Turner Hill has been on a bit of a tear lately, but his 5-hit game today is the highlight of the season for him as he picked up a double and a triple for San Jose.  In Sacramento, Marco Luciano returned from the majors with some experience and a new position he had no experience in, until after today.  And in Richmond, Vaun Brown goes down with injury.  Plus: A Baseball Rules Quiz!

Okay, let’s start with the Pop Quiz.  I’ll answer it tomorrow, though obviously you can look it up, let’s have some fun in the comments without looking it up!

Check out this play by Wade Meckler in right field at Sacramento.

Okay, so here’s the quiz: The situation is runners on the corners with nobody out.  The batter lines out to right field, and the right fielder throws to first before the runner can return, getting a second out.  The runner on third tags up and scores.

The Question: How do you score this play?  Does the batter get an RBI?  Does the batter get credited with an AB?

Okay, to the notes!

AAA: Reno 9, Sacramento 6


Top Sacramento Performances:

  • Third baseman Brett Wisely had the only extra-base hit, hitting a home run on a 1-for-3 day with a walk, though he struggled a bit defensively, making a high throw on a double-play ball that led to a missed catch error credited to Marco Luciano.  Wisely now has five home runs and 13 doubles in 33 games at Sacramento, and has a batting line of .299/.434/.538.
  • Marco Luciano returned to Triple-A and made his first ever pro start at a position other than shortstop, playing second base, and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.  Luciano got an error when he was unable to corral a high throw to second on a potential double play ball, and was slow to charge on a slow grounder and was unable to pick it up cleanly, but otherwise had a solid game at the position.  Luciano is now 8-for-28 with two doubles and two home runs in seven games at Sacramento.
  • It was a rough start for Sean Hjelle, who gave up five runs, three earned, in 4.2 innings, off of eight hits, one walks, and one HBP, while he struck out three.  His ERA moved up slightly from 5.07 to 5.12 after this game, and he now has 49 strikeouts to 24 walks in 65.0 innings at Sacramento.
  • DH Thairo Estrada played until the 8th inning, when he was lifted for a pinch-hitter, going 1-for-4 with a strikeout.  He fouled a ball off his foot early in this game, and was down briefly, but stayed in ultimately.  He’s 1-for-7 after two rehab games.

Other Notable Lines:

  • C Joey Bart: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LF Brett Johnson: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS (4)
  • RF Wade Meckler: 0-1, 1 R, 2 BB
  • RP Nick Avila: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • RP Erik Miller: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

AA: Richmond 7, Altoona 0


Top Richmond Performances:

  • Third baseman Shane Matheny led the team in hits, going 4-for-5 with a triple, and a stolen base.  It was his first triple in 40 games at Richmond, and second overall including his time in Sacramento.  He upped his Double-A batting average to .250, with a .365 OBP and a .443 slugging percentage.
  • Right fielder Victor Bericoto went 2-for-5 with a triple of his own.  It’s his first triple in 14 games at Richmond, and third overall including his 71 games at High-A.  Bericoto has struggled in his time at Double-A, going 7-for-48 (.146), and has a line of .146/.226/.313 so far with Richmond.
  • Carter Aldrete went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles.  That gives him 15 doubles in 75 games at Richmond, to go with nine home runs.  He’s hitting .236/.296/.391 at Double-A this season.
  • Starting pitcher Spencer Bivens set the tone for the Richmond shutout, going 4.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, with no strikeouts.  Bivens lowered his ERA to 4.53 ERA after 20 games at the level, with 40 strikeouts to 23 walks in 47.2 innings.
  • There was a scary moment for Vaun Brown, who got hit by a pitch in the 5th inning, hitting him in his left ankle/top of his foot area, and after he tried to take a few steps on it, he began to hobble and was removed.  He was 0-for-1 with a strikeout and a sacrifice fly before the HBP.  There’s no word on his condition.

