Monday, July 28, 2014

Down on the Farm: 7/27/2014

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas nipped the Fresno Grizzlies 4-3:

Gary Brown(CF)- 1 for 4, SB(22).  BA= .271.
Chris Dominguez(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(14).  BA= .270.
Travis Ishikawa(1B)- 1 for 3, HR(11), BB.  BA= .272.

AA  Erie Seawolves defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-2:

Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(11).  BA= .260.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .245.

High A  Visalia Rawhide beat the San Jose Giants 6-4:

Chris Stratton(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.07.

Stratton is a reliever?  Was this a Timmy, we've run out of relievers, throwing day appearance?   Otherwise, NTSH.

Low A  Greensboro Grasshoppers outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 7-4:

Cristian Paulino(RF-LF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .258.
Tyler Horan(CF-RF)- 1 for 4, HR(15).  BA= .272.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.89.
Nick Vander Tuig(RHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 11.17.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Eugene Emeralds 9-1:

Seth Harrison(CF)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .255.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 4 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .346.
Austin Slater(RF)- 3 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .600.
Shilo McCall(DH)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .212.
Ethan Miller(RHP)- 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.53.

Slater gets the callup after just 2 games in Arizona.

Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

DSL  Giants were idle.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Game Wrap 7/272/2014: Dodgers 4 Giants 3

The Giants managed to make a game of this one, but weren't quite able to get over the hump and prevent an embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Dodgers.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey- 1 for 3, HR(12), BB.  BA= .280.  Buster's HR got the Giants within a run, but the scoring stalled out after that.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 4.  BA= .238.  Crawford hung in there against  the lefty with 2 outs and runners on base in the 4'th inning and drove in the second Giants run of the game.

Jake Peavy- 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.  Peavy wasn't getting the close calls on the corners and he needs those at this point in his career.

Dan Uggla- 0 for 3, BB, 2 E.  BA= .152.   Uggla scored the first run after drawing a walk, so that was a positive.  He also committed 2 errors, the second of which resolted in an unearned run to start the Dodgers scoring.  In 3 games, Uggla has now contributed to 1 run for the Giants and has committed 3 errors leading to 3 unearned runs.

Pablo Sandoval- 0 for 4.  BA= .275.  Is it just me, or has Pablo fallen off the nutrition wagon?  He is not looking at all small up there lately.  I would not trade Pablo before the trade deadline, but I also would not sign a long term contract with him.  Give him a QO and a 2 year deal with an option.  If he can do better on the FA market, take the draft pick.

The Loss drops the Giants 1.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.

The Giants stay home this week to face the Pittsburgh Pirates with Madison Bumgarner facing Vance Worley in game 1 tomorrow night.

Down on the Farm: 7/26/2014

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas nipped the Fresno Grizzlies 8-7:

Gary Brown(CF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .271.
Ryan Bradley(LHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Looks like Bradley was the callup to replace Escobar.

AA  Erie Seawolves defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-1:

Matt Duffy(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .340.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 1 for 4, HR(11).  BA= .266.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 6.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.11.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.11.

High A  Visalia Rawhide pounded the San Jose Giants 13-5:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .278.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(10).  BA= .284.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Greensboro Grasshoppers 8-7:

Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, BB, SB(9).  BA= .272.

Short Season  Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4-1:

Johnshwy Fargas(LF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .241.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 3 for 4.  BA= .316.
Fernando Pujadas(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .270.

Rookie AZL Giants crushed the D'Backs 10-5:

Hunter Cole(3B)- 3 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .600.
Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 1 for 5, 2B.  BA= .200.
Dylan Davis(RF)- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .333.
Kevin Rivera(2B)- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .221.
Matthew Gage(LHP)- 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.98.
Dylan Brooks(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.40.
Rayan Hernandez(RHP)- 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.09.

Pro debuts for Cole, Garcia and Davis.  Can Tyler Beede be far away?

DSL  Giants downed the Rojos(Reds) 4-2:

Prebito Reyes(LHP, 18 yo)- 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Game Wrap 7/26/2014: Dodgers 5 Giants 0

This game was Butt Kicking Part Deux.  Ryan Vogelsong was a gamer, but the Giants lineup did not put up much of a fight against Clayton Kershaw, who, let's face it, is the best pitcher on the planet right now and it's not particularly close.  Key Lines:

Dan Uggla- 0 for 3, 2 K's, E(10).  BA= .156.    Uggla is 0 for 5 as a Giant and has cost the team 2 more runs on defense than he has produced on offense.  OK, take a deep breath here, calm down.  It's just 2 games the Giants were not going to win anyway.

Ryan Vogelsong- 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.94.  The Giants were in shouting distance until Uggla's error in the 6'th allowed 2 unearned runs to score.  Of course, Vogey did give up some hits in the inning too.

Clayton Kershaw- 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.76.  I've never quite figured out why Kershaw is do difficult to hit.  I mean, yeah, he throws hard, but not THAT hard.  He must hide the ball well and get tremendous movement on his pitches.  Great movement plus great command will definitely win you some ballgames.  At any rate, the numbers don't lie.  The man is the best.  A latter day Sandy Koufax, for sure.

The Loss dropped the Giants 0.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.

New Giant Jake Peavy will try to continue his dominance over the Dodgers tomorrow evening in the ESPN game facing Hyun-jin Ryu.

Down on the Farm: 7/25/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas 9-7:

Juan Perez(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .336.
Travis Ishikawa(1B)- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .269.
Chris Heston(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.67.

