VISALIA -- Giants top prospect Joey Bart found himself in an early hole in the first at-bat of his San Jose Giants debut on Thursday night.
With the count at one ball and one strike, Visalia Rawhide starting pitcher Jeff Bain cruised in a fastball that Bart swung through with a hack that would have sent the pitch far over the left-field field. Two pitches later, Bart made up for it.
Bart's first hit and first RBI as a San Jose Giant came on a two-strike single to right field that scored leadoff batter Bryce Johnson to give the Giants an early 1-0 lead.
The catcher is batting fourth in the Giants' lineup on Opening Day. He's following No. 2 prospect Heliot Ramos.
In Ramos' first at-bat, he hit a hard grounder to shortstop, but Jancarlos Cintron made a nice sliding play to throw him out.
Heliot Ramos squared up a hard grounder in his first @SJGiants at-bat but shortstop Jancarlos Cintron threw him out on a diving play pic.twitter.com/rV9hxEHJ1R— Dalton Johnson (@DaltonJ_Johnson) April 5, 2019