AAA: Sacramento 8, Reno 0

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LF-1B LaMonte Wade Jr: 1-2, 2 R, 1 H, 1 HR (3), 1 BB, 1 SO
PH Drew Robinson: 1-1, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR (3)
SS Thairo Estrada: 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 2B (11), 1 BB
CF Bryce Johnson: 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B (9), 1 BB
RF Jaylin Davis: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 2B (4), 3 SO

SP Scott Kazmir: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO
RP Jay Jackson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO
RP Trevor Gott: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

Sacramento got their first shutout of the season on the back of Scott Kazmir’s great start.  The River Cats got on the board in the first on a Thairo Estrada double, but really took the lead in a 3-run 3rd inning, highlighted by a LaMonte Wade Jr’s 2-run home run.  Drew Robinson hit a pinch-hit home run in the sixth, and a 2-run Thairo Estrada single in the eighth iced it.

Other Notes:

  • LaMonte Wade hit his third Triple-A home run of the season, but his game is a bit of a mystery.  Wade started in left field, but switched positions in the 4th inning with Joe McCarthy, moving to first while McCarthy went to left.  There was no apparent injury in the previous inning, as Wade hit his home run in the bottom of the 3rd.  Wade was removed from the game in the top of the fifth.  It’s possible the Giants may have asked to have him pulled so he could be called up for Friday’s game with the A’s, with Brandon Belt likely headed to the IL.
  • Since being sent back down to Sacramento, Scott Kazmir has not given up a run, now across 10 innings.  He’s struck out nine, and walked three, allowing eight hits.
  • Thairo Estrada picked up his first double since June 15th, and had his second multi-hit game in as many games.
  • Drew Robinson hit his first home run since May 24th, and his first hit since May 28th.  He has only played seven games this month, missing two weeks in the middle of the month.
  • Bryce Johnson is batting just .211/.282/.296 in June, but after Thursday, he has six multi-hit games in the month.
  • Jay Jackson gave up his first baserunner with Sacramento by way of a hit, but remains unscored upon, with nine strikeouts and no walks allowed yet in 4.0 innings.

AA: Hartford 3, Richmond 2

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RF Sandro Fabian: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B (7), 1 HR (4)
LF Vince Fernandez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR (7)
3B David Villar: 1-4, 1 2B (5), 1 SO
2B Shane Matheny: 1-2, 1 BB

SP Trenton Toplikar: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR
Matt Seelinger: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
RP Patrick Ruotolo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
RP Norwith Gudino: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP

Hartford eeked out a win in this home run derby.  Hartford took the lead in the bottom of the first, when Taylor Snyder hit a 2-run home run.  That 2-0 score held until the 7th, when Vince Fernandez cut the lead in half with a solo home run.  Snyder extended the lead in the 8th with another home run, a solo shot.  Sandro Fabian hit a leadoff home run in the 9th to make it 3-2, but the home runs, and all the runs, stopped there.

Other Notes:

  • Sandro Fabian’s 2-hit game helped break away from a 3-game hitless streak Fabian had that ended on Wednesday.  Fabian is batting .353/.365/.588 in the month of June.
  • Vince Fernandez has hit four home runs since June 6th.  He’s batting just .185 on the season, but has a .413 slugging percentage.
  • Trenton Toplikar hit a season-high in strikeouts with eight.  He’s allowed five home runs this season, all in his last six appearances.
  • Patrick Ruotolo allowed his first walk since May 8th, but has given away three other free passes since then by way of hitting batters.
  • Norwith Gudino allowed his first run since June 4th, by way of his first home run allowed this season.

High-A: Vancouver 13, Eugene 9

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C Brandon Martorano: 4-4, 2 R, 1 2B (2), 1 BB, 1 SB (4)
2B Tyler Fitzgerald: 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR (6), 2 SO, 1 CS
LF Armani Smith: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SO
SS Will Wilson: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B (10), 1 BB
3B Sean Roby: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO
PH-DH: Heath Quinn: 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB

SP Seth Corry: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR, 2 WP, 2 HBP
RP Travis Perry: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
RP Bryce Tucker: 0.0 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP
RP Ryan Walker: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP
RP Solomon Bates: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

This game was a wild one, and it took four hours to get through.  The Canadians and Emeralds traded runs against their starters, but Seth Corry took the worst of it, going into the fifth inning, with a double and hit batter preceding Spencer Horwitz’s home run to right center, putting Vancouver up 6-5.  The game turned in the 7th, as Bryce Tucker couldn’t get an out, loading the bases and walking in two runs without getting an out.  He was replaced by Ryan Walker, who let all three runners score and one of his own on a ground rule double.  That was a 6-run inning to make it 12-5.  Eugene tried to make it interesting, with four runs in the 8th, highlighted by Armani Smith’s 2-run single.

