Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Down on the Farm: 9/1/0215

AAA  Reno Aces defeated the Sacramento River Cats 5-2:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 1 for 4, HR(21).  BA= .285.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators whitewashed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-0:

Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .236.
Matt Lujan(LHP)- 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.28.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.06.

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High A  San Jose Giants blanked the Modesto Nuts 2-0:

Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .254.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 2.67.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(16).  ERA= 2.35.

This was Jason Forjet's 3'rd consecutive scoreless start spanning 20 IP with 26 K's against 5 BB's.

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Low A  Game 1  Savannah Sand Gnats stung the Augusta Greenjackets 4-1:

Travious Relaford(2B)- 1 for 3, 3B.  BA= .236.

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

Travious Relaford(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .239.
Andrew Cain(CF)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .216.
Jake McCasland(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.40.
Dusten Knight(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.67.

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Short Season  Eugene Emeralds topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-4:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 2 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .268.
Miguel Gomez(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .330.
Chris Shaw(1B)- 2 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .283.
Dominic Mazza(LHP)- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Ryan Hernandez(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.06.

Dominic Mazza has a successful debut for Salem-Keizer after dominating the AZL.

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Rooke AZL  Season completed.

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DSL  Giants win the DSL Championship.  Season completed.

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Giants announced that they are sending Christian Arroyo, Austin Slater, Mac Williamson, Adalberto Mejia, Clayton Blackburn, Ray Black, and Dan Slania to the Arizona Fall League.  I would say this is one of the more interesting Giants contingents in recent memory.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Game Wrap 9/1/2015: Dodgers 2 Giants 1

Zack Greinke is the toughest starting pitcher to score off of in MLB this year.  The Giants went up against him with a lineup that featured a leadoff hitter in his first game back from an extended DL stint, a cleanup hitter who caught 14 innings the night before, two guys acquired in waiver wire trades in August, and good field/no stick backup SS who batted 9'th in a non-DH game.  The rest of this game was quite predictable based on that information alone.  Key Lines:

Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.96.  That is certainly pitching well enough to win.  The difference in the game being an inexplicable HR give up off the bat of a struggling rookie LH hitter.

Zack Greinke- 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.59.  Not sure what needs to be done to increase offense, maybe not anything, but there are too many pitchers right now who are close to untouchable.  Zack Greinke leads the list and he can opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become a FA.  Hmmmm…….

The Loss drops the Giants to 5.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and we won't even track the Wild Card until/unless the Giants can close the gap on the Cubs.

Mike Leake tries to salvage a win out of the series tomorrow, but has a tall task as he opposes Clayton Kershaw.

Justin Maxwell was DFA'd to make room on the 40 man roster for….Nick Noonan?  OK, then.  I guess Nick Noonan will spell Matt Duffy at 3B here and there before he melts in a puddle somewhere near the 3B bag.

Down on the Farm: 8/31/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats blanked the Reno Aces 1-0:

Angel Pagan(CF)- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .364.
Ryan Lollis(1B)- 1 for 4.  BA= .325.
Mac Williamson(LF)- 1 for 2, HBP, SB(1).  BA= .261.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.03.


The big news here is Blackburn's start.  I said a few days ago that though Blackburn has pitched well this year, he had not pitched any really dominant starts.  Well, check that box off!  He took a perfecto into the 6'th inning!  After the game, Blackburn, who never seems to be at a loss for words, unleashed a veritable torrent of them.  Here is just part of what he had to say:  "The main goal is to get to the big leagues and be able to pitch deep into the season.  Big leaguers pitch all the way into October and if everything is going well, November, especially with the Giants, 3 World Series in 5 years."  I think the biggest thing I can take from this that late in the season, I'm still as strong as I was tonight.  That's huge!  That shows me I can pitch up there and that I'm still good this late in the year."

Whoa!  I can just hear Mike Krukow saying, "Well, yeah!  I mean, I couldn't have said it better myself!"  LOL!  Oh man, can you imagine what this Blackburn kid might say if he ever shuts down the Dodgers?  He might make all of us forget John "The Count" Montefusco ever existed!  Gotta love it!

Oh, and Blackburn drove in the games only run to boot!

Ryan Lollis was DFA'd after the game to make room on the 40 man roster for Alejandro De Aza who the Giants acquired from Boston for Luis Ysla.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-5:

Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 5, SB(12).  BA= .283.
Myles Schroder(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(7), Sac.  BA= .249.
Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(12).  BA= .233.

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High A  San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A  Game 1  Savannah Sand Gnats outlasted the Augusta Greenjackets 2-1 in 12 innings:

Richard Rodriguez(2B)- 4 for 5.  BA= .338.
Matt Winn(Catcher)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .263.
Sam Coonrod(RHP)- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.21.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.71.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.06.

