Richmond rolled as the struggling Ryan Murphy led a shutout effort for the Squirrels. A couple of rehabbing returns happened in San Jose today, even though they ended up taking loss. And both Joey Bart and Vaun Brown had home runs.
AAA: Reno 7, Sacramento 2
- It was a bit of a rough game for the Sacramento pitching and offense, as Reno peppered them for runs in each of the firs three innings, and held the lead all the way through. Both of Sacramento’s runs came by way of the big fly, with Joey Bart hitting one in the 4th and Armando Alvarez hitting one in the 7th.
- Catcher Joey Bart hit his first home run of the season at any level in his 43rd game, 17th at the Triple-A level. After a terrible start to things in Sacramento, Bart now has hits in each of his last three games, though all three were 1-for-4 days. He’s got a .180/.261/.262 batting line in Triple-A at the moment.
- Armando Alvarez also went 1-for-4 with a big fly, his third of the season, in 14 games at Triple-A (and eight homerless games in the Arizona Complex League). Alvarez improved his Triple-A numbers to .261/.354/.543 with two doubles, a triple, and the three home runs.
- Shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald was 2-for-4 on the day with a pair of singles. With back-to-back 2-hit games, Fitzgerald is inching his batting average back up towards .300, which it fell under a little over a week ago. He’s got a Sacramento batting line of .299/.366/.488.
- Right fielder Michael Gigliotti was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a strikeout. The walks were his first in the last five games, though overall he’s got 38 walks to 42 strikeouts in 56 games. He’s batting .258 with a .393 on-base percentage, and a .388 slugging percentage.
- It was a rough game for starter Sean Hjelle, who’s had an interesting past couple of games. Today, he gave up five runs, four earned on seven hits and four walks, with three strikeouts in 5.0 innings. His last gave was 4.0 shutout innings in the big leagues, but before that he gave up five runs in 4.0 innings in Sacramento. His Triple-A ERA has shot up to 4.50 from 3.10 with these last two games at the level.
- Cole Waites struck out two while allowing one walk in an inning of work. Of his last nine games, this is just the third time he’s struck out more batters than he’s walked, as his ERA is at 5.61 and has 25 strikeouts to 22 walks.
AA: Richmond 6, Reading 0
- Ryan Murphy’s best game led the way as Richmond shut out Reading. The Squirrels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st highlighted by an Andy Thomas triple, and added three more in the 2nd with a 3-run Vaun Brown home run. That would be all the runs they would score, or need, as Murphy through four perfect innings and set the tone.
- Center fielder Vaun Brown led the way with his home run on a 1-for-4 day, with two strikeouts. That gives him a line of .245/.319/.451, and four home runs to go along with five doubles and two triples in 26 games. He has eight walks to 41 strikeouts.
- Catcher Andy Thomas had the other big hit, going 1-for-4 with his first triple of the season, striking out once. Thomas has a line of .202/.305/.340 with eight doubles, a triple, and six home runs, with 29 walks to 62 strikeouts.
- Left fielder Wade Meckler was 2-for-4 with two singles, two walks, and a stolen base. He ups his line to .369/.481/.431, with 14 walks to 10 strikeouts, with three steals in four attempts. He has only four doubles in 17 games at Double-A for extra-base hits.
- Starter Ryan Murphy didn’t give up a baserunner in 4.0 innings, striking out five. It’s been a struggle for Murphy this season, and this is just the third game for Murphy to not have any runs allowed, although two have come in his last four games. He dropped his ERA from 5.21 to 4.82.
- Parker Dunshee went 3.0 innings, and was the only Squirrel to give up base runners, allowing three hits and a balk, though he also had a game-high six strikeouts. Dunshee now has a 4.12 ERA through 11 games since joining Richmond, with 12 walks to 28 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.
- Blake Rivera struck out two while not allowing a baserunner in 2.0 innings. Rivera has a 3.21 ERA with 38 strikeouts to 24 walks in 28.0 innings, allowing just a .216 average allowed.
High-A: Everett 9, Eugene 4
- This game was a bit of a slugfest early, as Eugene hopped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a Victor Bericoto home run, and had three runs in the first two innings, but Everett had six runs in the first two, and added another in the 3rd. The AquaSox would not look back, winning 9-4.
- Victor Bericoto continues to lead the minor league system in power, now with 15 home runs. He was 2-for-5 overall on the day. On the year, his batting line sits at .303/.355/.538 with 15 home runs, one triple, and 12 doubles, plus 26 walks to only 53 strikeouts.
- Grant McCray also had two hits, going 2-for-5 with a triple. He’s batting .233/.332/.389 on the season now, with nine doubles, five triples, and eight home runs, with 38 walks to 97 strikeouts.
