Sunday, July 24, 2016

Down on the Farm: 7/23/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats devoured the El Paso Chihuahuas 12-0:

Ehire Adrianza SS- 3 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .600.
Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Andrew Susac C- 2 for 4, HR(8), BB.  BA= .257.
Austin Slater LF- 2 for 4, HR(4), BB.  BA= .239.
Kelby Tomlinson 3B- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .277.
Rando Moreno 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .311.
Austin Fleet RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.72.
Matt Reynolds LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Oooohwhat was Adrianza doing while he was on the DL?  6 HR in 7 games going back to the Cal League.  This was his first AAA game in this rehab.  Giants have some serious depth here as Adrianza, Susac, Slater, Tomlinson, Moreno and Matt Reynolds look like they could help now and we all know Pence is going to be a huge addition soon(knocks furiously on wood).

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AA  Harrisburg Senators defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-3:

Tyler Beede RHP- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.36.
Chase Johnson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.72.

It's getting late in the season.  Beede may be starting to wear down.

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High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Inland Empire 66'ers 8-1:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 5.  BA= .265.
Robbie Garvey LF- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .268.
Dylan Davis DH- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .263.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 1 for 4, HR(11), BB.  BA= .268.
Miguel Gomez 3B- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .280.
TJ Bennett 2B- 3 for 3, BB.  BA= .253.
Ty Ross C- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .234.
Jose Reyes RHP- 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.25.

Jebavy is hitting .383 in his last 10 games and .348 in July.   Reyes' ERA is 3.51 over his last 6 starts covering 33.1 IP.

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Low A  Greensboro Grasshoppers edged out the Augusta Greenjackets 6-5:

Junior Arias RF- 2 for 4, 2 HR(4).  BA= .293.
Grant Watson LHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.35.

Arias drove in all 5 of the GJ's runs with his 2 dingers.

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Short Season  Everett Aquasox topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8-5:

Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .333.
Heath Quinn RF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .330.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 1 for 5, 2B.  BA= .299.
Kevin Rivera 2B- 2 for 5, SB(2).  BA= .319.
Julio Pena DH- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .320.
Chase Compton 3B- 2 for 2, 2B, HBP.  BA= .250.

The reason why Reynolds left the previous game was he was ejected in the first inning by the first base ump.  I'll deduce that it was over a disputed call at 1B in which Reynolds was called out.

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Rookie AZL  Giants outscored the Brewers 6-4:

Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB(2).  BA= .192.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .350.
Garrett Williams LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.57.

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DSL  Giants beat the Mariners1 5-1:

Ismael Munguia CF-LF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SF.  BA= .301.
Aneudy Acosta RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.94.
Camilo Doval RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.15.
Weilly Yan RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Game Wrap 7/23/2016: Giants 2 Yankees 1

Johnny Cueto returned to form.  Mac Williamson drove in both the Giants runs.  The bullpen outlasted the Three-Headed Monster.  Giants win in 12 innings.  Key Lines:

Trevor Brown- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .270.  Brownie came into the game as  PH for Jarrett Parker to face LHP Aroldis Chapman in the 9'th inning.  That did not work out, but he led off the 12'th with a double off RHP Anthony Swarzak.  Brown is a hot hitter, 5 for 9 in his last 3 games, .364 in his last 7 and .341 in his last 15.

Mac Williamson- 2 for 5, HR(6).  BA= .247.  Big Mac got the start in RF facing a RHP and ended up getting both of his hits, a no-doubt dinger and the game-winning RBI single in the 12'th.  Mac is now 6 for 14 with 3 HR's and 1 2B since the All-Star Break and is starting to gain some confidence from Bruce Bochy.  IMO, the Giants need a RH power bat in LF even after Pence gets back.  Is Mac that guy?

Johnny Cueto- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.53.  Cueto had scuffled in several recent starts.  This start quiets fears of another poor second half.

Bullpen- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  It wasn't always pretty, but the collective bullpen matched goose eggs with the Yankees Three-Headed Monster of Betances, Miller and Chapman and proved to be able to go deeper than the Yanks.  Special kudos to Santiago Casilla who came into the game in a non-save, but high-leverage situation after Osich walked the first two batters of the 10'th inning.  He shut the Yankees down and then came back out and shut them down again in the 11'th.  Also of note: Hunter Strickland had to close it out in the 12'th facing 3 LH batters and that short porch.  He did exactly what a RHP with a 98 MPH 2-seam FB should do:  He pounded the outside corner with hard stuff tailing away from the LH batters ensuring they would not beat him with a dinger.  He did throw a couple of breaking balls, but made sure they broke way off the plate down and in.  Very nice Save(2) for Strickland.''

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The Dodgers recovered better from last night's marathon agains the Cardinals and beat them 7-2 today, which leaves the Giants 4 games ahead of the Bad Guys in the NL West.

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Jeff Samardzija, working on an extra day of rest, tries to end the road trip with a series win over the Yanks facing Nate Eovaldi.

