Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/18/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outlasted the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-6 in 12 innings:

Jarrett Parker CF- 3 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .239.
Chris Shaw LF- 3 for 6, 2 2B.  BA= .302.
Mac Williamson RF- 0 for 6.  BA= .224.
Albert Suarez RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.09.
Derek Law RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 3.46.
DJ Snelton LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.10.

-Parker has a 4 game hit streak and is 5 for 10 in his last 2 games.
-Mac is in a deep funk.
-If the Giants are inclined to trade a reliever or 2 before the deadline, there is no shortage of replacements here.

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AA  Erie Seawolves downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-3:

CJ Hinojosa 2B- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .306.
Seth Rosin RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

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High A  San Jose Giants outscored the Lake Elsinore Storm 6-5:

Steven Duggar RF- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .278.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 4.  BA= .281.
Grant Watson LHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.82.
Will LaMarch RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.22.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(13).  ERA= 2.81.

-Duggar breaks through in his rehab.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

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Short Season  Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2-1:

Orlando Garcia 2B- 2 for 3, 2B, HBP.  BA= .340.
Stetson Woods RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.82.
John Russell RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's. ERA= 2.57.

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AZL Giants vs White Sox postponed.

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DSL  Orioles defeated the Giants 6-3:

Alex Canario RF- 3 for 4, 2 2B, 3B.  BA= .292.
Franklin Labour LF- 2 for 4, 2 SB(8).  BA= .326.
Aneudy Acosta RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.24.

-Alex Canario continues to look like a future star.

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DSL  Orioles beat the Giants 8-7(Game called after 8 innings):

Ghordy Santos SS- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .153.
Alex Canario DH- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .293.
Marco Gonzalez LHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.52.

Game Wrap 7/18/2017: Giants 2 Indians 1

The Giants offense continued to sputter but a terrific start from Ty Blach and shutdown bullpen work by Hunter Strickland and Sam Dyson held the Indians at bay until the Giants could push across a walkoff run in the 10'th inning.  Key Line:

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .295.  Nunez scored the first run and drove in the winning run.  I really like Nunez but he is the one guy the Giants absolutely have to get something for in a trade because he is a free agent at the end of the season and is not the caliber of player they would make a Qualifying Offer to.

Conor Gillaspie PH- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .172.  Gillaspie's double started the winning rally.  Kelby Tomlinson was brought in to PR for him.

Ty Blach LHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 10/3.  ERA= 4.36.  Very solid start for Blach who kept the Indians off balance all night command of 3 pitches.  It looked like he might go even deeper into the game until the final batter ran up a 10 pitch AB.

Sam Dyson RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, GO/AO= 4/1.  ERA= 7.03.  Dyson's ERA since joining the Giants is 2.94.  He has gone more than 1 inning in 4 of his 14 appearances.  Not sure if the Giants are looking to trade him before he deadline or not.  Since they control his contract for multiple years, they may want to hang onto him if they are looking to compete in 2018.  I suppose it might depend on what the return in a trade would look like.

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Matt Cain tries for a series win today facing Carlos Carrasco.

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Around the League:  The ChiSox stockpiled more young talent as they traded Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yanks for Tyler Clippard and 3 prospects including former first round draft pick Blake Rutherford.  The Yoan Moncada era dawns!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/17/2017

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-3:

Juniel Querecuto SS- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .253.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Erie Seawolves 4-0:

Slade Heathcott CF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .272.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 5.  BA= .307.
Cory Taylor RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 4.70.
Cody Hall RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.16.

-This was Cory Taylor's strongest start of the season by a healthy margin.  It comes after a string of mediocre outings.

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High A  Lake Elsinore Storm beat the San Jose Giants 4-2:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .327.
Bryan Reynolds DH- 2 for 3, 3B, BB, SB(2).  BA= .299.

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Low A  Asheville Tourists overran the Augusta Greenjackets 12-3:

Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .246.

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Short Season  Spokane Indians edged out the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2-1:

Malique Ziegler CF- 1 for 5, 2B, SB(14).  BA= .339.
Logan Baldwin RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .320.
Orlando Garcia SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .320.
Robinson Medrano DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .342.
Matt Lujan LHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Logan Webb RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Jason Bahr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.40.

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AZL Giants outscored the Cubs 12-7:

Ismael Munguia CF- 2 for 5, Sac.  BA= .273.
Diego Rincones RF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .392.
Beicker Mendoza 1B- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .329.
Andres Angulo C- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .217.
Sidney Duprey LHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.87.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.15.

-Q:  Who is the hottest Giants prospect right now?  A:  Diego Rincones!  Barely 18 yo(6/14).  He's doing what Sandro Fabian did last year in the AZL.

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DSL  Giants vs Orioles suspended after 4 innings with the O's leading 2-1.

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The Giants essentially bought themselves an extra 4'th round draft pick by signing Jack Conlon to a free agent contract.  It's complicated but Conlon submitted to a pre-draft MRI and made the results available to all MLB teams.  The Orioles, who are notoriously picky about their player physicals, drafted him in the 4'th round then pulled their contract offer after his physical.  According to the new rules, if a player submits to the pre-draft physical and the drafting team fails to offer a contract, the player becomes an unrestricted free agent and is not subject to draft bonus pool limitations.

I don't think any numbers are out there as to how much the Giants signed him for, but speculation was that he would command around $1 M.  Conlon has a FB that goes low-mid 90's.  It sounds like his secondary pitches need a lot of work.  Since we don't know what the Orioles did not like about his physical, it's hard to predict injury risk but players who have failed post-draft physicals in the past have had a high rate of TJ surgery.  Hey!  Its not my money and since the Giants did not have to bump another player from his draft slot, it's a great risk, IMO.  Christmas in July!

Game Wrap 7/17/2017: Indians 5 Giants 3

The Giants dugout was visibly energized.   They finally got a big replay call to go their way when, after he was initially called out at home plate while trying to score from first on a double to LF by Gorkys Hernandez, replays clearly showed that Joe Panik got his foot around the tag and touched home plate before the tag was applied.  The Giants tacked on another run in the 3'rd inning and another in the 4'th to take a 3-1 lead.  That's when things got weird again.

Matt Moore was dealing.  With 2 outs and a runner at 2B, Brad Zimmer hit a comebacker which Moore quickly corralled.  As is standard practice nowadays, Moore took two steps toward first base and underhanded the ball.....except it looked like a softball slow pitch and sailed a full foot over the glove of a leaping Jae-Gyun Hwang.  The runner on 2B scored, Zimmer took 2B and scored on a subsequent single.  The buzz was killed.  You knew the Giants were not going to win the game right there.

Key Lines:

Gorkys Hernandez LF- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .246.  I guess I've grudgingly accepted the Giants probably have no choice but to play Hernandez in LF for now.  Parker and Mac are struggling in Sacramento.  Chris Shaw probably needs more AAA AB's.  Hernandez is playing well and gives the Giants the best chance to win today's game.  Maybe he draws some trade interest at the deadline?  Maybe he takes over CF if Denard Span gets traded?

Matt Moore LHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.81.  Moore reportedly told reporters before the game that he had identified and fixed his mechanical issues.  He pitched well, only to have it spoiled by the inexplicable play described above.  That's the way this season has gone for the Giants.

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Ty Blach faced Mike Clevinger in game 2 of the series tonight.

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I suppose we should mention that the Giants 580 game sellout streak came to an end when they only drew 39+ K for this game.  I only caught the end of Larry Baer's comments in the broadcast booth.  Did he say anything about plans to improve on-field performance?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/16/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outslugged the Salt Lake City Bees 14-11:

Wynton Bernard CF- 3 for 5, 2 2B, BB, SB(8).  BA= .235.
Jarrett Parker LF- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .212.
Orlando Calixte SS- 2 for 6, 2 HR(13).  BA= .275.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .302.
Carlos Moncrief RF- 3 for 6, 2 2B, HR(2).  BA= .292.
Juniel Querecuto 2B- 4 for 6, 2B.  BA= .253.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(4).  ERA= 4.09.

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

Nate Reed RHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 13/0.  ERA= 7.36.
Seth Rosin RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

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High A San Jose Giants came from behind to edge out the Lake Elsinore Storm 5-4:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .325.
Heath Quinn LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .258.
Matt Winn C- 2 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .244.
Michael Cederoth RHP- 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.20.
Heath Slatton RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 10.94.
Will LaMarche RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.31.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(12).  ERA= 2.66.

-Did Cederoth argue with the ump after the walk and get kicked out or did he come out for an injury?

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Asheville Tourists 10-9:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .233.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .257.
Jacob Heyward DH- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(10).  BA= .223.
Cristian Paulino 3B- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(16).  BA= .279.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .263.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Spokane Indians 10-9:

Malique Zeigler CF- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(13).  BA= .345.
Robinson Medrano DH- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .324.
Gustavo Cabrera LF- 2 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .282.
Kevin Rivera 3B- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .214.
Garrett Cave RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 1.29.