Other Notes:

  • Seth Corry tied a season-high in strikeouts (9), and had a low in walks (2), but also tied a season high in hits (5) and runs (6), partially thanks to him giving up his second home run of the season.  But with this game, Corry has now reduced his walks to less than one per inning on the season (36 in 36.1 IP).
  • Brandon Martorano’s two doubles gives him four in 22 games played.  He’s batting .338/.461/.563 this season, with 15 walks to 25 strikeouts.
  • Tyler Fitzgerald hit a home run for the second straight game, giving him six on the season.  His batting average is up to .257 on the season.
  • Bryce Tucker had a nightmare outing, giving up just one hit, but four free passes, including two bases-loaded walks.  He now has 20 walks in 16 innings, with 15 strikeouts.
  • Ryan Walker came in with the bases loaded and nobody out, but couldn’t put out the fire.  He allowed a sacrifice fly, and a wild pitch let a second run come in, but it was a ground rule double that really did his game in.  Inherited runners not withstanding, Walker has a 2.78 ERA with 19 hits allowed in 22.2 innings.
  • Patrick Bailey was at first base, for just the fourth time this season.  The Giants have talked a lot about versatility from their catchers, but it hasn’t worked out that way.  Joey Bart has not played any games at first, and the other top catching prospect, Ricardo Genovés, has played first base just once.
  • One side affect of playing on a turf field at PK Park is that sliding on it has a lot less friction than on dirt.  This has led to oversliding, and both of the Emeralds caught stealing in this game was from sliding past second.

Low-A: San Jose 10, Rancho Cucamonga 8

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DH Jairo Pomares: 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR (3), 1 SO
RF Carter Williams: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B (3), 1 BB
3B Brett Auerbach: 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 2B (10), 1 SO
CF Luis Matos: 1-5, 1 2B (13)

SP Kyle Harrison: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR
RP Jorge Labrador: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
RP Brooks Crawford: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
RP Randy Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

Another late set of rallies led to San Jose’s win over the Dodgers’ affiliate, but hey, at least RC can say they weren’t no-hit.  The Quakes were up 6-2 going into the bottom of the 6th, but a pair of walks led to Jairo Pomares’ 3-run home run to close the deficit to 6-5.  San Jose would tie it in the 7th with the help of some RC errors, as Carter Williams walked, and then scored on Brett Auerbach’s single as the Quakes right fielder made a throwing error.  Luis Matos reached on another error, and Ricardo Genovés walked to load the bases.  That let Auerbach score on Marco Luciano strikeout that ended in a passed ball, and San Jose was up 7-6.  RC got those two runs back in the 8th, taking an 8-7 lead.  But in the bottom of the 8th, the inning was led off by both Jimmy Glowenke and Garrett Frechette getting hit by pitches.  Back to back doubles by Carter Williams and Brett Auerbach knocked in a combined three runs to give San Jose the win.

Other Notes:

  • After two straight starts with few walks and increased strikeouts, Kyle Harrison regressed a little.  He walked three and struck out 6, which was closer to the May version of himself he’d showed.  He also gave up a season-high five hits, including the first home run he’d allowed this season.
  • Jairo Pomares matched his 2019 season total with his third home run, but it took him eight games this year to 51 that season.  He also has just about the same batting average (.324 in both seasons, just percentage points off).  But in 2019, he hit .324/.362/.465, while in 2021, he is hitting .324/.378/.676.  If he can make those differences last beyond the small sample size, his prospect status will jump by a lot.
  • Carter Williams’ hot start continues.  He had gotten a single hit in each of his first four games, this was his first multi-hit game.  He’s 7-for-22 with three doubles and a triple to start his pro career.
  • Brett Auerbach has been on a tear, going 13-for-33 (.394) with four doubles, two triples and a home run since June 10th.  This was his third game at third, but San Jose has used him at second (12 games), catcher (11), and left field (3) as well.
  • Randy Rodriguez now has 30 strikeouts to 12 walks in 21.1 innings this season.