Down on the Farm: 7/22/2016

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

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .296.
Kelby Tomlinson 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .208.
Austin Slater LF- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .229.
Miguel Olivo C- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .262.
Rando Moreno SS- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .307.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 5.43.

The Giants have several pitching prospects, including Gregorio, who are capable of a dominant start on any given night, but who just can't quite do it consistently.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1:

Christian Arroyo 2B- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .283.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K.  ERA= 3.68.

Don't forget that in addition to adjusting to the higher level of competition, Arroyo has played multiple positions in the field this season.

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

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 2 for 5.  BA= .261.
Robbie Garvey LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .255.
Miguel Gomez 1B- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.
Daniel Carbonell DH- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .278.

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Low A Asheville Tourists overran the Augusta Greenjackets 10-5:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, 2B. BA= .227.
Jean Angomas LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .222.
Dillon Dobson 3B- 1 for 5, HR(11).  BA= .263.
Skyler Ewing 1B- 3 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .236.

Ewing has hit a dinger in 3 consecutive games.  He is 6 for 12 in that span.

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Short Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Everett Aquasox 10-9:

Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(4), BB.  BA= .329.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 0 for 1.  BA= .306.
Julio Pena RF- 3 for 4.  BA= 286.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 3 for 4, 2B,  HR(1), BB.  BA= .276.

No word on why Reynolds left the game after 1 AB.

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Rookie AZL  Giants destroyed the Royals 10-0:

Malique Zeigler CF- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .313.
Mikey Edie DH- 1 for 4, BB, 2 SB(7).  BA= .203.
Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 3, SF.  BA= .339.
Jacob Heyward LF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(6).  BA= .447.
Nick Hill 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .301.
Conner Sanabosh C- 2 for 5.  BA= .273.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.33.
Chris Falwell RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.52.

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DSL Giants beat the Mariners1 6-3 in 10 innings:

Wascar De Leon DH- 0 for 2, 3 BB, SB(1).  BA= .235.
Diego Rincones RF- 2 for 5, 3B, HR(1).  BA= .263.
Ismael Munguia LF- 2 for 2, SB(7).  BA= .301.
Francisco Medina 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .254.
Johan Herrera RHP- 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 2.15.

Game Wrap 7/22/2016: Yankees 3 Giants 2

The Giants failed to take advantage of multiple early scoring opportunities and lost a close one to the Yanks.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 5.  BA= .257.  Span is hitting .367 over his last 7 games.

Brandon Belt- 0 for 5.  BA= .281.  Belt is 1 for 26 since the All-Star Break.

Buster Posey- 1 for 1, BB.  BA= .288.  Buster fouled a ball off his back foot in his first AB and left the game later.  X-rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a foot contusion.

Jarrett Parker- 0 for 1, 2 BB.  BA= .252.  The out was a hard hit line drive to CF that carried too far and was caught.

Mac Williamson- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .237.  Mac is 4 for 9 with 2 HR and a double since the All-Star Break.  This ball was pounded off the LF wall about halfway up.  Giants seem to be strictly platooning him and Parker.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 4.  BA= .276.  Crawford made 3 throwing errors in the game.  The 3'rd one hurt as it allowed the winning run to score on the play.  Crawford was trying to turn an unassisted DP and had to make a 360 turn for the throw to first.  That caused the elevation of the throw.  It looked like the throw might have been catchable for Belt, but Belt said he did not see it well.  Crawford might have tried to do too much, but he's never been on to give up on a play and that attitude has held both him and the Giants in good stead more often than not.

Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.14.  Bumgarner was not sharp in the first two innings.  He gave up both runs in the first.  He settled down after that.  It should have been enough, but the Giants squandered at least 3 good scoring opps in the early innings against Tanaka.

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The Dodgers lost to the Cardinals 4-3 in 15 innings. Wow!  THAT must have been brutal in the midwest heatwave!  Giants remain 4 games up in the NL West.

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Johnny Cueto tries to be the stopper today against Ivan Nova.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Down on the Farm: 7/21/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the New Orleans Zephyrs 5-4:

Hunter Pence RF= 2 for 3, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .750.
Andrew Susac C- 2 for 5, HR(7).  BA= .251.
Rando Moreno 2B-  2 for 4.  BA= .301.
Chris Stratton RHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.92.
Jake Dunning RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 4.57.

Yeah Hunter Pence!  I'm more impressed by the double than the HR as he had to run out the double.  Maybe Pence is closer to a MLB return than we thought yesterday?  Seems like if ATL is looking for a starting catcher for next year, they could do worse than trading for Andrew Susac.  Stratton follows up his dominant last start with a QS.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-2:

Steven Duggar CF- 4 for 4, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .286.
Christian Arroyo 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .284.
Kyle Crick RHP- 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.59.

Steven Duggar has raised his BA by .100 over his last 8 games since 7/9/2016.  I like this line from Cricky.  I'd much rather have him give up 9 hits and 1 BB than 1 H and 9 BB's.