Nice to see Coonrod come back with a strong start after a late season slump.

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

Pat Young(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 11/3.  ERA= 3.66.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were idle.

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Rookie AZL  Giants have completed their 2015 season.

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DSL  Giants completed a sweep of the Rangers for the DSL title 6-5:

Juan Rodriquez(CF, 21 yo)- 4 for 4, Sac, SB(1).  BA= .385.
Manuel Geraldo(SS, 18 yo)-  2 for 4, 2B, Sac, SB(1).  BA= .320.
Sandro Fabian(RF, 17 yo)- 1 for 4, HR(3), SF.  BA= .292.
Melvin Adon(RHP, 21 yo)- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.59.
Raffi Vizcaino(RHP, 19 yo)- 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Once again, the kids lead the way.  Will Fabian and Mendoza's power surge in the DSL playoffs be enough to earn them a promo to the States next season?

Game Wrap 8/31/2015: Dodgers 5 Giants 4

The Dodgers literally outlasted the Giants in a 14 inning marathon game decided when the Giants finally ran out of effective pitchers to take game 1 of this crucial 3 game series between the top 2 teams in the NL West.  Key Lines;

Matt Duffy- 2 for 6, BB, SB(8).  BA= .302.  Duffy has been an iron man for the Giants during this critical stretch and has stayed productive through it all.  Very gutsy player!

Brandon Belt- 2 for 7, 2B.  The middle of the Giants order went a combined 10 for 22, but came up a run short in the end.

Buster Posey- 4 for 7.  BA= .321.  Buster had 3 of his hits in the extra innings and was LOB all 3 times.

Marlon Byrd- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .242.  Byrd has been an RBI machine since coming over to the Giants.  He had 3 in this game, but again, none in the extra innings.

Jake Peavy- 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  Peavy took a 3-1 lead into the 6'th inning, then gave up a 2-run dinger to Adrian Gonzalez followed by a solo shot by Andre Ethier.  Wasn't Ethier supposed to be traded to someone else by now?

Bullpen- 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 6 BB, 5 K's.  The Bullpen pitched it's heart out as Romo went 1.2 scoreless innings followed by 2 each from Casilla and Kontos.  Bochy finally had to hand the ball to Mike Broadway, who has been strangely ineffective at the MLB level after dominating AAA.  Broadway failed to record an out while loading the bases.  Bochy went to Yusmeiro Petit who gave up the game winner.  If Petit was available to pitch at all, I think I might have had him start the 14'th, but I know he had pitched 3 innings on Saturday.

The Loss dropped the Giants to 4.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.  They remain 5.5 games behind the Cubs in the race for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

Madison Bumgarner faces Zack Greinke tonight in what is the closest thing to a must-win game so far this season.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Down on the Farm: 8/30/2015

AAA  Iowa Cubs cuffed the Sacramento River Cats 9-1:

Jake Dunning(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.75.
Brett Bochy(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.65.
Clay Rapada(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.02.
Cory Gearrin(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.79.

Giants need to pack as many arms onto the 40 man roster they can squeeze.  Gonna need 'em down the stretch.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded the Akron Rubber Ducks 12-2:

Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .281.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 5, 2 HR(17), BB.  BA= .260.
Devin Harris(LF)- 3 for 4, HR(11), BB, SB(3).  BA= .231.
Engel Beltre(CF)- 2 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .258.
Joe Biagini(RHP)- 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/3.  ERA= 2.46.
Matt Gage(LHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.91.

Second 2-homer game in a row for Ricky.  He hit 5 in the 4 game series.  He is also 13 for 25 in his last 7 games.  He had been slumping before that.

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High A  Ranch Cucamonga Quakes defeated the San Jose Giants 8-3:

Angel Pagan(CF)- 0 for 2, BB.  BA- .143.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .266.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .209.
Jordan Johnson(RHP)- 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 0 K, GO/AO- 6/1.  ERA= 3.71.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.47.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs Savannah Sand Gnats PPD.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 4-2:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 3 for 3, HBP, 3 SB(23).  BA= .264.
Steven Duggar(RF)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB(6).  BA= .284.
Nolan Riggs(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 6/2.  ERA= 2.93.
Caleb Smith(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, Save(7).  ERA= 2.92.

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DSL  Giants crushed the Rangers 9-3:

Manuel Geraldo(SS, 18 yo)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .286.
Beicker Mendoza(LF, 17 yo)- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .316.
Hengerber Medina(RHP)- 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

All numbers are for the postseason only.  Is Mendoza's postseason performance enough to earn him a promo to the States next season?  I would thing Hengerber should be in Arizona next year.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Game Wrap 8/30/2015: Cardinals 7 Giants 5

The middle of the Giants batting order made a game of it, but was not enough to overcome an awful performance by SP Chris Heston as the Giants dropped the rubber game of the series against the team with the best record in baseball.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt- 4 for 4, SB(9).  BA= .283.  Belt served as a quasi leadoff hitter for Buster Posey and Marlon Byrd and scored 3 of the Giants 5 runs.  Belt scored 5 runs in the series, 7 over his last 4 games, 15 over his last 8.  He is slashing .314/.402/.569 for the month of August with 21 runs and 17 RBI's.

