Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Game Wrap 4/23/2018: Giants 4 Nationals 2

The Giants got toonder from Mac Williamson's bat and a gritty Start from Chris Stratton to top the Nationals in AT&T Park.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey C- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .282.  Buster has always worked his way out of slumps by hitting the ball to RF, and that's what he did twice tonight with clear intent.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .290.  I gotta admit, I find Brandon Belt to be a frustrating hitter to watch even though I admit numbers don't lie and he's much more valuable than he appears to a lot of fans.  What drives me nuts about Belt is here is a guy with long arms, who uses a long handled bat who insists on standing over the plate in the batter's box while gripping the bat down on the knob.  Now, Barry Bonds used to stand over the plate too, but he used a shorter bat AND he choked up on it!  The barrel of the bat was right over the plate.  Belt covers the plate with his hands and bat handle!  Anyway, I was happy to see him turn on a pitch and drive it down into the RF corner to set up the Giants first run with a double in the 4'th inning that put runners on 2'nd and 3'rd.

Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .267.  Mac Daddy did a good job of putting the ball in play after Belt's 4'th inning double, driving in the run when Wilmer Difo's Fielder's Choice went awry at home plate.  He came up again in the 6'th after a Brandon Belt walk and greeted Shawn Kelly with a monster shot to R-CF that cleared the 421 ft sign with 43 feet to spare.  Just to show you how hard Mad hit it, Bryce Harper thought he hit one out to LF later in the game only to watch it die on the warning track.  His exit velocity on the HR in Anaheim on Friday night was 114 MPH.  This one was 111 MPH.  Mac could be seen later in the dugout having a long conversation with Hunter Pence.

Chris Stratton RHP- 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.32.  Stratton once again threw darts with his FB mixing in just enough curveballs and changeups to keep the Nationals' batters off balance.  He was put to the test in the 6'th inning when he was already showing signs of tiring.  Evan Longoria dropped a pop-up in foul territory to prolong Bryce Harper's AB which ended with a BB.  The next batter, Ryan Zimmerman hit a line drive right at Andrew McCutchen that hit off the edge of his glove for a 2-base error to put runners at 2'nd and 3'rd with 1 out.  Stratton proceeded to strike out Matt Adams and got Matt Wieters on a routine flyout to CF to get out of the jam.  The look of relief on Cutch's face was amazing to see and Longoria was all smiles with a pat on the back on the way to the dugout.  Man, talk about ARRIVING in the major leagues!  For some reason, Bochy thought it was a good idea to send Stratton back out to start the 7'th inning.  He was clearly gassed, but gutted his way to 2 outs while Michael Taylor worked his way around the bases after drawing a leadoff walk.  Boch finally came and got Stratton after Trea Turner's 2-out single through the left side hole.

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.84.  Watson was helped by the park when the first batter he faced, Bryce Harper, hit what he thought was a HR to LF only to see it die on the warning track.  He then gave up a hard single to Ryan Zimmerman, struck out Matt Adams and got Matt Wieters on a hard liner to Mac in LF.

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(4).  ERA= 1.80.  Strickland came in for the Save and could not find home plate.  With Bryce Harper looming as the 6'th batter of the inning, Strick fell behind the next 3 batters but managed to come back for a ground-out and 2 K's for his 4'th Save.

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The Win allowed the Giants to gain a half game on the NL West leading D'backs.  They remain in 4'th place, 5.5 games behind the leaders.  The Dodgers edged out the Marlins 2-1 to jump over the Reeling Rockies who were crushed by the Padres 13-5.  The Dodgers trail the D'Backs by 4 games while the Rockies drop into 4'th place, 4.5 games behind.  The Last Place Padres gained a half game and are 7.5 games out.

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Ty Blach tries to clinch the Giants second series win tonight facing RHP Tanner Roark.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/22/2018

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers pounded the Sacramento River Cats 12-5:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .298.
Chase d'Arnaud 2B- 0 for 2, 3 BB, SB(3).  BA= .275.
Casey Kelly RHP- 0.2 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 5 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 10.80.
Jose Flores RHP- 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.84.
Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 4 H 4 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 11.25.

Gotta wonder about Casey Kelly's health after a start like this.  Will Smith must be close to coming off the DL.  He's turned in identical 2 K clean innings with 1 day off in between.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Altoona Curve 5-4:

Ryan Howard SS= 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .333.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .185.
Ronnie Jebavy CF- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .157.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .250.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.86.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(4).  ERA= 0.00.

Not much to say about this one.

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A+  San Jose Giants cracked the Modesto Nuts 5-2:

Bryce Johnson CF- 1 for 4, BB, SB(3).  BA= .306.
Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 3, SF.  BA= .306.
Heath Quinn RF- 3 for 4.  BA= .316.
Johneshwy Fargas RF- 1 for 1, BB, SF, HBP, 2 SB(4).  BA= .316.
Conner Menez LHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.37.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.82.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 1.29.

Menez has had 3 very good starts and 1 bad one where he gave up 4 runs in 4 IP.  This was Ruotolo's first Save.  The SJ Giants have 3 Saves on the season with Rodolfo Martinez holding the other 2.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs Rome Braves postponed due to rain.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Game Wrap 4/22/2018: Giants 4 Angels 2

The Giants got an epic, record-setting AB from Brandon Belt, among other things, and a scintillating pitching performance by Johnny Cueto and hung on to beat the Angels for their first series win of the season.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 3 for 5.  BA= .276.  Panik had been slumping.  In fact, he was just 1 for his last 19 coming into the game.

Brandon Belt 1B- 3 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .288.  OK, here we go.  in the first inning, Brandon Belt set a major league record for Pitches Seen in 1 AB, 21.  That's right, he had a 21-pitch AB!  It ended with an out, but it was a lineout, so he made solid contact after that battle.  He also had an 8 pitch AB later in the game.  Oh, and he hit a dinger in his 4'th consecutive game.  Belt is hitting .360 in his last 7 games and .308 over his last 15.  I think it's time to stop carping about his caught looking episodes!

Evan Longoria 3B- 1 for 5, HR(4).  BA= .243.  OK, here's the deal.  The Giants loaded the bases in the 3'rd inning with no outs.  Buster Posey hit into a GIDP and it looked like they might come away with just one run to show for it.  Up stepped Longoria and picked up Buster big time with a 2-run blast which enabled the Giants to come away with a 3-run inning which is a whole heckuva lot better than 1.  Longoria is hitting .407 over his last 7 games and .305 over his last 15.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 0.35.  As I said, another scintillating performance by Johnny C.  A 0.35 ERA!

Reyes Moronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.75.  Future Closer?

Cory Gearrin RHP- 0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 6.43.  Gearrin is just not an effective pitcher right now.  Maybe he needs to cut his hair and and beard?

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.93.  Watson has looked like a major bargain so far.

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 2.00.  It was a roller-coaster ride with a 1-out single, a very loud out to RF by Kole Calhoun, another single and finally a flyout by Ian Kinsler to end the game and the Save.

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With the Win, the Giants remained in 4'th place, 6 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs who topped the Padres 4-2.  The Rockies lost to fall 4 games behind the Snakes in 2'nd place.  The Dodgers edged out the Nationals 4-3 and remain 4.5 games behind in 3'rd place.  The Padres bring up the rear, 8 games back.

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The Giants come home from the 3 city road trip to a 3-game series against the Nationals starting tomorrow night with Chris Stratton facing Gio Gonzalez.

Down on the Farm: 4/21/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Tacoma Rainiers 8-4:

Steven Duggar CF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .283.
Alen Hanson 2B- 2 for 5,  SB(6).  BA= .449.
Austin Slater RF- 2 for 5.  BA= .385.
Myles Schroder 1B- 1 for 4, HR(2), BB, SB(1).  BA= .400.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.93.

After a slow start to the season, Duggar has a 6 game hit streak and is batting .341 over his last 10 games.  Austin Slater continues his strong season.  Can we please have an OF of Mac, Duggar and Slater by next season?

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AA  Altoona Curve outscored the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-6:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .333.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .306.
Jerry Sands 1B- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .149.
Dillon Dobson 3B- 2 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .200.
Matt Lipka LF- 2 for 3, HR(2), SB(7).  BA= .235.
Jake McCasland RHP- 3.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.48.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.76.

Not sure where Matt Lipka came from.  He seems to have some speed.

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A+  San Jose Giants cracked the Modesto Nuts 6-5:

Bryce Johnson CF- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .309.
Jacob Heyward LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .277.
Gio Brusa 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .273.
Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 2, SF, Sac.  BA= .250.
Matt Winn C- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .250.
Logan Webb RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.90.

