A beautiful, hot, and (mostly) dry Sunday! Let’s get to the Lines
HIGHLIGHTS: Myles Schroeder and four hits with two doubles and triple; Gio Brusa tripled in three runs.
Sacramento lost at Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 12-5
splitting their series, 2-2
Well, sometimes the winds blow fer ya, and sometimes they blow agin ya. This was agin. Jose Flores tied a Sacramento team record by allowing four HRs in this literal blow out loss.
Probably the most interesting aspect of the game was who wasn’t in the lineup — or who wasn’t in the lineup for long.
Mac and Slater go back-to-back, lead River Cats to win— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) May 19, 2018
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Yep, Those Two Guys! Williamson didn’t play in the game, and Austin Slater was removed in the 3rd inning.
there was no apparent injury— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) May 20, 2018
Hmmmm......call up and a taxi squad call perhaps? We shall see soon.
Mac playing for Sacto tomorrow. Day off today. Still not sure why Slater came out. As of now #sfgiants not planning to bring another OF to Houston.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) May 20, 2018
Well anyway, the bench guys had themselves a day while the stars were out of play, as Myles Schroeder and Caleb Gindl each had 4-hit games down at the bottom of the order. Schroeder, playing 2b today, came very near to a cycle, settling for a single, two doubles and a triple.
Richmond lost to Harrisburg Senators (Nationals), 8-2
losing their series, 1-2
Hey, at least the weather was nice! Chase Johnson made his third start since coming back from TJ and was solid overall in his 3 innings of work. So far, Johnson has sandwiched two very respectable efforts (6 IP, 3 hits, 1 Run, 4 Ks) around a stinker (0.2 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs, 0 Ks). Getting in the game action, getting to feel like your arm actually belongs to you, working up the arm strength, getting a feel for his pitches. That’s all the stuff that is important for Chase just right now.
He was OK. Obviously still working out the kinks from the long layoff, but he didn't seem to have much in the way of an out pitch.— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) May 20, 2018
Relief pitcher Michael Connolly picked up a hit, which is pretty great! But he also helped this game get away in the late innings. Connolly, Carlos Diaz and Dan Slania combined to allow 7 runs from the 6th inning on, turning what was once a tidy little 1-1 game into a rout.
Some of the contact was on the chintzy side (Daniel Johnson causing all kinds of havoc vs. Diaz):
Some of it was pretty solid (Kevin Gutierrez roping a triple off of Slania)
A lot of it was pretty loud as the pen allowed five extra base hits, including two triples. Diaz was all over the place, walking two and hitting two in his seven batters faced.
Not too much doing with the offense in this one. The Squirrels have three members of the starting lineup hitting below the Mendoza Line and Aramis Garcia is one more 0-4 away from joining them. Jerry Sands did pick up his 6th HR of the season.
San Jose won at Stockton Ports (A’s), 5-1
winning their series, 2-1
In a series where runs were hard to come by, the Giants’ four-run outburst in the top of the 9th was a shocking — but welcome — conclusion. The Giants benefitted from three walks, one of them intentional, and a Jalen Miller bunt single to push across the go ahead run. Then with two outs, Gio Brusa delivered the coup de grâce — a bases clearing triple that broke things open and delivered San Jose a crucial series victory.
Bryce Johnson and Jalen Miller provided oomph at the top of the order, reaching base four times and scoring three runs. That included both reaching to start the dramatic top of the 9th. Johnson also stole his 8th base of the year. Miller’s 11th double tied him for 7th in the Cal League. Teammate Wander Franco leads the Cal with 16 doubles.
And for more good news from Stockton, it looks like Heath Quinn will be back soon, as he was healthy enough yesterday to jump into the cage for some BP.
Augusta’s game vs. Greenville was suspended in the 2nd inning
Augusta swept the series, 3-0
There will be no more baseball today. Today’s game has been suspended. It will be picked up here in Greenville on May 29th. pic.twitter.com/Gbhj7e5EZW— Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) May 20, 2018
Before it ended, Manny Geraldo hit his 5th HR of the year and second in his last two Plate Appearances. It came off of Boston’s #9 prospect, RHP Alex Scherff. That’ll show up on his stat line in another week or so — tomorrow he temporarily goes back to 4 on the stat sheet. Quite a little opposite field power stroke Geraldo’s starting to show off from the left side.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Tyler Beede vs. Andrew Church
Richmond: OFF Day
San Jose: OFF Day
Augusta: Jose Marte vs. Dalton Lehnen
Light day today as two teams get travel days. San Jose gets the day off in a road trip between Stockton and Modesto, so they just might as well come on home and relax!
Enjoy the week everybody! With Memorial Day just a week away we’re tipping into the summer and leaving spring behind. Let’s leave on a happy note today: congratulations to Rayan Hernandez who’s hopping a happy flight today!