AAA: Sacramento 4, Reno 2
- A day after hitting a pair of home runs, Alexander Knapp had Sacramento’s only extra-base hit, going 1-for-4 with his sixth Sacramento double. Knapp now has played as many games (22) in Sacramento as Tacoma. He has a batting line of .305/.367/.634 with Sacramento, while he had a batting line of .198/.250/.432 while he was with Tacoma.
- Willie Calhoun had a perfect on-base day, going 2-for-2 with two walks and two singles. Since joining Sacramento, Calhoun is batting .310/.405/.500 with seven doubles and four home runs over 29 games.
- Yermin Mercedes went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. It’s Mercedes’ first multi-hit game in Sacramento in the 11 games since being returned to Triple-A by the Giants.
- Starter Sean Hjelle had his best game in the last couple of months, allowing just one unearned run in 5.0 innings on three hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. Since being sent back to Triple-A, Hjelle’s ERA had shot up from 4.50 up to 5.21, but this game bought it back down to 4.92.
- Reliever Cole Waites made his Triple-A debut with a scoreless innings, giving up just a hit while striking out two. Waites had a 1.71 ERA over 18 games in Double-A Richmond before his promotion.
- Also making his Sacramento debut was the recently signed Ken Giles, who played one game in Arizona before moving up. Giles allowing one hit, a home run, with a strikeout in 2/3rds of an inning.
- Another former big leaguer in Sacramento, Shelby Miller, saved his sixth game with the team. Miller has a 3.62 ERA through 22 games in Sacramento, with six saves in seven opportunities.
AA: Akron 5, Richmond 2
- Jacob Heyward led the Squirrels in this one, going 3-for-4 with his eighth home run of the season. It’s Heyward’s most hits in a game this season since a 5-hit game on May 29th. He’s batting .195/.297/.318 on the season, with eight doubles, one triple, and eight home runs.
- Will Wilson made his return to Double-A after rehab, going 2-for-5 with a double, his fifth at the level. Wilson started the year at Richmond, but got a promotion up to Sacramento for seven games before breaking a hamate bone in his hand, and missed about six weeks. He had nine games in rehab before coming back to Richmond.
- Starter Kai-Wei Teng gave up four runs in 7.0 innings, on five hits, three walks, and a HBP, with nine strikeouts. In 116.1 innings this season, Teng now has 139 strikeouts to 65 walks.
High-A: Eugene 5, Tri-City 3
- Luis Matos had a big day, going 4-for-5 with his tenth home run and 14th double in High-A. Matos has hits in 12 of his last 13 games, with five doubles, a triple, and three home runs. The 4-hit game gets his batting average back above .200 for the season (.205), the highest it’s been all season, and first time it’s been on the sunny side of the Mendoza Line since April 14th.
- Jairo Pomares went 2-for-5 with his 20th double in Eugene. Pomares is having his best month still, now with an August batting line of .384/.434/.630, with six doubles and four home runs so far.
- Marco Luciano was lifted from this game in the third inning as a precaution with leg tightness, and according to Andrew Baggarly, it’s not related to the back issue that kept him out for a couple of months. Luciano was 1-for-1 with a walk before being lifted.
- Mason Black struck out a season-high tying 10 in 7.1 innings, while allowing two runs on six hits and no walks. It was a good bounceback for Black after he gave up eight runs in his last start. Through 101.0 innings, Black has 121 strikeouts to 29 walks.
Low-A: San Jose 9, Modesto 1
San Jose Notes:
- Grant McCray picked up his 21st home run on a 3-for-5 day, though he was caught stealing on his only attempt today. McCray has six home runs in the month of August, with a .304 batting average. McCray has 35 steals on 45 attempts this season, but this was his first attempted steal since August 14th.
- Aeverson Arteaga went 3-for-4 with his 30th double of the season. Arteaga has a batting line of .261/.335/.412 with 30 doubles, two triples, and eleven home runs.
- Yorlis Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with his second triple of the season. Through 20 games in August, Rodriguez has gone .310/.306/.548, but hasn’t yet drawn a walk against 14 strikeouts.
- Garrett Frechette picked up his 15th double as he went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly. On the season, Frechette has a batting line of .259/.304/.357 with 15 doubles, three triples, and four home runs.
- Nick Sinacola struck out eight across 6.0 scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and a walk. Through 23 games, Sinacola has 111 strikeouts to 34 walks in 95.1 innings.