Just two games for the San Francisco Giants affiliates on Thursday, as AAA Sacramento’s season marched on, and High-A Eugene played Game 3 of a best-of-five championship series.
Let’s get into it.
All listed positions are the positions played in that game.
AAA Sacramento (52-66)
Sacramento River Cats lost to the Salt Lake Bees (Angels) 9-5
We have likely seen the last of Mauricio Dubón on the Major League roster this year, but the utility player continues to impress in AAA, and at the very least, the Giants should feel optimistic about his ability to contribute next year.
Playing at shortstop, Dubón had a nearly perfect day Thursday, hitting 3-3 with a home run and a walk, raising his OPS to .896.
He wasn’t the only player who has been on the MLB roster this year who had a big game, as first baseman Jason Vosler (No. 42 CPL) hit 2-4 with a triple, bumping his OPS up to .917.
The MLB players in the Minors trend continued on the pitching side of things, as RHP Johnny Cueto made a rehab appearance. Cueto pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run, with 1 strikeout. It will be interesting to see if he can show enough health and durability to return to the roster for the end of the regular season or the postseason.
He was replaced by another player who has spent ample time in the Majors this year, LHP Sammy Long (No. 38 CPL), who pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.
But RHP Logan Ondrusek played a starting role from the bullpen and it did not go well, as he allowed 8 runs (6 earned) in 5 innings, which cost Sacramento the game.
Eugene Emeralds lost to Spokane (Rockies) 6-1
Eugene leads the High-A W Championship Series 2-1
Eugene had a chance to win the High-A W title, but couldn’t get it done. Lucky for them, they have two more chances.
The offense just couldn’t find a way to plate runs. They had 9 hits on the day, but just 2 went for extra bases, and they didn’t draw a single walk. Designated hitter Jairo Pomares (No. 14 CPL) was the offense, hitting 2-4 with a home run that resulted in the team’s only run.
Catcher Brandon Martorano also had a nice game, hitting 2-4 with a double.
The bullpen struggled, but it was a very nice start by RHP Kai-Wei Teng (No. 18 CPL), who pitched 6.1 innings and allowed 5 hits, 2 walks, and 2 earned runs, with 7 strikeouts. Teng finished the year with 142 strikeouts in 95.2 innings (though he struggled a bit with walks and run prevention), and in his last 3 starts has pitched 19.2 innings and allowed 11 hits, 5 walks, and 4 earned runs, with 32 strikeouts.
Sacramento: @ Salt Lake Bees, 5:35 p.m. PT
Richmond: Season over
Eugene: vs. Spokane, 6:30 p.m. PT (High-A W Championship Series Game 3)
San Jose: vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 6:30 p.m. PT (Low-A W Championship Series Game 3)
ACL Orange: Season over
ACL Black: Season over
DSL Orange: Season over
DSL Black: Season over