Reggie Crawford dealt with his first struggles on the mound in San Jose on a day of much newsworthy but maybe small items. The two latest top international signees got their first hits in the rookie leagues, Turner Hill stole three bases, Vaun Brown was healthy, Cuban signee Ubert Mejias made his pro debut, and a postponement due to roommates.
AAA: Las Vegas 2, Sacramento 1
- Sacramento came in on the losing end of a pitching duel. Sacramento outhit Las Vegas going 6-4, but only Las Vegas got an extra-base hit. That hit was a double, which led to a 2-run single in the 5th inning leading to runs for the Aviators. But the River Cats only managed to get a run in the 8th, on two singles and a David Villar sacrifice fly.
- Tyler Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 with a stolen base on the day. In four games in June, Fitzgerald has gone 7-for-18 with two walks to five strikeouts, but also has a steal in every game. Overall in Sacramento, Fitzgerald is batting .311/.394/.489 and has 12 steals without getting caught.
- The other Sacramento 2-hit game was by Michael Gigliotti, who went 2-for-3 with a walk. Gigliotti has drawn a walk in each of his four games in June. That gives Gigliotti 24 walks to 26 strikeouts in 41 games, giving him a .367 on-base percentage and a .368 slugging percentage on the year, with a .250 average.
- Sean Hjelle had the start, going 5.0 innings, with two runs on four hits and three walks, with just three strikeouts. Hjelle now has a 3.10 ERA in seven games since coming back to Triple-A. In 29.0 innings, he has struck out 20 with eight walks.
- Nick Swiney didn’t allow any runs or hits in 1.2 innings, with a walk with two strikeouts. Swiney has a 4.35 ERA over six games in Triple-A, and has struck out seven to five walks in 10.1 innings.
- Reliever Cole Waites’ run continues, without allowing a baserunner in the 9th, but also without any strikeouts. That’s nine games without a run allowed since returning to Triple-A. His ERA is now 4.66, and now has 16 strikeouts to 15 walks in 19.1 innings.
AA: Altoona 6, Richmond 4
- Altoona made a couple of late rallies to take this game from Richmond. Richmond was up 3-0 going into the 6th, but Altoona rallied to tie the game. Richmond scored a run in the 7th, but Altoona came back to tie it again in the 8th, and then scored two runs in the 9th to win.
- The only Squirrel with multiple hits was Brett Auerbach, who went 2-for-4. It’s Auerbach’s first multi-hit game since May 23rd, when he had a 3-hit game. But mostly he’s had a disappointing season, batting .144/.199/.175.
- Catcher Andy Thomas went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a sacrifice fly. It was just his second steal of the season, but also a new season-high for the catcher. Since the start of June, Thomas is 5-for-14 (.357) with a double and a home run, and overall is batting .219 with six doubles and five home runs.
- Marco Luciano was 1-for-5 with the only Richmond extra base hit, notching his sixth double. Over 28 games, Luciano is now batting .160/.269/.370, with six doubles and five home runs.
- Vaun Brown returned from missing a couple of days after getting hit by a pitch, going 0-for-4 with a walk, and a throwing error. Even with the 0-fer, Brown is still batting .341/.438/.610 in 11 games at Richmond.
- Starting pitcher Landen Roupp threw 4.0 shutout innings, giving up a hit and two walks while striking out three. Roupp has a 1.72 ERA after six starts, with 22 strikeouts to six walks in 15.2 innings.
High-A: Postponed (due to Roommates)
- Well, this is unique. The Oregon Ducks are hosting the Super Regional this weekend, so the Emeralds have moved the coming series against the Dust Devils to Pasco, WA (Home of Tri-City). The series will now begin Wednesday, with today’s game made up on Saturday as part of a double-header. I wonder if Eugene will bat last in those games?
Low-A: San Jose 9, Visalia 7 (11 Innings)
San Jose Notes:
- 1st round pick Reggie Crawford had his first rough start, but the San Jose offense ran all over Visalia to lead to an extra-innings win. San Jose collected seven steals on the day. San Jose had a 6-3 lead going into the 8th inning, but gave up three runs in the 8th to lose the lead, and both teams scored runs in the 9th inning to maintain the tie. In the 11th, San Jose notched two runs to take the win.
- Reggie Crawford gave up three runs while getting hit hard, allowing two home runs on three hits in 1.2 innings, though with no walks allowed while striking out four. Those are the first runs he’s allowed in three games, so now he has a 5.06 ERA, with three runs over 5.1 innings. He still has not walked anyone while he has ten strikeouts.
- Third baseman Anthony Rodriguez went 3-for-6 on the day, with all singles. He also committed his fifth error in his sixth game of the season. Rodriguez is now batting .360/.407/.560 with three doubles and a triple, with one walk and eight strikeouts.
- Designated hitter Onil Perez was also 3-for-6 with all singles, and got two stolen bases. It’s Perez’s second 3-hit game of the year, with his first coming back on April 22nd. He now has a batting line of .308/.378/.400 on the year.
