Monday, August 20, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/19/2018

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes blew up the Sacramento River Cats 7-1:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .289.

Nothing else to see here.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Hartford Yard Goats 4-3:

Caleb Gindl CF/LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .306
Ryan Howard 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .272.
Conner Menez LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 4.68.
Dusten Knight RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.78.

It seems to me that Ryan Howard is pretty good insurance against the Giants having to sign Joe Panik to a big long contract extension.  Conner Menez has 79 K's in 65.1 IP in AA.

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A+ San Jose Giants downed the Lancaster Jethawks 4-1:

Jacob Heyward DH- 1 for 3, BB, SB(13).  BA= .243.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .283.
Mac Marshall LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.89.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, Save(6).  ERA= 3.71.

This was Mac Marshall's longest and possibly best appearance of the season.

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Low A  Asheville Tourists beat the Augusta Greenjackets 6-3:

Manuel Geraldo SS- 2 for 5, 2B.   BA= .287.
Heliot Ramos DH- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .243.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .229.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .232.
Jose Marte RHP- 5.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 4.23.
Olbis Parra RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.23.

Heliot Ramos is hitting .288 in August and .316 over his last 10 games.

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Short Season  Hillsboro Hops topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-8:

Nick Hill CF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .417.
Joey Bart DH- 1 for 3, 2 HBP.  BA= .312.
Wander Alexander Franco 1B- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .269.
Dalton Combs RF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .281.
Robinson Medrano LF- 2 for 4, 2 HR(8).  BA= .241.
Jake Wong RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.53.

If the Giants were DH'ing Joey Bart to lower his risk of injury, well, maybe they didn't consider HBP's?  If they aren't going to give him a preview of the Cal League in the final 2 weeks of the season, maybe they should just shut him down?

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange defeated the Giants Black 5-4:

Black

Abdiel Layer SS- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .280.
Braden Frankfort C- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .268.
Jordan Scott RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.91.

Orange

Anyesber Sivira 2B- 2 for 3, HR(1), BB, HBP.  BA= .301.
Yorlis Rodriguez 3B- 3 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .315.
Patrick Hilson DH- 1 for 2, 3B, BB, HBP, SB(5).  BA= .189.
Ben Madison RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Tyler Beede RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Anyesber Sivira is hitting .342 over his last 10 games.  Tyler Beede apparently on a rehab assignment.  Hopefully whatever was wrong is now fixed.

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DSL  Giants were idle.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Game Wrap 8/19/2018: Reds 11 Giants 4

Well, rock bottom got a little deeper in this game that was not nearly as close as the score might lead you to believe.  A truly wretched performance to cap off a sweep at the hands of one of the worst teams in MLB.  Key Lines:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .265.  Duggar was as doubles machine in Sacramento before his call up.  He hasn't slowed down in the majors with 11 in 122 PA which projects to about 55 over 600 PA's.  His actual combined number is 38 in 438 PA between AAA and MLB.  This might have been the lone bright spot from today's game.

Andrew Suarez LHP- 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R. 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.68.  Most young pitchers who find early success at the MLB level eventually hit a wall, whether from fatigue or from advance scouts "getting a book" on them.  Suarez definitely hit some sort of wall in the 3'rd inning after pitching 2 scoreless frames.  It wasn't much of a game after that as the score reached 9-1 before the Giants scored 3 more in garbage time.

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The Loss drops the Giants 8 games off the pace set by NL West co-leaders, D'Backs and Rockies.

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The Giants road trip moves on to New York for a 4 gamer against another bad team with Derek Holland facing former Giants first round draft pick and prospect, Zack Wheeler.

Down on the Farm: 8/18/2018

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes burned the Sacramento River Cats 6-2:

Peter Bourjos CF- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .305.
Tyler Herb RHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 11/1.  ERA= 5.13.

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AA  Hartford Yard Goats blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 1-0:

Matt Winn C- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.

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A+  San Jose Giants downed the Lancaster Jethawks 6-2:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .280.
Gio Brusa 1B- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .241.
Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 3, BB, SB(26).
Carlos Sano RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.39.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.47.

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Low A Asheville Tourists crushed the Augusta Greenjackets 14-3:

Heliot Ramos CF- 3 for 5, HR(10).  BA= .241.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 1 for 3, HR(13), BB.  BA= .226.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .245.

It's getting down to the end of the season and Heliot Ramos is still kicking it in an environment that has broken a few pretty good prospects.

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Short Season

David Villar 3B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .284.
Dalton Combs RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .283.
Seth Corry LHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 0.61.

Seth Corry had a 2.61 ERA in 38 IP with 42 K and 17 BB for the AZL Giants Black.  He has allowed just 1 ER in 14.2 IP with 13 K's and 7 BB's in 3 Starts since his promotion to S-K.  The major difference seems to be a GO/AO= 1.09 for Giants Black and 1.82 for S-K.  Has he added a sinker to his repertoire or is it a sample size aberration? At any rate, he's had a fine season and seems to have left the bouts of extreme wildness behind.  Can't wait to see what he does in Augusta next season.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange and Giants Black were both idle.

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DSL Tigers2 defeated the Giants 6-2:

Rodolfo Bone C- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .345.
Jesus Gomez LHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.43.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Game Wrap 8/18/2018: Reds 7 Giants 1

The Giants have had a few low points this season, but this one just might be the lowest.  After a decent series against the Dodgers in the stinky place, they traveled east thinking they could continue gaining ground against a couple of bad teams.  Well, as they have done a few times, they did a faceplant.  Today, not only the offense stayed cold, but their ace pitcher got lit up.  Key Lines:

Lineup:  7 for 34, 2 BB.  BA= .206.  No XBH's.  No hits until the 6'th inning.  Just another dismal day at the plate.  I wonder how Bochy expressing his frustration with the offense impacts their performance, if at all?  I mean, I'm pretty sure the hitters aren't coming to the park saying to themselves, "I'm going to try to go 0 for 4 today."  You read about hitter's "pressing".  Wouldn't having your manager vent his frustration to the press make that worse, or does it help concentrate their minds and create tougher outs?  I honestly don't know so I'm asking.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 BB.  ERA= 3.05.  Kind of a rough night for Bummy.  Not much else to say.  He's always bounced back from these.

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With the Loss, the Giants remain 7 games behind the D'Backs in the NL West as the Snakes lost to the Padres 7-6.  The Rockies topped the Braves and sit 0.5 games behind in 2'nd place.  The Dodgers sit 1.5 games behind pending the outcome of their game with the Mariners who lead 4-1 in the 6'th inning.

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Andrew Suarez tries to salvage a game out the series tomorrow facing former Giants farmhand Luis Castillo.

Down on the Farm: 8/17/2018

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes held off the Sacramento River Cats 8-7:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 3 for 5.  BA= .279.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for BB.  BA= .261.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.33.

The River Cats scored 4 runs in the 7'th and 2 in the 8'th, but the Isotopes countered with 5 in the 7'th.  After getting roughed up in his second AAA start, Shaun Anderson has a 3.33 ERA over his last 4 Starts.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Hartford Yard Goats 3-0:

Logan Webb RHP- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.35.
Garrett Williams LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.92.

That line by Logan Webb should send a pulse of excitement through your body.

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A+ Lancaster Jethawks outscored the San Jose Giants 9-6(10 innings):

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .279.
Heath Quinn LF- 4 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .311.
Jacob Heyward DH- 1 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .242.
Domenic Mazza LHP- 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.11.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.90.

Domenic Mazza had a pretty good game going until he couldn't get out of the 6'th inning.  He left the game with a run in and the bases loaded.  Rodolfo Martinez allowed 2 of his inherited runners to score.

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Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators beat the Augusta Greejackets 6-3:

Malique Ziegler LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .261.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 3 for 3, 2 BB, SB(21).  BA= .286.
Jeffry Parra C- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(7).  BA= 189.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.35.

Jeffry Parra has had his moments this year.  Just not enough of them. His OPS of .634, while not great, is much better than you would think from his BA.

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Short Season Hillsboro Hops topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-4:

Kyle McPherson 2B- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .296.
Joey Bart C- 1 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .321.
David Villar 3B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .279.
Jett Manning SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .320.
JJ Santa Cruz LHP- 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.96.
Matt Frisbee RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.80.

