Sunday, April 23, 2017

Down on the Farm: 4/23/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats walked off a 7-6 win over the Las Vegas 51's in 10 innings:

Christian Arroyo SS- 4 for 6, 2B, SB(2).  BA= .446.
Michael Morse LF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .295.
Austin Slater PH-LF- 1 for 1, BB.  BA= .273.
Dan Slania RHP- 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 7.36.

Arroyo had the walk-off hit.  He continues to be red hot, but the beats seem to think the Giants have no intention of calling him up anytime soon or of moving him to LF.  Sounds like they are aiming for him to be their starting 3B in 2018.  Alex P speculated that Morse could be called up soon to play 1B with Brando Belt playing more games in LF.

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AA  Reading Fightin' Phils blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-0:

Cory Taylor RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 6.75.

Taylor was a relative bright spot in a dismal game for the Squirrels.

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High A  San Jose Giants outslugged the Stockton Ports 12-8:

Jalen Miller SS-2B- 3 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .306.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 3 for 5, 3B, HR(1).  BA= .300.
Daniel Carbonell LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .273.
Heath Slatton RHP- 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 16.20.
David Owen RHP- 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Conner Kaden RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Dusten Knight RHP- 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.35.

Don't know if he can keep up this pace, but Miller looks like he may be breaking out.  Slatton looked great in a few starts at the end of last season for Augusta.  He seems a bit overmatched in the Cal League so far.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets vs Greensboro Grasshoppers cancelled.

Game Wrap 4/23/2017: Rockies 8 Giants 0

The Giants suffered their second lopsided defeat in as many days and return from a 5 game road trip with their tails as far between their legs as I can recall.  If they are looking for rock bottom, the last 2 games would definitely qualify.  The Giants were never in this game as Jeff Samardzija got pummeled early and often and lefty Kyle Freeland scattered 6 hits, 5 singles and Nick Hundley's double.  Even moving Brandon Belt to LF and putting Buster Posey at 1B did not energize this offense.  Key Lines:

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 5.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 7.40.  The starting rotation was supposed to be the strength of the team.  They rank dead last in MLB with a combined ERA of 5.02.

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The Loss dropped the Giants season record to 6-13, tied for the worse start in franchise history.  It's happened several times in the past, the most recent being 1983.  Most of those teams were not good, but one of them was the 1951 team that went on to win the pennant on Bobby Thomson's famous HR.  The last place Giants record mirrors the first place Rockies who are 13-6 which puts the Giants 7 games off the pace.  The Dodgers topped the D'Backs 6-2 to drop Arizona 1.5 games behind the Raging Rockies while the Dodgers are in 3'rd place, 4 games back at 9-10.  The Padres lost to the Marlins 7-3 and are in 4'th place, 5.5 games behind the leaders.

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The Giants return home to AT&T Park to tace the Dodgers in a 4-gamer with Matt Cain taking the hill tomorrow night against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Down on the Farm: 4/22/2017

AAA  Las Vegas 51's edged out the Sacramento River Cats 3-2:

Drew Stubbs CF- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .265.
Christian Arroyo SS- 1 for 3, 2B, HBP.  BA= .424.
Michael Roth LHP- 4.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.26.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.70.

At the rate OF injuries are piling up, wouldn't be shocked to see Drew Stubbs starting in CF for the Giants one of these days.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels vs Reading Fightin' Phils postponed.

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High A  Stockton Ports blanked the San Jose Giants 7-0:

Michael Connolly RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.26.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Sonny Gray made a rehab start for the Ports and allowed just 1 hit in 5 IP.  Giants mustered just 2 hits in the game.

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Low A  Greensboro Grasshoppers defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-1:

Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .246.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.21.

The game was called after 6 innings due to rain.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Game Wrap 4/22/2017: Rockies 12 Giants 3

This one got away early as Matt Moore was pummeled by the Rockies for 3 runs in the first inning and 4 more in the 4'th and that was pretty much the ballgame.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .254.  Belt continues to thrive in the 2-hole.  He played pepper with the RF wall for 2 doubles in this one.

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .333.  Bochy moved Panik into the 3'rd spot in the lineup behind Belt and he hit like a third hitter in the lineup should.

Matt Moore LHP- 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.87.  Matt Moore hasn't figured out Coors Field as his ERA in 2 starts there is over 11.

Chris Stratton RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  I didn't see Stratton pitch, but Kruk and Kuip were impressed and said he hit 96 on the FB.  I think Stratton's MLB calling is multi-inning reliever where the FB can play up.

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With the Loss, the Giants fell 6 games behind the first place Rockies in the NL West.  The D'Backs beat up the Dodgers again, 11-5 to remain 0.5 games behind the Rocks.  The Dodgers fell 4 games off the pace in 3'rd place while the Padres lost to the Marlins 6-3 and dropped 4.5 games behind the leaders.

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Jeff Samardzija tries to salvage a win in the series tomorrow afternoon facing LHP Kyle Freeland.

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Stratton was called up to replace Madison Bumgarner on the active roster.  Hunter Pence did not start the game after slipping on wet OF grass Friday night.  He did appear as a PH and drew a walk.  He then ran from first to home on Belt's second double, but appeared to be limping a bit as he crossed home plate.  The list of Giants wounded players kept expanding as Denard Span hurt his shoulder crashing into the CF wall after making a catch.  He left the game.  No word on the seriousness of the injury.

Down on the Farm: 4/21/2017

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees swarmed the Sacramento River Cats 9-5:

Ryder Jones 1B- 3 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .391.
Jae-Gyun Hwang LF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .286.
Ricky Romero LHP- 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.85.

Jones started the season a couple of weeks late, but is off to a great AAA start.  Hwang is showing why he needed some adjustment to American baseball.  Hopefully he starts to get some traction.

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AA  Reading Fightin' Phils downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-2:

Slade Heathcott CF- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .327.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.21.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.29.

Coonrod's start was cut short by a rain delay.  Is there hope for Heathcott?  He's a tremendous athlete but was never able to put it all together in the Yankees organization.

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High A  San Jose Giants topped the Stockton Ports 4-2:

Ali Castillo 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .400.
Ryan Howard SS- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .328.
Daniel Carbonell RF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .278.
Conner Menez LHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.70.
Conner Kaden RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 0.96.

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Low A  Greensboro Grasshoppers devoured the Augusta Greenjackets 7-2:

Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 2, 2B, SF.  BA= .236.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .300.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .188.
Kevin Rivera 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .270.
Melvin Adon RHP- 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.09.

This could be a breakout season for Beltre if he can just stay healthy.  He reaches the .300 BA mark.  I don't know about you, but I still think a .300 BA means something.

Game Wrap 4/21/2017: Rockies 6 Giants 5

If you already had an uneasy feeling that this season was headed south for the Giants, that feeling likely mushroomed into a full-scale panic attack after the day started with Madison Bumgarner injuring his throwing shoulder in a dirt biking accident of all things, and ended with the Giants blowing yet another lead in an awful 6-run 4'th inning and falling short in yet another comeback attempt.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 4, HR(4), BB.  BA= .238.  Belt leads the team in HR's and his OBP is .351.  He's helping my OBP/SLG% fantasy baseball league.

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(6).  BA= .300.  Nunez and 3B are not why this team is struggling.

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .321.  Joe Panik and 2B are not why this team is struggling.

Chris Marrero LF- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .152.  If the Giants don't have someone ready to plug into LF, they might as well put Marrero out there every day for awhile and see if consistent AB's can light a fire under his bat.  The 8-hole is kind of a tough place for a struggling hitter to get it going, though.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R. 2 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 5.25.  You live by contact, you die by contact.  Cueto sailed into the 4'th inning and got Arenado on a groundout for the first out.  Then, single, single, single, dinger, single, sac, inside-the-park HR.   6 hits and a sac in 6 batters.  Not that Blackmon's tour of the bases was weak contact or anything, but it should have been out #3.  Hunter Pence lost it in the lights and lost his base in the wet grass as the ball screamed past him into no-man's land.  That was the ultimate difference in the game as the Giants rally fell short.

Ty Blach LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.76.  Blach is Bumgarner's replacement in the rotation.  He gave up 3 runs in 1 IP on 4/6 in Arizona.  He's had 4 scoreless appearances since with a 4/1 K/BB.  He'll face the Dodgers in Bummy's spot on Thursday, 4/27.

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The Loss dropped the Giants 5 games off the pace of the Roaring Rockies in the NL West.  The D'Backs crushed the Dodgers 13-5 to remain 0.5 games behind the Rockies in 2'nd place.  The Dodgers are 3 back in 3'rd place.  The Pesky Padres topped the Marlins 5-3 to remain 3.5 games behind in 4'th place.

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Matt Moore faces the red hot Antonio Senzatela in Game 2.

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As previously mentioned, the Giants lost their ace pitcher, Madison Bumgarner for an indefinite period of time after a dirt bike accident in which he suffered bruised ribs and a "grade 1-2" separation of his left shoulder acromioclavicular joint.  Initial estimates are a minimum of 6-8 weeks.  Ty Blach is going to get is big chance to step up and shine.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Scouting the 2017 Draft: BA's Mock Draft 2.0

BA has a new mock draft up with a complete first round prognostication.  Let's review them and I will offer some comments.  Overall, I would characterize this draft as terrible at the top but reasonably deep with interesting players looking like they will fall into the 2'nd round.  Here's BA's mock:

1.  Twins:  Brendan McKay, LHP, College, Louisville-  McKay is a great 2-way college player, but strikes me as being not great on either side of the ball.  I actually like him a bit better as a hitter, but he's limited to 1B on offense.  Pitchers who can hit and play some in the field seem to be the wave of the future, but not sure how that helps an AL team.  If I am the Twins GM, I have Hunter Greene and JB Bakauskas ahead of McKay on my board with Adam Hasely sneaking into the mix.

2.  Reds:  Hunter Greene, RHP, HS- Reds reportedly desperately want McKay.  Twins will be doing them a favor if they take him at #1.  If you are not scared off by hard throwing HS pitchers, Greene is the real deal.  He reaches triple digits with the FB and looks a lot like Bob Gibson when he delivers the ball.  Greene reportedly wants to fall to the Padres which is why he has scaled back his pitching and is showcasing at SS lately.  He's going to be drafted as a pitcher.  Reds could also consider Bakauskas, Jeren Kendall or Hasely here.

3.  Padres:  Royce Lewis, SS/OF, HS- If Greene is off the board, the Padres could look to the toolsiest player in the draft.  Personally I have questions about the hit tool which makes Lewis a high risk/high reward pick.  If they want tools and a questionable bat, Kendall would be a safer pick here and I like Adam Hasely a bit better than Kendall.

4.  Rays:  Kyle Wright, RHP, College, Vanderbilt- The scouts seem to love his stuff, but it hasn't translated to dominant starts in the college season.  BA has Bakauskas falling to #6.  I take him over Wright and again, I love me some Adam Hasely.

5.  Braves:  Austin Beck, OF, HS- Beck has caught helium during the HS season.  Braves aren't afraid to gamble on high upside HS talent.  This seems like a good spot for both Beck and the Braves.

6.  A's:  JB Bakauskas, RHP, College, North Carolina- I think Bakauskas should be a top 3 pick, but if he is still on the board, the A's get a steal.

7.  D'Backs:  Mackenzie Gore, LHP, HS- Gore seems to be shooting up draft boards with scouts raving about his stuff.  Unless his velocity has taken a big jump, I'm not seeing it.  Shane Baz, for one, would be higher on my board.  They could also consider one of several HS SS's and here comes the broken record…..Adam Hasely seems like a D'Backs type of pick.  Have I said how much I like Adam Hasely?

8.  Phillies:  Pavin Smith, 1B, College, Virginia- The Phils are known for drafting toolsy HS players, but they are under new management.  Pavin is stuck at 1B, but he's a good hitter.  If they want a college hitter, they would be better off taking Hasely if he's on the board.

9.  Brewers:  Jeren Kendall, OF, College, Vanderbilt- IDK if Kendall will fall this far, but his college K rate give saber oriented analysts the jitters.  Brewers seem to like toolsy OF's and don't seem to care about K rates, so this would be a nice fit if Kendall is on the board.  Brewers should consider pitching here and Shane Baz would be a nice fit.

10.  Angels:  Alex Faedo, RHP, College, Florida- I see Faedo as being more of an innings eater than an ace.  Angels seem to like that kind of pitcher.  The Angels might swing for the fences and try for another Mike Trout with any number of HS OF's or SS's.

11.  White Sox:  Jordan Adell, OF, HS- Highes ceiling/highest risk player in the draft IMO.  If he can hit, he'll be a superstar.  That's a big question though.  Sox are known for taking toolsy HS players.  They have a new guy in the GM chair, though.

12.  Pirates:  Adam Hasely, OF, College, Virginia- Here's my guy!  If Hasely is still on the board, the Pirates have the steal of the draft.

13.  Marlins:  Seth Romero, LHP, College, Houston- Romero has talent but also has 2 suspensions by his college coach on his record and a history of conditioning issues.  I would have him on my draft board at all.

14.  Royals:  Shane Baz, RHP, HS- Dayton Moore loves him some HS talent and Baz would be a great choice here if he's on the board.  Again there is a nice stable of HS SS's and OF's that should be available here too.

15.  Astros:  Clarke Schmidt, RHP, College, South Carolina- High floor/low ceiling college pitcher.

16.  Yankees:  Nick Pratto, 1B/OF, HS.  Pratto has a sweet swing, but he looks like a 1B to me and I don't see the power although he is a LH batter and there's that short porch in Yankee Stadium.  He also pitches but will be drafted as a hitter.

17.  Mariners:  Alex Lange, RHP, College, LSU- Throws hard, but limited repertoire and inconsistent college performance.  Keith Law thinks he's a reliever in the pros.

18.  Tigers:  Griffin Canning, RHP, College, UCLA- pitchability guy.  I just don't see him as having first round stuff.

19.  Giants:  DL Hall, LHP, HS-  Hard throwing HS lefty.  I personally like Trevor Rogers' projectability more, but Hall seems to be higher ranked by most scouts.  If the Giants are not dead set on pitching with this pick, Logan Warmoth, SS for North Carolina seems like a perfect Giantsy pick.

20.  Mets:  Keston Hiura, 2B, College, UC Irvine- Hiura his hitting up a storm for UC Irvine but has a weak arm and a bum elbow and is going to be limited to 2B or 1B going forward.  You have to really love the bat to make him a first rounder.

21.  Orioles:  Logan Warmoth, SS, College, North Carolina- I haven't profiled him yet, but he rising on draft boards.  Think a switch-hitting Joe Panik with a lot more speed.  Giants need more pitching in the organization but Warmoth seems like the perfect Giants pick at #19.

22.  Blue Jays:  Jake Burger, 3B, College, Missouri St.- Good hitter, bad body.  OK pick for an AL team.

23.  Dodgers:  Heliot Ramos, OF, HS(PR)- Dodgers can afford to take a risk with the pick and Ramos has as high a ceiling as anyone in the draft.

24.  Red Sox:  Hagen Danner, C/SS/RHP, HS- Danner seems like a tweener to me, but the scouts seem to really like him, more as a pitcher than position player.

25.  Nationals:  Brady McConnell, SS, HS- McConnell's stock seems to have slipped, but he reminds me of a young Tulo.  He would be a steal at #25, IMO.

26.  Rangers:  David Peterson, LHP, College, Oregon St.-  Peterson has emerged as the second best performing college LHP in the draft.  Not sure about his stuff.

27.  Cubs:  Tanner Houck, RHP, College, Missouri- Houck's velocity has tailed off and so has his performance.  Not sure the Cubs would take him even at #27.  I guess it depends on whether they think he can regain velocity and if they can fix his mechanics.

28.  Blue Jays:  Wil Crowe, RHP, College, South Carolina- I actually like Crowe more than Clarke Schmidt who BA has much higher in this mock draft.

29.  Rangers:  Mark Vientos, SS, HS- Vientos has great size which will probably move him off SS in the future, but I really like his power upside and this would be a great pick for the Rangers.

30.  Cubs- Nate Pearson, RHP, JC- Pearson would likely be a project but has been hitting triple digits with some regularity.

Players I like who are not in this mock draft:  Ricardo De La Torre SS HS, Trevor Rogers LHP HS, Conor Uselton OF HS, Calvin Mitchell OF HS, Garrett Mitchell OF HS, Alex Scherff RHP HS, Brendon Little LHP JC.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Down on the Farm: 4/20/2017

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees stung the Sacramento River Cats 5-2:

Joan Gregorio RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.93.
Chase Johnson RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.72.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels destroyed the Bowie Baysox 12-2:

Slade Heathcott DH- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .327.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 3 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .346.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 5.  BA= .333.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.18.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.50.

The game was called after 8 innings due to rain.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 5-1:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .296.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.60.

Miller continues to more than hold his own after an aggressive placement in SJ.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-3:

Skyler Ewing C- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .200.
Manuel Geraldo 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .154.
Jacob Heyward LF- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .154.
Matt Solter RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.93.
Jeff Burke RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.45.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, Save(2).  ERA= 0.00.

Disappointing start to the season for Heyward but he is showing some power.

Down on the Farm: 4/19/2017

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees stung the Sacramento River Cats 7-4:

Christian Arroyo SS- 4 for 5, 2B, HR(3).  BA= .479.
Jeff Arnold C- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .182.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B-2 for 4.  BA= .286.
Tyler Beede RHP- 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.78.

Stay hot, Arroyo!  Gotta say, it sure seems like Arroyo could be helping the Giants right now in LF, but he's playing SS in Sacramento.  Per Covechatter's Twitter feed, Bobby Evans says the Giants want him to force his way onto the team. Not sure what their criteria are, but Evans said they want to see more than a 2 week sample size.  I'm guessing he'll stay on the farm at least until they are comfortable that he'll achieve "Super 2" status.  Beede's development is less urgent now that Cain seems to have found his stride.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels downed the Bowie Baysox 4-2:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .319.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .326.
Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 4, BB. BA= .118.
Matt Lujan LHP- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.08.
DJ Snelton LHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.26.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, Save(3).  ERA= 0.00.

Note that Chris Shaw played LF.

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High A(Game 1)  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 9-3:

Jalen Miller 2B-SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .271.
Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 3.  BA= .333.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .364.
Dusten Knight RHP- 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.87.

Mac Williamson starts his rehab assignment.  Again per Covechatter, he reportedly looked fast running the bases.

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High A(Game 2)  Visalia Rawhide blanked the San Jose Giants 3-0:

NTSH

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Charleston River Dogs 5-3:

Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .283.
Skyler Ewing C- 1 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .154.
DJ Myers RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.11.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 8.22.