Bryce Johnson has 10 hits in 19 AB's over his last 4 games.  Not sure why Webb came out after just 3 IP.  He threw just 32 pitches so it was not pitch count.  Probably not a good sign.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Rome Braves 5-4:

Manuel Geraldo SS- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Jason Bahr RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.96.
Frank Rubio RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 1.93.

I think if Manuel can get over the Augusta hurdle, he will be a viable MLB SS prospect.  Bahr was obviously not as sharp as his first 3 starts but was still effective.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Game Wrap 4/21/2018: Angels 4 Giants 3

The Giants could not overcome 3 longballs by the Angels.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 3, HR(4), BB.  BA= .259.  Belt gave the Giants an early lead with a 2-run blast in the 2'nd inning.  That would be the last we heard from the Giants offense until the 8'th inning.    The Giants offense fanned 17 times against Garrett Richards and 4 Angels relievers.

Derek Holland LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.98.  Take away the big flies to Jefry Marte, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, Holland pitched a great game.  He gave up a whopping 31 in 135 IP last year, so it's not a 1 game blip.

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The top 3 teams in the NL West all won so the Giants slip to 6 games behind the D'Backs while the Rockies and Dodgers trail the leaders by 3 and 4.5 games respectively.  The losing Padres fell to 7 games off the pace.

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Johnny Cueto tries for the Giants first series win tomorrow facing Jaime Barria.

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Buster Posey was supposed to DH this game for the Giants, but was a late scratch due to a stiff back.

Down on the Farm: 4/20/2018

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

Eury Perez CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .375.
Chase d'Arnaud SS- 1 for 3, HR(3), SB(2), BB.  BA= .295.
Tyler Beede RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 7 K's. ERA= 6.00.
Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 0.00.

Typical Beede line.  Most of the damage came on a 3-run dinger by Jabari Blash.  In addition to the walks, 2 HBP's led to 2 runs for the Bees which proved to be the difference in the game.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Altoona Curve 6-3:

Ryan Howard SS- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .327.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .290.
Aramis Garcia C- 1 for 4, HR(1). BA= .265.
Dylan Davis LF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(3).  BA= .267.
Garrett Williams LHP- 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.56.
Dusten Knight RHP- 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.56.
Mike Connolly RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(4).  ERA= 0.00.

Not much to say about this one.  Can Ryan Howard go wire-to-wire with a .300+ BA again this year?

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A+  San Jose Giants outscored the Modesto Nuts 9-8:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .270.
Heath Quinn LF- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .283.
Wander Franco 3B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .250.
Matt Winn C- 1 for 4, HR(1), BB.  BA= .219.
Johneshwy Fargas RF- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(2).  BA= .278.
Melvin Adon RHP- 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.30.
Connor Overton 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Nice game to pad the stat line.  Great to see Heath Quinn hitting well early this season.  Does Johneshwy finally get over the SJ hump?  Overton is a newbie to the organization. Don't know much about him.  Looks like he pitched sparingly in the Blue Jays organization in the past.

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Low A  Rome Braves topped the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .259.
Jean Angomas DH- 1 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .273.
Joey Marciano LHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 1.06.

Ramos was lifted for a PR after a HBP in the 5'th inning.  Hopefully no serious injury. Ugh!

Game Wrap 4/20/2018: Giants 8 Angels 1

Mac Williamson's promotion paid immediate dividends for the Giants as his 2-run HR in the 5'th inning sparked a 6-run rally that turned a close game into a cakewalk.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .213.  Cutch's 3- run blast capped the 6-run outburst.

Nick Hundley C- 2 for 4, HR(1), 2B. BB.  BA= .222.  Hundley had a great night driving in the first run of the game with a solo HR halfway up the RF bleachers in the 2'nd inning.  His leadoff walk ahead of Williamson's dinger started the 5'th inning rally and he later doubled in Evan Longoria to drive in the final run of the game.

Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .250.  His other AB's were not too impressive, but the dinger came at a great time in the game and was a laser shot to the opposite field.  I was at the game so did not hear Kruk and Kuip's call, but a commenter last night said the ball left the bat at 114 MPH. It definitely looked like it!

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .269.  The thing I love about Kelby Tomlinson is he gives you a battle every single AB.  He needs to be starting either SS or 2B against all LHP's, IMO.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  There were some loud outs and the 4 walks, but Shark got the outs he needed including a very loud FB out by Upton to end the 5'th inning after Shark walked the bases full.

Reyes Moronta RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.82.  Dominant 2 innings from Moronta.

Shohei Ohtani DH(Angels)- 2 for 4.  BA= .342.  I'll say this about Ohtani:  The kid sure looks good in a baseball uniform!

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The D'Backs, Rockies and Dodgers all lost so the Giants gained a game on the pack and are now 5 games out of first place, but still in 4'th place in the NL West.  The D'Backs continue to lead the Rockies by 3 games and the Dodgers by 4.5.  The Padres bring up the rear at 6 games off the pace.

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Derek Holland tries to secure the Giants first series win of the season tonight facing RHP Garrett Richards.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/19/2018

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees outscored the Sacramento River Cats by a field goal 10-7:

Alen Hanson 2B- 4 for 5, 2 2B, 1 3B.  BA= .463.
Austin Slater RF- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, SF.  BA= .433.
Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .244.
Hector Sanchez C- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .296.
Jose Valdez RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.00.

Mac Williamson did not play. Is that a sign he could be on his way to Anaheim?  Gotta wonder if Austin Slater could play a passable CF for the Giants.

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AA  Bowie Baysox defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-1:

Ryan Halstead RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.17.

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A+  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants by a touchdown 13-6:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 6.  BA= .259.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .333.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .241.
Wander Franco 3B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .231.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .259.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.27.
Michael Cederoth RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.74.

I'm really excited about Jalen Miller and Sandro Fabian's performances so far.  Brandon Van Horn is becoming an interesting prospect as a field-first SS.  Rough start for Raffi in many ways.



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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets stung the Rome Braves 6-1:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 5.  BA= .250.
Jean Angomas LF- 0 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .267.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 1 for 3, SF.  BA= .235.
Jose Marte RHP- 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Peter Lannoo RHP- 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.54.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 15.43.

Marte is one of the higher ceiling pitching prospects in the Giants system.  After a rough first start, he has allow just 1 ER in 10.1 IP, with 13 K's and 2 BB's in his last 2 Starts.  Doval is unscored on in his last 3 appearances, 3.1 IP.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Game Wrap 4/19/2018: D'backs 3 Giants 1

Ty Blach gave the Giants a Quality Start,  but the bats went quiet again as the Giants dropped the rubber match of the 3 game series.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B= 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .255.  Belt homers for the second consecutive game and produced the only run they scored all evening.

Ty Blach LHP- 6 IP. 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/4. ERA= 4.10.  Typical Blach game with unimpressive peripheral numbers but enough soft contact for the QS.

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The Loss dropped the 4'th place Giants to 6 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs.  The rest of the division was idle with Colorado in second place, 3 games behind the Snakes. The Dodgers are 4.5 games back and the last place Padres are 7 off the pace.

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The Giants move on to LA to face the Angels on the last leg of their 3-city road trip.  Jeff Samardzija comes off the DL to start game 1 facing lefty Andrew Heaney.  I plan to attend this game with family members.

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Lots of speculation about the roster with Shark coming off the DL.  Hunter Pence sat out tonight's game with a sore thumb and is expected to take Shark's place on the DL, but Baggs is reporting "informed speculation" that Mac Williamson will be added to the 25-man roster which means someone else would have to go on the DL or be DFA'd to make room.  We'll see.  The Giants offense desperately needs a spark and Mac is the obvious guy most likely to give them one.  I like both Gregor Blanco and Gorkys Hernandez, but neither of them should stand in the way of a Mac promotion if Pence indeed goes on the DL.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Game Wrap 4/19/2018: Giants 4 D'Backs 3 in 10 Innings

Brandon Belt saved the Giants from a crushing loss when he hit a 2-run HR in the top of the 10'th inning and the Giants hung on for the desperately needed Win.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 2 for 5, SB(3).  BA= .209.  Maybe Cutch's bat is coming to life?  His hits were both solid LD's.

Evan Longoria 3B- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(3), BB.  BA= .241.  Longoria has been the Giants hottest hitter over the last 10 games.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 4, HR(2), HBP.  BA= .255.  Belt hadn't done much before the 10'th inning, but his drive off D'Backs Closer Brad Boxberger was the game winner giving the Giants a 2-run cushion they needed to hold off the Snakes.