Joey Bart's 10'th HR was his first since he hit 2 on July 27.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black outlasted the Angels 5-5(11 Innings):

Marcos Campos 2B/SS- 2 for 4, 3B, BB, SB(3).  BA= .171.
Luis Moreno RHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 10/0.  ERA= 2.98.
Victor Concepcion RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Second consecutive Start for Luis Moreno without allowing an ER.  13 IP, 2 BB, 13 K's.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange edged out the D'Backs 4-3(10 Innings):

Bryan Hernandez LF- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .171.
Andrew Angulo DH- 3 for 4.  BA= .360.
Tyler Flores LF/1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .298.
Jasier Herrera RHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.76.
Andy Rohloff RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Jasier is the tall Herrera at 6'5".  He's allowed just 2 ER in 12 IP over his last 2 Starts with 1 BB, 12 K's.
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DSL  Tigers2 defeated the Giants 4-2:

Robinson Batista RF- 3 for 4.  BA= .269.
Samuel Quintana LHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.05.

Sleeper alert on Samuel Quintana:  17 yo, 6'5", 215 lbs.  2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 10.1 IP, over his last 4 appearances.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Game Wrap 8/17/2018: Reds 2 Giants 1(11 Innings)

The Giants cobbled together a strong combined pitching effort in place of the injured Dereck Rodriguez but wasted it in the end as their offense remained mired in a team wide slump.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 3 for 5.  BA= .257.  Cutch drove in the Giants only run after a Steven Duggar double in the 3'rd inning.  He reached base 2 other times but for naught as the Giants could not sustain another rally.

Casey Kelly RHP- 4.1 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.69.  Kelly was pitching in front of his dad who is the Reds Bench Coach.  He gave up a lot of hits and had to work his way out of trouble in every inning.  but kept the Giants in the game long enough to give the bullpen a fighting chance.  He seems to be skilled at holding runners and delivering the ball quickly out of the stretch.  His pickoff of Billy Hamilton in the first inning and Buster Posey's throwout of Jose Peraza trying to steal 2B in the 5'th were key moments in the game.

Reyes Moronta RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.10.  A dominant appearance by Moronta who has become a major force in the bullpen and whose contract is controlled by the Giants for years into the future.

Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.91.  Black struck out the side in the 10'th inning, but fell behind Phillip Ervin leading off the 11'th.  I don't know if Ervin was guessing that Black would try to steal a strike with a curveball in the zone or if Black tipped his pitch, but that's what Ervin got and he was ready for it as it came in with just a bit of hang time.  Walkoff dinger.

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The D'Backs and Dodgers are still playing at this post time, but they are both leading their respective games while the Rockies already topped the Braves 11-5, so the Giants will likely end the night 7 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs.

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Madison Bumgarner tries to even the series tomorrow evening with Matt Harvey taking the mound for the Reds.

Down on the Farm: 8/16/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats cooled off the Albuquerque Isotopes 4-2:

Miguel Gomez 2B-3 for 5.  BA= .269.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.36.
Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 5.27.

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

Luigi Rodriguez RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .281.
Caleb Gindl DH- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .294.
Matt Lipka CF- 1 for 2, HR(4).  BA= .233.
Ali Castillo 3B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .264.
Chase Johnson RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.69.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 2.96.
Dusten Knight RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, Save(3).  ERA= 1.85.

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A+ San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A Kannapolis Intimidators routed the Augusta Greenjackets 10-1:

Really, NTSH.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 7-4:

Kyle McPherson 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .294.
Nick Hill RF- 1 for 4, HR(1), BB.  BA= .250.
Ricardo Genoves C- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .234.
Aaron Bond CF- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .286.
Robinson Medrano 1B- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .241.
Blake Rivera RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.   ERA= 5.54.
Solomon Bates RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.32.
Ryan Walker RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.25.

Solomon Bates has 34 K's in 21.2 IP.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black beat the Athletics 5-3:

Frankie Tostado DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .288.
Sean Roby 3B- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .293.
Johan Herrera RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.10.
Oliver Pinto RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.79.
Cooper Casad RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.46.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange crushed the Angels 8-2:

Yorlis Rodriguez DH- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .314.
Beicker Mendoza 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .313.
Fabian Pena C- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .320.
Tyler Flores LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .292.
Hector Santiago 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .246.
Francis Pena RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.49.
Julio Rodriguez RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= .235.

Francis Pena has allowed just 3 ER in 27.2 IP over his last 6 Starts since 7/11, although he has also allowed 7 unearned runs over the same span.  His WHIP over the same span, which may be a better measure of effectiveness in a situation where there are a lot of unearned runs, is a very respectable 1.26.

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DSL  Giants pounded Colorado 12-5:

Luis Toribio 3B- 2 for 6, HR(10).  BA= .265.
Jean Pena DH- 2 for 5, BB. BA= .239.
Ismael Alcantara LF- 5 for 5, BB.  BA= .253.
Richgelon Juliana CF- 2 for 6.  BA= .270.
Samuel Jorge 1B- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .272.
Omar Medina C- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .220.
Robinson Batista RF- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .257.

Izzy Alcantara is hitting .360 for the month of August.  I can't remember the last time a DSL Giant had double digit HR's.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/15/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outlasted the Reno Aces 8-5(11 innings):

Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .282.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 6.  BA= .259.
Aramis Garcia C- 3 for 4, 2B, SF.  BA= .188.
Myles Schroder LF/2B- 2 for 4, 2B, HBP.  BA= .263.
Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Derek Law RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.10.

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AA  Bowie Baysox pounded the Richmond Flying Squirrels 10-4:

Matt Winn C- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .300.

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A+ Inland Empire 66'ers defeated the San Jose Giants 5-3:

Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .213.
Johneshwy Fargas LF- 1 for 2, BB, Sac, SB(39).  BA= .285.
John Gavin LHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.93.
Ian Gardeck RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.

Sandro Fabian's bat is showing signs of life late in the season.  Ian Gardeck is on the comeback trail after 2 TJ surgeries.

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Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 7-6(10 Innings):

Rob Calabrese C- 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB(2).  BA= .221.
Aaron Phillips RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.15.
John Timmins RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.43.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 6-3:

Kyle McPherson 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .291.
Joey Bart C- 2 for 4.  BA= .323.
Aaron Bond CF- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .287.
Dalton Combs 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .273.
Sean Hjelle RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.28.
Jesus Tona RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(10).  ERA= 1.07.

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Rookie AZL  Angels edged out the Giants Orange 4-3:

Patrick Hilson CF- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .187.
George Bell RF- 2 for 2.  BA- .313.
Jacob Lopez LHP- 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.20.
Logan Harasta RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.63.

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Rookie AZL  Athletics tripped up the Giants Black 3-2(10 Innings):

Alexander Canario CF- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .270.
Abdiel Layer SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .276.
Angel Guzman C- 2 for 3.  BA= .289.
Israel Cruz RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K's. ERA= 4.69.
Ben Strahm RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

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DSL Colorado beat the Giants 3-2:

Ghordy Santos DH- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .217.
Juan Sanchez LHP- 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.39.
Josdeiker Marcano RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 1.57.
Wilkelma Castillo RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.87.

Game Wrap 8/15/2018: Dodgers 4 Giants 3(12 Innings)

The Giants seemed poised for another late-inning win after Andrew McCutchen erased a 3-0 Dodgers lead with a 3-run blast in the 8'th.   This time, though, it was the Giants bullpen that finally ran out of gas in extra innings.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 4, BB, HR(14).  BA= .253.  Cutch was just 3 for 32 since going 5 for 5 on August 4 before connecting for the almost heroic dinger in the 8'th inning to tie the game.

Hunter Pence LF- 3 for 5.  BA= .226.  Hunter's last starting role was on 8/3.  He was just 1 for 10 in August in mostly a bench role prior to this 3-hit game.

Derek Holland LHP- 4.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.83.  Holland was dominant for 4 innings, the ran into a peck of trouble in the 5'th and was saved by an assist at home plate by Gorkys Hernandez on a call that was overturned on review.  He left the game with the bases loaded and 2 outs.  Reyes Moronta got Cody Bellinger to pop out to end the inning.  Moronta later gave up the Dodgers first run in the 6'th inning.

Ty Blach LHP- 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.38.  Ty Blach and mult-inning relief seem like they were made for each other.  He can have a long MLB career in that role which is the latest hot commodity of the Saber crowd, probably with good reason.

