Sunday, May 28, 2017

Game Wrap 5/27/2017: Giants 6 Braves 3

Ty Blach was sensational for 7 innings of shutout ball before faltering in the 8'th.  Fortunately, and unlike for Matt Cain the night before, the Giants offense gave him a 5 run cushion and they held on for the Win.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 4, HR(10), BB, SB(2).  BA= .242.  I've been thinking about writing a post on what drives me crazy about Belt's swing.  Maybe I better not.  He's on a pace to hit 30 HR's on the season.

Nick Hundley C- 3 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .253.  After hitting just .192 in April, Hundley is hitting .355 in May.  I wonder if any contenders are looking for catching help?

Ty Blach LHP- 2 for 3.  BA= .214.  Blach has shown a consistent ability to help himself at the plate.

Ty Blach LHP- 7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 3.83.  Blach has 4 QS in a row and 5 QS out of his last 6 starts.  He's gone at least 7 IP in each of those 5 QS's.  As a reader commented, if you take out his 1 Disaster Start and 1 Disaster Relief Appearance, he has allowed 10 ER in 45.1 IP,  for a 1.99 ERA.

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With the Win, the Giants cut their deficit in the NL West to 11 games behind the leading Rockies but they also remain 9.5 games out in the Wild Card race.

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Johhny Cueto tries for a series Win today facing knuckleballer RA Dickey.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/26/2017

AAA  Memphis Redbirds crushed the Sacramento River Cats 13-3:

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .286.
Orlando Calixte CF- 2 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .277.
Chris Stratton RHP- 5 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 6.88.
Dusten Knight RHP- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.40.

Kelby is hitting .385 over his last 10 games with 4 SB's.  Calixte is hitting .333 with 3 dingers and 2 SB's over his last 10 games.  It looks like Kelby and Calixte are on the same utility track.  Can anyone think of a reason why one or both of them are not up instead of Aaron Hill, Ruggiano or Gorkys?  Maybe a little more seasoning in CF?  I really don't like to label prospects as busts, but I think we are close to that point with Chris Stratton.

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

Ali Castillo 3B- 3 for 4.  BA= .317.
Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .219.
Matt Gage LHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.97.

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High A  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 7-3:

Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .290.

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Low A Rome Braves defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 5-3:

Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .262.
Jacob Heyward LF-  2 for 4.  BA= .233.
Garrett Williams LHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.38.
Greg Brody RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Heyward is hitting .286 with 3 dingers over his last 10 games.  Williams seems to be coming along nicely.  He's one of several high-ceiling pitchers with command/control issues.  Brody was an 11'th round draft pick in 2014 who missed all of the next two seasons.

Game Wrap 5/26/2017: Braves 2 Giants 0

The Giants offense stopped sputtering and went silent reviving the practice of Caining when a certain Giants starting pitcher is on the mound.  Key Lines:

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 4, SB(13).  BA= .282.  Nunez had 2 of the Giants 4 hits, but go no help from his teammates.  The closest the Giants came to scoring a run was in the 6'th inning when the Braves intentionally walked Buster Posey to load the bases with 2 outs and Justin Ruggiano grounded out weakly to 3B.

Matt Cain RHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, GO/AO- 13/3.  ERA= 4.45.  Cain was solid.  He's become a groundball pitcher.  Unfortunately in the 7'th, a few of those GB's found holes including a single through the left side by opposing pitcher, Garcia.  That drove in 1 run.  The second scored because Brandon Belt's throw from LF hit the lead runner in the legs.  The ball kicked far enough away for Dansby Swanson to score too with Garcia ending up on 2B.  You knew the game was over at that point.  That's how bad the Giants offense looked.

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The Giants fell 12 games off the pace in the NL West and 9.5 games behind in the Wild Card race.  I think the Giants can safely start prepping for next season.

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Ty Blach takes the mound today facing Mike Foltenewicz.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/25/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Memphis Redbirds 5-3:

Kelby Tomlinson CF- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .276.
Orlando Calixte SS- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .270.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 1B- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .291.
Chris Shaw LF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Juniel Querecuto 2B- 2 for 3, SB(3).  BA= .261.
Michael Roth LHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.14.
Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(5).  ERA= 3.20.

Kelby keeps after it in CF.  How valuable is a guy who can play SS, 2B and CF on an MLB bench?  It seems like the Giants are going to have to find out what Hwang can do at the MLB level at some point.  Roth's ERA is 2.66 over his last 4 Starts.

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AA  Binghampton Rumble Ponies downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-3:

Myles Schroder SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
Slade Heathcott CF- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .286.
CJ Hinojosa 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .255.