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AZL Giants Beat the Cubs 6-2(Game called after 8 innings due to weather):

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4, SB(5).  BA= .396.
Jose Layer RF- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .500.
Nathanael Javier 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .295.
Aaron Bond LF- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .444.
Beicker Mendoza DH- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .333.
Jeffrey Parra C- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .333.
Andy Rohloff RHP- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 1.50.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Weilly Yan RHP- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.30.

-Seems like Bond should be promoted somewhere.
-Maronta is obviously on a rehab assignment after a long DL stint.

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DSL NL All-Stars edged the AL All-Stars 3-2:

Alex Canario went 1 for 1 with a SB.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Game Wrap 7/16/2017

OMG!  Just when you thought this horrible season could not get any worse, the Giants serve up a game like this. I turned on the game just in time to see Cory Spangenberg swing out of his shoes on an 0-2 pitch in the middle of the strike zone and send it over the CF fence driving in the 5'th, 6'th and 7'th runs of the game for the Padres.  I quickly decided I had more important things to do with my time than watch the rest of the game.  Key Lines:

Lineup- 9 for 35, 5 2B, BB.   How does a lineup hit 5 doubles and come away with just 1 run to show for it?

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 6 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.86.  So, how does a successful MLB pitcher throw one down the pipe on an 0 and 2 pitch with 2 runners on base?  How does the hitter on said pitch know to be coming out of his shoes on the pitch?  Shark has a history of rumored pitch tipping, so there's that, but regardless, the location of the pitch makes you wonder about the thought process behind it.  Pitchers who strike out 8 batters and walk 0 in 6 innings should not give up 7 runs, they just should not!

Hector Sanchez C(Padres)- 2 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .191.  Look at the BA.  Just look at it!  So, is it even possible for a hitter to spike his performance against a former team on motivation alone?  The there-is -no-such-thing-as-clutch crowd would have you believe it is not.  That it is no harder to pitch the 9'th inning than the 6'th or 7'th.  That postseason heroes and goats are the beneficiaries and victims of SSS luck.  But if it is possible to motivate yourself to an exceptional hitting performance, what does that say about all the AB's agains all the other teams in the league?  You can't get yourself up for any of those AB's?

Lots of questions.  No answers.  It's all very frustrating!

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The Giants return home to begin a 10 game homestand tomorrow night by sending out another enigma, Matt Moore to face Josh Tomlin of the Cleveland Indians in an interleague game.

Down on the Farm: 7/15/2017

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

Orlando Calixte SS- 1 for 5, HR(11).  BA= .274.
Justin Ruggiano CF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .275.
Tim Fedorowicz C- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .299.
Chris Stratton RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 5.33.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(4).  ERA= 2.13.

-Anyone else rooting for a Nick Hundley trade just to give Fedex a shot at a sustained backup catcher gig?
-Another strong start for Stratton.  His line for his last 6 starts is 4-2, 3.85, 39.2 IP, 7 BB, 35 K.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-2:

Myles Schroder 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .280.
Brandon Bender 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .270.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.29.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.48.

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High A San Jose Giants outscored the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7-5:

Steven Duggar RF- 0 for 3, BB.  BA= .200.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .324.
Aramis Garcia 1B- 2 for 4, HR(15), BB.  BA= .278/
Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 4, BB, SB(7).  BA= .277.
Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .219.
David Owen RHP- 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.26.

-A Steven Duggar sighting!

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Low A. Asheville Tourists slipped by the Augusta Greenjackets 2-1:

Kelvin Beltre 2B- 1 for 2, BB, Sac.  BA= .255.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.41.
DJ Myers RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.17.

-When is Mazza going to get a promo?
-The last time we say Myers' name in a boxscore was June 3.

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Short Season  Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8-4:

Malique Zeigler CF- 1 for 3, BB, SF.  BA= .343.
Logan Baldwin RF/LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .317.
Shane Matheny 3B- 2 for 2, BB, HBP.  BA= .350.

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AZL  Angels shut down the Giants 1-0:

Jake Greenwalt RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Greg Jacknewitz LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Olbis Parra RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.50.

-Giants had just 2 hits, 1 each by their top 2 draft picks Ramos and Gonzalez.

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DSL  Giants were idle.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Game Wrap 7/15/2017: Padres 5. Giants 3

Hector Sanchez hit a walkoff 2-run dinger in the bottom of the 9'th inning to spoil a strong comeback start by Madison Bumgarner.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 4.  BA= .248.  Pence came through with a bases-loaded 2-RBI single in the top of the first inning to give the Giants an early lead.

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .277.  After the Padres took a 1 run lead on HR's by Matt Szczur and Jabari Blash, Panik tied it with a solo shot down the RF line to the shallowest part of Petco Park, a small short porch that extends about 30 ft into the RF corner.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA=.  3.18.  Not Bumgarner's best performance but a solid QS that proved he is fully recovered from his shoulder injury suffered in the fateful dirt biking accident.  Whew!  That could have been a whole lot worse!

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Jeff Samardzija tries for a series win tomorrow afternoon facing Trevor Cahill.

Down on the Farm: 7/14/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Salt Lake City Bees 6-4:

Tyler Beede RHP- 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 6/2.  ERA= 5.12.
DJ Snelton LHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.93.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.17.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 4.50.

-Derek Law seems to have gotten himself straightened out.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Harrisburg Senators 4-3:

CJ Hinojosa 2B- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .307.
Myles Schroder 3B- 2 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .274.
Tyler Herb RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.55.
Seth Rosin RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Jarrett Martin LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 2.95.

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High A  Rancho Cucamonga Quakes blasted the San Jose Giants 7-2:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .322.
Bryan Reynolds RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .298.
Matt Winn C- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .239.
Jake McCasland RHP- 5.2 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.18.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.81.
Michael Cederoth RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.20.

- I attended this game.  Quakes lineup is stacked with big beefy power hitters.
-Giants lineup looked bigger, stronger and more athletic than any prior SJ Giants team I can recall.
-There was no radar gun readings in the stadium but Caleb Simpson looked like he was throwing hard.
-Michael Cederoth has high hips and a long stride.  Looks like he's releasing the ball from the front edge of the mound.  He gave up 1 hit but otherwise looked dominant on 2 K's and a comebacker.

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Low A West Virginia Power outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 7-6:

Cristian Paulino CF- 2 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .275.
Skyler Ewing C- 1 for 2, HR(7).  BA= .256.
Michael Bernal 2B- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(1), BB.  BA= .262.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 3 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .261.

-Van Horn had been slumping badly.  This game brought his July BA up to just .225 after hitting .393 in June.

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Short Season  Boise Hawks topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 3-2:

Jose Marte RHP- 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.35.

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AZL Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants crushed the Padres 14-1:

Aynesber Sivira SS- 2 for 6.  BA= .261.
Ghordy Santos DH- 1 for 3, BB, Sac.  BA= .145.
Alex Canario RF- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB.  BA= .276.
Franklin Labour LF- 2 for 3, HR(3), BB, SB(6).  BA= .317.
Omar Medina 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .238.
Yovanny Medina RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.18.

-Sivira has played multiple positions.  I don't recall if this is his first start at SS.
-Canario looks like the top prospect on this team right now.  He has a .388 OBP, .491 SLG% for an OPS of .880.  To top that off he also has 12 SB's!

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Around the Minors:  The Burdi brothers, Zack and Nick, are both paying the price for their ability to throw baseballs 100 MPH as they both have torn UCL's and will undergo Tommy John Surgery.

Game Wrap 7/14/2017: Giants 5 Padres 4

Johnny Cueto lasted just 4 innings but the bullpen picked him up and staved off another attack from the BABIP gods in the 9'th inning to start the second half with a win.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .245.  Belt is hitting .351 in July as his number regress positively to his mean. Combine that with his increase in dingers and he may be putting together his best season.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 4, HR(11), BB.  BA= .326.  Buster's magnificent seasons extends into the second half.

Gorkys Hernandez LF- 4 for 4.  BA= .248.  Gorkys hit .359 in June and is hitting .421 so far in July, helped a lot, of course, by this game.

Miguel Gomez PH- 0 for 0, SF.  BA= .333.  Gomez sticks around to start the second half and delivers a PH SF.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.59.  Cueto struggled again and left early with "hot spots" on his fingers.  After the game he said he might have to take some time off.

Bullpen- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  Cory Gearrin and George Kontos enhanced their trade value with 1 and 2 innings of shutout ball respectively.  Then Steve Okert and Hunter Strickland combined to strike out the side in the 8'th.

