Apologies for an abbreviated affair today.
|Michael Roth (W, 4-3)||6.0||3||1||1||2||5||0||4.14|
|Kyle Crick (S, 5)||1.0||2||0||0||0||3||0||3.20|
A big day at the plate from Jae-Gyun Hwang led to a nice win by the struggling River Cats…and a new left fielder helped as well.
Hwang connected for his 13th double and 3rd triple of the season, knocking in two runs and scoring one more. Hwang has triples in each of his last two games. Hwang has pushed his batting average back up to .291 after a little hitless streak dropped him to .277. Now, about that new left fielder, Chris Shaw…
Shaw only picked up the one hit, but it was a successful debut for him.
MIchael Roth, meanwhile, put together a nice start that the River Cats have been missing for a while. He allowed just one earned run, for the first time since May 8th. He tied a season-high with five strikeouts. Meanwhile, Kyle Crick picked up his fifth save, giving up a pair of hits while striking out the side (and hitting a batter).
And finally, one roster note…maybe the last of the 1B/OF minor league signees has left the system.
According to the MiLB transaction page, #RiverCats 1B Kyle Blanks has been released.— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) May 26, 2017
|Cory Taylor (L, 2-4)||5.0||6||6||6||5||2||0||5.09|
Cory Taylor got hit harder than he had before this season. Taylor gave up six earned runs (a season-high), five walks (One shy of his season-high), and a season-low two strikeouts. All the runs weren’t given up in one big burst, but scattered across four of the six innings that Taylor pitched.
Offensively, the Squirrels had four players with multiple hits, but they were unable to put together the production they needed. One player got himself erased off the bases twice, C.J. Hinojosa. Hinojosa was picked off twice after his singles…once at first, once at second. Slade Heathcott, meanwhile, picked up his fifth home run of the season, now the team leader with Chris Shaw (who had six) having been promoted.
Wait... wait.... we're tied again! SLADE SMASH. 5th tater for Heathcott, 2-2. pic.twitter.com/UCj4B1FOwo— Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) May 25, 2017
San Jose Hitters
San Jose Pitchers
|Matt Krook (W, 1-6)||6.0||3||2||2||2||1||0||7.45|
|Carlos Diaz (H, 2)||2.0||1||0||0||0||3||0||3.30|
|Ryan Halstead (S, 7)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.81|
Well, this was set up for failure. Matt Krook, one of San Jose’s most inconsistent starters, and Lancaster with 24 mph winds out to right. Then again, there was one hope…
But neither of those results happened. Krook, for the second straight game, gave up only two walks…and he only gave up three hits. While Krook only collected one strikeout, he limited the JetHawks to just two runs, and helped San Jose to the win. Is Krook finally turning some things around?
Matt Krook had the sinker working again tonight - 6 impressive innings in Lancaster w/2 runs and 3 hits allowed. Induced 13 groundouts. 1 K.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) May 26, 2017
Even so, San Jose’s offense was held scoreless through the first five innings. But eventually the home runs came. Heath Quinn and Jonah Arenado each hit solo home run as part of a four run outbust in the late innings, helping San Jose to the win. And Gio Brusa continued his hot hitting with another two-hit game, his fourth in the last five. He’s batting .372 over his last ten games with four home runs.
Four of the top 10 Calif. League leaders in isolated slugging percentage are #SJGiants. Garcia 1st, Brusa 3rd, Dobson 6th, Carbonell 10th— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) May 25, 2017
Augusta was defeated by Rome (Braves) in 10 innings, 6-2
|Brandon Van Horn||SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.197|
|Jeff Burke (L, 1-1)||1.2||6||5||4||0||0||0||5.32|
That score sure doesn’t look like an extra-inning score, does it? It was a waste ol a nice start by Melvin Adon, who was probably very happy to be back in the sunshine. Adon only gave up one run on five hits and a walk. It was as deep into the game as Adon has gone this season, although he had as rested a bullpen as he will ever have.
Unfortunately, the offense ran into a buzzsaw named Ian Anderson. The Braves’ first round pick last year, he achieved a career-high 11 strikeouts in six innings against the GreenJackets, leaving Augusta just a single and a walks for offense. The GreenJackets did get a run across against the bullpen, but then in the 10th, Jeff Burke gave up five runs (four earned), the second straight game in which he’s given up that many earned runs. The reliever’s ERA has jumped from 2.57 to 5.32 very quickly.
One small offensive highlight was that Jacob Heyward hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 10th to attempt to start a rally, but as we all know, home runs kill rallies. It was Heyward’s sixth home run of the year, extending his team-leading total.
Today’s Scheduled Starters
Sacramento: Chris Stratton vs. Josh Zeid
Richmond: Matt Gage vs. John Simms
San Jose: Mark Reyes vs. Nathan Bannister
Augusta: TBD vs. Ryan Lawlor
I know today’s Minor Lines has been an abbreviated affair, so here’s a little extra reading for you.