Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Down on the Farm: 4/22/2014

AAA  Reno Aces topped the Fresno Grizzlies 4-3:

Joe Panik(2B)- 2 for 3, SF.  BA= .304.
Chris Heston(RHP)- 7 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.37.

Panik breaks the .300 barrier for the first time this year.  It might be the first time since Salem-Keizer.  I don't think he ever hit .300 last year, and he just barely fell short after a big August the year before with San Jose.  He is hitting .368 over his last 10 games including 0 for 6 in the first 2 games of that stretch.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded the Reading Fightin' Phils 11-5:

Matt Duffy(SS)- 2 for 6, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .266.
Jarrett Parker(CF)- 4 for 6, 3 2B, 3B.  BA= .299.
Brett Krill(RF)- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .269.

Parker has a huge day.  SP Ty Blach pitched just 1 inning due to a rain delay.  It was a bullpen game after that.  BTW, what is a Phil or Phillie?

High A  Visalia Rawhide defeated the San Jose Giants 4-2:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 4 for 4, SB(6).  BA= .351.
Trevor Brown(Catcher)- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .154.
Kendry Flores(RHP)- 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.03.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.15.
Mason McVay(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 4.15.

Galindo stays hot but did not account for any runs.  Unimpressive start for Flores.

Low A  Hagerstown Suns edged the Augusta Greenjackets 4-3:

Christian Arroyo(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .231.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K.  ERA= 2.08.
Lucas Giolito(RHP, Suns)- 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.65.

Arroyo has a 4 game hit streak and is 6 for 15 in that stretch.  Giolito is considered to be an elite pitching prospect, but is coming back from TJ surgery.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Game Wrap 4/22/2014: Rockies 2 Giants 1

The Giants wasted another strong pitching effort as they failed to get the timely hits.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .213.  Hopefully this is a starting point to Pence to break out of his early season slump.  It wasn't enough in this one.

Madison Bumgarner- 8 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.14.  That's about as good as you can pitch in Coors Field.  You hold the Rockies to 2 solo HR's and you should win.

The Loss dropped the Giants into 3'rd place behind the Rockies pending the outcome of the Phils-Dodgers game which the Phils are leading 2-1 in the 5'th at this writing.

Matt Cain tries to salvage a win in the series tomorrow afternoon facing Tyler Chatwood.

Around the League:  Albert Pujols hit career HR's #499 and 500 tonight.

Down on the Farm: 4/21/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Reno Aces 6-4:

Joe Panik(2B)- 3 for 5.  BA= .289.
Tyler Colvin(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .194.
Jason Berken(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.27.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Archie Bradley(RHP, Aces)- 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.98.

Panik's BA has been steadily climbing.  Hembree has been lights out so far and goes more than 1 inning here.  The Grizzlies handled the highly touted pitching prospect Bradley.

AA  Reading Fightin' Phils beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-3:

Tyler Graham(CF)- 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(11).  ERA= .351.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 4, BA= .310.
Ricky Oropesa(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA .222.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 1.23.

High A  Visalia Rawhide outlasted the San Jose Giants 5-4 in 13 innings:

Mac Williamson(DH)- 1 for 4, 2 BB, SB(5).  BA= .266.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 3 for 6, HR(5).  BA= .297.
Brian Ragira(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(2), 2 BB.  BA= .236.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 2 for 6.  BA= .232.
Blake Miller(SS)- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .222.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.95.
Soptic, McVay, Mizenko- 2 IP, 0 R each.

Mac's BA has been steadily rising.  He has more SB's than HR's.  Mitch Delfino can hit!  Another unimpressive start for Stratton.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets downed the Hagerstown Suns 4-2:

Ryder Jones(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .258.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(2).  BA= .294.
Brandon Bednar(.329), Christian Arroyo(.213)- 2 hits each.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.50.

Jones pitching line for his last 2 starts is 11 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K's.

2 former Giants farmhands, Joe Martinez(Angels) and Steve Edlefsen(Dodgers) announced their retirements.  Best wishes for their respective futures.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Game Wrap 4/21/2014: Rockies 8 Giants 2

Those of us who had an idea that maybe Ryan Vogelsong had turned a corner in his last start were abruptly and thoroughly disabused of that notion by a dreadful start in which he failed to get out of the 2'nd inning.  With that, this one was pretty much over before the fans had found their seats.  Key Lines:

Ryan Vogelsong- 1.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 7.71.  I tuned into the game late because of a meeting I had to attend(just as well), but I heard Charlie Blackmon's interview on the Rockies' network.  He said the HR he hit off Vogelsong "might have been a cutter, but it didn't move much."  Just a guess, but I'm thinking most of his other pitches didn't move much either.  A disastrous start for Vogey!

David Huff- 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.86.  Huff entered the game with runners on first and second with 1 out in the second inning.  He got a DP grounder to get out of the inning pronto.  He then legged out his first MLB hit in the top of the 3'rd by legging out a grounder to SS, but strained his quad in the process. He stayed on the basepaths and scored on a Buster Posey GIDP, but did not come back out for the bottom of the 3'rd inning.  After the game, Bochy said Huff would be going on the DL.  Baggs seems to think the Giants may bring up a hitter to replace him, but Perez apparently cannot be called back this soon, although that may not be the case in an injury situation.