Buster Posey- 3 for 4.  BA= .317.  Buster is hitting just .211 over his last 15 games, but has picked it up for a .296 pace over his last 7.

Marlon Byrd- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .241.  Byrd had a huge game with 2 XBH's down the RF line. One hit the foul pole and the other came within inches.  Not sure he was trying to do that.  He is 10 for 39 in 9 games since joining the Giants with 14 RBI's.

Chris Heston- 3.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.56.  The narrative coming in was that Heston had figured out that he had dropped his arm slot and had rested his shoulder so he could keep it up and get that whipsaw 2-seamer back to work.  It didn't work out that way.  The reason why sinker ball pitchers don't necessarily give up fewer HR's than 4 seam pitchers is that sinkers that don't sink get hammered.  Heston had a lot of sinkers not sink today and the results speak for themselves.  The Giants now have a problem going forward with just 3 SP's they can count on for QS's.  I think that carries over into next year where I don't think they can go into the season counting on Peavy, Cain and Heston for 3/5's of their rotation and it's long past time to cut ties with Timmy and Vogey, sad as that is.

The Loss drops the Giants to 4 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West pending the outcome of the Dodgers game against the Cubs who lead the Giants by 5 games for the Wild Card also pending the outcome of the Dodgers-Cubs game.

The Giants now start a 10 game road trip with 3 games against the the Dodgers in a series that could go a long way towards determining the winner of the NL West.  Jake Peavy starts game 1 tomorrow evening facing Brett Anderson who has a mixed record against the Giants.

Down on the Farm: 8/29/2015

AAA  Game 1  Iowa Cubs defeated the Sacramento River Cats 5-1:

Mac Williamson(LF)- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .271.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.21.

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AAA  Game 2  Iowa Cubs outlasted the Sacramento River Cats 2-1 in 12 innings:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 1 for 5, HR(20).  BA= .285.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.01.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.46.
Steven Okert(LHP)-  2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.70.

Parker reaches the 20 HR milestone.  River Cats played a total of 19 innings yesterday.  They got just 2 hits and 4 baserunners the entire 12 inning game.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Akron Rubber Ducks 5-3:

Hunter Cole(DH)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .298.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 3 for 4, 2B, 2 HR(15).  BA= .258.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.34.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.47.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(10).  ERA= 5.16.

Is Ricky's late power surge enough to earn him an assignment to Sacramento next year?  This was Mejia's first appearance since 7/24.

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High A  San Jose Giants outscored the Ranch Cucamonga Quakes 7-6 in 11 innings:

Angel Pagan(CF)- 1 for 5.  BA= .200.
Christian Arroyo(SS)- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .313.
Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .270.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 5, HR(13).  BA= .248.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.59.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.72.
Luis Ysla(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.00.
Jake Smith(RHP)-  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(15).  ERA= 2.38.

Are the Giants sending a message to Pagan by keeping him in rehab until 9/1?  I am really impressed by what Jake Smith has done this year.  Another potential relief arm in the system.  Will Carbonell be ready to conquer AA next year?

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Low A  Savannah Sand Gnats blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 2-0 in a rain-shortened 5 inning game:

Michael Santos(RHP)- 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.21.

Hopefully Santos can stay healthy next season and get some traction on his career.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 2-0:

Miguel Gomez(Catcher)- 1 for 3, HR(6).  BA= .328.
John Riley(1B)- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(5).  BA= .253.
Andrew Leenhouts(LHP)- 7.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.57.
Ryan Halstead(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(6).  ERA= 2.52.

Gomez has shown enough power to make the .328 BA even more legit going forward.  Love that he's still playing catcher part time.  The switch-hitting just adds to the versatility.  Riley has had a huge second half.  Is it enough to move him up into the top 50 Giants prospects?  If so, how far up?  Gotta temper the enthusiasm for Leenhouts who is in his 3'rd rodeo with S-K.

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Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants pounded the Rangers 9-2:

Manuel Geraldo(SS, 18 yo)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .250.
Sandro Fabian(RF, 17 yo)- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .313.
Beicker Mendoza(LF, 17 yo)- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .357.
Norwith Gudino(RHP, 19 yo)- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.18.
Reymi Rodriguez(RHP, 21 yo)- 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

All numbers listed are for the postseason only.  The DSL Giants have quite a few older players on the team, but it's the 17 year olds who are leading the way in the postseason.