Nick Avila

San Francisco Giants Water Cooler: Ali Castillo Stays Hot

Here's everything you need to know about last night's San Francisco Giants and their minor league action.

While the Giants had the night off, their minor league teams were in action on Thursday night. 

Sacramento River Cats

  • The River Cats got a 2-1 win over the Fresno Grizzlies and took the three-game series two games to one.
  • Pitcher Ty Blach was stellar once again as he pitched eight innings of one-run ball.
  • Blach (9-5) has now won his last three starts (three earned runs combined) and has a 1.13 ERA in those games.
  • Ali Castillo's bat has continued to sizzle for Sacramento as he recorded his sixth multi-hit game (in eight opportunities) and he now has a .500 batting average.
  • Travis Ishikawa had a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning.
  • Jean Machi pitched one inning and earned his third save of the season.

Richmond Flying Squirrels

  • The Flying Squirrels headed to the bottom of the ninth inning in a 5-5 battle with the Reading Fightin Phils before walking off.
  • Pinch hitter Christian Arroyo singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth, C.J Hinojosa singled him to third and Chris Shaw was the hero with a single to give the Squirrels a 6-5 win.
  • Preston Claiborne blew a save in the ninth inning before being bailed out and recording a win, his first of the season.
  • Eight Squirrels had hits as the team had 11 total.
  • Chris Shaw is batting .344 so far in July and .333 overall on the year, according to the team's website.

San Jose Giants

  • The Giants were shut out by the Modesto Nuts 6-0.
  • Jason Forjet pitched seven innings and allowed four runs.
  • Catcher Rene Melendez went 2 for 3 for the Giants.
  • Melendez was the lone Giant with multiple hits.
  • The Giants were 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
  • Center fielder Ronnie Jebavy led off and went 1 for 4 in the loss. With the third inning single, he stretched his hitting streak to nine games.

Augusta GreenJackets 

  • Catcher/third baseman Miguel Gomez went 3 for 4 for the GreenJackets in a 3-2 victory. Gomez is batting .465 in his last 10 games according to the team's website.
  • Catcher Matt Pare had a pair of Augusta's eight hits (one a home run) and had two RBI
  • Domenic Mezza pitched 7 2/3 innings allowing two runs (both in the first inning) and striking out 11 but didn't earn a win.
  • Ryan Halstead pitched 1/3 of an inning to get the victory.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

  • The Volcanoes Thursday game against the Vancouver Canadians was postponed due to rain. 
  • The game will be made up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader. 

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