Beltre is hitting .343 over his last 10 games.

Game Wrap 4/19/2017: Royals 2 Giants 0

Whew!  A loss like this is tough to take and tough to write about.  The Giants offense failed to mount so much as a threat against junkballer Jason Vargas.  A moment's hesitation by Madison Bumgarner breaking to cover 1B on a hot grounder that bounced away from Brandon Belt may have been the difference in this game.  At least you knew the game was over when that miscue plated the go-ahead run for the Royals because it was pretty clear by then the Giants were not going to score a run in this one.  Key Lines:

Aaron Hill LF- 0 for 3, BB.  BA= .130.  When Aaron Hill and Gorkys Hernandez start in LF and CF respectively and bat 1'st and 9'th in the lineup, you know your team is in a lot of trouble.  And if you can't just send Chris Marrero out there everyday, especially against a LHP, why is he on the team?

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 0 for 2, 2 K.  BA= .067.  See Aaron Hill above.  It probably requires a bit of bad luck to hit .067, but make no mistake, Hernandez is overmatched at the plate.  The Giants are going to have to address their OF situation and soon.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 3.00.  Bumgarner wasn't at his best all night, as Jeremy Affeldt kept reminding us, and the 1 run scored when he was late breaking for 1B on a grounder to Belt, but remember when Matt Cain used to get "Cained?"  I think Bumgarner is getting "Bummed."  You can't win if your team fails to score any runs.

Jason Vargas LHP(Royals)- The FB averaged 86.6 MPH but he moved it around the edges of the strike zone and paired that up with a terrific changeup that kept Giants hitters off balance all evening.  The delivery is awkward looking but seems to hide the ball well and 86 MPH FB's looked a lot faster.  Vargas is currently a hot commodity in fantasy baseball leagues.

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The Dodgers topped the Rockies 4-2 behind Clayton Kershaw and Jhoulys Chacin and the Padres shutout the D'Backs 1-0.  The current standings in he NL West are symmetrical with the D'Backs and Rockies tied at the top at 10-6.  The Dodgers are 2 games back at 8-8 while the Giants and Padres bring up the rear, 4 games back, at 6-10.

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The Giants get a travel day they probably don't want and start a 3 game series in Denver against the Rockies on Friday with Johnny Cueto facing Giants killer, Tyler Chatwood.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Down on the Farm: 4/18/2017

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees swarmed the Sacramento River Cats 8-2:

Christian Arroyo SS- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .442.
Ryder Jones 3B- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .385.
Dan Slania RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 7.45.

Shouldn't Arroyo be getting some innings in LF?  The K's look good for Slania, but not the BB's.

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AA  Bowie Baysox downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-1:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .289.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.

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San Jose Giants edged out the Visalia Rawhide 3-2:

Bryan Reynolds CF- 3 for 4.  BA= .375.
Aramis Garcia C- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .341.
Ryan Howard 3B- 2 for 3.  BA= .367.
Matt Krook LHP- 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 11.12.
Bryan Morris RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.70.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, Save(1).  ERA= 1.23.

Krook was more successful in this start than his first in Lancaster, but the BB's are still an issue.  Bryan Morris and Michael Morse begin rehab assignments.  Reynolds was back in CF.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Charleston River Dogs 3-2:

Anthony Marks CF- 2 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .200.
Kelvin Beltre DH- 2 for 2, 3B, BB, SF.  BA= .265.
Frandy De La Rosa- 2B- 2 for 3, 3B, BB. BA= .333.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.17.
Cameron Avila-Leeper LHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 11.57.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Game Wrap 4/18/2017: Giants 2 Royals 1

The Giants got a huge boost from Matt Cain who pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball.  The Bullpen held on into the 11'th inning when the Giants were able to push across with winning run.  Mark Melancon held on for the Save.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .310.  Pence has not been a big power threat so far but he's been peppering the field with hits.  He drove in Joe Panik with the first Giants run to get them the 1-1 tie they took to extra innings.

Buster Posey DH- 3 for 5.  BA= .385.  Buster's 3 hits did not contribute to the scoring, but sure is good to see the Big Guy back in the lineup and apparently not suffering any lingering effects from the concussion.

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .319.  It wasn't quite as dramatic as in the 2014 WS, but Panik started a key GIDP off the bat of the same Eric Hosmer to keep the tie alive.  He then singled in Nick Hundley for the winning run after Hundley had hit a soft liner down the LF line for a double.

Matt Cain RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.31.  The big story of this game is the start Matt Cain registered.  This comes on the heels of a strong 5 innings in his prior start and we may be seeing the renaissance of Matt Cain.  Stay healthy, Hoss!

Derek Law RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.68.  There were times when Law looked like he was about to blow it, but Ron Wotus stuck with him and Law worked his way out of it.  The home plate ump was squeezing him to boot.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(3).  ERA= 3.86.  Melancon definitely did not make it boring in this one.  2 hits and 3 K's?  That is not a typical Melancon Save!  We could use a bit more boring.

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The Win improved the Giants record to 6-9 and got them out of last place in the NL West by 0.5 games over the Pathetic Padres who lost to the D'Backs 11-2 to drop their record to 5-9.  The Rockies held on to top the  Dodgers 4-3 and are tied for first place with the D'backs at 9-5.  The Dodgers drop to 7-7, 2 games behind the two leaders.  The Giants remain 3.5 games behind in 4'th place and the Padres bring up the rear, 4 games off the pace.

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Madison Bumgarner tries for a sweep of the 2 game series tomorrow against lefty Jason Vargas.

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Manager Bruce Bochy missed the game and will be out until Friday, 4/21 after undergoing an ablation procedure to control an cardiac arrhythmia, Atrial Flutter.  Long time Bench Coach, Ron Wotus, managed the team and will continue to until Boch gets back.  Get well, Boch!!

Prospect Retrospective: Clayton Blackburn

Clayton Blackburn is well known to Giants prospect watchers.  He was drafted by the Giants in round 16 of the 2011 draft out of Edmonds, OK, warming the hearts of Giants draft and prospect watchers who had long criticized Brian Sabean and Co for not taking enough chances on the upside of HS prospects.  His pro debut with the rookie ball Arizona Giants was impressive to say the least:  3-1, 1.08, 33.1 IP, 0.81 BB/9, 8.10 K/9, GO/AO= 2.58.  Scouting reports cautioned that his raw stuff was marginal and might not play at higher levels.  Saber enthusiasts liked him better and thought maybe his stuff would develop as he got older and stronger.  The one problem with that thinking was his already big body might not have any room to develop!

His first full season with the Low A Augusta Greenjackets in 2012 was almost as impressive:  8-4, 2.54, 131.1 IP, 1.13 BB/9, 9.80 K/9, GO/AO= 2.32.  The K/9 was good, check.  The BB/9 was excellent, check.  The groundball tendency was also excellent, check.  The Sabers were winning this one!  2013 found him in San Jose where he put up a line of 7-5, 3.65, 133 IP, 2.37 BB/9, 9.34 K/9, GO/AO= 1.54.  The ERA was disappointing and the groundball rate took a hit, but the K's and BB's were still solid and the Cal League is a whole lot tougher for pitchers than the SAL.

He was plagued with some minor injury issues in 2014 but his numbers slightly rebounded in the pitcher-friendly Eastern League:  5-6, 3.29, 93.1 IP, 1.94 BB/9, 8.23 K/9, GO/AO= 1.95.  Scouting reports continued to question his raw stuff and there were whispers of conditioning issues.  The Giants promoted him to AAA for the 2015 season.  He was roughed up early in the season but was dominant in the last 2 months and ended up with the best ERA for qualified pitchers in the PCL:  10-4, 2.85, 123 IP, 2.34 BB/9, 7.24 K/9, GO/AO= 1.59.  Clayton attributed his success down the stretch to improved conditioning.  He appeared to be nearing the top of the Giants SP depth chart.  Sabers continued to like him better than the scouts.

He got a long look in spring training of 2016 but was ultimately sent back to AAA where his numbers slumped.  When the Giants needed a starter to replace Matt Cain, Albert Suarez got the call.  The stretch run of 2015 never materialized for Blackburn and he was clearly passed on the depth charts by Ty Blach even Chris Stratton with Tyler Beede and Andrew Suarez coming up fast from the lower minors.  Clayton got hit hard in spring training of 2017 and his first start for Sacramento did not go well.  When the Giants needed a 40 man roster spot for Tim Federowicz, they chose to DFA Blackburn, an move that ended with a trade to the Rangers for a low level IF prospect named Frandy De La Rosa.  On social media, Clayton was happy to get a chance to pitch for the organization he rooted for as a kid.

So what happened here?  Were the scouts right all along and his stuff just not quite good enough?  Did his conditioning regress from 2016?  Did he go into an emotional funk when his terrific 2015 in AAA did not translate into an immediate MLB job?  Perhaps it was all of the above, or just a big fat dose of bad luck.  Hopefully he puts it back together in the Rangers organization and has some great experiences pitching for his dream team.

Down on the Farm: 4/17/2017

AAA  Las Vegas 51's came from behind to defeat the Sacramento River Cats 7-5:

Christian Arroyo SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .462.
Ryder Jones 1B- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .444.
Drew Stubbs CF- 2 for 5.  BA= .273.
Carlos Moncrief RF- 2 for 4.   BA= .360.
Orlando Calixte 3B- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .250.
Chris Stratton RHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 13/3.  ERA= 7.84.

