Monday, August 20, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/19/2018

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes blew up the Sacramento River Cats 7-1:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .289.

Nothing else to see here.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Hartford Yard Goats 4-3:

Caleb Gindl CF/LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .306
Ryan Howard 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .272.
Conner Menez LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 4.68.
Dusten Knight RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.78.

It seems to me that Ryan Howard is pretty good insurance against the Giants having to sign Joe Panik to a big long contract extension.  Conner Menez has 79 K's in 65.1 IP in AA.

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A+ San Jose Giants downed the Lancaster Jethawks 4-1:

Jacob Heyward DH- 1 for 3, BB, SB(13).  BA= .243.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .283.
Mac Marshall LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.89.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, Save(6).  ERA= 3.71.

This was Mac Marshall's longest and possibly best appearance of the season.

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

Manuel Geraldo SS- 2 for 5, 2B.   BA= .287.
Heliot Ramos DH- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .243.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .229.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .232.
Jose Marte RHP- 5.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 4.23.
Olbis Parra RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.23.

Heliot Ramos is hitting .288 in August and .316 over his last 10 games.

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Short Season  Hillsboro Hops topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-8:

Nick Hill CF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .417.
Joey Bart DH- 1 for 3, 2 HBP.  BA= .312.
Wander Alexander Franco 1B- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .269.
Dalton Combs RF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .281.
Robinson Medrano LF- 2 for 4, 2 HR(8).  BA= .241.
Jake Wong RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.53.

If the Giants were DH'ing Joey Bart to lower his risk of injury, well, maybe they didn't consider HBP's?  If they aren't going to give him a preview of the Cal League in the final 2 weeks of the season, maybe they should just shut him down?

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange defeated the Giants Black 5-4:

Black

Abdiel Layer SS- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .280.
Braden Frankfort C- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .268.
Jordan Scott RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.91.

Orange

Anyesber Sivira 2B- 2 for 3, HR(1), BB, HBP.  BA= .301.
Yorlis Rodriguez 3B- 3 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .315.
Patrick Hilson DH- 1 for 2, 3B, BB, HBP, SB(5).  BA= .189.
Ben Madison RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Tyler Beede RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Anyesber Sivira is hitting .342 over his last 10 games.  Tyler Beede apparently on a rehab assignment.  Hopefully whatever was wrong is now fixed.

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DSL  Giants were idle.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Game Wrap 8/19/2018: Reds 11 Giants 4

Well, rock bottom got a little deeper in this game that was not nearly as close as the score might lead you to believe.  A truly wretched performance to cap off a sweep at the hands of one of the worst teams in MLB.  Key Lines:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .265.  Duggar was as doubles machine in Sacramento before his call up.  He hasn't slowed down in the majors with 11 in 122 PA which projects to about 55 over 600 PA's.  His actual combined number is 38 in 438 PA between AAA and MLB.  This might have been the lone bright spot from today's game.

Andrew Suarez LHP- 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R. 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.68.  Most young pitchers who find early success at the MLB level eventually hit a wall, whether from fatigue or from advance scouts "getting a book" on them.  Suarez definitely hit some sort of wall in the 3'rd inning after pitching 2 scoreless frames.  It wasn't much of a game after that as the score reached 9-1 before the Giants scored 3 more in garbage time.

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The Loss drops the Giants 8 games off the pace set by NL West co-leaders, D'Backs and Rockies.

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The Giants road trip moves on to New York for a 4 gamer against another bad team with Derek Holland facing former Giants first round draft pick and prospect, Zack Wheeler.

Down on the Farm: 8/18/2018

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes burned the Sacramento River Cats 6-2:

Peter Bourjos CF- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .305.
Tyler Herb RHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 11/1.  ERA= 5.13.

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AA  Hartford Yard Goats blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 1-0:

Matt Winn C- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.

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A+  San Jose Giants downed the Lancaster Jethawks 6-2:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .280.
Gio Brusa 1B- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .241.
Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 3, BB, SB(26).
Carlos Sano RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.39.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.47.

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Low A Asheville Tourists crushed the Augusta Greenjackets 14-3:

Heliot Ramos CF- 3 for 5, HR(10).  BA= .241.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 1 for 3, HR(13), BB.  BA= .226.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .245.

It's getting down to the end of the season and Heliot Ramos is still kicking it in an environment that has broken a few pretty good prospects.

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Short Season

David Villar 3B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .284.
Dalton Combs RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .283.
Seth Corry LHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 0.61.

