River Cats pile on 21 hits in win over Salt Lake

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG / SK / AZL

In Sunday's series finale in Salt Lake City, the Sacramento River Cats got everybody involved for a 21-hit, 14-run offensive outburst that included eight doubles and three home runs. Orlando Calixte clubbed two home runs, giving him three in his last two games and five in his last 11 games.

Included below are his second home from Sunday and his solo home run on Saturday.

Calixte has the batting line you would expect in the 124 plate appearances since he was sent back to Sacramento. He's striking out 25% of the time but when he isn't striking out, he's hitting for considerable power. He has a .238 isolated slugging percentage since being optioned, which includes six doubles, four triples, and five home runs in 28 games. He's drawn just two walks, giving him a .262/.274/.500 slash line.

Juniel Querecuto led the team in hits during the barrage, concluding with four including a double, while Wynton Bernard, Carlos Moncrief, and Ryan Lollis all pitched in with three.

Moncrief's night was especially impressive as all three of his hits went for extra bases — two doubles and a home run.

Chris Shaw chimed in with two hits, featuring his 11th double since joining the River Cats, and drew two walks, as well. Shaw's walk numbers are way down since the call-up and his strikeout numbers are up, which leads me to speculate that the Giants are having him work on being more aggressive. Otherwise I can't think of why his consistent 8-12% walk rate would suddenly be as low as 5.1% entering Sunday's contest, coinciding with a 29.1 K%, which is 6.1.% higher than any number he's ever posted in his pro career.

OTHER NOTES

 — It wasn't just the Cats hammering home the hits on Sunday. San Jose racked up 13 in a narrow victory in Lake Elsinore, and received production from almost everyone. Eleven of the 13 hits were singles, and two most importantly came from right-fielder Heath Quinn. He went into the game with just three hits in his last 35 plate appearances – a brutally rough patch where he was striking out in 45.7% of his trips to the plate.

— Excluding a pinch-hit appearance, Skyler Ewing has safely reached base in his last 22 games. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and no strikeouts in Sunday's game, pushing his organization-leading wRC+ up to 142.

Jacob Heyward reached double-digits in home runs with his 10th of the season. The 21-year-old from the University of Miami (FL) is showing decent peripherals in his debut full-season, including a .171 ISO in a power-muting South Atlantic League as well as a 11.3 BB%. The downside to Heyward is that he's striking out at a 27.7% clip and batting .223. All thrown together, he's having a slightly above-average campaign with a 110 wRC+.

— Recent fourth-rounder Garrett Cave is off to a stellar start with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The 6'4" right-hander has totaled 10 strikeouts, four hits, and one walk in seven innings thus far.

— Gustavo Cabrera, Robinson Medrano, and Kevin Rivera all homered in Salem-Keizer's 14-hit outburst. The Volcanoes continue to stack the hit column, now averaging 9.9 per game. Orlando Garcia has recorded a hit in 12 of his first 13 games since joining the team. He's slashing .298/.382/.532 in the 57-plate appearance stretch. 

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

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

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