Good day for the long ball. Let’s jump right in!
HIGHLIGHTS: Aramis Garcia, Gio Brusa, and Marco Luciano all homered for the third consecutive game.
Aramis Garcia homered for the third day in a row — that’s going to be a theme today! — going deep off A’s super prospect Jesus Luzardo for his 11th HR of the year.
Garcia would later double in the 8th inning to lead to a game-tying run, and Sacramento squeezed out the game-winner in the 9th thanks to a HB, BB, and a Sac Fly.
Four runs would be all Sacramento would need thanks to fantastic work from the pitching and especially the bullpen. Sam Selman came in in the 5th to help Andrew Suarez out of a jam and retired all 7 batters he faced in the game. Aviators batters might have been glad to see the end of Selman, but then they were faced with the punishing heat of Ray Black.
Right-handed flame-thrower Ray Black gets through the 8th inning unscathed, throwing nearly a dozen pitches over mph.— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) June 23, 2019
We go to the 9th, it will be Michael, Gerber, and Slater. Let's go!
✈️- 3 #ClawsUp
In all the pen provided 4.1 innings of shutout relief to support the comeback win.
LF Gio Brusa doubled and homered for the third straight game — told you it was a theme! — driving in three runs to boost Richmond to the win.
Another homer for Gio Brusa— Richmond Flying Squirrels (@GoSquirrels) June 22, 2019
His third in the last three games has us up 2-0 in the first inning in Binghamton pic.twitter.com/i9IGuihVRj
Another Squirrel who’s been on a tear lately is Johneshwy Fargas. He stole two more bags yesterday to give him 31 for the year. That includes 7 SB over the last four games. Fargas is getting very close to lapping the field as second best is teammate Jalen Miller with 18.
Melvin Adon finished things off with another strong inning. He hasn’t given up an earned run in his last seven outings. Over his last 6 IP he’s given up just two hits while striking out 10 and walking 3.
FINAL - Flying Squirrels 4, Rumble Ponies 2— Richmond Flying Squirrels (@GoSquirrels) June 23, 2019
Melvin Adon struck out a pair in the ninth to close this one out and we've got wins in three straight games pic.twitter.com/nkbQFLzeSK
Jose Marte didn’t quite live up to his side of the Pitchers’ Duel billing, allowing 5 runs over just 3 runs. And when John Gavin relieved him by allowing 5 more in the 5th, things were pretty much done.
Heliot Ramos lined a clean single off starter James Kaprielian — continuing to show he knows how to barrel up premium stuff — but it was his only hit of the night.
San Jose appeared to be putting together all the elements for a 2nd half run, but they’ve opened up the half with three consecutive L’s. The ingredients seem to be there, but the recipe hasn’t come together quite yet!
Seth Corry wasn’t exactly pitch efficient, running his pitch count up to 91 in just 4.2 IP. But despite walking three and flinging two to the backstop, he proved hard to square up, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 7. With 4.1 hitless innings of relief from Luis Amaya and Jesus Tona, there was more than enough offensive support to take the easy win. Jose Layer’s 2nd HR of the year stretched the lead to 4-1, and a big 4 run rally in the 8th made it a HEH-HEH-HEH Laugher!
Make your Sunday a whole lot better with the audio highlights from our win over Kannapolis last night!— Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) June 23, 2019
Gonzalez’s 2 RBIs, Layer’s home run, Corry’s strikeout to end the 4th & Giarratano’s double are all right here for ya! https://t.co/Lajf6nWg3P
Jesus Ozoria, moved down from Augusta, made his first start in short season ball, handling Everett for 5 effective innings. The 21 year old Ozoria was acquired for short-time Giant Tom Murphy back in spring.
Hit maester Yorlis Rodriguez went deep for the first time this year to help support Ozoria. Yorlis has at least one hit in 8 of his 9 games played this year and is featuring a pretty sweet .528 SLG — not bad for a contact oriented guy — in addition to his 4:5 BB:K ratio.
Marco Luciano — say it with me! — homered for the third consecutive game, a two-run shot in the 8th to tie up Team Orange’s game, though they would go down to defeat in 10 innings.
Marco Luciano just hit a bomb to left-center for AZL #Giants Orange team, his second HR of the season. He's still only 17-y-o.— Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) June 23, 2019
Luciano’s shot was one of just three hits for the normally prolific Orange offense. Alexander Canario was held hitless, though he did walk twice and steal his first bag of the year.
Conner Nurse, the 19 year old 34th rounder from the 2017 draft, had himself another excellent day, striking out 8 over 5 strong innings. That was just one off his career high.
21 year old OF Harrison Freed, the 13th round pick this year out of Butler University had a huge day to lead the Black team’s offense, with four hits including two doubles and a homer, though he is, of course, advanced for the rookie league level.
Victor Bericoto went deep for the third time this year — but JUST for the second time in the last three games. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU VICTOR! Don’t you know the theme?! And 16 year old Catcher Rayner Santana hit the first two HRs of his professional career, but it wasn’t quite enough on this day.
Bericoto is now 6th in the league in OPS (1.041) just ahead of teammate Luis Matos (1.032). In addition to his power, Bericoto is 2nd in the league in walks with 22 — Victor knows the way to get into Farhan’s good graces! BBs and bombs will do it. Matos tripled for his only hit of the game — he has 19 hits in his last 12 games, a stretch that includes only one 0fer.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento (Enderson Franco) @ Las Vegas (Jake Buchanan)
Richmond (Garrett Williams) @ Binghamton (David Peterson)
San Jose (Sean Hjelle) @ Stockton (Brady Feigl)
Augusta (Keaton Winn) @ Kannapolis (Johan Dominguez)
Salem-Keizer (TBD) @ Everett (TBD)
AZL Orange (Juan Sanchez) vs. AZL Black (Sonny Vargas)
DSL Giants: OFF
Have a great Sunday everyone!