I’m just going to start this Minor Lines off by saying it’d be nice if minor league teams posted defensive highlights.
…because it’s not like there was much else to post.
Oh, but definitely, congratulations to the San Jose Sharks for one of the most incredible NHL playoff games ever!
Highlights: Logan Webb struck out nine in five innings.
Sacramento had an Off-Day
Back against Tacoma. You’d think there wasn’t 16 teams in the Pacific Coast League
Richmond lost to Reading (Phillies), 5-2
A great game for Logan Webb turned to a loss in the bullpen.
Webb struck out nine in five innings, giving up just an unearned run. Webb had struck out just four in each of his first three starts, so this was a big breakout. He now has 21 strikeouts in 21 innings, with seven walks and 18 hits allowed. All in all, though, it’s a nice bounce back from allowing four earned runs in his last start.
The biggest offensive performance was Hamlet Marte, who was 2-for-2 with two walks, despite being 3-for-29 with three walks previous to today. His OBP jumped from .206 to .289 just from this one day. Heath Quinn got the other hit of note, his second double of the year, and getting the only RBI of the day for Richmond.
One more game note is Jalen Miller’s 1-for-3 day with a walk. It broke a 3-game hitless streak for Miller, though he did grab two walks on Monday. He’s currently batting .275/.339/.471 on the season in 15 games.
One last note, an unfortunate IL stint starts. I have not yet seen any details of why.
Transactions:— GPT (@giantsprospects) April 24, 2019
Richmond placed OF Jacob Heyward on the 7-day IL.
SS Brandon Van Horn: Inactive -> AA
Well, not much of a good day in San Jose. So let’s just start with the Heliot Watch.
We’re back to last week, as Ramos goes 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Now it slightly lowers his batting average, though just by one point. Ramos has a .262/.418/.574 line at the moment. But at least he was putting forth some defense.
Heliot Ramos putting on a show in centerfield tonight. Makes his third highlight reel catch of the night in the top of the ninth.— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) April 24, 2019
For three highlight reel catches, it’d be nice if there was some highlight reel. Just saying.
With that out of the way, let’s look at the reset of the team. John Riley was 2-for-4, and hit his third home run of the season. With just 12 games under his belt, Riley is halfway to matching his season-high of six home runs. Kyle McPherson added a 2-hit game, raising his batting average back up to .288.
On the mound, it was a rough day for Garrett Cave, giving up five runs thanks to six walks and two hits. That gives Cave 13 walks against nine strikeouts in 13.2 innings this season, and more walks allowed (13) than hits (12). The bullpen didn’f fair much better, with Olbis Parra taking the brunt of the damage. Parra has now given up eight earned runs over his last four games, a period of 6.1 innings. Frank Rubio also took a run, his first of the season in seven games, in two innings of work. However, he still hasn’t allowed a walk in six games, after walking two in the first game of the season.
Here’s some listening material if you’d like, with Ramos talking about his hot start:
Pregame interview with #SJGiants CF Heliot Ramos on his strong start to the season, what he learned from his first full pro year, getting drafted by the Giants & playing alongside his brother Henry this spring https://t.co/7hgQyopoby— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) April 23, 2019
It was a rough start to lose for Matt Frisbee, who gave up only four hits and a walk in five innings. Both runs that Frisbee came in off of solo home runs, but otherwise, he did an excellent job as he continues to fill in as a starter. Frisbee has two starts under his belt, and pushed himself to a career-high five innings with this appearance.
Notable in relief was Norwith Gudino. The 23-year old played part of 2018 in Augusta and posted a 3.45 ERA as a starter. Now he’s working in relief, and has a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 innings, just one earned run allowed, although two unearned runs on his record. But Gudino has a .188 average against and a 0.96 WHIP backing up his numbers.
The offense had a general weak day. The biggest hit was Aaron Bond’s second home run of the season.Bond has been slowly raising his batting average, with hits in seven of his last eight games, but more than one hit only once. Shane Matheny continued his fairly warm streak, getting his third 2-hit game in the last four. His batting average has jumped from .222 to .286 over that span, and has a .286/.365/.518 batting line.
And…more defense we don’t get to see.
AFTER 3: You do not run on Diego Rincones.— Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) April 23, 2019
The left fielder throws out Frainyer Chavez trying to score from 2nd base on a single and it keeps this game scoreless!
Today’s Scheduled Starters
Sacramento (TBA) at Tacoma (TBA), 6:05 pm PDT
Richmond (Conner Menez) vs. Reading (Bailey Falter), 10:35 am EDT
San Jose (Aaron Phillips) vs. Modesto (TBA), 6:30 pm PDT
Augusta (Jake Wong) vs. Hickory (Hans Crouse), 6:30 pm EDT