As the hunt for a healthy infield continues in San Francisco, those left to develop in the farm system are making their presence felt. Here’s the latest from the Grizzlies, Squirrels, and SJ Giants:
"@Travis_Blackley Thank you to everyone in San Francisco! Fans, player and coaches, you all made me feel very welcome! The opportunity was a blessing!"
Current record: 27-13
Sitting pretty: The Grizzlies currently lead the Pacific Coast League in batting average (.299) and OPS (.820). Heading their offensive charge is left fielder Justin Christian and third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who tout averages over .350, OBPs over .400, and 4 home runs apiece.
Call me maybe: With Jeremy Affeldt officially reinstated from the DL, LHP Travis Blackley hopped across the Bay to rejoin his former team, the Oakland A’s. Other call-ups include RHP Shane Loux and second baseman Charlie Culberson (batting .111/.111/.111 in 5 starts with the Giants). Gillaspie and right-handed reliever Scott Munter were reassigned to Fresno after posting several games in San Francisco.
Richmond Flying Squirrels
"@Daryl_Maday I could use a hot tub and a massage. Oh and a new lower back, right knee and left hip. #gettingold #8hourbusride"
Current record: 20-20
Goose eggs: Yesterday, the Squirrels escaped a sweep by the Harrisburg Senators with a 1-0 shutout. RHP Chris Heston, Daryl Maday, Jake Dunning, and Brett Bochy combined a 6-hit, 9-strikeout effort to retire 41 batters. After 14 grueling, scoreless innings, opposing RHP Marcos Frias issued a bases-loaded walk to Joel Weeks, sending Daniel Mayora home for the single run of the game.
Hot or not: Mayora is still raking in hits, propelling the Squirrels with a slash line of .314/.363/.379 and 44 hits, 18 runs, and 17 RBI in 159 PA. On the flip side, he also leads the team in strikeouts (25) and errors (14).
San Jose Giants
"@SHarrold19 One of these days I’ll catch a break… Good Ol’ Baseball. #luckoftheIrish"
Current record: 26-15
Beat the streak: After last night’s 3-8 game against the Visalia Rawhide, the Giants have started each of their previous four series with a loss, followed by two wins.
League leader: LHP Jack Snodgrass is still clinging to second place in the California League, with a 1.69 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts in 8 starts and 48.0 IP. He posted his fifth win against the Modesto Nuts on Wednesday, striking out 5 of 24 batters and allowing just 2 hits, 2 earned runs, and 2 walks in 7 IP.