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.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Down on the Farm: 8/19/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats pounded the Iowa Cubs 7-1:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .302.
Kelby Tomlinson 3B- 3 for 4, 3B. BA= .300.
Mac Williamson RF- 1 for 1, SF.  BA= .267.
Austin Slater LF- 3 for 4.  BA= .268.
Grant Green 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .311.
Chris Stratton RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.42.
Matt Reynolds LHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Josh Osich LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.00.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Harrisburg Senators 3-2:

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .317.
Christian Arroyo SS- 1 for 3, Sac.  BA= .276.
Matt Gage LHP- 8 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.75.
Joe Nathan RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

Looky who's the new closer in Richmond!

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High A  Rancho Cucamonga Quakes blanked the San Jose Giants 6-0:

Dusten Knight RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.35.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets vs Columbia Fireflies suspended after 1 inning.

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Short Season  Hillsboro Hops topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 7-1:

Manuel Geraldo 3B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .296.
Matt Krook LHP- 4.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.52.
Kendry Melo RHP- 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

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Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Orioles2 defeated the Giants 4-3:

Angeddy Almanzar 1B- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .306.
Jerson Severin RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 3.15.

Almanzar has kept it going all season.  I'm thinking we'll see him in the States next year.

Game Wrap 8/19/2016: Giants 8 Mets 1

The Giants broke open close game late with a total of 7 runs in the 7'th and 8'th innings.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 4 for 5.  BA= .273.  Span has 7 hits in his last 2 games and his season numbers are steadily working their way to his career average.

Angel Pagan- 2 for 5.  BA= .298.  Pagan extends his hit streak to 17, 2 short of the longest in MLB this season.  He is hitting .352 in that span.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .278.  Belt is hitting .223 over his last 3 games.  He hit another ball hard that Cespedes caught at the warning track in left-CF so maybe Belt was seeing the ball better?

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .275.  The double was a pop-up that the Mets misplayed, but Pence never stopped running full speed and was on 2B when the ball dropped.  He also ran a long way to make a sprawling catch of a ball headed up triples alley and threw out a runner at home although the assist was due more to a baserunning mistake by the opposing rookie pitcher.  Anyway, with 4 hits in his last 2 games, maybe Pence is heating up?

Eduardo Nunez- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .289.  Nunez started the go-ahead rally in the 7'th with a loud double to left-CF.   He also made a nice diving stop and throw-out from behind 3B on defense.

Joe Panik- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .245.  Panik seemed to be in the middle of everything as he scored 3 runs including the first one for the Giants in the game.  He reached on a key throwing error by Asdrubal Cabrera in the 8'th to extend the big rally.  Kruk and Kuip commented that Panik was moving around a lot better in the field too.

Ehire Adrianza- 1 for 1.  BA= .333.  Nice piece of managing by Bochy here.  In the 8'th inning with the game still tied and the pitcher's spot coming up, Boch had Conor Gillaspie swinging a bat in the on-deck circle, but as Terry Collins waited to bring in LHP Jerry Blevins, Boch pulled Gillaspie back and announced Gregor Blanco.  Then, once Blevins was in the game, Boch pulled Blanco for Adrianza who, as a switch-hitter, could bat RH against the lefty.  Adrianza had a tremendous AB punching one through the right side to drive in the go-ahead run.  Span followed with another RBI single for a 3-1 lead.  Meanwhile, Bochy still had Gillaspie available for PH duties in the 8'th inning.

Conor Gillaspie- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .262.  Gillaspie finally got his turn to PH in the 8'th and he capped the scoring with a 2-run blast into the arcade in RF.

Johnny Cueto- 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 11/4.  ERA= 2.90.  Cueto had his full bag of tricks working and held the Mets at bay while the Giants tried to solve the rookie pitcher they were facing.  The Giants rally in the bottom of the 7'th gave the Cueto the decision and put his W-L at 14-3.  It was the first time Bumgarner and Cueto have won B2B since June 30/July 1.  Their next starts will be against the Dodgers next week.

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The Dodgers were crushed by the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 so the Giants regain sole possession of first place by 0.5 games.

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Matt Moore takes the mound today against VETERAN Bartolo Colon.