Vaun Brown left Saturday’s game early, a couple of innings after getting hit by a pitch, leading to concerns about him losing more time this season to injury. Meanwhile, a huge bullpen meltdown hurts Sacramento, and Victor Bericoto moves into a tie for the team lead in home runs.
AAA: Tacoma 11, Sacramento 7
- A big bullpen blowup changed this game, as a 4-2 lead quickly turned to 11-4 deficit from the 6th-7th innings. Sacramento had jumped out to a lead with a David Villar RBI single in the first, and while tied 1-1, Sacramento scored two more in the 4th on a Ford Proctor single and a Will Wilson groundout, with another run on the 5th on a Villar double. But a 6th inning grand slam highlighted a 5-run inning, and Tacoma added four more.
- The leading Sacramento hitter was Luis Matos, who was 3-for-5 with three singles. That pushes his Sacramento batting average up to .405, as it’s Matos’ 5th straight game with multiple hits. With one strikeout today, he now has six strikeouts to five walks in 16 games.
- At first base, David Villar went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. Villar has multiple hits in three of his last four games (going hitless in his other game), going 8-for-20 (.400) with two doubles and two home runs. In 12 games, Villar now has three doubles and four home runs with a batting line of .313/.400/.625.
- Michael Gigliotti went 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk. It was Gigliotti’s first triple of the season, to go along with eight doubles and two home runs over 39 games. He has 22 walks to 26 strikeouts leading to a line of .244/.358/.366.
- Starting pitcher Tristan Beck returned to Sacramento, going a single inning, giving up a run without any hits, on two walks, a hit batter, and a strikeout. Beck had been in San Francisco since April 20th, where he’d posted a 4.10 ERA in ten games. He now has a 3.77 ERA in four appearances at Triple-A Sacramento.
- Melvin Adón had the roughest of appearances, giving up a season-high seven runs on six hits and two walks in just 0.2 innings, including giving up the grand slam. It’s Adón’s third game this season out of 19 in which he’s given up at least five runs, and has 23 walks to 33 strikeouts in 24.0 innings.
AA: Erie 5, Richmond 0
- Richmond was just beaten soundly with a rough offensive day, and a notably worrying player out with a possible injury. Richmond got just six hits, with no extra-base hits, in a scoreless game. Meanwhile, starter Kai-Wei Teng had his shortest outing of the season, giving up three runs in the first inning, and Richmond never caught up.
- Vaun Brown’s day ended early on a 0-for-1 day with a HBP and his first Double-A steal. Brown was hit in the 3rd inning, but did stay in the game to steal a base and didn’t leave until the middle of the 6th, with no obviously apparent immediate reason. Perhaps after being hit in the arm, it began to swell up a bit over a few innings, which hopefully indicates it’s nothing serious. Brown has a .378/.465/.676 batting line in 10 games at Richmond, and now has a total of six steals in 19 games at three different levels.
- Carter Williams was the only Squirrel with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. It was Williams’ second straight 2-hit game, and over a 6-game hitting streak with three multi-hit games. He has a .252/.304/.417 batting line with two doubles and five home runs in 31 games at Double-A this season.
- Starting pitcher Kai-Wei Teng gave up three runs in a season-short 2.0 innings, on two hits and a season-high four walks with three strikeouts. After a strong first five starts, Teng has struggled since, with his ERA moving up from 2.33 to 5.54 in the five starts since. Teng now has 55 strikeouts to 18 walks in 37.1 innings
- At the end of the game, Blake Rivera bucked his recent trend with a strong game, with 2.0 scoreless outings, allowing three hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. It’s Rivera’s first game without allowing a walk since May 5th. He had not allowed a walk in his first six games of the season, and had allowed at least one walk eight of his next nine games. He now has 27 strikeouts to 19 walks in 21.1 innings.
High-A: Eugene 5, Vancouver 3
- Eugene picked up a 5-3 win despite getting outhit 10-9. They were helped thanks to two home runs, by Victor Bericoto and Aeverson Arteaga, and a two double by game Edison Mora.
- Victor Bericoto went 2-for-4 with a walk and his eighth home run of the season. That moves him into a tie with Luis Toribio, who hasn’t played since May 23rd. Over 46 games, Bericoto now has eight doubles, one triple, and one home run with 17 walks and 38 strikeouts.
- Aeverson Arteaga was 1-for-3 with his own home run, his 6th of the year, with a walk. It’s Arteaga’s first home run since he hit three home runs in three straight games from May 20-May 23rd. Arteaga has a .208/.308/.393 batting line with six home runs to go with 10 doubles and three triples.
- DH Edison Mora was 2-for-4 with two doubles on the night. In 14 games at Eugene, Mora now has three doubles and one home run (which came yesterday). He has a batting line of .130/.216/.261 in Eugene.
- Left fielder Carter Howell was 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk. Howell has been very successful in his first week up in High-A. Howell is 9-for-21 (.429) with a double and a triple, with one walk to three strikeouts.
- Nick Sinacola took the start, allowing a run in 4.0 innings, on two hits and no walks, with five strikeouts. It’s Sinacola’s best start by far out of his past five, as in his other four starts he’d allowed at least four runs in each. He now has 52 strikeouts to 13 walks in 38.0 innings.
- Ben Madison gave up a run in 2.0 innings in relief, on three hits and no walks (with a wild pitch), notching two strikeouts. Madison has a 4.15 ERA over 15 games, with 42 strikeouts to 15 walks in 26.0 innings.
Low-A: Fresno 5, San Jose 4
San Jose Notes:
- San Jose blew a late lead on the way to this loss, with four errors playing a significant role in them. Fresno and San Jose each scored a run in the first inning, but San Jose jumped out to a lead with three runs in the 5th. But both the 6th and 7th innings for Fresno led off with a San Jose error, leading to four unearned runs that gave the lead to the Grizzlies.
- Diego Velasquez struck out in the 7th innings, which broke a streak of 11 straight plate appearances in which he’d gotten on base. Overall, Velasquez was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk on the game. Velasquez now has a .331/.437/.436 batting line, with 11 doubles to two home runs, and 25 walks to 33 strikeouts.
- Center fielder Turner Hill was 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and a steal, his first. In 3 games since joining San Jose, Hill has 4-for-13 (.308) with a double, and no walks to one strikeout.
- Making a rehab appearance was DH Joc Pederson, who was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. It was Pederson’s first game since May 12th in the big leagues, where he was hitting .235/.351/.494.
- Shortstop Jose Ramos was 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base. Ramos had a rough May, batting .179 on the month, but has gone 2-for-7 with two walks and two strikeouts in his two games since the start of June.
- Starter Miguel Yajure gave up a run on three hits with a walk, and struck out four. In his four games since he got started on his season since mid-May, he’s struck out 13 with three walks allowed in 9.0 innings.
- Reliever Tyler Vogel struck out three in 2.0 innings without allowing a baserunner. Vogel now has a 3.57 ERA with 31 strikeouts to 15 walks in 22.2 innings.