Let’s start off todays lines with some positivity in the sports world…
|Dan Slania (L, 0-6)||5.0||7||6||6||1||4||2||8.92|
After the starting pitching role was listed as “TBD” as recently as yesterday, Dan Slania did in fact take the start. However, he did not do much to help himself. Slania allowed 6 earned runs, tied for his season high, on 7 hits, a walk, and a hit batter. Slania looked good in the first two innings, but in the third inning, he gave up three consecutive singles to open up the third inning. A out-out, three-run home run put the Sounds up 4-0. Slania gave up a solo home run in the fourth, and a leadoff triple leading to a run in the fifth before he was finally lifted. For Slania, it was just another difficult start, as his ERA inched back up close to the 9 range.
The Sacramento offense was limited until the 9th inning, when the River Cats were down 9-0. Ryder Jones picked up his 7th double, and Austin Slater was hit by a pitch to put two runners on for Jae-Gyun Hwang. Hwang hit his third home run of the season to put the River Cats on the board, far too late.
|Carlos Alvarado (H, 3)||1.2||0||0||0||2||1||0||1.42|
|D.J. Snelten (H, 4)(L, 4-1)||0.2||2||3||3||0||1||0||1.66|
|Reyes Moronta (BS, 3)||0.1||1||0||0||2||1||0||4.40|
The minor league teams should not try to emulate the major league team so well. The Flying Squirrels blew a 4-2 lead in the 9th inning to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
I can’t take that name seriously.
Andrew Suarez had a nice start at this point of the season. The 2nd round pick was right at his norms for the season, to the point his ERA dropped by just .03 as a result of the game. He had a really nice game going and a 4-0 lead until the 7th, when he gave up back-to-back doubles to lose the shutout, and a single to give up his second run before being lifted. Carlos Alvarado finished off the inning, but the ninth inning got rough.
D.J. Snelten had the roughest appearance for his relief career. Snelten gave up a pair of singles and hit a batter to load the bases. That was the point at which he was lifted, with no runs allowed yet. Then Reyes Moronta came in, and gave up a single and a pair of walks. All three runs went on Snelten’s record, but Moronta got the blown save. Snelten hasn’t given up this many runs since the last time he started, giving up 8 runs in four starts on June 29th last season. Meanwhile, Moronta had his third blown save. He’s given up six of the eight walks he’s given up this season in the last five outings (4 innings). Overall, he’s given up five hits and six walks in that period.
The offense wasn’t totally anemic, though. Chris Shaw hit his 6th home run of the season, giving him three in for the month of May. Shaw now has a five-game hitting streak and is batting .328 on the month of May. Brandon Bednar collected two hits to push himself back up to batting .300. Slade Heathcott picked up a double, the team’s only other extra-base hit, his eighth double of the year.
Also, Andrew Suarez helped himself with his own single, which you can see if you click on that link.
San Jose Hitters
|Jose Vizcaino Jr.||DH||3||2||3||2||0||0||3||1||0||0.214|
San Jose Pitchers
|Conner Menez (W, 3-2)||6.0||9||4||3||2||3||0||3.74|
San Jose is one game short of a winning streak!
#SJGiants knock out 15 hits in a 9-4 victory over Modesto tonight - first back-to-back wins since April 27-28. SJ 21 runs over last 2 games.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) May 23, 2017
Although today’s offense output did not feature any home runs, nor did it entirely rely on the outfielders it did yesterday, it was enough for another win. Jose Vizcaino Jr., aka the other guy who hit a home run yesterday, followed it up with a 3-for-3 day that pushed him up above .200 (from .198 to .214). Jalen Miller had his second day in a row with a two-hit game, this time with two doubles, tying him for the team lead with Aramis Garcia. Ryan Howard had a three-hit game of his own, now back to batting .310.
That was enough for Conner Menez. Menez did not have a great start, giving up a season-high nine hits, but he kept Modesto to a manageable four runs. He got his first win of the month of May from this game.
Augusta was Rained Out
The GreenJackets and West Virginia Power was rained out down in Augusta. This game will get made up fairly quickly, assuming there’s not more rain on Tuesday, as the teams will meet in a doubleheader. Domenic Mazza will take his start tomorrow, and D.J. Myers gets the Game 2 start.
Today’s Scheduled Starters
Sacramento: Tyler Beede vs. Mike Mayers
Richmond: Sam Coonrod vs. P.J. Conlon
San Jose: Mike Connolly vs. TBD
Augusta: Game 1 - Domenic Mazza vs. James Marvel; Game 2 - D.J. Myers vs. Luis Escobar.
San Jose looks to continue its winning streak traveling south to Lancaster, where the heat and…well, Lancaster, might make for an offensive game. Meanwhile Sam Coonrod hopes to bring down his high ERA on the year. Oh, and some guy named Beede, whomever that is.