Monday, July 6, 2015

Game Wrap 7/6/2015: Mets 3 Giants 0

Johnny Monell broke open a scoreless tie with a 2-run double in the top of the 9'th inning to hand the Giants their 7'th loss in a row, 6 of them in the hard luck category.  Key Lines:

Chris Heston- 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 11/3.  ERA= 3.51.  Hesto Presto really seems to  have settled in as a MLB SP.  He looks comfortable and confident out there.  In this one he pitched around 3 errors, including 2 of his own.   Not a big strikeout game, but he had his signature pitch movement and quite good command inducing ground ball outs.

Sergio Romo- 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.97.  Romo got the third out to escape a jam in the 8'th inning, but then set up the winning rally by the Mets by allowing the first two runners to reach.  He failed to get a 2 strike slider far enough outside to Cuddyer who pulled it over the SS's head for a leadoff single.  Then, he just did not have the stuff to get the LH batting Nieuwenhuis out and Eyechart pulled a double into RF putting runners at 2'nd and 3'rd with no outs, setting up our old friend Johnny Monell to be the hero.

The Loss drops the Giants 4.5 games behind the first place Dodgers pending the outcome of their game agains the Phillies.

Matt Cain tries to break the skid tomorrow facing Bartolo Colon.

Down on the Farm: 7/5/2015

AAA  Reno Aces downed the Sacramento River Cats 5-3:

Adam Duvall(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .266.
Carlos Triunfel(SS-3B)- 2 for 4, 3B, HR(3).  BA= .274.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.89.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.93.

Hall recovers from a bad outing and Okert has his second strong outing in a row.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels squeezed past the Akron Rubber Ducks 2-1:

Myles Schroder(LF)- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .272.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .255.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.21.

Too many walks but another good result for Mejia.  Schroder has started at 3 positions in 3 games.

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High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Visalia Rawhide 5-2:

Seth Harrison(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(8).  BA= .268.
Daniell Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .405.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.30.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.91.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(2).  ERA= 2.65.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 7-3:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .288.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.57.
Dusten Knight(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.51.
Reyes Maronta(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.72.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Tri-Cities Dust Devils 7-2:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .279.
Carlos Gomez(Catcher)- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
Chase Compton(1B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .343.
Shilo McCall(LF)- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .270.
EJ Encinosa(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Nathanael Santiago(RHP)- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

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Rookie AZL  Mariners edged out the Giants 4-3:

Jalen Miller(SS)- 1 for 4, SF.  BA= .393.
Dillon Dobson(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .263.
Byron Murray(LF)- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .280.
Andrew Suarez(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Grant Watson(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Suarez and Watson have successful pro debuts.

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DSL  Giants were idle.

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DSL(7/4/2015)  Giants crushed the Yankees1 11-4:

Robinson Medrano(1B, 19 yo)- 2 for 4, 2 BB.  BA= .342.
Mecky Coronado(LF, 18 yo)- 1 for 2, 2B, 3 BB.  BA= .423.
Beicker Mendoza(DH, 17 yo)- 3 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .276.
Jose Patino(CF, 17 yo)- 2 for 4, BB, SB(13).  BA= .261.
Jose Luna(RHP, 19 yo)- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.00.
Weilly Yan(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.42.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Game Wrap 7/5/2015: Nationals 3 Giants 1

The Giants lost another frustrating, close game to finish off one of the worst road trips in recent memory.  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 4, HR(12).  BA= .265.  Crawford keeps on showing surprising power, although the BA has dipped a bit from its high water mark.  Crawford could probably use a day off.

Ryan Vogelsong- 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.10.  Vogey was holding his own against the fearsome Jordan Zimmermann when he finally had it with Phil Cuzzi's ridiculous strike zone, or lack thereof.  Even the ESPN announcing crew which included Curt Schilling and I assume were neutral in their allegiances were highly critical of Cuzzi's umpiring acumen and said Vogey and Bochy had a legitimate beef.  They even defended Vogey coming down off the mound on the grounds he might have been talking to his catcher rather than the ump.

Josh Osich- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  A big silver lining to this awful road trip.  The Giants may have found their lefty reliever of both the present and future.  2.1 impressive innings from Osich including 2 bit outs against Bryce Harper.

