Sacramento lost to El Paso (Padres), 7-6
|CF||Gorkys Hernandez||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||.276||1 HBP|
|Steven Okert (H, 2)||1.0||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||4.58||25||15|
|Braulio Lara (H, 3)||0.1||0||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||4.43||9||5|
|Mike Broadway (BS, 1)(L, 0-2)||0.2||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||3.44||9||8|
A bit of a heartbreaker for Sacramento down in the tip of Texas. The RiverCats held a 6-2 lead going into the seventh inning, but couldn't hold on. Joan Gregorio entered the seventh with a pretty decent start, having only allowed two runs. However, he hit the first batter he faced and then gave up a single. Steven Okert came in on relief, and walked the first batter he faced. After a sacrifice fly to give up a run but get to two outs, Okert couldn't stop the bleeding, and three runs came in. In the eighth, Braulio Lara got a strikeout, but gave up a walk, and Mike Broadway gave up an RBI double to the first batter he faced to give up the lead. After manager Jose Aguacil got ejected, Broadway gave up a sacrifice fly and the Chihuahuas had the winning run.
The rough ending left Gregorio with another start of mixed results in Sacramento. Out of four starts in Sacramento, Gregorio has given up at least three runs in three of them. This was Gregorio's fourth time going six innings by record in nine starts, but the first time he faced batters in the seventh. Gregorio has a 4.71 ERA in four starts at Sacramento, after posting a 2.33 ERA in five starts at Richmond. And the tale of the tape is in hits allowed, where he was allowing a .165 average in Richmond, he's given up a .231 average in Sacramento.
Sacramento's offense was paced by Grant Green, whose 4-for-4 performance with two doubles was the best of the game. He accounted for three of Sacramento's six runs scored, and knocked in another. It wasn't Green's best game of the season, as he went 5-for-5 in Albuquerque about a month ago, but it definitely gave him some momentum. He's had hits in 9 of his last 10 games, but this was only the second time he had more than one.
Gorky Hernandez, the only Sacramento starter left from the start of the season, with Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson gone, has gone on a bit of a tear himself. Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 10 games, including a 10-for-22 stretch over the last five games. Now joining him in the Sacramento outfield is Austin Slater, who, after his 2-for-5 opener in Triple-A, went 0-for-4 in his followup, though he did collect a walk. Elsewhere in the lineup, Mitch Delfino has quietly been effective, now with a seven game hit streak during which he's gone 10-for-31. He has been almost all singles, however, with just five extra-base hits out of 34 total on the year.
Richmond and Harrisburg (Nationals) suspended in the 3rd Inning, Harrisburg leading 4-1
This wasn't a great start, and it was on the arm of Kyle Crick. Crick wasn't particularly wild, with one walk and no strikeouts in 2.1 innings, but he was hit hard. He gave up six hits, all singles, as well as giving up four stolen bases. The Squirrels have collected three hits, all in a row by Christian Arroyo, Ryder Jones and Ricky Oropesa.
The game will be picked up tomorrow, June 4th, as part of a doubleheader.
San Jose defeated Visalia (Diamondbacks), 8-4
|LF||Robbie Garvey||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286||1 CS (1), 1 PO|
|Jason Forjet (W, 6-3)||7.0||4||1||1||1||11||0||1||0||4.30||105||69|
The top of the lineup usually sets the table, but this time, they were the sluggers. Leadoff man Ronnie Jebavy hit a two-run home run in the third inning to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. The home run gives Jebavy four on the season, and gives him at least one hit in five of his last six games. In the fifth inning, Steven Duggar continued his hot hitting with a two-run home run of his own. It was Duggar's 8th home run of the year, and first since May 24th. It was also his third multi-hit game in the last five.
No highlights of the slugging, but Jebavy did make the highlights for his defense, with a diving catch in the team's Breast Cancer Awareness jerseys.
On the pitching side of the equation, Jason Forjet had his most dominating start of the year. Though he allowed a run on a pair of singles and a walk, he stuck out 11, besting his previous season high of 8 by quite a margin. He also matched his season-high by going seven innings, and breaking 100 pitches for the first time on the year. Forget has been a mix of very good and very ugly this season, giving up six runs in his last outing (the third time this season, he's allowed that many). Pat Young struggled through a ninth inning, giving up back-to-back innings ahead of an error, but got the team out the other side.