Yusmeiro Petit- 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.68.  Petit got off to a rocky start to his appearance, but settled down and pitched a nice 4 innings with terrific peripherals.

Tommy Kahnle(RHP, Rockies)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.56  Kahnle was a Rule 5 draftee, I believe from the Yankees organization.  He has pitched well out of the Rockies' bullpen and was throwing 97 MPH BB's tonight.  Looks like a nice job of scouting by the Rockies on this one.

The Dodgers are being dominated by Cliff Lee and the Phillies so it looks like the Giants will remain 1 game behind the NL West leaders with an 11-9 record.

Madison Bumgarner tries to even the series tomorrow night facing another LHP in Franklin Morales.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Down on the Farm: 4/20/2014

Just one minor league game on Easter Sunday.

AAA  Reno Aces edged the Fresno Grizzlies 2-1:

Gary Brown(CF)- 2 for 3, BB, CS(2).  BA= .301
Juan Perez(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .467.
Edwin Escobar(LHP)- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.49.  '

OK, THAT is what we've been hoping to see from Escobar this year!  He reportedly tweaked his delivery and it obviously paid off.   Brown continues to do what he needs to do at the top of a batting order, well, except for the CS.

Game Wrap 4/20/2014: Giants 4 Padres 3

The Giants, who haven been known to leave a lot of men on base, parlayed just 3 hits into 4 runs, all scored in the first two innings, then held on for the win with the help of an overturned call at the plate.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 1 for 4.  BA= .356.  It wasn't much of a hit, but Pagan's blooper in the second inning with the bases loaded drove in 2 runs and was the difference in the game.

Buster Posey- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .238.  Robbie Erlin seems like the type of pitcher you have to get early in the game and early in the count.  Buster did just that after Hunter Pence had drawn a walk in the first inning, driving the ball out to left-center which is a prodigious blast in Petco Park.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .283.  Crawford continues to be productive out of the bottom third of the lineup and against LHP's.  He batted 8'th today.

Tim Lincecum- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 6.43.  A QS for Timmy.  The ump was squeezing both pitchers, so the 3 BB's is a bit deceiving.  Erlin probably actually paid the higher price for the ump's strike zone in this one.

Umpires- The home plate ump had a rough day.   His strike zone was probably not regulation, but at least he called it evenly.  The key play of the game came in the bottom of the 3'rd inning.  With the bases loaded and two out, Chase Headley drove one into the RF corner easily scoring the two lead runners.  The Padres sent Xavier Nady to try to score the 3'rd run and the ump initially called him safe bringing the Padres within a run at 4-3 and leaving Headley in scoring position.  Bochy challenged the call and the replays clearly showed Posey tagging Nady out before his hand touched the plate.  The Safe call was overturned and the Giants were out of the inning with a 2 run lead.

The Win improves the Giants record to 11-8, 1 game behind the NL West leading Dodgers who topped the reeling D'Backs 4-1.  The Rockies lost to the Phillies 10-9 and are 2.5 games behind the leaders at 10-10.  The Padres are in 4'th place at 9-10, 3 games behind while the hapless D'Backs bring up the rear at 5-16, 8 games behind.

The Giants now proceed to Coors Field in Colorado for a set against the Rockies with Ryan Vogelsong facing Jorge De La Rosa in game 1 tomorrow evening.

Down on the Farm: 4/19/2014

AAA  Reno Aces pounded the Fresno Grizzlies 9-2:

Gary Brown(CF, .286), Joe Panik(2B, .284)- 2 for 5.

Grizzlies got a total of 10 hits and 5 walks and only managed to score 2 runs.  Sound familiar?  Roger K had 2 dingers for the Aces.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Altoona Curve 7-3:

Myles Schroder(Catcher)- 2 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .302.
Angel Villalona(1B) 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .296.
Kelby Tomlinson(2B) 2 for 5, SB(6).  BA= .170.
Matt Duffy(SS)- 1 for 4, BB.  BA= .278.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.27.
Jack Snodgrass(LHP)- 3.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.79.
Austin Fleet(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.

Would have loved to see Angel V leg out a triple.  A wild start for Kyle Crick.  Interesting that Tomlinson played 2B with Duffy at SS.  Maybe Tomlinson has been at 2B all along and I didn't notice.  I knew Duffy had been playing a lot of SS.

High A  Bakersfield Blaze edged the San Jose Giants 7-6:

Jesus Galindo- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .328.
Nick Noonan(2B)- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .400.
Mac Williamson(DH)- 2 for 5, 2B. BA= .267.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .220.
Joe Biagini(RHP)-  6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, GO/AO= 10/2.  ERA= 2.93.

Noonan starts a rehab assignment.  Mac's BA is rising.  Biagini showing some consistency.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Lexington Legends 5-2:

Ryder Jones(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .241.
Brandon Bednar(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .319.
Matt Lujan(LHP)- 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 9/1.  ERA= 1.45.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.03.