Brandon Belt- 0 for 3, BB. BA= .270.  Not saying this was the difference in the game, but the Nationals do not score an insurance run in the 8'th with a better defensive LF in the game.  Harper's double was clearly Belt's ball.  He just isn't fast enough or good enough at OF reads to have made the play even if he had tried to.  As it was, he just hung back and let Pagan go after it, something Pagan clearly didn't think he should have to do.  Even if he doesn't catch the ball, and it did look catchable, Belt was in a better position to hold Harper to a single which would have prevented that extra run.

The Loss was the Giants 6'th in a row on the 6 game road trip.  There was only one of those losses that was not close.   A hit falling in here, a better pitch there, a better umpire in a couple of games and this road trip could easily have been 5-1 instead of 0-6.  As it stands, the Giants are 4 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers and 1.5 games ahead of the 3'rd place D'Backs.  They trail in the Wild Card race by 3.5 games.

The Giants will stay overnight in Washington DC and fly home in the morning.   They start a home series against the Mets tomorrow night with Chris Heston facing Jonathan Niese in game 1.

Down on the Farm: 7/4/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outscored the Reno Aces 10-6:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 5 for 6, 3B, SB(2).  BA= .341.
Jarrett Parker(LF)- 3 for 4, HR(13), BB.  BA= .278.
Carlos Triunfel(SS)- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .269.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 6/1.  ERA= 4.17.
Erik Cordier(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(6).  ERA= 1.48.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Akron Rubber Ducks 7-3:

Myles Schroder(2B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .272.
Hunter Cole(DH)- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .360.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 3 for 4.  BA= .282.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .252.
Joe Biagini(RHP)- 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.86.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.09.

The key number in all this is the 0 in front of BB for Kyle Crick.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide edged out the San Jose Giants 7-6:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 4, BB, SB(1).  BA= .333.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .284.
Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .394.
Brian Ragira(DH)- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .218.

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Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators shut down the Augusta Greenjackets 1-0:

Matt Gage(LHP)- 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.48.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes erupted for a 9-3 win over the Tri-Cities Dust Devils:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .282.
Miguel Gomez(DH)- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .339.
Jose Vizcaino Jr(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .281.
Logan Webb(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 5.21.
Eric Sim(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.38.

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Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants vs Yankees1 Boxscore not posted at the time of this writing.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Game Wrap 7/4/2015: Nationals 9 Giants 3

It was deja vu all over again as the Giants and Madison Bumgarner relived a loss 3 years ago to the day, July 4, 2012.  Same day, same time, same team.  OK, the opposing pitcher that day was Edwin Jackson and the final score was 9-4 instead of 9-3 and Bummy gave up 7 runs instead of just 6, but yeah, pretty much a time travel experience to get up and watch this game at 8:00 AM on Independence Day.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .273.  You might look at that line and think Belt had a good game.  Wrong!  In addition to his success at the plate, Belt got picked off 1B and then failed to cover 1B when he gave up on a ball that Brandon Crawford still thought he had a chance on.  You'd think that after all these years of playing with Crawford, Belt would know that the other Brandon NEVER gives up on a play!

Ehire Adrianza- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .500.  OK, this is how you work yourself into more playing time on Bruce Bochy's bench.  You go up there in a spot that doesn't mean anything and you get the job done.  Next time it might be in a more meaningful spot.  If you get it done again, you might find yourself starting a game or two.  If you get it done……you get the idea.

Madison Bumgarner- 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.34.  As Kruk and Kuip say, ownage is ownage!  Not the the Nationals own Madison Bumgarner, but he probably should not start against them in their park on July 4 ever again!

The Loss leaves the Giants 3.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.  I don't feel like looking up the Wild Card standings, but it's not much better.

Ryan Vogelsong tries to salvage 1 game out the the series and the road trip tomorrow facing the fearsome Jordan Zimmermann.  Hmmm…..Isn't Zimm a FA at the end of this year?

Down on the Farm: 7/3/2015

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees scored 6 runs in the 9'th inning to sting the Sacramento River Cats 7-1:

Xavier Avery(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .500.
Darren Ford(DH)- 2 for 3, BB, SB(19).  BA= .265.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 14/3.  ERA= 1.53.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.08.

