Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Down on the Farm: 8/23/2016

AAA Sacramento River Cats smashed the Reno Aces 12-4:

Kelby Tomlinson SS-2B- 4 for 6, 2B.  BA= .301.
Ali Castillo 3B- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .326.
Mac Williamson RF- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .270.
Austin Slater CF- 2 for 5, HR(11), BB.  BA= .300.
Grant Green 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .316.
Clayton Blackburn RHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.63.
Steven Okert LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.15.

Austin Slater is going to hate leaving Reno!  A QS by Blackburn in a rough place to pitch.  Okert has 4 consecutive scoreless appearances with 8 K's against 0 BB's in 4.2 IP.

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AA  Erie Seawolves defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-2:

Christian Arroyo 3B- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .272.
Hunter Cole RF- 1 for 3, HR(13), BB. BA= .270.
Tyler Beede RHP- 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.06.

Rainball reports that Beede was plagued by control problems but the last 2 runs scored when the reliever allowed his inherited runners to score.

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High A San Jose Giants doubled up the Bakersfield Blaze 8-4:

Dylan Davis LF- 3 for 5, HR(16).  BA= .302.
Miguel Gomez DH- 1 for 5, HR(7).  BA= .242.
TJ Bennett 2B- 2 for 4, 2B. BA= .311.
Daniel Carbonell RF- 2 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .291.
Chris Heston RHP- 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.23.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.32.

Minor League Baseball announced that the Bakersfield and High Desert franchises will be contracted out of the California League.  There will be 2 new affiliates in the Carolina League and the Cal League will have just 8 teams.  It may mean more traveling for the SJ Giants, but maybe we'll get to see them down in SoCal more often?

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Low A  Augusts Greenjackets edged out the Greenville Drive 2-1 in 10 innings:

Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .353.
Dillon Dobson 3B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .277.
Heath Slatton RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Conner Kaden RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.67.
Charles Owen RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

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Short Season  Tri-Cities Dust Devils buried the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 13-2:

Ashford Fulmer LF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .296.
Kevin Rivera 2B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .311.

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Rookie AZL  Cubs beat the Giants 5-3:"

Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 5.  BA= .326.
Jose Layer LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .275.
DJ Myers RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.89.
Cameron Avila-Leeper LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Avila-Leeper makes his pro debut.  If you recall, he was a local JC draftee in 2015 who immediately underwent TJ surgery.

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DSL  Giants blanked the Cubs2 1-0:

Franklin Labour DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .243.
Francisco Medina 3B- 2 for 3.  BA= .286.
Johan Herrera RHP- 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.09.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's, Save(1). ERA= 1.83.

Game Wrap 8/23/2016: Dodgers 9 Giants 5

The Dodgers offense overwhelmed Madison Bumgarner and the Giants in game 1 of their showdown in LA.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 4, HR(8), BB.  BA= .274. Span continues his hot second half hitting.  He's currently sitting with an fWAR of 1.2 which translates to a dollar value of $9.4 M.  His contract is $31 M over 3 years, so he's essentially a break-even on the Giants investment so far.

Angel Pagan- 2 for 5.  BA= .300.  Pagan extends his hit streak to 19 games.

Madison Bumgarner- 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 7 K's. ERA= 2.44.  Was Bummy having an off night or is the Dodgers offense just too good?  You hate to waste a good pitching performance, but with the way Bumgarner's season has gone, it might be more frustrating to waste the run support.

Will Smith- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.66.  Smith was the only reliever on the night to hold the Dodgers scoreless.  Hopefully this is the start of him getting back to form.

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The Loss dropped the Giants 2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.  The Giants are 1.5 games up on the Cardinals for the first Wild Card spot.

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Johnny Cueto tries to even the series tonight facing Rich Hill who make his Dodgers debut late due to a blister on his finger at the time of the trade.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Down on the Farm: 8/22/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats pounded the Reno Aces 12-4:

Ali Castillo 2B- 2 for 5, 2 SB(2).  BA= .323.
Jarrett Parker LF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(16), BB.  BA= .271.
Austin Slater CF- 3 for 5, 2B, 2 HR(10).  BA= .297.
Travis Ishikawa 1B- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(12), BB, SF.  BA= .259.
Andrew Suarez RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.34.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.43.
Josh Osich LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.

