The Augusta GreenJackets offense accomplished a rare feat in their victory over the Rome Braves Thursday night. The lineup managed 21 hits — all of which were singles. They had totaled 23 hits in their previous four games combined.
Leading the way in the hit department was shortstop Brandon Van Horn, who tallied four singles to raise his batting average by 15 points. Then it's a solid list of three-hit performers: Frandy De La Rosa, Kelvin Beltre, and Jean Angomas, with Beltre being the most impressive considering he also walked twice.
Short side note on Beltre: his wRC+ is now up to 124. It's worth mentioning that since he was signed in 2014, he has posted a wRC+ greater than 112 with every team he's joined. I'm excited to see what he'll do in a hitter friendly California League. My guess is he's there by mid-July.
The pitching staff was stellar for the GreenJackets, as well. Domenic Mazza hurled seven dominant innings allowing just five baserunners and striking out eight. Sandro Cabrera and Pat Ruotolo combined to toss two perfect innings in the eighth and ninth, with Ruotolo striking out the side to increase his strikeout percentage to 33.6%.
And one last note on Augusta's lineup: Jean Angomas stole four bases. Four!
– Ryder Jones homered for the second straight game, giving him nine on the season. His last 15 games have produced quite a slash line: .340/.470/.698 with 11 walks, 11 strikeouts, five doubles, one triple, four home runs.
— Chris Shaw also homered, which broke a streak of 64 plate appearances without a big fly. A concern for Shaw is that after drawing walks at an 11.7% rate in Richmond to start the year, he has just three walks in 83 plate appearances with Sacramento. That's a 3.6% rate. That, and he's striking out almost 11% more often.
— Matt Gage has no strung together four consecutive legit starts for the Flying Squirrels. He went six scoreless on Thursday, allowing three hits and one walk, to make this his pitching line over four outings: 26 IP, 20 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 20 K. It's lowered his ERA from 4.23 to 3.36 and his WHIP from 1.54 to 1.29.
— The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes debuted, rolling out a lineup featuring seven returning players and two new guys. After three years in he DSL and one in the AZL, Robinson Medrano finally escaped and went 2-for-4 with a double. I'm predicting he'll have a breakout season.
— Stetson Woods shined in his Volcanoes debut, tossing six scoreless innings with three singles, one walk, and five strikeouts.
- Sacramento: Roberto Gomez (5.12 ERA, 1.55 WHIP)
- Richmond: Jordan Johnson (2.76 ERA, 1.26 WHIP)
- San Jose: Jake McCasland (5.75 ERA, 1.78 WHIP)
- Augusta: Raffi Vizcaino (3.27 ERA, 0.82 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Jose Marte
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: 0-for-1
- Bryan Reynolds: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, BB, SO
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 2-for-4, R, HR, 2 SO
- Sandro Fabian: 2-for-3, BB, SO
- Heath Quinn: 0-for-3, BB, SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 2-for-4, R, HR
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 SO
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: 3-for-4, R, 2 BB, SO, SB
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 4 K
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 0-for-3, SO
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-3, SO
- Ryder Jones: 2-for-3, R, HR, BB
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 2-for-7, R, 2B, SO
- Ryan Howard: 1-for-4, CS