ACL: ACL Giants Black 14, ACL D-backs Black 5
ACL Giants Black Notes:
- Right fielder P.J. Hilson led the team by going 4-for-5 with his seventh home run of the season. It was Hilson’s second 4-hit game of the season, and Hilson has come on strong in August, batting .412/.444/.647 in five games to start the month, with a double and a home run.
- Second baseman and 2022 13th round pick Thomas Gavello made his pro debut and did it well, going 2-for-3 with his first pro home run. Gavello is officially listed as a catcher, but will likely get used in a few different positions, especially at the start of his career.
- Designated hitter Marco Luciano went 1-for-3 with a walk and his first double of his rehab stint. This is Luciano’s third rehab game, and his first complete game. He’s 3-for-8 with a double and walk to two strikeouts.
- Another debuting 2022 draftee was left fielder and 15th round pick Tanner O’Tremba. He was hitless, going 0-for-3, but got hits, as in hit by pitches, twice.
- Taking over center field from Hilson was 8th round pick Wade Meckler, who went 1-for-2 with three walks. Meckler is going to be another player with some utility, as he’s listed as a shortstop on the roster but got the call in center.
- The starting pitcher was Nomar Medina, who gave up three runs on six hits and two walks in 5.0 innings, with three strikeouts. In his second year in the ACL, Medina has a 2.17 ERA with 61 strikeouts to 14 walks in 54.0 innings.
- Esmerlin Vinicio returned to the ACL after a rough run recently in San Jose (allowing 14 runs, 13 earned, in his last 10.1 innings), and he struck out two in his inning of work, allowing an unearned run on one hit. Vinicio had a 6.46 ERA with 43 strikeouts to 26 walks in 39.0 innings, but notably allowed 45 hits in that time for a .298 average allowed.
ACL: ACL Giants Orange 5, ACL Rockies 1
ACL Giants Orange Notes:
- The Orange team was led by an undrafted free agent making his pro debut. Left fielder Matt Higgins went 2-for-3 with a triple. Higgins played for Bellarmine University, and hit .336/.469/.770 with 20 doubles and 22 home runs in 54 games in his senior season.
- Second baseman Andrew Kachel made his debut, going 0-for-3 with a walk. Kachel was the team’s 16th round pick in 2022.
- Another debut was by undrafted free agent, center fielder Carter Howell, who also was 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Howell played for D-III Augustana College, and had a .396/.447/.691 batting line in 61 games, with 11 doubles, three triples, and 17 home runs, plus 23 steals in 26 attempts.
- Starter Lisander De La Cruz gave up a run on two hits, two walks, and two HBP in 4.0 innings, with one strikeout. De La Cruz tied a season-high with innings at 4.0, and lowered his ERA to 5.13. He now has 31 strikeouts to 11 walks in 26.1 innings.
DSL: DSL Angels 11, DSL Giants Black 5
DSL Giants Black Notes:
- First baseman Wueslly Lespe had the team’s only home run, going 1-for-2 with two walks. It’s Lespe’s second home run, to go with two doubles and two triples, going .224/.397/.431.
- Shortstop Ramon Peralta picked up his second triple on a 1-for-4 day. Peralta has a .233/.387/.326 batting line, with 21 walks to 28 strikeouts, with one double, two triples, and one home run in 27 games.
- Catcher Alessandro Duran went 1-for-4, picking up his fourth double. Duran’s batting line through 37 games sits at .156/.241/.188.
- It was a rough game for pitchers, as starter Fernando Estrella got just one out, despite not allowing a hit, allowing three runs on two walks and a HBP. It’s Estrella’s third game with less than three outs, as he has a 12.15 ERA with a .339 batting average allowed and 17 walks in 26.2 innings.
- The best pitcher was reliever Jan Caraballo, who only allowed one hit in 3.0 scoreless innings, but also had no strikeouts. It was easily his longest outing of the season (previously being 2.1 innings). Caraballo hasn’t had a strikeout since July 27th, a period of three games (4.0 innings). He has 10 strikeouts to 12 walks in 16.1 innings.
DSL: DSL Giants Orange 9, DSL Twins 2
DSL Giants Orange Notes:
- Third baseman Jhosward Camacho led the team, going 4-for-6 with four singles. Camacho has a .307/.402/.286 batting line across 25 games, with 14 walks to 15 strikeouts.
- Catcher Juan Perez had the team’s only home run, going 1-for-4 with a walk. It was Perez’s second home run of the season. Perez has a .200/.306/.248 batting line, and his two home runs are his only extra base hits in 38 games.
- Second baseman/shortstop Dennys Riera went 2-for-5 with his fourth double of the summer. Riera has hit .130/.211/.275 with four doubles and two home runs.
- Center fielder Estanlin Cassiani went 2-for-5 with a walk and a pair of singles. He now has hits in six games, going 10-for-26 (.385) with a triple, and one walk to five strikeouts. His batting line is .382/.430/.410.
- Starting pitcher Melvin Pineda went 5.1 innings, allowing just one unearned run on two hits and four walks, with four strikeouts. Pineda now has 50 strikeouts to 19 walks in 35.0 innings.