The topic of no-hitters and pitch limits arose again on Saturday afternoon in Richmond as prospect Joan Gregorio didn't allow a hit through four innings for the Flying Squirrels. However, like most talented prospects early in the season, the Giants are holding them to between 65 and 75 pitches, and doing so in strict manner. Gregorio was at 72 when ending the fourth inning with his fifth groundout of the game, so there was really no question as to whether he would trot to the mound for the fifth. Dan Slania replaced him, and gave up the no-hit bid two batters later, but pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts and just that one hit.
Down in Georgia, the most recent big international signing of the Giants, shortstop Lucius Fox, returned to the lineup after missing game two of the season. He left the opening day game with an apparent leg injury. On Saturday, Fox went 2-for-5, and hit a two-run homer in the third inning for his first professional hit. Fox also stole a base, so it appears whatever leg issue kept him out of Friday's game is no longer hindering him in any serious way.
Augusta also picked up their first win of the season, standing on five scoreless bullpen innings from Connor Kaden, Heath Slatton, and Caleb Smith. Logan Webb was on the mound for the start, having an underwhelming debut of six hits and three earned runs with just one strikeout in four innings. Fox scored the eventual winning run in the sixth on a wild pitch.
— The San Jose Giants, after having game two of their season suspended due to rain, were washed out again on Saturday and will hope to get in some baseball Sunday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.
— On the back of Gregorio, the Flying Squirrels grabbed their first win of the season, as well, doing so in the latter end of Saturday's doubleheader. After Slania's stellar two innings, flamethrower Ray Black entered and struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning to secure the victory.
— Ricky Oropesa homered for the third time in four games, going yard in game two of the twinbill. Meanwhile, it's been a rough beginning to the season for Hunter Cole, who is 0-for-14 with four strikeouts thus far.
TOP-30 PROSPECT ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-7, 3 SO
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: 2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO, SB
- Chris Shaw: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: 1-for-4, 2B
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Chase Johnson: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 1-for-4, 2 SO
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-5, R, BB, 2 SO
- Austin Slater: 3-for-7, R, SO
- Joan Gregorio: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: DNP
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: 6 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-4