Okay, let’s just be clear about this so we can all be on the same page at this point. STOP DOING THIS [OPPOSING] PITCHERS! LEAVE THE HITTERS’ HANDS ALONE!
Jones would, indeed, leave the game after this. Let’s hope his 2017 doesn’t go the way of his draft-mate Christian Arroyo.
HIGHLIGHTS: Chris Shaw had three hits including two doubles; Steven Duggar drove in four runs with two doubles
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The RiverCats mirrored the big club’s night by taking a walk-off win in extra-innings. In doing so, Sacramento broke a snap of 0 for 21 when trailing at home this year after the 8th inning. Veteran Ryan Lollis did much of the heavy lifting for the win. Lollis drove in a run on a Sac Fly in the 7th to make the score 6-5 and tied the score in the bottom of the 9th with a shattered bat single. The RiverCats would load the bases with one-out in the 9th, but Juan Ciriaco grounded into a double play to send it to extras. In the 12th, Lolly once again made things happening with a leadoff hustle double.
He’d come round to score the winner on Trevor Brown’s line single past the 3b.
Albert Suarez made his first AAA start this year, and had great success, striking out 5 of the 12 batters he faced. Piggybacking on his effort, however, Matt Gage continued to be challenged by the AAA promotion, allowing 7 hits and 5 runs in his three innings of work. Gage has now allowed 15 runs (13 earned) in 18.1 IP since being promoted to Sacramento. With 31 hits surrendered and 6 free passes he’s putting nearly two runners on base per inning. That’s a rough way to go, Matt!
After Gage, however, Sacramento received great work from a string of relievers over the last six innings. Roberto Gomez would surrender a solo HR, but that was the last run the pitching staff allowed for the night. Tyler Rogers, Derek Law, and DJ Snelten shut it down for the final four innings, allowing just three hits while striking out four.
Chris Shaw had three hits in the game including two doubles. Neither was pulled, as Shaw’s power plays in all directions. One of his doubles was off the wall in the LF corner, and the other went to the deepest part of Raley Field, driving in the first runs of the game.
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Ah well, the walk-off giveth and the walk-off taketh away. Richmond was clinging to a 3-2 lead in the 8th inning, but Cody Hall would give up single runs in both the 8th and 9th innings to let it slip away and give Erie their chance to run amok on the field and beat the hell out of their triumphant teammate. Hall’s struggled with late innings chances as he’s blown his only two save opportunities and picked up two losses trying to preserve 9th inning ties (in this case he managed both in one outing).
This game also contained a scary moment as ball met flesh, when Jordan Johnson was smoked in the arm with a line drive. Can’t see the actual play here (thanks random dude standing in front of the camera) but you can see Johnson’s reaction. The back of the arm’s pretty fleshy so hopefully he avoided a break, but JJ was clearly in pain here.
We did however, get our daily CJ Hinojosa highlight early, as he went the other way in the 1st inning for his 4th HR of the season.
That was Hinojosa’s only hit of the game. KC Hobson’s two-run triple provided the Squirrels only other runs. Former NY Met relieved Johnson, going 2.1 innings in his own inimitable style, walking or striking out 7 of the 12 batters he faced.
San Jose beat Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres), 6-5
winning their three game series, 2-1
San Jose Bats
Steven Duggar returned to the SJ lineup and powered the team to victory with two run scoring doubles including a big blow in the team’s 5-run 7th inning. Duggar doubled in Jalen Miller in the 3rd inning, and for much of the night that was the only offense the Giants could muster. But in a huge 7th inning uprising, Duggar came to the plate with the bases loaded and one-run in and gave San Jose the big hit it needed, grounding a double down the 1b line to clear the bases. Bryan Reynolds would then bring Duggar in with his only hit of the game, and the Giants had just enough to sneak out the one-run victory.
And there was more good news for Duggar on the night:
I thought his excellent running catch in the RF corner late in the game (testing the hamstring) was most encouraging part of Duggar's night. https://t.co/suoRykUCgQ— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 19, 2017
Duggar’s still being kept in RF (or DH) thus far as he gets back into game speed. That is still the position at which he’s spent most of his career (both pro and college) so it’s still something of an open question I think whether or not he’s a CF at the next level. That aside, being healthy is the big issue and it appears he’s finally that, at least.
Dylan Rheault saved all 3 games for SJ on road trip. Now 13-for-15 in save chances, 2.81 ERA, 36 SO in 41 IP. Signed in March as free agent.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 19, 2017
Rheault saved it with drama, of course, as seems to be his signature, allowing one run on two hits in the bottom of the 9th, stranding the tying run on 2b.
Augusta had the night off as they traveled back home.
That gave their social media time for some #TBT moments:
And yes, another walk-off in a night full of them. Stetson Woods and relievers John Russell and Peter Lannoo were fantastic, allowing just 7 hits while striking out 13 Spokane batters. But it wasn’t enough as the Volcanoes’ normally prolific offense couldn’t get anything going. Striking out 11 times themselves, the Volcanoes had only one batter reach 2b the entire game. That was hot-hitting Orlando Garcia who doubled to lead off the 4th. He would come in to score SK’s only run on a Manual Geraldo single.
The normally speedy group got caught stealing in both of their attempts last night, including one by Bryce Johnson. Johnson’s primary asset both defensively and offensively is speed, so it’s a bit surprising to see that he’s been caught in nearly half his SB attempts at this low level (5 SB, 4 CS).
35th round pick Dalton Combs hasn’t provided the Volcanoes with much offense yet (3 for 19) but lookee what he can do!
Another terrific night for Stetson Woods, who’s taking a real step forward this year. He leads the NWL in both innings pitched (39.2) and ERA (1.82) and he’s second in WHIP (0.83) and fifth in strikeouts (32). The tall RHP has just 7 walks on the year.
John Russell, the 16th round pick out of UConn, had a phenomenal outing, striking out 6 of the 7 batters he faced. Russell has 11 Ks in his 7 innings, though also 6 BBs.
AZL Giants were rained out
DSL Giants lost to the DSL Orioles, 6-3 (in resumption of suspended game)
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DSL Bats 2
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Alexander Canario picked up four hits and a walk over these two games, including two doubles and a triple. Canario’s having himself quite a year. He’s 3rd in the DSL in HRs, 11th in SB, 6th in SLG. He’s also kept a solid control of the strikezone with a 1:1 ratio of walks/Ks. Quite a coming out party for a five figure signing. Listed at 6’1”, 165 lbs (and from pictures that seems pretty accurate) he’s a whip of a kid. We’ll see what happens when he gets growd up some.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Tyler Beede vs. Dillon Overton
Richmond: Dan Slania vs. AJ Ladwig
San Jose: OFF
Augusta: Garrett Williams vs. Lucas Humpal
Salem-Keizer: Jose Marte vs. Alex Speas
DSL: Norwith Gudino
Garrett Williams hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts and looks keep the roll flowing. Tyler Beede goes up against the one-time Oakland 2nd round pick and top 10 prospect whom the A’s placed on waivers last month. Everybody else goes against pitchers with funny names.
Let’s nobody get stand in front of a ball today, hurtling through space at any velocity.