Filling in for the injured Aramis Garcia, Ty Ross has had more downs than ups, but he picked up his first multi-hit game since taking over. He also got his seventh double of the season. 27 year old Robbie Garvey, new from the Dodgers organization, is an all-speed outfielder. He picked up his first two hits of the season, but also got caught stealing in his first attempt with San Jose.
The win was a big one for San Jose:
#SJGiants with an 8-4 victory tonight, take 2 of 3 from Visalia. Win moves SJ (33-21) into first place tie w/Rawhide. 16 to play in 1st half— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) June 4, 2016
San Jose is the most consistent playoff contender of the Giants' farm system, and they have a real chance at the first half title. 11 of those games will be at home, and only one of their remaining series is with a winning team (Southern Division leaders Rancho Cucamonga). Visalia will split their games between the road and home.
Augusta defeated West Virginia (Pirates), 3-2
|SS||Lucius Fox||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||2||.208||1 E (18)|
|LF-RF||Jean Angomas||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||.204||1 SB (7), 1 CS (5)|
|Connor Kaden (W, 4-1)||2.0||0||0||0||1||4||0||0||0||4.79||30||17|
|Caleb Smith (S, 5)||1.0||0||1||0||2||1||0||0||0||3.18||28||17|
Let's start with the big news from this game.
Scary scene in Augusta as Michael Santos takes a line drive around the cheek, but he seemed to deflect it some. Seemed ok but coming out.— David Lee (@David11Lee) June 3, 2016
Santos threw warmup pitches and appeared to try to stay in, but they decided to pull him. He walked off fine.— David Lee (@David11Lee) June 3, 2016
Santos has been one of the bright spots of the young Augusta season. The 21-year old has been very effective this season, whittling his ERA down from 15.43 after his first start to 2.91 after today's aborted outing. He wasn't looking his best in this start, according to Mr. Lee.
Giants RHP Michael Santos was 87-91 before coming out. Lacked life and familiar plane. Showed low-80s breaker, mostly spinner. Casted CH.— David Lee (@David11Lee) June 4, 2016
There's not much news about Santos' condition, but the fact he attempted to stay in the game and was throwing pitches is a very good sign. If Santos is going to miss time, it's likely to be shorter rather than longer. The biggest worry is a concussion right now.
The silver lining is that the bullpen took on a big game and put the GreenJackets in a position to win. The Augusta bullpen has been a problem this year, though the big man in this game was Tyler Cyr, one of the bullpen's bright spots. Cyr's four innings matched his season high, and he gave up just his second earned run in the last five outings (15.2 innings). Other than the run, he was effective, with his WHIP of 1.03, with 46 strikeouts in 40 innings. However, Connor Kaden continued his string of solid outings since he let his ERA explode in mid-May. He's allowed just two earned runs in his last 8.2 innings of work, and had his best strikeout performance so far, with four strikeouts in just seven batters faced. Caleb Smith got his fifth save, and third in the last four. Smith walked two batters, bringing his season total to 10 against 25 strikeouts, but he hasn't allowed any earned runs since May 13th. There was one unearned run on his record, after Fox and Miller errors extended the inning further than it needed to be, and Smith walked in one batter.
The offense for the GreenJackets kicked into gear in the seventh, as Matt Winn doubled to lead off the inning. Seth Harrison picked up an RBI single, and Jean Angomas' steal came on a wild pitch that scored the lead run, and Lucius Fox absolutely pounded a line drive for an RBI triple that would be the game winner.
Giants SS Lucius Fox had the hardest-hit ball I've seen from him so far. Roped on a line to left-center warning track. Gap guy. Plus runner.— David Lee (@David11Lee) June 4, 2016
Fox's season has been a mix of up and down, with his batting average slipping once more, down to .208. But he also picked up his 18th error of the season. The triple almost has his slugging percentage peeking above .300, now sitting at .299.
Jean Angomas picked up 7th steal, but also his fifth caught stealing. Angoras is trying to bring back speed to his game, after sniffing double-digit steals in the DSL, he got just one in the AZL last season. However, with a .260 OBP, he's not getting on base enough to waste those opportunities like he is. Matt Winn, who started the season in Richmond, continues to show his extra base power. He hit his 9th double in 44 games between the two levels, and owns a combined .438 slugging percentage shared between two tough ballparks. Like many young sluggers, however, the 23-year old has 49 strikeouts in 162 at-bats to go with it.