald has been flirting around the .300 line most of the month, and the 2-hit game pushed him back over it. Over 32 games, he has a .304/.379/.489 batting line, with 17 walks to 32 strikeouts, with five doubles, a triple, and six home runs.
- Catcher Joey Bart had a short game, going 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly, but then getting lifted in the middle of the 6th, when the game was 4-1. There was no obvious injury, so perhaps the change was about resting the catcher.
- Joey Marciano took a rare start, and ended up with the loss despite not allowing any hits or earned runs, but three walks and a HBP, along with two errors, led to two unearned runs. He did strike out two. After 23 appearances, Marciano has a 6.82 ERA with 40 strikeouts to 35 walks in 31.2 innings.
- In relief, Nick Swiney took the most innings, going 2.0 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk with one strikeout. That’s Swiney’s 10th game at Triple-A, and he has a 3.00 ERA with 13 strikeouts to nine walks in 15.0 innings.
AA: Bowie 4, Richmond 3 (10 Innings)
- Bowie edged Richmond in a close one. A 7th inning 2-run home run by Brandon Martorano brought Richmond back from behind and tied the game late. But the game went into extra innings, and a 2-out single in the bottom of the 10th gave Bowie the win.
- Brandon Martorano led the way, going 1-for-4 with his home run but also striking out three times. It’s Martorano’s second home run in his shortened season, his 17th game at Double-A. His batting line is just .179/.277/.339 at Double-A.
- Wade Meckler led the team in hitting, going 3-for-5 with a double. It’s Meckler’s first 3-hit song since he came back from injury, and first since his debut at Richmond on May 17th. His line at Richmond is .326/.420/.372 with just two double for extra bases, and seven walks to six strikeouts.
- Vaun Brown was 1-for-5 with the team’s first RBI, two strikeouts and a stolen base. It’s been a rough stretch for Brown, as he’s gone just 2-for-30 (.067) over his last eight games, and has three walks to 13 strikeouts in that span.
- Starter Landen Roupp only gave up one run in 4.0 innings, off of five hits and one HBP, while striking out just two. That actually nudged Roupp’s ERA up from 1.83 to 1.90. He’s got 31 strikeouts to seven walks in 23.2 innings.
- Juan Sanchez had a scoreless 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, with two strikeouts. That gives him a 2.59 ERA over 18 games at Double-A, with 30 strikeouts to 12 walks in 31.1 innings.
High-A: Eugene 11, Spokane 4
- This one was just a rout from the 1st inning on. Eugene score runs in the 1st and 3rd, and then scored two more on a 4th inning Grant McCray single. But it wasn’t until the 8th when Eugene scored five runs that the game was truly put away.
- Luis Toribio got back onto the home run logs, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a home run, his ninth of the season. It was Toribio’s first since he came back from injury, and going back to May 20th. The one-time team leader in home runs is now second on the team, four back of Victor Bericoto’s 13.
- Designated hitter Edison Mora continued his nice run, going 1-for-4 with a double and a HBP. Over his last four games, he’s 7-for-17 (.412) with four doubles and two home runs. Still, Mora’s High-A line sits at .205/.275/.452.
- Right fielder Carter Howell was 2-for-3 with two walks and a double, his third at the level. He still has more triples (4) than doubles in 16 games at Eugene, with a batting line of .302/.397/.476, with 10 walks to 15 strikeouts.
- Catcher Adrian Sugastey went 2-for-5 with his ninth double of the season. Through 43 games this season, Sugastey has a line of .282/.308/.402 with nine doubles and four home runs.
- Starting pitcher Hayden Birdsong went 4.0 scoreless innings in his High-A debut, allowing two hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Birdsong got promoted after 12 great appearances in San Jose, where he had a 2.16 ERA with 70 strikeouts to 22 walks in 41.2 innings.
- Reliever Tanner Kiest went 2.0 scoreless innings in relief, not allowing any baserunners while striking out two. In four games at High-A, that gives him a 4.76 ERA in 5.2 innings, with six strikeouts to one walk.
Low-A: Rancho Cucamonga 15, San Jose 2
San Jose Notes:
- Um…yeah, this one was just ugly. San Jose had more errors than hits, while Rancho Cucamonga just blew them up. No details, just…bad game.
