You’ve got to love when a call-up comes up and does something like this.

That’s why we watch the farm.

AAA: Sacramento 12, Las Vegas 3

Top Lines

CF Mauricio Dubón: 4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 2B (1), 1 BB
LF Braden Bishop: 3-6, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR (4), 2 SO
SS Arismendy Alcántara: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO

SP Tyler Beede: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO
RP Jay Jackson: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
RP Caleb Baragar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO
RP Camilo Doval: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

The River Cats absolutely dominated this game, and perhaps most interestingly, they did it mostly on singles.  12 of the team’s 14 hits were singles, and they also got six walks and two hit batters, one of which was very painful.  7 of the team’s runs came in the first inning, which was from six singles, two walks, and a HBP.  That was more than enough, but Braden Bishop added a 3-run home run in the 9th to ice the game.

Other Notes:

  • The big headline of this game of that Joey Bart was removed from the game in the first inning.  Bart got the game’s first RBI, by getting hit on the ankle with the bases loaded in the first.  The team pinch ran for him.  There’s been no report of his status.
  • Mauricio Dubón certainly seems ready for Triple-A after being sent down.  He’s 6-for-10 with a double, and a walk since being sent back.
  • Braden Bishop had his second straight 3-hit game, and has gone for multiple hits in five of his last six games.  He’s batting .388/.440/.612 in 24 games with Sacramento.
  • Tyler Beede gave up the most walks he’d had since May 30th, when he gave up six.  He’s struck out 40 and walked 32 in 35.2 innings this season, coming back from Tommy John.
  • Current River Cat Scott Kazmir has been named to the U.S. Baseball Olympic team.  He’ll be headed to Tokyo later this month, though the specific dates aren’t known yet.  The Olympics will run from July 23rd to August 8th.

AA: Doubleheader

Game 1: Binghamton 12, Richmond 7 (8 Innings)

Top Lines

LF Vince Fernandez: 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (2), 1 SO
SS Simon Whiteman: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 2B (3), 1 SO
C Andres Angulo: 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B (5)

SP Akeel Morris: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR
Norwith Gudino: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO
RP Jose Marte: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
RP R.J. Dabovich: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 Balk

It was a tough game for the Squirrels, but it took a lot of mistakes by the Ponies to stay in this game.  Richmond fell behind 7-2 early, but made much of the way back, scoring four runs on the back of two Binghamton errors, to make it 7-6.  In the bottom of the 7th (the last inning of regulation in the doubleheader), Bryan Torres got on thanks to a wild pitch on a swinging third strike.  Simon Whiteman doubled to knock him in and tie the game.  That sent the game to extra innings, but the Rumble Ponies would score five in the extra inning to easily win.

Game 2: Richmond 6, Binghamton 3 (7 Innings)

Top Lines

SS Simon Whiteman: 1-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR (1), 1 BB
RF Sandro Fabian: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR (6), 1 SO
CF Heliot Ramos: 1-3, 1 R, 1 SO

SP Michael Plassmeyer: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO
RP Joey Marciano: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR
RP Pat Ruotolo: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO

Game 2 let the Squirrels win by the long ball.  Simon Whiteman hit his first Double-A home run in the first inning, and Sandro Fabian hit his sixth in the second inning to go up 2-0. In the 3rd, Simon Whiteman walks, and moved to third on a single by Heliot Ramos.  Whiteman scored on the wild pitch, and after a walk, Frankie Tostado hit a 3-run home run to put Richmond up 6-0 to get enough runs to win.

Other Notes:

  • Simon Whiteman had one of his best days as a Squirrel, getting his first Double-A home run, and a combined 2-for-6 day.  Whiteman now has a .222/.279/.317 batting line at the level.
  • Michael Plassmeyer tied his season high with eight strikeouts, although the last time he did that he was with Montgomery in the Tampa Bay system.
  • Sandro Fabian’s home run was his third in the last eight games.  He’s almost matched his home run total from 2019, when he had seven.  His career high is 11 in 2017 in Augusta.
  • Akeel Morris allowed seven earned runs, and his ERA jumped to 10.80 in his third start of the season.
  • R.J. Dabovich had his first real off-day.  For the first time he got no strikeouts, and he was just hittable.  He gave up two singles to start the 8th, and after a groundout, intentionally walked a batter.  That was followed by another single and a double, allowing five runs, more in one game than he had in his pro career previously.

