Attention everyone! We have a relief pitcher at bat! I say again, stop what you are doing, we have a relief pitcher at bat!
I suppose it’s hypothetically possible to imagine a batter’s box that would have allowed Snelten to stand further from the plate there, but that’s not the universe we’re playing in! Still, Snelten’s first professional PA is a winner!
HIGHLIGHTS: Mac Williamson homered for second consecutive day; Slade Heathcott reached base four times including a double and HR.
Sacramento beat Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 4-3 in 11 inn
splitting their four game series, 2-2
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Two days ago I noted that Mac Williamson was neither walking nor hitting for power. Since then he’s drawn three walks and hit two HRs and you can’t say fairer than that!
I don’t know where exactly on the batter’s eye that thing hit, but it wasn’t a cheapie! I declare Mac ready for major league duty!* Let the call up drumbeat step up the chant.
Williamson’s game tying two-run homer was actually the last hit Sacramento would collect until the 10th inning, when they somehow didn’t manage to score Trevor Brown from 2b on a double. The winner would have to wait for the next inning when Williamson led off with a walk and would finally come round to score the winner when ageless Juan Ciriaco drilled one to RF.
To get the team that far, they had some much needed great work from the bullpen. After starter Chris Stratton his his pitch limit in the 5th inning, Tyler Rogers, Kyle Crick, and Dusten Knight combined to give the team 6.1 scoreless innings, and in Crick and Knight’s case they were hitless innings as well. The team survived a scare in the 5th when Kraig Sitton couldn’t find the strike zone at all (throwing just 3 of 11 pitches for strikes), but Tyler Rogers was able to survive the scare and Reno never threatened again. For Sitton it was the second consecutive outing in which he failed to retire a batter.
Rogers also survived a scoring threat in the 7th thanks to some help from a friend as Wynton Bernard went a long way to track down a potential game winning hit.
Ryder Jones had a run-scoring double in the team’s 3-run rally in the 4th but his afternoon was a forgettable one afterwards as he’d end up striking out three times, twice failing when a two-out hit would have brought in the lead (or winning) run.
*Note: I don’t actually know what I’m talking about. But I’m pretty sure it’s time to start providing some clarity as to Williamson’s future with this club.
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Altoona pitching dished out 9 walks in this game, including walking the Richmond pitcher with the bases loaded — twice! It was that kind of night. Weird baseball ruled. Not only did we have Relief Pitcher At Bats, we had a Position Player relief appearance as well. Altoona will not look back on this game fondly.
In addition to the 9 walks, Richmond pounded out 15 hits of their own. Slade Heathcott, Miguel Gomez, Brandon Bednar and rehabbing Brandon Crawford all had three hits to lead the parade. Good golly!
Heathcott at the top of the lineup set the tone for the day, reaching base four times (including a HBP) while collecting a double as well his massive HR off erstwhile SS Chris Diaz.
Chris Shaw also kept chugging right along, reach base two more times and collecting a Sac Fly. He now has more walks (16) than Ks (15) for the year.
On the pitching side, Andrew Suarez wasn’t exactly brilliant, allowing 10 hits and 4 runs in his 6 innings of work, but hey he gets the Win! The great work was done by Snelten, who K’d 5 of the 10 batters he faced in 2 brilliant innings of work. Snelten entered a 5-4 game with a runner on 3b and no outs and he held the line, striking out the next three batters. He did end up allowing two unearned runs thanks to an error from Miguel Gomez (his 7th). Rodolfo Martinez, blessed with an 8-run lead had an adventurous 9th inning, though he allowed no runs. Rodolfo walked two batters and didn’t record a strikeout. Since being promoted to AA the strong armed reliever has K’d just 17 batters in 25 IP.
Brandon Crawford’s rehab is now over as he’ll join the Giants before they head back home. Crawford went 4 for 8 and, of course, made some new friends.
Well... that wasn’t really that friendly, Brandon. But the bat thing was nice!
Lastly a huge congratulations for Reyes Moronta who gets the call up in the wake of Mark Melancon’s sudden DL stint. Quite possibly this is a one-day thing because of the Richmond/New York proximity, but hopefully Reyes gets the opportunity to open some eyes!
Giants are calling up right-hander Reyes Moronta today. Big arm, but maybe only here for a short time. Only 40-man pitcher in Richmond.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) May 10, 2017
San Jose Bats
To say the Giants were dominated in this game does a disservice to dominations everywhere. They were just almost Kerry Wooded! San Jose managed just 1 hit while striking out 15 times in this absolute clubbing. They did manage to score a run (on back to back walks, a groundout and a WP) but they literally did nothing else well in this game.
While the bats were having all the effect of swinging duffle bags full of sawdust, the pitchers were surrendering 12 hits and 7 walks. Their ERAs were left relatively unscathed however, because the defense made three errors leading to 6 unearned runs.
Actually, to put a finer point on it, 3b Ryan Howard made three errors (giving him 7 for the year) while also striking out three times. The rare double hat trick!
Denard Span plays five innings in CF tonight for the #SJGiants. Finished 0-for-2 at the plate with a walk, groundout and pop out.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) May 10, 2017
Even the major league rehab portion of the lines was depressing. Pretty forgettable night all the way around at the Muni.
Augusta had a scheduled off day
They begin a homestand tonight vs. Kannapolis.
Augusta did have a prospecty bit of news yesterday though, at least according to friend of ML @giantprospecttalk
Transaction:— GPT (@giantsprospects) May 10, 2017
LHP Garrett Williams assigned to Augusta. Williams was a 2016 7th round pick out of Oklahoma State.
Williams looked good in his final XST tune up, according to King of the Back Fields Bill Mitchell:
Good 4-inn outing this morning by #Giants LHP Garrett Williams in ext spring. FB 91-93, t95, good curveball low to mid 80s, and occ CH 86-87— Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) May 5, 2017
Hopefully, Garrett has a bit more success than fellow ‘16 draftee, wild-child lefty Matt Krook’s experience in San Jose has been thus far. Good luck Garrett! Bring Raffi with you when you come!
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Off day
Richmond: Sam Coonrod vs. Brandon Waddell
San Jose: Conner Menez vs. Rich Hill
Augusta: DJ Myers vs. Yosmer Solorzano
San Jose hitters get to see if Rich Hill is easier to hit than Mitchell White. Good luck!
So, to sum up, I’d like to be seeing more of this soon, please: