Sunday, April 20, 2014

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.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Game Wrap 4/19/2014: Padres 3 Giants 1

The Giants flushed another strong starting pitching performance down the drain as the offense again failed to produce.  Key Lines:

Michael Morse- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .302

Tim Hudson- 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K.  ERA= 2.40.  Huddy pitches at least 7 more innings without issuing a walk for his 4'th consecutive start.  I think ties somebody for a record.  Alas, it was in a losing cause!

The top 3 hitters in the lineup, Pagan, Pence and Posey went  combined 0 for 12.  Can't win with that!

The loss dropped the Giants record to 10-8.  The Dodgers outlasted the D'Backs 8-6 to go 1 game up in the NL West at 11-7.

Tim Lincecum tries to be the stopper of a 3 game losing streak facing lefty Robbie Erlin tomorrow afternoon.

Down on the Farm: 4/18/2014

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 4-2:

Gary Brown(CF, .277), Joe Panik(2B, .274)- 1 for 3, BB.
Perez, Duvall, Abreu- 2 hits each.
Mike Kickham(LHP)- 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 4.26.
Jake Dunning(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 3.00.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 0.00.

A wild start for Kickham.

AA  Altoona Curve edged the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1:

Tyler Graham(CF)- 0 for 2, 3 BB, 2 SB(10).  BA= .333.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.75.

Solid start for Mejia.

High A  San Jose Giants topped the Bakersfield Blaze 5-4:

Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .296.
Mac Williamson(DH)- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .255.
Blake Miller(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .225.
Pat Young(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 3.00.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(3).  ERA= 1.08.

Delfino showing surprising power early.  Okert has been lights out in the closer role.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets swarmed the Lexington Legends 11-3:

Ryder Jones(SS)- 3 for 4, 2 BB.  BA= .222.
Devin Harris(DH)- 2 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .276.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 7/2.  ERA= 2.51.
Taylor Rogers(RHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.50.

The good:  Augusta is a young team.  The bad:  They are going to have a few big games and a lot of bad games.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Game Wrap 4/18/2014: Padres 2 Giants 1

Matt Cain's problems with lack of run support reached the point of absurdity as he allowed just one unearned run in 7 innings of stellar pitching only to leave the game trailing 1-0.  The Giants went on to lose 2-1 in their, what, 8'th game decided by 1 run in a row?  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(4).  BA= .385.  Pagan's efforts went unrewarded in terms of run production.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .309.  Belt continues to hit at a breakout pace.  Unfortunately the HR was too little, too late in the top of the 9'th inning.

Matt Cain- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.88.  Another classic Caining, and yes, Cain has every right to trash a locker or two in the clubhouse!

Bruce Bochy- OK, here's what I would have done differently in this one, aside from fielding perhaps the weakest offensive lineup of the season:  Top of the 7'th, trailing 1-0.  Sandoval singles to open the inning and Pence follows with a walk, bringing Hector Sanchez up with runners on first and second and no outs.  I say you have to bunt those runners over there!  If you don't have faith in Sanchez' ability to get it done, you pinch hit with someone who can.  You have to get at least 1 run to tie it up and give your team a chance to win a bullpen game of attrition.  Instead, Hector was swinging away and grounded into a DP, ending the threat for all practical purposes.  Crawford followed with a line out to SS.

The Loss drops the Giants record to 10-7.  The Dodgers and D'Backs are tied 2-2 in extra innings with the odds favoring the home team Dodgers in that one.

Tim Hudson tries to square the series tomorrow night facing LHP Eric Stults.

Down on the Farm: 4/17/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-3:

Gary Brown(CF)- 1 for 4, BB, SB(4).  BA= .274.
Joe Panik(2B)- 3 for 4, 2B, SF.  BA= .271.
Andrew Susac(Catcher)- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(2), HBP.  BA= .333.
Juan Perez, Tony Abreu- 2 hits each.
Chris Heston(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.60.
Dan Runzler(LHP)- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.13.
George Kontos(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 3.97.

If Brown averaged a hit, a walk and a SB for every 5 PA's, he'd a darn good leadoff batter!  Panik is heating up a bit.  Abreu played 3B in this one.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged the Altoona Curve 2-1:

Angel Villalona(1B)- 1 for 2, BB, SF.  BA= .311.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 10/3.  BA= 1.76.

In a very SSS, Angel Villalona seems to be starting to get the hang of situational hitting and a little plate discipline.  A nice Huddy type start for Blackburn.

