August 11 - Jarrett Parker enters the San Francisco Giants’ three-game weekend series in Washington riding a six-game hitting streak since coming off a three-month stint on the disabled list.
The Colonial Forge graduate is hitting .417 (10-for-24) since his return, totaling five doubles, one home run and eight RBI to provide an offensive spark for the struggling Giants. The outfielder returned to the lineup on Aug. 3, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in an 11-2 win over Oakland.
That was his first game since breaking his right clavicle on April 15 when he slammed into the outfield wall while making a catch of a long fly ball by the Colorado Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu. Parker, 28, underwent surgery the following day and began his rehab assignment on June 19 at Triple-A Sacramento, where he hit .232 with a .351 on-base average in 30 games.
The injury has made him aware of his surroundings while patrolling the outfield.
“I’m trying to be cognizant of where the wall is right there, but I was able to make it,” Parker told CSN Bay Area after making a run-saving catch on Saturday . “I could see the ball tailing a little bit but I was able to get a good jump on it. I was trying to be aware. It was tough but I was able to come out unscathed, so that was nice.”
Parker is hitting .289 in 45 at-bats this season. He’s hitting .271 with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 99 career games with San Francisco since making his Major League debut in 2015.
Bukauskas Makes 1st Start After Quick Promotion
Houston Astros first-round draft pick J.B. Bukauskas earned a no-decision after going three innings in his first start on Wednesday after being promoted to the Tri-City ValleyCats of the short-season New York/Penn League.
The Stone Bridge graduate, working on an organization-mandated pitch count in his second professional outing after throwing 92.2 innings in the spring at the University of North Carolina, struck out three while allowing one hit and walking two. Two second-inning wild pitches led to the lone run he allowed to the host Lowell Spinners.
On July 30, Bukauskas worked four scoreless innings, striking out three and scattering three hits, in his lone outing with Houston’s rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. The start was his first appearance since his final collegiate outing with the Tar Heels in the NCAA Regionals on June 2.
The right-hander was elevated to Tri-City on Saturday.
"Anytime you go out here and you're competing in professional baseball, you know it's going to be a dogfight,'' Bukauskas told Albany’s Times-Union on Sunday. "The game of baseball just comes with failure and it's not going to shock me to fail, if I do, just because the ACC's great baseball, too. So I've had those failures and I think I learned from them. At the same time, I've always strived for success."
Broad Run's Clarke Bounces Back in 2nd Triple-A Start
Broad Run grad Taylor Clarke struck out seven and scattered six hits, allowing two runs over seven innings to earn the decision in Triple-A Reno’s 11-2 win at Las Vegas on Wednesday.
The outing came five days after the Arizona Diamondbacks prospect was touched up for eight runs over five innings in his Triple-A debut against Nashville.
On Wednesday, Clarke returned to the form that allowed him to compile a 2.91 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Jackson, walking just one and tossing five scoreless frames before yielding two sixth-inning runs. The 6-foot-4 right-hander was also 1-for-3 at the plate.
Snyder, Beal Help Key Blue Crabs’ Run to 1st Half Championship Game
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will host the Lancaster Barnstormers on Monday in a first-half championship game to determine the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s Freedom Division winner. The winner earns a berth into the league’s postseason.
The two teams finished tied in the league’s first half, forcing the one-game playoff to determine the division winner. The Blue Crabs are 51-51 overall after last night’s 1-0 home loss to Long Island.
Southern Maryland has been led offensively by Westfield grad Mike Snyder, who ranks second in the league in both homers (22) and RBI (64). Snyder his hitting .285 with 29 doubles in 99 games.
Another Northern Virginia native, South County’s Jesse Beal, has been one of the Blue Crabs’ top relievers this season. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound righty is 6-3 with two saves and a 3.21 ERA in 42 appearances, all in relief.
Notable Number: 9 - The number of stolen bases by Joey Bartosic (Oakton) through his first 18 professional games with rookie-level Grand Junction. Bartosic was a 19th round pick of Colorado this year out of George Washington University.
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Photo of Jarrett Parker courtesy of San Francisco Giants