Sam Dyson came in throwing 97 MPH with sink in the 9'th.  He got a quick K on Hector Sanchez.  A groundball single by Manuel Margot seemed harmless enough after Asuaje lined out to Hunter Pence, but then Wil Myers hit another groundball single up the middle to put runners at first third.  That's when things started getting weird as they have so often this season.  Jose Pirela chopped one straight down onto the plate with a high bounce over Dyson's head that Brandon Crawford could not get to in time driving in Margot and putting runners at first and second.  Dyson then hit Cory Spangenberg with a pitch to load the bases bringing up Jabari Blash who already had 2 hits and a walk on the night.  Dyson ran the count to 3-2 to bring the drama to a crescendo.  Blash gave the next pitch a ride to RF but did not quite get all of it. Hunter Pence made the catch for the final out and the Giants were able to stave off another crushing blown save defeat.

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Madison Bumgarner makes his much anticipated return from his dirt biking accident today facing Jhoulys Chacin who has been the Padres top SP and has some serious trade value of his own.

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Around the League:  In developments that may impact the Giants as the trade deadline approaches, the Nationals placed Joe Ross on the DL and the Yankees announced the Michael Pineda has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery ending his season and putting him out until at least the middle of 2018.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/13/2017

AAA. Sacramento River Cats edged out the Salt Lake City Bees 5-4:

Justin Ruggiamo CF/LF- 3 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .269.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .304.
Ali Castillo 2B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .255.
Matt Gage LHP- 4 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.70.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.00.

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Harrisburg Senators outscored the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-6:

KC Hobson 1B- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .275.
Daniel Carbonell LF- 1 for 3, 3B, SF.  BA= .237.
Dan Slania RHP- 6 IP, 10 BB, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.13.

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High A. Rancho Cucamonga Quakes defeated the San Jose Giants 8-5:

Bryan Reynolds RF- 0 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .296.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 1 for 2, HR(8), BB.  BA= .242.
Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .217.
Matt Krook LHP- 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 6 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.19.
Heath Slatton RHP- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 11.84.

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Low A. Augusta Greenjackets shut down the West Virginia Power 6-4:

Skyler Ewing 1B- 2 for 5, HR(6).  BA= .253.
Sandro Fabian RF- 4 for 4.  BA= .251.
Michael Bernal 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Melvin Adon RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K.  ERA= 3.71.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(10).  ERA= 1.48.

-Fabian's 4 for 4 broke out of a slump in which he hit just .189 in his prior 10 games.  He is now hitting .297 over his last 10.
-Adon has allowed just 2 runs in 16.2 IP over his last 3 starts with 19 K's and 5 BB's.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Boise Hawks 8-3:

Malique Ziegler CF- 1 for 3, BB, SB(12).  BA= .347.
Juan Rodriquez RF- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .282.
Stetson Woods RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.87.
Jason Bahr RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.35.
Garrett Cave RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 1.50.

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AZL Giants pounded the Padres 11-3:

Heliot Ramos CF- 3 for 4, 3B, HBP.  BA= .425.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB, HBP.  BA= .462.
Ricardo Genoves DH- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .267.
Nathanael Javier 1B- 1 for 5, 3B.  BA= .275.
Diego Rincones RF- 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR(1).  BA= .405.
Jose Rivero 2B- 2 for 3, BB. BA= .290.
Deiyerbert Bolivar LHP- 3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 3.18.
Joey Marciano LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Keenan Bartlett RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.42.

-The Giants top 2 draft picks continue to shine.
-Diego Rincones may be breaking out.  He is an 18 yo graduate of the DSL from Venezuela. He hit .244 last season, but with a .346 OBP.  He had 29 BB against 32 K in 201 AB.  Over his last for 4 games in the AZL, he's gone 12 for 17 and raised his BA from a low of .190 on 7/4 to his current .405.
-Looks like they are stretching Marciano out.  Look for him to move up to S-K before the season is over.

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DSL. Giants beat the Padres 5-3:

Alex Canario RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .259.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/12/2017

AAA All Star Game  PCL defeated the IL 6-4:

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

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AA All Star Game  EL East dominated the EL West 7-1:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 0 for 1.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.

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High A  Rancho Cucamonga Quakes outlasted the San Jose Giants 5-4 in 11 innings:

Bryan Reynolds RF- 2 for 3, HR(5), BB.  BA= .298.
Aramis Garcia C- 3 for 5, HR(14).  BA= .276.
Grant Watson LHP- 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 3.69.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets blanked the West Virginia Power 2-0:

Garrett Williams LHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 11/2.  ERA= 2.13.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.05.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.53.

-Garrett Williams is turning into a big success story from the Giants 2016 draft.  High ceiling lefty with control issues in college.  He now has 3 consecutive QS in which he has allowed 2 runs in 20 IP with 3 BB and 15 K.  His last 2 starts have both been 7 innings of shutout ball with 1 BB and 10 K.

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Short Season  Boise Hawks outscored the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10-9:

Malique Ziegler CF- 3 for 5.  BA= .347.
Logan Baldwin RF- 2 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .303.
Bryce Johnson LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .316.
Logan Webb RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.13.

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AZL  Giants beat the Padres 14-10:

Tyler Brown 2B- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .273.
Ricardo Genoves DH- 2 for 6.  BA= .244.
Beicker Mendoza 1B- 2 for 6.  BA= .333.
Chris Corbett C- 3 for 6, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .333.
Mikey Edie RF- 2 for 4, Sac, SB(1).  BA= .571.
Aaron Bond LF- 3 for 3.  BA= .536.
Sidney Duprey LHP- 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.29.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 7.94.
Miguel Figueroa RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.20.
Andy Rohloff RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.45.

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DSL  Giants topped the White Sox 7-4:

Ghordy Santos SS- 1 for 1, BB, 2 SB(5).  BA= .141.
Alex Canario RF- 0 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .250.
Samuel Jorge 3B- 2 for 4, HBP.  BA= .233.
Norwith Gudino RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, GO/AO= 7/2.  ERA= 2.03.
Jerson Severino RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.82.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/11/2017

Just one game last night:

DSL  White Sox defeated the Giants 8-5:

Raiber Gutierrez RF- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .283.
Andrew Carabello 2B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .211.
Marco Gonzalez LHP- 6.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 1.73.
Oliver Pinto RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.81.

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Keep the great questions coming on the Q/A thread!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

All-Star Break Q/A

All-Star Break is a nice time to catch our breaths and do a Q/A.  Submit questions on any baseball related topic.  I will try to answer some of the simpler ones during the day, but most answers will likely come this evening after work.  If community members want to give. their own answers before then, that's OK too.

A news note:  The Giants optioned Mac Williamson back to AAA to make room on the roster for Eduardo Nunez who they anticipate will come off the DL when the season resumes on Friday.  According to SF Gate, Gorkys Hernandez will likely play LF with Nunez playing mostly 3B.  The Giants are reportedly considering promoting Chris Shaw, who would have to be added to the 40 man roster to come up.  

I understand activating Nunez.  He has to play to rebuild his trade value.  I also understand keeping Gorkys Hernandez around to be the the 4'th OF.  What I don't understand is why they would keep Conor Gillaspie when they also have Jae-Gyun Hwang who can play the same positions.  You put all this together and it sounds like they have 1.  Given up on Mac and 2.  Are still trying to put the team out there that has the best chance to win now.  If true, both parts of that are a mistake.

I know Mac has scuffled since coming off the DL, but the Giants have to find some power for LF by next season if they want to contend again.  It would be a mistake to count on Austin Slater making a full recovery from his injury or to count on Shaw being able to handle the position defensively.  Just my opinion, but Mac still is their best chance of getting both the power and defense they need out of LF for 2018, at least among internal options.  Why not put him out there long enough to see if he can get his timing and swing back?

OK, with that off my chest, fire away with the questions!

Down on the Farm: 7/10/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

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High A. Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 4-2:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .285.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .219.
Madison Bumgarner LHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 8.10.

-Miller had been slumping rather badly before this game.
-OK everybody, settle down!  Bummy must have just wanted to give those minor leaguers a thrill.  He put the hammer down here, and looks like he's ready to go in the second half.

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Low A. Asheville Tourists swarmed over the Augusta Greenjackets 7-1:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .233.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K', GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 3.90.

-Viz gave up just 3 hits and 1 run through 7 IP then retired the first two batters he faced in the 8'th.  He then gave up a single and double scoring 1 run and the reliever allowed the inherited runner to score for the final line.  He threw 86 pitches in all.

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Short Season  Everett Aquasox beat the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-5:

Logan Baldwin LF/CF- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .286.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .323.

-The power Garcia showed in college is carrying over into his first pro season.

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AZL. Giants edged out the Angels 3-2:

Ricardo Genoves C- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .229.
Aaron Bond LF- 3 for 4, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .480.
Seth Corry LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Weilly Yan RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.09.

