Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Game Wrap 7/27/2016: Reds 2 Giants 1

Throughout the first half of the season, the Giants found ways to win with different heroes almost every  game.  So far in the second half, they are finding ways to lose with different goats almost every game.  Today they got a great start from Madison Bumgarner, but were sunk by some sloppy fielding and an almost complete lack of offense.  Key Lines:

Conor Gillaspie- 1 for 3, HR(4).  BA= .250.   You just aren't going to score a lot of runs when your #2, 3 and 4 hitters go a combined 0 for 12.  Add in the 0 for 4 from the leadoff guy and yeah, you get the picture!

Madison Bumgarner- 8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.09.  I think it's time to retire the cained meme and find a new one.  Madison Bumgarner got bummed today!  Bumgarner has a 2.59 ERA over his last 7 starts and has a 2-3 record to show for it. Yup, bumming has replaced caining!

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Dodgers lost to the Rays 3-1 so the Giants lead in the NL West remains at 2.5 games.

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Johnny Cueto tries to get the 4 game series against the Nationals off to a great start tomorrow facing Tanner Roark.

Down on the Farm: 7/25/2016

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

Ehire Adrianza 3B- 2 for 6.  BA= .429.
Joe Panik 2B- 0 for 3.  BA= .111.
Hunter Pence, RF- 3 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .500.
Kelby Tomlinson SS- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .288.
Adalberto Mejia LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.20.
Matt Reynolds LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

An all Giants rehab lineup here.  Pence looks like he's ready. What's his timetable?  Giants need a lefty reliever?  Reynolds has MLB experience.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels soared over the Akron Rubber Ducks 10-4:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .312.
Christian Arroyo 3B- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .285.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 6, 3B.  BA= .282.
Ryder Jones 1B-3B- 3 for 5.  BA= .240.
Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .274.
Steven Lerud C- 3 for 5.  BA= .221.
Matt Gage LHP- 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.84.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 9.82.

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High A  San Jose Giants cooled off the Bakersfield Blaze 2-1:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 0 for 1, 3 BB, SB(20).  BA= .263.
Dylan Davis RF- 2 for 2, 2B, HR(9), 2 BB.  BA= .276.
Cristian Paulino 2B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .267.
Jason Forjet RHP- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.57.

Forjet has games like this that make you think he could be a #4 or 5 MLB starter, but he has not been able to find consistency this year.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Greensboro Grasshoppers 3-1:

Matt Winn C- 1 for 3, HR(8), BB.  BA= .223.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 3 for 4.  BA= .287.
Cory Taylor RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 9/0.  ERA= 2.40.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.59.
Ryan Koziol RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 1.99.

I see 3 unexpected breakout SP's for the Giants this year, Slania, Connolly and Taylor.  Last year it was the Johnsons and Coonrod.  The Johnson's have disappointed this year, but Coonrod has kept it going.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Eugene Emeralds 5-1:

Manuel Geraldo 3B- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .273.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .296.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 5, 2B.   BA= .319.
Mac Marshall LHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.67.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Geraldo is hitting .333 over his last 10 games.

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Rookie AZL  D'Backs outscored the Giants 8-3:

Mikey Edie CF- 1 for 5, 3B.  BA= .190.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 1 for 3, 3B, SF.  BA= .198.
Robinson Medrano 1B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .196.

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DSL  Giants defeated the Rojos 6-2(game called due to rain after the top of the 9'th inning):

Ismael Munguia CF- 2 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .301.
Jose Rivero SS- 2 for 3, SF.  BA= .253.
Angeddy Almanzar 1B- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .313.
Manuel Figueroa RHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.95.
Eduin Villa RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.84.

Munguia is looking like the real deal and Almanzar seems to have some serious power potential.

Game Wrap 7/26/2016: Giants 9 Reds 7

It was 65 degrees with the wind blowing out to CF at gametime, which counts as the annual Cincinnati Heatwave in SF, and balls were once again flying out of the yard.  The Giants were able to keep the line moving enough to build a 9-4 lead and held on for the win.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .257.  Span is hitting .344 over his last 7 games and .273 over his last 15.

Mac Williamson- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .267.  Bochy had enough confidence in Mac to bat him 3'rd in the lineup against the LHP and Mac produced.  He's hitting .427 over his last 7 games, .316 over his last 15 and .284 over his last 30.

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .289.  Buster is 5 for 9 in his last 3 games.

Brandon Crawford- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .275.  Crawford scuffled on the road trip, but seems to have found his stroke again.

Ramiro Pena- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .306.  Not sure the Giants want to send Pena anywhere when Tomlinson and Adrianza are done with rehab games.

Conor Gillaspie- 1 for 1.  BA= .248.  Gillaspie might be on the bubble as he has hit just .152 over his last 15 games.

Matt Cain- 1 for 2, HR(1).  BA= .100.  Cainer's blast was a 3 run dinger.  Giants don't win the game without it!