High-A: Hillsboro 4, Eugene 2

Top Lines

LF Diego Rincones: 2-5, 1 R, 1 SO
CF Ismael Munguia: 2-5, 1 SB (7)
DH Logan Wyatt: 2-3, 1 BB
C Brett Auerbach: 0-4, 1 BB
3B: Sean Roby: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 2B (5), 2 SO

SP Conner Nurse: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 1 Balk
RP Ryan Walker: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP

It was a bit of a lackluster game for Eugene, who outhit Hillsboro 9 to 6, but with just one double for extra bases, they couldn’t get those runners in.  That double led to the Emeralds’ only run in the third, as Sean Roby’s double knocked in two.  But Hillsboro got doubles in each of the next two innings, scoring two runs in each, for the margin of victory.

Other Notes:

  • Ismael Munguia had two hits in each of the first two games of July, and is now batting .269 on the season.
  • Conner Nurse struggled through one of his roughest games of the season, nearly matching his season high in runs allowed.  Nurse has struck out 44 with 24 walks in 48.1 innings.
  • Logan Wyatt had a great on-base percentage night, getting base three times in four plate appearances.  His on-base percentage is up to .405 on the season.
  • Diego Rincones made his first appearance with the Emeralds since returning from the Olympics final chance qualifying tournament with the Venezuelan team.  It’s his first game with Eugene since June 18th.
  • Brett Auerbach made his High-A debut, but was hitless with a walk.  Auerbach hit .342/.448/.521 in 34 games in San Jose.

Low-A: Stockton 4, San Jose 3

Top Lines

DH Jairo Pomares: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR (4), 2 SO
2B Jimmy Glowenke: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR (1)
1B Abdiel Layer: 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 SO
C Rodolfo Bone: 2-4, 1 2B (1), 1 SO

SP Carson Ragsdale: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR
RP Justin Crump: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP

It was a rough game for the Giants in this one.  Stockton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, and when San Jose tried to come back, they began trading runs in the late innings.  Jairo Pomares put San Jose on the board with a home run in the top of the 6th, and Stockton hit one in the bottom half of the 6th.  Jimmy Glowenke hit his first home run of the season in the 7th, and the run was got back by Stockton in the 8th.  San Jose tried to put a rally together in the 9th, but they got only one run on an Abdiel Layer single, and fell short.

Other Notes:

  • It took only 14 games for 20-year old Jairo Pomares to set a new career high in home runs, with four.  He had three in 51 games between the AZL and Short-A in 2019.  He has a batting line of .321/.397/.661 so far this season.
  • Jimmy Glowenke hit his first pro home run of his career, 35 games in.  It’s been a rough start for Glowenke this season, as he’s batting .184/.264/.272 on the season, with six doubles, a triple, and a home run in 35 games.
  • Carson Ragsdale continues to lead the Low-A West in strikeouts by a large margin, with 84.  The second place pitcher has 67, and that’s teammate Kyle Harrison.

Arizona Complex Leagues: 

D-Backs 8, Giants Orange 3 (7 Innings)

Top Lines

DH Rayner Santana: 3-3, 1 RBI, 1 2B (2)
SS Aeverson Arteaga: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (2), 2 SO

SP Sonny Vargas: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR
RP Jesus Gomez: 2.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR

Cubs 8, Giants Black 2 (7 Innings)

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RF Javeyan Williams:1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR (1)
3B Jean Pena: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR (1), 1 SO
2B Yorlis Rodriguez: 1-3, 1 E (1)

SP Rafael Martinez: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 3 SO
RP Jose Mullings: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO
RP Jason Bonilla: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

Other Notes:

  • 4 games into the season, Rayner Santana is batting .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles.  He has no walks but five strikeouts, but when you’re making contact like that.
  • Javeyan Williams hit his first home run of the ACL season, and is 3-for-15 (.200) four games into the ACL season.
  • Aeverson Arteaga is batting 6-for-15 (.400) early in the season, with two doubles, two walks and five strikeouts.
  • Jean Pena’s first hit in the ACL season (2 games for him) is a home run.  Pena had just one home run in 42 games in the AZL in 2019, batting .186/.238/.262.
  • Sonny Vargas had an excellent season debut, striking out eight across five innings.  He had no strikeouts in his first (relief) appearance of the season, which was an inning long.  In 2019, Vargas had a 5.03 ERA in 13 games (5 starts) in the AZL, with 57 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.
  • Rafael Martinez struggled with his control in his U.S. debut, walking six in 3.2 innings.  In 2019 in the DSL, he walked 14 and struck out 32 in 37.2 innings with a 4.06 ERA.