Wade Meckler headlined a doubleheader sweep by going 5-for-5 in just one of the games, as Richmond rolled by also getting a home run by birthday boy Vaun Brown. Meanwhile Victor Bericoto won an extra-inning game, but not with a home run, instead a walkoff single.
AAA: Round Rock 8, Sacramento 3
- A big late inning really cost Sacramento in this one. Round Rock and Sacramento had a tight 3-2 game going, but in the 7th inning, a grand slam highlighted a 5-run inning for the Express and led them to an 8-3 win.
- The only extra-base hit was by Brett Wisely, hitting a home run on a 1-for-4 day with a walk. Wisely has at least one hit in 11 of his last 13 games since returning to Sacramento. Wisely is batting .301/.449/.516 in 25 games at Triple-A, with 11 doubles and three home runs.
- Second baseman Ford Proctor was 2-for-4 on the night. Proctor’s batting line sits at .241/.372/.333, with 41 walks to 48 strikeouts on the year in 59 games.
- Starter Miguel Yajure made his Sacramento debut, giving up two runs in 4.0 innings, on four hits, no walks, and one HBP. He struck out only one. Yajure started the season in San Jose with four starts, where he had a 5.00 ERA, and then he had two more in Eugene, where he had a 8.53 ERA before this move to Triple-A.
- The only Sacramento pitcher who didn’t allow any runs was Erik Miller, who allowed just one hit while striking out two in his inning. His ERA dipped down to 1.99, and he now has 32 strikeouts to 18 walks in 22.2 innings in Triple-A.
Game 1: Richmond 9, Harrisburg 8 (8 Innings)
Game 2: Richmond 3, Harrisburg 2 (7 Innings)
- Richmond swept two very different games in a doubleheader on Friday against Harrisburg. In Game 1, a high-scoring affair came down to a wild 8th inning (extras since doubleheader games are only seven innings), as Harrisburg scored one run in the 8th to take an 8-7 lead, but Wade Meckler’s 5th(!) hit of the game knocked in two runs to walk it off. Game 2 was also tight, but had less late-game excitement, as a 2-run home run by Logan Wyatt in the 3rd inning would give Richmond what would be the winning run.
- Wade Meckler only played Game 1, but had enough hits for two games, as he was 5-for-5 with a double and a stolen base. It’s his first pro 5-hit game, impressive considering it came in a shorter-than-normal game. In 14 games, Meckler is 20-for-55 (.364) with three doubles, and 10 walks to eight strikeouts, plus two steals in as many attempts.
- Vaun Brown also only played in Game 1, going 1-for-4 with a birthday 3-run home run that tied the game in the 6th. It’s Brown’s first home run since May 31st, and gives him three in Double-A. Brown bumped up his numbers after an extended slump, and now has a batting line of .225/.310/.416 after 23 games at the level.
- Another Game 1-only performance was shortstop Marco Luciano, who went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. It’s Luciano’s first extra-base hit since the June 14th double header in which he had a double and a home run. Through 41 games, Luciano has a batting line of .196/.318/.432, with eight doubles and nine home runs.
- Out of Game 2, Logan Wyatt hit his first Double-A home run on a 2-for-7 combined day. In five games since coming up to Double-A, Wyatt is 4-for-15 (.267) with three walks to four strikeouts for a .389 OBP, and the home run is his first extra-base hit.
- Shane Matheny played both games going 1-for-5 with a walk and a double, his fourth since his return to Richmond. In 10 games since his return, Matheny has a .222/.341/.417 batting line, with four doubles and a home run out of just eight hits so far.
- The Game 1 starter was Carson Whisenhunt, who gave up five runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks, while striking out three in 2.0 innings. Whisenhunt’s last start was pushed back twice, the second time being Wednesday’s rain out. After three games in Richmond, he has a 5.91 ERA with 15 strikeouts to five walks in 10.2 innings.
- For Game 2, Carson Seymour took the start, giving up two runs on one hit, three walks, and a HBP, with three strikeouts. Seymour has 32 strikeouts to 22 walks in 53.2 innings on the season, and has a 3.35 ERA.
- José Cruz picked up the save in Game 2, allowing just one walk while striking out two in his inning of work. Cruz has 11 strikeouts to five walks in 8.2 innings, and has a 4.15 ERA over six games.
High-A: Eugene 2, Vancouver 1 (10 Innings)
- It was a pitching duel for the Emeralds, as both teams scored just one run in the 2nd inning and that was the only scoring until extras. In the 10th, Eugene kept Vancouver off the board, but in the bottom half, after a sacrifice bunt to move the ghost runner over, Victor Bericoto singled to knock in the winning run.
- First baseman Victor Bericoto was 3-for-5, including knocking in the game-winning run. Bericoto now has a batting line of .310/.361/.544, with 12 doubles, a triple, and 14 home runs.
- Grant McCray was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. It was McCray’s first hit in the last three games. McCray’s batting line sits at .226/.331/.383 after 65 games.
