Not only was today the home opener for the San Francisco Giants, but it was also the season opener for their minor league affiliates. Here is the minor league report for 4/7.
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Triple-A: The Sacramento River Cats took a 5-2 loss to the Salt Lake Bees while on the road in Utah. Starter Ty Blach (0-1) gave up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings, striking out two. The River Cats only managed five hits, and DH Conor Gillaspie drove in a run and scored once. Catcher Andrew Susac went 1-3 with a walk and threw out one of two runners stealing second.
Due Up: @ Salt Lake 5:35 pm pt Blackburn vs Tropeano
Double-A: At The Diamond in Richmond, VA, the Richmond Flying Squirrels lost to the Hartford Yard Goats by a score of 5-4. Tyler Beede (0-1) started for the Flying Squirrels and went five innings, giving up just two runs. He allowed seven hits and struck out six. On offense, 1B Ricky Oropesa and 3B Ryder Jones both went deep. Jones also doubled in the game. Catcher Matt Winn had two hits, and had the other RBI.
Due Up: @ Hartford 4:35 pm pt Mejia vs Jemiola
High-A: Down the road from AT&T Park, the San Jose Giants hosted the Lancaster JetHawks and won 4-3. The Giants had five players in the lineup who had two hits apiece. Those 5 (CF Ronnie Jebavy, RF Steven Duggar, SS C.J. Hinojosa, LF Johneshwy Fargas, 2B Brandon Bednar) joined 3B Jose Vizcaino in the hit column. Vizcaino also drove in a run. Starter Andrew Suarez went five innings, giving up two runs on three hits, and struck out six. Martin Agosta (1-0) went two scoreless innings in relief, striking out three to earn the victory.
Due Up: @ home vs Lancaster 7:00 pm pt Walter vs Coonrod
Low-A: The Augusta Green Jackets lost to the Rome Braves in Rome, GA by a score of 10-1. A seven run third inning doomed the Green Jackets and they ended up striking out fourteen times in the game. Former shortstop currently playing second, Jalen Miller went 2-4 with a run scored. Left fielder Dylan Davis drove him in with a double, going 1-4. Starter Michael Santos threw 39 of his 58 pitches for strikes, but gave up eight runs (4 earned), and lasted two and a third. Tyler Cyr was impressive as he struck out five of the six batters in his two scoreless innings.
Due Up: @ Rome 4:00 pm pt Bickford vs Weigel