Chris Stratton RHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.22.  Let's not overlook Chris Stratton who looked like he might pitch a CG shutout before giving up a double and triple to start the 8'th inning.  Stratton is pitching like an ace right now.

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.04.  Watson inherited a tough situation with a runner on 3B and 0 outs.  He got Chris Owings to pop out.   David Peralta got an IF single but Dyson failed to score from 3B for some reason.  Ketel Marte then grounded one back to Watson who started a difficult DP with Crawford making his usual magical moves on the relay to 1B.

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.  I guess there is no shame in giving up B2B doubles to Goldschmidt and AJ Pollack, but it's still disappointing that Strick blew the Save here.  I'll give him credit for pitching his way out of it without giving up another run and giving Belt a chance to win it.

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The Win narrowed the gap between the 4'th place Giants and the NL West leading D'backs to 5 games.  The Rockies are 2.5 games behind after a loss to the Pirates.  And here come the Dodgers who pounded the Padres and are 4 games behind in 3'rd place.  The Padres bring up the rear at 6.5 games off the pace.

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Ty Blach tries for a series win tomorrow facing Zack Greinke.

Down on the Farm: 4/18/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats tamed the Salt Lake City Bees 5-3:

Alen Hanson 2B- 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB(5).  BA= .417.
Ryder Jones 3B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .225.
Tyler Herb RHP- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.65.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Roberto Gomez RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 1.93.

Decent start for Herb.  Gomez gets the 5-out Save.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Bowie Baysox 1-0:

Luigi Rodriguez RF- 2 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .357.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 10/1.  ERA= 2.20.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 6.23.

Jordan Johnson has allowed 0 R with 10 K's and 1 BB in 13 IP over his last 2 Starts.

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A+  Visalia Rawhide outscored the San Jose Giants 9-6:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB(3).  BA= .250.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, HR(3), SB(3).  BA= .327.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .245.

Miller is showing his tools with 3 SB and 3 dingers in 58 PA so far.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 5-1:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .235.
Shane Matheny 3B- 2 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .370.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 3 for 4.  BA= .225.
John Gavin LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 0.61.
Frank Rubio RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.16.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Heliot Ramos hits his first dinger of the season.  Strong pitching out of the 2017 draft class.  Gavin has 19 K's and 4 BB's in 14.2 IP.  Rubio has 11 K's, 2 BB's in 8.1 IP.  Van Gurp has 10 K's and 1 BB in 8 IP.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/17/2018

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees swarmed over the Sacramento River Cats 12-3:

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .256.
Alen Hanson 2B- 2 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .424.
Mac Williamson DH- 1 for 4, HR(6). BA= .514.
Casey Kelly RHP- 3.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.11.
Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Mac continues to assault PCL pitching.  Welp!  Maybe Casey Kelly is not ready to help out the MLB club after all?  Will Smith appears to be getting close to a return to MLB after losing a year to Tommy John surgery.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Bowie Baysox 1-0:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .350.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 9/1. ERA= 2.12.
Mike Connolly RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 0.00.

Shaun Anderson is a horse!

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A+  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 4-1:

Jalen Miller 2B- 0 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .320.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 0 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .222.
Conner Menez LHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Menez has 15 K's against 3 BB's in 10 IP in 2 starts for SJ.  His one start for Sacramento did not go as well.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets edged out the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-5:

Heliot Ramos CF- 0 for 2, 2 BB. BA= .239.
Shane Matheny 2B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB. BA= .333.
Jean Angomas LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .292.
Garrett Cave RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.00.
John Russell RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 1.42.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 19.64.

Rough Start for Cave.  Doval records his second consecutive scoreless appearance.  Yay!

Game Wrap 4/17/2018: D'Backs 1 Giants 0

Johnny Cueto was electric for 7 innings, but the Giants lineup found a new low against lefty Patrick Corbin and the Snakes edged out a win after scoring a run on reliever Tony Watson in the bottom of the 8'th inning.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 3.  BA= .256.  Belt broke up the no-hitter in the top of the 8'th inning with a purposeful check swing grounder to beat the shift.  That's it!  A walk to Joe Panik was the only other baserunner Corbin allowed.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 0.45.  It was Cueto at his best.  This loss is on the hitters.

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.17.  Watson relieved Cueto after 97 pitches in the 8'th.  A 1 out walk to Jarrod Dyson, a sac bunt by Corbin and a basehit single up the middle to Peralta and that was the ballgame.

Patrick Corbin LHP(D'Backs)- 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 1.65.  One way pitchers are combatting the launch angle revolution is by throwing more breaking balls.  In fact, we are already starting to hear talk of a breaking ball revolution!  Patrick Corbin is leading that charge and getting results.  Here are Corbin's percentage of fastballs over the past 3 seasons:  63.5%, 53.4 %, 48.6%.  Here are his percentages of sliders:  26.5%, 38.0%, 46.8%.  Here are Corbin's cumulative Pitch Values over his career(per Fangraphs):  FB -43.8.  SL 34.6.  

One last point:  IDK what the Giants are doing with launch angles.  I know they are working with at least some of their hitters to increase them.  We do know the Giants are not very good at hitting breaking balls.  The word has obviously gotten out and they have seen a steady diet of breaking balls in the early going this season which partly explains their anemic offense.

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With the Loss, the Giants fall to 6 games below he NL West leading D'Backs.  They will probably avoid falling into last place because the Dodgers are leading the Padres late in their game. 

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Chris Stratton tries to stop the losing streak tomorrow night facing another lefty, Robbie Ray.

Fantasy Focus: All Free Agent Team

I thought I would post a list of my top players currently available in my 10 team league that rosters 26 players per team.  These players may not be available in your league.

C:  Francisco Cervelli, Pirates- .286/.379/.551, 6 R, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB.  Won't hit many HR's in the long run, but will likely hit for average and give you some non-HR counting stats.

1B:  Justin Bour, Marlins- .232/.306/.464, 5 R, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB.  Doesn't have much help around him in the lineup so R and RBI may lag.

2B:  Jed Lowrie, A's- .343/.403/.557, 8 R, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB.  No nobody's radar, but has a steady job in the A's IF.

3B:  Christian Villanueva, Padres- .333/.423/.822, 8 R, 6 HR, 13 RBI, 0 SB.  Folks are still trying to figure out what to make of him, but has a significant track record in the minors.

SS:  Marcus Semien, A's- .260/.321/.370, 11 R, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB.  Injured for much of last season, he hit 27 dingers in 2016.

OF:  Jose Pirela, Padres- .308/.333/.449, 12 R, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 2 SB.  Breakout watch!

OF:  Mallex Smith, Rays- .409/.458/.545, 6 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB.  With Kiermeier's injury, should start daily until at least mid-season and should be a strong source of SB's.

OF:  David Peralta, D'Backs- .340/.471/.540, 11 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB.  No outstanding category but contributes across the board.  Platoon risk.

SP:  Bartolo Colon, Rangers- 0 W, 1.45 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 17 K, 0 SV, 18.2 IP.  The K-rate won't keep up but usually puts up a nice WHIP and can rack up W's.

SP:  Andrew Cashner, Orioles- 1 W, 2.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 16 K, 0 SV, 18 IP.  Had a solid season last year with the Rangers so knows how to put up good numbers in a hitter's ballpark.

SP:  Tyler Skaggs, Angels- 2 W, 1.69 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 17 K, 0 SV, 16 IP.  Breakout watch!

RP:  Chris Devenski, Astros- 1 W, 1.13 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 10 K, 1 SV, 8 IP.  Multi-inning reliever who got a Save this week.  Could wind up being the Closer in an unsettled situation in Houston.  I actually picked him up today!

Down on the Farm: 4/16/2018

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers vs Sacramento River Cats postponed by rain.

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

Ali Castillo SS- 3 for 4, SB(3).  BA= .219.
Luigi Rodriguez RF- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .320.
Cory Taylor RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.07.
Ray Black RHP- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 8.10.

Ray Black makes an appearance and go credit for a Hold, but needed help from Tyler Cyr to finish the game.

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A+ San Jose Giants beat the Visalia Rawhide 4-2 in 10 innings:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, SB(2).  BA= .333.
Gio Brusa 1B- 2 for 5.  BA= .289.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4, SB(2).  BA= .233.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.35.
Logan Webb RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.29.

Andrew Suarez escaped the rain in Sacramento to make the start a bit farther south in Visalia stealing Logan Webb's start.  I would say this means we could see Suarez back in SF for a spot start or two in the near future.

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Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-2:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4.  BA= .250.
Shane Matheny 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.
Rob Calabrese C- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .235.
Orlando Garcia DH- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .286.
Jason Bahr RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 0.66.

