Just three games for the San Francisco Giants Minor League affiliates on Wednesday, as it was a day off for AAA Sacramento and both Arizona Complex League teams.
Let’s dive into the action.
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AA Richmond (30-26)
Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Bowie Baysox (Orioles) 4-3 (10 innings)
After a horrific June, center fielder Heliot Ramos (No. 3 CPL) is starting to show signs of life. He hit just 1-5 on Wednesday, but that “1” was a big fly.
.@HeliotRamos CRUSHED this baseball out of the ballpark— Richmond Flying Squirrels (@GoSquirrels) July 8, 2021
His seventh homer of the year evens the score at 3-3 in the 8th pic.twitter.com/5sMDWBeHzZ
That tied the game in the eighth inning, and the Giants would win in 10 after scoring the ghost runner.
While Ramos is the most noteworthy part of the game (and every Richmond game, really), designated hitter Vince Fernandez was the Squirrels’ best bat, with 2 of the team’s 6 hits, including a 2-run homer that got them on the board.
On the pitching front, it was a good day for everyone not named Joey Marciano, who gave up all 3 runs in a single inning of work. The other 5 pitchers combined for 9 scoreless innings, with 4 of those 5 pitchers not giving up any hits.
Luis Amaya started and had a funny game, allowing 0 hits but issuing 5 walks in 3 innings. 2020 draftee R.J. Dabovich (No. 36 CPL) stranded the Baysox ghost runner in the 10th inning while striking out the side. He’s now up to 43 strikeouts in 19.1 innings across 2 levels this season. That’s 43 outs by way of strike 3, and 15 outs by all other methods combined.
High-A Eugene (34-21)
Eugene Emeralds lost to the Everett AquaSox (Mariners) 10-2
Pretty rough day for a usually solid team, as Eugene was losing 4-0 after the first inning and 8-0 after the third. You can probably surmise that the starting pitching struggled, and indeed, righty Aaron Phillips allowed 8 hits, 4 walks, and 8 earned runs, while lasting just 2.1 innings. His ERA is now 6.46.
In happier pitching news, Phillips was replaced by righty Austin Reich, who made his High-A debut after a recent promotion, and gave up 0 baserunners in 2.2 innings while striking out 5. Helluva debut.
Offensively, Eugene could find nothing, with just 5 hits, 4 walks, and 15 strikeouts. Save for center fielder Ismael Munguia, every batter in the lineup struck out at least once, with 6 of them striking out at least twice, and first baseman Tyler Flores getting the hat trick.
But on the other side of things, third baseman Sean Roby (No. 32 CPL) homered.
Comeback, ENGAGED @juniorroby8 tees off with a 4⃣2⃣3⃣ foot homer 1⃣0⃣7⃣ MPH off the bat #GoEms x #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/dNhKMPLTOd— Eugene Emeralds (@EugeneEmeralds) July 8, 2021
I give the Eugene player of the day to the team’s social media manager for this tweet:
We outscored them in the fourth inning! #GoEms x #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/xZkdMWyvLP— Eugene Emeralds (@EugeneEmeralds) July 8, 2021
Low-A San Jose (36-20)
San Jose Giants lost to the Fresno Grizzlies (Rockies) 4-3 (10 innings)
The organization’s second 4-3, 10-inning game of the day, only this one ended in defeat when it was the Giants who were unable to score the ghost runner in the extra inning.
Regardless, take a bow, Jairo Pomares (No. 14 CPL). It was a sterling day at the office for the designated hitter, who went a perfect 4-4 with a double and a dinger. He accounted for 50% of the team’s hits, 100% of their extra-base hits, 33% of their runs batted in, and 67% of their runs scored.
END 4— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) July 7, 2021
Giants 3 | Grizzlies 3
Jairo Pomares with a no-doubter to right to tie the game! pic.twitter.com/puSoHq5LLb
Right-hander Prelander Berroa pitched 7 innings, and allowed just 6 baserunners and 2 earned runs while striking out 6. His ERA is 3.24.
A few moves on Wednesday. Thanks as always to the invaluable resource that is @giantsprospects.
Transactions:— GPT (@giantsprospects) July 7, 2021
RHP Akeel Morris: AA -> AAA
RHP Austin Reich: A -> A+
C Ronaldo Flores: ACL -> A
Richmond activated LHP Mac Marshall from the IL.
All of Wednesday’s dingers:
AA Vince Fernandez (9)
AA Heliot Ramos (7)
High-A Sean Roby (6)
Low-A Jairo Pomares (6)
Sacramento: @ Salt Lake Bees, 5:35 p.m. PT
Richmond: @ Bowie Baysox, 3:35 p.m. PT
Eugene: vs. Everett AquaSox, 7:05 p.m. PT
San Jose: vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 6:30 p.m. PT
ACL Orange: vs. Diamondbacks, 10:30 a.m. PT
ACL Black: vs. Cubs, 6:00 p.m. PT