Mazza hurls two-hit shutout in Charleston

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

Domenic Mazza has made sure it wasn't one-and-done after his perfect game earlier this season. Other than a one rough outing, Mazza has been dealing for the Augusta GreenJackets, and on Sunday, he displayed his best stuff since the perfecto.

Needing just 82 pitches, Mazza threw a two-hit shutout on the road against the Charleston River Dogs. He absolutely pounded the strike zone, throwing a mere 17 balls the entire day — good enough for a 79.3 strike percentage. He walked no one and struck out five. 

Here's a brief highlight, which is just a pop-up. But it provides a sliver of context?

The left-hander from Concord, Calif. gave up nine earned runs in his follow-up to the perfect game, but in eight starts since owns an ERA of 1.89, a WHIP of 0.93, and a .551 opposing OPS, all while averaging just over seven innings per start.

It would not surprise me to see Mazza, who has recorded 168.2 innings in the South Atlantic League between this year and last, promoted to San Jose this month. The California League club could use one or two solid starters in their rotation, especially with the struggling Mark Reyes (5.76 ERA, 1.88 WHIP) and Grant Watson (5.79 ERA, 1.98 WHIP) pitching two out of every six games.

OTHER NOTES

— Sticking with the Northern California pitching prospects throwing well, let's highlight Stetson Woods and his four-game hot streak to begin the season up in Salem-Keizer. The tall right-hander from Madera kept things rolling with a six-inning, no-walk, eight-strikeout performance on Sunday where he allowed one earned run on seven hits. Through 23 innings in 2017, Woods is striking out batters at a 25.5% rate and walking batters at a fantastically-low 3.0% rate.

Chris Shaw homered for the fifth time in five games as he climbs closer to the amount of plate appearances he reached with the Double-A Flying Squirrels before promotion. Shaw had hit three homers in El Paso at 3,470 feet of elevation, but two in a row have come at basically sea level in Sacramento, including one the other night that traveled 406 feet to right center. Shaw has kind of a funky line going right now. He has his batting average up to .301 but is drawing walks at a minuscule rate of 2.9%. But thanks to his .263 ISO, his OPS sits at .880, 21 points below his finishing mark in Richmond.

— Though Heliot Ramos cooled off, Jacob Gonzalez raked two more doubles in a 3-for-4 showing in his third pro game while catcher Chris Corbett debuted going 2-for-4 with a double.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: DNP
  2. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  3. Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-4, R
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, HR, SO
  6. Sandro Fabian: 0-for-4, 4 SO
  7. Heath Quinn: DNP
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  11. Sam Coonrod: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K
  12. Matt Krook: DNP
  13. Aramis Garcia: 1-for-4, R, SO
  14. C.J. Hinojosa: 3-for-5, 2B
  15. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  16. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  17. Austin Slater: 0-for-4, SO
  18. Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-6, R, SO
  19. Dan Slania: DNP
  20. Cory Taylor: DNP
  21. Chris Stratton: DNP
  22. Chase Johnson: DNP
  23. Jalen Miller: 0-for-3, SO
  24. Melvin Adon: DNP
  25. Garrett Williams: DNP
  26. Dylan Davis: 1-for-1, R, 2B
  27. Ryder Jones: 1-for-3, R
  28. Hunter Cole: DNP
  29. Miguel Gomez: 1-for-4
  30. Ryan Howard: 1-for-4

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