Through two games in the hot box that is the Lancaster Jethawks' "The Hangar," the San Jose Giants have boosted their offensive confidence with 17 runs on 21 hits, highlighted by three home runs on Tuesday night. Gio Brusa, most notably, broke out of his 1-for-16 slump going 2-for-5 with a solo home run, though he did strike out three times.
The rest of the top of the lineup continued using their hot bats to get on base and score runs as the first four hitters in Tuesday's lineup scored six of San Jose's 10 runs. Jalen Miller, batting .360, recorded his third double of the year. Ryan Howard, now at .370, went 2-for-5 with two runs and his second homer of the season. Bryan Reynolds didn't record a hit but coaxed two walks and scored a run. And finally Aramis Garcia hit his second home run on the year, scoring twice and raising his batting average to .423.
The four aforementioned players are a combined 38-for-100 (.380) to begin the year.
Giants' pitchers allowed five runs on 14 hits, but kept the ball in the park as 12 of Lancaster's 14 hits were singles, plus two doubles. Heath Slatton, who made five starts in 27 appearances last season for the Augusta GreenJackets, worked around nine hits and three walks to keep the JetHawks to three runs during his five innings of work.
— Out in Richmond, two position players pitched the final two innings for the Flying Squirrels on Tuesday, bringing the Giants' system some early-season Weird Baseball. Infielder Rando Moreno got the ninth (in a tie game!) and needed just seven pitches to work a scoreless frame with one hit. Corner outfielder Tyler Horan replaced Moreno in the 10th and threw 23 pitches but managed to hold the Altoona Curve to one run on a hit and two walks before Chris Shaw's game-winning, two-run double saved him the next half inning.
— The Augusta GreenJackets ended a five-game losing streak to notch their first victory of 2017. Kelvin Beltre's double and home run supplied three of Augusta's seven runs, raising his average to .240. Beyond him, however, the bulk of the lineup continues to slump early in the year. Jacob Heyward, Ryan Kirby, and Sandro Fabian are a combined 11-for-63 (.175) through six games.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
- Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB, SO
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SO
- Sandro Fabian: DNP
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: 4 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: 2-for-6, R, RBI, SO
- Kelvin Beltre: 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SO
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 K
- Chase Johnson: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: DNP
- Ryder Jones: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, 2 SO