Giants continue to rotate their infielders through multiple positions putting a premium on versatility.  Ryder Jones is hot out of the gate.

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AA  Bowie Baysox edged the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-2:

Carlos Garcia 2B- 3 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .261.
Rando Moreno SS- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .238.
Matt Gage LHP- 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.38.
Jose Flores RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 0.00.

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High A  San Jose Giants vs Visalia Rawhide Postponed.

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Low A Charleston River Dogs mauled the Augusta Greenjackets 7-2:

Sandro Cabrera LHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 1.00.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

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The Giants traded RHP Clayton Blackburn, who they had DFA'd to make room on the 40 man roster for Tim Federowicz, to the Rangers for infielder Frandy De La Rosa.  I'll do a prospect retrospective on Clayton Blackburn, and you all pretty much know about him already, but you may be wondering whotheheck Frandy De La Rosa is.

Frandy De La Rosa was originally signed as an international FA in 2012 by the Chicago Cubs for a $600 K signing bonus, so he has some prospect pedigree.

2014 DSL:  .281/.336/.402, 12 SB, 6.8 BB%, 14 K%, 278 PA.
2015 SS:  .273/.315/.367, 11 SB, 5.4 BB%, 223 K%, 278 PA.

He was traded to the Rangers in the fall of 2015 for someone named Spencer Patton.

2016  Low A:  .250/.330/.351, 7 HR, 19 SB, 23 CS, 9.3 BB%, 19 K%, 483 PA.
2017  High A:  .107 in 33 PA.

De La Rosa started his minor league career as a SS but moved over to 2B the last couple of years and was actually playing 1B this season.  The Giants have a surplus of middle infield prospects so I'm not sure when, where or how much Frandy is going to play in the Giants system.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Down on the Farm: 4/16/2017

Just 2 game to report from Easter Sunday.

AAA  Las Vegas 51's topped the Sacramento River Cats 6-4:

Drew Stubbs CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .235.
Justin Ruggiano RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .214.
Ryder Jones 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .500.
Orlando Calixte SS- 1 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .214.
Kyle Blanks PH- 1 for 1, HR(2).  BA= .241.
Kraig Sitton LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.13.
Josh Osich LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.80.

Was Ryder Jones nursing an injury in extended spring training?  This was his first appearance in 2017.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Columbia Fireflies 7-6:

Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .238.
Manuel Geraldo 3B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .167.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.00.
Matthew Pope RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K. ERA= 0.00.

Game Wrap 4/16/2017: Rockies 4 Giants 3

The Rockies and Giants traded 3-run rallies in the first inning. The Rockies took a 1 run lead in the top of the second inning……and that was the last run scored in the game!  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .216.  Belt hasn't been hitting much, but has been drawing enough walks to be valuable in the 2-hole in the lineup.  Maybe this is the start of more?

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .298.  Crawford drove in a run with the triple down the RF line in the first inning then scored on a sac fly.  That was the last run the Giants scored in the game.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 8 K's, GO/AO= 7/1.  ERA= 6.16.  Shark started the game by giving up homer, single, double, double.  He got a visit from Rags and settled down to retire then next 3 batters.  He got dinged for another run in the 2'nd.  From then on, he allowed just 2 more hits and no runs, but the Giants offense failed to score another run after a 3-run first inning and Shark was saddled with his 3'rd loss of the season.  If you looked at the BB's, K's and GB rate, you'd think this was a dominant start.  Let's just hope the turnaround bodes well for the future.

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The Loss dropped the Giants farther into the cellar of the NL West at 5-9, 4 games behind the 9-5 Rockies.  The D'Backs got the Dodgers 3-1 behind Taijuan Walker and are 0.5 games behind the Rockies at 8-5.  The Dodgers are 1.5 games back at 7-6.  The Padres got pounded by the Braves 9-2 and are 3.5 games back in 4'th place.

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The Giants have a travel day tomorrow and start a series against the Royals in KC on Tuesday, 4/17 in a rematch of the 2014 WS with Matt Cain facing Jason Hammel.

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Jarrett Parker underwent surgery to stabilize his clavicle and will be out an estimated 8-10 weeks.  The Giants called up LHP Steven Okert to take his place on the active roster.

Down on the Farm: 4/15/2017

AAA  Las Vegas 51's defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-1:

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 2 for 5, SB(2).  BA= .333.
Christian Arroyo 2B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .471.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .278.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.74.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

Tomlinson may be the most likely to get the call to replace Parker as he is already on the 40 man roster, although the Giants could also go with another pitcher, Steven Okert.

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AA  Reading Fightin' Phils outscored the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-6:

Slade Heathcott CF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .286.
Chris Shaw 1B-  3 for 5, 2B, HR(3).  BA= .382.
TJ Bennett 3B- 2 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .217.
Cory Taylor RHP- 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 6 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 9.72.

Chris Shaw is on fire!  A lot of people wrote him off after looking at his overall line from Richmond last year, but if you broke it down, he had a 1 month adjustment  but his August numbers looked pretty much the same as his SJ numbers.

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High A  Stockton Ports beat the San Jose Giants 6-3:

Ryan Howard 3B- 3 for 5.  BA= .348.
Brian Reynolds LF- 3 for 5, 2 2B, 3B.  BA= .333.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .263.
Daniel Carbonell RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .296.
Mike Connolly RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.74.
Dusten Knight RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 1.35.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.35.

Gotta make a note that Reynolds played LF with Fargas in CF in this one.

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 1-0:

Melvin Adon RHP- 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.14.
Jose Morel RHP- 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.35.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.29.

The GJ's are having trouble hitting their way out of a paper bag.  Nice bounceback start by Adon.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Game Wrap 4/15/2017: Rockies 5 Giants 0

The Giants offense mustered just 2 hits off Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood who cruised to a CG 2-Hit Shutout.  Key Lines:

Tyler Chatwood RHP(Rockies)- 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, GO/AO= 17/3.  ERA= 3.54.  This is the only line that matters in this game. Chatwood, who graduated from Redlands East Valley HS in my hometown, is a good pitcher who is underrated because he has to pitch half his games in Coors Field, but against the Giants he might as well be Walter Johnson reincarnate.  Chatwood has made 12 career starts against the Giants, more than against any other MLB team, and holds a 2.91 ERA in those 12 starts.

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With the Win, the Rockies take over first place in the NL West with a record of 8-5 while the Giants drop 0.5 games farther behind in last place with a 3.0 game deficit at 5-8.  The D'Backs lose to the Dodgers 8-4 to fall 0.5 games behind the Rockies in second place. The Dodgers are now tied with the D'Backs at 7-5.  The Padres lose again to the Braves 4-2 and are 0.5 games ahead of the Giants at 5-7.

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Jeff Samardzija tries to tie the 4 game series tomorrow facing Antonio Senzatela, a rookie RHP who sports a 1.50 ERA after 2 MLB Starts.

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Jarrett Parker made a nice running catch in LF before running into the padded LF wall.  Unfortunately it wasn't padded enough to keep him from breaking his right clavicle.  He is headed to the DL and will likely miss at least 2 months.  No word on who the Giants might call up to replace him.

Down on the Farm: 4/14/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outscored the Salt Lake City Bees 12-10:

Kelby Tomlinson 2B- 3 for 6, 2B.  BA= .320.
Drew Stubbs CF- 2 for 5, BB, SB(1).  BA= .222.
Carlos Moncrief RF- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .368.
Austin Slater LF- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .345.
Christian Arroyo PH-SS- 3 for 3.  BA= .467.
Tyler Beede RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.30.
Chase Johnson RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.70.
Josh Osich LHP- 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.
Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

SLC can be a nightmare for pitching and this was a game to pad the offensive stat sheet.  Arroyo did not start the game and it's a hitter's park and all, but my goodness!  This kid is so hot he's melting the beeswax in the Beehive!  How're you gonna keep 'em down on the farm?!  Look at you, Kyle Crick!  Cricky gets the Save Op and cashes it in!  In a slugfest no less!

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Reading Phillies 5-3:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .324.
Chris Shaw 1B- 3 for 3, 2B, HR(2), BB.  BA= .345.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
DJ Snelton LHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 0.00.

Predict Gomez and Shaw will be getting national attention before the season is over.  Dominant start for Coonrod.  We could see Maronta in the Giants bullpen this season.

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High A  San Jose Giants edged out the Stockton Ports 3-2:

Aramis Garcia C- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .382.
Gio Brusa LF- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .212.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 3.  BA= .200.
Conner Menez LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.31.
David Owen RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.96.

The Giants have plenty of catching depth at the MLB level, but longterm they need Aramis Garcia to step up.  Menez is showing promise as a LHP SP prospect.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets blanked the Columbia Fireflies 7-0:

Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .237.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .207.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .172.
Kevin Rivera 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .250.
Matt Solter RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K.  ERA= 2.61.

Game Wrap 4/14/2017: Giants 8 Rockies 2

The Giants offense came to life in support of another Quality Start by Johnny Cueto who notched his 3'rd Win of the season.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 1 for 4, BB.  BA= .258.  Span gets the start agains the LHP and gets on base 2 out of 5 PA's.  That's a .400 OBP and he scored both times he reached.  He also looked fairly spry running down flyballs in CF.

Hunter Pence RF- 3 for 4.  BA= .340.  Pence was basically throwing his bat at outside pitches but successfully poked 3 of them on a line to RF for basehits driving in 2 runs and scoring 1 in the process.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .325.  Crawford got the start against the LHP.  Historically, he has not L-R split.  He drove an oppo field dinger to lead off the 4'th inning to give the Giants a 4-0 lead.