The big story here continues to be Austin Slater who has just gone OFF!  4 consecutive games with at least 3 hits with 3 doubles and 4 HR's in that span.  Batting .500(19 for 38) over his last 10 games.  Playing CF.  I looked at a couple of videos.  Very short, quick swing direct to the ball.  Is he putting himself in the conversation for a 25 man roster spot for next year?

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AA  Erie Seawolves defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-2:

Brandon Bednar 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .272.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.55.

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High A  San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A Columbia Fireflies outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 7-5:

Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 4, BB, SB(31).  BA= .280.
Bryan Reynolds DH- 3 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .308.
Skyler Ewing 1B- 1 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .245.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 5.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.91.
Cesar Yanez RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.00.

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Short Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes blanked the Tri-Cities Dust Devils 2-0:

Ashford Fulmer RF- 2 for 4, 3B, SB(11).  BA= .287.
Gio Brusa LF- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .257.
Mac Marshall LHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 8 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.58.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.15.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(3).  ERA= 1.13.

I guess you would say Marshall was effectively wild.

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Rookie AZL  Giants beat the D'Backs 3-1:

Michael Bernal 2B- 3 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .244.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.32.
Luis Amaya LHP- 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.42.
Wilson Santos RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 3.86.

I'm really excited about Luis Amaya who is only 17 yo.

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DSL  Cubs2 topped the Giants 5-3(Game shortened to 6.5 innings):

Nishell Gutierrez 2B- 1 for 3, 3B.  BA= .229.
Ricardo Genoves C- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .260.
Kervin Castro RHP- 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.71.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Down on the Farm: 8/21/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Reno Aces 11-9:

Austin Slater LF- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .290.
Ruben Tejada SS- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .275.
Myles Schroder 3B- 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .208.
Ty Blach LHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 3.58.

Austin Slater is on fire!  10 for 13 in his last 3 games. Actually in his last 4 games in which he was credited with at least 1 AB, he's 12 for 18.  That is a good line for Blach considering the game was played in Reno.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels outscored the Harrisburg Senators 6-5:

Steven Duggar CF- 4 for 4, 2 2B, SF.  BA= .335.
Brandon Bednar 2B- 3 for 5.  BA= .267.
Nestor Molina RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.84.
Joe Nathan RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Once again, what a season for Duggar who is just powering to the finish line!

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High A  Rancho Cucamonga Quakes pounded the San Jose Giants 8-1:

Jordan Johnson RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.53.

All 3 runs Johnson gave up were solo HR's.

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies beat the Augusta Greejackets 5-2:

Jean Angomas LF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .254.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.22.

Here are Angomas' BA's by month:  April .200, May .195, June .357, July .273, August .339.  Ryan Halstead has not allowed an ER in his last 12 appearances and has allowed just 1 in his last 17.  In that span, he's pitched 23.1 IP with 29 K's against just 3 BB's.

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Short Season  Tri-Cities Dust Devils topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-3:

Ryan Howard SS- 3 for 4.  BA= .273.
Victor Concepcion RHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.47.
Rayan Hernandez RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.78.

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Rookie AZL  Giants outlasted the Angels 5-4 in 12 innings:

Malique Zeigler LF- 2 for 6, 3B.  BA= .278.
Kelvin Beltre SS- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .222.
Jeffrey Parra C- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .333.
Beicker Mendoza 1B- 3 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .271.
Alex Bostic LHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.11
Sidney Dupree LHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.49.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.82.

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DSL  Giants were idle.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Game Wrap 8/21/2016: Mets 2 Giants 0

All losses count the same in the final standings, but some are harder to take than others.  In this one, the Giants wasted Jeff Samardzija's best pitching performance of the season, heck, perhaps his career.  I hate wasting great pitching!  Key Lines:

Jeff Samardzija- 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.17.  The Giants offense managed just 3 hits all game, so there's not Key Lines there.  Samardzija took a no-hitter into the 7'th inning, the deepest he's taken one in his career only to see it end on a double by Curtis Granderson and a 2-run HR by Yoenis Cespedes.  Let's just say Cespedes got all of a hung splitter.  Samardzija's starts have been noticeably improving and if this is the guy the Giants get down the stretch, the future is looking a lot brighter despite a frustrating loss.

