Marco Luciano had a perfect day in Richmond, and boy did his batting average need that! Meanwhile, Onil Perez in San Jose continues his great season. Plus: First Half Standing are in!
AAA: Sacramento 5, Round Rock 2
- Sacramento pulled away with a successful 9th inning rally to break a tie and turn it into a win. With the game tied 2-2, the River Cats picked up a leadoff single and a sacrifice bunt, which set up Colton Welker to hit an RBI single to give Sacramento the lead. But the River Cats got far more with a Ricardo Genovés 2-run home run to get the winning margin.
- The first Sacramento home run was infielder Ford Proctor went 2-for-4 with a home run. It’s Proctor’s sixth home run of the season in 60 games, and second in his last three games. Proctor’s on-base percentage (.374) is still higher than his slugging percentage (.352) though.
- Designated hitter Ricardo Genovés was 1-for-4 with a home run and two strikeouts. It’s Genovés’s first home run in exactly a month, the last coming on May 24th. That’s just three home runs on the season for Genovés this season, after 46 games. He has a batting line of .241/.343/.369.
- First baseman Colton Welker was 2-for-4 on the day with two singles. In 37 games, Welker has a .274/.423/.316 with only five doubles for all his extra-base hits on the day. He has 27 walks to 32 strikeouts.
- Starting pitcher Drew Strotman gave up two runs in 5.0 innings, on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Strotman has an ERA that’s been hovering in the 6-7 range for the past month, as it currently sits at 6.23. Strotman has a WHIP of 1.83 and is allowing hits at a .296 batting average.
- Reliever Sean Newcomb struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. It’s a good bounceback for Newcomb, who gave up five runs in his last appearance. In four games at Sacramento, he has a 7.11 ERA with 11 strikeouts to three walks in 6.1 innings.
- The first half is almost over in the PCL, but Sacramento is way out of it. They sit at 6th place with a 34-39 record, 16.5 games behind the first place Oklahoma City Dodgers at 50-22. Despite the PCL having divisions, the new playoff procedures have just one winner in the 10-team league in each half overall, who will face each other in the playoffs.
AA: Richmond 7, Harrisburg 2
- One big inning led to Richmond getting this win. Richmond had jumped out to a two run lead in the 1st, but Harrisburg fought back and the game was tied at two after the top of the 7th. But after a Wade Meckler leadoff walk, Richmond picked up three singles, a double, and back-to-back walks before a Carter Williams single brought home the inning’s 4th run. That would be more than enough for Richmond to win.
- Marco Luciano had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a double. It’s Luciano’s first 4-hit game of the season, and it jumped his batting average from .196 to .217. He now has a batting line of .217/.337/.454 with nine doubles and nine home runs, with 29 walks to 56 strikeouts.
- Second baseman Shane Matheny went 2-for-4 with two doubles in the game. Matheny is back on a roll in Richmond, and after 11 games, he has a batting line of .250/.367/.475 with six doubles to one home run, after having just three doubles, one triple, and three home runs in 57 games at Triple-A.
- Center fielder Vaun Brown was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. That’s three straight games with hits, his first such streak since late May. He’s now batting .234/.314/.415 in Double-A through 24 games, with four doubles, two triples, and three home runs.
- Starting pitcher Landen Roupp gave up one run in 4.0 innings, off of five hits, no walks, and one HBP, while striking out four. That actually pushed his ERA up slightly, from 1.90 to 1.95. He has 35 strikeouts to seven walks in 27.2 inning through nine starts.
- The first half isn’t over in the Eastern League, but ends soon. Richmond sits in 4th place in the Southwest Division at 32-36, 5.0 games behind the already-clinched division half winner Erie SeaWolves at 37-31.
High-A: Vancouver 4, Eugene 1
- It was a quiet game from Eugene, who managed just one run on only five hits. Vancouver had taken a 4-0 lead through seven innings, before Eugene even got onto the board. In the 8th, they finally did, with a Ghordy Santos single leading a Carter Howell double for the only score.
- Ghordy Santos was the only Emerald with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Santos saw his 10-game hitting streak end yesterday, but is still hitting .306 for the month of June (19-for-62) with five doubles, two triples, and two home runs.
- Second baseman Brett Auerbach was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. That’s his fourth double in 14 games at Eugene, giving him one more than he had in 45 games at Richmond earlier in the season. He’s currently batting .245/.328/.377 at Eugene since coming back.
- Right fielder Carter Howell was 1-for-4 with a double of his own. That gives Howell five doubles in 22 games since his promotion, to go with four triples. His Eugene batting line is .276/.357/.425 with 11 walks to 22 strikeouts.
- The start was taken by Jack Choate in his High-A debut, giving up a pair of runs in 4.0 innings, on six hits, a walk, and a HBP, with four strikeouts. Before his promotion, Choate had a 2.30 ERA in 13 games (six starts) at San Jose, and had 67 strikeouts to 19 walks in 47.0 innings.
- Will Kempner had a scoreless inning, allowing just a hit with no walks, while striking out two. That’s four appearances for Kempner in Eugene, where he has a 2.25 ERA with seven strikeouts to two walks in 4.0 innings.
- Eugene finished the first half in a 3-way tie for second place at 34-32, along with the Everett AquaSox and Tri-City Dust Devils. They were all 4.5 games behind first-half-winning Vancouver.
Low-A: San Jose 7, Stockton 1
San Jose Notes:
- San Jose pounded the Ports relentlessly, on the back of three home runs as they cruised to an easy win. Onil Perez hit a home run in the 3rd inning to put San Jose up 3-0 early. Two solo home runs by Matt Higgens and Anthony Rodriguez in the 6th extended the lead, and a 2-run Turner Hill double in the 9th iced the game.