Eduardo Nunez 3B-  1 for 3, BB. BA= .357.  Nunez drew a balk at 1B in the second inning(more on that later) and came home on Marrero's dinger.

Chris Marrero LF- 2 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .143.  Marrero's bat came to life in a big way in the second inning as he drove a no-doubter into the LF stands for the Giants first 2 runs in the game.  He also made a couple of nice running catches in LF.  The dinger was Marrero's first MLB HR after hitting 140 of them in over 4000 minor league AB's, so congrats to Chris Marrero!

Johnny Cueto RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.79.  Cueto might have held the Rockies to 1 run had Joe Panik not lost the handle on the ball while tagging a runner coming into 2B in he 5'th inning.  Both runs were charged as Earned to Cueto though.

Tyler Anderson LHP(Rockies)- 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 7/1, 2 Balks.  ERA= 8.59.  Anderson has a foot "shimmy" in his delivery, but I don't think that is what drew the balks.  The calls were hotly disputed by Bud Black and the Rockies broadcast team on TV.  The announcing crew made a big deal out of the "45 degrees" rule which is not a formal rule at all.  The Rule actually states that the pitcher cannot interrupt a delivery to throw to first after he has made a move to deliver the pitch to home plate.  My understanding of the "45 degree" rule is it is a convention that if 1B, Home Plate and the Mound form a 90 degree angle, the pitcher can throw to first if the foot does not come past 45 degrees.  On the replays, to my eye, Anderson clearly went way past 45 degrees then brought his foot back without touching the ground.  That is a balk!  IDK if Black was just trying to protect his pitcher or if he really believed it was not a balk but he spent the entire half inning break in a discussion with the 1B ump and did not appear satisfied with the outcome of he discussion.  He then started barking at the home plate ump in the middle of an AB the next half inning and got tossed.  Isn't baseball fun?!

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The Giants Win improved their record to 5-7 and allowed them to gain ground on every team in the division except the Dodgers who crushed the D'Backs and Zack Greinke 7-0 behind Clayton Kershaw.  The First Place D'Backs record is now 7-4.  The Rockies are 7-5, 0.5 games behind the D'Backs.  The Dodgers are 6-5, 1 game back in 3'rd place.  The Padres lost to the Braves 5-2 and are 2 games off the pace at 5-6 while the Giants trail by 2.5 games.

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Matt Moore takes the mound in an afternoon game today facing Tyler Chatwood, who usually pitches great against the Giants.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Down on the Farm: 4/13/2017

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

Christian Arroyo 2B- 1 for 3, HR(1), HBP.  BA= .407.
Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Arroyo's blast was a 3-run dinger.

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AA  Reading Fightin' Phils downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-3:

Brandon Bednar 3B- 2 for 3.  BA= .346.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .269.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.60.

Statistically a dominant start by Suarez.

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High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Stockton Ports 8-2:

Ryan Howard 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .351.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .200.
Dillon Dobson 2B- 3 for 4.  BA= .323.
Jake McCasland RHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 7.71.

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Low A Columbia Fireflies beat the Augusta Greenjackets 8-2:

Shawon Dunston Jr LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.

Game Wrap 4/13/2017: Rockies 3 Giants 1

The Giants turned in another lackluster performance losing another game in which Madison Bumgarner had a QS in a losing effort.  Key Lines:

Madison Bumgarner- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.43.  Bumgarner was again dominant until he fired a first pitch FB down the middle to Trevor Story who was waiting for it.  It went a long way and drove in Carlos Gonzalez who had singled after getting dusted by a MadBum FB earlier in the inning.  Gotta wonder if the mano-a-mano between Bum and CarGo had anything to do with the gofer ball.

The Giants offense failed to generate any multi-hit games or XBH's.

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The Loss dropped the Giants record to 4-7, 3.5 games behind the first place D'Backs who were idle and sit at 7-3.  The Rockies improved their record to 7-4, 0.5 games behind the D'Backs.  The Dodgers were blanked by the Cubs 4-0 to even their record at 5-5, 2 games behind the D'Backs while the idle Padres remain at 5-5.

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Johnny Cueto takes the mound tonight facing lefty Tyler Anderson.

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Very sad news as Brandon Crawford's sister-in-law has died, possibly due to complications from asthma as reported by Amy G.  Crawford drove to LA after Wednesday's game to be with his family then flew back to SF to be with the team.  He was understandably not in the lineup for last night's game.

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Baggs is reporting via his Mailbag that the Giants are trying to work out a trade for the recently DFA'd Clayton Blackburn.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Game Wrap 4/12/2017: Giants 6 D'Backs 2

The Giants got a big boost from a somewhat unexpected source as Matt Cain was dealing for 5 innings and the Giants offense came to life in the later innings to seal their first series win of the season.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .261.  Span doubled to lead off the Giants first inning and was stranded, but drove in a run and scored one later during a 3-run rally in the 5'th inning.

Brandon Belt 1B- 0 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .184.  Belt's OBP is .363.

Nick Hundley C- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .313.  Hundley crushed one to RF in a rainswept 7'th inning.  The wind was howling in from the bay, but the ball hit off the brick wall driving in Crawford from 2B.

Jarrett Parker LF- 2 for 3, 3B, BB. BA= .176.  Joe Panik followed Hundley's double with a BB, then Parker blasted one off the CF wall for a triple.  Parker runs hot and cold.  Hopefully this is the start of a hot streak.

Matt Cain RHP- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .333.  Cain scored the first run of the game when Span drove him in from 2B after a 1-out double.

Matt Cain RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.82.  What a difference 1 start makes!  After giving up a leadoff triple to AJ Pollock, Cainer settled down and pitched a spiffy little game.  He had his FB consistently up to 90-91 with a sharp slider and and a slower breaking ball that came in at 77 MPH.  What did we say after his last start?  Get the FB velocity up to 90 MPH and improve command of the secondary stuff?  Well, he did it and it paid off big time.  Bochy gets credit for not trying to keep him in the game too long pulling him after the first 2 batters reached base in the 6'th.

Cory Gearrin RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Gearrin relieved Cain with 2 runners on base and proceeded to strike out the side with a mix of Romoesque sliders and running 2-seam FB.

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The Giants improved their record to 4-6 while dropping the first place D'Backs to 7-3.  Giants remain in last place in the NL West, but just 3 games behind the leaders.  The Rockies lost to the Pesky Padres 6-0 to remain 1 game off the pace.  The Dodgers blanked the Cubs 2-0 to improve their record to 5-4, 1.5 games behind the D'Backs while the Padres improved to 5-5 and are 2 games behind the leaders in 4'th place.

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The Rockies come to town tomorrow with Madison Bumgarner facing Jonathan Gray, weather permitting.  I understand there is a large storm system moving into NoCal starting tonight.

Down on the Farm: 4/12/2017

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees stung the Sacramento River Cats 4-1:

Christian Arroyo 2B- 2 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .417.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 3, BB. BA= .333.
Austin Slater DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.
Dan Slania RHP- 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 7.71.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 6.00.

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AA  Altoona Curve Blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-0:

Jose Flores RHP- 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Cory Taylor RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.64.

Alvarado has 10 K's against 1 BB in 4 IP in 2 Appearances.

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High A  Lancaster Jethawks outscored the San Jose Giants 9-7:

Jalen Miller SS- 2 for 4, HR(1), BB.  BA= .379.
Gio Brusa LF- 1 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .154.
Dillon Dobson 2B- 2 for 4, 3B, HR(1).  BA= .259.
Johneshwy Fargas RF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .130.
Yordy Cabrera RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.76.

Gotta be excited about Jalen Miller's start to the season even if it was in a couple of very hitter-friendly parks.

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Low A Charleston River Dogs buried the Augusta Greenjackets 4-0:

Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .240.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 4 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 10.80.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.50.

Sandro Fabian had 2 of the GJ's 3 hits.  Sandro Cabrera has 9 K's against 3 BB's in 6 IP in 3 Appearances on the season.

Down on the Farm: 4/11/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outlasted the Salt Lake City Bees 8-7 in 11 innings:

Christian Arroyo SS- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .421.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 1B- 2 for 5, 3B, BB.  BA= .278.
Austin Slater RF- 2 for 6.  BA= .300.
Chris Stratton RHP- 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 10.38.
Kyle Crick RHP- 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Kraig Sitton LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Josh Osich LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 0.00.

What happened to trying Arroyo in LF?  Seems like he might be able to help the Giants there right now.  Crick used to get frustrated and fold his tents when he got baserunners.  He seems to be dealing with tough situations better than in the past.  Osich seems to be getting Save Ops and converting them.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Altoona Curve 4-3 in 10 innings:

Brandon Bednar 3B- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .350.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1), BB.  BA= .364.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .278.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 4 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Matt Lujan LHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.29.

Gomez made 2 errors at 2B, but the kid can hit.

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High A  San Jose Giants outslugged the Lancaster Jethawks 10-5:

Jalen Miller DH- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .360.
Ryan Howard 3B- 2 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .370.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .423.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .143.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 3 for 5.  BA= .250.
Heath Slatton RHP- 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.76.

Little Giants hitters are fattening up on the hitter havens in SoCal.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets downed the Charleston River Dogs 7-2:

Anthony Marks CF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(3).  BA= .261.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .240.
Ashford Fulmer RF- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .333.
Stephen Woods RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.50.
Jose Morel RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Stephen Woods was drafted last year, not to be confused with Stetson Woods.

