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Area baseball beat: Susac’s first major-league game, hit are record-book oddities

Giants catcher Andrew Susac, a Jesuit High School graduate, had to turn back the 2014 calendar for his first major-league game and hit.
Giants catcher Andrew Susac, a Jesuit High School graduate, had to turn back the 2014 calendar for his first major-league game and hit. Associated Press file

Explaining Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity to kindergartners might be easier than explaining when Andrew Susac (Jesuit High School) made his major-league debut with the Giants in 2014 and got his first major-league hit.

Susac, now 25, joined the Giants on July 26 to replace injured backup catcher Hector Sanchez. Susac got into the game that night and grounded out to third base against Los Angeles Dodgers Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who pitched a shutout.

Four days later, Susac collected his first major-league hit against the Colorado Rockies. Or so he thought.

On Sept. 1, Susac played in a continuation game against the Rockies that had been suspended by rain May 22, and he singled to left field.

That’s where things gets confusing. When that game started, he was still in Triple A with the Fresno Grizzlies.

The game is in the record books as being played May 22. So, even though it was Susac’s 18th game with the Giants, it officially was his first major-league game. Compounding the confusion, his eighth-inning single in the Giants’ 4-2 win counted as his first official hit even though he already had 12 hits.

Susac may be the only player in history with two baseballs in his trophy case commemorating his first major-league hit.

Catching up

▪ On May 30, Lancaster JetHawks third baseman J.D. Davis (Elk Grove) drove in two runs in a 16-3 victory over the High Desert Mavericks, but teammate Derek Fisher overshadowed him.

In his Advanced-A debut, Fisher had 12 RBIs to break the 61-year-old California League record of 11 set by Robert Rivich with Stockton. The Houston farmhand hit two grand slams, a solo home run and a three-run double.

The following day, the JetHawks tied two Cal League records in a 21-6 victory. They hit eight home runs and combined with the Mavericks for 11 homers. Davis had three hits and four RBIs but no homers. Ryan Cordell (Valley Christian) had a home run for High Desert.

▪ With the pursuit of Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels sure to heat up in the weeks to come, the Phillies could look to Boston’s Class-A team in Greenville, S.C., where one of the Red Sox’s top prospects, 20-year-old second baseman-shortstop Mauricio Dubon (Capital Christian), is hitting .303 for the South Atlantic League team. A trade might be good for Dubon, who likely won’t see the big leagues for Boston until Dustin Pedroia (Woodland) retires.

▪ San Joaquin Delta College left-hander Cameron Avila-Leeper (Grant) was named the Big 8 Conference Pitcher of the Year. In 16 starts, he was 14-2 with a 1.89 ERA, allowed 64 hits, struck out 130 and walked 40 in 1141/3 innings.

Mark McDermott is a freelance writer specializing in Sacramento-area baseball. Contact him at egmacker@yahoo.com.

Area community college all-conference players

Pos.

Player

Junior College

Conference

High School

P

Cameron Avila-Leeper

San Joaquin Delta

Big 8

Grant

P

Ben Ritchey

Sacramento City

Big 8

Capital Christian

P

Dave Smith

Cosumnes River

Big 8

Elk Grove

1B

Kyle Dixon

Sierra

Big 8

Woodcreek

INF

Anthony Fellman

Sacramento City

Big 8

Benicia

INF

Andre Gregory

Cosumnes River

Big 8

Jesuit

INF

Steve Mercado

American River

Big 8

Antelope

OF

Travis Anderson

Butte

Golden Valley

Bear River

OF

Alex Fitchett

Cosumnes River

Big 8

Oak Ridge

OF

Bryan Murphy

Yuba

Bay Valley

Pleasant Grove

OF

Anthony Roberts

Butte

Golden Valley

Roseville

DH

Dalton DeVries

American River

Big 8

Oakmont

DH

Ryan Rodriguez

Butte

Golden Valley

Vista del Lago

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