|Ty Blach, W, 2-2||6.0||3||1||1||1||4||0||0||0||3.94|
|Steven Okert, S, 1||3.0||1||0||0||2||4||0||0||0||0.68|
A day after pitching failed the entire farm system, Ty Blach had a big day to help get Sacramento the win. For the second start in a row, Blach went six innings and gave up only one earned run on three hits. The difference? He gave up a walk this time. In fact, that walk (issued to the leadoff batter in the top of the fifth) came after 27.2 innings of no-walk baseball by Blach to start the season. Meanwhile, Steven Okert picked up the three-inning save in his longest outing of the season so far (his previous high was two innings). In 13.1 innings of work this spring so far, Okert has 17 strikeouts and six walks. It was Okert's first save of the season, and in fact the first opportunity he's gotten.
(Trivia Question: Five different River Cats have gotten saves this season, but none have gotten more than two. Who are the two pitchers with multiple saves? The answer is at the bottom.)
Today, the offense was not as powerful, as they managed just five hits, and only one extra-base hit (a Juan Ciriaco double). However, four walks (split between two guys) and four steals helped. Two of the steals came in the third with Skyler Stromsmoe on third and Ryan Lollis on first, with a successful double steal. Parker's two steals give him five on the season, though he was also caught for the first time. With three doubles and six home runs, Parker has a .924 OPS so far this season.
|Tyler Mizenko, H, 1||0.1||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||5.06|
|Joan Gregorio, BS, 1||0.2||3||4||4||1||2||0||0||0||5.14|
|Josh Osich, L, 0-1||1.2||3||2||2||1||1||1||0||1||3.86|
Oh, Richmond. More hitting, with 12 hits total, include two home runs, and two walks to six strikeouts, but one bad inning on the mound sunk them.
At the plate, Ricky Oropesa had his second straight three-hit day, adding in his second home run of the year, raising his average to .203 and his slugging percentage to .344. However, he's added two strikeouts to his total over the last two days, and now has 13 in 64 at-bats, and has yet to walk. Meanwhile, Mitch Delfino also got there hits, and has gone 7 for his last 16. He also has 11 walks against 8 strikeouts in 74 at-bats, so perhaps he needs to talk with the rest of the team. Especially Devin Harris, who tallied his first home run of the season, but also represent half of the Richmond strikeouts with three, and he has 16 K's against six walks this season. Finally, Mac Williamson added two more hits to his total, raising his batting average to .288.
Joe Biangini had a solid start for the Squirrels, giving up two earned runs in 5.1 innings. He gave up hits and didn't strike many out, but he remains fairly efficient despite having just 11 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. This game's problems mostly come from Joan Gregorio, who only got two outs while giving up three hits, including two doubles, and a walk. All four would score, including two on a triple given up by Josh Osich. The four runs allowed by Gregorio double his total allowed this season. Osich also doubled his runs allowed total, all four of which have been given up over the last three outings of his.
|Nick Vander Tuig||4.2||11||5||5||1||1||1||0||2||2.66|
|Austin Fleet, W, 1-0||3.0||1||0||0||2||3||0||0||0||0.00|
|Daniel Slania, S, 3||1.1||3||2||2||0||4||0||0||0||1.74|
More hitting for the San Jose Giants in May. The team got 12 hits and three walks, but a whopping eight extra-base hits really powered them. Tyler Jones led the team in hits with three, and while they were all singles, Jones has a .864 OPS going. Austin Slater collected his first home run of the year, and is on a seven-game hitting streak (with multiple hits in three of those games. Matt Pare not only got his first home run of the season, but that home run was his first hit all year in five games played.
The pitching had some more problems, though. Nick Vander Tuig started the season with some relief appearances, before being moved to starting. This game was not the best result, despite him being sharp in his first two starts. He gave up 11 hits (to give him 18 on the season), and gave up five runs (compared to only one before). He also had only one strikeout, though he walked just his second batter all season (in 20.1 innings). Behind him, Austin Fleet made his San Jose debut, going three relief innings. Fleet had been starting in Sacramento, where one bad start (giving up 7 earned runs) had ballooned his ERA.
|Nicholas Gonzalez, L, 1-1||5.2||9||5||5||0||2||1||0||1||4.91|
The big line today out of Augusta was Jonah Arenado, the only GreenJacket to get on base more than once (for a total of three times). Arenado is on his own 7-game hit streak, and has collected multiple hits in three of the last four games, and walks in each of the last three. He has a .318/.351/.511 slash line. Skyler Ewing's double was the only Augusta extra-base hit, plating two runs. Ewing has struggle of late, with just four hits in his last 31 at-bats, but 10 strikeouts against just one walk.
Nicholas Gonzalez got the start for Augusta, and while he went a season-high 5.2 innings, he got knocked around a bit. The majority of the damage came in a four-run third inning, mostly on a three-run home run. Raymond had a nice 2.1 innings of relief, matching his season high. Reyes Montero bounced back from giving up three walks in a game to a nice, quiet inning of work, giving up no baserunners, and getting a double-play to take care of an inherited runner.
Trivia answer: Hunter Strickland (bet you got that one) and Mike Broadway.