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.
— 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.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: 3-for-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB, SO
- Chris Shaw: 3-for-7, 2B, RBI, SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: 1-for-5, R, 2 SO
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
- Austin Slater: 1-for-4, RBI, sO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 2-for-7, R, SO
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 2-for-5, 3 R, 2B, RBI, SO, SB