The SF Giants top prospect, Marco Luciano, may have finally had a breakout performance at San Jose.
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SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/19: Triple-A
The Sacramento River Cats had the day off.
SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/19: Double-A
Bowie Baysox 2 at Richmond Flying Squirrels 1
Performance of the Game: Heliot Ramos (2-4, 2B, 1 BB, 2 K)
Matt Frisbee (22nd-ranked prospect) took the mound for the first time since he threw six perfect innings in a nine-inning no-hitter last Thursday. After walking the leadoff hitter on Wednesday, though, Frisbee knew he would not match his last outing. Then, Adley Rutschman single to right field, and a chaotic first inning began to come off the rails.
Right fielder Sandro Fabian’s above-average arm got away from him, heaving a wild throw into the infield that allowed Rutschman to advance to second and a run to score on the error. Then Patrick Dorian blooped a 3-2 pitch into left field, and Frisbee hit a batter to load the bases with nobody out. At that point, Frisbee seemed destined for a massive letdown after two fantastic starts. Instead, he struck out the next two hitters and induced a groundball to Shane Matheny that should have ended the inning. However, Matheny committed the second Flying Squirrels error of the inning, allowing a second run to score.
The next hitter grounded out on one pitch to end the inning, but not before Frisbee had thrown 33 pitches and allowed two runs. At that point, he seemed to lock-in. Over the next four innings, only one Baysox hitter reached base against the righty, who needed just 40 additional pitches. Given how many things went wrong early, Frisbee showed a fantastic ability to overcome adversity, finishing his outing, striking out five with just one walk, three hits, and two runs (one earned) over five innings.
Sadly for Richmond, their offense was unable to ever make up for their first-inning deficit. Heliot Ramos (fourth-ranked prospect) was the only Flying Squirrel to record a pair of hits, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and walk. Matheny scored the only run after working a walk in the fifth on a Kyle Mottice single.