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DSL  Giants defeated the Blue Jays 5-4:

Aneudy Acosta RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.81.
Abel Adames RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.02.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/9/2017

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers obliterated the Sacramento River Cats 12-0:

David Owen RHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

-Will LaMarche's first appearance after a promotion did not go as well as Owen's.

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AA  Bowie Baysox downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-3:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .308.
KC Hobson 1B- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .250.

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High A  San Jose Giants edged out the Modesto Nuts 5-4:

Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 3, HR(5), Sac.  BA= .215.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .326.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 2 for 2, HR(7), 2 BB.  BA= .241.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, Save(10).  ERA= 2.39.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Asheville Tourists 3-1:

Skyler Ewing C- 2 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .247.
Stephen Woods RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 7/2.  ERA= 2.95.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.09.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(8).  ERA= 1.59.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Everett Aquasox 7-6:

Bryce Johnson LF- 2 for 4, BB, SB(4).  BA= .333.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .321.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 1 for 3, HR(3), 2 BB.  BA= .347.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 2 for 4, BB, SB(12).  BA= .356.

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AZL Giants doubled the score on the Angels 8-4:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .406.
Ismael Munguia LF- 2 for 3, SF.  BA= .300.
Diego Rincones RF- 3 for 3, 2B, 3B, BB.  BA= .382.
Aaron Bond DH- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .429.
Joey Marciano LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Andy Rohloff RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.38.
Keenan Bartlett RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.08.

-Rincones has 8 hits in 9 AB over his last 2 games plus a BB.

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DSL  Giants were idle.

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Bryan Reynolds had 1 PA in the Futures Game and drew a walk.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Game Wrap 7/9/2017: Marlins 10. Giants 7

Like so many Giants losses in the official first half, this one had some good elements to it and it was not easy to pinpoint why they ultimately lost the game.  Some bad pitching, key fielding errors and a questionable managing decision here and there added up to another loss and another series sweep by the opposing team.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF-  2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .284.  Span's value is likely as high as it is going to be during the course of his 3 year contract with the Giants, which is now half over.  On the other hand, his contract is very reasonable so the Giants may decide to keep him for next season.

Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 6.  BA= .252.  Is Pence warming up for a big second half?  His biggest challenge is staying healthy.

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .243.  Belt stays hot and looks like he could end up with his best season yet.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 5, HR(8).  BA= .225.  Crawford finishes the first half on a positive note offensively.  The dinger was hit to the deepest part of the park and had to clear the wall on top of that.   Estimated distance, 440 ft.  Unfortunately it was Crawford's throwing error that opened the door for the Marlins winning rally in the 10'th inning.

Nick Hundley C- 3 for 5, HR(4).  BA= .264.  Hundley has provided solid backup catching.  Any contenders need catching help for the stretch run?

Miguel Gomez PH- 1 for 1.  BA= .333.  Gomez first MLB hit drove in the tying run.  Too bad the tie was broken in the wrong direction later.

Kelby Tomlinson PH- 1 for 1, 3B.  BA= .267.  Kelby's drive to straightaway CF should have been caught, buy Yelich lost it in the sun.  Still, kudos to Kelby for hitting it that hard.

Johnny Cueto RHP= 6 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.51.  Cueto was not at his best but he pitched better than the line gives him credit for.  Boch probably should have pulled him after he walked the leadoff batter in the 7'th.  Instead, he loaded the basis, which really puts the relief pitchers in a tough spot.  All 3 inherited runners scored to turn a QS into an ugly line.

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MLB now goes into it's All-Star Break.  Giants can lick their wounds and plot trade deadline strategy.

Down on the Farm: 7/8/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Tacoma Rainers 6-3(completion of previously suspended game):

Chris Shaw PH/LF- 3 for 4, HR.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 9/1.
DJ Snelton LHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.

-Stats are all messed up for suspended games as they count for when the game started.  Most of the players who started this game are not even on the team anymore!  The above lines reflect what happened on the field yesterday.

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AAA Sacramento River Cats blanked the Tacoma Rainers 3-0(regularly scheduled game, 7 innings):

TJ Bennett 2B- 1 for 2, HR(1), BB.  BA= .143.
Dusten Knight RHP- 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.95.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, GO/AO= 3/0.  ERA= 2.24.

-Knight is a guy who has quietly worked his way up the organizational ladder by pitching well in 2-3 inning relief stints.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels outscored the Bowie Baysox 11-7:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(3), BB, Sac.  BA= .298.
KC Hobson 1B- 2 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .250.
Brandon Bednar 3B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .264.
Dylan Davis DH- 3 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .230.
Tyler Herb RHP- 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 9.00.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.43.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(11).  ERA= 2.56.

-Hinojosa hit .315 for the month of June and is hitting .444 in 7 games so far in July.
-Herb does not make a first impression with his new organization.

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High A Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 1-0:

Albert Suarez RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Michael Connolly RHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 4.13.

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Low A Asheville Tourists overwhelmed the Augusta Greenjackets 8-2:

Skyler Ewing 1B- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .240.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes beat the Everett Aquasox 10-8:

Malique Ziegler CF- 2 for 6, 3B.  BA= .348.
Logan Baldwin RF- 2 for 5, 2B, HBP.  BA= .273.
Bryce Johnson LF- 2 for 6.  BA= .308.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .348.
Michael Sexton DH- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .320.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(11).  BA= .351.
Shane Matheny 3B- 3 for 3, 2 BB, 2 SB(2).  BA= .364.
Nick Deeg LHP- 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.08.
Garrett Cave RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Peter Lannoo RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 0.00.

-Nice game to pad the old stat line.  Volcanoes have had a few of those this season.
-Nick Deeg seems like a sleeper LHP to me with a high ceiling to me.
-Cave and Lannoo are off to great pro starts.

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AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Blue Jays edged out the Giants 6-5:

Alex Canario RF- 2 for 5, 2B, 2 SB(11).  BA= .273.
Raiber Gutierrez LF- 2 for 2.  BA= .262.
Nishell Gutierrez C- 2 for 4.  BA= .228.

-I've kind of picked out Canario as the kid to watch in this year's DSL class.  He's showing 5 tools so far.

Game Wrap 7/8/2017: Marlins 5 Giants 4

The Giants fell behind early and a late comeback fell short.  Sound familiar?  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .240.  Belt is hitting .321 in 7 games in July so far.

Gorkys Hernandez LF- 0 for 3.  BA= .234.  Hernandez has been hitting better for about 6 weeks now and probably gave the Giants the best chance of winning this game, but let's be clear here.  Winning THIS GAME is not what the Giants should be worrying about.  If the Giants have designs on getting back into contention for 2018, they HAVE to find a LF who can hit with power AND play at least average defense at the position.  Gorkys Hernandez is not that player!  Mac Williamson MIGHT be that player.  Yes, he seemed out of whack down in AAA since coming back from a muscle pull somewhere in his body, but he needs to be playing every day to get back in whack.  If the Giants have run out of bodies and have to roster him, then put him out there and see what happens.

Miguel Gomez PH- 0 for 1.  BA= .000.  Gomez PH for Hernandez in the 9'th.  In his first MLB AB the night before, he swung at the first pitch and hit a screamer out to Giancarlo Stanton who was stationed deep in Triples Alley.  This time, Gomez let a slider go by for strike one then looked like a rookie on two nasty, nasty pitches from Marlins Closer, AJ Ramos then grimaced on the way back to the dugout.  Welcome to the big leagues, kid!

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 11/0.  ERA= 4.58.  Once again, by his peripherals, Samardzija should have pitched a shutout, or at least a QS.  He fell short of that due to a combination of occasional poor command within the strike zone and bad BABIP luck such as two ground balls that barely eluded Joe Panik's glove.  In fairness, those were both hard hit groundballs but yeah, a couple of inches to the left and they Panik would have made both plays.

Speaking of Samardzija, the Cubs are apparently desperate enough for a controlled SP that they are considering trading one of their young position players to get one.  Problem is, when you go down the list of young position players at the MLB level it's hard to see one any GM would be willing to trade.

Samardzija is controlled but for a high salary.  Maybe the Cubs might package Eloy Jimenez with a couple of pitching prospects?  What if they could get both Shark and Denard Span in the deal?  Not very likely?  OK, just let me dream about Eloy Jimenez in a Giants uniform.

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Johnny Cueto moves up in the rotation and bumps Matt Cain for the final start before the All-Star Break.  There is only one reason why the Giants would do this that I can think of:  Prove Cueto is healthy to potential trade partners and give him an extra start to showcase him.   ....unless the Giants think it's really important to win that last game of the official first half, in which case I am worried.

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Bad news for Austin Slater, although probably not much of a surprise.  Torn Adductor muscle.  Out 2-3 months.  In other words, the rest of the season.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/7/2017

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers defeated the Sacramento River Cats 2-1:

Orlando Calixte 3B- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .274.
Matt Gage LHP- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.18.