Seth Corry had a 2.61 ERA in 38 IP with 42 K and 17 BB for the AZL Giants Black.  He has allowed just 1 ER in 14.2 IP with 13 K's and 7 BB's in 3 Starts since his promotion to S-K.  The major difference seems to be a GO/AO= 1.09 for Giants Black and 1.82 for S-K.  Has he added a sinker to his repertoire or is it a sample size aberration? At any rate, he's had a fine season and seems to have left the bouts of extreme wildness behind.  Can't wait to see what he does in Augusta next season.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange and Giants Black were both idle.

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DSL Tigers2 defeated the Giants 6-2:

Rodolfo Bone C- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .345.
Jesus Gomez LHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.43.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Game Wrap 8/18/2018: Reds 7 Giants 1

The Giants have had a few low points this season, but this one just might be the lowest.  After a decent series against the Dodgers in the stinky place, they traveled east thinking they could continue gaining ground against a couple of bad teams.  Well, as they have done a few times, they did a faceplant.  Today, not only the offense stayed cold, but their ace pitcher got lit up.  Key Lines:

Lineup:  7 for 34, 2 BB.  BA= .206.  No XBH's.  No hits until the 6'th inning.  Just another dismal day at the plate.  I wonder how Bochy expressing his frustration with the offense impacts their performance, if at all?  I mean, I'm pretty sure the hitters aren't coming to the park saying to themselves, "I'm going to try to go 0 for 4 today."  You read about hitter's "pressing".  Wouldn't having your manager vent his frustration to the press make that worse, or does it help concentrate their minds and create tougher outs?  I honestly don't know so I'm asking.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 BB.  ERA= 3.05.  Kind of a rough night for Bummy.  Not much else to say.  He's always bounced back from these.

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With the Loss, the Giants remain 7 games behind the D'Backs in the NL West as the Snakes lost to the Padres 7-6.  The Rockies topped the Braves and sit 0.5 games behind in 2'nd place.  The Dodgers sit 1.5 games behind pending the outcome of their game with the Mariners who lead 4-1 in the 6'th inning.

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Andrew Suarez tries to salvage a game out the series tomorrow facing former Giants farmhand Luis Castillo.

Down on the Farm: 8/17/2018

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes held off the Sacramento River Cats 8-7:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 3 for 5.  BA= .279.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for BB.  BA= .261.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.33.

The River Cats scored 4 runs in the 7'th and 2 in the 8'th, but the Isotopes countered with 5 in the 7'th.  After getting roughed up in his second AAA start, Shaun Anderson has a 3.33 ERA over his last 4 Starts.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Hartford Yard Goats 3-0:

Logan Webb RHP- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.35.
Garrett Williams LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.92.

That line by Logan Webb should send a pulse of excitement through your body.

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A+ Lancaster Jethawks outscored the San Jose Giants 9-6(10 innings):

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .279.
Heath Quinn LF- 4 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .311.
Jacob Heyward DH- 1 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .242.
Domenic Mazza LHP- 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.11.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.90.

Domenic Mazza had a pretty good game going until he couldn't get out of the 6'th inning.  He left the game with a run in and the bases loaded.  Rodolfo Martinez allowed 2 of his inherited runners to score.

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Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators beat the Augusta Greejackets 6-3:

Malique Ziegler LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .261.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 3 for 3, 2 BB, SB(21).  BA= .286.
Jeffry Parra C- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(7).  BA= 189.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.35.

Jeffry Parra has had his moments this year.  Just not enough of them. His OPS of .634, while not great, is much better than you would think from his BA.

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Short Season Hillsboro Hops topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-4:

Kyle McPherson 2B- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .296.
Joey Bart C- 1 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .321.
David Villar 3B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .279.
Jett Manning SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .320.
JJ Santa Cruz LHP- 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.96.
Matt Frisbee RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.80.

Joey Bart's 10'th HR was his first since he hit 2 on July 27.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black outlasted the Angels 5-5(11 Innings):

Marcos Campos 2B/SS- 2 for 4, 3B, BB, SB(3).  BA= .171.
Luis Moreno RHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 10/0.  ERA= 2.98.
Victor Concepcion RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Second consecutive Start for Luis Moreno without allowing an ER.  13 IP, 2 BB, 13 K's.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange edged out the D'Backs 4-3(10 Innings):

Bryan Hernandez LF- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .171.
Andrew Angulo DH- 3 for 4.  BA= .360.
Tyler Flores LF/1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .298.
Jasier Herrera RHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.76.
Andy Rohloff RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Jasier is the tall Herrera at 6'5".  He's allowed just 2 ER in 12 IP over his last 2 Starts with 1 BB, 12 K's.
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DSL  Tigers2 defeated the Giants 4-2:

Robinson Batista RF- 3 for 4.  BA= .269.
Samuel Quintana LHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.05.

