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Giants minors updates: A walk-off grand slam steals the day

Jacob Heyward at Miami in 2016. Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Triple-A Sacramento 1, Albuquerque 4 (Rockies). The River Cats are 66-60.

Star: Kyle Barraclough. On a night in which Jaylin Davis returned to earth (and not to Chicago, where the Giants start a series Tuesday), the River Cats’ offense went quiet aside from Mike Gerber’s homer. But Barraclough, whom the Giants successfully passed through waivers last week, had his first good appearance in their system, striking out two in 1 1/3 innings without giving up a baserunner.

The former Marlins star had been dreadful in his first two appearances, allowing seven runs while recording two outs. He walked three in the span. The 29-year-old righty peaked in 2016, when he put up a 2.85 ERA with 113 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings.

Double-A Richmond 7, Erie 3 (Tigers). The Flying Squirrels are 47-78.

Star: Jacob Heyward. Heliot Ramos went 2-for-5 with a double. Joey Bart 2-for-5 with his second Double-A homer. But if you hit a walk-off grand slam, you’re the star of the day.

Heyward pinch-hit in the ninth and, on the first pitch he saw, cleared the left-field wall, with his teammates mobbing him at home plate.

Heyward, a 24-year-old outfielder who was an 18th-round pick in 2016, has had a tough season with Richmond, his averaging sitting at .219 with 10 homers in 352 at-bats.

Short-Season Salem-Keizer 7, Everett 9 (Mariners). The Volcanoes are 37-26.

Star: Harrison Freed. Freed, a 13th-round pick this season out of Butler, went 2-for-3 with a walk and his fifth homer as a Volcano in 31 games. He was among the pack who raced through the Arizona League, batting .440 in six games to get the promotion. The left fielder’s production has tailed off, now batting .240 with Salem-Keizer.

He had dominated at Butler to earn the Giants’ notice, slashing .376/.448/.683 with 17 homers and eight steals in 52 games his final season.

AZL Giants Orange 9, AZL Cubs 4. The Giants are 40-11.

Star: Nick Morreale. The 22-year-old, 14th-round pick this season pitched four more scoreless innings, with three strikeouts, two walks and two hits allowed. He lowered his Arizona League ERA to 1.83 in 19 2/3 innings. He hasn’t given up a run in 12 1/3 innings.

Morreale, who’s bounced between starting and relieving thus far, was drafted out of Georgetown.

AZL Giants Black 7, AZL Angels 12. The Giants are 22-29.

Star: Grant McCray. The center fielder has been on a tear, and he added his first professional homer Monday in a 3-for-4-with-a-walk day. He scored two runs, stole two bases and knocked in three runs to fill up the agate pages. He’s 9-for-14 in his past four games from the leadoff spot.

DSL Giants 2, DSL Mariners 3. The Giants are 29-38.

Star: Jose Peralta: The 18-year-old from Venezuela, in his second professional season with the Giants, is hitting better than his debut. The second baseman upped his season average to .281 with his 3-for-5 game Monday, adding a double and his sixth steal in 60 games. He has just two career homers, and listed at 5-11, 160 pounds, he’ll have some filling out to do.


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