-Between injuries and promotions, the River Cats lineup is stripped pretty bare.  Calixte and Shaw are the two hottest hitters, maybe Fedx?  Mac and Jarrett Parker continue to scuffle.
-Gage's line is the kind that could get him a look-see at the MLB level this season maybe just behind Andrew Suarez and ahead of Tyler Beede?

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AA  Bowie Baysox outlasted the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-4 in 11 innings:

Slade Heathcott CF- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .264.
Myles Schroder RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .282.
Sam Coonrad RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 10/3.  ERA= 4.31.
Seth Rosin RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, GO/AO= 4/1.  ERA= 0.00.

-Seth Rosin is back!  Once upon a time he was one of my favorite Giants prospects before the trade to Philly for Hunter Pence in 2012.  He's kind of kicked around since then.

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High A Modesto Nuts smothered the San Jose Giants 6-1:

Aramis Garcia C- 3 for 3, 2B, HR(13), BB.  BA= .278.
Michael Cederoth RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 0.00.

-Garcia had the only 3 hits in the game for the Giants.
-A few walks for Cederoth but 2 more shutout innings.  Have I said how excited I am that Cederoth is in the Giants organization?

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Low A Asheville Tourists swarmed the Augusta Greenjackets 7-2:

Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(5).  BA= .246.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.83.

-Fabian's BA hit a nadir at .238 on 7/3.  He's gone 6 for 15 in 4 games since.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes outscored the Everett Aquasox 9-7:

Malique Ziegler CF- 2 for 4, 2B, Sac.  BA= .349.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 3 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .349.
Michael Sexton 3B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .250.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .337.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 2 for 3, HR(2).  BA= .304.
Stetson Woods RHP- 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.88.
Jason Bahr RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.82.

-Orlando Garcia, MI from Texas Tech, Kelby's old school, off to a nice pro start.
-Nice recovery from his first disaster appearance by Bahr.

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AZL Giants pounded the Rangers 14-5:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4, 2B, 2 BB, SB(4).  BA= .429.
Tyler Brown 2B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .240.
Jacob Gonzalez DH- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .593.
Diego Rincones LF- 5 for 6.  BA= .323.
Angeddy Almanzar 1B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .280.

-Ramos and JG continue to impress.
-Don't forget about the DSL graduates who started the season before getting pushed aside by the thundering herd of draftees passing through.  Some of them are legit prospects in their own right.

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DSL Giants beat the Reds 10-8:

Andrew Carabello SS/3B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.
Wascar DeLeon 2B- 2 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .291.
Jose Patino CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .233.

Game Wrap 7/7/2017: Marlins 6 Giants 1

The Giants fell behind early in this one and the offense had no fight as the Marlins cruised to an easy win.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .287.  Span's splash hit HR in the 9'th inning was too little, too late.  IDK why more LH hitters try to pull the ball in the air in AT&T.  If you hit it in that corner and hit stays fair, it will go.  Maybe they do and it's just easier said than done?

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .280.  Span and Panik had 3 of the Giants 5 hits and all 3 were XBH's.  Belt and Posey added a single each.

Austin Slater LF- 0 for 3.  BA= .290.  No we likely know the reason why Slater was slumping.  That right hip flexor never stopped bothering him.  In his final AB, he pulled up about 3/4 of the way to 1B and it did not look good.  He was clutching the right groin area and had to be helped off the field.  You can't always tell on these by the initial reaction but my guess is 4-6 weeks on the DL.

Not sure who there is left to call up.  Parker and Williamson have been scuffling over in Sacramento. Chris Shaw is not on the 40 man roster.  Gorkys Hernandez has been hitting pretty good lately.  He could just step in.  Buster Posey could play 1B more often with Brandon Belt moving to OF.  Jae Hwang could play 1B with Gillespie taking 3B and Belt in LF.  Calixte could play the OF, but probably would not start.

Matt Moore- 3.1 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.04.  It was not Moore's fault that leadoff batter Gordon beat out a fairly routine grounder to the right side to lead off the game but that put him in the stretch and he has struggled in that mode now for awhile.  The game was essentially over when second batter, Giancarlo Stanton hit one into the RF pavilion.

I did not see the first part of the game, but in videos of Stanton's HR and Riddle's 2-run single, neither hitter looked even slightly fooled.  I'm not an expert on pitch tipping by any means.  I'll just say that Rene Rivera sure looked like he knew what was coming on his 2 dingers in New York and Stanton and Riddle did not look fooled on their hits in this game.

Miguel Gomez PH- 0 for 1.  BA= .000.  It was an out, but he squared it up.  Would have been a double in most parks but Stanton was guarding Triples Alley and the ball carried right to him.

Josh Osich LHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.33.  Osich's ERA reached a peak of 4.98 on 6/25.  He's allowed 1 ER in 5.2 IP in 4 appearances since.  He is featuring a 3-pitch mix and I was impressed by his command of the curveball and how off balance the Marlins looked on it in this one.

Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.52.  The key for Cricky is having confidence in his stuff. He seems to be gaining that with each appearance.

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Jeff Samardzija tries to even the series tonight after Barry Bonds is honored with a plaque on the Giants Wall of Fame.  Shark will be facing lefty Chris O'Grady who appears to be making his MLB debut.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Community Question: Is Heliot Ramos the Giants Top Prospect?

It's a question that is always fun to ask after a draft.  Is team X's first round draft pick now their top prospect?  BA always gets a bunch of these questions and sometimes the answer is yes.  It's a complicated question because it depends as much on who is already in a given farm system as it does the top draft pick.  There is always the balance between ceiling and proximity to the majors.

Heliot Ramos is a prospect who I thought was underrated by most pre-draft rankings.  When I saw several mock drafts with him going to the Dodgers, I was not happy.  I could easily envision him shooting up prospect rankings in the Dodgers organization while us Giants fans had to be content with Logan Warmoth, a very good prospect and a lot closer to the majors, but with nowhere near Ramos' ceiling.  Ramos is a prospect with 5 true impact tools.  Those don't come around very often, especially in the Giants organization.

Young toolsy prospects often struggle in their first couple of years of pro baseball and Heliot Ramos is younger than most, still just 17 yo.  I think we can all agree rookie league stats don't mean much.  The landscape  is littered with kids who blow down the doors in their pro debut, tank and then never recover.  There are also more than a few MLB stars who struggled in their first pro season.  All things being equal, though, I think we are all happy when our favorite team's draft picks get off to good starts.  To say Ramos has gotten off to a good start is an understatement.  He and second rounder, Jacob Gonzalez, both made BA's Hot Sheet today and I don't remember the last time 2 draft picks from the same team made the Hot Sheet this soon after the draft, let along both making top 10!  In addition to the great SSS numbers, the raves about his tools are starting to roll in not that more folks are seeing him play in Arizona against pro competition.

The immediate question the Hot Sheet brings to mind, is Heliot Ramos now the Giants top prospect?  To help with that question, let's quickly review DrB's 2017 Top 50 Giants Prospects, at least the top 10:

1.  Christian Arroyo IF- There is some question whether Arroyo still qualifies as a prospect.  He has 125 MLB AB which is still 5 AB's under the limit for graduation but I saw a note that he was not eligible for BA's midseason top 100.  Even if he is still eligible for prospect status, he almost certainly won't be by the end of September assuming his hand heals as expected.  Arroyo stumbled a bit in his first MLB experience, but he's still very young with plenty of time to adjust.  I don't know about you, but although the hit tool is still impressive, the rest of his game seem just a bit limited for a top prospect.  Stock- Stable.

2.  Tyler Beede RHP- Beede still has the tools and the PCL is a very tough pitching environment but his performance this season in Sacramento has to raise doubts about whether he can take it to the next level.  Stock Down.

3.  Bryan Reynolds, OF- Reynolds has tools and has had a strong season for SJ.  He's the Giants lone representative to the Futures Game.  He's played both CF and RF for San Jose.  At this point, though, it looks like Reynolds speed tool is average at best as is power.  Stock up, slightly.

4.  Ty Blach, LHP-  Gotta say, Blach deserved this ranking and maybe higher, but he's now graduated.  Stock up, but graduated.

5.  Austin Slater OF- Slater is still a prospect and got off to a great MLB start, so you could make a case for him being #1.  He may be coming out of the "honeymoon" phase of rookiedom and he's probably not a CF at the MLB level.  He also will almost certainly lose prospect eligibility by the end of the season.  Stock up.

6.  Steven Duggar OF-  Dugger has 5 tools and had high expectations coming into the season but is just now starting to rehab a spring injury.  Stock slightly down due to injury.

7.  Andrew Suarez LHP- Great season so far for Sacramento.  May have passed Beede as the Giants top pitching prospect, but ceiling is limited by size and velocity.  Stock up.

