There were some positive takeaways in Richmond's unfortunate 13th consecutive loss. The team, who has not won a game since May 4, managed to collect 15 hits and still lose. Let's just go bullet points to talk about the good and the bad of Thursday's game:
- Yes, 15 hits went up on the board, including three from top prospect Christian Arroyo and another three for Ricky Oropesa, including his seventh home run of the season. It was a nice game for Oropesa, who previously had just three hits in his last seven games (26 PA).
- Austin Slater continues to rake for Richmond, pushing his average up to .305 with two more hits. He is slashing .447/.500/.658 in May and is striking out only 16 percent of the time, compared to 24.6 percent in April.
- It's been an interesting year for Dan Slania, but he showed impressive stuff in his 1.2 innings of relief. He did hit a guy, but otherwise, he struck out all five other hitters he faced. The home run bug has bitten him all season. Five dingers have been smashed off Slania, inflating his ERA to 5.09 despite owning a 1.078 WHIP and 29/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Now for the bad:
- Andrew Suarez was roughed up in his second Double-A start, giving up 10 hits and eight runs (four unearned) in 4.1 innings. He only walked one batter, and struck out four, but the 10 hits are the most he's given up in a start during his pro career by three.
- The worries continue to mount for Ray Black, whose struggles throwing strikes are still very present. In 13.2 innings, Black has allowed 14 walks, as well as 10 hits and 13 earned runs. At 8.56, his ERA is the second highest among organizational relievers.
— In San Jose, Steven Duggar is doing his best Joe Panik impression. After drawing two walks in Thursday's game, Duggar now has more walks (28) than he does strikeouts (27) during the 2016 season. Back in 2012, when Panik played shortstop for San Jose, he finished the season with 58 walks to just 54 strikeouts in 605 plate appearances. That made for a ridiculously low 8.9 strikeout percentage. Duggar's current mark is 17.1 percent, meaning in terms of walks, he's on pace to walk 107 times in 605 plate appearances.
— Grant Watson, lefty for the Augusta GreenJackets, is going through a major rough patch. During his last three outings, he owns a 7.07 ERA and has allowed an average of two base runners per inning (23 hits and six walks in 14 innings). He closed out April with a 0.92 ERA to go along with a 0.559 WHIP. Those numbers have increased significantly since.
— Dillon Dobson broke a home run drought when he hit his seventh home run of the season. The GreenJackets' power-hitting first baseman hit his sixth all the way back on April 28. It was a bit of a grind for Dobson during that span, slashing .214/.263/.286, though his strikeout rate remained solid at 17.1 percent.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 3-for-5, R, 2B, RBI
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-3, R, BB, SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
- Aramis Garcia: 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI
- Andrew Suarez: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 3-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI
- Hunter Cole: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, SO
- Austin Slater: 2-for-4, R, 2B, 4 RBI
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 3-for-5, R, 2 SB
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Dylan Davis: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO, CS