The fireworks aren’t supposed to happen until the 4th, but there were home runs all over the system. Richmond saw two players hit their first at the level…and one did it the hard way! Tyler Fitzergerald poked one out in Triple-A. And Heliot Ramos continues his rehab with a home run in San Jose, although another surprise player had two in the game! Also…let’s hope Yaz’s rehab doesn’t turn into another injury!
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AAA: Sacramento 5, Reno 4 (10 Innings)
- This was a tight 1-1 game until the extra inning happened! A Tyler Fitzgerald home run represented Sacramento’s only regulation run. But in the 10th, Reno tacked on three runs in the top half to take a major lead. In the bottom half, RBI singles by Joey Bart and Isan Díaz knocked in two runs, and then finally a Brett Wisely double knocked in two runs to walk it off.
- Tyler Fitzgerald was in center field, going 1-for-5 with a home run, his ninth of the season. That’s his fourth game in center field this season. He has six doubles, a triple, and nine home runs, with a line of .295/.365/.494 in 42 games at Sacramento.
- Right fielder Brett Wisely went 2-for-5 with a double. With three straight 2-hit games, Wisely has pushed his Sacramento batting average back over .300, with a line of .301/.436/.522.
- Second baseman Will Wilson was 2-for-4 with a double, giving him ten on the season. Now through 74 games, Wilson has a .225/.306/.402 batting line, with ten doubles and 11 home runs.
- Catcher Joey Bart was 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and two strikeouts. That’s five straight games with a hit for Bart, who has gone 7-for-21 (.333) with a pair of home runs over that span. It’s also his first strikeouts since June 22nd, before that streak began.
- Starting pitcher Drew Strotman gave up one run in 5.0 innings of work, allowing four hits and five walks to three strikeouts. That drops his ERA to 5.81, the first time under 6.00 since May 14th, when it was 5.59. The five walks were the most he’d allowed since the start after May 20th when his ERA bumped back up above six.
- Reliever Cole Waites had a quiet inning, striking out two. That brings his ERA down to 5.40 while in Sacramento, with 27 strikeouts to 22 walks in 26.2 innings.
- And for last, Mike Yastrzemski was 0-for-2 with a walk and a HBP that hit him on the top of his left (back) foot. It was his first rehab game, and first appearance since June 21st in the big leagues.
AA: Richmond 4, Reading 1
- Behind a pair of home runs, a perfect start to this game by Mason Black. Black went 5.0 innings without allowing a baserunner, facing 15 batters and striking out eight. That set the tone as a 2-run home run by Jimmy Glowenke in the 4th, and a Wade Meckler solo shot in the 5th would be more than enough for the Squirrels.
- The player of the game was clearly Mason Black, with the five perfect innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.66 after 15 games, and now has 74 strikeouts to 20 walks. Black has not allowed any runs in five straight starts, lowering his ERA from 5.89 to 3.66. This was Mason Black’s first win of the season, but just the second time he has reached the 5.0 inning plateau that he needs to get a win.
- Jimmy Glowenke hit his first home run at Double-A with a 2-for-4 day. It’s been a tough run for Glowenke, as this is his first game with multiple hits since June 2nd. He’s gone 13-for-75 (.173) at the level after 22 games, with three doubles and the one home run.
- Left fielder Wade Meckler also had his first home run at the Double-A level, though it was the inside-the-park variety after a collision in the outfield, while going 2-for-5. He’s now played in 20 games at Richmond, batting .392/.489/.494 with five doubles and one home run. In the same number of games at Eugene, he hit .456/.494/.633 with six doubles, one triple, and two home runs.
- (Both Reading players seemed to be not seriously injured. Though one was taken out, he ran off the field under his own power).
- Center fielder Vaun Brown led the team in hits, going 3-for-5 with his seventh double at Richmond, plus his 8th steal. Brown is now on a 7-game hit streak, going 12-for-32 (.375) with three doubles and three home runs, and now has three steals in as many attempts during the streak. Over 28 games at Richmond, he’s got a .265/.331/.496 batting line.
- Reliever Evan Gates had a quick inning of work, striking out the side while allowing just one hit. Gates now has 35 strikeouts to 15 walks in 26.2 innings, with a 4.05 ERA.
High-A: Everett 4, Eugene 2
- This game went six scoreless innings before the offense kicked in. Everett struck first with a run in the 7th, but Victor Bericoto gave Eugene the lead with a 2-run home run in the top of the 8th. But Everett picked up three runs in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead and the win.
- First baseman Victor Bericoto hit his system-leading 16th home run on a 1-for-4 day. After 69 very nice games, Bericoto has a batting line of .298/.353/.534 with 12 doubles, a triple, and 16 home runs.
- The team leader in hits was third baseman Brett Auerbach, who went 3-for-4 with a double. After 18 games in Eugene, Auerbach now has five doubles and one home runs, with a line of .246/.351/.369.
- Catcher Adrian Sugastey was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He keeps improving his numbers, now with a .284/.315/.385 batting line over 52 games, with nine doubles and four home runs.
