Santos rebounds with six strong innings for Augusta

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG

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. 

OTHER NOTES

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.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS


TOP-30 PROSPECT ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4, BB, SO
  2. Tyler Beede: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  3. Phil Bickford: DNP
  4. Lucius Fox: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: 2-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SO
  6. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  7. Mac Williamson: 1-for-5, R, RBI, 2 SO
  8. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  9. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  10. Adalberto Mejia: DNP
  11. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  12. Jalen Miller: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
  13. Ray Black: DNP
  14. Chase Johnson: DNP
  15. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  16. Steven Okert: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  17. Kyle Crick: DNP
  18. Jarrett Parker: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
  19. Hunter Cole: 1-for-5, 3 SO
  20. Austin Slater: 0-for-5, 3 SO, SB
  21. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  22. Michael Santos: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
  23. Ty Blach: DNP
  24. Mac Marshall: DNP
  25. Ronnie Jebavy: DNP
  26. Derek Law: DNP
  27. Chris Stratton: DNP
  28. Ian Gardeck: DNP
  29. Jake Smith: DNP
  30. Dylan Davis: 1-for-3, RBI, BB

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