Casey Kelly RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.42.  Kelly got through the 11'th inning unscathed despite 2 walks but finally gave up his first MLB run in the 12'th for the walk-off loss.  Who will be the Giants 5'th starter the next time they need one?

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The Loss dropped the 4'th place Giants 5.5 games behind the idle NL West leading D'Backs.  The Rockies lost to the Astros 12-1 to slide into a 2'nd place tie with the Dodgers, 1.5 games behind the D'Backs.

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The Giants have a travel day today which enables them to skip the 5'th Starter, because lets's face it, they don't have one.  Young Dereck Rodriguez picks up his quest for ROY to open a series in Cincinnati with Anthony DeSclafini on the mound for the Reds.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/14/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats trumped the Reno Aces 9-1:

Kelby Tomlinson 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .303.
Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .281.
Ronnie Freeman C- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .244.
Orlando Calixte SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .267.
Chris Stratton RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 7/3.  ERA= 3.00.
Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Josh Osich LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.35.

Stratton has allowed just 3 ER in 19 IP over his last 3 AAA Starts.  He has 1 bad MLB start mixed in, though.  We'll see when he gets his next MLB shot.  Strick seems ready as soon as he is eligible to come off the 60 day DL.  Let's hope he comes back feeling like he has something to prove, especially in the maturity department.

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AA  Bowie Baysox flattened the Richmond Flying Squirrels 10-2(Game 1 of DH, 7 Innings):

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 3, 2B, 3B.  BA= .271.
Jonah Arenado DH- 2 for 3.  BA= .215.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels outlasted the Bowie Baysox 8-5(Game 2 of DH, 8 Innings of scheduled 7 Inning game):

CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .278.
Caleb Gindl DH- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .288.
Ali Castillo 3B- 2 for 3, BB, SB(6).  BA= .260.
Sam Wolff RHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 7.23.
Dillon McNamara RHP- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.41.

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A+ San Jose Giants crushed the Inland Empire 66'ers 8-1:

Bryce Johnson CF- 0 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .256.
Gio Brusa 1B- 2 for 5, HR(18).  BA= .240.
Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 2, HR(9), SF, HBP.  BA= .209.
DJ Myers RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.26.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.95.

Double digit HR's is a nice goal for Sandro Fabian to finish the season with.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

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Short Season  Boise Hawks topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-5:

Kyle McPherson 2B- 2 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .288.
David Villar 3B- 1 for 4, HR(11).  BA= .281.
Dalton Combs RF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .262.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black smashed the Padres 2 10-1:

Abdiel Layer SS- 2 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .269.
Sean Roby 3B- 3 for 5.  BA= .288.
Zander Clarke 1B- 1 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .304.
Franklin Labour RF- 2 for 5.  BA= .300.
Kwan Adkins LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .203.
Conner Nurse RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.68.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

The Conner Nurse Project seems to be coming along nicely.  A Joan Gregorio sighting!

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Rookie AZL  White Sox outscored the Giants Orange 6-5(Game 1 of DH, 7 Innings):

Yorlis Rodriguez 3B- 3 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .313.
Austin Edgette RF- 2 for 2, BB.  BA= .318.
Fabian Pena DH- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .314.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange defeated the White Sox 6-3(Game 2 of DH, 7 Innings):

Anyesber Sivira SS- 3 for 4, 2B, SB(2).  BA= .303.
George Bell RF- 1 for 2, 3B, SF.  BA= .305.
Beicker Mendoza 1B- 2 for 3.  BA= .317.
Jose Patino LF- 2 for 3.  BA= .213.
Jorge Labrador RHP- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 6/2.  ERA= 4.33.

Anyesber Sivira seems like a dynamic player.

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DSL  Giants Blanked the Royals2 2-0(7 Innings, completed early due to rain):

Ghordy Santos SS- 2 for 3.  BA= .204.
Sonny Vargas LHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.02.

Sonny Vargas is making a late run to the the ace of the DSL Giants staff with his 4'th consecutive scoreless Start, 22 IP, 2 BB, 20 K's.

Game Wrap 8/14/2018: Giants 2 Dodgers 1

Stop me if you've heard this one before:  The Giants took a 1-0 lead into the 8'th inning only to lose it, except this time they retook the lead in the top of the 9'th inning and held off the Dodgers in the bottom of the frame for the Win.  Key Lines:

Evan Longoria 3B- 1 for 2, BB, HBP.  BA= .254.  Longo started both run-scoring rallies.  HBP in the 2'nd inning, eventually scoring on Alen Hanson's single.  Single to start off the 9'th.  Erased on a Fielder's Choice force out at 3B, but his replacement at 2B, Brandon Belt, scored on another hit by Hanson.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 1.  BA= .280.  Belt was back from the DL but started the game on the bench with the lefty Alex Wood pitching.  He came in when starting 1B Buster Posey had to move behind the plate when Nick Hundley got into a shoving match with Yasiel Puig.  Belt then singled in his first AB and eventually scored the winning run.

Alen Hanson SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .284.  Alen Hanson filled in at SS to give Brandon Crawford a day to recover from his collision with Gorkys Hernandez in game 1 of the series.   Hanson drove in both runs with a pair of singles out of the 8-hole.  Hanson is hitting .381 over his last 7 games, .317 over his last 15.  He recently topped MLBTR's list of position player minor league FA signings for this season to go with Dereck Rodriguez and Derek Holland who were #'s 1 and 3 on the pitching list.

Andrew Suarez LHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/3.  ERA= 4.40.  Suarez escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning but then allowed just 2 hits and 1 BB over the next 5 IP to complete a scoreless start, his first QS since July 9.  Per sfgiants.com, Suarez attributed his regained success to a mechanical adjustment.

Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(10).  ERA= 2.01.  Smith was trying to close out his 3'rd consecutive game, so I was a little worried when Cody Bellinger reached on an IF single and promptly stole 2B.  Not to worry, as Smith struck out the next 2 batters to end it with aplomb.  Who does Bruce Bochy turn to if he needs another Save today?

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The Giants Win kept them 5 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs who beat the Rangers 6-4.  The Rockies also won, topping the Astros 5-1 to remain 1 game behind in 2'nd place.   The Dodgers dropped 2 games back in 3'rd place.

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Derek Holland tries for the swwweeeeeep tonight facing Hyun-Jin Ryu in his first Start since May 2.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/13/2018

AAA  Reno Aces blanked the Sacramento River Cats 5-0:

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .200.
Kelby Tomlinson SS- 2 for 2, BB.  BA= .298.
Tyler Herb RHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 5.03.

4'th QS in a row for Tyler Herb, this one with a dominant K/BB.  Since giving up 6 ER in 5 IP in his AAA debut, Herb has a 3.38 ERA in 24 IP with 21 K and 6 BB.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

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A+  Inland Empire pounded the San Jose Giants 8-3:

Heath Quinn DH- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .306.
Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 3, 2B, HBP.  BA= .208.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .283.
Mac Marshall LHP- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.27.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.48.
Peter Lannoo RHP- 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.32.
Frank Rubio RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.23.

Rough Start for Mac Marshall who couldn't get out of the first inning.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Greenville Drive 3-0:

Malique Ziegler CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .264.
Heliot Ramos DH- 1 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .243.
Logan Baldwin RF- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .243.
Shane Matheny 2B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .204.
Jose Marte RHP- 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.03.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(7).  ERA= 3.48.

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Short Season  Vancouver Canadians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 3-1(10 Innings):

Wander Alexander Franco 3B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .277.
Christopher Burks LF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .216.
Jake Wong RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.45.
Alex Dubord RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 8.62.
Trent Toplikar RHP- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.44.

Jake Wong seems to be settling into his pro career nicely.  He now has 12 consecutive shutout IP over 4 appearances. This game was scoreless after 9 innings. Trent Toplikar had pitched 2 scoreless innings before giving up 3 in the 10'th when he had to start the inning with a runner on 2B.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange and Giants Black were both idle.

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DSL  Royals2 outscored the Giants 10-9:

Ghordy Santos DH- 0 for 3, 3 BB.  BA= .194.
Ismael Alcantara LF- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .224.
Andrew Caraballo 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .234.
Cesar Gonzalez C- 3 for 4, 2B, 2 HR(2), BB.  BA= .300.