- Second baseman Jose Ramos was 1-for-4 with a double, and two strikeouts. That gives Ramos 13 doubles to go with three triples and one home run, with 24 walks to 54 strikeouts. That’s good for a batting line of .211/.310/.322.
- First baseman Matt Higgins was also 1-for-4 with a double. He has 14 doubles, one triple, and seven home runs, and a batting line of .299/.389/.487.
- Nomar Medina made his first start of the season after 11 relief appearances, and he struggled. He gave up six runs in 4.0 innings, on eight hits and three walks, with two strikeouts. The game boosted his ERA from 3.72 to 4.69. Overall, he has 33 strikeouts to 17 walks in 40.1 innings, and 54 hits allowed for a .327 batting average allowed.
ACL: ACL D-backs Black 8, ACL Giants Black 7
ACL Giants Black Notes:
- Left fielder Guillermo Williamson went 2-for-4 with a home run. That gets Williamson to ten games played, and he has two doubles and four home runs. He has a batting line of .355/.429/.806.
- Right fielder Eliam Sandoval was 1-for-3 with a double, his third of the summer. The three doubles are his only extra-base hits in ten games, as he has a batting line of .226/.342/.323 so far.
- Reliever Christian Avendano had a strong game in relief, striking out five in 1.2 innings, allowing one hit and two walks. After 5.2 innings in four games, Avendano now has nine strikeouts to three walks, but has also allowed five runs on eight hits for a 7.94 ERA.
- Rehabbing Melvin Adón went 2.1 innings, giving up only one walk with two strikeouts. It’s his second game rehabbing in the ACL, and he’s yet to give up a run in 4.1 innings there.
ACL: ACL Giants Orange 10, ACL Rockies 5 (7 Innings)
ACL Giants Orange Notes:
- Third baseman Justin Bunch had the only Orange extra-base hits, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. Those are Bench’s first extra-base hits of the season after four games, as he’s 3-for-9 (.333) with two doubles, and three walks to no strikeouts.
- Second baseman Armando Alvarez was 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Alvarez started the season with eight games in Triple-A before going down, and now has played seven games of rehab in Arizona. He’s 8-for-25 (.320) with a double and one steal in the ACL.
- The pitching was done by a pair of rehabbers. Starter Ross Stripling gave up two runs in 4.0 innings, allowing them on three hits and no walks, with four strikeouts. Stripling now has a 4.50 ERA after two games in the ACL.
- Will Bednar went 3.0 innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. After three games in the ACL, Bednar has a 4.70 ERA with 10 strikeouts to six walks in 7.2 innings.
DSL: DSL Giants Black 17, DSL LAD Mega 9
DSL Giants Black Notes:
- Third baseman Dennys Riera was 2-for-6 with his first home run of the summer. This is his second season, and last season he only had two home runs. He has a batting line of .222/.326/.361.
- Catcher Diego Gonzalez went 3-for-6 with a double and a triple. After six games this summer, he’s 9-for-24 (.375) with two doubles and a triple, with four walks to two strikeouts.
- Reliever Jan Carabello had one of the best pitching appearances in this game, not allowing a baserunner in an inning. After five games, his DSL ERA is 9.00 with five strikeouts to three walks in 5.0 innings.
DSL: DSL Giants Orange 10, DSL Twins 3
DSL Giants Orange Notes:
- Shortstop Dario Reynoso had a home run, going 1-for-3 with two walks, and with a stolen base. After eight games, Reynoso went 13-for-30 (.433) with three doubles, a triple, and a home run, with nine walks to seven strikeouts, and three steals in as many attempts.
- Catcher Soyger Brizuela went 1-for-4 with his first home run (and first hit) of the summer. After four games, Brizuela is just 1-for-15 (.067) on the summer.
- Right fielder Angel Guzman went 2-for-4 and picked up his first steal of the summer. After ten games, Guzman has a batting line of .429/.500/.690 with six doubles, a triple, and a home run.
- Starter Brayan Narvaez didn’t allow any runs in 4.0 innings, with two hits allowed and striking out two. After two games, he hasn’t allowed a run in 8.0 innings, with eight strikeouts to no walks.