Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Down on the Farm: 6/19/2019

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA  Trenton Thunder subdued the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-2:

Johneshwy Fargas CF- 1 for 4, HBP, 3 SB(27).  BA= .228.
Brandon Lawson RHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.83.
Chase Johnson RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 5.72.

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A+  San Jose Giants were idle.

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A  SAL was idle.

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Short Season  Spokane Indians outlasted the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-2(11 innings):

Simon Whiteman SS- 3 for 4, 2B, BB, 3 CS.  BA= .429.
Keyberth Mejias C- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .333.
Kervin Castro RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Tyler Schimpf RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Bryce Tucker LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

I wonder if Curvin' Kervin throws a breaking ball?  3 hits don't do a lot of good if you get thrown out trying to steal 3 times.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Orange crushed the A's Gold 12-8:

Alexander Canario CF- 3 for 5, 3B, HR(1), BB.  BA= .583.
Marco Luciano SS- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B, HR(1), BB.  BA= .231.
Luis Toribio 3B- 2 for 4, 2 BB.  BA= .500.
Heath Quinn DH- 2 for 4, HR(1), 2 BB.  BA= .333.
Edison Mora 2B- 1 for 4, SF.  BA= .273.
Javeyon Williams LF- 2 for 4, BB.   BA= .333.
Marco Gonzalez LHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Marco Luciano broke out and came 1 single shy of a cycle.  Alexander Canario had the strong half of a cycle.

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Rookie AZL  Padres 1 blanked the Giants Black 8-0:

Dilan Rosario SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .250.
Yovanny Moronta RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

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DSL Pirates2 plundered the Giants 13-3:

Luis Matos CF(17 yo)- 3 for 4.  BA= .340.
Ronaldo Flores C(17 yo)- 2 for 3.  BA= .343.
Robert Gomez RF(18 yo)- 2 for 4.  BA= .211.

Game Wrap 6/19/2019: Dodgers 9 Giants 2

Drew Pomeranz got roughed up in the first inning and the game went downhill from there for the Giants who were ultimately blown out for the second game in a row.  Key Lines:

Tyler Austin LF- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .211.  Austin got it over the fence this time.  Toonder!  And against a RHP.

Mike Yastrzemski RF- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .250.  The swing is sweet.

Drew Pomeranz LHP- 4.1 IP,  9 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 7.09.  In addition to the 9 hits which all seemed to be hit hard, the Dodgers had 3 line-outs.  Just not a very good job of pitching and no silver linings I can see.

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Just when it looked like the Giants were gaining some traction, they've been crushed the last 2 games.  Madison Bumgarner tries to split the series tomorrow facing LHP Luis Urias apparently not Walker Buehler.

Down on the Farm: 6/18/2019

AAA  Iowa Cubs defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-4:

Mike Gerber CF- 1 for 5, HR(15).  BA= .330.
Henry Ramos RF- 3 for 4, 2B 2 SB(3).  BA= .268.
Williams Jerez LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.48.
Travis Bergen LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

Travis Bergen will have to return to the Active Roster when his rehab assignment is done or else he has to be offered back to the Blue Jays.

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AA  Trenton Thunder rolled over the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-0:

Gio Brusa DH- 2 for 3.  BA= .246.
Carlos Navas RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.00.

Gio Brusa had the only two hits for the Squirrels.

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A+ California League idle for All-Star Game

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 5.
Aaron Phillips RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.

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A  SAL idle for All-Star Game

Ismael Munguia RF- 0 for 3.
Seth Corry LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.
Jesus Tona RHP- 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K.

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Short Season  Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8-3:

Simon Whiteman SS- 0 for 4, BB, 3 SB(4).  BA= .294.
Jeff Houghtby DH- 2 for 4, BB, SB(1).  BA= .286.
Kwan Adkins LF- 2 for 4, 2B, Assist(3B).  BA= .286.