Matt Cain- 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.95.  Still some goferitis, but better than his last start.  Remember Cain was pitching pretty well after a slow start to the season before he pulled the hammy.  I could see him pitching well down the stretch if he can just stay healthy.

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.00.  These were the first runs Romo has allowed since coming off the DL on July 4.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(22).  ERA= 3.35.  Good thing Casilla was working with a 3 run lead.  Giants need a shutdown closer.  Not sure who fits that bill.  Jeffress and Will Smith from Milwaukee might be the best bet.

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The Dodgers topped the Rays 3-2 so the Giants remain 2.5 games ahead in the NL West.

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Madison Bumgarner tries for a series win today facing Dan Straily in an afternoon game.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Down on the Farm: 7/25/2016

AAA Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Akron Rubber Ducks 2-1:

Duggar(.301), Arroyo(.281), Hinojosa(.266), Moncrief(.257), Cole(.271)- 2 hits each.
Dan Slania RHP- 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.50.
Tyler Mizenko RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.32.
Chase Johnson RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(2).  ERA= 3.64.

First 5 batters in the lineup had 2 hits each but they were all singles.  Big Dan Slania has emerged as a serious SP prospect this season.  Stock is way up!

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High A San Jose Giants extinguished the Bakersfield Blaze 4-1:

Dylan Davis RF- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .262.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .269.
Mark Reyes LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.26.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(6).  ERA= 2.13.

Davis has a total of 16 dingers this season between Augusta and SJ.  If he can keep his BA above .240 or so, I see him as a potential Mark Trumbo or Mike Napoli type hitter.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-1:

Lucius Fox SS- 1 for 3, BB, Sac, SB(24).  BA= .209
Skyler Ewing 1B- 3 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .239.
Michael Connolly RHP- 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 14/2.  ERA= 2.66.
Cesar Yanez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Ewing has 4 dingers in his last 6 games.  Connolly is having a breakout season!  My man, Cesar Yanez moves from S-K to Augusta.  Kind of a sideways move, but we'll count it as a promo.

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Short Season  Everett Aquasox topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 12-9 in 12 innings:

Manuel Geraldo 3B- 2 for 7.  BA= .261.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 7, 2B, 3B.  BA= .286.
Heath Quinn RF- 1 for 6, HR(3), BB.  BA= .320.
Ashford Fulmer DH- 2 for 4, 2 HBP.  BA= .330.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 3 for 6, HR(2).  BA= .278.
Kevin Rivera 2B- 1 for 4, 2 BB.  BA= .317.
Matt Krook LHP- 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.88.

Ryan Kirby is a sleeper out of the 2016 draft.

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Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants outscored the Rojos 7-6:

Wascar De Leon DH- 1 for 4, BB, SB(2).  BA= .257.
Diego Rincones RF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .270.
Francisco Medina 3B- 3 for 4.  BA= .263.
Orleny Quiroz RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= .236.

Love the name Wascar for a ballplayer!

Game Wrap 7/25/2016: Reds 7 Giants 5

In certain types of weather, AT&T Park plays like a bandbox and it always seems to happen the week the Reds are in town.  Last night's game time temperature was 61 degrees, which I believe is about 5 degrees warmer than usual, and the wind was blowing out to CF at 14 MPH.  The Giants hit 2 2-run HR's in the game, but the Red hit 3.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .254.  After going 1 for 11 in NY, Span comes home, gets on base twice and scores twice.

Angel Pagan- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .291.  Pagan has a shot at beating his previous high in HR's which was 11 in 2010 with the Mets.  He hit 8 in 2012, his first season with the Giants.  He has also been consistent at the plate hitting .310 over his last 7 games, .313 over his last 15 and .303 over his last 30.

Brandon Belt- 3 for 4, HR(11).  BA= .284.  Belt moves down in the lineup and breaks out of his slump.

Jake Peavy- 5 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K's, 3 HR's.  ERA= 5.42.  In case you are wondering, the Giants  have allowed a total of 100 HR's this season which ranks them #24 in MLB.  Of course, they play half their games in the park which suppresses HR's the most.  Samardzija has been the most generous batting practice pitcher giving up 19 which #25 in MLB in HR/9.  Peavy has given up 15 with a #28 ranking in HR/9.  Matt Cain has given up 11, but in just 59.2 IP which would rank him at #8 in all of MLB if he had enough IP to qualify.

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Dodgers were idle so the Giants lead in the NL West shrinks to 2.5 games.

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Matt Cain takes the mound tonight against rookie lefty Cody Reed who pitched 6 innings of shutout ball against the Braves his last start.  This could get ugly!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Down on the Farm: 7/24/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas 5-1(Game 1 of DH, 7 innings):

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 4, SB(20).  BA= .296.
Ehire Adrianza SS- 1 for 3, SB(1).  BA= .500.
Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 3.  BA= .455.
Andrew Susac C- 3 for 3, 3B.  BA= .268.
Travis Ishikawa 1B- 1 for 3, HR(4).  BA= .252.
Kelby Tomlinson 3B- 1 for 3, SB(3).  BA= .246.
Ty Blach LHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.57.