Sleeper alert on Rob Calabrese.  Jason Bahr might need more of a challenge than the SAL is giving him right now.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Scouting The 2018 Draft: Bren Spillane

Bren Spillane, OF/1B, College(Illinois).  B-R, T-R.  6'5", 210 lbs.

2018:  .457/.540/.1.038, 15 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 12 SB, 17 BB, 37 K, 105 AB.
2017:  .295/.378/.500, 6 2B, 1 BB, 5 HR, 14 BB, 32 K, 112 AB.

Bren Spillane is a story as he is the first-half NCAA Player of the Year due to a huge breakout for University of Illinois.  He did not come completely out of nowhere as he was a star in HS and drafted in Round 34 in 2015 by the Pirates.  He's a late bloomer in college as power hitters sometimes are.  Strictly a corner player and mainly a 1B in college, he shows enough speed to possibly play LF in the pros.  Warning signs are a lack of a multi-season track record in college and a high K rate.  The obvious comp is Brent Rooker who as drafted in the Competitive Balance Round by the Twins last year, got off to a hot start to his pro career, but is struggling early in AA this season.  The Giants like to draft corner mashers in round 2 and 3.  Spillane is someone they may want to take a chance on as high as round 2.

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DrB's Updated 2018 Draft Board(top tier):

1.  Casey Mize, RHP, College(Auburn).
2.  Matthew Liberatore, LHP, HS.
3.  Travis Swaggerty, OF, College(Univ. of South Alabama).
4.  Kumar Rocker RHP, HS.
5.  Jarred Kelenic, OF, HS.
6.  Brice Turang, SS, HS.

Comments:  I've seen reports that Nander De Sedas has thickened up and is not looking like a SS while I've seen positive reviews of Turang's overall game and his ability to stick at SS.  The only thing keeping me from ranking Turang higher is a puzzling lack of hard information on him for such a highly ranked draft prospect.  Where are the radar gun readings and 60 yd dash times?  I know we are not selling jeans here, but those numbers do mean something.

I am hesitant to rank pitchers so high, but the 2018 crop of hitters is weak.  Mize is the obvious and safest pick at 1-1 for the Tigers.  The Giants are rumored to be in on Liberatore and he does seem like a very Giantsy pick.  He's a high ceiling lefty with advanced skills who should move fast and can be compared to Madison Bumgarner.  I love Kumar Rocker's physicality, but I see Liberatore as being a more Giants type guy.

The wild card in all of this is John Barr and whether he's identified a hitter he is confident enough in to take at #2 overall.  I could see that being Turang who checks off quite a few boxes the Giants historically like in a player.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/15/2018

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers buried the Sacramento River Cats 15-5:

Austin Slater RF- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .423.
Mac Williamson LF- 3 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .548.
Myles Schroder 3B/P- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .625.
Alen Hanson PH/2B- 2 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .414.
Myles Schroder 3B/P- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Austin Slater and Mac Williamson are both raking.  Mac had been playing RF, but moves over to LF today.  Hmm......  Myles Schroder can pitch too?

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

Ryan Howard SS- 1 for 3, 2B, HBP.  BA= .368.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .219.
Garrett Williams LHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.00.
Jake McCasland RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

Not much to say here.  Howard stays hot. Saw a link on Minor Lines over at MCC that the Squirrels are off to their best start in team history.

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A+  San Jose Giants topped the Stockton Ports 5-4 in 10 innings:

Gio Brusa 1B- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .275.
Heath Quinn LF- 4 for 4, 2B.  BA= .286.
Jacob Heyward DH- 1 for 3, BB. BA= .344.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 3, SF.  BA= .205.
Melvin Adon RHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.68.
Will Smith LHP- 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 10.80.

Brusa had the walk-off 2-run HR today.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs Lexington Legends postponed due to rain.

Game Wrap 4/15/2018: Padres 10 Giants 1

The Giants broke down in all facets of the game, hitting, defense, starting pitching, relief pitching, in a lopsided loss to the Padres.  Key Lines:

Evan Longoria 3B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .204.  Longoria's bat seems to be coming to life.  That is a good thing.

Tyler Beede RHP- 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 8.22.  Beede clearly needs more salt, but we'll focus on the 6 K's and say the stuff is there if it can be further refined.  Control/command continues to be an issue.

Josh Osich LHP- 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.14.  Osich was on fire in spring training and it seems to carry over into his first appearance of the season, but now it's the same old Josh Osich.  Hard to comprehend why he is not more effective with a FB that averages almost 96 MPH, but the numbers don't seem to lie.

Derek Law RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's.   ERA= 5.40.  Another frustrating guy who runs hot and cold and seems to have the stuff to be much better.

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.29.  Strick just needed some work.  At least he turned in a scoreless frame.

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The Loss dropped the Giants into 5'th place in the NL West, percentage points behind the Padres at 5 games behind the D'Backs who lost to the Dodgers today.  The 2'nd place Rockies topped the Nationals 6-5 to gain a game and now trail the Snakes by 3.  The Last Place Dodgers(not sure how much longer I can write that, but love it!) are just 0.5 games behind the Giants.

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The Giants have a day off on the road before starting a 3 game series in Arizona on Tuesday with Johnny Cueto scheduled to start against Patrick Corbin.

Down on the Farm: 4/14/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats pounded the Tacoma Rainiers 12-7:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 3, 3 BB.  BA= .258.
Alen Hanson 2B- 2 for 5, BB, SB(3).  BA= .385.
Mac Williamson RF- 2 for 3, HR(5), BB.  BA= .500.
Chase d'Arnaud 3B- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .345.
Myles Schroder 1B- 2 for 3, HR(1), BB, SF.  BA= .750.
Dereck Rodriguez RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.70.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

Another game to pad the stat line.  Mac continues to rake if for Sacramento.  In response to a comment in yesterday's Down on the Farm, I am a big Austin Slater fan, but Mac is the one player in the organization who has the physical tools to hit 40 dingers in a season.  Whether he'll ever do it?  I don't know.  The Giants owe to themselves to give him that chance at some point.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels topped the Reading Fightin' Phils 5-4:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB(4).  BA= .148.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .371.
Matt Gage LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.45.
Mike Connolly RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 9.00.

So far, Howard is the best hitter, by far, on this team.  Whether by WHIP or by K/BB, 1 ER looks like  the real result from Gage's pitching line.

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A+ San Jose Giants overcame a horrible rehab start by Jeff Samardzija to outlast the Stockton Ports 7-7 in 11 innings:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 6.  BA= .275.
Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .342.
Gio Brusa 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .286.
Jacob Heyward LF- 2 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .345.
Jeff Samardzija RHP- 2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 20.25.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB,  5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.25.

Miller's dinger was a 2-run walkoff job.  I know MadBum and Cueto have had ugly rehab starts that didn't mean a thing but my goodness!  The meltdown occurred in the first inning after 2 flyball outs and went single single(2 throwing errors), double, walk, walk, Grand Slam HR.  After that he seemed to settle down and finished with 5 K's.  Raffi Vizcaino has pitched 9 shutout innings this season with 10 K's.

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Low A  Lexington Legends edged out the Augusta Greenjackets 2-1:

Joey Marciano LHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.82.
Peter Lannoo RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 30.86.

Let's all cheer for Camilo Doval who finally completed an inning and did not allow any runs to boot!.  Hopefully this is what gets this high-ceiling prospect going.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Game Wrap 4/14/2018: Padres 5 Giants 4

The Giants offense came to life but the pitching faltered and a bad replay call may have cost them the game.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .327.  OK, here we go. With the Giants leading 4-3 in the top of the 7'th, Joe Panik hit a 1-out triple.  McCutchen then hit a liner to RF that did not give Panik much time to tag up.  The relay throw home appeared to be in plenty of time to get Panik but the replay clearly showed his foot hitting home plate well before any tag and it was questionable whether he ever got tagged at all!  Maybe the replay officials had a better angle, but it looked like he was safe.  Kruk and Kuip sure thought so!  That call turned out to be the difference in the ballgame.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 3, HR(2), 2 BB.  BA= .214.  Cutch's blast was a bomb that hit in well back in the upper deck in left-CF which is an enormous distance away in Petco Park.

Evan Longoria- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .176.  Longoria finally got the Giants on the board in the 4'th inning with a 2-run blast which also found the second deck in LF.  He doubled later in the game.  Hopefully this is a breakout from his early season slump.

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .277.  Crawford's triple in the 4'th inning led to a 3'rd run and gave the Giants a temporary lead.