Huge game for Cesar Gonzalez, a 17 yo C, who has gotten just 30 AB in 13 games.

Game Wrap 8/13/2018: Giants 5 Dodgers 2

The Dodgers made 2 huge trade deadline deals for Manny Machado and Brian Dozier, but did not address a shaky bullpen.  With their star Closer unavailable due to a medical condition, those decisions cost them bigly last night as they sent out lefty Scott Alexander to close out the Giants with a 2-1 lead in the 9'th inning.  He gave up 4 runs and the game.  Key Lines:

Chase d'Arnaud 2B/SS- 1 for 4.  BA= .259.  d'Arnaud started the winning rally with a line drive single.  Earlier, he had moved to SS when Brandon Crawford collided with Gorkys Hernandez while chasing a bloop down the LF line by Clayton Kershaw and had to leave the game.   Crawford is reportedly not seriously hurt.

Nick Hundley PH- 1 for 1.  BA= .253.  Nick Hundley drove in the first 2 runs of the 9'th inning rally which were the game-tying and winning runs with a PH single to R-CF.  It was the second consecutive game in which Hundley's bat was the difference.

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, 2 SB(4).  BA= .273.  Duggar scored the only Giants run up to the 9'th.  The first of his 2 hits off Clayton Kershaw was an IF hit but the second was a line drive to RF.  Hey!  I guess if he can get 2 hits off the arguably toughest lefty in baseball, he can stay in the lineup against anybody!  The SB's add a dimension the Giants have been missing.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.71.  Not as dominant as Kershaw but a QS that kept the Giants in position to win when Kershaw finally left the game after 8 innings and 110 pitches.  I grew up in the Juan Marichal vs Sandy Koufax era.  I admit that for 4 seasons, Koufax was the more dominant pitcher much like I admit that Kershaw has been more dominant in his career than Bumgarner.  The Giants and Dodgers mostly kept those 2 apart but I've always loved the fact that in H2H competition, Marichal won 3 games to 1 for Koufax.  Bumgarner and Kershaw have faced each other 11 times now.  The Giants have now won 6 of those games.  And of course, there's the rings and postseason play.

Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.55. Black was coming off a rough appearance against the Pirates but was dominant in this one.

Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(9).  ERA= 2.06.  Smith was just a bit shaky as he got a line drive out to open the 9'th inning and later issued a BB, but he ended the inning and the game with a K of Matt Kemp.

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The Giants Win got them back to .500 for the umpteenth time this season and narrowed their deficit in the NL West to 5 games behind the leading D'Backs who lost to the Rangers 5-3.  The Rockies were idle so they are tied for 2'nd place with the Dodgers 1 game behind the Snakes.

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Andrew Suarez tries to clinch a series win tonight facing fellow lefty Alex Wood.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/12/2018

AAA El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-1:

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .286.
Brock Stassi 1B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .750.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K's. ERA= 4.30.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.80.

Brock Stassi is a minor league FA addition.  Lefty hitter.  Brother of Max Stassi.  Looks like he's spent most of his career in the Phillies organization.  Nothing that catches my eye in his stat lines.  Probably just filling a roster spot for the River Cats.  This is closer to the type of Start we want to see from Shaun Anderson.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats game Suspended after 9 innings with the score tied 1-1.  Will post highlights when completed.

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

Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 2, BB, 2 HBP, SB(11).  BA= .279.
Bryce Johnson CF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .258.
Kelvin Beltre 3B- 2 for 3, 2B, HBP.  BA= .222.
Carlos Sano RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.56.

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Low A  Greenville Drive beat the Augusta Greenjackets 5-2:

Heliot Ramos CF= 1 for 5, 2B.  BA= .242.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .284.
Nick Hill RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .259.
Norwith Gudino RHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.61.
Stetson Woods RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.92.

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Short Season  Vancouver Canadians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-4(10 Innings):

Aaron Bond RF/CF- 3 for 5, HR(8), SB(7).  BA= .288.
Jett Manning SS- 3 for 4.  BA= .357.
Seth Corry LHP- 4.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.93.
Ryan Walker RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.70.

Aaron Bond is hitting .326 over his last 10 games.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange and Giants Black Postponed due to rain.

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DSL  Giants were idle.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Game Wrap 8/12/2018: Giants 4 Pirates 3

Young Dereck Rodriguez pitched another gem of a game, leaving after 7 innings with a 4-1 lead.  The Giants hung on to top the Pirates and gain a split of their 4 game series.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 3, SF.  BA= .237.  Joe Panik might be starting to get a little traction as he is hitting .261 over his last 7 games.  He drove in 2 of the Giants 4 runs today.

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 3.  BA- .263.  Duggar contines to be steady hitting .280 over his last 7, .265 over his last 15 and .263 over his last 25 which is how many games he has played at the MLB level.

Nick Hundley C- 2 for 3, 3B.  BA= .249.  Hundley has been scuffling of late but drove in 2 of the Giants 4 runs out of the 8-hole.

Dereck Rodriguez RHP- 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 7/2.  ERA= 2.25.  Young Dereck's fairytale season continues unabated. This was his 3''rd consecutive game in which he pitched 7 innings and gave up 1 run or less.  It was his 8'th consecutive Quality Start with a 3-inning scoreless effort thrown in the middle of that for good measure.  His FIP(3.14) and xFIP(4.00) say he's in for a modest regression as he has suppressed HR's like crazy and has a fairly low BABIP.  We'll see.  I am thoroughly enjoying the ride for now!

Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(8).  ERA= 2.11.  Smith has had a hiccup or two but this was a 1-run Save and he dominated it!

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With the Win, the 4'th place Giants remained 6 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs who crushed Cincinnati 9-2.  The Dodgers lost again to the Rockies to fall 1 game behind the D'Backs in 2'nd place while the Rockies nip at their heels 1.5 games behind the leaders.

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The Giants now travel south to take on the Bad Guys with Madison Bumgarner vs Clayton Kershaw kicking off a 3-game set.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/11/2018

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas nipped the Sacramento River Cats 2-1:

Jordan Johnson RHP- 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.21.
Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.40.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels got away from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5-3:

CJ Hinojosa DH- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .274.
Dylan Davis LF- 1 for 3, HR(12), BB.  BA= .249.
Logan Webb RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 0 K, GO/AO= 9/5.  ERA= 3.60.
Sam Wolff RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 7.94.

Logan Webb got better results today than in his first AA start, but the K/BB leaves something to be desired.  This was arguably Sam Wolff's strongest appearance of the season so far.

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

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 3, BB, Sac.  BA= .278.
Heath Quinn DH- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(12), BB.  BA= ..305.
Johneshwy Fargas LF- 2 for 4, SB(28), CS(12).  BA= .278.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 6 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.83.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.92.
Frank Rubio RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.49.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Greenville Drive 3-1:

Heliot Ramos CF- 3 for 4, 3B.  BA= .242.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .228.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.62.
Olbis Parra RHP- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.88
John Russell RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(6).  ERA= 1.99.

Go Heliot, go!  Can Heliot Ramos finish the season with a .250 BA or higher?  Fun with numbers:  In 3 of his last 4 Starts, Caleb Baragar has allowed 1 ER with 22 K's and just 1 BB, in 18.1 IP.  The other Start was a disastrous 8 ER in 3 IP.  Consistency, consistency, consistency!

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Short Season  Vancouver Canadians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8-5:

Diego Rincones LF- 1 for 4, 2B, HBP, Assist(home).  BA= .357.
David Villar 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .285.
Jett Manning SS- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .200.
Gregory Santos RHP- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.80.
JJ Santa Cruz LHP- 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Gregory Santos as struck on the head by a 105 MPH line drive off the bat of Griffin Conine.  He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.  No updated on his condition as of this post.  I've said it before, I'll say it again.  It is not a question of if, but when, a pitcher is killed by a batted ball somewhere on professional baseball.  This foreseeable event can be easily prevented by requiring pitchers to wear protective headgear.  Another Assist by Diego Rincones.  Maybe they are relay throws but he must be doing something right on defense out there to get credited with this may assists.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black pounded the Angels 13-4:

Randy Norris DH- 2 for 4, 2 BB.  BA= .260.
Frankie Tostado 1B- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .297.
Zander Clarke LF- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB.  BA= .295.
Francisco Medina SS- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .248.
Jose Rivero 2B- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .308.
Jordan Scott RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.00.
Dylan Dusek LHP- 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 1.29.

