A No-Hitter! 9 innings of No-Hit ball! First, the first 9-inning Perfect Game in the SAL League, and now Giant’s pitchers have thrown…
Oh, hold on…wait…I’m getting an update. The Giants were on the wrong end of 9 innings of no-hit ball. Oh.
Hold on…wait….you might as well just keep reading. I’ll fill in the details by the time you reach that spot.
|Tyler Beede (L, 3-3)||6.0||7||6||6||3||4||0||3.93|
You can’t wait too long to start your offense. Today, Sacramento waited until the 6th inning and they were down by six runs, and they fell just short. And behind it all, a rough start by the Giants’ top prospect, Tyler Beede.
Beede matched his season-high of runs allowed with six, and though he didn’t give up any home runs in the thin air of Nevada, he did give up bursts of baserunners. In the 4th, he gave up a pair of walks before a pair of doubles, giving up three runs. In the 6th, it was two singles and a double that led to three more runs to bury Beede. For Beede, nothing looks bad in these numbers other than the runs, but he continues to not quite punch out hitters at the rates a star would hope for, and 21 walks in 55 IP is a touch high.
The rest of the bullpen looked good. D.J. Snelten pitched his first scoreless outing since making it to Sacramento. Tyler Rogers bounced back from giving up two hits and three walks in his last outing to not allow a baserunner.
At the plate, Austin Slater looked a bit like the Slater who visited Reno and rocked the stadium last season. His 7th inning home run start the Sacramento comeback. His 9th inning double was the starting spark of the final Sacramento rally, and he scored the only run of the run, bringing the ‘Cats within one.
(I hate some of the official team Meme-heavy twitter feeds, but I like this one):
In-between the two Slater hits, a 2-RBI single by 3B Ryder Jones and an RBI double by 1B Jae-Gyun Hwang powered the biggest outburst by the River Cats. The two have begun switching corner outfield spots, with Jones occasionally take the DH when its available.
|Collin Balester (W, 1-1)||2.1||2||0||0||0||4||0||5.06|
Andrew Suarez did not reap the benefits of a strong pitching performance. But while the win went to the bullpen, Suarez continued to look good this season. He tied his season-high in strikeouts with eight, tied his season-high in walks, and tied his season-low in hits allowed. Suarez has been inching his ERA down from 3.48 since early May. And the most notable season-high is in pitches, where he broke the 100 pitch plane for the first time this year and the second time as a pro. While he’s still allowing more than his share of hits, he remains very effective.
Meanwhile, Miguel Gomez had his biggest game. As he extended his hitting streak to 11 games, Gomez pounded two home runs, his first career multi-home run game. His first home run opened the scoring and tied the game for Richmond. His second, in the 8th inning, broke a 2-2 tie and would give the Squirrels the win.
A couple of other notes from this game: Collin Balester picked up the win with a strong piece of relief work. He picked up four strikeouts in 2.1 IP, giving him 7 in 5.1 IP, without any walks yet. Meanwhile, C.J. Hinojosa got on base twice for the third day in a row. He’s done it twice with hits, and once with walks. In 17 games, he’s collected 9 walks and 5 strikeouts.
San Jose Hitters
San Jose Pitchers
|Dylan Rheault (W, 1-0)||2.0||2||0||0||2||2||0||1.99|
Bryan Reynolds threw the ultimate Cained on Modesto. Modesto pitchers threw nine no-hit inning, marred only by a fifth inning walk to Heath Quinn and Dobson getting hit by a pitch in the 8th. They still lost.
A big part of that win was the pitching of Conner Menez. Menez was far from perfect. He gave up a season-high five walks, But he scattered them along with two hits and a hit-batter, and kept the Nuts off the board into the 7th inning. Newcomer Will LaMarche’s outing without allowing a baserunner helped. And reliever Dylan Rheault scattered hits and walks (one was intentional) to keep the goose eggs going.
So, up comes Bryan Reynolds. Reynolds led off the 10th inning with a single, ended a spectacular achievement by the Nuts. Aramis Garcia singled to move Reynolds to second, and Dillon Dobson walked to move him to third with the bases load. Up came Gio Brusa, whose infield single ended the game.
Reynolds managed to hold onto a now-8-game hitting streak with his single, but the clutch level of the hit shines through. Heath Quinn’s hitting streak ended at 8 games, however. Meanwhile, Brusa got the clutch hit despite now having 10 straight games with at least one strikeout.
Speaking of Reynolds…
#SJGiants OF Bryan Reynolds has relaxed his formerly exaggerated leg kick when batting from the left side. Will post comparison tomorrow— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) May 28, 2017
Especially after today’s heroics, I’m looking forward to seeing this.
|Frandy De La Rosa||1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||0.239|
|D.J. Myers (L, 1-5)||2.1||4||4||4||1||0||1||4.42|
Well, yeah, this was just an ugly, ugly game.
D.J. Myers had his worst start of the year, unable to get out of the third inning for the first time this season. There wasn’t anything completely crazy in Myers’ numbers, but in the four hits he gave up, he allowed a cycle. Add in a walk, a hit batter, an error, and the reliever who relieved him, Jose Morel, giving up a home run to allow an inherited runner to score, and you’ve got a bad start.
The bullpen and defense also combined to help this game fall out of reach late. Sandro Fabian walked two of the first three batters he face in the top of the 8th, and then gave up a single to let one run score, and let the runners advance on a throwing error by Sandro Fabian. Wilson Santos relieved Fabian, and the next batter reached on an error by Michael Bernal. A sacrifice fly and a single later, and three runs had scored.
The defense did not help. Fabian made two errors in the game on two separate plays, quite a feat for an outfielder. He had the second inning error as well, a fielding error.
The offense was limited to just five hits. The only extra-base hit, a triple by Frandy De La Rosa, led to the only run of the game for the GreenJackets, when Cristian Paulino knocked De La Rosa in.
Today’s Scheduled Starters
Sacramento: Joan Gregorio vs. TBD
Richmond: Sam Coonrod vs. Derek Eitel
San Jose: Mike Connolly vs. Anthony Misiewicz
Augusta: Caleb Baragar vs. Jordan Humphreys
The biggest names in the system aren’t starting on Monday, but this is a solid list of good performers. Hopefully some momentum starts to roll.
By the way, want to know why I get tired of the meme-twitter feeds from the official teams? Both of these tweets and gifs appeared today.
Miguel Gomez is not done!!! Gomez smacks his second home run of the game and the Squirrels take the lead back 3-2! pic.twitter.com/QcNl8NNGgI— Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) May 29, 2017
Finally….I posted a link to this story in the Prospect Round-up, but here’s a direct GIF.
I did not get up the Round-Up until late, so if you missed the story, here you go (with commentator sound)