Blach, Johnson each strike out season-high seven

BOX SCORES: SAC / SJ / DSL

Another small slate of games as Richmond had the day off and Augusta was postponed due to rains from Tropical Storm Colin. Ty Blach and Jordan Johnson each allowed two home runs in their Monday starts, but struck out a season-high seven batters and went at least six innings with three earned runs or less for quality starts.

Blach pitched his team to victory in seven strong innings, using 98 pitches. He has thrown more than 90 in eight straight starts now and his ERA has just barely drooped below four at a solid 3.99 mark through an organization-leading 70 innings pitched.

Johnson's night was certainly encouraging considering his performance back on May 26. He recorded only three outs, giving up six earned runs on four hits and three walks. But on Monday, he returned to usual form. He walked only one hitter to go along with his seven punch outs, and his line would have looked nicer, and may have provided his team a win, if two of his five hits in six innings weren't home runs. San Jose radio voice Joe Ritzo said Johnson's stuff "looked crisp" and noted that the stadium gun had Johnson's fastball running 90-94 mph, which had been the standard for him thus far in 2016.

OTHER NOTES

Chris Shaw has slumped pretty hard during his last 10 games, though thankfully it's not the kind of slump where strikeouts are abundant. He has just three hits in his last 39 plate appearances (.091 AVG), but only six of his outs have been strikeouts, which puts him at 15.4 percent over the 10-game stretch — lower than his season mark of 21.5 percent. He was absolutely red-hot the 30 games prior, collecting 41 hits and slugging .709. 

Reyes Moronta has been virtually lights out for about 14 games now. He struck out the side last night for the second outing in a row, and over his last 14 innings, his line looks like this: 5 hits, 0 earned runs, 4 walks, 22 strikeouts. In his first 10 games, he served up six earned runs in ten innings for a 5.40 ERA. He whittled that down to 2.16 after last night's perfect eighth inning.

— One video highlight from Monday night was this Juan Ciriaco leadoff home run in the seventh, which capped off nice 3-for-4 performance that also included a double.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS


TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

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

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