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Rookie AZL. Giants Orange crushed the D'Backs 10-4:

Anyesber Sivira SS- 1 for 3, 2 HBP.  BA= .287.
Andres Angulo C- 3 for 5 3 2B.  BA= .338.
Jasier Herrera RHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.05.

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DSL  Pirates2 outscored the Giants 7-6:

Ghordy Santos DH- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .199.
Richgelon Juliana CF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .278.
Samuel Jorge 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .279.
Rodolfo Bone C- 2 for 4.  BA= .353.
Samuel Quintana LHP- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.38.

Keep an eye on Samuel Quintana, a 17 yo, 6'5", 215 lb lefty who has 20 K's in 18.2 IP.

Game Wrap 8/11/2018: Pirates 4 Giants 0

This game was completely overshadowed by the pre-game ceremony retiring Barry Bonds #25.  Barry looked great as in he probably could have helped the Giants offense in the game!  Such as it was, a very smart manager named Earl Weaver once said winning baseball consisted of great pitching and 3-run homers.  The Giants and Pirates both had 6 hits in the game, but one of the Pirates hits was a 3-run homer by Josh Bell in the 4'th inning.  The game was essentially over at that point.  Key Lines:

Ty Blach LHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 5-0.  ERA= 4.47.   Blach has been more effective out of the bullpen.  He had allowed just 2 ER in 12 IP since July 5 all in relief.  The 3-run dinger in the 4'th is what did him in which is about right as 1 time through the lineup is about his limit.

Casey Kelly RHP- 5 IP, 2 H,  0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 8/1.  ERA= 0.00.  Kelly is an example of a signature Giants scouting strategy of going after players who were once highly touted prospects who fell on hard times for whatever reason.  They've been very patient with him at the AAA level as he has worked his game back into shape.  That can be very tough to do in the PCL where an ERA of less than 5 is generally a good sign.  Based on his performance tonight, it seems like it's time for him and Ty Blach to switch roles for the next start in the sequence and see what he can do.  Who knows, they may have themselves a gem for next season with a few years of contract control?!

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The D'Backs and Dodgers both lost today so the Giants remain 6 games behind the co-leaders of the NL West.  The Rockies topped the Dodgers 3-2 so they are just 1.5 games from the top spot.

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Young Dereck Rodriguez tries to keep his magical season going tomorrow facing Joe Musgrove who is a hot pitcher himself right now.

Down on the Farm: 8/10/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats quieted the El Paso Chihuahuas 1-0:

Daniel Camarena LHP- 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.02.

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AA  New Hampshire Fisher Cats downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-1:

CJ Hinojosa 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .271.
Luigi Rodriquez RF- 2 for 4, HR(13).  BA= .286.
Dan Slania RHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.68.

CJ Hinojosa seems like a guy who could benefit from the extra PA's in the AFL.

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A+  Stockton Ports defeated the San Jose Giants 10-3:

Bryce Johnson CF- 3 for 4, Sac.  BA= .255.
Heath Quinn LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .299.
Dillon Dobson 1B- 2 for 4, HR(4), BB.  BA= .255.

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Low A  Greenville Drive doubled up the Augusta Greenjackets 10-5:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .237.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 1 for 5, HR(9).  BA= .285.
Logan Baldwin RF- 1 for 3, 3B, HBP, SB(23).  BA= .242.
Shane Matheny 3B- 2 for 2, BB, HBP.  BA= .198.

I'm really proud of how Heliot Ramos has hung in there through the grind of a full season in a really tough environment for young hitters.
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Short Season  Vancouver Canadians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10-7(10 Innings):

Kyle McPherson 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .289.
Diego Rincones LF- 2 for 5, 2 HR(7).  BA= .359.
Joey Bart C- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .336.
Aaron Bond CF- 1 for 5, HR(7).  BA= .284.
Nico Giarratano SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .298.
Sean Hjelle RHP- 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.40.
Keaton Winn RHP- 4.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

Diego Rincones has been hot all season but he's absolutely on fire now.  After going 4 for 5 with 2 2B and winning MVP of the NWL All Star Game, he's come back to S-K and hit 3 dingers in 2 games. He's just 19 yo.  He should take the Augusta Challenge next season.   Is it too early to get worried about Sean Hjelle?

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange outscored the Royals 7-5:

Anyesber Sivira DH- 2 for 6, 2 2B.  BA= .286.
Yorlis Rodriguez 3B- 0 for 4, BB, HBP, 2 SB(5). BA= .303.
George Bell CF/RF- 1 for 4, BB, 2 SB(8).  BA= .303.
Tyler Flores LF/1B- 1 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .288.
Jose Patino RF/LF- 2 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .190.
Robert Antunez 2B- 2 for 4, BB, SB(4).  BA= .171.
Frances Pena RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.77.
Julio Rodriguez RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.03.

Julio Rodriguez has 10 consecutive scoreless frames.  3000 rpm's on the deuce, baby!

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Rookie AZL  Dodgers beat the Giants Black 6-2(Game 1 of DH, 7 Innings):

Frankie Tostado DH- 1 for 2, HR(3), BB.  BA= .296.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black blanked the Dodgers 3-0(Game 2 of DH, 7 Innings):

Alexander Canario CF- 2 for 3.  BA= .282.
Francisco Medina 2 for 3.  BA= .248.
Luis Moreno RHP- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.35.

Luis Moreno has a 2.32 ERA in 9 Appearances since his first 2. He was 4-1 with a 3.23 ERA in the DSL last year with uninspiring K/BB.  He's improved his peripherals in Arizona this year.   Q: Where are all these kids going to play next year now that the Giants have 2 rookie ball teams?  Seems like there is going to have to be some serious weeding out between now and then.  Maybe that's a good thing?

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DSL  Giants rolled over the Pirates2 13-6:

Ghordy Santos SS- 1 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .199.
Luis Toribio 3B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .273.
Richgelon Juliana CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .273.
Omar Medina 1B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .198.
Rodolfo Bone C- 3 for 3, 2B, 3B, 2 HBP.  BA= .340.
Andrew Caraballo 2B- 1 for 4, 3B, SF.  BA= .223.
Yoniel Ramirez RHP- 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.50.
Josdeiker Marcano RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 1.69.

Rodolfo Bone, grade 80 name aside, looks like he just might be a serious prospect.

Game Wrap 8/102018: Giants 13 Pirates 10

Andrew McCutchen led off the bottom of the first inning with a HR to RF, rare for a RHB, and the Giants kept hitting and hitting and hitting.   It was a good thing because so did the Pirates.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 2, 4 BB.  BA= .260.  The BA is .260 but the OBP is .360, .407 over his last 30 games.  Forget SB's.  The most important leadoff skill is getting on base and Cutch is performing at elite levels in that role.

Buster Posey C- 4 for 5.  BA= .295.  Buster had hits in 4 consecutive innings.  The last Giants player to do that?  Fan favorite Marvin Benard!  Buster's BA is inching toward .300 again.

Austin Slater 1B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .307.  Austin Slater is hitting .307 on the season and .293 for his career which now spans 236 PA's.  As long as he stays healthy, he should be in the lineup every day into next season.

Alen Hanson LF- 3 for 6, 2B, SB(6).  BA= .282.  Hanson has been hitting for average but does not draw walks, which makes him not an ideal leadoff hitter.  The speed still plays down in the lineup, though so he provides value in the 6-8 spots.  How about an OF of Hanson, Duggar and Slater next season?  A bit short on power but they would keep the line moving and all 3 can provide some speed on the basepaths.

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .238.  If the Giants are going to make a stretch run, they need Joe Panik to hit.  He is 4 for 12 in his last 3 games.

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .258.  Steven Duggar is hitting .269 over his last 7 games, .275 over his last 15 and .258 over his last 24 which is how many he has played since his call up.  Hey!  If he did that out of the 8-hole over the course of a full season with his D in CF, now that is a valuable player!

Derek Holland LHP- 6.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.97.  Holland pitched better than this line looks as he left the game with 1 out and runners on first and second.  Normally, Bochy would bring in Reyes Moronta in that situation who would finish off the next 2 batters without further damage.  With the big lead, Bochy brought in Pierce Johnson who brought his gas can with him and promptly gave up a walk and slam.   So, Holland's line should have been 3 R and 2 ER, which is a much better look.

