(AAA) Sacramento River Cats (26-37) - L 3-0
The River Cats weren't able to get their bats going on Saturday as they dropped their first game of the series to the El Paso Chihuahuas. After winning the first two, the Cats will look to get the series win Sunday. The Cats were tamed by Chihuahuas starter Bryan Rodriguez as he held Sacramento to three hits over seven strong innings. Cats pitcher Chris Heston wasn't far behind Rodriguez as he pitched six strong innings, allowing eight hits and two runs. Heston also had five punch-outs for the Cats. Giants' outfielder Angel Pagan began a rehab stint with the Cats and went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts. Pagan injured his hamstring over a month ago and went on the DL towards the end of May.
(AA) Richmond Flying Squirrels (24-38) - W 4-1
Richmond took the second of three from the Portland Sea Dogs and set themselves up for a rubber match Sunday. Six Flying Squirrels had hits and third baseman Ryder Strong and right fielder Hunter Cole each had two hits. Cole, who has now had multi-hit games in five of his last seven appearances, led the way with a home run, a double and three RBI. Cole is batting .423 over his past seven games. Second baseman Ali Castillo extended his hit streak to nine as he went 1 for 4. Pitcher Adalberto Mejia pitched seven scoreless innings and had four strikeouts.
(A+) San Jose Giants (34-27) - L 10-5
The San Jose Giants took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning but the Modesto Nuts scored eight unanswered and got the victory. Shortstop C.J Hinojosa went 2 for 2 with a walk and an RBI for the Giants but it wasn't enough. Third baseman Christian Paulino also added a boost to the Giants as he went 2 for 4 with a home run. Jose Morel came out of the bullpen and gave up four runs to earn the loss. Morel hadn't given up an earned run in his prior two appearances. The Giants look to salvage a split on Sunday.
(A) Augusta Greenjackets (32-29) - W 4-2
A four-run eighth inning would be all the Greenjackets would need to prevail over the Greenville Drive. Left fielder Seth Harrison led off the top of the eighth ith a solo shot and third baseman Miguel Gomez went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBI. Center fielder Junior Arias now has a four-game hitting streak after going 2 for 4 for Augusta. Starting pitcher Domenic Mazza pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up two runs. However, it was Tyler Cyr who came out of the bullpen to pitch 3 2/3 innings who would get the win. Cyr struck out seven of the batters he faced as well.