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Rookie AZL  Giants Black beat the D'Backs 6-2:

Carter Aldrete 1B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .375.
Harrison Freed LF- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .444.
Jairo Pomares RF- 2 for 4, BB, SB(1).  BA= .444.
Jean Pena 3B- 4 for 4, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .571.
Matt Malkin C- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .375.
Sonny Vargas LHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 12/3.  ERA= 0.00.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 1 iP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Freddery Paulino RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 0.00.
Mac Marshall LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Jairo Pomares is the guy to watch on this team.  Matt Malkin is an undrafted FA.  Sonny Vargas was part of an impressive class of LHP's who debuted in the DSL last season.
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Rookie AZL  Indians Blue got the best of the Giants Orange 4-1:

Alex Canario DH- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .571.
Conner Cannon 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .571.
Jesus Sanchez LHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 7.20.

Alex Canario struggled in his AZL debut last season.  He's off to a better start this summer.  Jesus Sanchez is another LHP who impressed last year in the DSL.  He settled down after giving up a 3-spot in the first inning.

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DSL  Pirates2 downed the Giants 8-5:

Roberto Monegro SS(17 yo)- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .265.
Luis Matos CF- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .306.
Omar Medina C(19)- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .317.
Jose Peralta SS/3B(17 yo)- 3 for 3, 3B, SB(5).  BA= .358.
Estiven Encarnacion RHP(17 yo)- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.89.

Luis Matos was the 3'rd of the Giant "big three" July 2 signees last year:  Marco Luciano, Jairo Pomares and Matos.  Matos is off to a strong start in the DSL while the other two are in Arizona.

Game Wrap 6/18/2019: Dodgers 9 Giants 0

Shaun Anderson came within 1 out of a Quality Start, but in the end it did not matter as the Giants offense never so much as sniffed a run in a game that became a blowout.  Key Lines:

Shawn Anderson RHP- 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 9/1.  ERA= 4.08.  Anderson may be a dinosaur with his groundball heavy approach.  Great article in Fangraphs yesterday about why pitchers are abandoning the sinker/2-seam fastball.  The 2-seamer still gets groundballs and groundballs are still good, but when hitters do elevate the sinker, it goes farther than when they elevate a 4-seamer.  Also, 4-seamers's get more swings and misses.  Net is the 4-seam is a better pitch.  I suspect there is still a place for pitchers to mix in both, and the fewer sinkers hitters see, the more effective they will become, but we're probably not going to see many pitchers who just pound the zone with 80+% sinkers anymore.  Not saying Anderson is going to fail as a MLB pitcher here.  He does throw effective secondary pitches, but it's something to watch going forward.

Clayton Kershaw LHP(Dodgers)- 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.85.  OK, I take it back.  In the 6'th inning, Donovan Solano drew a leadoff walk and Tyler Austin sent Cody Bellinger to the RF wall, but that is the closest the Giants came to scoring in this one.  Also, Kershaw's kids threw out the first pitches with his wife helping out.  My goodness!  How much more can any one man have?  Hate to say it about a Dodger, but he seems like a genuinely good guy to boot.  Maybe he's secretly mean to the dog or something?  I mean there has to be a reason for me to hate him besides just being too good for a team I really dislike.

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Drew Pomeranz tries to get the Giants back in the Win column tonight facing LHP Rich Hill.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Down on the Farm: 6/17/2019

AAA  Iowa Cubs outscored the Sacramento River Cats 10-8:

Mike Gerber CF- 2 for 5, HR(14).  BA= .333.
Austin Slater LF/3B- 3 for 5, HR(11).  BA= .296.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 5, 2 HR(4).  BA= .309.
Francisco Pena C- 4 for 5, 2B, HR(6).  BA= .330.
Ryan Howard 3B/2B- 1 for 4, HR(3), BB.  BA= .233.

Seems like Gerber, Slater and Shaw all need to get extended looks at the MLB level before the seasons done.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

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A+  California League was idle.

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A  SAL was idle.

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Short Season  Spokane Indians topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 12-7:

Simon Whiteman DH- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .385.
Yorlis Rodriguez 2B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .412.
Sean Roby 3B- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BB= .263.
Ricardo Genoves C- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .357.
Franklin Labour RF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .389.
Tyler Flores LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .417.

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Rookie AZL D'Backs edged out the Giants Black 4-3:

Grant McCray CF- 0 for 3, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= .000.
Ghordy Santos SS- 3 for 4, BB, SB(1).  BA= .750.
Jairo Pomares RF- 2 for 5.  BA= .400.
Jasier Herrera RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.60.

Ghordy Santos who got off to extremely slow starts in both of his DSL seasons gets off to a hot start in his Arizona debut.