High A  San Jose Giants crushed the Bakersfield Blaze 9-2:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .321.
Elliott Blair(LF)- 2 for 5, 2 HR(3).  BA= .357.
Mac Williamson(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .235.
Brian Ragira(1B)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .262.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .205.
Blake Miller(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .194.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.93.
Jeff Soptic(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.79.

Nice game for the batters to pad their stat lines.  Agosta came out early due to pitch count considerations(32 in 1 inning).

Low A  Lexington Legends edged the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4:

Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .250.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .302.
Keury Mella(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.16.

Horan and Harris are two hitters who might be able to help SJ if needed.  Why is Harris back in Augusta anyway?

Game Wrap 4/17/2014: Dodgers 2 Giants 1

Madison Bumgarner couldn't buy a strike and Hyun-Jin Ryu was back to keeping hitters off balance in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence- 2 for 3, BB, SB(3).  BA= .206.  Pence did not figure in any scoring, but hopefully this is a game to build on for him.

Ehire Adrianza- 3 for 3, 2B.  BA= .200.  Adrianza had half the Giants hits and their only XBH.  With Hicks struggling on D and due for a regression at the plate, maybe we see more of Adrianza in coming games?

Madison Bumgarner- 4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 99 pitches.  ERA= 3.48.  I did not see the game, but from the Extra Giants description of things, Bumgarner was squeezed by the ump the whole game with seemingly every close pitch called a ball.  Beyond that, I think it is safe to say Bummy has not quite hit his stride yet this season.

The Loss drops the Giants into a first place tie in the NL West with the Dodgers at 10-6.  The Rockies topped the Padres 3-1 and are in 3'rd place, 2.5 games back with the Padres in 4'th, 3 games back.  The D'Backs had a day off to regroup and are 7 games off the pace at 4-14.

The Giants now start a weekend series in San Diego with Matt Cain facing Tyson Ross in Game 1.  The Dodgers play the D'Backs this weekend in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Game Wrap 4/16/2014: Giants 2 Dodgers 1

Ryan Vogelsong picked a great time to get his game together pitching 6 strong innings.  The Giants scratched out 2 runs in support and the bullpen shut it down the rest of the way.  Key Lines:

Pablo Sandoval- 2 for 4.  BA= .186.  The Dodgers walked Hunter Pence with 2 outs and a runner on 2B in the bottom of the 7'th so the LHP Howell could face the switch-hitting Sandoval from the right side.  Sandoval worked all offseason on his RH hitting and made them pay with the game-winning RBI single.

Buster Posey- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .280.  Buster drove in the first Giants run of the game with a single up the middle.

Ryan Vogelsong- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 5.40.  I thought Vogey might have turned a corner in the 3'rd inning of his last start against the Padres.  He continued the tougher pitching this game and came away deadlocked 1-1 with Paul Maholm after 6 IP.

Jean Machi- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.29.  The Giants bullpen outpitched the Dodgers pen once again and Machi was a huge part of it tonight getting through the 7'th with the tie game intact.

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, Save(4).  ERA= 1.29.  Romo struck out the LH hitting Adrian Gonzalez then Matt Kemp for the last 2 outs.  He had to be pumped!

Hanley Ramirez was struck on the hand by a Ryan Vogelsong 90 MPH fastball and came out of the game. X-rays were reportedly negative.

Vogey picked Matt Kemp off 1B in the 2'nd inning.  Mattingly appealed and the call on the field was upheld.  From the replays I saw, it looked like Kemp might have been safe, but they were definitely inconclusive so upholding the call on the field was the right call for the replay ump.

The Win improves the Giants record to 10-5 and gives them sole possession of first place in the NL West, 1 game ahead of the Dodgers who fall to 9-6.  The Padres defeated the Rockies 4-2 to take over 3'rd place, but remain 3 games behind the leaders.  The Rockies fall to 3.5 games behind in 4'th place.  The D'Backs lost again, this time to the Mets, 5-2.  Their record now stands at 4-14 and they are 7.5 games behind the Giants in last place.

Madison Bumgarner goes for the series sweep tomorrow facing Hyun-Jin Ryu.  The Giants are already guaranteed a series win and can come out of the series no worse than tied for first place.  I liken these first two games to trench warfare or "hugging the belt", both wartime metaphors for a strategy that neutralizes a seemingly superior opponent.  Love it!