Giants signed Avery as a minor league FA.  He was once a fairly highly touted prospect who has kicked around the minors a bit.  He's still just 25 years old.   Stratton goes 8 innings for the second game in a row.  Disaster appearance for Hall.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators outlasted the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-4 in 10 innings:

Myles Schroder(LF)- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .268.
Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .312.
Engel Beltre(CF)- 3 for 4, 3B.  BA= .318.
Eliezer Zambrano(Catcher)- 3 for 4.  BA= .220.
Matt Lujan(LHP- 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.14.

Lujan took a no-hitter into the 7'th inning allowing just 1 walk in the first inning.  Going back to the 3 perfect innings he pitched in his last start, suspended by rain, he pitched 9 consecutive innings of no-hit ball allowing just the one baserunner.

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High A  Stockton Ports defeated the San Jose Giants 5-2:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .336.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .276.
Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .379.
Brian Ragira(DH)- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .217.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 5.55.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.73.

Agosta continues to put up fantastic K/BB's while giving up a lot of runs.

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Low A Game 1  Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Savannah Sand Gnats 3-1:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 1 for 3, BB, 4 SB(38).  BA- .296.
Chris Johnson(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.68.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.73.

Diaz' line over his last 10 appearances:  1-1, 1.23, 14.2 IP, 4 BB, 20 K's.

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Low A  Game 2  Savannah Sand Gnats blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 3-0:

Jared Deacon(Catcher)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .253.
Jake McCasland(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.80.

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Short Season:  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 7-6:

Miguel Gomez(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .327.
Rayan Hernandez(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Cory Taylor(RHP)- 2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.60.
Ryan Halstead(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

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Rookie AZL  White Sox outscored the Giants 9-7:

Byron Murray(RF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .283.
Dillon Dobson(1B)- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .265.
Mikey Edie(CF)- 0 for 1, 2 BB, SB(6).  BA= .212.
Cody Brickhouse(PH)- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .111.
Stetson Woods(RHP)- 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 5.40.

No Bueno start for Woods.

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DSL  Giants pounded the Rockies 11-2:

Sandro Fabian(RF. 17 yo)- 2 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .273.
Beicker Mendoza(LF, 17 yo)- 2 for 4, SB(3).  BA= .250.
Jose Patino(CF,  17 yo)- 3 for 5, SB(12).  BA= .250.
Prebito Reyes(LHP, 19 yo)- 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.12.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Game Wrap 7/3/2015: Nationals 2 Giants 1

The Giants once again fell victim to the longball as their Trail of Tears road trip continues in the Nation's Capital.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey- 1 for 4, HR(14).  BA= .304.  Buster just missed tying this one up with 2 outs in the top of the 9'th inning when he just didn't quite get the ball on the sweet spot on a hanging breaking first pitch from Drew Storen.  This was Buster's 3'rd HR in the last 4 games, all on the road.  He has 57 RBI's at the exact halfway mark of the season.

Jake Peavy- 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.43.  Although his peripherals were not outstanding, Peavy looked really sharp today with his FB topping out at 92 MPH and excellent movement on all of his pitches.  Giving up the 2-run dinger to Washington's version of Justin Bour was too bad, but I really can't fault Bochy for letting him go into the 7'th inning.  His pitch count was still low and the bullpen has been way overtaxed for awhile now.

Hunter Strickland- 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.45.  Strickland still has the high 90's heater, but also has much better command of his breaking ball and a second FB with 2-seam movement.  I'm going to say I think he will be the closer by the end of the season.  I still wouldn't let him face Bryce Harper in a critical situation, though.

Josh Osich-  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Another silver lining from a tough loss.  Osich looked really good!  FB that topped out at 96 MPH, a cutter at 90-91 MPH and a nice changeup.  At least one of the 2 BB's was a direct result of him getting squeezed by the home plate ump who, according to Kruk, is well known for giving out the Rookie Treatment.  After the second walk, he just challenged Harper and Robinson and got both to pop up to the shallow OF.

The Loss drops the Giants 3.5 games behind the Dodgers pending the outcome of their game.

Madison Bumgarner tries to put a stop to the Giants losing streak facing Stephen Strasburg in a game that starts at 8:05 AM PDT tomorrow, July 4.