It's almost time for the 4th of July! You know what that means...incredibly difficult to look at alternate jerseys.
You know...I almost hope they wear those hats in the game.
|Ty Blach, W, 6-8||6.2||8||3||3||2||3||0||1||0||4.26|
Mac Williamson has been struggling a bit since making it to Triple-A, but after a three-hit game on Wednesday, he broke out on Thursday. It was his second four-hit effort of the season, and his first home run in Triple-A. His Triple-A batting average jumped from .208 to .321 on the game, and he also added his seventh walk in as many games. Jarrett Parker had his first multi-hit game since June 26th, breaking a 1-for-12 slump. Adam Duvall didn't get any RBI, but scored both times he got on base. His two strikeouts, though, gives him 75 in 76 games.
Ty Blach had a solid outing, after giving up 11 runs combined in his last two games. Black has been having a very unusual season for him, with a batting average allowed of .297. He also threw the most pitches of any RiverCat this season, reaching 120. Steven Okert had his third straight game without allowing a run, but he's had a 6.30 ERA over the past ten games.
It was like a Grateful Dead concert broke out in Sacramento...at least when it comes to weather phenomenon.
|Kelvin Marte, W, 7-1||8.0||2||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||2.39|
|Derek Law, S, 2||1.0||2||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||1.80|
The win for the Squirrels broke an 8-game winning streak by the Senators, and it was on the back of Kelvin Marte. His eight innings matched a career high he had only done once before, back in 2011. He only collected three strikeouts, and has 45 total in 64 innings this season. The icing on the shutout cake came from Derek Law, who gave up two hits but also struck out the side, picking up his second save in as many appearances.
The win was no sure thing, however, as the game was scoreless until the top of the ninth inning, when Eliezer Zambrano, batting just .195 on the season, stepped up with his second home run of the season. He knocked in Myles Schroder, who had his first multi-hit game since June 16th. The Squirrels' All-Star Rando Moreno also added a two-hit game. However, after being caught stealing, he has been caught almost as many times (5) as he has been successful (6).
One update from the previous game: Squirrels starter Pedro Rodriguez was injured with an unannounced injury after the top of the second, injured trying to beat out a ground ball.
|Tyler Rogers, W, 2-1||2.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2.03|
Angel Villalona struggled during his time in Richmond, but he feels good back in San Jose. His two home runs were his first of the season, breaking him out of a long power slump that had seen just three extra-base hits in 33 games all season. On the other end, Christian Arroyo continues to hit well, with his second home run in as many days. He's batting 19-for-41 (.463) over his last ten games. Daniel Carbonell, another recent demotion from Richmond, continued his hot hitting in San Jose, with his first three-hit game in the California League this year. Since coming back, he's had three multi-hit games out of seven, and only one in which he's gone hitless. Ryder Jones has had a steady start to the second half, going 8-for-27 (.296), but with just his first RBI in that time.
Ray Black made the second start of his young career, and though he didn't go far, it was the longest stint of his career so far.
Ray Black dominant tonight in his second career start. 2 2/3 scoreless innings, 1 hit, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Multiple K's w/offspeed.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 3, 2015
Black 96-100 tonight. https://t.co/IDjp3M5FMh— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 3, 2015
Tyler Rogers picked up the win in relief. The former 10th round pick has reduced his WHIP from 1.41 in Richmond to just 1.19 in the California League.
Augusta and Savannah were Postponed by Rain.
The game will be made up on Friday as part of a double-header. The break comes as the team has his first three-game winning streak since May.
|C||Fernando Pujadas||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.294||1 E|
|Jarret Leverett, L, 0-1||2.1||2||2||2||1||3||0||0||0||3.12|
Ronnie Jebavy led the Volcanoes offense with four hits from the leadoff spot, his first multi-hit game of his career. Jebavy's batting average jumped from .160 to .267 thanks to the game. Chris Shaw picked up his first home run of his career, having hit just 6-for-24 on the young season. Fernando Pujedas also got a two-hit game, raising his batting average to .294.
Michael Connolly had a tough start for his third time out, collecting just one strikeout after getting 10 combined in his first two starts. Jarrett Leverett took the loss, giving up his first walk of the year while striking out a season-high 3.
|SS||Jalen Miller||4||3||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||.440||1 E|
|3B||Nathaniel Javier||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.243||1 E|
|2B||Blake Miller||3||0||1||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||.400||1 HBP|
|Kendry Melo, W, 1-0||2.0||1||0||0||1||3||0||0||1||4.50|
|Matthew Pope, S, 2||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0.00|
The rookies had a big game, and held on just enough to pick up the win, despite three errors on defense threatening them. Jalen Miller continues to hit well, picking up his fourth multi-hit game in six games (his first with three). However, he also picked up his fourth error already. The double was his first extra-base hit of the season. Blake Miller was in just his third game in the Arizona League team, and he's hit 3-for-5 with three walks on rehab. Nathaniel Javier picked up his first two-hit game since June 21st, breaking a 3-for-24 slump since then. Dillon Dobson extended his hitting streak to six games.
The Giants used six pitchers in the game, with none going more than two innings. Julio Benitez picked up the start, just going two after going three innings in each of his first two starts. All three runs came in unearned on his record. Kennedy Melo got the win despite only pitching the third and fourth. Matthew Pope was making just his third appearance, but already has two saves.
|LF||Mecky Coronado||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.435||1 SF|
|Raffi Vizcaino, W, 3-0||6.2||2||0||0||1||5||0||0||0||1.15|
|Jose Maita, S, 1||2.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||4.40|
The pitchers starred in this game, combining for a two-hit shutout over the Rockies. Raffi Vizcaino has had quite a run in the DSL. After going only four innings and giving up a pair of runs in his season debut, Vizcaino hasn't given up a run in four of his five starts since. This was the first game he completed six innings, however. The 17-year old Jose Maita has either given up multiple runs or none at all, but more of the former. In 14.1 innings, he's struck out 13 and walked just three.
Robert Antunez picked up his 12th stolen base of the season in his 22nd game. In 57 games, Antunez stole 15 games last season, although he was batting just .188 last year. Mecky Coronado has had a great start to his season, batting .435 in 13 games, with two walks and four strikeouts. Robinson Medrano continues his fine season, and now has walked more times (15) than he's struck out (13).
Oh, and the Giants signed Lucius Fox. You might have heard. I wouldn't expect to see him in these lines anytime soon, however. Although at 18, and already having experience in American high school ball, he very well could get into the list sooner than many other international prospects. We'll keep our eyes on him.