8.  Chris Shaw 1B/LF- Giants top power hitting prospect who has raked at both AA and AAA this season.  BA has him as the only Giants prospect in their midseason top 100 at #86.  By inference, BA staff must think Shaw is the Giants current top prospect.  Despite his impressive power, Shaw is going to be limited to either 1B and LF and there are still major questions about whether he can play either position adequately at the MLB level.  Stock way up.

9.  Heath Quinn OF-  Quinn's season was delayed due to a spring injury.  He's hit well and with power for San Jose but is now back on the DL(maybe just off). Stock stable.

10.  Sandro Fabian OF-  Got some impressive buzz last year in the AZL.  Some would say he is struggling in Augusta this year but he's very young and Augusta is a very tough hitting environment.  Although his hit tool is now more established than Ramos' but Ramos other tools are on a significantly higher level.  Stock stable to slightly down.

So there it is.  Is Heliot Ramos the Giants current top prospect?  If not, who is?

Down on the Farm: 7/6/2017

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-3:

Orlando Calixte SS- 2 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .272.
Tim Fedorowicz C- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .308.
Tyler Beede RHP- 7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, GO/AO- 13/4.  ERA= 5.01.
Colin Balester RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 7.71.

-Fedex must have decided to not opt out of his minor league contract on July 1.  Maybe Hundley gets traded at the deadline and he gets his shot at a backup job?
-Looks like Beede went back to the basics of two seamers/cutters to contact.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels escaped the Erie Seawolves 6-5:

CJ Hinojosa SS/3B- 3 for 5.  BA= .295.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .305.
KC Hobson 1B- 3 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .217.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.
Jarret Martin RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.52.
Cody Hall RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.69.

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High A San Jose Giants survived the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3-2:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .290.
Ryan Howard SS- 3 for 3.  BA= .328.
Jake McCasland RHP- 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K.  ERA= 4.87.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(9).   ERA= 2.45.

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies outlasted the Augusta Greenjackets 2-1 in 10 innings:

Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .242.
Melvin Adon RHP- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Greg Brody RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.75.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.29.

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Short Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Everett Aquasox 9-5:

Malique Ziegler CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .342.
Logan Baldwin LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
Ryan Calabrese C- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .313.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 5 for 5, 2B.  BA= .333.
Gustavo Cabrera DH- 2 for 4, 2 2B, SB(1).  BA= .267.
Logan Webb RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.29.
Peter Lanoo RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

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AZL. Giants edged out the Dodgers 2-1:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .458.
Mikey Edie RF- 2 for 3.  BA= .667.
Miguel Figueroa RHP- 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 8/0.  ERA= 2.70.
Reagan Bazar RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.23.
Brandon Van Gurp RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Ryan Jacknewitz LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.

-It was Jacob Gonzalez turn to cool off a bit and Heliot Ramos to heat up.  Dodgers can only say "what if he fell to us?"
-Bazar is a big, hard-throwing guy with a huge upside if he can control that bad boy.

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DSL Reds beat the Giants 5-4:

Martin Doria 2B- 2 for 3, BB, SB(6).  BA= .286.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Game Wrap 7/6/2017: Tigers 6. Giants 2

The Giants got a buzzkill just before game time when Johnny Cueto was a late scratch due to an "inner ear infection."  Chris Stratton filled in and was a gamer but a 3-run outburst by the Tigers in the 2'nd inning was too much to overcome.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .277.  Panik's triple drove in Denard Span, who had singled.  Panik then scored on a groundout by Hunter Pence.

Chris Stratton RHP- 6.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 9/4.  ERA= 9.00.  Some things to like here.  He ate some innings.  He mostly kept the ball on the ground.  He did not allow a run in 3.2 IP after the 3'rd inning.  He had just one bad inning, the 2'nd.

Kyle Crick RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.05.  Walks are Kyle Crick's Achilles heel.  He continued to avoid them here.

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The Giants return home and start a weekend series agains the Marlins with Matt Moore facing Dan Strailly.

Down on the Farm: 7/5/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats cooled off the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-1:

Juan Ciriaco 3B- 3 for 5, HR(4).  BA= .273.
Ryan Lollis 1B- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .167.
Juniel Querecuto SS- 3 for 4.  BA= .238.
Roberto Gomez RHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.92.
DJ Snelton LHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 2.13.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.75.

-Between promotions and injuries, Sacramento has become a true AAA Team
-Ciriaco is 33 yo and has been in the Giants organization forever.  Gotta think there is a coaching job waiting for him when his playing days are over.
-Ditto Ryan Lollis who is 30 yo.
-Snelton seems to have potential for a lefty long-relief role.
-Law finally pitches a scoreless frame.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels vs Erie Seawolves postponed.

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High A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes destroyed the San Jose Giants 14-1:

Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .248.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .321.
Madison Bumgarner LHP- 4 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 20.25.

-Hmmm.... I guess it's good that Bummy went 4 innings and the K's/BB's look good but when he's facing single A batters, you'd like to see a few goose eggs on the board.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Columbia Fireflies 5-3(completion of suspended game from 7/4/2017):

Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .263.
Sandro Fabian 2 for 4.  BA= .241.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.01.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.20.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.37.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Columbia Fireflies 7-2:

Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 3, BB, SB(9).  BA= .268
Garrett Williams LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's, GO/A)= 12/2.  ERA= 2.47.

-I'm impressed by how the Giants have brought Garrett Williams and Matt Krook along this year.

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Short Season Hillsboro Hops pounded the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 17-2:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 3, HBP.  BA= .333.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .267.
Logan Baldwin LF- 2 for 3, SB(2).  BA= .250.
Kendry Melo RHP- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Garrett Cave RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.

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AZL  Giants outscored the Indians 11-10:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 4, 2 BB, 2 SB(3).  BA= .429.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .750.
Ismael Munguia LF- 1 for 1, 3B. BA= .261.
Jose Rivero SS- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .304.
Tyler Brown 2B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .190.
Andres Angulo C- 2 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .167.

-Giants top 2 draft picks continue to sparkle.

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DSL. D'Backs stung the Giants 6-1:

Wascar DeLeon 2B- 2 for 5, 2B. BA= .288.
Alex Canario RF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .266.
Samuel Jorge PH/3B- 1 for 2, HR(1).  BA= .273.
Marco Gonzalez LHP- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 1.20.

Game Wrap 7/5/2017: Giants 5 Tigers 4

I got home from work just in time to see Cory Gearrin enter the game, 2 in, 2 on 1 out.  He proceeded to wild pitch the runners to 2'nd and 3'rd and wasn't coming close to the strike zone on any pitches.  Ty Blach, who took a shutout into the 7'th inning was dying in the dugout.  I was yelling at the TV for Bochy to get Gearrin out of there.  A visit by Rags seemed to help a little but a shot off Gearrin's foot plated 1 run and kept the bases loaded.  When Boch climbs the steps of the dugout, I was sure Gearrin was done, but Boch had sent the trainer out first so it was an injury time out instead of a visit to the mound.  Gearrin got a sac fly to shrink the lead to 5-4 and things were not looking good with Justin Upton coming to the plate.  Gearrin struck him out.  Strickland took the 8'th and Dyson closed it out.  No problems!  Key Lines:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 3 for 5, SB(7).  BA= .236.  Hernandez hit .359 in June and is 3 for 6 in July.  His OBP for the season is .321.  Denard Span needs his days off and Hernandez was able to spell him agains the LHP Norris.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .236.  Belt continues to gradually rebuild his line.  His season OPS is .809.

Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 5, 3B.  BA= .258.  Pence is just 2 for 9 on the series so far but the 2 hits have been a HR and 3B with 4 RBI's.

Kelby Tomlinson 2B- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .257.  Tomlinson gave Panik a spell agains the lefty and continues to grind out good AB's.

Ty Blach LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.60.  As mentioned in the intro, Blach took a shutout into the 7'th inning.  He did not get much help from his bullpen but ended up with a QS.

Cory Gearrin RHP- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.04.  Gearrin has been stellar, but wasn't in this game.  I'll give him credit, with the help of the coaching staff, for pulling himself together after a disastrous start to his appearance.  His strikeout of Upton to end the inning was gutsy.

Sam Dyson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(3).  ERA= 8.00.  The ballooned ERA is vestige from his first 2 months with Texas.  It will take him awhile to whittle that down, but he's been the old Sam Dyson for the Giants.

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Johnny Cueto goes for a series Win against Anibal Sanchez in a getaway day game.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/4/2017

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes blanked the Sacramento River Cats 2-0:

Jose Flores RHP- 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

-Hello, Jose Flores!  Who is this guy?  He's 28 yo and pitched in the Mexican League last year.  Before that he put up solid, yet not great, numbers in the A's organization for several years.  Could he be the next version of Yusmeiro Petit/Albert Suarez?

