Warning: I watching Avengers: Endgame last night, and got home late, so I might be a little light on these summaries. Spoiler Alert: The movie was far better than it seems any of these games were.
Highlights: Each Giants farm team that played got exactly one extra-base hit.
#DidMacHomer? How about #DidMacPlay? No, he did not, and the River Cats fell.
It was just a bad day in general in all areas of the game. Sacramento collected seven hits, but none of the hits were with runners in scoring position, when the River Cats were 0-for-8. The only extra-base hit was Mike Gerber’s double as part of a 2-hit night. Gerber has a .323/.358/.565 line this season in 15 games. Donovan Solano also picked up two hits, raising his average to .373. Austin Slater got no hits, but did draw two walks. That broke a streak of six straight games with a hit, but it now gives him 15 walks against 16 strikeouts, and he has a .478 OBP above a .460 slugging percentage.
A big problem was the defense. Sacramento collected three more errors. Donovan Solano got his second, Zach Green his fifth, and Anthony Garcia took his third. The first two of those both happened in the fifth inning, leading to three unearned runs, all coming on a 3-run home run off of reliever Williams Jerez. While it’s not like Sacramento scored any runs, those put the game out of reach.
That leads us to the pitching. Yoanys Quiala made his Sacramento debut after two games with Richmond. He had a 1.13 ERA in eight innings in Richmond. In Sacramento, he did alright, though not great. He gave up more hits in four innings (six) than he did in eight innings in Double-A (five). Jerez gave up the bulk of the runs in 0.2 innings as mentioned, though all were unearned. Notably, in 11 innings this season, Jerez has given up only four earned runs but seven unearned. Tyler Rogers had his strongest game of the season, though, in relief. After giving up a combined five earned runs in his last three outings, he went a season-high 2.1 innings, allowing just a hit and a walk, though no strikeouts.
Oof. Four hits, no runs, this just wasn’t a good day.
Heath Quinn had a 2-hit game, including a double for the only Richmond extra-base hit. It was Quinn’s first multi-hit game of the season, and just his third double. He’s batting .140/.214/.200 so far this season. Jonah Arenado got a single and a walk, bumping his OBP to .407 on the season. Chris Shaw played for the first time since Tuesday, also picking up a single and a walk. He has a .255/.352/.447 line in 15 games this season.
Garrett Williams took the rough start, allowing a season-high four runs on an also-season-high seven hits in four innings. The only good thing was just one walk for Williams, after his control issues in past seasons. In relief, Sam Wolff made another good appearances, striking out three in two innings of work. While his 10:3 K:BB ratio in 7.0 IP is not the most impressive in the system, it’s a good bounce back for him. If he keeps it up, he might get a second chance in Triple-A…his last chance being in 2017 with the Rangers.
San Jose was beat by Stockton, 4-2
Hey, someone scored! Thank goodness!
Orlando Garcia had a perfect game on-base-wise, collecting two hits and two walks. That was his first multi-hit game since Opening Day (17 games). He now has just six walks against 19 strikeouts in 17 games. Like in the other games, there was only one extra-base hit by the good guys, and today it was Brandon Van Horn, making his season debut in San Jose after three games in Richmond. That double, his only hit, was also his first hit of the season. Bryce Johnson also collected a hit and walk. Johnson is treading above the .200 mark, but has hits in four of his last six games.
On the mound, Trenton Toplikar continues to trend in the wrong direction, as this runs and hits allowed keep going up and now his strikeouts have gone down a little. While the 4.1 IP is a season-high for him, so were the hit and run totals. While he walked just one, he did hit two batters, giving him HBP in four games. He has a 1.46 WHIP on the season after this game. John Gavin had a nice bounceback after giving up five runs over his last two outings, lowering his ERA from 4.91 to 3.77.
And, if this report wasn’t bad enough, Heliot Ramos was placed on the 10-Day IL, with no timetable to return. At least the injury was called “Left Knee Soreness”, which is still more specific than Joe Pavelski having an “Upper Body Injury” after falling headfirst onto the ice and having blood literally leaking out of his helmet.
Augusta was rained out
The second game of the series in Delmarva was rained out. The teams will hope play a double-header on Saturday.
Today’s Scheduled Starters
Sacramento (Tyler Beede) at Tacoma (Reggie McClain), 7:00 pm PDT
Richmond (Alfred Gutierrez) at Altoona (Pedro Vasquez), 4:00 pm EDT
San Jose (Caleb Barager) at Stockton (TBA), 5:00 pm PDT
Augusta at Delmarva Doubleheader - Game 1 (Sean Hjelle) at 4:35 pm EDT, Game 2 (Blake Rivera) 30 minutes after Game 1
See you all on Sunday!