Game Wrap 4/11/2017: D'Backs 4 Giants 3

This game was not as close as the final score would indicate as lefty Robbie Ray dominated the Giants lineup into the 7'th inning and a late Giants rally was too little too late to overcome a 4-0 D'Backs lead. Key Lines:

Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 2, 3 BB,  BA= .324.  Pence reached base 5 times but his OPB heroics were not enough to overcome an OBP of .100(1 walk in 10 PA) by the first two hitters in the lineup.

Nick Hundley C- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .333.  The Giants did not lose this game because Buster Posey was on the Concussion DL, but next time they face Ray, Bochy might want to consider sitting Belt who went 0 for 5(although Belt usually hits lefties pretty well).

Eduardo Nunez SS- 4 for 5, SB(5).  BA= .389.  Nunez slides over to SS to give Brandon Crawford a rest agains the tough southpaw.  I know Nunez does not generally draw enough walks to be a true leadoff hitter, but he's got to be a better option than Gorkys Hernandez!

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .346.  Lefty or no lefty, I'm not sure why Bochy would bat Hernandez leadoff over Joe Panik, another leadoff option.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 6.75.  Samardzija was dominant for 5.2 of the 6.2 IP and ran into a bit of bad luck in the D'Backs 3-run inning.  A couple of hard-hit balls and a walk loaded the bases forcing him to pitch to Giants killer, Jake Lamb.  Lamb hit a ball to the left-CF wall bounced away from a tumbling Gorkys Hernandez for a bases-clearing triple.  The ball was crushed and it was not an easy catch by any stretch, but it was a ball that Hernandez probably catches more often than not.

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The Loss dropped the Giants early season record to 3-6 and 4 games behind the now 7-2 first place D'Backs in the NL West.  The second place Rockies topped the Pesky Padres 3-2 to put their record at 6-3 while the Padres drop to 4-5.  The 4-4 Dodgers were idle.

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The Giants send Matt Cain out for his second start of the season tonight against Shelby Miller with hopes of winning the rubber match of the 3-game series.

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Not much of a surprise that Buster Posey was placed on the 7-day Concussion DL after he was hit by a Taijuan Walker FB on the helmet in the first game of the series.  Tim Federowicz was called up to be Nick Hundley's backup until Posey gets back.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Down on the Farm: 4/10/2017

AAA Game 1(7 innings)  Tacoma Rainiers topped the Sacramento River Cats 3-1:

Christian Arroyo 3B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .455.
Carlos Moncrief RF- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .333.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.08.

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AAA Game 2(7 innings)  Sacraemento River Cats blanked the Tacoma Rainiers 4-0:

Orlando Calixte SS- 2 for 3, SB(1).  BA= .333.
Jae-Gyun Hwang DH- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .231.
Ricky Romero LHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Roth, Okert, Osich- 1 IP, 0 R each.

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AA  Altoona Curve outlasted the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1 in 12 innings:

Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .214.
Matt Gage LHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
DJ Snelton LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.00.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

EL is a tough place to hit.  Maronta now has 8 K's in 3 IP.

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High A  Lancaster Jethawks outscored the San Jose Giants 11-7:

Jalen Miller SS- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .381.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 5.  BA= .421.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .409.
Matt Krook LHP- 1.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 37.80.
David Owen RHP- 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.23.

Miller seems to be playing mostly SS and is hitting well early.  Great to see Garcia get off to such a hot start.  Given his struggles last year, Lancaster might not have been the best choice for him to get his first start for SJ.  Toughest park to pitch in all of baseball.

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Low A  Charleston River Dogs edged out the Augusta Greenjackets 9-8:

Kelvin Beltre DH- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .190.
Kevin Rivera 2B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .231.
Jeff Burke RHP- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Game Wrap 4/10/2017

The Giants got a scare in the first inning of a scoreless game when Taijuan Walker hit Buster Posey with a pitch square to the helmet.  Posey appeared to be a bit dazed but left the field under his own power and was reportedly feeling fine after the game.  Matt Moore started a chain of errors by the D'Backs when he hit a bases-loaded swinging bunt followed by two D'Backs throwing errors which resulted in 3 runs crossing the plate.  Moore then made it stand up with 8 innings of 1-run ball for the Home Opener Win.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .281.  Pence doubled to start a rally in the 7'th that added an insurance run  He took 3'rd in a flyball and scored on a SF by Crawford.

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .367.  Crawford's double started the 3-run rally in the 4'th inning.  Walks to Panik and Parker set up the scamper that followed Moore's swinging bunt.

Matt Moore LHP- 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.70.  After a shaky first start in Arizona, Moore came back with the best start by a Giants pitcher so far this season.  I believe Moore and Jeff Samardzija are the linchpins of the season for the Giants.  Barring injury, we pretty much know what to expect from Bumgarner and Cueto and we know the 5'th starter position is likely to be problematic all season.  Moore and Shark are the swing arms on which the season will be won or lost.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(2).  ERA= 6.75.  It will take awhile to whittle that ERA down after the Opening Day fiasco.

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The Win brought the Giants record to 3-5 and allowed them to gain a game on the now 6-2 first place D'Backs in the NL West, 3 games behind and still in last place.  The Pesky Padres topped the Rockies 5-3.  The Rockies are 1 game behind the D'Backs in second place while the Padres trail by 2 games at 4-4.  The Dodgers record was also evened at 4-4 with a 3-2 loss to the Cubbies.

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Jeff Samardzija takes on Robbie Ray tomorrow evening in Game 2 of the series.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Down on the Farm: 4/9/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Tacoma Rainiers 5-1:

Kelby Tomlinson 2B- 3 for 3, HBP, SB(1).  BA= .571.
Christian Arroyo SS- 3 for 4.  BA= .500.
Kyle Blanks 1B- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .143.
Tyler Beede RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.50.
Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Tomlinson and Arroyo are on fire in the first 2 games.  Blanks drove in 3 runs with his dinger.  Solid start for Tyler Beede.  The 0 BB's are what interest me the most here.  Keep holding your breath for Kyle Crick.  Has he finally turned a corner?

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AA  Hartford Yard Goats outscored the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-3:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .385.
Cory Taylor RHP- 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 12.27.
Pat Young RHP- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

Gomez is  hitting in the EL so far.  Disappointing first start for Taylor.  Nice relief efforts by Young and Alvarado, total of 6 K's and 1 BB in 4.1 IP.

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High A San Jose Giants pounded the Inland Empire 66'ers 15-4:

Ryan Howard DH- 2 for 5, HR(1), BB.  BA= .364.
Aramis Garcia C- 3 for 6, HR(1).  BA= .389.
Dillon Dobson 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .286.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .133.
Michael Bernal SS- 3 for 5.  BA= .417.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .133.
Michael Connolly RHP- 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 10/1.  ERA= 1.69.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

SJ Giants are mixing and matching positions apparently valuing flexibility over consistency.  Very encouraging start to the season for Aramis Garcia!

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 6-0:

Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Melvin Adon RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 16.20.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. ERA= 0.00.

GJ's managed just 3 hits on the day.  Adon obviously wild.

Game Wrap 4/9/2017: Giants 5 Padres 3

Johnny Cueto pitched a QS backed by HR's of the bats of Hunter Pence and Buster Posey to stave off a sweep with a wire-to-wire win over the Pesky Padres, but not before more anxiety in the late innings.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 0 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .250.  The 2-hole is a perfect spot for Belt and his sweet OBP.  He scored ahead of Pence's dinger after drawing the walk.

Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .250.  Giants need more longballs from Pence.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .333.  Posey goes B2B with Pence and was the hub of the offense, which he should be.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.50.  Maybe not top-of-his-game, but a QS and enough for the Giants offense to help him out.

Derek Law- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.40.  More maddening inconsistency from the bullpen in general and Law in particular.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, Save(1).  ERA= 10.80.  Melancon gave the Giants fans more cardiac arrhythmias as he allowed 2 baserunners with 1 out and Wil Myers, who had already homered in the game at the plate.  GIDP.  Game over!

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The Win gave the Giants a 2-5 record for the road trip, still in last place in the NL West.  The Dangerous D'Backs took their first week record to 6-1 with a 3-2 W over the Indians.  The Dodgers slowed down the Rolling Rockies with a 10-6 win in Denver putting the Rocks at 5-2 and the Bad Guys at 4-3.  The Padres are in 4'th place at 3-4.

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The Giants fly home for their Home Opener against those D'Backs with Matt Moore facing Taijuan Walker.

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Adam Haseley and Shane Baz

Adam Haseley, OF, College, Virginia.  B-L, T-L.  6'1", 195 lbs.

2017:  .413/.514/.736, 7 2B, 3B, 10 HR, 8 SB, 24 BB, 12 K, 121 AB.
2016:  .304/.377/.502, 19 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 3 SB, 28 BB, 29 K, 247 AB.
2016 CCL:  .266/.352/.392, 7 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 6 SB, 14 BB, 34 K, 143 AB.

2017:  4-1, 3.43, 38 IP, 17 BB, 23 K.
2016:  9-3, 1.73, 78 IP, 21 BB, 48 K.

PG Metrics(2014):  6.51 60 yd dash.  91 MPH mound and OF.