Other Notable Lines:

  • SS Jimmy Glowenke: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 2B (9)
  • LF-CF Ismael Munguia: 1-3, 1 R, 2 HBP
  • RP Parker Dunshee: 2.2 IP, 2 H , 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • RP Evan Gates: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A: Tri-City 5, Eugene 0


Top Eugene Performances:

  • Catcher Zach Morgan continues to get hits at High-A, as he went 1-for-3 in his third game at the level.  He’s 4-for-10 (.400) in three games there, with one walk to three strikeouts, plus one home run.  
  • Center fielder Grant McCray was 1-for-4 with a stolen base and got picked off once.  McCray has a batting line of .251/.349/.418, with 36 steals in 45 attempts this season.
  • Starting pitcher Eric Silva gave up four runs in 3.0 innings, off of seven hits and one walk, while striking out four.  Silva’s ERA moved up to 5.67 with 57 strikeouts to 32 walks in 60.1 innings.

Other Notable Lines:

  • SS Aeverson Arteaga: 1-4, 2 K
  • 2B: Brett Auerbach: 1-3, 1 K, 1 SB (9), 1 E (3)
  • RP Matt Mikulski: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RP Will Kempner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP

Low-A: San Jose 11, Inland Empire 3


Top San Jose Performances:

  • Center fielder Turner Hill led the hitting in the game, going 5-for-6 with a triple and a double.  Hill has been on a tear, gathering at least three hits in four of his last five games, going 14-for-23 (.609) with three doubles and one triple, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Overall, he’s hitting .301/.380/.382 over 46 games, with 13 doubles and one triple, but no home runs yet.
  • Second baseman Diego Velasquez went 2-for-3 with two walks and a home run.  That gives Velasquez has 42 walks to 65 strikeouts in 83 games, and has a batting line of .314/.402/.452, and now has seven home runs to go with 22 walks and one triple.
  • Right fielder P.J. Hilson also had a home run, going 2-for-5.  That’s his fifth home run of the season, and his batting line is at .225/.271/.358.
  • Catcher Luke Shilger went 2-for-4 with a walk and his first double, and also got caught stealing for the first time.  Shilger is 3-for-8 (.375) with a double after two games.

Other Notable Lines:

  • SS Jose Ramos: 1-3, 2 R, 2 B, 1 K, 1 3B (4)
  • 1B Dilan Rosario: 2-4, 3 R, 1 K, 1 2B (6), 1 HBP
  • 3B Anthony Rodriguez: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
  • SP Nomar Medina: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk
  • RP Luis Moreno: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

ACL: ACL Giants Black 13, ACL Angels 2


Top ACL Giants Black Performances:

  • Catcher Ty Hanchey was 3-for-4 with his first pro home run and a sacrifice fly.  After three games in the ACL, the NDFA is hitting 4-for-9 (.444) with a home run, and two walks to one strikeout.
  • Shortstop Cole Foster was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, with a walk.  After four games, the 3rd round pick has gone for 6-for-18 (.333) with two doubles and two home runs, plus one walk to six strikeouts.  
  • First baseman Guillermo Williamson was 2-for-3 with two walks and another double.  After 42 games, Williamson has nine doubles and eight home runs, with his batting line sitting at .299/.428/.545.
  • Seth Corry made another start in his second rehab, with one inning, striking out two without allowing any baserunners.  In two games since his most recent rehab, Corry has 2.0 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three.

Other Notable Lines:

  • DH Charlie Szykowny: 0-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 HBP
  • RF Cesar Quintas: 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • RP Darien Núñez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO
  • RP Josh Bostick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO (8th Round Pick Pro Debut)
  • RP Nicolas Herold: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

ACL Giants Orange: Scheduled Day Off

DSL Giants Black: Scheduled Day Off

DSL: DSL Royals Blue 4, DSL Giants Orange 3 (Completion of July 17th game)


Top DSL Giants Orange Performances:

  • Center fielder Luis Frias went 1-for-5 with the only extra base hit of the game for the team, with a double, and also got a stolen base.  Frias is hitting .288/.377/.432 on the summer after 36 games.
  • Right fielder Lisbel Diaz came in with the game’s restart (he wasn’t on the team when the game originally started), and went 2-for-2 with two singles.  After 11 games played, the 18-year old Cuban is hitting .417/.488/.583 with two home runs, three walks, and four strikeouts.
  • Reliever Alfonso Perez had the majority of the innings, going 5.1 innings, giving up a run on three hits and one walk, but without any strikeouts.  Perez has a 2.89 ERA after nine games, with 20 strikeouts to 15 walks in 37.1 innings.

Other Notable Lines:

  • 2B Dario Reynoso: 1-1, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (9)
  • RF-LF Miguel Blanco: 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB (3)
  • SP Jose Gonzalez: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR