Friday, July 1, 2016

Down on the Farm: 6/30/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 4-2:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .301.
Andrew Susac C- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .233.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K.  ERA= 5.04.
Sergio Romo RHP- 1 IP, 2 H 1 R, 0 BB, 2 Ks.  ERA= 6.75.

Gregorio has two dominant starts in a row allowing 2 Runs in 13 IP, with 2 BB's and 15 K's.  Not sure why they keep sending Romo out for more rehab appearances.  Seems like he's either healthy or he isn't.

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AA  Trenton Thunder edged to the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-5:

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .333.
Hunter Cole RF- 1 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .269.
Jeff Arnold C- 1 for 3, HR(2).  BA= .211.
Kyle Crick RHP- 3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.44.
Christian Jones LHP- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.30.

Jones has an ERA of 1.42 in 12.2 IP over his last 10 appearances.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 12-6:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .244.
Dylan Davis DH- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .400.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(8).  BA= .260.
Jose Vizcaino Jr 3B- 2 for 3, 2B, HBP.  BA= .235.
Cristian Paulino RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .245.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets swarmed the Charleston River Dogs 7-2:

Miguel Gomez DH- 4 for 5, 3B.  BA= .362.
Dillon Dobson 3B- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .289.
Jean Angomas LF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .211.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 4, 3B, BB, SB(14).  BA= .261.
Cory Taylor RHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 1.90.

Fargas his hitting .300 over his last 10 games.

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Short Season  Hillsboro Hops topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8-2:

Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .375.

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Rookie AZL Reds blanked the Giants 1-0:

Nick Hill LF- 2 for 3, SB(3).  BA= .478.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.70.
Chris Falwell RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.82.

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DSL Orioles2 outscored the Giants 7-5:

Ricardo Genoves C- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .368.

Game Wrap 6/30/2016: Giants 12 A's 6

Madison Bumgarner became the first starting pitcher to hit for himself in a DH game since Ken Brett in 1974, and he ignited a 6 run rally in the 3'rd inning with a screaming double over the head of CF Billy Burns.  The Giants cruised to a win despite an off night on the mound for the big guy.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .253.  Span went 4 for 13 with 3 BB's in the series.

Angel Pagan- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .300.  When the first 2 guys in your lineup get on base 8 times in 12 PA's, you should score some runs.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .300.  After Bumgarner's leadoff double in the 3'rd, Span walked and Pagan hit a bloop single to LF.  Belt hit a long, low drive to left-center that skipped over the fence holding him to 2 RBI's on the hit.

Buster Posey- 2 for 6, HR(9).  BA= .288.  Buster followed Belt's ground rule double with a bomb just to the left of straightaway CF.  There's a high wall behind the fence there and ball never came into camera view.  Buster his hitting .400 over his last 7 games, .357 over his last 15 and .322 over his last 30.

Brandon Crawford- 3 for 4, HR(7), BB.  BA= .276.  Crawford backed up Busters dinger with one of his own.  Crawford is another guy whose average is on the move.  .400 over his last 7 games, .309 over his last 15 and .308 over his last 30.

Grant Green- 2 for 5.  BA= .400.  Both of Green's hits were poke jobs, but hey, at least he was making himself a tough out.  Green was originally drafted by the A's in the first round.

Madison Bumgarner- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .182.  Only Bummy!  He made Bochy's decision to forgo the DH look genius with that leadoff double in the 3'rd.  That it started a big rally may not have been a coincidence.  I'm guessing having the pitcher bat in a DH game then take you for a hard double is something you might have on your mind as you face the next few batters.

Madison Bumgarner- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.20.  Bummy was a bit rough in the final inning of his last start and he was clearly not at the top of his game in this one.  Is his hitting starting to get in the way of his pitching?  Maybe getting left out of the HR Derby is a blessing in disguise?

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The Win kept the Giants 6 games ahead of the Dodgers who beat the BrewCrew 8-1 in the NL West.

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The Giants now travel to Arizona where Johnny Cueto starts off the series facing Shelby Miller.

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Grant Green got the call to replace the injured Ramiro Pena at 2B while Joe Panik is on the concussion DL.  Chris Stratton was optioned back to Sacramento and Jake Smith was DFA'd to make room on the 40 man roster.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Down on the Farm: 6/29/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Akron Aeros 2-0:

Tyler Beede RHP- 7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.71.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

Tyler Beede is quietly getting stronger as the season progresses.  His ERA over his last 10 starts is 2.07.  He did not allow more than 3 runs in any single game over those 10.  His ERA is 1.53 over his last 5 starts.  Here are his pitching lines for his last 5 starts:

6/2/2016:    8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's
6/9/2016:    6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.
6/16/2016:  7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.
6/23/2016:   6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.
6/29/2016:  7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.

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High A  Bakersfield Blaze burned the San Jose Giants 9-4:

Steven Duggar RF- 3 for 5.  BA= .284.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 5, HR(16).  BA= .285.
Daniel Carbonell LF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .254.
Jose Morel RHP- 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.63.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.

Per Joe Ritzo via Covechatter:  Duggar, Shaw and Hinojosa all promoted to Richmond after the game.

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Low A  Asheville Tourists defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 6-3:

Lucius Fox SS- 3 for 5, SB(19).  BA= .220.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(3).  BA= .238.
Miguel Gomez 1B- 2 for 5.  BA= .352.
Dillon Dobson 3B- 3 for 5.  BA= .281.
Michael Connolly RHP- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.93.

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Short Season  Hillsboro Hops topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4-3:

Kevin Rivera 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .375.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.64.

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AZL Giants were idle

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DSL Giants were idle

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Game Wrap 6/29/2016: A's 7 Giants 1

This was another nightmare game for the Giants in what is turning out to be a nightmare series against the A's.  A series of errors, miscues, injuries and missed opportunities in the 3'rd and 4'th innings set the outcome of the game.  Key Lines:

Mac Wiliamson- 0 for 2 2 BB.  BA= .233.  It was a rough night for Big Mac.  Jake Peavy was looking good while putting the A's hitters in his popcorn popper until 1 out in the 3'rd inning.  Marcus Semien hit yet another pop up into shallow RF.  Mac came rushing in while Ramiro Pena went out.  They collided and got tangled up with Pena sustaining a left leg injury that eventually forced him from the game.  The ball rolled toward the RF line as Semien circled the bases ending up at 3B.  Later in the same inning, Mac leaped for a ball hit over the RF wall by Jed Lowrie, had the ball in the webbing of his glove only to have it roll out and fall on the wrong side for a HR.  And what is it with OF gloves not grasping the ball?  Same thing happened to Pagan in LF earlier in the season.

Mac had a chance to redeem himself in the top of the 4'th inning.  With 1 out and the bases loaded, he worked the count to 3-2 and got the pitch he wanted, belt high, inside half.  He yanked it and it looked like it had a chance until it hooked late and ended up about 20 feet left of the foul pole.  On the next pitch, he grounded into a DP.  Oh, and he caused another DP earlier when he overslid 2B in violation of the new 2B rules.

So, rough night for Mac, but I did like the process of his AB in the 4'th inning.  If he can work a pitch count like that, good things will eventually come of it.

Ramiro Pena- 0 for 1.  BA= .400.  Pena suffered an injury on the above described play.  He stayed in the game initially, but came out in the 5'th inning for PH Conor Gillaspie.  He'll be out 5-7 days so he's going to have to go on the DL to make room for another callup.  That is going to create 40 man roster problems because the only way they got Tejada on the roster was to call up Chris Heston then put him on the 60 day DL which will give him both more MLB service time and an extra $100 K on the season.

Ruben Tejada- 0 for 4.  BA= .158.  I have to say I am not sure why they called up Tejada over Grant Green or Rando Moreno in the first place.  Not only did he go 0 for 4 in this game, but he hotdogged a basket catch in foul territory only to drop the ball for an error.  Man, if it were up to me, he'd be released immediately after the game and call up both Green and Moreno!

Angel Pagan- 0 for 3.  BA= .295.  Pagan has mostly fielded LF pretty well this year.  Tonight, he was having trouble catching up to balls and catching balls.  I didn't see it, but after he fumbled a ball that turned a single by Billy Burns into a double, Jake Peavy reportedly went nuts on the mound.  Pagan came out of the game for Jarrett Parker later.

Jake Peavy- 3.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.44.  As I said earlier, Peavy was cruising in the 3'rd inning when the collision between Ramiro Pena and Mac Williamson turned an out into a 3 base error.  Peavy seemed to completely lose his rhythm and mojo.  He ended up throwing 40 pitches in the inning and probably should have come out after that.

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The Loss left the Giants 6 games ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West as the Bad Guys lost to the BrewCrew 7-0.

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Madison Bumgarner takes the mound tomorrow against Rookie Dillon Overton.  Bumgarner also gets to hit for himself instead of a DH.

Down on the Farm: 6/28/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outscored the Las Vegas 51's 14-10:

Robbie Garvey CF-LF- 3 for 6, SB(1).  BA= .667.
Gorkys Hernandez CF- 1 for 1, BB.  BA= .298.
Miguel Olivo C- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .278.
Travis Ishikawa LF-1B- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .225.
Myles Schroder 2B- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .111.
Rando Moreno SS- 3 for 4.  BA= .284.
Adalberto Mejia LHP- 4 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.71.
Jean Machi RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 3.75.

Looks like Myles Schroder got a call up to Sacramento a few games ago.  Mejia has struggled since his dazzling first start after his callup.  Las Vegas is a tough place to pitch, though.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Akron Rubber Ducks 6-3:

Christian Arroyo SS- 1 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .279.
Tyler Horan LF- 1 for 3, HR(7), BB.  BA= .261.
Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .269.
Brandon Bednar SS- 3 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .308.
Matt Gage LHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.75.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.74.

