It was a rough day for San Jose, who came home needing to win two straight games to come back against rival Modesto, but they couldn’t get out of the gates to win even one.  Meanwhile, John Michael Bertrand led Richmond with a fantastic pitching performance to clinch a playoff spot, and Tyler Fitzgerald now has 20 home runs in Triple-A.

AAA: Sacramento 4, Sugar Land 1


Top Sacramento Performances:

  • Tyler Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 with his 20th Triple-A home run, and two strikeouts.  Fitzgerald has 20 home runs, 20 doubles, and four triples in 98 games at Sacramento, but also has 105 walks to 42 strikeouts.  He’s hitting .287/.356/.505.
  • In his return to Triple-A, Joey Bart went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.  In four games in the big leagues, Bart went 0-for-9 with one walk and two strikeouts.
  • Starting pitcher Joe Ross made his Sacramento debut and went 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks with three strikeouts.  It’s Ross’ first Triple-A game since 2019, when he made eight starts at Fresno in the Nationals system.  Ross had a 5.14 ERA in San Jose over four starts as he rehabs.

Other Notable Lines:

  • LF Trenton Brooks: 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF
  • CF Bryce Johnson: 1-4, 2 K
  • RP Sean Hjelle: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
  • RP Erik Miller: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

AA: Richmond 7, Erie 3


Top Richmond Performances:

  • Right fielder Victor Bericoto knocked in his 11th home run on a 1-for-3 day with a walk.    It’s Bericoto’s second home run in three games, and he’s hitting .256/.319/.535 in September, an improvement on his overall .236/.294/.483 Double-A batting line.
  • First baseman Brady Whalen went 1-for-4 with a double and a team-leading 3 RBI.  That gives him eight doubles, one triple, and five home runs in 36 games at Double-A, where he’s hitting .274/.320/.459.
  • Starting pitcher John Michael Bertrand spun 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks, striking out just two.  In 11 starts at Richmond, he has a 4.67 ERA with 39 strikeouts to 21 walks in 52.0 innings.
  • This win clinches a playoff spot for the Squirrels, and they will begin the Southwest Division Series on Tuesday against the very same Erie team they are playing for the rest of the regular season.

Other Notable Lines:

  • SS Will Wilson: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • RP Ty Jensen: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RP Tyler Myrick: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

High-A: Season Over

Low-A: Modesto 13, San Jose 4 (Modesto Wins North Division Series, 2-0)


Top San Jose Performances:

  • Third baseman Charlie Szykowny went 2-for-4 with a double.  In 12 games playing with San Jose at the end of the season, he had just three doubles as his only extra-base hitts, hitting .239/.340/.304.
  • The only other San Jose extra-base hit came from right fielder Scott Bandura, who was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.  It was Bandura’s third double in the 2-game playoff series.  In 23 games at San Jose in the regular season, he’d had five doubles, along with a triple and two home runs, for a .241/.364/.405 batting line.
  • With the game far out of reach, Esmerlin Vinicio spun a nice little inning as the best of the San Jose pitchers.  He struck out the side without allowing a baserunner in his only inning of work.  In the regular season, Vinicio had a 4.91 ERA with 83 strikeouts to 42 walks in 77.0 innings.

Other Notable Lines:

  • CF Turner Hill: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • DH Bryce Eldridge: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • SP Dylan Cumming: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RP Nomar Medina: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K