The real Michael Santos showed up on Wednesday in what had to have been one of the earliest baseball games any of the players have participated in. The GreenJackets and Legends threw the first pitch at 10:05 a.m. local time in Lexington, S.C., with Santos rebounding nicely from a rough opening day start last Thursday against the Rome Braves. The 20-year-old Dominican made it only 2.1 innings last week, but needed just 72 pitches to get through six on Wednesday, leading Augusta to their third win of the year.
Santos was in the strike zone all day, tossing just 16 balls — a ridiculous average of 2.7 per inning. He struck out six, issued no walks, and allowed only four hitters to reach base.
The offense ended their opening road trip on a good note and will head home to Augusta with a good chunk of confidence. Jalen Miller and Dillon Dobson continue to propel the lineup, with Miller picking up his second and third doubles of the season while Dobson doubled home a run. Miller, who hit leadoff with Lucius Fox getting a day off, is now batting .423, while Dobson is slugging .800.
— Tyler Beede returned to the bump with hopes of riding the momentum from his opening-day gem. Unfortunately, he ran into a hot Reading Fightin Phils lineup, led by Philadelphia's top prospect J.P. Crawford. The shortstop took Beede deep on an inside fastball in the first inning. Beede allowed three runs on nine hits in five innings, and issued his first free pass of the season. If Beede's bad outings are like this in 2016, he'll be in good shape. He loves to compete in the strike zone.
— Hunter Cole, though he struck out three more times to raise his season total to eight, collected his first hit of the season to end an 0-for-18 slump.
— As reported by Andrew Baggarly, Clayton Blackburn was a late scratch from Wednesday night's River Cats game against the 51s in Las Vegas due to the stomach flu. Who wants to pitch in Vegas anyway, right? Vin Mazzaro started in his place and threw four scoreless innings.
— Flying Squirrels submariner Tyler Rogers is a twin, if you didn't know, and his brother, Taylor, is also a professional baseball player. He was called up to the majors today, and naturally, he plays for the Minnesota Twins.
— Conor Gillaspie was perfect at the plate for the River Cats, going 5-for-5 with two doubles. His two RBIs counted for one third of the offense as Sacramento won their second game in a row after starting the season 0-5.
TOP-30 PROSPECT ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4, BB, SO
- Tyler Beede: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 2-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: 1-for-5, R, RBI, 2 SO
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
- Ray Black: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
- Hunter Cole: 1-for-5, 3 SO
- Austin Slater: 0-for-5, 3 SO, SB
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: DNP
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-3, RBI, BB