As far as quirky lineups go, Tuesday's in Sacramento ranks right up there. Start with the opposing pitcher, who Giants fans, especially in Sacramento, remember very well. On the mound for the Round Rock Express was Clayton Blackburn, who pitched 259.1 innings in a River Cats uniform from 2016 to 2017.
Leading off for the Cats was Jarrett Parker, who as a high-strikeout power bat with a struggling batting average doesn't quite fit the leadoff mold. Hitting in front of classic number-two hitter Pablo Sandoval, making his Sacramento River Cats debut, Parker clubbed a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the ninth to send Panda hat-wearing crazies happily home.
The lineup was lacking Justin Ruggiano, who opted out of his minor league contract with San Francisco yesterday. That opened the door for an exciting outfield formation. Chris Shaw manned left, Parker roamed center, and Ryder Jones started in right. Jones, by the way, reached base three times on Tuesday with two singles and a walk.
Also making his River Cats debut was right-handed reliever Reyes Moronta. Drew Stubbs took him deep for a two-run shot among three total hits, but he did strike out two in one frame.
— Former Detroit Tigers ninth-round pick Will LaMarche has been pitching well for the San Jose Giants since the club signed him to a minor-league deal. The right-hander has struck out 35 in 29 innings with just five walks for a 30.4 K% and 4.4 BB%. And with eight runs, six earned, over the stretch, LaMarche owns a 1.86 ERA. LaMarche turns 26 next month, went to high school in Pleasanton at Amador Valley, and was drafted out of LSU after attending Chabot College in Hayward.
— Heath Quinn has just nine hits in 16 games since returning from brief stint on the disabled list and is striking out a 40.4% clip. He's in serious need of a hot streak.
— Sixth-rounder Bryce Johnson is hitting for almost zero power in Salem-Keizer, but is tearing it up in the singles, walks, and stolen bases department. In 84 plate appearances, Johnson is batting .329 with a 8.3 BB% and 11 stolen bases.
— Heliot Ramos is still maintaining an OPS near 1.200 as he went 2-for-5 Tuesday. Ramos, who doesn't turn 18 until September, has the second highest wRC+ (200) in the Arizona League, trailing only Milwaukee's Keston Hiura (229).
- Sacramento: Jose Flores (2.60 ERA, 1.05 WHIP)
- Richmond: Tyler Herb (3.60 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
- San Jose: Matt Krook (6.42 ERA, 1.78 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Julio Benitez (4.18 ERA, 1.55 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Heliot Ramos: 2-for-5, SO, SB
- Bryan Reynolds: 3-for-4, R
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 1-for-4, SO
- Sandro Fabian: 2-for-4, 2B, R
- Heath Quinn: 0-for-4, SO
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Seth Corry: DNP
- Ryder Jones: 2-for-3, R, BB, SB
- Jacob Gonzalez: 0-for-3, 2 BB
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-4, R, BB
- Shaun Anderson: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Garrett Cave: DNP
- Garrett Williams: 7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Stephen Woods: DNP
- Bryce Johnson: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, BB, 2 SB, CS