Mark J. Rebilas, USA Today

SF Giants: Monday Minor League Recap

Each day we focus on one affiliate while mentioning some of the key contributors from around the Giants farm system. Today, the focus belongs to the Sacramento River Cats

Sacramento River Cats Split Double Dip

After a weekend of suspended and postponed games, the Sacramento River Cats and Tacoma Rainiers split a doubleheader on Monday at Raley Field with Tacoma taking the first contest 3-1 and Sacramento returning the favor with a 4-0 win. Here are the key standouts from game one: 

AB Hits HR RBI R
Christian Arroyo (#2 prospect), 3B 3 1 - - -
Jae-Gyun Hwang, 1B 2 0 - - -
Orlando Calixte (#29), SS 3 0 - - -
Austin Slater (#19), LF 3 1 - - -
Tim Federowicz, C 3 0 - - -
Carlos Moncrief, RF 3 1 1 1 1

Hwang is currently an infield depth option for the Giants down in the minors after being signed from overseas this winter. He is currently getting his first taste of baseball in America, but could find himself a role in San Francisco at a corner infield spot on occasion once he gathers some experience. Slater, Arroyo and Calixte are included due to their prospect rankings, while Moncrief hit a homer so it'd just be rude not to give him a shout out. Federowicz is there just in case there is a need for a new backup catcher after Buster Posey was hit in the head during Monday's home opener. 

As for game two (and the pitchers from game one): 

AB Hits RBI R Cureent AVG
Arroyo (#2) 3 1 1 1 .429
Slater (#19) 3 1 1 - .286
Calixte (#29) 3 2 - 1 .333
Hwang 3 1 2 1 .231
IP Hits R ER BB K
Joan Gregorio (#7) (Game 1) 4.1 4 1 1 3 1
Ryan Webb (Game 1) .2 - - - 1 1
Tyler Rogers (L, 0-1) (Game 1) .2 2 2 2 - -
Matt Reynolds (Game 1) 1.1 2 - - - -
Ricky Romero (Game 2) 4 3 - - 3 5
Michael Roth (W, 2-0) (Game 2) 1 - - - 1 -
Steven Okert (Game 2) 1 - - - - 2
Josh Osich (Game 2) 1 - - - - -

The loss suffered in the first game was their first of the young season and puts the River Cats at 3-1 in 2017. Tyler Rogers will be an interesting player to watch as the season progresses. He started off 2016 strong in Richmond, putting up a 0.77 ERA in 35 innings before being promoted to Sacramento. In 31 innings with the 'Cats that ERA skyrocketed to over six in large part due to his walk rate more than doubling. Yesterday was his first game action this season, but with his funky submarine style delivery, he's definitely a favorite of mine. 

Notes From Around the Farm:

Augusta dropped their fifth straight to begin the season, this time 9-8 to Charleston (Yankees). The offense has shown spurts this season, racking up 20 runs so far, good for four a contest, but the team holds an ERA of 8.10, which is the worst in the Sally League. 

Number 23 prospect, left-hander and 2016 draftee Matt Krook, got the start for San Jose last night and struggled with his command. He ended up walking four in 1 2/3 innings, allowing five hits on top of that which led to seven earned crossing the plate at The Hangar, a very hitter-friendly venue. The Giants ended up losing 11-7. On the bright side, Caleb Simpson, who had gotten off to a rough start to the season after allowing a solo home run on opening night which forced extra innings (a lot of them), worked his first scoreless appearance of the season in three tries. 

Jalen MillerBryan Reynolds and Aramis Garcia continued to crush the ball from the 1, 3 and 4 spots in the lineup. The trio combined to go 7-for-14 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored. 

Richmond fell in extras to Altoona (Pirates), 2-1. Matt Gage (#28) got the start and lasted 5 innings, giving up just one earned on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Number 12 prospect Reyes Moronta worked two innings in relief and gave up one hit while striking out five. 

Slade Heathcott cooled off just a bit after a torrid start to 2017 going 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. His batting average dropped all the way down to .471, keeping him below the .500 mark for the first time all season. 

Tuesday's Projected Starters:

San Francisco: Jeff Samardzija

Sacramento: Chris Stratton (#21)

Richmond: Jordan Johnson 

San Jose: Heath Slatton

Augusta: Stephen Woods


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