Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/18/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outlasted the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-6 in 12 innings:

Jarrett Parker CF- 3 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .239.
Chris Shaw LF- 3 for 6, 2 2B.  BA= .302.
Mac Williamson RF- 0 for 6.  BA= .224.
Albert Suarez RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.09.
Derek Law RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 3.46.
DJ Snelton LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.10.

-Parker has a 4 game hit streak and is 5 for 10 in his last 2 games.
-Mac is in a deep funk.
-If the Giants are inclined to trade a reliever or 2 before the deadline, there is no shortage of replacements here.

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

CJ Hinojosa 2B- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .306.
Seth Rosin RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

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High A  San Jose Giants outscored the Lake Elsinore Storm 6-5:

Steven Duggar RF- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .278.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 4.  BA= .281.
Grant Watson LHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.82.
Will LaMarch RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.22.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(13).  ERA= 2.81.

-Duggar breaks through in his rehab.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

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Short Season  Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2-1:

Orlando Garcia 2B- 2 for 3, 2B, HBP.  BA= .340.
Stetson Woods RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.82.
John Russell RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's. ERA= 2.57.

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AZL Giants vs White Sox postponed.

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DSL  Orioles defeated the Giants 6-3:

Alex Canario RF- 3 for 4, 2 2B, 3B.  BA= .292.
Franklin Labour LF- 2 for 4, 2 SB(8).  BA= .326.
Aneudy Acosta RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.24.

-Alex Canario continues to look like a future star.

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DSL  Orioles beat the Giants 8-7(Game called after 8 innings):

Ghordy Santos SS- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .153.
Alex Canario DH- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .293.
Marco Gonzalez LHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.52.

Game Wrap 7/18/2017: Giants 2 Indians 1

The Giants offense continued to sputter but a terrific start from Ty Blach and shutdown bullpen work by Hunter Strickland and Sam Dyson held the Indians at bay until the Giants could push across a walkoff run in the 10'th inning.  Key Line:

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .295.  Nunez scored the first run and drove in the winning run.  I really like Nunez but he is the one guy the Giants absolutely have to get something for in a trade because he is a free agent at the end of the season and is not the caliber of player they would make a Qualifying Offer to.

Conor Gillaspie PH- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .172.  Gillaspie's double started the winning rally.  Kelby Tomlinson was brought in to PR for him.

Ty Blach LHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 10/3.  ERA= 4.36.  Very solid start for Blach who kept the Indians off balance all night command of 3 pitches.  It looked like he might go even deeper into the game until the final batter ran up a 10 pitch AB.

Sam Dyson RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, GO/AO= 4/1.  ERA= 7.03.  Dyson's ERA since joining the Giants is 2.94.  He has gone more than 1 inning in 4 of his 14 appearances.  Not sure if the Giants are looking to trade him before he deadline or not.  Since they control his contract for multiple years, they may want to hang onto him if they are looking to compete in 2018.  I suppose it might depend on what the return in a trade would look like.

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Matt Cain tries for a series win today facing Carlos Carrasco.

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Around the League:  The ChiSox stockpiled more young talent as they traded Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yanks for Tyler Clippard and 3 prospects including former first round draft pick Blake Rutherford.  The Yoan Moncada era dawns!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/17/2017

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-3:

Juniel Querecuto SS- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .253.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Erie Seawolves 4-0:

Slade Heathcott CF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .272.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 5.  BA= .307.
Cory Taylor RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 4.70.
Cody Hall RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.16.

-This was Cory Taylor's strongest start of the season by a healthy margin.  It comes after a string of mediocre outings.

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High A  Lake Elsinore Storm beat the San Jose Giants 4-2:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .327.
Bryan Reynolds DH- 2 for 3, 3B, BB, SB(2).  BA= .299.

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Low A  Asheville Tourists overran the Augusta Greenjackets 12-3:

Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .246.

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Short Season  Spokane Indians edged out the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2-1:

Malique Ziegler CF- 1 for 5, 2B, SB(14).  BA= .339.
Logan Baldwin RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .320.
Orlando Garcia SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .320.
Robinson Medrano DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .342.
Matt Lujan LHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Logan Webb RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Jason Bahr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.40.

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AZL Giants outscored the Cubs 12-7:

Ismael Munguia CF- 2 for 5, Sac.  BA= .273.
Diego Rincones RF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .392.
Beicker Mendoza 1B- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .329.
Andres Angulo C- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .217.
Sidney Duprey LHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.87.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.15.

