A beautiful day for baseball…in Sacramento, at least.
Best sky around. pic.twitter.com/K9sazOzn5p— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) April 25, 2019
Highlights: Mac Williamson collected four hits with a double; Frankie Tostado collect three hits with a double and home run.
Sacramento defeated Tacoma (Mariners), 8-2
Mac Williamson’s renaissance continued with a lot of hits, though no home runs.
hey will smith, how many hits does mac have tonight? pic.twitter.com/rTfO8cyXAz— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) April 26, 2019
Silly River Cats, that’s not the Giants’ closer.
Williamson collected four hits to lead the River Cats in another win. His only extra-base hit was the third double of the season, but his batting average jumped up from .327 to .370 with the big game. Williamson now has a 9-game hitting streak, during which he is 17-for-37 (.459). Mac has a batting line of .370/.397/.593 over 13 games in Sacramento.
Although Mac only had a double, Aramis Garcia’s fourth home run of the season put the Cats up early, a 3-run home run in the first inning. Garcia is still batting just .208 on the season, but has a .521 slugging percentage and a .345 OBP thanks to 10 walks in his 13 games. Donovan Solano also added his first home run of the season. Solano has never had more than eight in a single season. He’s batting .364/.426/.473 on the season.
Enderson Franco had a solid start for the Cats, only allowing one earned run for the third straight game. Franco ended up going a season-high 5.1 innings, and also got a season-high five strikeouts. In relief, Pat Venditte had one of his most dominant games, strikeout out four of the seven batters he faced. The switch-pitcher now has 17 strikeouts against seven walks in 12.2 innings. And Sam Coonrod continued to rehab his ERA after a tough stint last week, getting his second scoreless outing in a row since.
Richmond had a scheduled day off.\
The Squirrels will be off to Altoona to begin a 3-game series.
San Jose lost to Modesto (Mariners), 9-5
It wasn’t a great day on either side of the ball for the little Giants on this day game.
Bryce Johnson did collect his first home run of the season, a 2-run shot in the third inning. For Johnson, it’s a rare hit at all, as this season has gone. He’s gone hitless in seven of his last 12 games, during which he’s hitting 6-for-43 (.140). His batting line is .203/.322/.297. The other big hit resulting in runs was Logan Baldwin’s triple, scoring two as part of a 3-run eighth inning, after the game had been decided. It was Baldwin’s second triple of the season, and extended his current hitting streak to seven games. He has raised his batting average from .143 to .213 over that span.
Bryce Johnson’s second career home run is a 412-foot blast to deep right center here in the third inning. Johnson had only 1 HR in 733 career at-bats over three pro seasons.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) April 25, 2019
On the mound, the Giants fell behind early. DJ Myers gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks. It was his second straight game allowing a pair of earned run. He now has a .277 batting average allowed in San Jose, with 13 hits given up in 12 innings. That stands in contrast to his one 3-inning appearance with Sacramento, when he didn’t allow a baserunner. After Myers, Carlos Sano struggled even more, giving up six runs, four earned, on five hits…three of which were home runs. Sano now has five home runs allowed in 12 inning this season.
The team’s defense bears mentioning as well, as the Giants committed five errors, with every member of the infield chipping in. Two were given to Manuel Geraldo, playing shortstop. That gives Geraldo three on the season. That leaves Geraldo with a .939 fielding percentage so far in San Jose. He had 19 errors, a .955 fielding percentage, in Augusta last season.
Finally, one clarification by Joe Ritzo about Ramos’ injury from Wednesday.
Clarification on Ramos injury from last night. Tweaked his knee on a swing during seventh-inning at-bat (would later double before leaving game). Injury not related to earlier HBP. He is not in the lineup for today's day game. https://t.co/8OwIB2bolC— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) April 25, 2019
I’m honestly not sure if this makes it better or worse. I hope it is not serious…as of yet, Ramos has not been put on the IL.
Augusta was defeated by Delmarva (Orioles), 4-3
Seth Corry’s ERA is no longer a nice round zero, and Augusta had a mostly listless day at the plate as they lost the first game of the series.
Corry gave up two runs in 3.2 innings of work, but otherwise remains remarkably consistent along most of his peripherals. His ERA rose to 1.26, and he now has 26 strikeouts against 12 walks in 14.1 innings, and just eight hits allowed. Four games into his stint at Augusta, Corry remains hard to hit by the other hitters in Augusta, and mostly has brought his control to an allowable level.
The offense was almost completely left to the team’s leading hitter, Frankie Tostado, who had three of the five hits. He hit his sixth double and fourth home run, the latter coming in the ninth inning and delivering all three runs that the GreenJackets scored. Tostado is 8-for-17 over his last four games, with no walks and four strikeouts, but also two home runs and three doubles.
Ismael Munguia did end up with of the team’s other hits, and also gathered a walk. He’s batting .317/.368/.413
Today’s Scheduled Starters
Sacramento (Yoanys Quiala) at Tacoma (Tyler Cloyd), 7:00 pm PDT
Richmond (Garrett Williams) at Altoona (James Marvel), 6:00 pm EDT
San Jose (Trenton Toplikar) vs. Stockton (TBA), 7:00 pm PDT
Augusta (Sean Hjelle) at Delmarva (Drew Rom), 7:05 pm EDT
Sacramento’s game will feature a pair of debuts, with Quiala making his Sacramento debut, while Cloyd returns to Tacoma for the first time since 2017. Meanwhile, Augusta’s Hjelle returns to the mound.