The big news to break last night came out in Augusta, where the GreenJackets played a double-header. Jake McCasland took it upon himself to save the bullpen in the second game of the two-fer, tossing a seven inning no-hitter against the Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles), needing just 72 pitches to complete the task. McCasland pounded the strike zone with 52 of his 72 pitches going for strikes. The 24-year-old is responsible for the first Augusta no-hitter since Sergio Romo, Osiris Matos and David Quinowski defeated the Rome Braves 5-0 back in 2006. A third inning error was all that kept McCasland from pitching a perfecto, and McCasland's performance was almost a necessity for the win, as the GreenJacets squeaked out a 1-0 win. The lone run came in the third on a Jalen Miller single to bring home Johneshwy Fargas, who had tripled to lead off the inning.
The first game of the double dip also included an Augusta shutout victory, 6-0, with Grant Watson tossing 5.2 three-hit innings and Carlos Alvarado finishing out the rest of the seven-inning contest while collecting two strikeouts. Lucius Fox and Matt Winn came around to score twice, and first baseman Skyler Ewing brought home each of them once with Fox scoring on a bases loaded walk by Ewing, and Winn coming around on a triple in the sixth.
In the 14 innings the two teams played on Sunday, Delmarva managed just three hits and two walks, all of which came in the first game. On an odd note, each of the GreenJackets last seven games have included a shutout by one of the teams. Augusta has ended up on the wrong side of that stat four times.
Sacramento River Cats
- Hunter Pence sat out of Sunday's contest after being lifted in the third inning (he was scheduled for five) of Saturday's game. John Shea reports that Pence could have played, but Bochy said, "We thought he should take a day off," as the team tried to aoid any setbacks. He could resume his rehab on Monday in New Orleans.
- Sacramento went just 1-for-10 with RISP in the 6-1 loss to Round Rock.
- 2B Ali Castillo doubled and scored on a Travis Ishikawa single in the third for the River Cat's lone run.
- Joan Gregorio (L, 2-6) got the start and went 5 innings, gave up five runs on five hits and five walks, striking out four.
Richmond Flying Squirrels
- Bowie takes the series with a 6-2 win over Richmond.
- Tyler Beede gave up six earned in five innings of work. The 12 hits the BaySox recorded off him are the most Beede has given up in his professional career. He allowed ten in a late May start, but also went seven frames and allowed just two earned runs. Oddly enough, his last start against Bowie this season came just after that ten-hit outing. On June 2 against Bowie, Beede went eight scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and one walk.
- Chris Shaw, Hunter Cole and Carlos Moncrief accounted for the three hits for Richmond.
- Shaw and Ryder Jones scored the two runs, while Cole was the only one credited with an RBI.
- The Flying Squirrels return home for a brief three-game set starting Monday.
San Jose Giants
- Good news: The Giants scored six runs. Bad news: High Desert scored 16.
- Ehire Adrianza went 2-for-4 with his third home run in as many days, driving in two. His batting average is up to .381 on his rehab assignment.
- CF Ronnie Jebavy went 3-for-5 with his 9th home run of the year, a double, two runs scored, and two RBI.
- Each of the four Giants pitchers (Morel, Knight, Young and Fleet) gave up at least two earned runs, with eight coming off of the starter, Morel, who gave up three long balls.
Salem-Keizer had a scheduled off-day on Sunday, but return home for an eight-game home stand to finish out the first half that starts on Monday night. At 13-17 and eight games back of first, they are one game away from being eliminated from playoff contention for a first-half playoff spot. The second half starts on July 26, which has the Volcanoes on the road in Eugene for a three game series.