River Cats walk off again, San Jose joins party

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

The Sacramento River Cats launched two home runs in the first inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead, eventually lost that lead, then walked off for the second consecutive night. Jarrett Parker led off with a solo shot to dead center field, giving him two home runs in a row dating back to Tuesday night's walk-off. Pablo Sandoval walked and scored on Chris Shaw's 10th in a River Cats uniform, 16th of the season.

Shaw reached base twice more beyond the home run, singling in the third and walking in the ninth. Ryder Jones has seven hits and two walks in six games since returning from the disabled list. His double on Wednesday night looked like your run-of-the-mill single — a line drive hit to right-center field — but Jones hustled right out of the gate and turned it into his 18th double of 2017. And late-inning hero Ryan Lollis went 3-for-5 to raise his batting average to .317 in 69 Triple-A plate appearances.

Though the four runs surrendered by Jose Flores were the culprit of the lost lead, his seven innings, featuring six strikeouts and no walks, kept Sacramento close. Flores owns a 4.03 through five starts since being called up to Triple-A, but his other numbers more than make up for what is a misleading ERA.

The 28-year-old right-hander has struck out 26.1% and walked 8.0% of the batters he's faced in a River Cats uni, which is a two percent increase in strikeouts while the walk rate is exactly the same compared to his 47.1 innings in Richmond earlier this season. The opposition is batting .238/.292/.371 off him, with the slugging number being higher than usual due to the three home runs Flores has allowed in five starts. He did not give up even one homer with Richmond.

OTHER NOTES

Brandon Bednar, with three hits on Wednesday, made it 19 in the last 14 games. Seven of the 19 are of the extra-base hit variety, including five doubles, one triple, and one home run. Over these 14 games, Bednar is slashing .380/.404/.580 with a 15.4 K%.

— San Jose notched their 13th and final hit of Wednesday's game, and it came off the bat of second baseman Jalen Miller to send the Municipal Stadium crowd home happy. Matt Solter was arguably the hero of the game, though, relieving Matt Krook for four innings of one-walk, six-strikeout ball. Ryan Howard went 2-for-6 with two doubles, giving him a .322 batting average through 411 plate appearances — second best in the California League.

Ryan Kirby went yard for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and is now rocking a 146 wRC+ in 171 plate appearances. Enjoy this lone highlight.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Chris Shaw: 2-for-4, R, HR, BB, SO
  4. Heliot Ramos: 2-for-5, 2B, SO
  5. Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-6, SO
  6. Austin Slater: DNP
  7. Steven Duggar: 0-for-5, 2 SO
  8. Aramis Garcia:DNP
  9. Sandro Fabian: DNP
  10. Heath Quinn: 0-for-1, SO
  11. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  12. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  13. Seth Corry: DNP
  14. Ryder Jones: 2-for-5, 2B
  15. Jacob Gonzalez: 1-for-5, 2B
  16. C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-3
  17. Shaun Anderson: DNP
  18. Kyle Crick: DNP
  19. Garrett Cave: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  20. Garrett Williams: DNP
  21. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  22. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  23. Melvin Adon: DNP
  24. Miguel Gomez: 1-for-1, 2B
  25. Kelvin Beltre: DNP
  26. Matt Krook: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  27. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  28. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  29. Stephen Woods: DNP
  30. Bryce Johnson: 1-for-5, 2 SO, SB

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