- First baseman Matt Higgins was 2-for-5 with a double, his 10th of the season, as well as his 6th stolen base and his 5th error of the year. That boosts his batting line to .293/.376/.476, and now has 10 doubles, a triple, and six home runs, with six steals in seven attempts.
- Center fielder Turner Hill went 1-for-5 with a walk, but also stole three bases. That gives him five steals in five games this season, while he’s 7-for-22 (.318) with two walks and two strikeouts.
- Meanwhile, the big hit belonged to catcher Zach Morgan, who went 1-for-5 with his fourth home run of the season. Morgan has five doubles, a triple, and four home runs on the season in 34 games, with 26 walks to 28 strikeouts.
- It was a scary scene for Diego Velasquez, who squared up to bunt the first pitch he saw, and the pitch was in on him, hitting him square on the front of the left knee. He went down and was in serious pain, but would stay in the game and took first base. However, he would be removed in the middle of the inning.
- Working in relief, Hayden Birdsong got the lion’s share of the innings, not allowing a run in 4.0 innings, on three hits and a walk, while striking out five and hitting a batter. It was Birdsong’s first relief appearance of the season. He now has 64 strikeouts in 37.2 innings, with 21 walks.
- Reliever Julio Rodriguez went 2.0 innings, striking out three while allowing just one walks and no hits. It was a strong bounceback for him after he gave up six runs in his previous game. But with no strikeouts, he now has 22 strikeouts to ten walks in 19.2 innings.
ACL: ACL Giants Black 4, ACL D-backs Red 3
ACL Giants Black Notes:
- First baseman Guillermo Williamson went 2-for-3 with a strikeout. Williamson now is 3-for-6 with a double and a walk with two strikeouts after two games.
- Left fielder Eliam Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a double. He now has gone 2-for-9 (.222) with a double and four strikeouts.
- Second baseman Gustavo Cardozo went 1-for-2 with a double and a strikeout. This was Cardozo’s second game, but he came in as a pinch runner in his first game, so these were the 19-year old’s first plate appearances.
ACL: ACL D-Backs Black 1, ACL Giants Orange 0 (7 Innings)
ACL Giants Orange Notes:
- Second baseman Jean Carlos Sio went 1-for-2 with a walk, and was caught stealing. It was his first hit in two games, and the 19-year old is now 1-for-6 (.167) with two walks.
- Center fielder Estanlin Cassiani got the other Orange hit, going 1-for-3. He’s now 1-for-7 (.143) after two games. The 20-year old hit .375/.422/.415 in the DSL in 2022.
- The starting pitcher was Brayan Palencia, who went 3.2 innings, allowing three hits and one walk with five strikeouts. The 20-year old is in his second season at the ACL, where he had a 4.33 ERA in 14 appearances last year, with six of them being starts. He’s in his second season in Arizona, when he hit .230/.259/.257.
- Right fielder Cesar Quintas went 2-for-2 with a walk and a HBP. That means the 20-year old is now 2-for-5 (.400) with three walks to one strikeout.
- Shortstop Ryan Reckley was 1-for-4 with a single (his first hit of the year), two strikeouts, and committed an error. He’s 1-for-7 with two walks and three strikeouts.
- The starter was Ubert Mejias went 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk, with a strikeout in his pro debut. The 22-year old Cuban signee was officially signed in April, but had been talked about much of the winter.
DSL: DSL Giants Black 11, DSL Guardians Blue 10
DSL Giants Black Notes:
- The most recent top international signing, center fielder Rayner Arias was 3-for-5 with a home run, a walk and a steal. The 17-year old is now 3-for-9 (.333) over two games, with a home run, a walk, a strikeouts, and a stolen base after two games.
- Shortstop Yosnekiar Rivas was 1-for-3 with three walks, with his first home run. He’s 1-for-7 (.143) after two games, but has four walks and no strikeouts to lead to a .455 OBP.
- Right fielder Carlos Concepcion also had a home run, going 1-for-4 with a walk. Like Rivas, the home run is his only hit, having gone 1-for-8 (.125) with a walk and a strikeout.
- Left fielder Moises De La Rosa led the team in hits, going 4-for-6 with a double and a steal, his second already this season. The 18-year old is 7-for-10 (.700) after two games. He hit .265/.438/.408 in 19 games in 2022.
- The start belonged to Jose Bello, who gave up three runs in 4.0 innings in his pro debut, on six hits, a walk, and a balk, while collecting five strikeouts.
DSL: DSL Arizona Black 8, DSL Giants Orange 6
DSL Giants Orange Notes:
- DH Angel Guzman was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, but was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning for no obvious reason. The 17-year old is now 3-for-8 with the two doubles to start his season.
- Second baseman Dario Reynoso went 2-for-5 with two double as well. After two games, Reynoso went 4-for-10 with two doubles and a triple to start his season, with no walks and three strikeouts.
- First baseman Jhosward Camacho was 1-for-2 with a walk, and a double. The double was his first hit of the season, and he’s 1-for-5 with two walks to one strikeout.
- Reliever Jorge Martinez made his first appearance, striking out two with no baserunners. It’s the 21-year old’s third season in the DSL, after he had a 3.42 ERA in 2022 in 12 games, all starts.