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The Dodgers blanked the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 to retake the lead over the Giants in the NL West by 0.5 games.

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The Giants get a day off before starting a crucial 3 game series in LA with Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Matt Moore scheduled to start the 3 games in that order.

Down on the Farm: 8/20/2016

AAA  Reno Aces trumped the Sacramento River Cats 7-3:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .303.
Austin Slater LF- 4 for 4, 2 HR(8).  BA= .282.
Grant Green 2B- 3 for 4.  BA= .316.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.48.
Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.35.

Big game for Slater who has come on strong in August with a .386 BA.  He's showing some power too.

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AA Harrisburg Senators defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-5:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .321.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(4), 2 BB.  BA= .244.
Brandon Bednar 2B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .257.
Kyle Crick RHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.10.

Duggar just keeps churning along.  Terrific season!  Let's see if Shaw can finish strong over the last 2 weeks.  I guess this was the day for starters to match K's and BB's throughout the organization!

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High A  San Jose Giants beat the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6-3:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 1 for 4, HR(12).  BA= .255.
Dylan Davis RF- 2 for 4, HR(15).  BA= .299.
Miguel Gomez 1B- 3 for 3, 3B, HR(6), BB.  BA= .243.
Mitch Delfino 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .172.
Cory Taylor RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Hengerber Medina RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.93.
Pat Young RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.57.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(13).  ERA= 2.36.

Jebavy has an outside shot at a 15/20 season.  Gomez has a big game.  He has turned up the power in SJ.  Now the BA has to catch up.  Cory Taylor moves down to SJ after 2 successful starts in Richmond.  Giants pitchers struck out a total of 18 RC batters in the game.

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies shut down the Augusta Greenjackets 5-1(completion of suspended game from 8/19):

NTSH.

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 2-0(Scheduled game, 7 innings):

Jalen Miller SS- 2 for 2, BB.  BA= .235.
Luis Pino RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.24.
Nick Sabo LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.40.

Bryan Reynolds makes his Greenjackets debut and goes 0 for 3.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Tri-Cities Dust Devils 6-2:

Heath Quinn RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .335.
Stephen Woods RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.60.

Woods gets the promo from Arizona.

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Rookie AZL  Angels whitewashed the Giants 4-0:

Mikey Edie CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .218.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.
Chris Falwell RHP- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 2.86.
Julio Benitez RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.75.

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DSL  Orioles2 outscored the Giants 8-6 in 10 innings:

Ismael Munguia CF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .284.
Franklin Labour LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .240.
Ricardo Genoves C- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .259.
Hector Santiago SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .206.
Wascar De Leon DH- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .263.

Game Wrap 8/20/2016: Mets 9 Giants 5

Matt Moore struggled with his command early and threw 92 pitches in 5 innings.  Jake Peavy relieved him and the roof caved in as the Mets built an insurmountable lead.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(7).  BA= .274.  Span is 9 for 14 in his last 3 games and his hitting .345 for the month of August.

Angel Pagan- 1 for 2.  BA= .299.  Pagan extended his hitting streak to 18 games before leaving with a groin strain.  He's DTD with the hope he will be ready for the Dodgers series on 8/23.

Hunter Pence- 2 for 3, BB.  Pence now has 2 hits in each of his last 3 games.

Matt Moore- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.18.  Moore seemed to settle down a bit in the 4'th and 5'th innings, but by that time the pitch count was up there.  Maybe he could have gone 1 more inning?

Jake Peavy- 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.55.  Peavy had been pitching OK in relief.  There are 2 pitchers the Giants have yet to find replacements for in the bullpen, Jeremy Affeldt and Yusmeiro Petit.  It would seem Peavy is not that guy either.

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The Dodgers were once again crushed by the Cincinnati Reds 11-1 so the Giants maintain their 0.5 game lead in the NL West.  Go Reds!

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Jeff Samardzija tries to build on his recent success today facing Thor.