There are 3 catchers on the Fresno roster:   Quiroz, Susac and Brad Mills, who is listed at 5'8", 160 lbs. I'll guess that Quiroz gets the callup to replace Hector while Hector is on the concussion DL.

AA  Erie Seawolves blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-0:

Kyle Crick(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 3.09.

A Phillies scout was rumored to be in attendance specifically to watch Cricky pitch.  Did he like what he saw?  All I can say is if the Giants trade Cricky, they better get something good and something for the future back.

High A  Visalia Rawhide outlasted the San Jose Giants 4-2 in 12 innings:

Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(5).  BA= .282.
Kendry Flores(RHP)- 5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.19.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 2.2 IP, 2 H 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.65.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.74.

Low A Augusta Greenjackets beat the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-2:

Ryan Jones(3B)- 3 for 4.  BA= .268.
Jeremy Sy(2B)- 2 for 4, HR(10).   BA= .243.
Cristian Paulino(RF)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .245.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.97.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(11).  ERA= 3.36.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Spokane Indians 5-2:

NTSH.

Rookie AZL  Giants outscored the Cubs 6-2:

Randy Ortiz(RF)- 2 for 4, 3B, HR(1), BB.  BA= .364.
Michael Santos(RHP)- 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.54.

DSL  Rojos(Reds) downed the Giants 5-4:

NTSH.

Game Wrap 7/25/2014: Dodgers 8 Giants 1

Baseball games can be lost in an almost infinite variety of ways.  There is BABIP luck, bad calls by umps(thankfully replay has diminished this as a factor), walk off wins.  This game loss was a good old-fashioned butt kicking by a team that, at least on this night, was better both on paper and on the field.  And let's face it folks, at least when Zack Greinke or Clayton Kershaw take the mound right now, the Dodgers are going to win most of those games, no matter what pitcher the Giants or any other team run out there to oppose them.  As this game unfolded, it had a definite aura of inevitability, much like I remember Dodgers-Giants matchups from the late 70's and early 80's.  Key Lines:

Triples Alley- Triples Alley was the Dodgers friend in this one as they sent missile after missile into the gap.  In all 5 cases, they came into 3B standing up.  The 5 triples set an AT&T Park record for most by one team in a game.  They also tied a Dodgers franchise record. Yasiel Puig's 3 tied a Dodgers record for most in one game last accomplished in 1901.  It's not like Blanco and Pence are slow OF's with lousy UZR's either.  Every one of those triples was smoked!

Tim Lincecum- 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.96.  On the surface, this looks like it could be a BABIP line, but this was more likely just a butt-kicking.  All those triples were smoked!

Hector Sanchez- 0 for 1.  BA= .196.  Sanchez came out early after suffering a mild concussion on a foul tip.  The Giants roster is already dangerously thinned out by injuries and this one could have the most far-reaching ripple effect.  Who gets the call as the backup catcher?  What happens to Buster Posey if he has to catch a bigger number of games?  I'm pretty sure someone has to be dropped from the 40 man roster to add a catcher.  Who will that be?

Despite the ugliness of the drubbing, the Giants remained in first place in the NL West by 0.5 games over the Dodgers.

Ryan Vogelsong makes a brave stand against Clayton Kershaw tonight in game 2 of the weekend series.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Down on the Farm: 7/24/2014

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes outslugged the Fresno Grizzlies 8-7:

Gary Brown(CF)- 0 for 3, 2 BB, 2 SB(21).  BA= .271.
Dan Uggla(2B)- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .286.
Chris Dominguez(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(13).  BA= .272.
Mike Kickham(LHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.61.

Given the Giants other 2B options, I expect to see Uggla in the lineup tonight.  Hopefully they can swing a trade for something better by the deadline.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged the Erie Seawolves 4-3:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 2 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .275.
Matt Duffy(SS)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .339.
Ricky Oropesa(DH)- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .246.
Kelvin Marte(LHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.83.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.30.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(6).  ERA= 2.38.

Ricky is hitting .371 over his last 10 games.

High A  Visalia Rawhide outscored the San Jose Giants 10-9:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 3 for 5, SB(30).  BA= .278.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(9), BB, Sac.  BA= .266.
Brandon Bednar(SS)- 4 for 4, BB.  BA= .329.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .280.
Brian Ragira(1B)- 2 for 4, HR(12).  BA= .241.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.13.

Delfino is hitting .372 over his last 10 games and .321 for the month of July after hitting .220 in June.  Brian Ragira is hitting .270 for the month of July with 6 of his 12 HR's.

Low A  Savannah Sand Gnats smothered the Augusta Greenjackets 2-1:

Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(14).  BA= .273.
Luis Ysla(LHP)- 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.28
Ray Black(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.88.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Spokane Indians 8-2:

Shilo McCall(RF)- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .214.
Andrew Leenhouts(LHP)- 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.23.

McCall's dinger was a GSHR to punctuate an 8 run explosion in the 3'rd inning.

AZL Giants pounded the Padres 14-5:

Kevin Rivera(2B)- 3 for 5, 2B, HBP.  BA= .220.
Chase Compton(1B-3B)- 3 for 4, 2B, HBP.  BA= .346.
Hector Mercedes(SS)- 4 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .333.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

DSL  Orioles2 beat the Giants 4-3:

Jean Angomas(CF, 19 yo)- 2 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .322.
Victor Concepcion(RHP, 18 yo)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.96.