Sunday, April 22, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/21/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Tacoma Rainiers 8-4:

Steven Duggar CF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .283.
Alen Hanson 2B- 2 for 5,  SB(6).  BA= .449.
Austin Slater RF- 2 for 5.  BA= .385.
Myles Schroder 1B- 1 for 4, HR(2), BB, SB(1).  BA= .400.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.93.

After a slow start to the season, Duggar has a 6 game hit streak and is batting .341 over his last 10 games.  Austin Slater continues his strong season.  Can we please have an OF of Mac, Duggar and Slater by next season?

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AA  Altoona Curve outscored the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-6:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .333.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .306.
Jerry Sands 1B- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .149.
Dillon Dobson 3B- 2 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .200.
Matt Lipka LF- 2 for 3, HR(2), SB(7).  BA= .235.
Jake McCasland RHP- 3.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.48.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.76.

Not sure where Matt Lipka came from.  He seems to have some speed.

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A+  San Jose Giants cracked the Modesto Nuts 6-5:

Bryce Johnson CF- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .309.
Jacob Heyward LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .277.
Gio Brusa 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .273.
Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 2, SF, Sac.  BA= .250.
Matt Winn C- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .250.
Logan Webb RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.90.

Bryce Johnson has 10 hits in 19 AB's over his last 4 games.  Not sure why Webb came out after just 3 IP.  He threw just 32 pitches so it was not pitch count.  Probably not a good sign.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Rome Braves 5-4:

Manuel Geraldo SS- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Jason Bahr RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.96.
Frank Rubio RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 1.93.

I think if Manuel can get over the Augusta hurdle, he will be a viable MLB SS prospect.  Bahr was obviously not as sharp as his first 3 starts but was still effective.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Game Wrap 4/21/2018: Angels 4 Giants 3

The Giants could not overcome 3 longballs by the Angels.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 3, HR(4), BB.  BA= .259.  Belt gave the Giants an early lead with a 2-run blast in the 2'nd inning.  That would be the last we heard from the Giants offense until the 8'th inning.    The Giants offense fanned 17 times against Garrett Richards and 4 Angels relievers.

Derek Holland LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.98.  Take away the big flies to Jefry Marte, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, Holland pitched a great game.  He gave up a whopping 31 in 135 IP last year, so it's not a 1 game blip.

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The top 3 teams in the NL West all won so the Giants slip to 6 games behind the D'Backs while the Rockies and Dodgers trail the leaders by 3 and 4.5 games respectively.  The losing Padres fell to 7 games off the pace.

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Johnny Cueto tries for the Giants first series win tomorrow facing Jaime Barria.

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Buster Posey was supposed to DH this game for the Giants, but was a late scratch due to a stiff back.

Down on the Farm: 4/20/2018

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees stung the Sacramento River Cats 4-3:

Eury Perez CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .375.
Chase d'Arnaud SS- 1 for 3, HR(3), SB(2), BB.  BA= .295.
Tyler Beede RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 7 K's. ERA= 6.00.
Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 0.00.

Typical Beede line.  Most of the damage came on a 3-run dinger by Jabari Blash.  In addition to the walks, 2 HBP's led to 2 runs for the Bees which proved to be the difference in the game.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Altoona Curve 6-3:

Ryan Howard SS- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .327.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .290.
Aramis Garcia C- 1 for 4, HR(1). BA= .265.
Dylan Davis LF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(3).  BA= .267.
Garrett Williams LHP- 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.56.
Dusten Knight RHP- 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.56.
Mike Connolly RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(4).  ERA= 0.00.

Not much to say about this one.  Can Ryan Howard go wire-to-wire with a .300+ BA again this year?

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A+  San Jose Giants outscored the Modesto Nuts 9-8:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .270.
Heath Quinn LF- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .283.
Wander Franco 3B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .250.
Matt Winn C- 1 for 4, HR(1), BB.  BA= .219.
Johneshwy Fargas RF- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(2).  BA= .278.
Melvin Adon RHP- 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.30.
Connor Overton 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Nice game to pad the stat line.  Great to see Heath Quinn hitting well early this season.  Does Johneshwy finally get over the SJ hump?  Overton is a newbie to the organization. Don't know much about him.  Looks like he pitched sparingly in the Blue Jays organization in the past.

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Low A  Rome Braves topped the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .259.
Jean Angomas DH- 1 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .273.
Joey Marciano LHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 1.06.

Ramos was lifted for a PR after a HBP in the 5'th inning.  Hopefully no serious injury. Ugh!

Game Wrap 4/20/2018: Giants 8 Angels 1

Mac Williamson's promotion paid immediate dividends for the Giants as his 2-run HR in the 5'th inning sparked a 6-run rally that turned a close game into a cakewalk.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .213.  Cutch's 3- run blast capped the 6-run outburst.

Nick Hundley C- 2 for 4, HR(1), 2B. BB.  BA= .222.  Hundley had a great night driving in the first run of the game with a solo HR halfway up the RF bleachers in the 2'nd inning.  His leadoff walk ahead of Williamson's dinger started the 5'th inning rally and he later doubled in Evan Longoria to drive in the final run of the game.

Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .250.  His other AB's were not too impressive, but the dinger came at a great time in the game and was a laser shot to the opposite field.  I was at the game so did not hear Kruk and Kuip's call, but a commenter last night said the ball left the bat at 114 MPH. It definitely looked like it!