-Q:  Who is the hottest Giants prospect right now?  A:  Diego Rincones!  Barely 18 yo(6/14).  He's doing what Sandro Fabian did last year in the AZL.

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DSL  Giants vs Orioles suspended after 4 innings with the O's leading 2-1.

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The Giants essentially bought themselves an extra 4'th round draft pick by signing Jack Conlon to a free agent contract.  It's complicated but Conlon submitted to a pre-draft MRI and made the results available to all MLB teams.  The Orioles, who are notoriously picky about their player physicals, drafted him in the 4'th round then pulled their contract offer after his physical.  According to the new rules, if a player submits to the pre-draft physical and the drafting team fails to offer a contract, the player becomes an unrestricted free agent and is not subject to draft bonus pool limitations.

I don't think any numbers are out there as to how much the Giants signed him for, but speculation was that he would command around $1 M.  Conlon has a FB that goes low-mid 90's.  It sounds like his secondary pitches need a lot of work.  Since we don't know what the Orioles did not like about his physical, it's hard to predict injury risk but players who have failed post-draft physicals in the past have had a high rate of TJ surgery.  Hey!  Its not my money and since the Giants did not have to bump another player from his draft slot, it's a great risk, IMO.  Christmas in July!

Game Wrap 7/17/2017: Indians 5 Giants 3

The Giants dugout was visibly energized.   They finally got a big replay call to go their way when, after he was initially called out at home plate while trying to score from first on a double to LF by Gorkys Hernandez, replays clearly showed that Joe Panik got his foot around the tag and touched home plate before the tag was applied.  The Giants tacked on another run in the 3'rd inning and another in the 4'th to take a 3-1 lead.  That's when things got weird again.

Matt Moore was dealing.  With 2 outs and a runner at 2B, Brad Zimmer hit a comebacker which Moore quickly corralled.  As is standard practice nowadays, Moore took two steps toward first base and underhanded the ball.....except it looked like a softball slow pitch and sailed a full foot over the glove of a leaping Jae-Gyun Hwang.  The runner on 2B scored, Zimmer took 2B and scored on a subsequent single.  The buzz was killed.  You knew the Giants were not going to win the game right there.

Key Lines:

Gorkys Hernandez LF- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .246.  I guess I've grudgingly accepted the Giants probably have no choice but to play Hernandez in LF for now.  Parker and Mac are struggling in Sacramento.  Chris Shaw probably needs more AAA AB's.  Hernandez is playing well and gives the Giants the best chance to win today's game.  Maybe he draws some trade interest at the deadline?  Maybe he takes over CF if Denard Span gets traded?

Matt Moore LHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.81.  Moore reportedly told reporters before the game that he had identified and fixed his mechanical issues.  He pitched well, only to have it spoiled by the inexplicable play described above.  That's the way this season has gone for the Giants.

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Ty Blach faced Mike Clevinger in game 2 of the series tonight.

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I suppose we should mention that the Giants 580 game sellout streak came to an end when they only drew 39+ K for this game.  I only caught the end of Larry Baer's comments in the broadcast booth.  Did he say anything about plans to improve on-field performance?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/16/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outslugged the Salt Lake City Bees 14-11:

Wynton Bernard CF- 3 for 5, 2 2B, BB, SB(8).  BA= .235.
Jarrett Parker LF- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .212.
Orlando Calixte SS- 2 for 6, 2 HR(13).  BA= .275.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .302.
Carlos Moncrief RF- 3 for 6, 2 2B, HR(2).  BA= .292.
Juniel Querecuto 2B- 4 for 6, 2B.  BA= .253.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(4).  ERA= 4.09.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Harrisburg Senators 6-2:

Nate Reed RHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 13/0.  ERA= 7.36.
Seth Rosin RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

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High A San Jose Giants came from behind to edge out the Lake Elsinore Storm 5-4:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .325.
Heath Quinn LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .258.
Matt Winn C- 2 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .244.
Michael Cederoth RHP- 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.20.
Heath Slatton RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 10.94.
Will LaMarche RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.31.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(12).  ERA= 2.66.

-Did Cederoth argue with the ump after the walk and get kicked out or did he come out for an injury?

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Asheville Tourists 10-9:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .233.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .257.
Jacob Heyward DH- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(10).  BA= .223.
Cristian Paulino 3B- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(16).  BA= .279.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .263.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Spokane Indians 10-9:

Malique Zeigler CF- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(13).  BA= .345.
Robinson Medrano DH- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .324.
Gustavo Cabrera LF- 2 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .282.
Kevin Rivera 3B- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .214.
Garrett Cave RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 1.29.