Haseley is a 2-way player whose work as a position prospect is becoming dominant.  If you were a fan of Andrew Benintendi, you would also be very high on Haseley who has many of the same attributes.  He doesn't have great size, but his 5-tool athleticism is combining with rapidly developing skills to create a top of the line prospect.  Haseley is rapidly climbing draft boards.  BA currently  has him at #18, but barring injury or something else unexpected, I think he is easily a top 10 overall draftee and possibly top 5 and is challenging Jeren Kendall for top college hitter in the draft.  Yes, he can also pitch, but make no mistake, he's going as a hitter!

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Shane Baz, RHP, HS.  6'3", 190 lbs.

Baz is another fireballing HS RHP from Texas with an almost perfect pitching prospect's body and a FB that already hits 95 MPH with regularity.  All the scouting reports say he is the rare HS flame-thrower who already has a highly developed mix of secondary pitches including a slider-curve combo that complement each other with good velocity separation.  On video, he has long arms and legs but with a strong frame with lots of room to fill out.  My comp is Michael Kopech.  BA has him at #23.  I think he could go higher.

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DrB's Revised 2017 Draft Board:

Big news on the Draft Board as top 10 LHP Seth Romero gets suspended indefinitely by his coach at Houston for a violation of team rules.  He was suspended last year for rumored conditioning issues but was reprimanded earlier this year for a curfew violation.  College baseball coaches generally don't suspend their ace pitcher without something pretty serious behind it.  I'm going to take Romero completely off my board until this clears up.

1.  Jeren Kendall, OF, College(Vanderbilt).
2.  JB Bakauskas, RHP, College(North Carolina).
3.  Brendan McKay, LHP, College(Louisville).
4.  Adam Haseley, OF, College(Virginia).
5.  Hunter Greene, RHP, HS.
6.  Ricardo De La Torre, SS, HS.
7.  Austin Beck, OF, HS.
8.  Heliot Ramos, OF, HS.
9.  Alex Faedo, RHP, College(Florida).
10.  Royce Lewis, SS/OF, HS.
11.  Jordan Adell, OF, HS.
12.  Brady McConnell, SS, HS.
13.  Mark Vientos, SS, HS.
14.  Shane Baz, RHP, HS.
15.  Will Crowe, RHP, College(South Carolina).
16.  Brendon Little, LHP, JC(State College of Florida).
17.  Trevor Rogers, LHP, HS.
18.  Kyle Wright, RHP, College(Vanderbilt).
19.  Brewer Hicklen, OF, College(UAB).
20.  Alex Scherff, RHP, HS.
21.  Hans Crouse, RHP, HS.
22.  DL Hall, LHP, HS.
23.  Jacob Heatherly, LHP, HS.
24.  Calvin Mitchell, OF, HS.
25.  Conor Uselton, OF, HS.
26.  Garrett Mitchell, OF, HS.
27.  Keston Hiura, 2B, College(UC Irvine).
28.  Clarke Schmidt, RHP, College(South Carolina).
29.  Pavin Smith, 1B, College(Virginia).
30.  Jake Burger, 3B, College(Missouri St).
31.  Cole Brannen, OF, HS.
32.  Colton Hock, RHP, College(Stanford).
33.  Alex Lange, RHP, College(LSU).
34.  Quentin Holmes, OF, HS.
35.  Mackenzie Gore, LHP, HS.
36.  Nick Allen, SS, HS.
37.  Blayne Enlow, RHP, HS.
38.  Hagen Danner, RHP, HS.
39.  Alejandro Toral, 1B, HS.
40.  Nick Pratto, LHP/1B, HS.
41.  Corbin Martin, RHP, College(Texas A&M).
42.  Griffin Canning, RHP, College(UCLA).
43.  Tanner Houck, RHP, College(Missouri).
44.  Michael Gigliotti, OF, College(Lipscomb).
45.  Evan Skoug, C, College(TCU).
46.  Tristan Beck, RHP, College(Stanford).
47.  JJ Schwarz, C, College(Florida).

Down on the Farm: 4/8/2017

AAA  Sacramento Rivercats outscored the Tacoma Rainiers 6-5:

Austin Slater LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Christian Arroyo SS- 1 for 4, 2B. BA= .250.
Clayton Blackburn RHP- 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 15.00.
Kraig Sitton LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Chase Johnson RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Josh Osich LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

Multiple players got 1 hit each for the River Cats.  Slater had the only multi-hit game and Arroyo had the only other XBH.  Osich gets the Save Op with a 1 run lead and cashed it in.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Hartford Yard Goats 3-2:

Slade Heathcott CF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .583.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
DJ Snelton LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

Heathcott had 3 of the total of 4 hits by the Squirrels on the day.  Maronta strikes out the side for the 1-run Save.  Wouldn't be shocked to see him in SF before the season ends, maybe Heathcott too?

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High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Inland Empire 66'ers 7-4:

Jalen Miller SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .313.
Ryan Howard 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .353.
Aramis Garcia C- 3 for 5.  BA= .333.
Conner Menez LHP- 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Dusten Knight RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Miller and Howard continue to lead the offense at the top of the order.  Interesting that in the first 3 games, Miller has played SS in 2 and DH'd in 1 while Howard has played 3B in 2 and SS on 1.  Good to see Garcia making contact and getting the BA up.  Dominant relief appearance by Knight.

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Low A Columbia Fireflies swarmed over the Augusta Greenjackets 9-5:

Anthony Marks CF- 1 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(2).  BA= .273.
Jacob Heyward LF- 2 for 4, HR(1), BB.  BA= .222.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .214.
Cameron Avila-Leeper LHP- 2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 31.50.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Marks continues to be a disruptive force at the top of the lineup.  Beltre continues to play 2B.  Heyward shows his power.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Game Wrap 4/8/2017: Padres 2 Giants 1

This game was not as close as the final score would seem to indicate.  Madison Bumgarner's 8-inning CG QS went to waste as the Giants offense never solved the sinker-slider combo of Padres SP, Jhoulys Chacin.  A 9'th inning rally was too little, too late.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence RF- 0 for 4, 3 K's.  BA= .261.  Pence epitomized the Giants struggles against Chacin.  Whether it was the odd start time or whether he just had exceptional stuff tonight was hard to tell, but it was obvious from his first AB that Pence was just not picking up the breaking ball.  The rest of the Giants lineup was doing little better with Buster Posey, in particular, having one very awkward looking AB.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  It took Bumgarner 3 innings to get settled into a rhythm.  He dominated the later innings, but the Giants hitters were never able to get untracked.

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The Giants record dropped to 1-5.  On the postgame show, they  reviewed prior seasons when they went 1-5 to open the season.  Let's just say it was not a encouraging list.  The Pesky Padres evened their record at 3-3 tied with the Dodgers who lost to the Rockies 4-2 in a Clayton Kershaw start.  The Rockies are 5-1, tied for first place with the Dangerous D'Backs who clobbered the Indians 11-2.

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Johnny Cueto tries to stave off a series sweep tomorrow facing LHP Clayton Richard.

Down on the Farm: 4/7/2017

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers vs Sacramento River Cats Suspended after 0.5 innings tied 0-0.

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AA  Hartford Yard Goats topped the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-1:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .500.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.75.
Matt Lujan LHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

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High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Inland Empire 66'ers 10-3:

Jalen Miller DH- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .273.
Ryan Howard SS- 3 for 5.  BA= .333.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 3 for 5.  BA= .333.
Jose Vizcaino Jr(1B), Daniel Carbonell(RF), Conner Sabanosh(catcher)- 2 for 5.
Jake McCasland RHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Yordy Cabrera, Dylan Rheault, Ryan Halstead- 1 IP, 0 R each.

Looks like versatility is the watchword here as Miller does the DH duties while Ryan Howard slides over to SS from 3B.  Reynolds has reached base 8 times out of 12 PA's over the first 2 games.

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 7-0:

DJ Myers RHP- 3.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.40.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Game Wrap 4/7/2017: Padres 7 Giants 6

Brandon Belt hit 2 home runs including a grand slam, but it wasn't enough to overcome more poor pitching as the Giants lost for the 4'th time in 5 games to start the 2017 season.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .412.  Thank goodness Bochy got Gorkys Hernandez out of the leadoff spot.  Panik filled in just fine.

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 4, 2 HR(3).  BA= .286.  Is this the year Brandon Belt finally breaks out?

Matt Cain RHP- 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 8.31.  According to PitchFx, Cain's FB averaged 88 MPH, topping out at 90.6.  His changeup averaged 83 which is simply too small a separation to fool anybody.  If he can't get that FB average up to 90, he's going to continue to struggle.

Neil Ramirez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.71.  Ramirez seemed to pitch in a bit of bad luck in Arizona.  He recovered today.

George Kontos RHP- 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 10.13.  Kuip seemed to know what was coming when Kontos walked the first batter he faced in the 7'th inning.  Indeed, it went downhill from there.  The frustrating thing with the early season bullpen struggles is the inconsistency.  It's a different guy blowing up each day.  It's awfully difficult to replace the entire bullpen on the fly.

Derek Law RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.86.  Law was blowing 96 MPH smoke by hitters and looking like he should be the setup man, at least today.

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The Loss dropped the Giants record to 1-4 and into sole possession of last place in the NL West, 3 games behind the Rockies who topped the Dodgers 2-1.  The Dodgers are 3-2 and the Padres are 2-3.  the 3-1 D'Backs are leading the Indians in interleague play 7-3 in the 6'th inning.

