Mason Black made his debut at Triple-A, and while the River Cats couldn’t turn it into the win, it continued his recent run over the last six weeks of dominating.  Meanwhile, the Killer Bs each homered in Richmond, and Guillermo Williamson is giving you reasons to look at the ACL box scores!

AAA: Oklahoma City 5, Sacramento 3 (10 Innings)


Sacramento Notes:

  • Mason Black had a successful Triple-A debut, but it wasn’t enough for Sacramento against the rivals.  Black threw five shutout innings and left with a 1-0 lead, which soon grew to 2-0.  But Oklahoma City scored two runs in the late innings, including a 9th inning game-tying home run by old friend Steven Duggar.  In the 10th, the Dodgers scored three runs, highlighted by a 2-run Duggar double.  While the Cats got one run back in the second half, it wasn’t enough.
  • Mason Black struck out eight in his 5.0 innings, allowing just two hits, four walks, and a HBP.  It was the 2021 3rd round pick’s first game at Triple-A after a quick rise up the system in two seasons.  He had a 3.57 ERA in 16 games at Double-A before his promotion, with 83 strikeouts to 21 walks in 63.0 innings.
  • The Cats offense managed just five hits, and the only extra-base hit was by David Villar, who was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.  Over 26 games in Triple-A, Villar has a batting line of .277/.362/.545 with six doubles and seven home runs.
  • Right fielder Heliot Ramos was 1-for-4 with a stolen base.  Ramos had been on a bit of a tear before the All-Star Break, having gone 14-for-26 (.538) with four doubles, one triple, and four home runs at Sacramento since return from injury, before going 0-for-3 in the last game before the break.  Hopefully Ramos doesn’t let the break slow his roll.

AA: Harrisburg 6, Richmond 5


Richmond Notes:

  • Harrisburg had a big late comeback that fell short.  Harrisburg grew a big lead in this game, going up 6-1 after the 6th inning.  Richmond started its comeback in the 8th with a Brandon Martorano single followed by a Victor Bericoto 2-run home run.  A Hayden Cantrelle walk was followed by a Vaun Brown 2-run home run, and suddenly it was 6-5.  But Richmond’s offense sputtered out after that, and the Squirrels fell just short.
  • Vaun Brown went 1-for-4 with a walk and a home run.  Brown now has eight home runs in Richmond (in 36 games), and nine overall on the year.  He’s batting .259/.318/.518 at Double-A, along with eight doubles and two triples.
  • First baseman Victor Bericoto had his second home run at Double-A, as he was 1-for-5 with one strikeout.  That gives Bericoto a total of 18 home runs on the season overall.  Although he has two home runs, Bericoto is just 3-for-14 (.214) with three walks to seven strikeouts after four games.
  • Right fielder Brandon Martorano had a perfect day, going 3-for-3 with one HBP and a trio of singles, but also got caught stealing once.  That boosted his Double-A batting average from .186 to .210 in just one game. 
  • Left fielder Wade Meckler went 2-for-5 with two singles.  Meckler’s Double-A batting line now sits at .355/.444/.486 with six doubles, a triple, and two home runs, and has 17 walks to 17 strikeouts.
  • Starting pitcher Ryan Murphy gave up a pair of runs in 3.1 innings, on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.  Murphy’s ERA rises to 5.14 after 18 appearances, and he now has 32 walks to 59 strikeouts.
  • Reliever Evan Gates struck out three while going 1.1 shutout innings.  Gates’ ERA has slipped down to 3.86 and now has 43 strikeouts to 17 walks in 30.1 innings.

High-A: Vancouver 4, Eugene 2


Eugene Notes:

  • This was mostly a quiet game for the Emeralds coming out of the break.  Vancouver took the early lead with a run in the first.  Eugene came back with a Luis Toribio home run in the 3rd to tie it, and a Brett Auerbach RBI double gave them a 2-1 lead after the 4th.  But Vancouver tied it up in the 5th, and two more in the 6th inning gave the Canadians the lead.
  • Third baseman Luis Toribio went 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run, his 10th of the season.  He’s got a .223/.350/.401 batting line with 39 walks to 69 strikeouts.
  • Catcher Adrian Sugastey was 2-for-4 with a double.  That gives him 13 doubles one triple, and hour home runs in 58 games, with a batting line of .297/.328/.414.
  • Left fielder Jared Dupere was 2-for-5 with his own double.  Over 56 games in Eugene, he has 14 doubles a triple, and 16 walks to 91 strikeouts on a .272/.332/.460 batting line.
  • Starting pitcher Jack Choate went 4.2 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and one walk, with four strikeouts.  After four starts in Eugene since his promotion, he has a 2.16 ERA with 15 strikeouts to three walks in 16.2 innings.