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San Jose Giants pounded the Inland Empire 66'ers 13-6:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB, SB(19).  BA= .259.
Ehire Adrianza 3B- 1 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .333.
Dylan Davis RF- 1 for 4, HR(7), BB.  BA= .271.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.
Jose Vizcaino Jr DH- 3 for 3, 2 3B.  BA= .261.
Phil Bickford RHP- 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.77.

Can't attribute this HR for Adrianza to the high desert.  For those of you waiting with baited breath for a Miguel Gomez line, here it is!  Interesting that Gomez played 2B with Adrianza at 3B.  Viz Jr is hitting .417 over his last 10 games.

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Augusta Greenjackets beat the Asheville Tourists 6-3:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .225.
Dillon Dobson 3B- 1 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .264.
Skyler Ewing 1B- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .221.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.93.

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Short Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Everett Aquasox 12-5:

Manuel Geraldo 2B- 1 for 5, 3B.  BA= .266.
Matt Reynolds DH- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .311.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .283.
Gustavo Cabrera LF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .264.
Victor Concepcion RHP- 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.83.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.00.

Gustavo has just enough of this kind of game to keep you believing.

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Rookie AZL  Giants blasted the A's 11-3:

Malique Ziegler DH- 2 for 5.  BA= .296.
Jacob Heyward LF- 1 for 2, BB, SB(5).  BA= .442.
Nick Hill 3B- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB(9).  BA= .290.
Conner Menez RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K.  ERA= 2.57.

Pretty impressed by Nick Hill's tools so far, but needs to play at a higher level.

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DSL  Giants blanked the Cubs2 2-0(7 innings):

Angeddy Almanzar DH- 3 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .323.
Norwith Gudino RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.67.

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DSL Giants also won a 10 inning game vs Cubs2 7-6. This was the completion of a previously suspended game.  I couldn't make head or tails out of where the game picked up from so am not posting highlights from the boxscore.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Down on the Farm: 7/20/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats pounded the New Orleans Zephyrs 10-4:

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 1 for 5, 2B.  BA= .178.
Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .167.
Austin Slater LF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .233.
Andrew Susac C- 3 for 4, HR(6), SF.  BA= .247.
Travis Ishikawa 1B- 3 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .256.
Adalberto Mejia LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.29.
Duke Welker RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's.  ERA- 3.19.
Matt Reynolds LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

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AA  Akron Rubber Ducks sank the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-3:

Christian Arroyo 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .281.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 4.  BA= .311.
Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .270.
Matt Gage LHP- 6.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.66.
Tyler Mizenko RHP- 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.52.

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High A  San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Asheville Tourists 7-3:

Lucius Fox SS- 0 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .218.
Matt Winn C- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .230.
Matt Pare DH- 1 for 4, HR(4), BB.  BA= .200.
Skyler Ewing 1B- 1 for 4, HR(3), BB.  BA= .213.
Seth Harrison RF- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(13).  BA= .257.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .283.
Cory Taylor RHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.46.

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Short Season  Boise Hawks topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-2:

Ryan Kirby 1B- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .250.

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Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants beat the Cubs2 5-1:

Diego Rincones RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .267.
Miguel Figueroa RHP- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.86.
Jasier Herrera RHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.38.

Game Wrap 7/20/2016: Red Sox 11 Giants 7

You might have reasonably had some trepidation about Matt Cain making his return from the DL against the Red Sox in Boston.  If you did, you were right to be trepidated as he lasted just 2.1 innings and departed amidst a hail of dingers.  Albert Suarez was not much better and the Giants offense could not keep up.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .254.  After going 0 for 9 in his first 2 games after missing time with a neck strain, Span is 9 for 25 in his last 6 games.

Mac Williamson- 1 for 3, HR(5).  BA= .227.  Mac hits his 5'th HR in 84 PA's which projects to 36 dingers over 600 PA's.  He was lifted for PH Gregor Blanco after 3 AB.

Trevor Brown- 3 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .261.  Brownie hit his 5'th dinger in 116 PA which projects to about 29 HR in 600 PA's.  Can Brownie play 3B?  He's played 2B in the minors and has enough arm to play C in the majors, so you would think so.

Ramiro Pena- 2 for 5.  BA= .348.  Ruben Tejada got the DFA to make room for Matt Cain.  Pena sticks around for the time being.

Matt Cain- 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.88.  Rough return from the DL for Cainer.  Not sure what else to say.  He'll get his chances to get his feet back on the ground in the rotation.

Albert Suarez- 3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.19.  Suarez has pitched well in a swingman role this year, but hadn't pitched in about 2 weeks and has a tendency to give up the longball.  That combination gave Hanley Ramirez his 3'rd dinger of the night by the 6'th inning.  Ty Blach may be next in line if Cain and Suarez can't get back on track.

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The Dodgers lost to the Nationals 8-1 so the Giants lead in the NL West remains at 4.5 games.

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The Giants have now gone through 1 full turn of the rotation without a win out of the All-Star Break.  They get a day off before starting a weekend series against the Yankees in NY.  Madison Bumgarner tries to be the stopper but has to face the Yankee's ace, Masahiro Tanaka on Friday night.