The Eastern League playoffs got underway, and it was a very slow start for the Richmond offense, who gathered just two hits (and no walks). Meanwhile, David Villar continued his power hitting in Sacramento with a home run, and Yoshi Tsutsugo made his Sacramento debut.
AAA: Salt Lake 7, Sacramento 6
Top Sacramento Performances:
- David Villar had the biggest hit for the River Cats with his 16th home run in Sacramento, on a 2-for-3 day with two walks. Villar has a batting line of .269/.368/.494 through 71 games in Triple-A, with 13 doubles and 16 home run, with 41 walks to 84 strikeouts.
- Left fielder Heliot Ramos went 1-for-3 with a walk. Ramos upped his batting line to .307/.391/.564, with 27 walks to 62 strikeouts, and 14 doubles, three triples, and 12 home runs.
- Making his Sacramento debut was first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo, going 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. Tsutsugo hit .311/.436/.578 in 13 games with Double-A Richmond after signing with the Giants. Before that, Tsutsugo hit .249/.380/.432 in 51 games with Triple-A Round Rock in the Rangers organization. and hit .359/.479/.949 with the Atlantic League’s Staten Island team.
- Starting pitcher Joe Ross went 3.0 shutout innings, allowing only three hits, and striking out just one. Ross has yet to allow a run with Sacramento after two games at the level, with four strikeouts to two walks in 5.1 innings. Ross has made only seven appearances this season, including the ACL and San Jose.
Other Notable Lines:
- C Jakson Reetz: 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
- DH Trenton Brooks: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
- RP Nick Avila: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
- RP Erik Miller: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
AA: Erie 5, Richmond 0
Top Richmond Performances:
- The Squirrels opened their playoffs with their offense completely asleep, as one of the team’s only two hits came from DH Sean Roby, who was 1-for-3. Roby only got into 24 games at Double-A this season after coming back from injury, as he hit .182/.232/.284, with three doubles and two home runs.
- The other hit came from center fielder Shane Matheny was also 1-for-3. Matheny hit .236/.359/.434 in 74 games after being sent down from Triple-A, stealing eight bases on ten attempts. He had 16 doubles, two triples, and 11 home runs for Richmond.
- Starting pitcher Carson Seymour went 3.1 innings, as he gave up four runs all in one inning, but two errors in the inning meant only one run was earned. He allowed three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Seymour was one of Richmond’s most consistent starters in the regular season, as he had a 3.99 ERA in 28 games, 23 of which were starts, with 114 strikeouts to 43 walks in 112.2 innings.
Other Notable Lines:
- RP Spencer Bivens: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- RP Nick Zwack: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K