Derek Holland LHP- 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.60.  Holland gave up his obligatory 2 runs in the first inning, then seemed to settle down.  He lost control of the strike zone in the 5'th inning as his pitch count soared above 80 pitches.  He finished with 86.

Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Kruk gave a nice demonstration of Maronta's drop and drive delivery with the help of slo-mo video.  Maronta looked great, but made the mistake of walking AJ Ellis with 2 outs in the 6'th.  Bochy went for the lefty-lefty matchup with Josh Osich and Carlos Asuaje and.....

Josh Osich LHP- 0.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.76.  Osich hung a fastball(can you hang a fastball?) to Asuaje who is not exactly Eric Hosmer.  Asauje spanked it up the middle for a hit sending AJ Ellis to 3B and that was it for Osich.

Cory Gearrin RHP- 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.60.  Gearring struck out the dangerous Joe Pirela to end the 6'th inning, but started the 7'th giving up a single to Freddy Galvis followed by a laser shot HR to Hunter Renfroe.  After he walked the next batter, he was done.

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00. Watson relieved Gearrin and promptly allowed 2 singles to load the bases with 0 outs.  He pulled himself together and pitched his way out of the jam without allowing any further runs.

Pierce Johnson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. ERA= 1.00.  Johnson continues to put together quality innings.  He has a nice arsenal of pitches and I saw one FB that reached 96 MPH on the TV radar gun.

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The Loss dropped the Giants record to 6-8, 5 games behind the NL West Leading D'Backs who destroyed the Dodgers 9-1.  The Rockies lost to the Nationals 6-2 and are in 2'nd place, 4 games behind the D'Backs.  The Padres move ahead of the Dodgers and are 6 games behind the leaders while the Dodgers drop into last place, 6.5 games off the pace.

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Tyler Beede tries to improve on his first MLB start and salvage a series tie tomorrow facing another rookie, LHP Joey Lucchesi who is hot stuff on the fantasy baseball circuit.

Down on the Farm: 4/13/2018

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers edged out the Sacramento River Cats 3-2:

Alen Hanson 2B- 2 for 4, SB(2).  BA= .381.
Mac Williamson RF- 1 for 3, HR(4), BB. BA= .480.
Tyler Herb RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 7.00.

It's tough to see Mac destroying he PCL while Hunter Pence flails for the Giants.  They'll both have to do that a bit longer for Mac to get the call.  Herb has a QS to follow up a rough first start.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels topped the Reading Fightin' Phils 3-1:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .120.
Ryan Howard SS- 1 for 3, BB, SB)5).  BA= .344.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 1 for 2, HR(1).  BA= .500.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.86.

Johnson was kind of a 1-man team as he pitched shutout ball for 6 innings and helped himself with a dinger.  He needs to find consistency this season.  It will be interesting to see if Ryan Howard's SB surge continues.  Although not a base-clogger, he has not been a big base-stealer in the past.

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A+  San Jose Giants blanked the Stockton Ports 3-0:

Frandy De La Rosa DH- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .267.
Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .290.
Mac Marshall LHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 0.00.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's. ERA= 0.00.

Nice to see Sandro Fabian sitting at .290.  Sandro Cabrera has 9 K's in 7.1 IP after 2 Appearances.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Lexington Legends 2-1:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .250.
Jose Marte RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.59.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's. ERA= 0.00.

Nice rebound from a rough first start for Marte who has one of the higher ceilings among pitchers in the organization.  Van Gurp has 8 Ks against 1 BB in 6 hitless innings over 2 Appearances.

Game Wrap 4/13/2018: Padres 5 Giants 1

The Giants offense went back into sputter mode, Ty Blach faltered after 4 no-hit innings and the Giants lost quietly.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .313.
Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 3, BB.   BA= .270.
Brandon Crawford SS- 3 for 4.  BA= .273.
Gregor Blanco CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .391.

These 4 players all had multi-hit games.  Unfortunately, they were all singles and McCutchen(.204), Posey(.341), Longoria(.149) and Pence(.200) all went 0 for 4 and failed in multiple RBI opportunities.  McCutchen in particular left 7 runners on base although in 1 AB he hit the ball hard but right at the SS.

Ty Blach LHP- 5 IP,  7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.43.  Blach sailed through 4 innings allowing just 1 BB.   He started to falter in the 5'th but should have been out of it with just 1 run allowed but for an error by Brandon Belt which allowed Carlos Asauaje reach base on a replay call.  For some reason, Bochy thought it was a good idea to send him back out in the 6'th to face the Padres order for the 3'rd time with predictable results:  2B, 2B, 1B.  Boom!  The score was 4-0 and you kind of knew the game was over at that point.

Pierce Johnson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.13.  Johnson continues to impress in the chances he gets.

Sam Dyson RHP- 2 IP,  1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.   ERA= 7.11.  Franchy Cordero greeted Dyson with a bomb.  He then settled down to retire the last 6 Padres batters in the game.  Still would not trust him in any situation where the outcome of the game is in doubt.

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The Loss dropped the Giants into 3'rd place in the NL West,  4 games behind the D'Backs who outscored the Dodgers 8-7.  The Rockies topped the the Nationals 2-1 to remain 3 games off the lead in 2'nd place. The 4'th place Dodgers are 5.5 games behind while the Padres still bring up the rear at 6 games off the pace.

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Derek Holland tries to get the Giants back to .500 facing Clayton Richard who always seems to be tough on the Giants.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/12/2018

AAA  Reno Aces edged out the Sacramento River Cats 5-4:

Austin Slater RF- 1 for 3, 2B. BA= .381.
Chris Shaw LF- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .333.
Conner Menez LHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 9.00.
DJ Snelton LHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 5.68.
Steven Okert LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Menez gets the call up to Sacramento where he struggled in his AAA debut.  Snelton pitches 3 strong innings.  Wasn't Okert just called up to SF?  That didn't last long!

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

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A+  Stockton Ports topped the San Jose Giants 4-1:

Caleb Baragar LHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.75.
Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 9.00.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 0.00.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

Baragar apparently replaced Menez who was called up to Sacramento.  Both of those moves may be temporary. I think I had forgotten that Baragar was even in the organization! Will Smith begins his rehab assignment from last year's Tommy John surgery.

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Low A Lexington Legends outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 6-5:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .219.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 5, 2 2B, SB(2). BA= .200.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .265.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .240.
Jeffry Parra C- 1 for 1, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .231.
John Gavin LHP- 5 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K's. ERA= 0.00.
Camilo Doval RHP- 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 54.00.
CJ Gettman RHP- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's. 1.69.

Gavin has 12 K's and 2 BB's in 9.2 IP over 2 Starts.  Does poor Camilo Doval need just one good appearance to get his confidence going or is he just not ready for this level?

Game Wrap 4/12/2018: Giants 7 Padres 0

Chris Stratton shut down the Padres on 1 hit through 7 innings and the offense came to life with some help from Padres fielders.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 5, BB.  BA= .295.  Panik gets on base twice, scores twice out of the leadoff spot.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 4, BB.  BA= .220.  Here's where the Padres helped out.  With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 6'th inning, Cutch hit a bouncer behind 3B which Christian Villanueva skipped past Eric Hosmer allowing 2 runners to score with runners ending up at 2'nd and 3'rd to set up Buster Posey.

Buster Posey C- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .375.  Posey put the game away with a 2-out double down the LF line that drove in 2 runs in the breakthrough 6'th inning.

Evan Longoria 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .163.  In addition to the 2 hits, Longoria was able to extend the first inning by beating out a DP grounder at 1B to drive in 1 run and keep the inning alive for a 2-run single by Hunter Pence.

Hunter Pence LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .220.  Pence contributed to both rallies with a 2-run single to cap off the first inning and led off the 4-run rally in the 6'th with a patented safe call on the replay on a bouncer to SS.

Gregor Blanco CF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .368.  Blanco seems to be working his way into the dominant side of a L-R platoon in CF with Austin Jackson.

Chris Stratton RHP- 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.60.  The big story of this game was Stratton's dominance.  He used FB command and a dominant curveball to keep Padres hitters off balance all night.  He gave the bullpen a rest in the process.

Derek Law RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Law got called up to replace Andrew Suarez who will likely not be needed again before Johnny Cueto returns.  It was mop up time but Law did a great job of mopping up with 2 perfect innings.

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The Giants got back to .500 and cut the idle D'backs lead in the NL West to 3 games.  The Rockies topped the Nationals 5-1 to also get back to .500. They have played 2 more games than the Giants.  The 4'th place Dodgers were idle and remain 4.5 games behind the D'Backs.  The Padres slipped to 6 games off the pace.