- Right fielder Carter Howell was 1-for-3 with a walk and a HBP in a solid day. That boosted him to a .287 batting average and a .374 on-base percentage, with matches with a .426 slugging percentage having had five doubles and four triples in 24 games at High-A.
- Starting pitcher Eric Silva had his roughest game of the year today, giving up a season-high six runs in just 1.2 innings, on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. The game rocketed his ERA to 5.66 from 4.72. He has had 13 walks to 12 strikeouts in 15.0 innings in June, after he had 26 strikeouts to 11 walks in 19.1 innings in May.
- In relief, Seth Lonsway took the lion’s share of the innings, giving up just one run on one hit and two walks, and he struck out a season-high-tying six. Lonsway’s ERA sits at 6.41 after 17 games this season, with 45 strikeouts to 29 walks in 46.1 innings.
- Ben Madison had another scoreless inning, striking out one without allowing any baserunners. He has a 3.05 ERA in 22 games, with 62 strikeouts to 20 walks in 38.1 innings.
Low-A: Modesto 6, San Jose 4
San Jose Notes:
- In a game with a couple of rehabbing starts, San Jose’s offense didn’t kick in until late, but they still ended up with the loss after a 9th inning rally. San Jose was down 4-1 going into the 8th, but San Jose got four of their six hits in the 8th, scoring three runs to tie the game. But in the 9th, Modesto picked up a 2-run home run in the 9th to get the win.
- Center field was manned by the returning Heliot Ramos, who went 0-for-2 with a walk. It’s Ramos’ first game since his May 5th game with Sacramento, and he went on the 60-day Injured List by the Giants on May 19th. It’s 40 days into the 60-day list, and Ramos has 20 days of rehab before he has to have a move made regarding his roster status. Ramos was hitting .262/.333/.385 in 17 games at Sacramento before his injury, and he also went 2-for-20 (.100) in the Majors earlier.
- The only Giant with multiple hits was P.J. Hilson, going 2-for-4 with a double, his fourth of the season. Hilson also had a pair of rough fielding errors while playing left field. Hilson has a batting line of .231/.288/.331 with four doubles, one triple and two home runs.
- The only other extra-base hit for San Jose was by third baseman Thomas Gavello, going 1-for-4 with a walk and his ninth double. With 53 games, Gavello has a batting line of .238/.411/.448 with nine doubles, a triple, and nine home runs, plus 29 walks to 66 strikeouts.
- Catcher Onil Perez was 1-for-3 with a walk. Over 42 games, Perez has a line sitting at .314/.379/.436 with 16 walks to 20 strikeouts, with nine doubles, three triples, and two home runs.
- Another rehabber, but not a returnee, was Seth Corry. Corry gave up three runs in 3.1 innings, on five hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. Corry hadn’t allowed a run in four games in the ACL as he makes his return from Tommy John surgery. According to Joe Ritzo, his fastball was in the 91-93 range. This is actually Seth Corry’s first game ever played for San Jose, thanks to the cancellation of the 2020 season and San Jose moving from High-A to Low-A as Corry went the other way.
ACL: ACL Giants Black 8, ACL Rockies 7
ACL Giants Black Notes:
- The only extra-base hit by the Giants Black team was by Lazaro Morales, hitting a double on a 2-for-5 day. Morales is 6-for-43 (.140) over 17 games, with two doubles, and five walks to 17 strikeouts.
- Shortstop Ryan Reckley went 2-for-3 and a walk on the day. It’s been a bit of a slow summer so far for the former top international signing, has he’s gone just 3-for-17 (.176), with four walks and seven strikeouts over the last six games. But overall, his batting line is .218/.348/,291.
- Sean Roby’s rehab stint continues, going 2-for-4 with two singles. Roby has 11 games going in his rehab, with a batting line of .222/.282/.306 and one home run, with two walks to 17 strikeouts.
- Right fielder Cesar Quintas went 2-for-3 and one HBP. Quintas’ hot start to the summer continues, as his batting line after 15 games is at .450/.614/.550, and has 11 walks to 10 strikeouts.
- The starter was Nicolas Herold, who gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in 2.0 innings, with three strikeouts. It was the 24-year old’s first game in the affiliated minors, after spending two seasons after college in the American Association, where he had a 3.86 ERA in six games this year before signing with the Giants.
- Reliever Ubert Mejias had the majority of the innings, giving up one run in 5.0 innings, giving up six hits and a walk. After five games, Mejias has a 3.74 ERA, with 16 strikeouts to 10 walks in 21.2 innings.