Ty Blach's 2016 season in Sacramento, his second Triple-A campaign, has been statistically better in many areas. His last eight starts, including Wednesday afternoon's two-hit gem, is continued evidence of this. Twenty-three starts deep into his fourth full pro season, Blach's ERA, WHIP, FIP, H/9, HR/9, and opposing slugging percentage are all lower than 2015, with the most notable improvements being in the area of ERA (4.46 to 3.36) and H/9 (10.3 to 8.1). He's given up just eight home runs in 144.2 innings, and none since June 22.
Wednesday, Blach struck out seven and allowed just four baserunners to lower his season ERA to 3.36. He broke his career-high in pitches thrown by three, climbing all the way to 123 with 85 (69.1%) of them being strikes.
Blach has averaged almost 7.1 innings per start in the eight-start stretch beginning with his most recent complete game back on June 27. Opposing hitters have slugged .226 during the span while only 39 hits and eight walks have been surrendered during his last 58 innings pitched.
You can get a good look at Blach's compact motion in the video below, where he caught a Tacoma Rainier looking for the final out of the game.
— Stay hot Bryan Reynolds. The Giants' top pick from the 2016 draft went 3-for-3 on Wednesday with his fifth home run of the year. He is 15-for-32 with five doubles and two home runs in his last nine games, bringing his season slash line up to .328/.399/.557. Reynolds' Wednesday dinger came from the left side, making it three batting left handed and two batting right handed in 2016.
— After a brief rough patch in July (.167 AVG from July 13 to Jul 28), Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Dillon Dobson has turned it back around with a .341/.408/.455 line in his last 11 games. Dobson went 2-for-4 with his fifth triple of the season on Wednesday.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 0-for-4, BB, 2 SO
- Tyler Beede: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
- Chris Shaw: 2-for-5, R, 3B, BB
- Bryan Reynolds: 3-for-3, R, HR, RBI
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 2-for-5, 2B
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-5, SO
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, SO
- Ray Black: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-3, BB, SO
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, SO
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 2-for-5, R, RBI, SO, SB
- Austin Slater: 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI
- Ty Blach: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
- Gio Brusa: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, 2 SO