SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/8: Double-A
Richmond Flying Squirrels 2 at Hartford Yard Goats 0 (7 innings)
Performance of the Game: Matt Frisbee (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K)
Richmond Flying Squirrels 9 at Hartford Yard Goats 5 (7 innings)
Performance of the Game: Sandro Fabian (2-4, HR, K, 2 R, 3 RBI)
After a rainout on Friday, the Flying Squirrels returned to the field and took a pair of seven-inning games from the Yards Goats in vastly different ways. On the morning side of the doubleheader, Matt Frisbee needed just 55 pitches (44 strikes) to get through a dominant five shutout innings. Aside from a pair of hits by Matt McLaughlin, Frisbee mixed and matched his way to a blemishless outing before handing the ball to Pat Ruotolo, who walked one and struck out two in two shutout innings to close things out.
Hartford starter Matt Dennis took the hard-luck loss, surrendering doubles to Heliot Ramos and David Villar in the first inning that would ultimately be enough to take the L in an otherwise strong five-innings. Villar scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth after doubling again and finding his way around the bases after a throwing error by Casey Golden. Ramos also worked a walk, but no one else reached base more than once in the Richmond lineup.
The second game of the day got off to a similar start, with Ramos working a leadoff walk, Andy Sugilio singling, and Ramos scoring on a throwing error by the catcher when he attempted to steal third. Hartford quickly answered with a run of their own after an error by Villar allowed a runner to reach base, but Flying Squirrels starter Gerson Garabito, a 25-year old signed as a minor-league free agent this offseason with Double-A experience, held his own over four innings.
Then, in the bottom of the fourth, Richmond burst the game open with an explosive eight-run inning. Yard Goats pitchers struggled to find the strike zone, and the few times they did, the Flying Squirrels found the outfield grass, scoring five runs on five singles and a walk. With two outs and runners on first and second, Sandro Fabian (who had already come around to score after a leadoff single earlier in the inning) blasted a pitch off the right-field foul pole for a three-run homer.