With Augusta having a rare Sunday off, and the Dominican Summer League, which began Saturday, taking Sundays off on the regular, the slate of games was smaller than usual. Two highlights from the three afternoon games were the bounce back performance from Andrew Suarez and two home runs hit by River Cats' catcher Miguel Olivo.
Suarez threw three rather underwhelming games since his Double-A debut back on May 12. Over the course of 15.2 innings, Suarez allowed 12 earned runs on 28 hits and six walks. On Sunday, he returned to the type of start Giants' prospect fans were used to seeing in April with San Jose. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and zero walks.
In five starts with the Giants, Suarez posted a stellar 34/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio to go along with a 2.43 ERA. He gave up an average of 7.6 hits per nine innings, but since joining Richmond, that average has risen to 9.9 while his strikeout totals have nearly been cut in half.
The Richmond bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to secure the win, with Ray Black striking out two in a perfect eighth. Tyler Rogers built his remarkable streak to 25.2 innings without allowing an earned run to begin the 2016 season. Rogers is one of just three pitchers in all of the minor leagues to have pitched more than 20 innings and still hold a 0.00 ERA. Colton Turner has gone 23.2 innings between two lower level Toronto affiliates without allowing a run, earned or unearned, while Joe Jimenez, with Detroit, has a 20.1 inning streak under his belt.
Olivo powered the offense for the River Cats in a 6-2 loss, hitting two solo home runs to account for all runs. They were his fourth and fifth home runs of the season, as the 37-year-old is really having an encouraging season in Triple-A. He's slashing .310/.328/.519 in 129 sporadic at-bats with Andrew Susac now getting the bulk of the starts behind the dish.
— Christian Arroyo reached the 15 doubles mark with another two-bagger on Sunday. He recorded seven in the first 34 games, but has eight is his last 17 games. Over that same stretch, Arroyo has 26 hits and is batting .366. His season average is now back up to .289 after a 15-game stretch from April 15 to May 3 where he slumped thanks to a .196 average.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 2-for-4, R, 2B, BB, SO
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, R, SO
- Sam Coonrod: 6 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- Mac Williamson: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI
- Austin Slater: 0-for-3, BB, SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 1-for-4, 2B, BB, SO
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: DNP