Blach on a roll, Parker moves into PCL home run lead

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG

While Clayton Blackburn got the call-up to the major league club last week, it's been left-hander Ty Blach who has been the ace over a five-start stretch for the Sacramento River Cats. The 25-year-old threw six innings on Sunday in Memphis, allowing just four hits, one run, and one walk while striking out five. The game dropped his ERA to 3.57, and over the last five games, it's at a stellar 2.05 mark. 

Aside from his uncharacteristically high BB/9 rate, the 2016 numbers for Blach have been a noticeable improvement from his Triple-A debut season in 2015. Through seven starts, his ERA has dropped a full point and his K/BB ratio has doubled.

Jarrett Parker moved into the Pacific Coast League lead for home runs with a two-homer performance. He hit his 10th on Saturday, then No. 11 and 12 on Sunday to slide ahead of Reno's Peter O'Brien. 

OTHER NOTES

— Richmond lost it's tenth consecutive game, with Tyler Beede on the mound for the Sunday afternoon game. He pitched well enough to keep his team in the game, giving up three runs in six innings, but the Flying Squirrels scored less than three runs for the seventh time over the previous ten games. They'll get a much needed day off Monday.

— San Jose went 14 innings before losing on a Modesto Nuts walk-off single. Chris Shaw and Steven Duggar each picked up three hits, including Shaw's California League-leading 13th double. At .592, Shaw is also third in the league in slugging percentage.

Lucius Fox was a home run away from the cycle, going 3-for-5 on Sunday. Remarkably, the double was just his second of the year, and the triple his first. His average is up to .240 now after sitting well below .200 for a good chunk of April. He's 15-for-48 (.312) over his last 12 games. Miguel Gomez hit his third home run of the year, and is still rocking a solid average at .333 through his first 57 at-bats.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS


TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  2. Tyler Beede: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  3. Phil Bickford: DNP
  4. Lucius Fox: 3-for-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB, SO
  5. Chris Shaw: 3-for-7, 2B, RBI, SO
  6. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  7. Mac Williamson: 1-for-5, R, 2 SO
  8. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  9. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  10. Adalberto Mejia: DNP
  11. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  12. Jalen Miller: DNP
  13. Ray Black: DNP
  14. Chase Johnson: DNP
  15. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  16. Steven Okert: DNP
  17. Kyle Crick: DNP
  18. Jarrett Parker: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
  19. Hunter Cole: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
  20. Austin Slater: 1-for-4, RBI, sO
  21. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  22. Michael Santos: DNP
  23. Ty Blach: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  24. Mac Marshall: DNP
  25. Ronnie Jebavy: 2-for-7, R, SO
  26. Derek Law: DNP
  27. Chris Stratton: DNP
  28. Ian Gardeck: DNP
  29. Jake Smith: DNP
  30. Dylan Davis: 2-for-5, 3 R, 2B, RBI, SO, SB

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