- Catcher Onil Perez hit just his second home run of the season in a 1-for-4 day. In 41 games this season, Perez has a batting line of .314/.377/.438 with nine doubles, three triples, and two home runs, with 15 walks to 20 strikeouts.
- First baseman Matt Higgins went 1-for-4 with his ninth home run of the season, with a walk. It’s Higgins’ second home run in his last three games. Higgins has a batting line of .296/.390/.500, with 15 doubles, one triple, and nine home runs in 54 games.
- Third baseman Anthony Rodriguez was also 1-for-4 with a home run, his second since joining San Jose 16 games ago. Rodriguez has four doubles, one triple, and two home runs, with five walks against 24 strikeouts.
- Center fielder Turner Hill went 2-for-5 with a double, his seventh of the season, and was also caught stealing once. Hill has a batting line of .241/.323/.325, with 11 walks to 13 strikeouts, and seven doubles as his only extra-base hits.
- In rehab, Alex Cobb struck out nine in 3.2 innings, only allowing one run on three hits, one of which was a home run. Cobb hasn’t been seen since June 13th, when he gave up two runs in 4.0 innings for San Francisco. He has a 3.09 ERA in the majors over 14 games.
- Reliever Daniel Blair took the lion’s share of the innings, with 4.1 shutout innings, giving up five hits and no walks, while striking out five.
- San Jose finished the first half as the North Division champions, having locked up a playoff spot. They had a 40-27 record, three games ahead of 2nd place Fresno. The Giants ended up having the same record as the South Division first half winners, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
ACL: ACL Giants Black 4, ACL Rangers 3 (7 Innings)
ACL Giants Black Notes:
- Rehabbing Sean Roby picked up his first home run since his return, going 2-for-4 with the home run and two strikeouts. Roby is just 4-for-28 (.143) with the home run being his first extra-base hit.
- Center fielder Cesar Quintas went 2-for-2 with a walk and a double. Quintas has a batting line of .417/.571/.500 through 13 games, with three doubles, and nine walks to nine strikeouts.
- Starting pitcher Luis Bermudez gave up three runs, two earned, in 5.0 innings. They came off of one walk and five hits, two of which were home runs. He struck out six. After four games this season, Bermudez has a 6.46 ERA with 16 strikeouts to ten walks in 15.1 innings.
- Reliever Melvin Adón had two shutout innings, gave up one hit, with three strikeouts. That’s four rehab appearances he’s had in the ACL without allowing a run.
ACL: ACL Giants Orange 11, ACL Reds 9 (7 Innings)
ACL Giants Orange Notes:
- DH Derwin Laya was 1-for-3 with a home run and a HBP. It’s Laya’s second home run of the summer, to go with one double in 14 games. His batting line is .261/.346/.413.
- Shortstop Jean Carlos Sio, going 3-for-4 with three singles. Sio’s batting average bumped up from .220 to .259 in the one game. He’s got two doubles, one triple, and one home run, with a line of .259/.339/.389.
- Another rehabbing player was Jairo Pomares, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He’s gotten into eight games, and has a batting line of .348/.464/.435 with two doubles, and five walks to six strikeouts.
- The team’s starting pitcher was Samir Chires, and he gave up four runs in 4.0 innings, on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. He actually lowered his ERA, from 11.81 to 11.05 on the day. He’s struck out 14 with 11 walks in 14.2 innings.
DSL: DSL Giants Black 14, DSL Giants Orange 13
DSL Giants Black Notes:
- Center fielder Rayner Arias went 3-for-5 with a home run and a double, plus a walk. After 12 games, Arias now has five doubles, a triple, and four home runs. He has a batting line of .404/.517/.809.
- Third baseman Wueslly Lespe also had a home run, on a 1-for-4 day with a HBP. It was Lespe’s first home run, and he has 14 walks to 14 strikeouts, with a batting line of .179/477/.286.
- DH Moises De La Rosa was 3-for-6. After 13 games this summer, De La Rosa has a batting line of .404/.523/.558, with four doubles and two triples, with ten walks to ten strikeouts.
- Second baseman Anyelo Gonzalez also had a 3-hit day, going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple, plus a walk and a stolen base. Gonzalez has a batting line of .361/.489/.556 with two doubles, a triple, and a home run in ten games this summer.
- Reliever Carlos Gomez went 1.2 scoreless innings with a hit and walk allowed. After five games, he has a 2.25 ERA with eight strikeouts to four walks in 8.0 innings.
DSL Giants Orange Notes:
- Left fielder Oswaldo Ladera was 3-for-5 with his first double of the summer. Over 11 games, Ladera has a batting line of .387/.535/.419, with seven walks to six strikeouts. Ladera’s double today was his first extra-base hit.
- Center fielder Luis Frias was 2-for-7 with a double and a stolen base. Through 13 games, Frias has a batting line of .344/.382/.500 with five doubles, a triple, and a home run, with four doubles to 17 strikeouts.
- Shortstop Dario Reynoso went 1-for-4 with two walks, with two steals to give him five on the season. Reynoso now has five steals on as many attempts, with 16 walks to 12 strikeouts and three doubles, one triple, and one home run.
- Starting pitcher Jose Rengel gave up five runs on five hits and a walk in 2.2 innings, with three strikeouts. Rengel’s got a 9.35 ERA with 10 strikeouts to three walks on the season.