- Starting pitcher John Bertrand gave up one run in 5.0 innings, on two hits and two walks, while striking out three. Overall in High-A, Bertrand has a 3.66 ERA with 28 strikeouts to 11 walks in 39.1 innings.
- Reliever Ben Madison struck out six as he worked three shutout innings at the end of the game. Madison allowed just one hit. That’s 61 strikeouts against 20 walks in 37.1 innings on the season in 21 games at Eugene.
Low-A: Stockton 7, San Jose 3
San Jose Notes:
- Stockton ran away with this one quickly. Stockton scored three runs in each of the first two innings, and it wasn’t ever close after. The big hit for San Jose came in the third inning, with a 2-run single by Tanner O’Tremba.
- The only extra-base hit for San Jose was by shortstop Diego Velasquez, who went 1-for-5 with a home run, his 5th of the season. Velasquez has a batting line of .307/.402/.431 with 12 doubles and five home runs.
- Left fielder Alexander Suarez was the only Giant with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a steal, his 9th of the season. Suarez has a .259/.337/.370 batting line after 47 games, with nine steals in eleven attempts.
- Catcher Zach Morgan was 1-for-2, but had two walks. Over 44 games, Morgan has 33 walks to 37 strikeouts, with a batting line of .226/.356/.355, with six steals in as many attempts.
- San Jose’s starter was Nomar Medina, and he gave up six runs, four earned, in 4.0 innings on five hits and a walk, with three of those hits being home runs. It was Medina’s second start of the season in 13 appearances, and it gives him a 5.08 ERA.
- Reliever Sam Delaplane struck out five, walking one in 2.0 innings. Delaplane has a 4.85 ERA in 12 games, with 26 strikeouts to 17 walks in 13.0 innings.
ACL: ACL Giants Black 9, ACL Athletics 3 (7 Innings)
ACL Giants Black Notes:
- Rehabbing shortstop Donovan Walton went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. We’re ten games into his rehab, with a batting line of .379/.500/.517, with four doubles.
- Center fielder Cesar Quintas was 1-for-4 with a double of his own. That’s Quintas’ second double in 12 games, matching his total from 2022 in 34 games. Quintas’ batting line is .382/.543/.441.
- DH Ryan Reckley went 1-for-2 with two walks. Reckley now has eight walks to 20 strikeouts on the season. His batting line is at .204/.328/.286 on the season.
- Starting pitcher Jorge Garcia went 5.0 innings, giving up two runs with seven hits and one walks, with five strikeouts. It’s Garcia’s first start in seven appearances, and has a 5.51 ERA with 23 strikeouts to four walks in 16.1 innings.
ACL: ACL D-Backs Red 10, ACL Giants Orange 9 (9 Innings)
ACL Giants Orange Notes:
- Center fielder Estanlin Cassiani went 3-for-5 with a double, his second of the season. After 12 games, Cassiani is 10-for-41 after 12 games, with four walks to seven strikeouts.
- Catcher Javier Castillo went 1-for-3 with a walk, and his second double of the season. Through eight games, Castillo is 5-for-22 with two doubles, and four walks to five strikeouts.
- Starting pitcher Brayan Palencia struggled, giving up six runs in just 1.2 innings, on six hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. That boosted his early ERA to 11.57 after four games, two of which were starts. He’s giving up 15 runs on 18 hits in 11.2 innings.
DSL: DSL Giants Black 14, DSL Nationals 5
DSL Giants Black Notes:
- Left fielder Saul Bautista had a great day, going 2-for-5 with a home run and a triple. After seven games played, he is 8-for-27 with two doubles and a home run, with a .296/.387/.556 batting line.
- First baseman Diego Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with two triples, giving him three on the season. After nine games, Gonzalez is 11-for-34 (.324) with two doubles and three triples, and six walks to three strikeouts.
- Catcher Eduardo Montero was 2-for-4 with a double. As a catcher, he’s only gotten into six games, and is 8-for-21 (.381) with four doubles, and two walks to five strikeouts.
- Starter Carlos Molina had a great start, going 5.0 shutout innings, giving up only three hits and striking out two. He has a 1.38 ERA after three starts, and has nine strikouts to two walks in 13.0 innings.
DSL: DSL Pirates Black 14, DSL Giants Orange 6
DSL Giants Orange Notes:
- Left fielder Oswaldo Ladera was 2-for-3 with a walk, the only player on the team with more than one hit. Ladera is 9-for-26 after ten games, though without any extra-base hits. He has six walks and six strikeouts.
- First baseman Brayan Ferrer went 1-for-3 with a walk, picking up a double, the only extra-base hit for the team. Ferrer is 7-for-31, with two doubles, and five walks to four strikeouts. He has a batting line of .226/.351/.290 on the season.
- Starting pitcher Brayan Narvaez gave up six runs in 3.1 innings, off of eight hits, one walks, and a HBP, plus a balk, with four strikeouts. After three games, Narvaez has a 4.76 ERA with 12 strikeouts to one walk in 11.1 innings.