Sleeper alert on Samuel Quintana:  17 yo, 6'5", 215 lbs.  2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 10.1 IP, over his last 4 appearances.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Game Wrap 8/17/2018: Reds 2 Giants 1(11 Innings)

The Giants cobbled together a strong combined pitching effort in place of the injured Dereck Rodriguez but wasted it in the end as their offense remained mired in a team wide slump.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 3 for 5.  BA= .257.  Cutch drove in the Giants only run after a Steven Duggar double in the 3'rd inning.  He reached base 2 other times but for naught as the Giants could not sustain another rally.

Casey Kelly RHP- 4.1 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.69.  Kelly was pitching in front of his dad who is the Reds Bench Coach.  He gave up a lot of hits and had to work his way out of trouble in every inning.  but kept the Giants in the game long enough to give the bullpen a fighting chance.  He seems to be skilled at holding runners and delivering the ball quickly out of the stretch.  His pickoff of Billy Hamilton in the first inning and Buster Posey's throwout of Jose Peraza trying to steal 2B in the 5'th were key moments in the game.

Reyes Moronta RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.10.  A dominant appearance by Moronta who has become a major force in the bullpen and whose contract is controlled by the Giants for years into the future.

Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.91.  Black struck out the side in the 10'th inning, but fell behind Phillip Ervin leading off the 11'th.  I don't know if Ervin was guessing that Black would try to steal a strike with a curveball in the zone or if Black tipped his pitch, but that's what Ervin got and he was ready for it as it came in with just a bit of hang time.  Walkoff dinger.

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The D'Backs and Dodgers are still playing at this post time, but they are both leading their respective games while the Rockies already topped the Braves 11-5, so the Giants will likely end the night 7 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs.

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Madison Bumgarner tries to even the series tomorrow evening with Matt Harvey taking the mound for the Reds.

Down on the Farm: 8/16/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats cooled off the Albuquerque Isotopes 4-2:

Miguel Gomez 2B-3 for 5.  BA= .269.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.36.
Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 5.27.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Bowie Baysox 6-3:

Luigi Rodriguez RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .281.
Caleb Gindl DH- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .294.
Matt Lipka CF- 1 for 2, HR(4).  BA= .233.
Ali Castillo 3B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .264.
Chase Johnson RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.69.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 2.96.
Dusten Knight RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, Save(3).  ERA= 1.85.

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A+ San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A Kannapolis Intimidators routed the Augusta Greenjackets 10-1:

Really, NTSH.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 7-4:

Kyle McPherson 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .294.
Nick Hill RF- 1 for 4, HR(1), BB.  BA= .250.
Ricardo Genoves C- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .234.
Aaron Bond CF- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .286.
Robinson Medrano 1B- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .241.
Blake Rivera RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.   ERA= 5.54.
Solomon Bates RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.32.
Ryan Walker RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.25.

Solomon Bates has 34 K's in 21.2 IP.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black beat the Athletics 5-3:

Frankie Tostado DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .288.
Sean Roby 3B- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .293.
Johan Herrera RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.10.
Oliver Pinto RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.79.
Cooper Casad RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.46.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange crushed the Angels 8-2:

Yorlis Rodriguez DH- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .314.
Beicker Mendoza 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .313.
Fabian Pena C- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .320.
Tyler Flores LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .292.
Hector Santiago 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .246.
Francis Pena RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.49.
Julio Rodriguez RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= .235.

Francis Pena has allowed just 3 ER in 27.2 IP over his last 6 Starts since 7/11, although he has also allowed 7 unearned runs over the same span.  His WHIP over the same span, which may be a better measure of effectiveness in a situation where there are a lot of unearned runs, is a very respectable 1.26.

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DSL  Giants pounded Colorado 12-5:

Luis Toribio 3B- 2 for 6, HR(10).  BA= .265.
Jean Pena DH- 2 for 5, BB. BA= .239.
Ismael Alcantara LF- 5 for 5, BB.  BA= .253.
Richgelon Juliana CF- 2 for 6.  BA= .270.
Samuel Jorge 1B- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .272.
Omar Medina C- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .220.
Robinson Batista RF- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .257.

Izzy Alcantara is hitting .360 for the month of August.  I can't remember the last time a DSL Giant had double digit HR's.