Flying Squirrels explode for 14 runs on 15 hits

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ

Despite allowing 13 hits to the opponent, the Richmond Flying Squirrels managed to pull off an eight-run victory thanks to 15 hits of their own, which resulted in 14 runs. Richmond received help from four three-hit games — Slade Heathcott, Miguel Gomez, Brandon Bednar, and Giants' rehabbing shortstop Brandon Crawford.

The most notable three-hit performances were from Heathcott and Bednar. Two of Heathcott's hits went for extra bases, including a double and a three-run homer. For Bednar, he recorded his third double in four games after going 18 straight games to open up the season without an extra-base hit, though his 20 singles gave him a .308 batting average.

It's the same old story for Gomez, who had a double amongst his three hits. He's now batting .333 with no noticeable differences between his splits against lefties and righties. His power is a little lacking through the first month, down at .111 ISO from .189 a year ago, but he's drawing walks 1.8% more often.

In the bullpen, lefty D.J. Snelten continues his breakout season with two more shutdown innings. He gave up a double and a single, but struck out five batters to up his strikeout percentage to 31.4 to go along with a 4.3% walk rate and .234 opposing batting average.

Baseball America's Kyle Glaser was on hand and clocked some Snelten pitches. His fastball was 89-90, with some sink as I would imagine, while his curveball came in at 78. 

Rodolfo Martinez pitched in his second game of the season after missing the first month, and wasn't his sharpest. He managed to keep Altoona off the board despite two hits and a walk. He threw 22 pitches, only 10 of which were strikes. Glaser had his fastball in the 94-95 range, topping out at 98.

OTHER NOTES

— I caught Chris Stratton's second start since being sent back to Sacramento. He struck out five in 4.2 innings while allowing six hits and three walks. He was getting squeezed a bit, but the real issue was the type of contact Stratton was giving up. Reno's first four hits off the right-hander were three doubles and a home run. He had 11 swinging strikes, with a mix of the 92-94 mph fastball and low-80s slider getting the majority of swing-throughs. His first two strikeouts were on 94mph up in the zone, while the most impressive strikeout came courtesy of a back-foot slider thrown to a lefty.

— San Jose got one-hit by Rancho Cucamonga, and it was a guy needing a hit most who notched the lone check in the column. Gio Brusa raised his batting average to .188 with his single in the second inning.

Mac Williamson destroyed a baseball 426 feet for a two-run home run to dead center field, but sorry, for the second straight day, MiLB didn't feel like uploading his homer to YouTube. Williamson seems to be feeling better in May, as in his 32 plate appearances, he's slashing .286/.375/.500 with an 18.8 K%. In 35 April trips to the plate, Williamson struck out 34.3% of the time.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: DNP
  2. Christian Arroyo: 0-for-2, 2 BB
  3. Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-4, 3 SO
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: 1-for-3, R, BB
  6. Sandro Fabian: DNP
  7. Heath Quinn: DNP
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: 6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  11. Ty Blach: DNP
  12. Steven Okert: DNP
  13. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  14. Matt Krook: DNP
  15. Aramis Garcia: 0-for-3, 2 SO
  16. C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-5, R, BB, SO
  17. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  18. Rodolfo Martinez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K
  19. Austin Slater: 0-for-4
  20. Kelvin Beltre: DNP
  21. Dan Slania: DNP
  22. Cory Taylor: DNP
  23. Chris Stratton: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  24. Chase Johnson: DNP
  25. Jalen Miller: DNP
  26. Melvin Adon: DNP
  27. Garrett Williams: DNP
  28. Dylan Davis: DNP
  29. Ryder Jones: 1-for-5, R, 2B, 3 SO
  30. Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, R, BB, SO

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