SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/15: High-A
Hillsboro Hops 11 at Eugene Emeralds 5
Performance of the Game: Will Wilson (1-4, HR, K, R, RBI)
While Richmond was putting plenty of players on the bases without much power or timely hits, Eugene split their six hits among six starters and scored five runs. Granted, the Emeralds’ offense was suffocated for nearly the entire contest, trailing 11-0 entering the bottom of the ninth inning.
The game would eventually get out of hand, but it looked like a pitcher’s duel through four innings. Eugene’s starting pitcher Conner Nurse struck out eight through four shutout innings and allowed just one hit. Then, in the fifth, Nurse walked the lead-off hitter, struck out a batter, gave up a pair of singles before a Tra Holmes home run brought Nurse’s outing to an end.
Then, Jasier Herrera entered and could do nothing to contain the damage. While Herrera finished 1.2 innings of work, he allowed five runs before getting out of the fifth, giving the Hops a nine-run fifth inning.
On the other side of the diamond, the 33rd overall pick in last year’s draft, Slade Cecconi, looked fantastic in his professional debut, allowing one hit in four innings of work.
Longtime teammates at NC State and first-round selections Patrick Bailey (seventh-ranked prospect) and Will Wilson (fifteenth-ranked prospect) led off the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back home runs, which set the tone for a five-run, four-hit, and two-walk inning. While the game’s result had already been decided, the Emeralds did the bulk of their damage against Matt Tabor, the Diamondbacks third-round pick in 2017, and had shut down their offense for nearly half of the game.