Thursday, September 10, 2015

Game Wrap 9/9/2015: D'Backs 2 Giants 1

Injuries continued to mount for the Giants as they fielded a makeshift lineup for seemingly the umpteenth time on this road trip.  That lineup failed to mount any kind of sustained offense and they lost their 4'th 2-1 game of the 10 game road trip.  Key Lines:

Chris Heston- 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.55.  Heston cruised through the first 3 innings looking really good.  He started elevating pitches in the 4'th inning and gave up a 2-run dinger to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  In the 5'th with a runner at 2B and Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta coming up, Bochy elected to have Heston walk Goldy intentionally then bring in Jeremy Affeldt to face the LH hitting Peralta.  You have the luxury of being able to do that in September.  Not a terrible start for Heston, but not a convincing one either.

The Giants now get a much needed day off before starting a long homestand Friday with Jake Peavy facing Andrew Cashner.


The Hillsboro Hops topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-5 in 13 innings to take their 3 game playoff series:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 1 for 5, HR(1), BB.  BA= .154.
Miguel Gomez(DH)- 3 for 6, HR(1).  BA= .385.
Chris Shaw(1B)- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .308.
Logan Webb(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 8/0.  ERA= 3.60.

Stats are for the postseason only.  Can't wait to see how Gomez and Shaw hit next year and where.  Very nice age 18 season for Logan Webb in a hitter friendly league against mostly older competition.  BTW, remember Dansby Swanson?  He hit the game winning hit in this game.


San Jose Giants pounded the Stockton Ports 7-2 to win game 1 of their 3 game Cal League playoff series:

Chuckie Jones(RF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .400.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 3 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .750.
Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .667.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.


  1. So Cain has something to say after his rehab start:

    “I got into a bad habit of dropping my elbow and pushing the ball to the plate,” Cain said, “instead of getting on top of it and using some leverage to get it down in the strike zone.” As a result, his pitches were flat and his command took a hit. “It has to do with what the hitter sees,” Cain said. “If the ball stays in the same plane a long time, it’s easier to hit.”

    That could make sense as FanGraphs pointed out that Cain had lost a huge amount of vertical movement in 2015. So, hopefully this won't be another Lincecum/Zito thing where we keep having hope, occasionally see some flashed or streaks, but are ultimately disappointed.

    1. You could see that in the St. Louis start.After the 3 inning his stuff looked way better.Good news regarding Cain.

  2. All of our prospects are contributing in the post season.Duggar made a diving catch,while crashing into the wall in foul territory.Jebavy homered.Shaw tied the game in the 9th with a HR.Gomez homered.Webb had one of his best starts facing elimination.Garcia went 2 for 3,and reached base 3 times.Good stuff.

  3. San Jose is going to have a monster offense next year. Shaw, Gomez, Arenado, Jebavy, Vizcaino, Richard "Not to be confused with Rafael" Rodriguez and Duggar could all be in the running. Horan and Bednar will probably repeat the level.

    DrB, what is your best guess on where Bickford goes? San Jose or Augusta?

    1. I'll say probably San Jose for Bickford, but the fact that he did not pitch above AZL this year makes me wonder if the Giants might treat him more like a HS draftee than a college draftee and start him out in Augusta. Probably depends on how he looks in instructionals and spring training.