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Ty Blach tries to get the Giants above .500 tonight facing RHP Tyson Ross.

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The bad news on Mark Melancon is he made a trip to see Dr. Andrews.  The good news is his UCL is reportedly A-OK.  The bad news is he got a stem cell injection in the pronator muscle of his right arm.  He does not seem to have a timetable for a return at this point.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/11/2018

AAA  the Sacramento River Cat bludgeoned the Reno Aces 18-4:

Alen Hanson 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .375.
Chase d'Arnaud 3B- 3 for 6, 2B, 2 HR(2).  BA= .286.
Chris Shaw LF- 5 for 6, HR(2).  BA= .333.
Mac Williamson RF- 1 for 5, HR(3), BB.  BA= .500.
Austin Slater CF- 2 for 4, 3B, 2 BB.  BA= .389.
Ryder Jones 1B- 2 for 5, 2B. BA= .263.
Hector Sanchez C- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .313.
Casey Kelly RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 1.00.

Nice game for padding the old stat line. Boxscore says there was a 13 MPH wind out to CF.  Kelly makes a strong start. He's got 13 K's in 9 IP in 2 starts so far.

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AA  Hartford Yard Goats defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-1:

Jonah Arenado 3B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .200.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.27.

QS by Anderson with strong peripherals.

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A+  San Jose Giants destroyed the Lancaster Jethawks 18-6:

Bryce Johnson CF- 3 for 7, SB(2).  BA= .276.
Jalen Miller 2B- 5 for 7, 2B, 3B, HR(1), SB(1).  BA= .400.
Wander Franco SS- 3 for 7, 2B.  BA= .185.
Gio Brusa 1B- 4 for 6, 2B, 3B, HR(2).  BA= .348.
Frandy De La Rosa 3B- 4 for 6.  BA= .280.
Sandro Fabian RF- 4 for 6.  BA= .280.
Logan Webb RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 7/0.  ERA= 2.25.
DJ Myers RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.63.

As I was driving home from work last night, it was very breezy and I noticed a lot of palm fronds      in the streets.  The thought crossed my mind, "I wonder how many runs they're going to score in Lancaster tonight?"  Well, the boxscore says the wind was blowing out to CF at 25 MPH and you can see the result.  Great night to pad the stat line.

Jalen Miller and Gio Brusa both hit for the cycle.  The last time 1 San Jose player hit for the cycle was 9 years ago, Thomas Neal in Lancaster.  In the entire history of MLB, there have been only 2 instances of players on different teams hitting for the cycle in 1 day.  Teammates have never done it.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-2:

Malique Ziegler LF- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .385.
Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .185.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .160.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 1 for 3, HR(1), BB, SB(1).  BA= .241.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 1 for 3, 2B, SB(2).  BA= .250.
Logan Baldwin RF- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .174.
Garrett Cave RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 6 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Olbis Parra RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.38.
Frank Rubio RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.84.

Contributions from multiple batters.  Cave was, I guess, effectively wild.  This was Rubio's third appearance.  He's struck out 8 batters in 6.1 IP with 2 BB's.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Game Wrap 4/11/2018: D'Backs 7 Giants 3

For just the second time in San Francisco Giants history, Rookie pitchers made back-to-back starts when Andrew Suarez took the mound in the rubber game of the 3 game series against the D'Backs.  His results were mixed and the Giants offense continued to struggle and the Giants lost the game.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey 1B- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .389.  Buster drove in 2 of the Giants 3 runs with his second dinger.

Andrew Suarez LHP- 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 7/2.   ERA= 6.75.  By peripheral stats, this was a dominant start and very promising for the future.  Unfortunately Suarez got stung by a couple of dingers and Sam Dyson allowed an inherited runner to score.  He continues to put up peripherals like that, he'll be a terrific big leaguer.

Sam Dyson RHP- 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K. ERA= 8.31.  Dyson brought his gas can with him today.

Josh Osich LHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.76.  Nice recovery from a messy appearance yesterday.

Pierce Johnson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 1.29.  Pierce Johnson continues to show impressive lines.

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The Giants ended the day in 3'rd place in the NL West, 3.5 games behind the D'Backs.  The Rockies topped the Padres 6-4 in a game that featured a brawl after a Padres pitcher threw a pitch behind Nolan Arenado.  The Rockies lead the Giants by percentage points while the Padres bring up the rear in the standings, 5.5 games behind the leaders.  The Dodgers are playing tonight and currently sit in 4'th place 4 games behind the D'Backs.

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The Giants now start a 10-game roadie in San Diego with Chris Stratton getting the start in game 1 tomorrow night facing Bryan Mitchell.

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The first time the Giants started rookies on the mound B2B?  1976 with Rob Knepper followed by Frank Ricelli.

Down on the Farm: 4/10/2018

AAA  Reno Aces pounded the Sacramento River Cats 7-2:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, SB(2).  BA= .250.
Mac Williamson RF- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .568.
Jose Flores RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K's. ERA= 1.80.

Duggar seems to be out of his mini-slump with 4 hits in 8 AB over his last 2 games.  Mac continues to pound the ball and we have to be wondering if he could help kick-start the Giants offense.  Jose Flores seems like a potential option for a callup at some point.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels outscored the Hartford Yard Goats 8-6:

Ryan Howard SS- 3 for 5, HR(1), SB(4).  BA= .360.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .318.
Dylan Davis LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .368.
Dillon Dobson 1B- 1 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .222.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .182.
Cory Taylor RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.72.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(3).  ERA= 0.00.

Howard hit over .300 wire-to-wire last year in SJ.  He's looking to do it again in Richmond this year.  Garcia making nice progress.  Giants can afford to take it slow with him.  Woo!  Hoo! Ray Black!  How soon before we se him and his triple digit heater in the Giants bullpen?

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A+  Lancaster Jethawks defeated the San Jose Giants 5-3:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 5.  BA= .227.
Gio Brusa 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .235.
Frandy De La Rosa 3B- 2 for 3, 3B, HR(1), BB.  BA= .333.
Melvin Adon RHP- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.15.

Lancaster is a very tough place to pitch.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets blanked the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-0:

Malique Ziegler LF- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(2), BB.  BA= .409.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 0 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .455.
Jason Bahr RHP- 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 1.04.
Eduardo Rivera RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 4.15.

Ziegler is starting this season much like he started last summer in S-K.  He clearly has the talent.  His challenge will be to not wear down over the grind of the season.  Garcia is getting respect from opposing pitchers.  Dominant Start by Jason Bahr.  Rivera is a minor league phase Rule 5 draftee.

Game Wrap 4/10/2018: Giants 5 D'Backs 4

Tyler Beede had mixed results in his MLB debut, but Andrew McCutchen saved the day with his second walkoff hit in 4 games.  Key Lines:

Austin Jackson CF- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .241.  Jackson is 5 for 14 over his last 3 games.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .238.  In addition to his walkoff single in the bottom of the 9'th, Cutch had a huge AB in the the Giants 3-run 6'th inning when he worked a walk after falling behind in the count to drive in a run.  He was eventually thrown out at home plate to end that inning on a a replay ruling. He then drew another walk with 1 out in the 8'th, advanced to 2B on Buster Posey's single, stole 3B and scored on a throwing error by D'Backs C Alex Avila who had a rough night as the the Giants stole 4 bases on the game.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 3, SF.  BA= .375.  Buster's sac fly drove in the Giants second run in the 6'th and his single in the 8'th put McCutchen in position to steal 3B and score.

Hunter Pence LF- 0 for 2, SF.  BA= .206.  Pence drove in the Giants 3'rd run with the Sac Fly in the 6'th, then was replaced by Gorkys Hernandez on a double switch with Josh Osich taking Pence's place in the lineup.

Kelby Tomlinson 2B- 0 for 3, BB. BA= .250.  Kelby started the winning rally with a walk.

Gorkys Hernandez PH/LF- 1 for 2.  BA= .455.  Hernandez started the 3 run rally in the 6'th with a PH single.  At that point, D'Backs SP Patrick Corbin was working on a 2-hit shutout.

Tyler Beede RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.50.  I thought Beede's FB was surprisingly firm, running 93-95 MPH.  He initially had no feel for the breaking ball.  He got some help from the ump on a called 3'rd strike to Alex Avila which helped him get out of the first inning.  He kind of settled down after that, but allowed runners in every inning and threw 87 pitches in his 4 innings of work.  I'd like to see him get another Start and see what he does without the first game butterflies.