We won't talk about the rest of the bullpen.

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The D'Backs and Dodgers both lost so the Giants gained a game on the co-leaders in the NL West to a 6 game deficit.  The 3'rd place Rockies topped the Dodgers to get to 2.5 games behind.

The Rockies may have done more than beat the Dodgers.  Kenley Jansen has this thing where he gets a heart arrhythmia at high elevations.  It struck again and he is expected to miss a month undergoing heart tests and possibly procedures.  Giants have a 3-gamer coming up in LA and the Dodgers are vulnerable.  Maybe last night was the start of that 10 game winning streak?

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Casey Kelly was added to the 25 man active roster and the 40 man roster with Johnny Cueto moving to the 60 day DL, but Ty Blach will get the Start today facing Trevor Williams.  Casey Kelly is someone who should get a look or two as the season winds down looking forward to next season.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/9/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the El Paso Chihuahuas 2-1:

Peter Bourjos CF- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .305.
Myles Schroder 1B- 1 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .264.
Chris Stratton RHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.50.
Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 0.00.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 1.83.

Dominant Start for Chris Stratton.  Do you bring him back and see if whatever he found works at the MLB level for his next start?  Hunter Strickland seems close to ready to return from the DL.  Tyler Rogers should get some MLB looks in September if the Giants drop out of the pennant race as expected.

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AA  Binghampton Rumble Ponies defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-1:

Luigi Rodriguez RF- 2 for 5, SB(14).  BA= .283.
Jake McCasland RHP- 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.54.
Dusten Knight RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.05.

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A+  San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outlasted the Hagerstown Suns 3-2(8 innings of scheduled 7-9 inning first game of DH):

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .235.
Aaron Phillips RHP- 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 4.07.
Orleny Quiroz LHP- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.70.

Heliot Ramos hanging in there at the end of a tough first full pro season at age 18.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs Hagerstown Suns Cancelled due to darkness.  Darkness?  This was supposed to be a makeup game from 8/7 which was also postponed 8/8.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes outslugged the Vancouver Canadians 11-10:

Diego Rincones LF- 2 for 5, HR(5), Assist(3B).  BA= .358.
David Villar 3B- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(10), BB.  BA= .291.
Aaron Bond CF- 2 for 4, HR(6), BB, SB(6), Assist(2B).  BA= .289.
Wander Alexander Franco 1B- 2 for 3, 2B, 3B, SF.  BA= .280.
Mikey Edie RF- 2 for 3, 2B, HBP, SB(8).  BA= .339.
Nico Giarratano SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .291.

Diego Rincones seems to have a good throwing arm to go with his hit tool.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black crushed the Brewers 11-2:

Randy Norris LF- 0 for 1, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 2 SB(8).  BA= .266.
Alexander Canario CF- 0 for 2, BB, SF, HBP.  BA= .278.
Frankie Tostado 1B- 2 for 5.  BA= .293.
Zander Clarke DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .297.
Abdiel Layer SS- 2 for 4, SB(9).  BA= .271.
Israel Cruz RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.11.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.79.
Ben Strahm RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.25.
Jose Maita RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.73.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange topped the Reds 4-3:

Anyesber Sivira 2B- 1 for 2, BB, HBP.  BA= .283.
Yorlis Rodriquez DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .314.
Jose Patino LF- 2 for 3.  BA= .170.
Jacob Lopez LHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.   ERA= 1.46.
Deiyerbert Bolivar LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Logan Harasta RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.73.

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DSL Mariners slammed the Giants 12-3:

Ismael Alcantara 1B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .228.
Rodolfo Bone DH- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .295.
Jose Hernandez LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .194.
Juan Sanchez LHP- 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 9 K's, 3 HR.  ERA= 3.16.

Juan Sanchez has dominant K/BB but gives up 3 dingers.

Game Wrap 8/9/2018

Good News:  The Giants starting pitcher did not give up 5 runs in the first inning.  Bad News:  The bullpen gave up 5 runs in the 7'th inning( with a lot of help from the defense) to put this one away.  Key Lines:

Alen Hanson LF- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .275.  Hanson's triple into the L-CF gap drove him in from 1B for the Giants first run.

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .233.  Panik failed to bring Hanson home from 3B with no outs in the 5'th inning and made a error which led to the Pirates 5-run 7'th, but drove in 2 with a double in garbage time in the 9th.

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .259.  Duggar picked up Panik when he drove in Hanson from 3B with a sharp single up the middle in the 5'th inning.  He later doubled to drive in the Giants final run in the 9'th.  Duggar has been steady since his callup and looks like he is building a nice foundation for the future.  Kruk and Kuip had positive things to day about both him and Slater on the broadcast last night saying how well they project when they fully settle in and are comfortable with the league.  Kruk really values a player picking up a teammate so loved Duggar's single in the 5'th to pick up Joe Panik who came back later with a 2-run double of his own.  Duggar has 0.3 fWAR in 23 games and 93 PA.  While you can't project fWAR from such a small sample, you can put it in perspective, 1.8 fWAR/600 PA.

Andrew Suarez LHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 5-1.  ERA= 4.64.  A mixed bag for Suarez here.  Again his peripherals look good and he performed well except for the first 3 batters in the second inning who went single, HR, HR.

Mark Melancon RHP- 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.22.  It's tough to pitch when your defense commits errors on the first 2 batters of the inning.  Melancon almost got out of it with just 1 run allowed but Polanco's bloop down the LF line was pure BABIP bad luck.  Melancon was lifted for Derek Law who promptly gave up a 3-run bomb to David Freeze which was he backbreaker.

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The Loss dropped the Giants 7 games behind the idle D'Backs who are tied with the Dodgers for the NL West division lead.  The Rockies lost to the Dodgers 8-5 to fall 3.5 games behind in 3'rd place.  The Giants do not get any help in the Wild Card race as their deficit is 7 games there too.

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Derek Holland gets the ball tonight facing righty Clay Holmes.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/8/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Binghampton Rumble Ponies 5-1:

Luigi Rodriguez RF- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .281.
Ryan Howard 2B- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA=.272.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(5), BB.  BA= .218.
Conner Menez LHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.23.
Dillon McNamara RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.53.
Sam Wolff RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 9.00.

Ryan Howard is hitting .343 over his last 10 games.   Just for a random comp, Joe Panik slashed .297/368/.402 in his first full pro season with San Jose.  The next year he slashed .257/.333/.347 for Richmond.  Howard's slash lines for the same 2 stops:  .306/.342/.397 and .272/.340/.389.  Howard can still improve his line if he stays hot through the end of the season.  Jonah Arenado is hitting .394 over his last 10 games.

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A+ San Jose Giants outslugged the Ranch Cucamonga Quakes 8-4:

Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 5, 2B, 2 SB(37).  BA= .274.
Jalen Miller 2B- 3 for 4, HR(13), BB, 2 SB(10).  BA= .276.
Wander Javier Franco DH- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .284.
Heath Quinn LF- 2 for 4, HR(11).  BA= .297.
Dillon Dobson 3B- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .244.
Kelvin Beltre SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .219.
DJ Myers RHP- 5 IP,  5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.57.
Frank Rubio RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.79.

Jalen Miller is playing his age 21 season in San Jose.  Joe Panik's SJ season was also his age 21 season and Ryan Howard's was his age 22 season.  OPS:  Miller- .767.  Panik- .770.  Howard- .739.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Hagerstown Suns 7-6(Game 1 of DH, 7 Innings):

Malique Ziegler CF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB, Sac.  BA= .273.
Ismael Munguia LF- 3 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .257.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 1 for 3, HR(7).  BA= .246.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 2 for 3.  BA= .285.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .239.
Jeffry Parra C- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .182.
Jose Marte RHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.26.

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Low A  August Greenjackets vs Hagerstown Suns(Game 2 of DH):  Postponed by Rain.

This was the makeup game from 8/7, so it's now been postponed twice.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were idle due to the NWL All-Star Break.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange and Giants Black were both idle.

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DSL  Giants outlasted the Mariners 5-3 in 11 innings:

Ghordy Santos SS- 1 for 2, BB, Sac.  BA= .197.
Luis Toribio DH- 2 for 5.  BA= .270.
Jean Pena 2B- 2 for 5, HR(6).  BA= .252.
Sonny Vargas LHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.46.
Willian Suarez RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.26.