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Madison Bumgarner tries to ge the Giants back on the winning side of the ledger tomorrow against Jhoulys Chacin who got bombed by the Dodgers on Opening Day.

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Matt Cain(Cont.):  There are pitchers who can be at least average MLB pitchers with FB's that average 88 MPH.  I am not sure Cainer is one of them.  If the FB was a great sinker, or if he had 1 or 2 great secondary pitches, maybe, but Cainer has always been a high FB pitcher.  Although he throws more two-seamers now, the sink is not tremendous and his secondary offerings have never progressed beyond pedestrian.  Cain has never had great command of the FB within the strike zone either.  He's always depended on velocity and movement rather than location.  As the velocity has declined, he has not been able to compensate with the improved command we sometimes see from veteran hurlers.

Down on the Farm: 4/6/2017

Minor league Opening Day.  Here's the breakdown:

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers vs Sacramento River Cats- Postponed.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded the Hartford Yard Goats 12-1:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .500.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .400.
Chris Shaw 1B- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .250.
Dan Slania RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 1.50.
Christian Jones LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Miguel Gomez plays 2B while TJ Bennett moves over to the Hot Corner.  After a 1 month adjustment to AA last year, Shaw hit just about as well in AA as he did for San Jose.  Looking for big things this season and a strong recovery of his stock.  Dominant start for Big Dan Slania.  Jordan Johnson pitches out of the bullpen.

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High A  Inland Empire outlasted the San Jose Giants 4-3 in 16 innings:

Jalen Miller SS- 1 for 6, 2 BB.  BA= .167. 
Bryan Reynolds CF- 3 for 5, BB.  BA= .600.
Gio Brusa LF- 1 for 6, 3B, BB.  BA= .167.
Mark Reyes LHP- 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Yordy Cabrera RHP, Ryan Halstead RHP, Dylan Rheault RHP- 2 scoreless IP each.
David Owen RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Miller starts at SS with Ryan Howard manning 3B and Dillon Dobson back at 2B.  Miller had a throwing error in the game.  Reynolds started in CF and is off to a great start reaching base 4 times in 7 PA's.  Great work by multiple bullpen pitchers.  Yordy Cabrera might be the most intriguing pitcher on the SJ staff.

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Low A Columbia Fireflies doubled up the Augusta Greenjackets 14-7:

Anthony Marks CF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(1).  BA= .500.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .400.
Manuel Geraldo 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .400.
Will Albertson C- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .333.
Jacob Heyward LF- 0 for 3, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= .000.

Undrafted FA Marks had the top line of the game for Augusta.  Sandro Fabian off to a nice start. Geraldo started at 3B with Kelvin Beltre moving to the Keystone.  Not sure 2B is the best place to put a guy with Beltre's injury history.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Game Wrap 4/6/2017: D'Backs 9 Giants 3

There are a couple of ballparks where Jeff Samardzija should probably not pitch and one of them is the D'Backs lair.  Jake Lamb finished off a 3-dinger barrage with a 3-run shot in the 6'th inning and the route was on as the Giants dropped their 3'rd come-from ahead loss of the 4-game series.  Key Lines:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 0 for 4.  BA= .125.  Gorkys is 0 for 9 in his last 2 CF starts.  If Bochy is going to continue to play him, and he probably does not have much choice until Denard Span is healthy enough to play again, he might want to think about dropping him in the order.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .286. 

Aaron Hill 2B-LF- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .333.  Hill started at 2B over Joe Panik against the LHP Robbie Ray, then slid out to LF when Panik entered the game later.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 10.13.  The K's tell you the stuff was there.  Samardzija is dinger prone and let's face it, this is a bad ballpark!

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. ERA= 0.00.  Strick is one of the few Giants to pitch well in this series.

Ty Blach LHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 16.20.  Bobby Evans should not panic until the Giants get out of this horrible environment, but he might want to start checking his contact numbers for Rick Hahn to ask about Dan Jennings.  Has Paco Rodriguez been claimed by anyone?

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The Giants dropped their record to 1-3.  They share last place in the NL West with the Padres.  The Rockies topped the BrewCrew while the Dodgers pounded the Pathetic Padres so the D'Backs, Dodgers and Rockies share first place at 3-1.

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The Giants finally get out of Dodge and move on to San Diego to take on the Pathetic Ones with Matt Cain making a critical start, both for him and the Giants.

Game Wrap 4/5/2017: D'Backs 8 Giants 6

Subpar pitching and defense was too much for the Giants offense to overcome in another come-from-ahead loss.  Key Lines:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 0 for 5.  Gorkys is a good defensive CF, but  he's not the guy you want leading off against a RHP of the likes of Taijuan Walker.

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 5, 3B, HR(1), E.  BA= .286.  Great offensive game by Belt, but he muffed a grounder down the line which allowed runners at 2B and 3B to score and set up a third run which evaporated a 4-1 Giants lead in the 5'th inning.

Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .400.  Pence had a slow start to the spring, but seems to be A-OK now.

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 4, SB(3).  BA= .538.  Nunez is not a great leadoff hitter either, but he's a much better option than Gorkys Hernandez.

Matt Moore LHP- 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.06.  In addition to the error behind him, Moore gave up some hard hits.  Moore was quoted as saying his curveball flattened out in the middle innings and became hittable.

Neil Ramirez RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 13.50.  Ramirez got a K to get out of the 6'th inning, but then a strikeout to open the 6'th reached base on a WP and took 2B on a PB contributing to the 2 runs he gave up.  The 4 K's would indicate he had good stuff, though.

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Dodgers topped the Padres 3-1 and the Rockies lost to the BrewCrew 6-1.  Rockies, Dodgers and D'Backs are 2-1 while the Giants and Padres are 1-2.

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Jeff Samardzija tries to salvage a split of the 4-game series tonight facing lefty Robbie Ray.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Down on the Farm: Your 2017 Augusta Greenjackets

They are the lowest rung of the full season minor leagues, A or Low A depending on your nomenclature of choice.  Here's the roster:

Pitchers:  Melvin Adon RHP, Cameron Avila-Leeper LHP, Caleb Baragar LHP, Alex Bostic LHP, Jeff Burke RHP, Sandro Cabrera LHP, Dominic Mazza LHP, Jose Morel RHP, DJ Myers RHP, Matt Pope RHP, Nolan Riggs RHP, Patrick Ruotolo RHP, Matt Solter RHP, Stephen Woods RHP, Cesar Yanez RHP.

Catchers:  Will Albertson, Zach Bowers, Skyler Ewing.

Infielders:  Kelvin Beltre 3B, Tyler Brown SS, Manuel Geraldo 3B, Ryan Kirby 1B, Kevin Rivera 2B, Brandon Van Horn SS.

Outfielders:  Shawon Dunston Jr., Sandro Fabian, Ashford Fulmer, Jacob Heyward, Anthony Marks.

The Giants often use tandem starters early in the low A season.  Potential SP's include Adon, Baragar, Bostic, Cabrera, Mazza, Myers, Woods.  I'll guess Ruotolo is the Closer.

Skyler Ewing, who both caught and played 1B on college is listed as a catcher.  It's unclear who will be the main catcher or if it will be more or less equally divided between the 3. 

It will be interesting to see how playing time is divided among the IF's.

Fabian is probably the biggest name to watch.  Giants are challenging him big time by assigning him to Augusta.  Jacob Heyward is a name to watch also.  Anthony Marks is a speed/CF type sighned as an undrafted FA out of Coastal Carolina.

Game Wrap 4/4/2017: Giants 8 D'Backs 4

The Giants offense took out their frustrations on Patrick Corbin and the D'Backs bullpen to run up an 8-2 lead.  This time the bullpen came through with 4 shutout innings for the Win.  Key Lines:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .286.  With Denard Span's left hip barking again and a lefty on the mound, Hernandez got the start in CF and came through with 4 RBI's.  One of the hits was a blooper to RF, but hey, it looks like a scorching liner in the boxscore!

Hunter Pence RF- 3 for 6, 2B.  BA= .400.  Pence did not score a run or drive one in, but the Giants need him to be healthy and swinging a hot bat if they want to make another championship run.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .400.  Crawford continues to look like he is on top of his game.

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .556.  Nunez is acting like he wants to squelch any talk of a midseason promotion for Jae-Gyun Hwang.

Joe Panik 2B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .571.  Hitting 8'th made Brandon Crawford a better hitter.  Now it's Panik's turn.  Hey, somebody has to bat 8'th!

Johnny Cueto RHP- 1 for 3.  BA= .333.  Giants pitchers take pride in their hitting and Cueto is no exception.  He drives in 1 run and scores another to help his own cause.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 7.20.  Cueto was not as sharp as he can be.  Chalk it up to his first start of the season, the ballpark and running the bases.

Cory Gearrin, George Kontos, Derek Law, Hunter Strickland- 1 scoreless inning each.  The bullpen needed that, especially Derek Law needed to forget Opening Day.  Mission accomplished!

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The Giants evened their early season record at 1-1 and evened up the D'Backs record at the same time.  The Dodgers again showed their vulnerability to LHP's as Clayton Richard shut them down for 8 innings in a surprising Padres shutout win, 4-0 to even both the Dodgers and Padres records at 1-1.  The Rockies became the only undefeated team in the NL West at 2-0 with a 6-5 win over the BrewCrew.

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Matt Moore tries for an opening series win tonight facing RHP Taijuan Walker.

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The Giants are reportedly nearing a minor league contract with OF Drew Stubbs to get a bit more depth at the CF position.