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AZL Giants Beat the Cubs 6-2(Game called after 8 innings due to weather):

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4, SB(5).  BA= .396.
Jose Layer RF- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .500.
Nathanael Javier 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .295.
Aaron Bond LF- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .444.
Beicker Mendoza DH- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .333.
Jeffrey Parra C- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .333.
Andy Rohloff RHP- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 1.50.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Weilly Yan RHP- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.30.

-Seems like Bond should be promoted somewhere.
-Maronta is obviously on a rehab assignment after a long DL stint.

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DSL NL All-Stars edged the AL All-Stars 3-2:

Alex Canario went 1 for 1 with a SB.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Game Wrap 7/16/2017

OMG!  Just when you thought this horrible season could not get any worse, the Giants serve up a game like this. I turned on the game just in time to see Cory Spangenberg swing out of his shoes on an 0-2 pitch in the middle of the strike zone and send it over the CF fence driving in the 5'th, 6'th and 7'th runs of the game for the Padres.  I quickly decided I had more important things to do with my time than watch the rest of the game.  Key Lines:

Lineup- 9 for 35, 5 2B, BB.   How does a lineup hit 5 doubles and come away with just 1 run to show for it?

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 6 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.86.  So, how does a successful MLB pitcher throw one down the pipe on an 0 and 2 pitch with 2 runners on base?  How does the hitter on said pitch know to be coming out of his shoes on the pitch?  Shark has a history of rumored pitch tipping, so there's that, but regardless, the location of the pitch makes you wonder about the thought process behind it.  Pitchers who strike out 8 batters and walk 0 in 6 innings should not give up 7 runs, they just should not!

Hector Sanchez C(Padres)- 2 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .191.  Look at the BA.  Just look at it!  So, is it even possible for a hitter to spike his performance against a former team on motivation alone?  The there-is -no-such-thing-as-clutch crowd would have you believe it is not.  That it is no harder to pitch the 9'th inning than the 6'th or 7'th.  That postseason heroes and goats are the beneficiaries and victims of SSS luck.  But if it is possible to motivate yourself to an exceptional hitting performance, what does that say about all the AB's agains all the other teams in the league?  You can't get yourself up for any of those AB's?

Lots of questions.  No answers.  It's all very frustrating!

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The Giants return home to begin a 10 game homestand tomorrow night by sending out another enigma, Matt Moore to face Josh Tomlin of the Cleveland Indians in an interleague game.

Down on the Farm: 7/15/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats escaped the Salt Lake City Bees 4-3:

Orlando Calixte SS- 1 for 5, HR(11).  BA= .274.
Justin Ruggiano CF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .275.
Tim Fedorowicz C- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .299.
Chris Stratton RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 5.33.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(4).  ERA= 2.13.

-Anyone else rooting for a Nick Hundley trade just to give Fedex a shot at a sustained backup catcher gig?
-Another strong start for Stratton.  His line for his last 6 starts is 4-2, 3.85, 39.2 IP, 7 BB, 35 K.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-2:

Myles Schroder 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .280.
Brandon Bender 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .270.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.29.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.48.

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High A San Jose Giants outscored the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7-5:

Steven Duggar RF- 0 for 3, BB.  BA= .200.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .324.
Aramis Garcia 1B- 2 for 4, HR(15), BB.  BA= .278/
Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 4, BB, SB(7).  BA= .277.
Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .219.
David Owen RHP- 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.26.

-A Steven Duggar sighting!

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Low A. Asheville Tourists slipped by the Augusta Greenjackets 2-1:

Kelvin Beltre 2B- 1 for 2, BB, Sac.  BA= .255.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.41.
DJ Myers RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.17.

-When is Mazza going to get a promo?
-The last time we say Myers' name in a boxscore was June 3.

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Short Season  Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8-4:

Malique Zeigler CF- 1 for 3, BB, SF.  BA= .343.
Logan Baldwin RF/LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .317.
Shane Matheny 3B- 2 for 2, BB, HBP.  BA= .350.

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AZL  Angels shut down the Giants 1-0:

Jake Greenwalt RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Greg Jacknewitz LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Olbis Parra RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.50.

-Giants had just 2 hits, 1 each by their top 2 draft picks Ramos and Gonzalez.

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DSL  Giants were idle.