Sonny Vargas has now had 3 consecutive scoreless starts covering 16 IP with 2 BB and 14 K's.

Down on the Farm: 8/7/2018

AAA  Nashville Sounds beat the Sacramento River Cats 4-2:

Gregor Blanco CF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .258.
Tyler Herb RHP-  6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.31.
Manny Parra LHP= 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.30.

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AA  Binghampton Rumble Ponies trampled the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-1:

CJ Hinojosa 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .272.
Dan Slania RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.75.

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A+  San Jose Giants outscored the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8-7:

Wander Javier Franco 3B- 2 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .282.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .210.
Mac Marshall LHP- 4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.24.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.90.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs Hagerstown Suns postponed by rain.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were idle for the NWL All-Star Game:

Joey Bart C- 2 for 3, HR.
Diego Rincones LF- 4 for 5, 2 2B.
Gregory Santos and Jesus Tona retired 2 batters each without allowing a baserunner.

Joey Bart hit dingers!  This one was a 3-run jack.  Diego Rincones can hit!  He wins game MVP honors.  He also was credited with an OF assist on a runner at the plate.

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Rookie AZL Padres 1 topped the Giants Orange 6-2(Game 1 of DH, 7 Innings):

Fabian Pena C- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .306.
Bryan Hernandez LF- 0 for 1, 2 BB.  BA= .147.
Marco Gonzalez LHP- 6.2 IP, 13 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 8 K's, GO/AO= 7/1.  ERA= 6.29.

31 of Bryan Hernandez' 48 PA's have ended in either a K or a BB.  Dominant peripheral stats for Marco Gonzalez who may have been the victim of some very bad BABIP luck.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange crushed the Padres 1 9-0(Game 2 of DH, 7 Innings:

Anyesber Sivira SS- 1 for 2, BB, HBP.  BA= .254.
George Bell RF- 2 for 4, 2B. BA= .336.
Andres Angulo DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .327.
Tyler Flores 1B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .286.
Patrick Hilson CF- 2 for 3, 3B, HBP.  BA= .200.
Jose Patino LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .125.
Jorge Labrador RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.09.
Travis Perry RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.09.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black edged out the Royals 2-1:

Zander Clarke DH- 0 for 1, 3 BB, SB(2).  BA= .273.
Franklin Labour RF- 1 for 3, 2B, 1 BB.  BA= .302.
Francisco Medina 3B- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .236.
Jose Rivero 2B- 2 for 4. BA= .313.
Conner Nurse RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.05.
Garrett Christman RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 8.31.
Cooper Casad RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

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DSL  Giants pounded the Tigers2 10-3(First game of DH, 7 Innings):

Ghordy Santos SS- 1 for 1, 3 BB.  BA= .197.
Ismael Alcantara 1B- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .224.
Andrew Caraballo DH- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .226.
Robinson Batista CF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SB(10).  BA= .254.
Yhonson Rojas RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.58.

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DSL  Tigers2 beat the Giants 4-1:

Ismael Alcantara 1B- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .227.
Robinson Batista RF- 1 for 2, 3B.  BA= .257.
Jesus Gomez LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.20.

Ismael Alcantara with a dinger in each game of the DH.  17 yo lefty Jesus Gomez has 42 K's in 32.2 IP on the season.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Game Wrap 8/7/2018: Astros 2 Giants 1

Same song second verse, could get better but it's gonna get worse......It was deja vu all over again out at AT&T Park as the Giants and Madison Bumgarner took a 1-0 lead into the 8'th inning only to have a previously dominant reliever give up a 2-run game-winning HR for their second crushing loss in 2 games.   Key Lines:

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K"s.  ERA= 2.69.  Almost vintage Bummy, turned a 1-0 lead over to the bullpen only to see it come to naught.  Hopefully this is a sign that he's turned a corner and he will get better run and bullpen support in future games.

Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.86.  Black had pitched 10.1 consecutive shutout innings in dominant fashion.  He struck out 2 batters this inning but also gave up 3 hits, the second one being a dinger to AAAA player Tyler White who is a classic bad-bodied Moneyball slugger.

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Still waiting the outcomes of the D'Backs and Dodgers games(it looks like the Snakes will lose and the Dodgers win).  Giants sit 6.5 games out of first place and 6.5 games out of the Wild Card pending the outcome of those games.

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The Giants get a day off at home before starting a 4-gamer against the Pirates on Thursday, 8/9 with Andrew Suarez trying to right his ship facing Ivan Nova.

Down on the Farm: 8/6/2018

AAA  Nashville Sounds blanked the Sacramento River Cats 6-0:

Peter Bourjos CF- 3 for 4.  BA= .295.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .267.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 10-1.  ERA= 4.88.
Jesus Luzardo LHP(Sounds)- 5 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Shaun Anderson allowed 2 runs through 6 innings, then didn't record an out in the 7'th when he was charged with 3 Runs, 1 ER.  A's pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo makes his AAA debut.  BTW, he's a graduate of Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland FL.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

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A+  Rancho Cucamonga Quakes defeated the San Jose Giants 5-3:

Carlos Sano RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.62.
Hunter Strickland RHP- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, HR.  ERA= 13.50.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.08.

This is Carlos Sano's first pro season at age 25.  He has allowed 4 R in 16 IP over his last 3 Starts with 15 K's and 6 BB's.  57 K's in 59.2 IP with 30 BB's for the SJ Giants.  He seems to have the stuff and is built like a horse, but needs to cut down on the BB's.  Hunter Strickland gives up dingers.  Speaking of, all 5 RC runs scored on solo dingers in this game.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were idle.

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Rookie AZL  Cubs2 beat the Giants Black 3-1:

Alexander Canario CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .282.
Sean Roby DH- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .288.
Zander Clarke LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .281.
Jordan Scott RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.79.

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Rookie AZL  Cubs1 topped the Giants Orange 4-2:

Ben Madison RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.40.
Yoel Veras RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.87.
Danny Hultzen LHP(Cubs1)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 H.  ERA= 27.00.

A Danny Hultzen sighting!  Remember him?  Wasn't he like a #3 overall draft pick by the Seattle Mariners once upon a time?

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DSL  Giants vs Tigers 2 postponed by rain.

Game Wrap 8/6/2018: Astros 3 Giants 1

The Giants were 1 out away from a 1-0 win when Marwin Gonzalez smacked a 3-run homer off Closer Will Smith to turn it into an Astros Win.  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 3, HR(11), BB.  BA= .279.  Crawford broke a scoreless tie in the 6'th inning when he pulled a pitch from Charlie Morton into the arcade down the RF line.  It was his first HR since June 30.  Crawford has been in a deep slump hitting just .200 for the month of July.  His 2 hits in this game were his first of August in which he is hitting .133.

Dereck Rodriguez RHP- 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.34.  7'th QS in a row and his strongest Start so far.  The kid seems to be getting better before our eyes.  His story is one of the delights of this season no matter how it ends for the Giants.

Reyes Moronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.75.  Another young pitcher who is getting better before our eyes.  Did you see his K of Derek Fisher on 3 pitches?  It left Mike Krukow a bit incredulous!  I could see him moving into the Closer role by next season if not before.

Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K, BS(2).  ERA= 1.98.  Smith has been lights out.  Hopefully this is just a hiccup, but blowups like this can get into a Closer's head.  I though he tried to get too cute with the breaking ball, had some close misses early and it deteriorated from there.  He couldn't throw the breaking ball for a strike and couldn't get 'Stros batters to chase out of the zone.  He seemed to be able to command the FB but maybe didn't have enough confidence in it?  If you are a Closer, you have to be able to fall back on the FB which is why I think either Reyes Moronta or Ray Black are the Closers of the future.

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The Loss dropped the 4'th place Giants 6 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs who edged out the Phillies 3-2.  Dodgers were idle to drop 0.5 games behind in 2'nd place.  Rockies topped the Pirates 2-0 to remain 2 games back in 3'rd place.

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Madison Bumgarner tries to get past this loss facing Dallas Keuchel this afternoon in the 2-game series finale.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/5/2018

AAA  Nashville Sounds drown out the Sacramento River Cats 6-4:

Chris Shaw DH- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .264.
Myles Schroder 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .270.
Ryder Jones 1B- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .285.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .271.

