The San Francisco Giants recalled Conor Gillaspie from Triple-A Sacramento to boost infield depth, while outfielder Mac Williamson was sent back up Interstate 80 to the capital city, where he was immediately inserted into the River Cats' lineup. He proceeded to club his third and fourth home runs of the year, providing two of the team's three runs as Clayton Blackburn went one out into the ninth inning in his best outing of the young season.
Williamson, whose average is now up over the 300 mark at .303, also stole a base in the 3-1 victory. Williamson's first home run was estimated at 417 feet and landed on top of the home run terrace over the left-center field fence at Raley Field. Video below is of his second of the night, to dead center field.
Blackburn cruised through Friday night's series finale, needing just 95 pitches to go 8.1 innings. Austin Fleet replaced him after a groundout started the ninth and earned his first save since 2012. Blackburn forced 12 groundouts, struck out two, and allowed seven baserunners (five hits, two walks) during his stellar performance. Last season's Pacific Coast League ERA champion lowered his current season mark to 2.89 with just one run against him Friday night.
In Altoona, Joan Gregorio was pushed to near the 100-pitch mark, going six innings and striking out eight for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Gregorio was beyond solid for his third straight start, and Friday's outing could have been even better if it weren't for an unfortunate third inning that involved some miscues in the outfield.
— Christian Arroyo was removed from Friday's game after being hit by a pitch. Most moves like this are precautionary, especially when it involves the organization's top prospect. If anything serious is to arise, we'll know by tomorrow afternoon.
— Sam Coonrod threw five scoreless innings for the San Jose Giants before closer Rodolfo Martinez let four runs cross the plate in the ninth. Coonrod has yet to log an earned run in his first two starts, though once April 8's rainout is completed, he'll have to add four runs, two unearned, to his total.
– Speaking of rainouts, Augusta and Charleston were suspended through three innings and will pick up where they left off tomorrow. GreenJackets left-hander Grant Watson had faced the minimum of nine hitters, struck out two, and coaxed five ground ball outs.
TOP-30 PROSPECT ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-3, 3B
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-4, 3 SO
- Sam Coonrod: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- Mac Williamson: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, SB
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-3, BB
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: 8.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 SO
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, SO
- Austin Slater: 0-for-3, BB
- Joan Gregorio: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, SO
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: DNP