Low-A: San Jose 10, Visalia 4


San Jose Notes:

  • San Jose dominated this game thanks to two 4-run innings.  Visalia was up 2-1 after five innings.  But in the 6th inning, San Jose scored four runs highlighted by a Diego Velasquez RBI double, and four more in the 7th highlighted by a Turner Hill double.  
  • In his first game at Low-A, Justin Bench went 4-for-4 with all singles, and a steal of home!  After 14 games in the ACL, The 17th round pick from 2022 was hitting .370/.466/.587 with five doubles, one triple, and one home run.
  • Shortstop Diego Velasquez went 3-for-5 with a double and a stolen base of his own.  Velasquez has a batting line .302/.393/.426 with 16 doubles, a triple, and five home runs in 68 games at Low-A.
  • Second baseman Jose Ramos went 2-for-4 with a walk and a double of his own.  That gives him 14 doubles to go with three triples and a home run.  His batting line sits at .192/.294/.282 after 68 games.
  • Starting pitcher Manuel Mercedes went 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out four.  He had a 3.43 ERA in 16 games, with 45 strikeouts to 27 walks, in 65.2 innings.
  • Reliever Melvin Adón struck out the side in his inning of work, only allowing a hit.  Adón still hasn’t been scored upon in San Jose after four games (7.0 innings), with ten strikeouts to three walks.

ACL: ACL Giants Black 9, ACL Guardians 3


ACL Giants Black Notes:

  • Left fielder Guillermo Williamson had a huge day, going 4-for-6 with two home runs.  That gives Williamson eight home runs in 28 games, and he has a .308/.394/.626 batting line on the summer.
  • Right fielder Cesar Quintas didn’t get a hit, but was 0-for-2 with a walk and 2 HBP.  Quintas has an on-base percentage of .565 after 24 games, with 13 walks to 17 strikeouts and 10 HBP.  He’s batting just .426 on the summer.
  • Second baseman Damon Dues was 1-for-1 with two walks as his rehab continues, and stole three bases.  After two rehab games, Dues is just batting .500, going 2-for-4 with two walks to one strikeout, with three steals.
  • Eric Silva gave up one run in 3.0 innings, on three hits, no walks, and one HBP, with six strikeouts.  That’s two games for him in the ACL, and it lowered his ERA to 5.06 there, but he does have 13 strikeouts to one walks in 5.1 innings.

ACL: ACL Cubs 9, ACL Giants Orange 7


ACL Giants Orange Notes:

  • First baseman Javier Francisco went 2-for-2 with a walk and a home run.  That gives him four home runs in three doubles, and now with 16 walks to 14 strikeouts.  
  • Juan Perez went 2-for-5 with a double, just his first of the summer after 17 games.  Perez has a batting line of .196/.292/.268 with one double and one home run, with seven walks and 20 strikeouts.
  • Center fielder Ismael Munguia went 1-for-4 with a double, his first double of his rehab.  After seven rehab games in the ACL, Munguia has one double and one home run, with a batting line of .321/.394/.464.
  • Making his season debut was Mikell Manzano, who took the start with one inning, and two strikeouts.  Manzano spent most of 2022 in the ACL, with a 3.93 ERA in 14 games, and also had a couple of games in San Jose where he got hit hard in a minor league cup of coffee.

DSL: DSL NYY Yankees, DSL Giants Black 5


DSL Giants Black Notes:

  • Right fielder Moises De La Rosa went 2-for-4 with a double.  De La Rosa has five doubles, two triples, and one home run, with 15 walks to 20 strikeouts.  He’s got a .352/.473/.484 batting line on the summer.
  • Shortstop Dennys Riera was 1-for-5 with a double of his own.  That gives him five doubles with three home runs after 28 games.  That matches his 2022 doubles total that he reached in 35 games.  He’s got a .220/.308/.360 batting line.
  • Anyelo Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.  After 21 games, he’s got a .329/.429/.493 batting line with two doubles, two triples, and two home runs, with 10 walks to 15 strikeouts.

DSL: DSL Tigers 1 10, DSL Giants Orange 2


DSL Giants Orange Notes:

  • Shortstop Dario Reynoso went 2-for-4 with a double.  Reynoso has a .294/.464/.506 batting line with seven doubles, a triple, and three home runs after 25 games.
  • First baseman Brayan Ferrer was also 2-for-4 with a double, and it was also his seventh of the season.  In his third DSL season, he’s .290/.395/.435 after 18 games, with seven doubles and one triple. 
  • Starter Brayan Narvaez gave up two runs in 5.0 innings, on seven hits and a walk with no strikeouts.  Narvaez now has 19 strikeouts to four walks in 24.1 innings after six games.