SF Giants prospects rundown 5/14: Will Wilson’s hot bat

Eugene Emeralds Will Wilson (center) celebrates his 8th inning home run with Frank Labour at PK Park in Eugene.
Eugene Emeralds Will Wilson (center) celebrates his 8th inning home run with Frank Labour at PK Park in Eugene. /
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SF Giants, Heliot Ramos
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 04: Heliot Ramos #80 of the SF Giants makes a catch during the sixth inning of a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox at Scottsdale Stadium on March 04, 2021. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/14: Double-A

Richmond Flying Squirrels 3 at Harrisburg Senators 4
Performance of the Game: David Villar (2-3, BB, K, R, RBI)

Coming off a historic Thursday night, when the Flying Squirrels completed the first nine-inning no-hitter and eight-game win streak in franchise history, Richmond dropped their first game in more than a week. Starting pitcher Gerson Garabito allowed three runs to score on three hits and a walk in the first inning but kept the game close by righting the ship from there. Garabito allowed just three more baserunners and no runs over the next four innings.

Garabito helped get the offense rolling, working a 3-2 count before singling through the left side of the infield to lead off the top of the third. A few batters later, David Villar drove Garabito in on a single that put the Flying Squirrels on the board. Villar finished the day with two of Richmond’s six hits and worked the team’s only walk following an Andy Sugilio single in the sixth to put two runners on with nobody out for Vince Fernandez. Fernandez singled in Sugilio, putting runners on the corners for Frankie Tostado, who tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

Mac Marshall entered out of the bullpen in the 3-3 game and had his best feel for the strike zone of the season. However, Harrisburg’s hitters seemed to have Marshall’s pitches well-timed, lining a pair of one-out singles to spark a small rally. Soft-hitting shortstop Osvaldo Duarte laid down a bunt hit that should have loaded the bases, but a throwing error by Marshall allowed the deciding run to score. While Marshall ultimately took the loss, his outing was a clear step forward for the southpaw. He struck out the side in his second (and final) inning of work and did not walk a batter in an appearance for the first time on the season.

Frank Rubio recorded a strikeout in a 1-2-3 eighth inning, but the Flying Squirrels offense was smothered by the Senators’ bullpen, failing to reach base in the seventh, eighth, or ninth inning.