Bednar got called up from San Jose a few games ago.  Ray Black has a 3.00 ERA in his last 10 appearances and has allowed just 1 run in 8.1 IP, over his last 9.

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High A Bakersfield Blaze scorched the San Jose Giants 3-2:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 1 for 3, BB, SB(13).  BA= .237.
Jose Reyes RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.46.
Sergio Romo RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Romo has to be ready.  Maybe he is the missing piece of the Giants bullpen?

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Low A Asheville Tourists beat the Augusta Greenjackets 3-1:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .233.
Dylan Davis RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .288.
Jake McCasland RHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.71.

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Short Season  Hillsboro Hops blanked the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-0:

Hengerber Medina RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 7.62.

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DSL  Dodgers edged out the Giants 2-1:

Jose Rivero SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .280.
Francisco Medina 3B- 4 for 4.  BA= .206.
Johan Herrera RHP(17 yo)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Aneudy Acosta RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.53.

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Phil Bickford and Adalberto Mejia will represent the Giants in the Futures Game.

Game Wrap 6/28/2016: A's 13 Giants 11

Well, THAT wasn't good!  The Giants bullpen blew 2 3-run leads in the worse bullpen meltdown of the Bruce Bochy era that I can remember.  Maybe if you go back to the early Bochy years and Armando Benitez, but yeah, I'm not sure any of them were this bad as almost every member of the bullpen gave up crooked numbers to ruin another fine starting effort from Albert Suarez and a determined effort from the Giants offense.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(4), BB.  BA= .253.  Span has been scuffling again, so good to see him hit with some authority here.

Angel Pagan- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .301.  Pagan is a dynamic player when he's healthy.

Brandon Crawford- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B, BB.  BA= .268.  Crawford filling up the boxscore there and in big situations.  He drove in 2 runs with the double and 3 runs with the triple.  He's hitting .346 over his last 7 games, .291 over his last 15.

Ramiro Pena- 2 for 5.  BA= .412.  Pena played 2B for Panik who seems to have developed concussion symptoms stemming from getting hit on the head by Matt Moore about 10 days ago.  Pena so far has been more than a capable fill in.  He's not going to hit .400 forever, though.

Conor Gillaspie- 4 for 5.  BA= .260.  Gillaspie's bat is hot, but he made a key error at 3B to extend the 6'th inning and allow 2 extra runs to score which ended up being the difference in the ballgame.

Jarrett Parker- 2 for 2, HR(4), BB.  BA= .280.  Parker sure loves to hit against A's pitching.  He must be licking his chops at the thought of returning to the Oakland Coliseum or whatever it's called now.

Albert Suarez- 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.83.  A very typical Suarez line.  He gives up right about 2-3 runs in 5-6 IP every time out.  In this case, he was 1 out away from allowing just 1 run in 6 IP when Kontos came in and allowed his 2 inherited runners to score.  Then Gillaspie's error then 2 more runs and the Giants nice little 4-1 lead had evaporated.

Bullpen- 4.1 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 2 K's.  The bullpen looked like it was jelling on the road trip, but my goodness, it's a hot mess now!  Total team effort too!  Osich pitched a clean inning and Derek Law struck out the one batter he faced, but Strickland hit a batter in 0.1 IP, and 4 relievers gave up crooked numbers.  Might be time for some serious soul searching and maybe even some housecleaning in the bullpen.

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The Loss dropped the Giants lead in the NL West to 6 games over the Dodgers who edged out the BrewCrew in Milwaukee 6-5.

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The interleague series moves to Oakland for the next two games with Jake Peavy facing rookie LHP Sean Manaea tonight.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Game Wrap 6/27/2016: A's 8 Giants 3

Jeff Samardzija allowed just 1 run on 2 hits in 5 IP, but he also allowed 5 runs on 6 hits in his other inning of work including a 3-run backbreaker dinger to Marcus Semien.  Meanwhile the A's got a terrific performance from a swashbuckling rookie pitcher named Daniel Mengdon, handlebar mustache and all.  Gotta say, his swagger reminds me a bit of a guy named John "The Count" Montefusco!  Key Lines:

Ramiro Pena- 2 for 4.  BA= .414.  Pena filled in for Brandon Crawford who got a day off to nurse some aches and bruises.  Small sample size mirage here, but Pena is acting like he wants to stick around awhile.  He was involved in 2 DP's on defense to boot.

Jeff Samardzija- 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.91.  Earl Weaver said winning baseball is great pitching and 3-run HR's.  I think he meant 3-run HR's by HIS team!  Shark is struggling with his offspeed pitches.  I'm not quite sure what he meant to throw Semien in that situation, but he hung it up there like a batting practice pitch and Semien went yard.  You knew this game was over right there.

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The Loss cut the Giants lead over the Dodgers in the NL West to 7 games as the Da Bums salvaged a game out of their 4 game series in Pittsburgh on getaway day.

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Albert Suarez tries to get the Giants back on the winning side of the ledger tomorrow facing Kendall Graveman.