Down on the Farm: Christian Arroyo off to scorching start in Sacramento

Down on the Farm: Christian Arroyo off to scorching start in Sacramento

The Sacramento River Cats’ season started off wet and delayed. Instead of enjoying Opening Day like the rest of the minor leagues on April 6, the River Cats had to wait two more days to take the field due to rain. 

Once Sacramento’s season started, top offensive prospect Christian Arroyo appeared to be in midseason form. 

Arroyo, 21, is off to the hottest start on the team in his first Triple-A stint through five games. So far, Arroyo has a .421 batting average, .450 on-base percentage and .579 slugging percentage. On Tuesday, Arroyo led the River Cats to a comeback 8-7 win in 11 innings over the Salt Lake Bees. 

After reaching on a walk and scoring the first run of the game in the top of the first inning, Arroyo used his bat to come through in the seventh inning with the River Cats down 5-2. Arroyo launched a double over the left fielder’s head, scoring speedsters Wynton Bernard and Kelby Tomlinson, which cut the deficit to one run. Sacramento sent 10 batters to the plate in the seventh and scored five runs. 

Jae-Gyun Hwang came across for the winning run in the 11th inning after leading off with an opposite field triple. 

Arroyo finished the game going 2-for-5 with a double, walk, two runs and two RBI. The youngest player on the team now leads the River Cats in batting average, hits (8), runs (5), doubles (3), and total bases (11). Arroyo is also one of only four players to have taken the field in all five games this season. 

Around The Horn

— In five games, Arroyo has played shortstop three times and third base twice. He has not committed an error yet this season. 

— Tyler Beede, the Giants’ top pitching prospect, put in an impressive Triple-A debut for the River Cats. Beede tossed six innings on April 9 in Sacramento’s 5-1 win over the Tacoma Rainiers. He gave up five hits to no walks and struck out three while only allowing one run. 

— Some familiar faces who have seen time in the big leagues are putting up solid numbers for the River Cats. At the plate, infielder Kelby Tomlinson has played in three games and is slashing .364/.500/.364 with two walks and a stolen base. On the mound, Josh Osich is yet to allow a run in three innings out of the bullpen. He has also struck out four and recorded two saves. 

— Another familiar face for Giants fans: Chris Heston. The River Cats faced Heston, who is pitching in Triple-A for the Mariners’ affiliate, on April 8. He allowed three runs over five innings and struck out nine in a no decision.

— The Giants’ top catching prospect, Aramis Garcia, is crushing the ball at Advanced Single-A for the San Jose Giants. Garcia has a slash line of .423/.464/.692 with two home runs and 10 RBI in five games. 

Giants swept away by Cardinals, drop fourth consecutive game

Giants swept away by Cardinals, drop fourth consecutive game


The Giants wore goofy sweaters on their flight to San Diego last Sunday, and their rookies were given Fortnite outfits as they left Petco Park on Wednesday.

The flight home this Sunday will take on an entirely different tone. 

The Giants lost 9-2 to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium and suffered their first sweep in St. Louis since 1995.

The NL Central was one house of horrors after the next this season. The Giants also were swept in Cincinnati and Milwaukee. They lost two of three in Chicago and Pittsburgh. 

Here's what you need to know from the final game of that 2-13 road stretch ... 

--- Andrew Suarez was pulled after just 77 pitches, as the Giants likely are trying to limit his innings this late in the year. He gave up two earned runs in five innings, and if this is it for his rookie year, he currently stands at a 4.22 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. He's been a bright spot and certainly gives this team a nice rotation piece. 

--- This one turned into a boat race in the sixth. Ray Black was charged with four of the five runs allowed in the inning, which raised his ERA to 6.45. 

--- The lineup had just one hit off Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas through six innings. Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer in the seventh. 

--- The Giants have lost 50 road games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1984 and 1985. They went 26-55 away from home last season. Not surprisingly, the issue has been the offense. They've scored 25 fewer runs on the road despite playing six more games.

Giants blow 4-2 lead, fall to Cardinals on Tyler O'Neill's walk-off


Giants blow 4-2 lead, fall to Cardinals on Tyler O'Neill's walk-off


SAN FRANCISCO — The Cardinals made four errors Saturday and had trouble with several other balls. The Giants couldn’t take advantage.

Cardinals right fielder Tyler O’Neill hit a walk-off homer off reliever Mark Melancon in the bottom of the 10th at Busch Stadium, handing the Giants a 5-4 loss. They’ve lost three straight after a good start to their final trip. 

The Giants had runners on the corners and one out in the top of the 10th, but second baseman Alen Hanson struck out. After an intentional walk of catcher Nick Hundley, Right fielder Austin Slater struck out to end the threat. 

—- The Cardinals butchered a couple of bloops in the seventh and the Giants took full advantage. With a runner on first, Hanson and starting catcher Aramís Garcia hit bloops that Cardinals outfielders didn’t handle cleanly. Starter Dereck Rodriguez followed with a single and outfielder Gregor Blanco made it 4-2 when he beat out a double-play ball. 

—- Rodriguez was cruising but he walked the lead off batter in the bottom of the seventh and then gave up a two-run shot to catcher Yadier Molina. It was the first non-solo homer allowed by Rodriguez this season. The rookie was charged with four runs in what could have been the final start of his season. 

—- Joe Panik isn’t a thumper, but his first career start at first base had plenty of positives. Panik  had three hits and looked fine defensively. 

—- Garcia bounced back nicely from a four-strikeout night. He had four hits, including a big one in the seventh inning rally.