Reyes Maronta RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Maronta was the other hero in this game shutting down the D'Backs offense for 2 innings after Beede's early departure.  Maronta has good stuff!

Josh Osich LHP- 0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 6.75.  It was all too familiar Osich as he went from an 0-2 count on leadoff hitter, Jarrod Dyson, to 3-2 then gave up a single when he had to throw a strike.  You cannot get to 3 balls in Jarrod Dyson when he is leading off an inning, you just can't!

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.50.  I guess there is no shame in giving up a HR to Paul Goldschmidt, but it cost Strick a Blown Save.  Cutch turned him into a winner with his walkoff hit.

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The Win evened the Giants record at 5-5 and put them in sole possession of 2'nd place in the NL West behind the D'Backs.  The Rockies lost to the Padres to fall into 3'rd place, 3.4 games back and ahead of the Dodgers by percentage points after the Bad Guys blanked the A's 4-0.  The Padres remained in last place, 4.5 games off the pace despite their win over the Rockies.

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Word is the Giants will have another SP make his MLB debut tomorrow as Johnny Cueto was placed on the 10 day DL with an ankle sprain.  Andrew Suarez is slated to graduate from the Taxi Squad to make his first MLB start.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/9/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the Tacoma Rainiers 3-2 in 7 innings, the first game of a DH:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .188.
Chris Heston RHP- 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.70
DJ Snelton LHP- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K. ERA= 8.10.
Derek Law RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K, Save(1).  ERA= 3.00.

Not much to say here.  Hopefully this gets Duggar out of his funk.

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AAA  Sacramento River Cats outscored the Tacoma Rainiers 6-5 in 7 innings, the second game of a DH:

Mac Williamson RF- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .636.
Hector Sanchez C- 2 for 3.  BA= .429.
Dereck Rodriguez RHP- 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.82.
Madison Younger RHP- 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.23.

Mac continues to kill it for the River Cats.  Not hard to imagine him getting a callup if the Giants in general and Hunter Pence in particular continue to struggle offensively.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Hartford Yard Goats 5-2:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .300.
Dylan Davis LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
Ali Castillo 2B- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .167.
Garrett Williams LHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's. ERA= 3.60.
Mike Connolly RHP- 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 0.00.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

Impressive K/BB for Williams in his AA debut.

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A+  San Jose Giants blanked the Lancaster Jethawks 4-0:

Jalen Miller 2B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
Heath Quinn LF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1). BA= .214.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K's. ERA= 0.00.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Miller jumps his BA all the way to .333.  Pretty dominant start for Raffi Vizcaino in a tough place to pitch.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-4:

Malique Ziegler CF- 2 for 3, HR(1), 2 BB, SB(3).  BA= .333.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .500.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .250.
Shane Matheny 3B- 2 for 4, BB, SB(1).  BA= .308.
Joey Marciano LHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Peter Lannoo RHP- 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.50.
Camilo Doval RHP- 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 94.50.
John Russell RHP- 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

Heliot Ramos got the night off while Jacob Gonzalez DH'd.  Nice start for Marciano.  Camilo Doval might not be ready for this level?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Game Wrap 4/9/2018: D'Backs 2 Giants 1

The D'Backs scored twice in the first inning off Giants starter Derek Holland on an RBI triple by Paul Goldschmidt who then scored himself on a Sac Fly.  Zack Godley and a couple of relievers made it stand up to edge out the Giants.  Key Lines:

Derek Holland LHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.09.  An elevated fastball to Paul Goldschmidt was the difference in this game as Holland matched D'Backs starter Zack Godley in WHIP and K's through 6 innings. It looks like Holland earned a longer look in the Giants rotation with this effort.

Roberto Gomez RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 11.25.  Gomez kept it close with 2 solid innings against a very good D'Backs lineup.

Sam Dyson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. ERA= 2.70.  Not sure I am yet ready to trust Dyson in a high leverage situation, but he looked great tonight.

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The Loss dropped the Giants below .500 to 4-5 3.5 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs.  The Rockies lost to the Padres 7-6 but took sole possession of 2'nd place by percentage points at 5-6.  The Dodgers were idle and remained in 4'th place, 4.5 games off the pace while the Padres continue to bring up the rear, 5.5 games back.

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Johnny Cueto tries to cool off the red-hot D'Backs and get the Giants back to .500 tomorrow night facing Patrick Corbin.

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I learn something new every day.  The beat writers and Amy G are reporting that Tyler Beede is on the "Taxi Squad" which apparently is a thing in MLB.  He is allowed to practice with the team but not allowed to dress for the game.  He is expected to make his MLB debut as the starting pitcher for Game 3 of the series on Wednesday afternoon.

Down on the Farm: 4/8/2018

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers outscored the Sacramento River Cats 7-6 in 7 innings:

Austin Slater LF- 1 for 2, 2B, BB, HBP.  BA= .455.
Mac Williamson RF- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .600.
Kyle Jensen 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
Alen Hanson SS- 3 for 4, 2 2B, SB(1).  BA= .750.
Steven Duggar CF- 0 for 5.  BA= .083.

Mac and Slater stay hot.  Duggar stays cold.  Alen Hanson makes his first appearance and has a big game.  Game 2 of the scheduled DH, which was a makeup of a rainout, was rained out.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Trenton Thunder 3-2 in 10 innings:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5, 2 SB(3).  BA= .188.
Matt "The Mayor of Richmond" Gage LHP- 5 IP,  5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.60.
Dusten Knight RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Ray Black RHP- 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2). ERA= 0.00.

This was Knight's second appearance of the season.  He has 5 K's and 1 BB in 4.1 IP.  Ray Black gets his second Save as the Squirrels Closer.

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A+  San Jose Giants pounded the Inland Empire 66'ers 6-1:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .214.
Frandy De La Rosa 1B- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .273.
Gio Brusa DH- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .154.
Jacob Heyward LF- 1 for 3, HR(1), 2 BB.  BA= .429.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .200.
Matt Winn C- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .500.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .278.
Mac Marshall LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Hopefully this is the start of good things for Sandro Fabian.  Gotta be a bit excited for Brandon Van Horn who is hitting surprisingly well so far.  The Giants need some pitching prospects like Marshall and Cabrera to break out this year.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets doubled the score on the Columbia Fireflies 10-5:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 5, 2B.  BA= .167.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .125.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .375.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 4 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .533.
Rob Calabrese C- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .250.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 0.00.
Frank Rubio RHP- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.40.

Ramos has 3 hits on the season:  2 2B and a 3B.  Jacob Gonzalez is a more advanced hitter than Ramos even though Ramos has a higher overall ceiling.  Orlando Garcia might be too good for low A ball.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Game Wrap 4/8/2018: Dodgers 2 Giants 1

The Giants and Dodgers went into extra innings again today, but this time the Dodgers came out on top.  Key Lines:

Evan Longoria 3B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .138.  Longoria's bat came to life against Kershaw of all pitchers, but he didn't get much help from his teammates.

Hunter Pence LF- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .241.  Pence scored the Giants only run after a line drive leadoff single in the 8'th.  Kelby bunted for a basehit to put runners at first and second which brought Buster to the plate as a PH.

Buster Posey PH- 1 for 1.  BA= .308.  Posey was clutch again today as he delivered the PH RBI.

Ty Blach LHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K. ERA= 4.11.  Blach went mano-a-mano with The Mighty Kershaw once again and once again more than held his own.  This line is kind of ugly, and there were several line drive outs, so the BABIP gods were friendly to Blach today.  We'll take that.  Too bad Giants hitters couldn't push across 1 more run in the first 9 innings.

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The Loss dropped the Giants record to 4-4 2.5 games behind the D'Backs who topped the Cardinals 4-1.  The Rockies also lost to the Braves so they remain tied with the Giants for 2'nd place in the NL West with a 5-5 record.  The Dodgers improved to 3-6 and are 4 games off the pace while the Padres lost to Houston 4-1 to drop their record to 2-8, 5.5 games back.

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Speaking of the D'Backs, they come to AT&T Park for a 3 game set starting tomorrow with Derek Holland facing Zack Godley in game 1.  Chris Haft of sfgiants.com reports that a source close to Tyler Beede says he will be called up to start either Game 2 or Game 3 of this series vs the D'Backs which would be his MLB debut.

Down on the Farm: 4/7/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats at Tacoma Rainiers Postponed due to Rain.

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AA  Trenton Thunder rolled over the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-2:

Jerry Sands 1B- 1 for 3, HR(1), HBP.  BA= .111.
Dylan Davis DH- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .273.
Dan Slania RHP- 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.   ERA= 2.45.
Dillon Tate RHP(Thunder)- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.50.

