It’s a bit of a light day for the system, with a couple of leagues on their All-Star Breaks, and a two-for-one rainout in the Arizona desert. But even as the system split the games it played, there were some nice performances to take in today…especially from the Top Two Prospects in the system.
Highlights: Joey Bart hits a Grand Slam; Heliot Ramos has a 2-hit game; Domenic Mazz goes six shutout innings in his first start of the season.
Sacramento and Richmond are in their respective All-Star Breaks
Fun note from today’s Giants broadcast, when Steven Duggar was called up by the Giants, they told him he could either go to the All-Star Game, or the Majors.
He chose wisely.
Meanwhile, on top of the upcoming All-Star Game, another Squirrel got an honor as Jerry Sands was named EL Player of the Week.
Jerry! Jerry! Sands earns 1st Squirrels Player of the Week Award! pic.twitter.com/UDxc14OcBQ— Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) July 9, 2018
San Jose defeated the Stockton Ports (A’s), 5-4
Well, one nice formula for winning is when half of your hits go for extra bases, and San Jose broke an 8-game losing streak. Jalen Miller was 2-for-5 with his 24th double of the season. He’s had a rough start to July (6-for-28), but does have three doubles and a home run among those hits.
Heath Quinn had his 15th double on a short day, as well as drawing a walk. He’s now batting .324 on the season. Bryce Johnson got his fourth double with a two-hit day, breaking an 8-game streak of batting 1-for-25. Jacob Heyward’s two-hit game gives him a .310 batting average over the start of July, after he slumped mightily for May and June (combined 35-for-164, .213).
Domenic Mazza had his longest outing of the season (and first start) as he works on his return from injury. His longest start before today was four innings, but he went six shutout innings in his best game yet. Mazza now has eight strikeouts against four walks in 13.2 innings at San Jose.
Okay, who did you have in the pool to be the first 2018 draftee to make San Jose? Well, if you had 21-year old, 35th round pick Chris Roberts, I’m pretty sure you’re lying. Roberts did not have a good introduction to the level, giving up four runs on two hits and three walks while getting just one strikeout. Roberts had a 2.70 ERA in four appearances for the Orange AZL team. Frank Rubio got the one out save, a nice return after giving up eight earned runs without an out in his last game two days ago.
Tough loss for the GreenJackets, who had opened up a nice early lead. Heliot Ramos picked up a first! Oh, it’s not a good first, his first error of the season, but not bad for it being this late in the season. He also was 2-for-4, and is batting 7-for-15 with two strikeouts (and no walks) in his last four games. Ramos’ batting average has gotten above .250 only once since late April, but he’s on the verge of gettin there again.
One of the other two-hit games belonged to Trevor Abrams, in his seventh game at Augusta. Abrams is batting .292/.370/.375 at Augusta, after he spent 15 games hitting .261/.391/.574 in the Arizona League.
Aaron Phillips was on the mound for the GreenJackets, and he put together a solid game. He’s been putting together solid-to-good games since giving up eight runs on June 24th. His two walks allowed were a season high. More impressive is that 49 innings into his season, those two walks make up a third of his season total in walks! (Do the math yourself) He has that many walks and 55 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched this season.
Joey Bart was grand, but not grand enough to get the Volanoes the win. Bart’s fourth home run of his Salem-Keizer career (in his 5th game) was a fourth inning grand slam that highlighted a 5-run inning for the Volcanoes. Bart is batting .304/.333/.870 in five games at Salem-Keizer, and clearly, finding his power in the middle of games hasn’t been a problem for him yet.
Jose Layer continued his strong run, continuing an 8-game hitting streak with a 3-hit game, including his 7th double of the season in his 20th game. Five of those games have been for multiple hits, and he’s now batting .368 on the season. Just as impressive is Diego Rincones, who had a 2-for-4 day with his sixth double. It breaks a 2-game hitless streak for Rincones, but he’s now batting .371/.380/.539 in 22 games this year.
On the mound, it was a painful start for Jake Wong. He only went 1.1 innings, giving up three runs, four earned, with a 3-run home run in the second inning being the big blow. Wong only went two innings in his first outing of the year, a much better one. Miguel Figueroa had the lion’s share of the innings in relief, and is starting to look better. After giving up 11 earned runs in his first seven innings (three outings), he’s only given up one in the 9.2 innings (two outings) since.
AZL Black was Postponed by Rain
AZL Orange was Also Postponed by Rain
Both teams were scheduled to play at Indian School Park, Black against the Dodgers and Orange against the Padres 2.
Luis Toribio is starting to heat up again after a bit of a cooling off. He had multiple hits for the third time in the last four games, and also his second home run in that span (giving him six on the season). And continually more impressive is that he’s had four walks against one strikeout in those four games as well (18 PA).
Slowly, Richgelon Juliana is also picking things up. He’s the owner of a 7-game hitting streak, but has only gotten multiple hits in his last two games. His batting average has raised from .254 to .281 in that span.
On the mound, Juan Sanchez had a down start…but that’s still better than most pitchers. This is the second game where he’s had a season-high tying two walks with a season-low tying two strikeouts (they both happened previous three starts ago on June 21st). He also allowed his first earned run since that game.
Today’s Scheduled Starters
San Jose: Joey Marciano vs. TBD
Augusta: TBD vs. TBD
Salem-Keizer: Scheduled Day Off
That’s a new name in San Jose…
LHP Joey Marciano has joined the #SJGiants from Augusta. Marciano was a South Atlantic League All-Star earlier this season. Had a 2.58 ERA in 80 1/3 innings (22 BB/71 SO). 36th round pick last year out of Southern Illinois University. Will make his Cal League debut tomorrow.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 9, 2018
Yep, with Jason Bahr traded, San Jose has once again raided the Augusta shelf.
The PCL and the EL will have their All-Star Games tonight, and we’ll be bringing you recaps in the Prospect Round-Up tomorrow. The Volcanoes will also get a day off. But hopefully there’s no more rain in the desert and the Black and Orange can get in their games.