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Erie Seawolves 4-3:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .287.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .304.
Daniel Carbonell LF- 1 for 1, 3 BB.  BA= .256.
Dan Slania RHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 2.10.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.20.

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High A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes defeated the San Jose Giants 2-1:

Jonah Arenado DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .247.
Matt Krook LHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.85.
Michael Cederoth RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.75.

-Have I said how excited I am that Michael Cederoth is in the Giants organization?

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Low A. Augusta Greenjackets vs Columbia Fireflies Suspended after 7.5 innings with GJ's leading 5-3.

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Short Season Hillsboro Hops topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-3:

Manuel Geraldo SS- 4 for 4.  BA= .342.
Julio Benitez RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.61.
Luis Pino RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.54.
Nick Deeg LHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.84.

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AZL D'Backs beat the Giants 4-3:

Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 4 for 4.  BA= .800.
Aaron Bond LF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .467.
Jake Greenwalt RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.20.
Pat Young RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Joey Marciano LHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Olbis Parra RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.

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DSL  Giants pounded the D'Backs 9-4:

Aynesber Sivira LF- 2 for 5, SB(9).  BA= .296.
Nishell Gutierrez 1B- 2 for 5, SB(6).  BA= .238.
Alex Canario RF- 0 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .264.
Wascar DeLeon 2B- 3 for 4, 3B.  BA= .280.
Enoch Watts SS- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .121.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Game Wrap 7/4/2017: Tigers 5. Giants 3

The Giants got dingers from Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford, 2 players they need more production from, and an almost QS from Matt Cain but it was not quite enough to overcome the Tigers in Detroit.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .260.  Pence seems to be finally fully healthy.  Let's see if he can stay that way awhile.

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .229.  Crawford's regression is as big as any individual reason why the Giants collapsed this season.  Hopefully this is the start of him finding his stroke.

Matt Cain RHP- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.58.  Cainer had a QS going but ran into some bad BABIP luck in the 7'th.  The bad luck transferred to George Kontos when he relieved Cain.  The inning should not have lasted until Justin Upton cashed in 2 baserunners with a double.

Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.38.  Crick seems to have fully embraced pitching to contact.  His stuff is good enough that he can get weaker contact.

Michael Fulmer RHP(Tigers)- 8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.20.  Matt Cain must have felt like he was pitching against himself in a time machine.  Fulmer had poor command in the early innings. He ran up high pitch counts and a lot of fly balls that carried to the warning track, but with a velocity of 97 MPH, The Giants were only able to completely square him up twice and he got stronger as the game went along.  That's early Matt Cain to to a T.

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Ty Blach tried to even the series tomorrow evening facing another lefty, Daniel Norris.

Thoughts on What Went Wrong: What Now?

Before delving into what the Giants need to do to fix the first half collapse, let's quickly review the causes we identified in previous posts.  I will try to assign percentage fault to the different identified causes, although you have to understand this is completely subjective and entirely my opinion:

1.  Bad BABIP Luck- 50%.  This is data based.  Quick review:  Giants BABIP of .279 is .021 below historic norms.  Opponents BABIP of .320 is .020 above historic norms.  Total swing of BABIP luck= -.041.  That is huge and probably accounts for at least half of the Giants underperformance in the first half.

2.  Relative Lack of Power- 30%.  I say relative because the Giants HR rate is approximately equal to 2014 when they won the championship.  What's changed is opponents hit about the same number as the Giants in 2014, allowing the Giants to win with defense and putting balls in play.  In 2017, opponents have hit 50% more dingers than the Giants.  This is probably due more to a league wide trend of increase HR's than to bad pitching by the Giants.  The game change dramatically over the last 2 seasons and the Giants stayed the same.

3.  Relative Lack of Homegrown Talent- 10%.  Again I say relative because the Giants have done a good job of bringing talent they drafted and developed to the majors.  The problem is during the same time, the rest of MLB has seen an almost unprecedented influx of young talent.

4.  Bad Chemistry-10%.  It is almost impossible to even define Bad Chemistry let alone quantify it.  It likely impacts performance but what comes first, bad chemistry or poor performance? It tends to be a feedback loop.  We've seen it in the last 6 games.  The players realized they don't have a chance to win this year so started playing for fun.  They won a few games and the players started running a bit harder and diving a bit farther on defense.  The improved defense inspired the pitchers to be more aggressive in attacking the strike zone, etc.

So, let's see what we need to do to fix these issues dragging the Giants down.  We will look at immediate, short and long term for each category.

1.  BABIP Luck- Fortunately or unfortunately there is nothing anyone can do immediately, short term or long term about BABIP luck. That's why it's called luck!  Teams can and do avoid bad BABIP luck be drawing more walks and hitting more HR' and accepting more K's.  As long as the Giants play in AT&T Park, which severely suppresses HR's, they will need to be a contact oriented club which is susceptible to the whims of BABIP.  Solution:  Patience.

2.  Relative Lack of Power- The Giants are never going to be a three true outcomes team, but they do need to better keep up with the league-wide spike in power.  Finding power at 3B and corner OF needs to be an immediate, short and long term priority.

The Giants may have already have power upgrades at 3B and LF in Jae-Gyun Hwang and Austin Slater.  The immediate solution is to play those guys and find out if they are the long term answers.  Short term, they also have Ryder Jones who they can test at 3B and Chris Shaw and Mac Williamson who they can test in LF, but for now they need to play Slater and Hwang until they prove they are not the long term answers.  Hunter Pence is playing better and is an immediate solution in RF.  He is nearing the end of his Giants career, though, and they will need to find a replacement for the longer term.  Mac Williamson can play RF or Slater could move over to RF and Shaw could play LF.

Even longer term, it appears the Giants have already made subtle changes in their drafting philosophy leaning a bit more toward power when they made Bryan Reynolds, Heath Quinn, Heliot Ramos and Jacob Gonzalez their 4 highest draft picks of the past two drafts.

3.  Relative Lack of Homegrown Talent-  While it may be too little to late, the Giants did draft more for ceiling and upside in this draft with Ramos, Gonzalez and Corry, all HS players with upside as their top 3 picks.  They need to do a better job of scouting, signing and developing international talent.  It looks to me like the Giants do better with 6 digit international bonus players than with 7 digit ones.  That may be due to bad luck in Gustavo Cabrera's case but in the cases of Angel Villalona, Rafael Rodriguez and Lucius Fox it appears to be more just bad scouting.  Hopefully they will get more competitive next year when they are out from under the $300 K individual cap and other teams are under a harder total cap.  They probably need to address a relative lack of organizational pitching talent as early as next year's draft.

The Giants can also look to trades to bolster the farm system.  For the first time in recent memory, they are in a position to sell off veteran talent at the MLB level for younger players.  I am not going to propose any specific trades here but will list a few of the potential trade pieces in order of priority.  Remember, since the biggest factor in the collapse is bad BABIP luck, they do not want to do a complete teardown and 5-year rebuild, even if they could:

Eduardo Nunez- Free agent at the end of the season.  They have to trade him for what they can get.  Several contending teams could use a 3B who is versatile enough to fill in at other positions.  Should get a mid-level prospect or two in return.

Johnny Cueto- The Giants expect him to opt out of his contract at the end of the season and word is Johnny is still planning to do just that.  While the Giants would probably be not unhappy if he did not opt out, they cannot afford to just let him walk while getting nothing in return.  If he does opt out, I think the Giants can make a QO and get draft pick compensation but the new rules on that are murky and I don't know what kind of pick they would get.  The opt out may scare off some potential trade partners, but Cueto is still a pitcher with postseason experience who can help a contending team win a championship.  A recent MLBTR Q/A response had him fetching a top 100 prospect plus another mid-level in a deal.  If the Giants can get that, they have to pull the trigger.

Bullpen- George Kontos, Cory Gearrin and Hunter Strickland could all help a contending team in the bullpen and could fetch a mid-low level prospect in return.  In addition the Giants need to decide if Sam Dyson is more valuable to them next year or as a quick profit on a flip trade.

Denard Span- Span is playing well right now and his value may be at its peak.  He is signed through next season at a relatively inexpensive price, so they don't have to trade him unless the return is substantial.  Cubs are rumored to be interested.

Jeff Samardzija, Matt Moore, Joe Panik, Brandon Belt-  The Giant probably want to keep all 4 of these guys if they want to re-tool and compete in 2018 which Larry Baer has stated they definitely do.   Again, they don't have to trade them but should be open if impact talent is coming back.

4.  Bad Chemistry- Winning changes everything on the Chemistry front and I don't think they need to bring in guys like Gordon Beckham just for clubhouse chemistry, but all things being equal they probably should be looking for some players who are a bit more extroverted.