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .269.  The thing I love about Kelby Tomlinson is he gives you a battle every single AB.  He needs to be starting either SS or 2B against all LHP's, IMO.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  There were some loud outs and the 4 walks, but Shark got the outs he needed including a very loud FB out by Upton to end the 5'th inning after Shark walked the bases full.

Reyes Moronta RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.82.  Dominant 2 innings from Moronta.

Shohei Ohtani DH(Angels)- 2 for 4.  BA= .342.  I'll say this about Ohtani:  The kid sure looks good in a baseball uniform!

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The D'Backs, Rockies and Dodgers all lost so the Giants gained a game on the pack and are now 5 games out of first place, but still in 4'th place in the NL West.  The D'Backs continue to lead the Rockies by 3 games and the Dodgers by 4.5.  The Padres bring up the rear at 6 games off the pace.

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Derek Holland tries to secure the Giants first series win of the season tonight facing RHP Garrett Richards.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/19/2018

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees outscored the Sacramento River Cats by a field goal 10-7:

Alen Hanson 2B- 4 for 5, 2 2B, 1 3B.  BA= .463.
Austin Slater RF- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, SF.  BA= .433.
Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .244.
Hector Sanchez C- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .296.
Jose Valdez RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.00.

Mac Williamson did not play. Is that a sign he could be on his way to Anaheim?  Gotta wonder if Austin Slater could play a passable CF for the Giants.

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AA  Bowie Baysox defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-1:

Ryan Halstead RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.17.

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A+  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants by a touchdown 13-6:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 6.  BA= .259.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .333.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .241.
Wander Franco 3B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .231.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .259.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.27.
Michael Cederoth RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.74.

I'm really excited about Jalen Miller and Sandro Fabian's performances so far.  Brandon Van Horn is becoming an interesting prospect as a field-first SS.  Rough start for Raffi in many ways.



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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets stung the Rome Braves 6-1:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 5.  BA= .250.
Jean Angomas LF- 0 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .267.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 1 for 3, SF.  BA= .235.
Jose Marte RHP- 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Peter Lannoo RHP- 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.54.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 15.43.

Marte is one of the higher ceiling pitching prospects in the Giants system.  After a rough first start, he has allow just 1 ER in 10.1 IP, with 13 K's and 2 BB's in his last 2 Starts.  Doval is unscored on in his last 3 appearances, 3.1 IP.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Game Wrap 4/19/2018: D'backs 3 Giants 1

Ty Blach gave the Giants a Quality Start,  but the bats went quiet again as the Giants dropped the rubber match of the 3 game series.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B= 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .255.  Belt homers for the second consecutive game and produced the only run they scored all evening.

Ty Blach LHP- 6 IP. 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/4. ERA= 4.10.  Typical Blach game with unimpressive peripheral numbers but enough soft contact for the QS.

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The Loss dropped the 4'th place Giants to 6 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs.  The rest of the division was idle with Colorado in second place, 3 games behind the Snakes. The Dodgers are 4.5 games back and the last place Padres are 7 off the pace.

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The Giants move on to LA to face the Angels on the last leg of their 3-city road trip.  Jeff Samardzija comes off the DL to start game 1 facing lefty Andrew Heaney.  I plan to attend this game with family members.

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Lots of speculation about the roster with Shark coming off the DL.  Hunter Pence sat out tonight's game with a sore thumb and is expected to take Shark's place on the DL, but Baggs is reporting "informed speculation" that Mac Williamson will be added to the 25-man roster which means someone else would have to go on the DL or be DFA'd to make room.  We'll see.  The Giants offense desperately needs a spark and Mac is the obvious guy most likely to give them one.  I like both Gregor Blanco and Gorkys Hernandez, but neither of them should stand in the way of a Mac promotion if Pence indeed goes on the DL.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Game Wrap 4/19/2018: Giants 4 D'Backs 3 in 10 Innings

Brandon Belt saved the Giants from a crushing loss when he hit a 2-run HR in the top of the 10'th inning and the Giants hung on for the desperately needed Win.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 2 for 5, SB(3).  BA= .209.  Maybe Cutch's bat is coming to life?  His hits were both solid LD's.

Evan Longoria 3B- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(3), BB.  BA= .241.  Longoria has been the Giants hottest hitter over the last 10 games.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 4, HR(2), HBP.  BA= .255.  Belt hadn't done much before the 10'th inning, but his drive off D'Backs Closer Brad Boxberger was the game winner giving the Giants a 2-run cushion they needed to hold off the Snakes.

Chris Stratton RHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.22.  Let's not overlook Chris Stratton who looked like he might pitch a CG shutout before giving up a double and triple to start the 8'th inning.  Stratton is pitching like an ace right now.

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.04.  Watson inherited a tough situation with a runner on 3B and 0 outs.  He got Chris Owings to pop out.   David Peralta got an IF single but Dyson failed to score from 3B for some reason.  Ketel Marte then grounded one back to Watson who started a difficult DP with Crawford making his usual magical moves on the relay to 1B.

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.  I guess there is no shame in giving up B2B doubles to Goldschmidt and AJ Pollack, but it's still disappointing that Strick blew the Save here.  I'll give him credit for pitching his way out of it without giving up another run and giving Belt a chance to win it.

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The Win narrowed the gap between the 4'th place Giants and the NL West leading D'backs to 5 games.  The Rockies are 2.5 games behind after a loss to the Pirates.  And here come the Dodgers who pounded the Padres and are 4 games behind in 3'rd place.  The Padres bring up the rear at 6.5 games off the pace.

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Ty Blach tries for a series win tomorrow facing Zack Greinke.