To celebrate Independence Day, the Emeralds helped make Tri-City independent from hits! Okay, awful pun, but it was a great day for pitching in Oregon. Meanwhile, Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos have strong games in Sacramento, and three stars in Meckler, Luciano, and Brown all hit home runs in Richmond.
AAA: Sacramento 9, Salt Lake 7
- These two teams combined for 27 hits, as Sacramento came back for the win. The River Cats were down 7-5 but a Heliot Ramos RBI double and a Jakson Reetz RBI triple tied the game for Sacramento. In the 9th, Joey Bart hit a home run to give Sacramento the lead for good, though Ford Proctor hit an RBI double for insurance.
- Catcher Joey Bart continues his hot streak, going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double, with a walk. After 21 Triple-A games, Bart has a batting line of .244/.310/.397, with three doubles and three home runs. Bart now has a 7-game hitting streak, and has had multiple hits in the past four straight.
- Right fielder Heliot Ramos went 3-for-5 with a triple and a double of his own. That’s his fourth double and first triple in total at Triple-A. In 2 games since his rehab stint, Ramos is 5-for-8 with two doubles and a triple.
- Left fielder Jakson Reetz went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a stolen base. Over six games with Sacramento, he went 4-for-22 (.182) with two doubles and a triple, and one stolen base.
- Center fielder Dalton Guthrie went 3-for-5 with a double and a stolen base. In nine games since joining the River Cats, Guthrie is 11-for-40 with four doubles, and has a line of .275/.310/.375.
- Starting pitcher Kyle Harrison had another rough one, giving up two runs in 3.0 innings, off of three hits, two walks, and a HBP, with three strikeouts. Harrison is in a bit of a slump, having allowed at least two earned runs in each of his last four games, seeing his ERA rise from 3.40 to 4.79. He now has 92 strikeouts to 44 walks in 56.1 innings.
- Reliever Nick Avila went 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out three. He’s got a 3.70 ERA over 31 appearances at Sacramento, with 36 strikeouts to 24 walks in 41.1 innings.
AA: Richmond 11, Bowie 5
- Yeah, this game was a tight one until the 8th inning. The teams generally stayed close to each other, with Bowie scoring a run in the top of the 6th to tie it at three, Richmond scoring a run in the bottom half to make it 4-3, and then Bowie getting two in the top of the 7th to make it 5-4 Bowie. And then in the top of the 8th, the Squirrels got three home runs in the space of four batters to highlight a 6-run inning, and a bases loaded 2-out single that scored three runs, helped by an error.
- Wade Meckler led the day for Richmond, going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, Meckler’s first Double-A home run to go over the wall. Through 22 games, Meckler is batting .398 (35-for-88) with six doubles and two home runs. Those were the same extra base totals he had in 20 games at High-A (although he also had a triple there, and a .456 batting average). Meckler’s full Double-A line is .398/.485/.534 for a 1.019 OPS.
- Marco Luciano was 1-for-3 with a home run and a sacrifice fly. That’s his 11th home run of the season (in 49 games) to match his injury plagued 2022 season total (in 65 games). His batting average still is pretty bad at .225, but he has a .340 OBP and a .472 SLG. If the season ended today, that .472 slugging percentage would be the highest season amount in his career, just a sliver over his 2021 season.
- Vaun Brown hit another home run on a 1-for-4 day. That’s six Double-A home runs, and three in his last six games. After 31 games, Brown has a .264/.326/.512 batting line, and has rebounded nicely from his first extended slump of his young career.
- Third baseman Shane Matheny was 1-for-4 with his second home run at the level. 10 of Matheny’s 18 games at Richmond have seen him in the field, as the team is crowded with outfielders. He has a .262/.355/.462 line since returning.
- Carson Seymour had a bit of a rough start, going 3.1 innings and allowing two runs on two hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. It’s the first game Seymour hasn’t managed to go 4.0 innings since May 19th. He has a 3.54 ERA with 42 strikeouts to 25 walks in 61.0 innings.
- Reliever José Cruz had a scoreless 9th inning, striking out two as he walked two. In nine games since getting promoted to Double-A, he’s got 16 strikeouts to 10 walks in 12.0 innings, while collected a 3.75 ERA.
- Two promotions were announced that will affect Richmond. First of all, breakout slugger Victor Bericoto has gotten pushed up from High-A. Bericoto leads the system with 16 home runs as well as 12 doubles and two triples. Also getting promoted is Eugene’s closer Tyler Myrick, who has a 1.04 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP on the season.
High-A: Eugene 3, Tri-City 0
- To celebrate Independence Day, the Emeralds gave Tri-City independence from hits. Okay, that pun sucked, but Eugene threw a no-hitter with four pitchers combining on it, led by starter Hayden Birdsong. Eugene also had a quiet offensive day, with their first run not coming until a 7th inning wild pitch let a run in, but Adrian Sugastey had a 2-run single to make it easy.