- Starting pitcher Jack Choate went 4.0 shutout innings, allowing only one hit while striking out two. That’s a 2.25 ERA after two games for Choate (2 ER in 8.0 innings) with six strikeouts to one walk. He had a 2.30 ERA after 13 games in San Jose, where he struck out 67 and walked 19 in 47.0 innings.
- Reliever Sam Delaplane made his High-A debut, and struck out three in 2.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit. He had a 4.50 ERA in 13 games at San Jose, with 27 strikeouts to 18 walks in 14.0 innings.
- On a side note, this tweet is one of many reasons I like the Emeralds.
Low-A: San Jose 12, Modesto 11
San Jose Notes:
- San Jose prevailed in an absolute slugfest, riding a late surge to the win. Modesto took a 6-0 lead through the top of the 2nd, but a 3-run Dilan Rosario home run in the bottom of the second kept San Jose in it. The teams traded runs until Modesto was up 11-7 after five innings. They scored a run in the 7th, and in the 8th, another Rosario home run and a Heliot Ramos home run were the highlights of a 4-run inning to just barely take the lead and win.
- This was the best game of the season for Dilan Rosario, going 2-for-4 with his first two home runs of the season at any level, over 23 games. In 20 games at San Jose, he has a .219/.306/.344 batting line with two doubles and two home runs. His career-high is five home runs, hit in 47 games in the AZL in 2019.
- Heliot Ramos’ rehab campaign continues, with a 3-for-4 day that contained two doubles, a home run, and a walk. After 4 games, he’s 5-for-13 (.385) with two doubles and two home runs, with one walk to three strikeouts.
- Right fielder Tanner O’Tremba went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk, and got his eighth steal of the season. He’s got a batting line of .275/.397/.423 batting line, with 15 doubles, two triples, and three home runs.
- Thomas Gavello was at catcher (his actual listed position), going 3-for-5, but also making an error and having three passed balls. It’s just Gavello’s ninth game at catcher this season, compared to 11 at second base and 30 at third. Gavello has a batting line of .243/.412/.444 through 55 games this season, with nine doubles, one triple, and nine home runs.
- Starting pitcher Nomar Medina gave up six runs in 2.0 innings, off of five hits and three walks, plus a HBP, without getting a strikeout. That’s just Medina’s third start of the season in 14 games total, and he has a 6.02 ERA with 36 strikeouts to 21 walks in 46.1 innings.
- Reliever Julio Rodriguez went 2.0 innings without a baserunner, striking out three. In his second season at San Jose, Rodriguez has a 6.25 ERA through 23 games, with 36 strikeouts to 16 walks in 31.2 innings.
ACL: ACL Rockies 9, ACL Giants Black 1
ACL Giants Black Notes:
- Second baseman Elian Rayo was 1-for-3 with a double, his third of the summer. After 21 games, Rayo has a batting line of .237/.356/.441 with three doubles and three home runs.
- Catcher Cesar Gonzalez also went 1-for-3 with a double, his second of the season so far. In just 13 games so far this summer, he’s batting .278/.395/.472, with two doubles, a triple, and a home run.
- Starter Nicolas Herold allowed three runs on five hits in 4.0 innings, while collecting seven strikeouts. Herold has a 7.50 ERA in his first two games of the season, with 10 strikeouts with a walk in 6.0 innings.
ACL: ACL Guardians 12, ACL Giants Orange 9
ACL Giants Orange Notes:
- Catcher Javier Castillo went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, and also a sacrifice fly. The 19-year old catcher has four doubles on the summer, with a .286/.400/.400 batting line after 12 games.
- Rehabbing Ismael Munguia went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. It was just his second rehab game, as he’s 2-for-6 (.333) with a home run so far.
- Starter Carlos Lopez gave up four runs in 3.0 innings off of two hits and four walks, while striking out two. It’s his second game in Arizona, and he has a 10.50 ERA so far, with eight walks to seven strikeouts.
DSL: DSL Nationals 4, DSL Giants Black 1
DSL Giants Black Notes:
- Left fielder Anyelo Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk on the day. That’s his second home run to go with two doubles and a triple, and has a .370/.482/.587 batting line.
- Shortstop Keiberg Camacaro went 2-for-4, but also got caught stealing and also committed his first error of the season. Camacaro went .219/.358/.359 with two doubles, two triples, and a home run, with 11 walks to 26 strikeouts.
- Starting pitcher Marlon Franco gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk in 2.0 innings with two strikeouts. It’s Franco’s first start of the season, and he now has a 3.18 ERA with nine strikeouts to two walks.
DSL: DSL Giants Orange 4, DSL Phillies Red 3
DSL Giants Orange Notes:
- Catcher Soyger Brizuela went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double in a big day. In just eight games this season, he has three doubles to two home runs, with a .226/.273/.516 batting line.
- Right fielder Angel Guzman went 1-for-4 with his fourth home run of the summer. In 19 games, he has a batting line of .325/.435/.610 with six doubles, two triples, and four home runs.
- Starting pitcher Jose Rengel gave up three runs in 4.0 inning, on four hits and a walk, with five strikeouts. He has an 8.53 ERA through four starts, with 15 strikeouts to four walks in 12.2 innings.