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Rookie AZL  Angels doubled up the Giants Orange 8-4:

Luis Toribio 3B- 3 for 4, HBP, SB(1).  BA= .750.
Connor Cannon 1B- 2 for 3, HR(1), HBP.  BA= .667.
Edison Mora SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .500.
Conner Nurse RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Jorge Labrador RHP- 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Luis Toribio picks up where he left off in the DSL. Seem like a hitter.  Connor Cannon has toonder in his bat to match his name.  Needs to dominate Rookie ball coming out of college.  Conner Nurse pitched effectively in the AZL last year so not sure why he's back at this level unless he is rehabbing a spring injury.

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DSL  Giants pounded the Royals2 9-4:

Alexander Suarez RF(17 yo)- 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, SB(2).  BA= .308.
Adolfo Valdez LF(19 yo)- 2 for 5, 2B, 2 SB(7).  BA= .188.
Victor Bericoto 1B(17 yo)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(4).  BA= .289.
Raymer Santana DH(16 yo)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB, HBP.  BA= .255.
Jose Peralta 3B(17 yo)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .320.
Roberto Monegro SS(17 yo)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .233.
Samuel Quintana LHP(18 yo)- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.08.
Mavin Brown LHP(18 yo)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Game Wrap 6/17/2019: Giants 3 Dodgers 2

Tyler Beede was effectively wild in a Quality Start to lead the Giants to a narrow win over the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine where there is no ocean.  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .209.  Crawford is still scuffling, but he came through when it counted driving in 2 in the second inning to give the Giants a lead they never gave up.

Tyler Beede RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 6.67.  Beede had to work around 5 free passes but kept his poise and was able to post not only the QS but a W against a very good Dodgers lineup stacked with LH bats.  That should earn him some extra looks.

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.83.  Tony Watson has not quite been Mr Reliable this month allowing runs in 3 of his 9 appearances for a 3.11 ERA.  He gets credit for his 15'th Hold despite giving up the run here.  He gave up a double and single to two LH batters, Bellinger and Muncy.

Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(19).  ERA= 2.12.  Who wants the current best closer in baseball?

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Giants get their 5'th Win in 6 games, still trail in Wild Card race by 7.5 games.

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Shaun Anderson get the challenge start tomorrow evening facing Clayton Kershaw.

Down on the Farm: 6/16/2019

AAA  Iowa Cubs blanked the Sacramento River Cats 1-0:

Henry Ramos RF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .266.
Ryan Howard 2B- 0 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .233.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB. 4 K, GO/AO= 13/5.  ERA= 5.29.
Sam Selman LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.10.

Andrew Suarez did not give up a run until the 8'th inning, a 1-out dinger to the Cubs leadoff hitter.  Since giving up 8 runs in 5 IP on May 30, Suarez has allowed just 3 R in 19 IP in 3 starts in June, although his K/BB suggests it's not sustainable.

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AA  New Hampshire Fisher Cats edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1:

Alfred Gutierrez RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.34.
Melvin Adon RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.97.

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A+  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 2-1:

Sean Hjelle RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 12/2.  ERA= 2.48.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.19.
Solomon Bates RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.86.

3'rd consecutive QS for Sean Hjelle and 4'th in 5 starts since his promotion.  His GO/AO for San Jose is an incredible 4.55 in 29 IP.  Toonder from the sky!

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A  Augusta Greenjackets outlasted the Rome Braves 3-2(10 innings):

Frankie Tostado 1B- 2 for 5.  BA= .263.
Anyesber Sivira 2B- 3 for 3, BB. BA= .288.
Keaton Winn RHP- 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.80.
Matt Seelinger RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Jesus Tona RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.41.

3'rd consecutive QS for Keaton Winn and 6'th out of 7 starts.

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

Simon Whiteman SS- 2 for 4, BB, SB(1).  BA= .444.
George Bell CF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .133.
Sean Roby DH- 2 for 5.  BA= .267.
Franklin Labour RF- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .429.
Yorlis Rodriguez 3B- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .333.
Kwon Adkins LF- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .231.
Luis Moreno RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 7/2.  ERA= 3.60.

I forgot to mention last night, I believe Simon Whiteman is the first 2019 Giants draftee to appear in a  pro game.

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DSL was idle.