Rick Scuteri, USA Today

Giants Water Cooler: Pence Begins Rehab, Exits Early

Hunter Pence joined the River Cats in Texas on Saturday night, and came out after three innings

River Cats

For Hunter Pence, the day started off on the wrong foot. In his first at-bat against Round Rock, he reached base after being hit by a pitch. In the third, he singled to the opposite field, putting himself and Kelby Tomlinson at first and second. Pence came into first and was replaced by Ryan Lollis. Here is what the play looked like according to video tweeted out by a fan at the game. 


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Tomlinson earned his first multi-hit game since the first game of his rehab back on July 2, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Joining Kelby in the three-hit club on Saturday were left fielder Austin Slater (3-for-5, solo homer) and third baseman Myles Schroder (3-for-4, double).

Chris Stratton (remember him?) got the start for Sacramento, and put together a beauty. He went eight innings, allowed just three hits and a run (which came on a Joey Gallo solo homer in the fifth, breaking up the no-hitter), a walk, and struck out a dozen, which is a new career high. Stratton's previous high for strikeouts this season was on May 6 against Las Vegas (Mets) when he struck out nine, and he had only struck out ten or more twice before last night's game. The first of those was when Stratton was with Augusta back in 2013, and he struck out eleven Hagerstown Suns (Nationals), while the second came in 2014 with San Jose against the Visalia Rawhide (D-Backs), where he struck out ten. 

In that Visalia game Brandon Belt was the team's DH as he made a rehab appearance, and Trevor Brown caught Stratton. Some names on the opposition that may be somewhat familiar: Socrates Brito and Brandon Drury, with Braden Shipley getting the start for the Rawhide. 

Back to the present, the River Cats won 3-2. 

Both the Richmond Flying Squirrels and Augusta GreenJackets had their games rained out last night, so we'll skip along a bit. 

San Jose Giants

  • San Jose, much like the big-league Giants, lost a heartbreaker with the opposition getting two runs in the final frame. San Jose fell 7-6 to High Desert (Rangers)
  • Jose Reyes (the 25-year-old pitcher, not the bad one) got the start and went 5.2 innings, allowed four runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out three.
  • Tyler Cyr continued to not allow any runs in relief, working another scoreless frame while striking out two. The streak is now at nine games, and 12.1 innings. 
  • Ehire Adrianza went 1-for-5 as the team's DH, striking out once and dropping his average to .353. 
  • Right fielder Dylan Davis went 2-for-5 with a solo homer, giving him five bombs and 13 RBI in his 17 games with San Jose since being promoted. 
  • Catcher Ty Ross went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and drove in three. 

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

  • The Volcanoes fell to 13-17 on the season with a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Spokane Indians (Rangers). 
  • Salem-Keizer mustered just four hits and one run, which was scored by 2016 draftee (5th round), shortstop Ryan Howard on a wild pitch in the second. 
  • Cesar Yanez worked the final frame for the Volcanoes, lowering his ERA to 0.63 in 14.1 innings this season. The one run he allowed came on a sac-fly back on June 29 against the Hillsboro Hops (D-Backs)
  • The Volcanoes mustered just one hit, a Heath Quinn single, in the final four frames against the Spokane bullpen. 

If you missed yesterday's recap of Matt Cain's final rehab start, it can be found right here

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