AAA: Sacramento 10, Tacoma 1
- Jason Vosler led the team with hits, going 3-for-5 with his 12th double of the season. Over his last two games, Vosler went 7-for-11 with a double and a home run, and now has a Triple-A batting line of .244/.319/.435.
- Dixon Machado was 2-for-4 with a walk, and his fourth River Cats double. It’s Machado’s second 2-hit game in a row, with the double and a walk. Machado is now batting .278/.316/.519 with four doubles and three home runs in 15 games as a River Cat. Including his time with the Iowa Cubs, he now has 24 doubles.
- Heliot Ramos went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles. Over his last two games, Ramos has gone 5-for-11 with two doubles, and raised his batting average from .216 to .223 over the two games.
- Bryce Johnson had an interesting game, going 0-for-1 with five walks, while stealing his 29th base of the season. Now Johnson has 29 walks to 79 strikeouts in 84 games, and raised his on-base percentage from .363 to .373 with this one game.
- Starter Wei-Chieh Huang struck out six, while he allowed one run on four hits, one of which was a home run, in 5.0 innings. Huang now has 65 strikeouts to 26 walks in 52.1 innings over 18 appearances in Sacramento.
- R.J. Dabovich worked a scoreless inning, with two strikeouts. It’s Dabovich’s third straight game without allowing a baserunner, much less a run. With 15 games, in Triple-A, he now has a 4.40 ERA, and evened out his walks and strikeouts with 17 apiece in 14.1 innings.
- Joey Marciano struck out the side in his inning of work, without allowing a baserunner. Marciano has five straight scoreless appearances, and now has a 3.67 ERA with 55 strikeouts to 27 walks.
- As the final month begins, Sacramento is way out of the playoff race. At 57-69, they are in last in the PCL West, 13.0 games behind first place Reno. They have the 2nd-worst record in the 10-team league. The Triple-A season will end on Wed., September 28th.
AA: Richmond 8, Harrisburg 4
- Casey Schmitt went 2-for-3 with two home runs, giving him three at the Double-A level, with a walk as well. Schmitt now has three home runs in 18 Double-A, all three coming in the last five games. He has a .352/.403/.592 batting line with six doubles and a triple to go with those home runs.
- Tyler Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 with his 16th double and 17th stolen base. Fitzgerald finished August with a batting line of .312/.359/.548 with five doubles, a triple, and a home run, and starts off his September well.
- Starter Matt Frisbee allowed four runs in 5.1 innings, over a season-high-tying nine hits and a walk, with five strikeouts. Frisbee has given up hits at a .268 batting average on the season.
- Richmond already has a playoff spot locked up, winning the first-half division title. Richmond is currently tied for 5th place in the 6-team division at 18-35 in the second half. They will likely meet either Bowie or Erie, who are currently within a game of each other at the top of the division. The Double-A season will end on Sunday, Sep. 18th.
High-A: Everett 6, Eugene 4
- Luis Matos continues to come alive for Eugene, going 3-for-5 with his 11th home run of the season. Matos finished August with a .297/.321/.505 batting line with seven doubles, one triple, and four home runs. Matos has five multi-hit games over his last seven games, with two hitless games otherwise. He’s 14-for-32 (.438) over that span.
- Patrick Bailey went 1-for-3 with a double, getting the team’s other extra-base hit. Bailey now has 13 doubles on the season, with a triple and 12 home runs, and is batting .223 on the season.
- Grant McCray was just 1-for-5 with a single, and also struck out three times. Through six games in Eugene, McCray is batting .261 with 11 strikeouts to four walks. McCray struck out 148 times in San Jose, in 29.1% of his plate appearances. In Eugene, he’s striking out in 40.7% of his plate appearances.
- Starter Nick Swiney gave up three runs in 3.0 innings, on three walks and two hits, both of which were home runs. Swiney has only allowed five home runs all season, in 87.0 innings this season. He still has 102 strikeouts to 43 walks in 87.0 innings.
- Trevor McDonald had a big strikeout game, with a season-high 11 in 5.0 innings, in his first relief appearance since June 24th. He did give up three runs, one earned, on five hits and no walks. On the year, McDonald has a 2.36 ERA with 113 strikeouts in 40 walks in 95.1 innings.
- Eugene has its playoff spot wrapped up, winning the first half title, and currently leading the second half with a record of 35-22 by 1.0 games over Vancouver. Vancouver could win the other playoff spot by winning the second half, or finishing with the second-best overall record, which they currently hold with a 3.5 game lead over Spokane. The High-A season ends on Sunday, Sept. 11th, with the Best-of-5 Championship Series beginning on Monday the 12th.
- It should be noted that Vancouver would be an interesting opponent. Two Eugene players (Jairo Pomares and Carter Williams) were sent out of the Northwest League when Eugene went to Vancouver earlier this season. They, and possibly other players may be unable to play in Vancouver for the first two games of a playoff series.
Low-A: San Jose 10, Stockton 3
San Jose Notes:
- P.J. Hilson that had a great game, going 2-for-5 with his first Low-A home run and second steal. In three games, Hilson is batting .375 (3-for-8) with the home run and two steals, with two strikeouts to no walks.
- Aeverson Arteaga went 3-for-5 with his 35th double of the year, and just his ninth steal of the year. Arteaga now has an 8-game hitting streak with six doubles and a home run over that span.
- Catcher Zach Morgan made his San Jose debut, going 1-for-4 with a triple and a HBP. The 7th round pick had a .148/.233/.222 batting line over nine games in Arizona before the promotion.
- Damon Dues went 0-for-2, but picked up three walks, leading to two stolen bases. Dues now has 15 walks to just two strikeouts over ten games in San Jose this season.
- In his San Jose debut, starter William Kempner gave up a run in 2.0 innings, on three hits, but got just one strikeout. The third round pick had a 2.70 ERA in 3.1 innings in Arizona before the promotion.
- Reliever Hayden Birdsong struck out two different sides in his San Jose debut, with six strikeouts in 2.0 innings, with a hit allowed. The team’s 6th round pick had a 1.59 ERA in 5.2 innings at Arizona, and had 12 strikeouts and still doesn’t have a walk allowed in 7.2 total innings.
- Willian Suarez also had a successful 2.0 innings, striking out five around a hit and a walk. Suarez now has 25 strikeouts to nine walks in 11.0 innings at San Jose, with a 5.73 ERA.
- San Jose sits in a uniquely good place in the playoff chase. Fresno won the division first half title, and leads the second half race by 5.0 games, and San Jose is 7.0 games back. If Fresno wins the second half, the second-best overall record makes the playoffs, and that currently is San Jose, and they have an 8-game lead over Modesto. The Low-A season ends on Sunday September 11th, with San Jose playing Fresno, who they met for the Low-A West Title in 2021.