The San Francisco Giants Minor League affiliates had a hot and cold day on Father’s Day, with two very nice wins and two very bad losses.
Here’s the rundown.
AAA Sacramento (16-23)
Sacramento River Cats beat the Salt Lake Bees (Angels) 9-5
The Giants have prioritized depth all season long — they’ve already used 46 players this season — which makes their AAA team highly important to the MLB team’s success. That was on display Sunday in Sacramento, with a River Cats lineup that featured four position players who have already been on this year’s active roster, and a fifth who was on last year’s (plus one pitcher who has been on this year’s active roster, and one who was on last year’s).
Most notable were two rehab starts for hitters that the Giants rely on heavily. Alex Dickerson was the designated hitter and went 1-2 with a pair of walks, while Darin Ruf started at first base and went 2-4 with a double.
Joey Bart also went 2-4 with a double, as he continues to keep his OPS above 1.
Also of note was Jaylin Davis, who continues his strong start to the season after returning from injury. Davis went 1-2 with 2 walks and a home run — his fourth homer despite having played just 7 games.
But the Giants will likely be happiest with his improved plate discipline, as he now has 4 walks to 8 strikeouts in 32 plate appearances. Not great, but a definite improvement.
Trevor Gott pitched as the opener and had a pair of strong, scoreless innings.
AA Richmond (22-20)
Rough day at the office for the Richmond hitters, who have been struggling a bit lately. The Flying Squirrels had just 4 hits, all of which were singles. The only consolation was 5 walks drawn (2 by Heliot Ramos) to just 9 strikeouts, but all in all, no good on the offensive front.
The pitching was better, if not great. Recently acquired left-handed starter Michael Plassmeyer (the incoming piece in the Matt Wisler trade) was greatly improved in his second start for Richmond, after getting blasted in his first one. He pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and 2 earned runs, while striking out 4.
High-A Eugene (26-15)
Imitating the big league club, the Emeralds used the long ball to power the offense on Sunday. Eugene had just 6 hits, but 4 of them cleared the fence. That included one by shortstop Will Wilson, who continues his impressive season, and the first of the year by Armani Smith, who has been great since his recent promotion.
The Emeralds also drew 7 walks to 11 strikeouts, while their staff had 12 strikeouts to 5 walks. Chris Wright allowed his first run since his promotion to Eugene, but also struck out 2 in his inning of work, bringing his season tally up to 38 strikeouts in 16.2 innings across two levels. Yeesh.
Low-A San Jose (28-14)
San Jose Giants lost to the Modesto Nuts (Mariners) 8-0
San Jose had about as bad of an offensive game as is possible with top prospect Marco Luciano resting. The Giants had just 5 hits — all singles — and struck out in more than half of their at-bats, with every player who had a plate appearance registering at least one K. Safe to say a 16-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio is not what anyone on the team was hoping for.
The pitching wasn’t much better (though their strikeout to walk ratio of 14-to-5 certainly was), as starter Carson Ragsdale got tagged for 6 earned runs in 3 innings, while walking 4 batters.
A forgettable day for an otherwise exceptional team.
AAA Jaylin Davis (4)
High-A Will Wilson (8)
High-A Franklin Labour (6)
High-A Brandon Martorano (2)
High-A Armani Smith (1)
Sacramento: vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m. PT
Richmond: Off day
Eugene: Off day
San Jose: Off day