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AA  Portland Sea Dogs downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-3:

Caleb Gindl DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .288.
Dylan Davis LF- 1 for 3, HR(11), Sac.  BA= .253.
Matt Lipka CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .243.
Logan Webb RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.40.

Logan Webb makes his AA debut to give him a head start on next season's assignment.

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A+  Lake Elsinore Storm washed away the San Jose Giants 6-4:

Wander Javier Franco 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .280.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .209.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.19.

Sandro Fabian hits his second dinger in 2 games.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets tamed the West Virginia Power 5-1:

Manuel Geraldo DH- 3 for 4.  BA= .283.
Logan Baldwin RF- 3 for 3, HR(5), BB.  BA= .240.
Norwith Gudino RHP- 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
John Russell RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.06.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Tri-City Dust Devils 5-1:

Diego Rincones LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .357.
Joey Bart C- 2 for 5, 2 3B, SB(2).  BA= .346.
David Villar 3B- 1 for 5, HR(9).  BA= .285.
Ricardo Genoves DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .235.
Seth Corry LHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Matt Frisbee RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 3.06.
Trent Toplikar RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.74.

2 triples and a SB?  Joey Bart is showing off his speed game!  Ricardo Genoves is hitting .357 over his last 10 games.  Significant development as Seth Corry gets the promo to the NWL and has a successful debut Start.

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Rookie AZL  Dodgers outscored the Giants Orange 6-5:

Tyler Flores LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .292.
Fabian Pena DH- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .300.
Bryan Hernandez RF- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .167.
Jacob Lopez LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.08.
Logan Harasta RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.87.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black beat the Reds 8-5:

Kwan Adkins LF- 0 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .177.
Alexander Canario CF- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .275.
Sean Roby 3B- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .287.
Jose Rivero 2B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .304.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 10.13.
Luis Amaya LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 6.48.

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DSL  Giants were idle.

Game Wrap 8/5/2018: Giants 3 D'Backs 2

The Giants desperately needed their starting pitching to get out of the first inning without falling hopelessly behind.  They got that from Derek Holland, who didn't quite get a Quality Start, but who held the D'Backs at bay long enough to give his team a chance to win.  Evan Longoria provided the offense.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .265.  Cutch reaches base safely 8 consecutive PA's including yesterday's 5-hit game.  OK, I am not sure why folks are relentlessly ragging on Cutch.  We all know he's not Mike Trout and he's not the player he was a few years ago, but his fWAR is 1.4 which is 1.6 higher than the Giants fWAR for RF last year.  I challenge the Cutch raggers to show me a reasonable scenario where the Giants do better than that for the same cost or less.

Evan Longoria 3B- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(12).  BA= .262.  Longo went 8 for 18 for the 4 game series and is hitting .357 in 10 games since coming off the DL.  His dinger turned around a 97 MPH FB from Archie Bradley for the game winner.

Derek Holland LHP- 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.88.  Holland was not really in trouble when Bochy removed him in the 6'th inning, but with Paul Goldschmidt and Steven Souza, 2 power-hitting RH batters coming up, he wanted RHP Reyes Moronta to face them.  Moronta walked Goldy but got Souza to fly out and then got the switch-hitting Ketel Marte to pop up.

Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.53.  Ray Black has now pitched 10.1 
scoreless frames since his rough MLB debut.

Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(7).  ERA= 1.27. Another lights out 9'th for Will Smith.

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With the Win, the Giants gained a game back on the D'Backs who dropped back into a tie for the NL West lead with the Dodgers.  The Giants trail by 5 games with the Rockies 2 back in 3'rd place.

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The Giants come home to face the World Series Champion Astros with Young Dereck Rodriguez facing Charlie Morton.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Down on the Farm: 8/4/2018

AAA  Nashville Sounds defeated the Sacramento River Cats 3-1:

Ryder Jones 3B- 1 for 3, HR(10), BB.  BA= .285.
Casey Kelly RHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.78.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Portland Sea Dogs 4-1(Game 1 of DH, 7 Innings):

Jonah Arenado 3B/1B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .221.
Jake McCasland RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.57.
Dusten Knight RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 2.25.

This was Jonah Arenado's 3'rd multi-hit game in 4, 10 for 14 in that span.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels tamed the Portland Sea Dogs 3-1(Game 2 of DH, 7 Innings):

Dylan Davis LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .252.
Chase Johnson RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.08.
Sam Wolff RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 9.64.

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A+ Lake Elsinore Storm rolled over the San Jose Giants 5-3:

Dillon Dobson DH- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .234.
Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .206.
Trevor Horn RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Sandro Fabian has had rough season but he's young for the league and has shown flashes of power.  He can repeat the Cal League next year and still be young for the level.

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Low A West Virginia Power pounded the Augusta Greenjackets 8-2:

Ismael Munguia RF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .242.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .249.
Olbis Parra RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.98.
JJ Santa Cruz LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.84.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes destroyed the Tri-City Dust Devils 15-3:

Jose Layer CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .280.
Kyle McPherson 2B- 2 for 6, 2 2B.  BA= .291.
Diego Rincones LF- 3 for 6.  BA= .355.
Joey Bart C- 3 for 6, 2 2B, SB(1).  BA= .343.
David Villar 3B- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(8), BB.  BA= .288.
Aaron Bond RF/CF- 1 for 4, HR(5), BB.  BA= .284.
Ricardo Genoves DH- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .226.
Jake Wong RHP- 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, GO/AO- 5/1.  ERA= 2.93.
Keaton Winn RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.32.

Not sure what the point of watching Joey Bart stroll out and destroy the NWL every other night is.  Give the man a challenge already!  I think he got bored with all that hitting and decided to steal a base just to stay interested.  Ricardo Genoves bat has come alive.  He is 11 for 24 in his last 7 games.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black edged out the Rangers 3-2(Game 1 of DH, 7 Innings):

Sean Roby DH- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .287.
Zander Clarke LF- 1 for 2, 2B, BB.  BA= .190.
Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Johan Herrera RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO- 7/3.  ERA= 3.60.

Hunter Strickland starts his rehab assignment.  Hopefully he didn't punch anything after his defense let him down for the unearned run.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black topped the Rangers 6-3:

Alexander Canario CF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .270.
Zander Clarke 1B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .250.
Kwan Adkins LF- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .186.
Israel Cruz RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.18.

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Rookie AZL  Mariners edged out the Giants Orange 3-2:

Anyesber Sivira 2B- 0 for 2, 2 HBP.  BA= .284.
Beicker Mendoza 1B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .353.
Francis Pena RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.26.
Julio Rodriguez RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.38.
Ian Gardeck RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 7.36.

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DSL  Colorado beat the Giants 4-2:

Ismael Alcantara 1B- 2 for 4, SB(3).  BA= .221.
Robinson Batista LF- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB, SB(9).  BA= .252.
Freddery Paulino RHP- 5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.31.

Game Wrap 8/4/2018: D'Backs 9 Giants 3

For the second game in a row, a young Giants SP gave up a 5-spot to the D'Backs in the first inning and the route was on.  Key lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 5 for 5, 2B, HR(12).  BA= .264.  Every time Andrew McCutchen has a good game, and he has had a few really good ones, I think "ok, here we go.  He's going to get hot!"  So far that hasn't happened as he's never really gotten traction on the season.  Maybe this game is the start of the long awaited hot streak?

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .270.  Steven Duggar is actually hitting a bit better than I thought he would and a whole lot better than I was afraid he might.  He seems to be gaining confidence at the plate and is a plus in the field.  Have the Giants found their CF of the immediate and short term future?

Andrew Suarez LHP- 5 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.60.  Young pitchers face a number of pitfalls as their career starts to extend.  Hitters get better scouting reports.  Fatigue from the grind of starting every 5'th game without being able to let their guard down for even one batter starts to set in. This was Suarez' 19'th MLB start.  His pitching lines started to slip noticeably 3 Starts ago and the wheels came off tonight.  He's now allowed 19 ER in 21.2 IP over his last 4 Starts.  He may need a breather, but the Giants appear to have run out of replacement options.

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The Loss drops the Giants 6 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs.  The Dodgers are getting destroyed in Houston so they will likely end up 1 game behind he Snakes in 2'nd place.  The Rockies lost to the BrewCrew so are 3 games back in 3'rd place.

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Derek Holland tries to salvage a split of the 4 game series tomorrow against Robbie Ray.