Davis has been the Squirrels best hitter so far after a disastrous season last year.
Tate has had his ups and downs since being drafted in the first round by the Rangers in 2015.  He was strong in his first start of the season.

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A+  San Jose Giants blanked the Inland Empire 66'ers 5-0:

Jacob Heyward DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Conner Menez LHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Dominant 5 innings from Conner Menez in his second gig with SJ.
Any readers attend this game to give observations and thoughts?

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Columbia Fireflies 6-2:

Malique Ziegler RF- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .400.
Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .154.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .400.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .273.
Jeffry Parra C- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .400.
John Gavin LHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Ramos is just 2 for 13, but that includes a big 0 for 5 in Game 1.  His 2 hits are a double and triple.  Orlando Garcia should excel at this level and is doing it so far.  Nice start for Jeffry Parra who I think is a sleeper catcher prospect.  Dominant 4 innings from Gavin.  Is this his first pro start?

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Game Wrap 4/7/2018: Giants 7 Dodgers 5

Andrew McCutchen capped a stupendous game with his 6'th hit, a walk-off 3-run HR in the 14'th innings to give the Giants a come-from-behind win over the Hated Ones.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B:  3 for 7.  BA= .393.  Panik stays hot.  Gets driven home twice by Andrew McCutchen.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 6 for 7, 2B, HR(1), SB(1).  BA= .258.  Cutch came into the game batting .083(2 for 24).  Ended up with one of the better games in the history of the franchise.  Welcome to San Francisco, Cutch!  This one will be remembered for awhile.

Love the way he pulled his arms in on an inside pitch and just rotated on it.  Wow!  What a clinic in how to not get jammed! Also love how he knew it was gone the instant he hit it.

Buster Posey C- 1 for 5, HR(1), BB.  BA= .280.  Posey's first dinger of the season put the Giants up by 2 runs in the 4'th inning.  Hope this puts to bed any silliness out there about Buster not being clutch or not helping the Giants win.

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 1 for 1.  BA= .333.  Kelby comes through again leading off the 14'th with a single and coming around to score on Cutch's bomb.

Chris Stratton RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.35.   Not a pretty line, but he kept the Giants in the game for 5 innings which is not nothing.

Bullpen- 9 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 7 K's.  Special kudos to Pierce Johnson and Reyes Maronta for pitching 2 scoreless innings each. Maronta's was a bit of an adventure with 1 hit and 3 BB's allowed but he got through it.

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The Win improved the Giants record to 4-3, 1.5 games behind the D'Backs who lost to the Cardinals 5-3.  The 2'nd place Giants lead the 5-4 Rockies by percentage points after the Rocks topped the Braves 3-2.  The Dodgers drop to 2-6, 4 games of the pace while the Pathetic Padres loss to the Astros 1-0 and are 4.5 games behind the division leaders.

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The Giants try for a sweep of the rain-shortened series tomorrow afternoon with Ty Blach facing off against Clayton Kershaw.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/6/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats pounded the Tacoma Rainiers 8-2:

Steven Duggar CF- 0 for 3, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= .143.
Austin Slater DH- 2 for 5, 2B. BA= .444.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .333.
Mac Williamson RF- 3 for 4, HR(1), HBP, Assist(2B).  BA= .571.
Kyle Jensen 1B- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .250.
Chase d'Arnaud SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .400.
Casey Kelly RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 4/1.  ERA= 0.00.
Steven Okert LHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. ERA= 0.00.
Derek Law RHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. ERA= 0.00.

The Cats unleashed the toonder in their lineup with 3 dingers.  Mac gets HBP for the second game in a row. It looks like the River Cats will get all 4 OF full-time AB's by rotating them through the DH role.  I think Casey Kelly is a sleeper.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels quieted the Trenton Thunder 5-2:

Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .444.
Dylan Davis LF- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .286.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

Garcia and Davis are off to the best offensive starts for Richmond.  Shaun Anderson picks up where he left off last year in San Jose.  Dominant 5 innings for Shaun.  Ray Black is back from the abyss to be the Squirrels Closer?  Can he stay healthy long enough to get a call to the Giants?

A+  Inland Empire 66'ers edged out the San Jose Giants 3-2:

Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.
Gio Brusa 1B- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .250.
Matt Winn C- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .667.
Logan Webb RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.00.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
DJ Myers RHP- 3 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.
Andrew Heaney LHP(66'ers)- 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 11/1.  ERA= 1.42.

Giants lose by the same score as last night.  If Brandon Van Horn can hit even a little, he's a prospect due to his defense at SS.  Webb threw 35 pitches in the first inning which is probably why he came out.  He did manage to strike out the side in spite of a rough inning.  Andrew Heaney is rehabbing from an arm tweak he suffered while pitching against the Giants in spring training.

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

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .111.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .286.
Garrett Cave RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 7/1.  ERA= 1.80.
Camilo Doval RHP- 0 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 0 K. ERA= Inf.
John Russell RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Ramos and Gonzalez got their first hits of the season.  Strong start for Garrett Cave who struggled to a 5.85 ERA in 20 IP for S-K last year.  Doval could not find the strike zone and Frank Rubio allowed all 4 of his inherited runners to score. Russell struck out 38 batters in 24.2 IP, for S-K last summer.

Down on the Farm: 4/5/2018

It wasn't a great start for the Giants farm teams as all 4 full season teams lost on Opening Day.

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers topped the Sacramento River Cats 5-0:

Austin Slater RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Chris Shaw LF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250
Mac Williamson DH- 1 for 3, HBP.  BA= .333.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. ERA= 0.00.

Tyler Beede was apparently supposed to start this game but got sent south to San Bernardino due to concerns about the weather in Tacoma while Suarez got the start here.  This may tell you something about how the Giants view Beede vs Suarez.  More on Beede later.

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AA  Trenton Thunder rolled over the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-2:

Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 4.  BA= .500.
Dylan Davis LF- 1 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .333.
Cory Taylor RHP- 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's. ERA= 3.86.
Dusten Knight RHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 0.00.
Dan Slania RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Davis had a terrible season last year.  Off to a good start for a possible bounceback here.  Knight got stretched out at the end of last season but is back in a multi-inning relief role to start this season.

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A+  Inland Empire 66'ers edged out the San Jose Giants 3-2:

Tyler Beede RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Melvin Adon RHP- 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 6.00.
Griffin Canning RHP(66'er's)- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

I attended this game expecting to see a start by Melvin Adon.  I got there early so wandered down to the bullpen area to see him warm up.  Then I noticed a big guy who looked a whole lot like Tyler Beede making some shadow throws from the bullpen mound.  He then went over and was talking to the pitching coach and catcher.  The more I looked the more I was convinced it was Beede.  That he was starting this game was soon confirmed when he starting warming up with the catcher.

Beede came out wild, walking the first 2 batters he faced.  The lead runner scored after a long flyout advanced the runners and a ground out drove in the run.  After that, Beede settled down and looked sharp with a FB that varied from 90-95 MPH on the stadium gun and a mixture of sliders, curves and changeups.  He allowed another walk in the 4'th inning and his only hit with 2 outs in the 5'th inning.

Melvin Adon pitched the final 3 innings.  He's a big sturdy looking guy who appears to be carrying about 20 lbs of unnecessary weight right now.  He looked dominant at times with a 96-99 FB and a nice mix of offspeed pitches which he used effectively.  He was also wild at times which contributed to the 2 runs he allowed.

I wanted to see Brandon Van Horn make some plays at SS.  He did not have to make any throws from the hole, but had at least 3 chances where he had to charge slow rollers.  He made terrific plays on 2 but threw another hurried throw past 1B.  Overall, he looks very athletic and rangy.  At the plate, he looked overmatched on a couple of K's, but had a solid line drive basehit to CF in 5 AB's.

Sandro Fabian had a quiet night looking overmatched on a couple of K's.  He came up in the 8'th with a runner at 2B and no outs.  Manager Lipso Nava called him down from the 3B coaching box and had him bunt the runner over to 3B which was disappointing to me.  I don't think that was the right call there for multiple reasons.  Wander Franco drove in the run with a ringing double into the L-CF gap.

IE starting pitcher was former first round draft pick Griffin Canning.  He came out looking very sharp with a FB that sat 94-95 and a wicked looking slider.  He seemed to tire a bit in the 4'th inning and was lifted for a reliever.

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-2:

Heliot Ramos CF- 0 for 5.  BA= .000.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .667.
Jason Bahr RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Peter Lannoo RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Tough opening night for Ramos who K'd twice.  Looks like Augusta is going to go with tandem starters early in the season.