Kai-Wei Teng has struggled since his promotion to Triple-A, but on Sunday he had his best start at the level.  Meanwhile, in Richmond, Carson Whisenhunt had the oddest of starts, and Reggie Crawford returned after two weeks off.

AAA: Sacramento 3, Reno 2


Sacramento Notes:

  • Sacramento edged out their northern Nevada neighbors behind a great performance by Kai-Wei Teng!  He struck out seven through five shutout innings, giving the River Cats just enough room for a weak offensive day.  The difference would be a 2-run 6th inning, when a Jakson Reetz double knocked in one run, and a Ricardo Genovés RBI groundout, giving Sacramento a 3-0 lead and the winning run.
  • Kai-Wei Teng gave up just three hits and a walk in 5.0 shutout innings, striking out seven.  It’s easily Teng’s best Triple-A start after three games at the level.  He now has a 4.50 ERA after those three games, with 14 strikeouts to 10 walks in 12.0 innings.  He had a 4.75 ERA after 12 games, with 68 strikeouts to 20 walks in 47.1 innings.
  • Reliever Scott Alexander picked up a scoreless inning of work, allowing a walk and striking out one in his first game of rehab.  Alexander had a 3.52 ERA in the big leagues this season, and was last seen with the Giants on June 18th.
  • The team’s only extra-base hit was by Jakson Reetz, a double on a 1-for-4 day.  It’s Reetz’s fourth game with Sacramento after he was signed as a free agent on June 27th.  The 27-year old Reetz had been hitting .274/.349/.526 with AAA Omaha after being released by the Royals.
  • Catcher Joey Bart was 2-for-4 with a strikeout on the day.  That’s a 6-game hitting streak for Bart, and three straight games with multiple hits.  After 20 games in Sacramento, his batting line has moved up to .230/.293/.338 with the recent run.
  • Second baseman Will Wilson was 2-for-2 with a walk and a pair of singles.  Wilson has started July off the right way, now 4-for-6 with a double, a walk, and a strikeout in the first two games of the month.

AA: Richmond 6, Reading 1


Richmond Notes:

  • Despite some shakiness from starter Carson Whisenhunt and the pitching staff, the Squirrels pulled out a win in Reading.  Richmond gave up 11 walks on the day, but they led to almost no runs.  Meanwhile, Richmond scored 3-runs in the first, and had two home runs deep into the game to easily win, 6-1.
  • Catcher Andy Thomas went 1-for-2 with a walk, and his eighth home run of the season, and was also caught stealing once.  After 61 games, Thomas is just two home runs off his previous season-high of 10, which he had in 2022 in High-A.  He has a batting line of .211/.316/.376.
  • Second baseman Jimmy Glowenke was 2-for-4 with a home run of his own.  After 21 games at Double-A without hitting a home run, Glowenke now has home runs in two consecutive games.  Glowenke’s now got a line at Richmond of .190/.273/.304 with three doubles and two home runs.
  • Vaun Brown went 1-for-4 with a double, his eighth with Richmond. That gives Brown eight doubles to go with two triples and five home runs in 29 games at the level, with a batting line of .265/.328/.496.
  • It was a weird game for starting pitcher Carson Whisenhunt, who went two innings without allowing a hit or run, but he walked five and struck out four.  Whisenhunt has a 4.97 ERA after four games in Richmond, with 19 strikeouts to 10 walks in 12.2 innings.
  • Ben Madison made his Double-A debut with a scoreless inning, without allowing any baserunners and getting no strikeouts.  In 22 games, Madison had a 3.05 ERA in Eugene, striking out 62 and getting 20 walks in 38.1 innings.
  • Blake Rivera had another good game in relief, striking out one in 1.0 inning.  In 23 games, Rivera has a 3.10 ERA, and has 39 strikeouts to 24 walks in 29.0 innings of work.

High-A: Everett 5, Eugene 0


Eugene Notes:

  • This wasn’t a great game for the Emeralds.  The Ems managed just four hits, none for extra bases, on the day, while getting shut out.
  • Left fielder Jared Dupere was 1-for-3 with a walk.  It was just Dupere’s third walk since the start of June.  He has a batting line of .267/.327/.450 with ten doubles, a triple, and seven home runs.
  • Shortstop Donovan Walton also went 1-for-3 with a walk.  Since arriving in Eugene, Walton has played in five games, going 3-for-17 (.176), none for extra bases, with a walk to six strikeouts.
  • Grant McCray was also 1-for-3 with a walk.  McCray’s batting line nudges up to .233/.335/.385 with 10 doubles, five triples, and eight home runs.
  • It was a rough start for Nick Sinacola, as he gave up four runs, three earned, in 3.2 innings.  He allowed five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.  It’s the most runs Sinacola has allowed since May 28th, but the most strikeouts since May 5th.  He has a 5.37 ERA with 72 strikeouts and 20 walks in 57.0 innings.

Low-A: Modesto 9, San Jose 8


San Jose Notes:

  • In a see-saw game, Modesto came out on top in the end.  Modesto had an early 7-2 lead, but a 3-run 6th inning got San Jose closer to 7-5, and then a 3-run 8th inning gave San Jose a 8-7 lead.  But back-to-back home runs in the 9th gave Modest the win.
  • San Jose was led offensively by Onil Perez, who went 3-for-5 with a double.  It’s Perez’s third 3-hit game of the season.  He now has 11 doubles, three triples, and two home runs through 45 games, with a batting line of .320/.382/.448.
  • Rehabbing Heliot Ramos went 1-for-4 with a double, his third in five games at San Jose.  Ramos is 6-for-17 (.353) in his five games, with three doubles and two home runs.  He’s collected two walks and four strikeouts in his time there.
  • Starting pitcher Reggie Crawford made his return, going only one inning, giving up a walk and getting a strikeout.  Crawford had not pitched for two weeks, for unknown reasons.  In that gave, he’d given up three walks in 1.2 innings, his first walks of his career.  Now, after six games, he has a 4.50 ERA with 16 strikeouts to four walks in 10.0 innings.
  • It was a pretty awful game for Gerelmi Maldonado, who allowed six runs, just one earned, in 0.2 innings, off of four walks and one hit, without any strikeouts.  Maldonado wasn’t helped by an error and a passed ball while he was on the mound.  Even with the unearned runs, his ERA is now up to 5.40 with 61 strikeouts to 33 walks in 48.1 innings.