Things had certainly gone cold for Dillon Dobson in June. Sitting at a solid line of .252/.308/.452 entering the third month of the season, the left-handed corner infielder took a significant tumble all the way down to .219/.266/.386 — a drop of 108 points of OPS in just 15 games (64 plate appearances).
Before Tuesday's game at home facing the Stockton Ports, he had shown signs of turning it around with seven hits in his previous five games, including a double and a home run. But on Tuesday, he really broke things open. He clubbed two home runs and added a double for good measure in a 3-for-4 showing that helped push his season OPS back up to .712.
Unfortunately, because of MiLB's goofy and nonsensical video upload decisions, despite San Jose's game being broadcast on live television and allowing for the perfect opportunity to post legitimate highlights, we have no footage of either Dobson's bombs.
But! We do have a clip of Aramis Garcia's third home run in the last two games.
The San Jose offense posted 11 or more runs for the second straight night and has racked up seven home runs, though six of them came from two individuals — Garcia and Dobson. Ryan Howard had another great night, leading off for the second consecutive game. He drew two walks and added a single, though remarkably those two free passes make up 16.7 percent of his season walk total of 12. Walking just 4.1 percent of the time this year, he makes up for it with a low strikeout rate (15.9%) and high batting average (.327).
— D.J. Snelten continues to be effective out of the bullpen. Though his strikeout rate is way down and his walk rate is way up since being promoted from Richmond, he's maintained a spectacular 68.1% ground ball rate. He's allowed just 11 hits in 18.1 innings with Sacramento, giving him a .169 opposing batting average.
— The Augusta GreenJackets shut out West Virginia for the second straight contest, and with a scoreless ninth inning three games ago, made it 19 consecutive scoreless innings for the entire pitching staff. On the heels of a great outing from Domenic Mazza, Stephen Woods added to his under-the-radar season with six shutout frames. He struck out eight and gave up five hits and three walks. His 24.9 percent strikeout rate is the highest among starting pitchers in the Giants' system.
— Pitching the last three innings of Augusta's 9-0 victory was Nolan Riggs, who is also having a nice under-the-radar year. The numbers look good all across the board: 22.8 K%, 6.7 BB%, .209 OBA, 2.48 ERA, 2.55 FIP.
— Kendry Melo has been nasty in his three relief appearances with Salem-Keizer to begin the year. He struck out six of the 11 batters he faced Tuesday night and has totaled 10 strikeouts among 22 batters faced so far.
- Sacramento: Andrew Suarez (3.32 ERA, 1.39 WHIP)
- Richmond: Matt Gage (3.38 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)
- San Jose: Matt Krook (6.43 ERA, 1.76 WHIP)
- Augusta: Raffi Vizcaino (3.24 ERA, 0.96 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Alex Bostic (6.28 ERA, 2.02 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-4, R, 2B, SO
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Sandro Fabian: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, SO
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 1-for-3, R, HR, BB, SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-4, R, 2B, BB, SO
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: 1-for-1
- Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Chris Stratton: 4.1 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 6 K
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 0-for-2, R, BB, SO
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 0-for-4, 3 SO
- Ryder Jones: 0-for-3, SO
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 1-for-4, 2B, SO
- Ryan Howard: 1-for-3, 3 R, 2 BB