In his last 6 Starts, Blach has allowed just 4 runs in 37 IP for a 0.97 ERA with 28 K's against just 1 BB.  Remarkable!

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AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas blanked the Sacramento River Cats 4-0(Game 2 of DH, 7 innings):

Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.79.

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

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 3, 2 BB, 2 SB(5).  BA= .301.
Carlos Moncrief LF- 2 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .281.
Ryder Jones 1B-3B- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .235.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.96.

Suarez has kicked it up a notch with 4 QS's in a row covering 27.2 IP, with an ERA of 2.61, 28 K's against 5 BB's.  How great of a season is Steven Duggar having?  He got an aggressive assignment to San Jose and conquered that by mid-season.  Got off to a slow start in AA, but has turned on the afterburners there.  In 11 games prior to the AA All-Star Break he hit just .191.  In the 10 games since, he's hit .444.  Christian Arroyo left the game after 1 AB.

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High A  San Jose Giants outscored the Inland Empire 66'ers 8-6:

Jonah Arenado 1B- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .269.
Miguel Gomez 3B- 1 for 4, HR2).  BA= .276.
Cristian Paulino 2B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .266.
Rene Melendez C- 1 for 4.  BA= .206.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.40.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(5).  ERA= 2.18.

Gomez has 2 3-run dingers in his last 2 games.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets edged out the Greensboro Grasshoppers 4-3:

Dillon Dobson 3B- 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR(12), BB.  BA= .267.
Seth Harrison RF- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .262.
Jean Angomas LF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .227.
Jake McCasland RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.64.
Conner Kaden RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.15.
Ryan Koziol RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(2).  ERA= 2.03.

Angomas is hitting .351 over his last 10 games.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Everett Aquasox 3-1:

Heath Quinn RF- 1 for 3, HR(2).  BA= .330.
Kevin Rivera 2B- 1 for 3, 3B.  BA= .320.
Melvin Adon RHP- 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.74.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 Bb, 1 K.  ERA= 5.40.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

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Rookie AZL  Padres trounced the Giants 6-1:

Beicker Mendoza 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .275.
Nathanael Javier 3B- 3 for 4.  BA= .350.
Jeffrey Parra C- 2 for 2.  BA= .500.
Nick Deeg LHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 0.00
Sidney Duprey RHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Reagan Bazar LHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.48.
Olbis Parra RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Deeg and Duprey make their pro debuts.  Parra makes his season and stateside debut after 2 seasons in the DSL.

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DSL Giants were idle.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Game Wrap 7/24/2016: Yankees 5 Giants 2

The Giants couldn't get anything going against the Yankees on getaway day, which did not come a day too soon!  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .292.  Pagan set the table, but the rest of the lineup couldn't get the food served and alas, the triple came with 2 outs.

Buster Posey- 2 for 4.  BA= .287.  Buster drove in both runs on an emergency check swing that send a grounder down the RF line.

Mac Williamson- 2 for 4.  BA= .259.  Williamson missed a big RBI opportunity when he came to the plate with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 4'th inning.  I'll defend that AB though.  He laid off some very close, very nasty cutters to get the count to 3-1.  He fouled off the next pitch and the 3-2 pitch was a backup slider which would fool most good hitters and he hit a jam-shot pop-up to the first baseman.  Again, the result was not there, but the process was.  Once again, if Mac continues to work the count like that, good things are going to happen.

Jeff Samardzija- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.22.  In any other ballpark, Samardzija would have gotten to the 6'th inning with just 1 run allowed as Carlos Beltran hit a pop up HR into the RF Yankee Stadium porch.  Then in the 6'th he ran into some bad BABIP luck, or his slider flattened out.

Speaking of……….I don't have spray charts of Babe Ruth's HR's but am I the only one who considers his HR record tainted by that damn porch?  Ruth had that porch.  Aaron had Fulton County Stadium.  Barry Bonds and ARod had…. something.  Willie Mays had….Candlestick Park?  Mays missed his first 2 full MLB seasons that likely cost him a minimum of 60 HR's, probably closer to 70 or even 80.  He also had Candlestick Park.  He's my all-time HR champion!

George Kontos- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.64.  It was basically mop-up time, but still an impressive outing for Kontos as the Giants approach the trading deadline with relief pitching in their sites.

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The Loss cut the Giants lead over the Dodgers in the NL West to 3 games as the Bad Guys outscored the Cardinals 9-6.

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It will not be a happy flight home for the Giants, but at least they are finally coming home.  First series starts tomorrow against Cincinnati with Jake Peavy facing a red hot Anthony De Sclafini.  Hopefully we won't have the annual Cincinnati Heat Wave in SF this week.