- Hayden Birdsong had a huge game, obviously, setting a season-high in strikeouts with 11 while he walked just one. In four High-A starts, Birdsong has 22 strikeouts to six walks in 17.0 innings, with an ERA of 4.76 (mostly from one rough start).
- Reliever Mat Olsen went 2.0 innings, not allowing any baserunners, collecting five strikeouts. Olsen now has a 3.90 ERA, and has 50 strikeouts to 10 walks in 32.1 innings.
- William Kempner had a quiet inning, with two strikeouts without any baserunners. He has 10 strikeouts to three walks in 7.0 innings at Eugene, with a 1.29 ERA.
- The game was wrapped up by Sam Delaplane, who did allow three baserunners by way of two walks and a HBP, while striking out one and getting a double play to end the game. That’s two games in Eugene for Delaplane, with four strikeouts to two walks in 3.0 innings, and a 0.00 ERA. He previously had a 4.50 ERA in 13 games in San Jose.
- The offense was led by Grant McCray, the only player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a double, and was caught stealing. McCray’s batting line is up to .236/.337/.390 with 104 strikeouts to 42 walks in 73 games, with 11 doubles, five triples, and eight home runs.
- Catcher Adrian Sugastey was 1-for-4 with a clutch 2-run single. Sugastey has a line of .292/.322/.398 with 11 doubles adn four home runs, with 10 walks to 33 strikeouts in 54 games.
- With the moves to Richmond, Eugene will have a new face coming soon, as outfielder Carter Williams will move back down from Richmond. Williams had 51 games in Double-A and had a batting line of .227/.280/.337. Williams started the season in Eugene, where he had three games.
Low-A: Fresno 5, San Jose 4 (10 Innings)
San Jose Notes:
- A San Jose 9th inning comeback rally would not lead to a win. Fresno scored two runs in the 8th inning to take a 4-3 lead, but San Jose would come back with an Alexander Suarez home run in the 9th to tie the game. But in the 10th, the ghost runner moved up with a wild pitch by Julio Rodriguez, and then a balk let him walk in and win the game.
- It was a big game for DH Alexander Suarez, who went 3-for-5 with a 9th inning game-tying home run and a triple. Suarez has four home runs, four triples, and six doubles in 53 games, to have a batting line of .261/.330/.399, with 13 walks to 57 strikeouts.
- Right fielder Tanner O’Tremba went 1-for-4 with a walk and a home run. That’s four home runs for O’Tremba as well, to go with 15 doubles and two triples in 54 games, with a .274/.395/.431 batting line.
- Left fielder Matt Higgins went 3-for-5 with a double, his 16th. Higgins has a .308/.403/.496 batting lien, with 16 doubles, a triple, and nine home runs, with 32 walks to 61 strikeouts.
- Starter Hayden Wynja gave up two runs over 5.0 inning, on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Wynja shaved his ERA down from 4.17 to 4.11 with this game. He has 64 strikeouts to 18 walks in 50.1 games over 18 appearances, with seven starts.
- Reliever Cameron Cotter went two shutout innings, giving up two hits and no walks while striking out three. In seven games since Cotter joined the system, he has a 3.75 ERA with 11 strikeouts and no walks in 12.0 innings, but with 15 hits allowed.
ACL: ACL Angels 2, ACL Giants Black 1 (7 Innings)
ACL Giants Black Notes:
- Third baseman Sean Roby’s rehab continued with a home run on a 1-for-3 day. It was just his second home run of his rehab in his 16th game. He’s got a batting line of .240/.296/.400 with only three walks to 23 strikeouts.
- Left fielder Cesar Quintas went 1-for-3 with a double, dropping his batting average a little. It was his 6th double. Through 19 games, he’s 22-for-52 (.423) and has 11 walks to 15 strikeouts for a .565 on-base percentage.
- Also going 1-for-3 with a double was Guillermo Williamson, notching his fifth double to go with his five home runs. Over 23 games, his batting line is .278/.358/.556.
- Starting pitcher Cesar Perdomo gave up two runs in 4.0 innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and a HBP, while striking out four. Through seven appearances, Perdomo has a 5.46 ERA with 24 strikeouts to eight walks in 28.0 innings.
- Reliever Wilkelma Castillo struck out the side without allowing a baserunner in his inning of work. Since coming back to the ACL, through eight appearances, he has a 2.14 ERA with 31 strikeouts to five walks in 21.0 innings of work.
ACL Orange: Scheduled Day Off
DSL: DSL Giants Black 7, DSL Royals Blue 1 (Suspended, Top 3)
DSL Giants Black Notes:
- This game will be completed on July 26th.
DSL Giants Orange: Postponed
DSL Giants Orange Notes:
- This game was postponed before it began. It will be make up on July 26th.