I apologize for a short report today! Brevity for the sake of the 7 am deadline! If you find an error, five internet points for you!
Highlights: Hunter BIshop, Clay Shaw and More all homered!
Chris Shaw finally hit double-digits home runs in Triple-A in a close River Cats win.
Shaw’s 10th home run in 33 games in Sacramento gives Shaw 17 total on the season as the slugger continues to rehabilitate his versatility. His jump has seen his average (.269) and OBP (.331) drop a bit while the slugging percentage has gone up.
Also in the Sacramento lineup, Abiatal Avelino, batting leadoff, Avelino went for two hits, the fourth time in the last five games, and also stole his 10th base of the season. Avelino is batting .290/.317/.466 on the season in Triple-A, above his career norm in average and slugging, but lower in on-base percentage.
Conner Menez was on the mound and won a hard-fought victory. giving up a season-tying seven hits, but allowed just the one run on the board. He also sruck out seven with no walks. Tyler Rogers went two scoreless innings of relief, after bouncing back from giving three runs in his last two games.
It was a bit of a hapless offensive day for the Squirrels, as Mario Sanchez’s strong start for Harrisburg sent Richmond to their sixth straight loss.
Sanchez gave up just two hits and no walks while he struck out seven in six innings of work. That led to a game that had just five hits total for the Squirrels, and not a single walk in total.
The big hit and only extra base hit was Peter Maris’ triple, his first in 13 games at Double-A. Maris had two triples in 29 games with San Jose before his promotion. Bryce Johnson got a hit, his third game with a hit in a row, even though his average has dropped from .297 to .292 during that span. In 15 games at Richmond, Johnson has done well, hitting .292/.386/.521.
Brandon Beachy had the start and gave up three runs in 4.1 innings on nine hits. His ERA inched up to 5.80 as he goes through some struggles, with his ERA having jumped from 3.93 to 5.80 since the start of July. Carlos Navas worked two innings in relief, giving up a hit and the only walk in the entire game. He has 19 strikeouts against three walks in 16.2 innings at Richmond. Tyler Cyr had another quiet inning. The EL All-Star has just a .219 batting average allowed in 30.2 innings of work.
Lancaster is filled with power, and the Giants are taking advantage. Four home runs by the Giants helped seal that deal.
The big game was Joey Bart, who went 4-for-6 with a home run, his 7th of the year and first since June 30. Bart’s slumps seem to continue, so hopefully this game whill chance the settings. B But he wasn’t only one with a big game. Sando Fabian added his third in eight games at San Jose, after having been recently promoted back onto the team. It was his fourth home of the season at either level, after having just started. Heath Quinn also was 2-for-2 with a walk.
Impressively, Sean Hjelle did not seem fazed by the altitude. He gave up just two runs, but once again, he walked nobody and also strike out seven.
CF Jose Layer seems to have woken up this month.
The 22-year old had a 4-for-4 night, his fourth multi-hit game of the month, and is batting .342 for the month after batting under .200 all season. Jose hit .280 in Salem-Keizer over 39 games last season, and hit very well in two limited stints in the AZL previously. The key for Jose might be a change in focus, as none of his 13 hits this month have been for extra bases. He has five doubles, a triple, and two home runs in the season, but now he’s getting hits at a good average. The older brother of Abdiel is trying to have a great second half.
The rest of the game also featured a lot of singles, without only two doubles for the team for extra bases. DH Diego Rincones was 3-for-5, and is inching back to .300, and added his 22nd double of the season. Rincones is batting .297/.355/.403 on the season, and still has just one home run in 82 games after he had seven in 61 games in Oregon. Ismael Munguia had an 11-game hit streak end on Friday, but picked things right back up with a 2-hit day. His batting average has risen from .269 to .282 since that streak started.
Seth Corry had a solid start, giving up a season-high six hits in 5.2 innings. Corry has been spectacular at not giving up hits, and still owns a .185 average allowed. He still just let two runs cross the plate to get the win. He gave up his third home run on the season in 75.2 innings.
Jesus Tona picked up the two inning save, bouncing back from giving up four hits and two runs in his last appearance. He has 58 strikeouts and 17 walks in 41 innings this season, with just 22 hits allowed.
Ouch, this game sucked for Salem-Keizer.
The offense only picked up five runs, and the field also committed four errors. The errors were charged to Jeff Houghtby with two, Flores with his second, and Helvey. Meanwhile, the team got doubles from Jeff Houghby and Trace Adkins.
The pitching wasn’t much better as Jesus Ozoria got the start and gave up four runs to only last until the 4th inning. His bullpen din’t keep a close eye in some domes, and it went pretty crazy for that. Helvey went 3.1 innings, and take the rough loss.
Combining these two reports for brevity…
The big news was Hunter Bishop hitting his first home run of his career, a 2-run eighth inning home run. Bishop has four hits through five games, which gives him a .250 average for the season. But his home run has had people wowed, and so it catapults him to these rankings. Next up was Luis Toribio, hitting his second of the season (and second in four games).
On the Noir squad, 2nd round pick Logan Wyatt came off with a 3-for-4 and a walk yesterday. In his young career, he’s batting .412/.474/.471 through five games.
The standout pitcher of the day was Jasier Herrera, who came in the second inning of the black team’s game. He woked six scoreless inning, striking out one but no walks are hits.
The DSL Giants
The DSL is on Summer Break, and are preparing for its next half season.