One more thought:  Looking ahead at the FA classes the next two year, there a quite a few good players on the lists, but the Big Kahuna is Bryce Harper after the 2018 season.  He has expressed his love of the city of San Francisco and admiration for the Giants organization.  While Harper will undoubtedly go to the highest bidder, intangibles like location and organization may be enough to tip the scale in a close bid.  Do the Giants keep their powder dry on the FA front and go all in for Harper?  I vote yes on that!  I won't hold my breath as that would be a sea change in Giants front office philosophy.

Down on the Farm: 7/3/2017

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-1:

Chris Shaw LF- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .304.
Mac Williamson DH- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .247.
Jarrett Parker RF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .225.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 8 K's, GO/AO= 8/1.  ERA= 4.01.
DJ Snelton LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 4/1.  ERA= 2.31.

-Suarez is probably #6 on the SP depth chart now.
-Snelton seems to have earned the next shot at a bullpen callup.

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AA  Reading Fightin' Phils downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-3:

CJ Hinojosa 3B/SS- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .282.
Dylan Davis RF-  2 for 3, HR(5).  BA= 2.31.

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High A  San Jose Giants cracked the Modesto Nuts 3-1:

TJ Bennett RF- 3 for 3, BB.  BA= .193.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .243.
Grant Watson LHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K, GO/AO= 10/4.   ERA= 4.56.
Will LaMarche RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.74.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(8).  ERA= 2.60.

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Low A Charleston River Dogs beat the Augusta Greenjackets 5-1:

Jacob Heyward LF- 1 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .230.
Stephen "Not Stetson" Woods RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.07.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 1.42.

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Short Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes outlasted the Tri-City Dust Devils 3-2 in 10 innings:

Rob Calabrese DH- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .429.
Jose Marte RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.13.
Peter Lannoo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Kendry Melo RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

-Lannoo, the big fella from the Ivy League has a successful pro debut.

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AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants beat the Mariners 5-3:

Luis Alvarado C- 2 for 4.  BA= .256.
Nishell Gutierrez 1B- 1 for 2, BB, 2 SB(3).  BA= .194.
Luis Moreno RHP- 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 13/4.  ERA= 3.41.
Yoel Veras RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

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Giants purchased AA RHP Tyler Herb from the Seattle Mariners who reportedly also doubles as the PTBNL in the Chris Heston trade.  This is Herb's second season at AA.  His line so far:  6-4, 3.31, 98 IP, 30 BB, 80 K, GO/AO= 1.97.  He was a 29'th round draft pick out of Coastal Carolina in 2014.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/2/2017

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

Chris Shaw LF- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .301.
Matt Gage LHP- 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.40.
Kraig Sitton LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.05.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.94.

-Shaw is red hot.  .395 over his last 10 game and 5 HR's in his last 5 games.  Slater seems to have a lock on LF for the time being but that could change with a slump or injury.  Shaw seems to have put himself in a position to be next to help out if necessary.
-Not sure why Derek Law collapsed so suddenly but if he is physically OK, it might be time to get him out of the line of fire for a few days.  Maybe work on some things in camp and get his head clear?

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AA  Reading Fightin' Phils outlasted the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-3 in 10 innings:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .282.
Jeff Arnold C- 2 for 4, HR(5), BB.  BA= .156.
Dylan Davis PH- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .216.
Sam Coonrad RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 4.42.

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High A Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 5-3:

TJ Bennett RF- 3 for 4.  BA= .163.
Dillon Dobson 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .240.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets swarmed over the Charleston River Dogs 11-0:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 4 for 5, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .245.
Skyler Ewing C- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .241.
Jose Vizcaino Jr 1B- 2 for 4, BB, SB(5).  BA= .243.
Michael Bernal 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .256.
Johneshwy Fargas DH- 2 for 5.  BA= .179.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's. ERA= 3.11.

-Seems like Mazza needs to be promoted.  He was inconsistent early in the season but has now run off a string of 7 consecutive Quality Starts with a composite line of 4-2, 1.41, 51 IP, 6 BB, 40 K.  I'm not convinced he has the stuff to succeed at higher levels but it's time to give him the opportunity at the next level.

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Short Season. Tri-City Dust Devils beat the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4-2:

Michael Sexton 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .500.
Gustavo Cabrera DH- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .231.
Bryce Johnson CF- 1 for 4, 2 SB(2).  BA= .250.
Stetson Woods RHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 1.57.
Aaron Phillips RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

-Some draftee debuts.
-My man Malique Zeigler appeared as a PH.  He probably needed a day off but I hope he does not get squeezed out of playing time by the new draftees.
-I don't know what Stetson Woods did since last summer, but he's suddenly performing like I dreamed he would way back in 2014 when he was drafted and it's been sustained success so far.

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AZL Indians edged out the Giants 3-2:

Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .636.
Chris Corbett C- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Sidney Duprey LHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.32.
Deiyerbert Bolivar LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERa= 0.00.

-All good things come to an end, I guess.  Heliot Ramos went 0 for 5 but stole a base.
-The good games continued for Jacob Gonzalez.  He's not going to hit .636 forever either.

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The Giants made 6 international FA signings today according to BA's IFA Tracker.  I don't recognized any of the names but 3 got the maximum bonus allowed to the Giants of $300 K and another got $160 K.  Here are the names, positions, country and bonus if listed:

Jean Pena SS, DR, $300 K.
Robert Gomez, OF, DR, $160 K.
Ivan Armstrong, RHP, DR, No bonus listed.
Luis Torribio, SS, DR, $300 K.
Yohan Polanco, OF, DR, $300 K.
Jesus Gomez, RHP, Venezuela, No bonus listed.

Game Wrap 7/2/2017: Giants 5 Pirates 3

The Giants got another QS from Jeff Samardzija with the help of several sparkling defensive plays.  Brandon Belt supplied the offense.  The Giants completed their second consecutive sweep and their second of the season to run their win streak to 6 games.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 3 for 4, HR(16).  BA= .235.  Belt made a nice recovery from an 0 for 5. His 2-run dinger was the big blow of the game and put him within 2 of his all time high.  He also beat the shift with a bunt single which he needs to do at least once per game if the situation allows.  On top of all that, Belt made a spectacular running, over-the-shoulder catch of a pop-fly into no-man's land down the RF line that had Kuip and Javy comparing him to Jerry Rice.  Great game by Brandon Belt!

Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.  Hwang is showing he can hit MLB pitching just fine.  He added a very nice sliding catch in foul territory that not every 3B would have made and he made it look easy.  I say, put Hwang out there every day and see what he's got.  Send Ryder back to AAA for some more salt.  I suppose they have to play Nunez some when he comes off the DL just to restore his trade value, but they have got to see what they have in Hwang and it might be something special.

Austin Slater LF- 0 for 4.  BA= .318.  Slater did not contribute with the bat but made a great running, diving catch on a ball hit directly in front of him.  I haven't looked up his UZR, but to my eye, he's playing the best defense in LF since Gregor Blanco which I guess isn't saying much, except I expect Slater to hit a lot more than Blanco.

Hunter Pence RF- 0 for 3, BB.  BA= .260.  Pence was making long runs and diving left and right to rob Pirates hitters of XBH's.  Looking like the old Hunter Pence out there!

Kelby Tomlinson PH- 0 for 0, SF.  BA= .254.  Tomlinson came up with the bases loaded and 1 out and delivered a 2-strike SF to medium depth in CF.  Hey!  It got the run home just as well as if it had gone to the warning track.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.54.  Yet another QS for Shark who is drawing some trade speculation.  If the Giants want to compete in 2018, they should not trade him unless the return is huge.

Sam Dyson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(2).  ERA= 8.31.  Dyson seems to have gotten completely back on track.  He was nasty today hitting up to 97 MPH on the radar gun with a sharp slider to back it up.  Dyson's contract is controlled for a few years.  Giants can use him next year or he might bring back a nice return if the flip him in a deadline trade.  Personally, I think they should keep him for next year.  He's insurance against continuing injuries to Mark Melancon and if Melancon is healthy, he makes a very strong 8'th inning guy and takes pressure off Will Smith who will be returning from TJ.

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The Giants get a day off to travel to Detroit where they start a 3 game series on July 4 with Matt Cain facing Michael Fulmer.

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More bad news out of Sacramento as Christian Arroyo got hit on the hand in his first game back from getting hit on the hand and suffered a fracture.  He is expected to miss 8 weeks which is pretty much the remainder of the minor league season.

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There was some postgame discussion that the Cubs may be interested in trading for Denard Span as an upgrade on a rough season for Albert Almora Jr.  Giants do not have to trade Span so I would hope they would get a nice return.  IDK if Almora alone is enough.  Despite his poor season, he still has a high ceiling and is cost controlled for 5 more seasons.  IDK if the Cubs would give up Eloy Jimenez or Eddy Martinez, both very high ceiling prospects who are struggling a bit in the minors.  Giants tried to sign Martinez as a IFA but the Cubs apparently topped their offer.