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High A  San Jose Giants topped the Lancaster Jethawks 4-2:

Heath Quinn RF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .350.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .242.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .236.
TJ Bennett 2B- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .150.
Matt Krook LHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 13/3.  ERA= 7.45.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.30.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(7).  ERA= 0.81.

Arenado has raised his BA from .197 to .236 over his last 6 games in which he has gone 11 for 26 with 5 2B and last night's HR.  Matt Krook pitching to contact and getting results.  Is this a breakthrough game for him?

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Low A  Rome Braves outlasted the Augusta Greenjackets 6-2 in 10 innings:

Jacob Heyward LF- 1 for 3, HR(6), BB.  BA= .224.
Melvin Adon RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.98.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.22.

Game Wrap 5/25/2017: Cubs 5 Giants 1

The Giants offense continued to sputter as they failed to build on a first inning run and Jeff Samardzija was once again vulnerable to the longball.  Key Lines:

Giants Lineup:  With Nunez a late scratch due to a sore hammy, the 6,7,8 spots in the lineup  are hitting .222, .160 and .191 respectively.  That's not an MLB caliber lineup and definitely not a lineup that can compete with a team like the Cubs.  They went a combined 0 for 10.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.50.  Again, Shark had fantastic K and BB ratios.  The K's would indicate he had excellent stuff.  It's those darn dingers!  3 solo shots out of 6 hits were the difference in this game as I am sure Bochy's bullpen use would have been different with a 1-0 lead.

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With the Loss, the Giants remained 11 games behind the NL West leading Rockies and dropped 8.5 games off the Wild Card pace.

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The Giants return home with Matt Cain facing the Braves and lefty Jaime Garcia in tonight's opener.

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Nunez is listed as DTD, but hammy's are notoriously unpredictable.  With Aaron Hill nearing a return, Nunez injury may influence the Giants to send down Arroyo rather than Williamson, or they could send down one of the struggling lefties, Okert or Osich.  They could also place Nunez on the DL, but he's been their best hitter of late and if they think he won't be out a full 10 days, they might keep him DTD.

As for sending down Arroyo and/or Williamson, if it is a developmental decision with issues they need to work on, no problem, but development can occur at the MLB level too and it may be better to let them keep grinding with an eye for next season as this season is about done.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/24/2017

AAA  Memphis Redbirds outscored the Sacramenton River Cats 9-5:

Kelby Tomlinson CF- 3 for 5, SB(6).  BA= .274.
Ryder Jones 1B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .273.
Austin Slater RF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .318.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .280.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.02.

Is Kelby a super-utility player or the Giants CF of the future?  Apparently Boch is high on his CF potential.  Anybody else wonder what's going to become of Jae-Gyun Hwang?  Gregorio eats some innings.

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AA Game 1  Binghampton Rumble Ponies(Rumble Ponies?) edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 1-0:

Sam Coonrod RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.76.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.11.

I mean Flying Squirrels are an actual species of animals, but Rumble Ponies?

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AA  Game 2  Binghampton Rumble Ponies blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-0:

Jose Flores RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.25.

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High A  San Jose Giants outslugged the Lancaster Jethawks 11-7:

Ryan Howard SS- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .326.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .284.
Heath Quinn RF- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .361.
Dillon Dobson 1B- 2 for 5, HR(7).  BA= .263.
Gio Brusa DH- 2 for 5, HR(8).  BA= .234.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .229.
Daniel Carbonell LF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .298.

Lancaster is always a good place to pad the old stat line.  Howard makes headlines with his 4-hit game. Arenado has a 5 game hit streak in which he is 9 for 22.  Brusa stays hot.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets vs West Virginia Power cancelled X 2 due to rain.  I think that is 3 consecutive idle days due to rain for the GJ's.

Game Wrap 5/24/2017: Giants 5 Cubs 4

Mac Williamson's 2-run dinger off Wade Davis was too little, too late to salvage a game that left the Giants asking a lot of what if questions.  What if Mac had charged a ball harder and prevented a runner from going first to 3'rd who eventually scored?  What if George Kontos had not thrown away a sac bunt attempt for an unearned run?  What if the bullpen had not allowed an add-on Cubs run in the 8'th? Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .255.  Span scored and drove in the Giants second run with his 3'rd dinger.  He did not reach base in his other 4 AB's.

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .244.  The Giants failed to bring Belt home after reaching base 3 times.

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .266.  Crawford got the Giants on the scoreboard in the 2'nd inning with a leadoff double, took 3'rd on Nunez' bunt single and scored on a FC by Christian Arroyo.

Eduardo Nunez LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .277.  Nunez and Belt both had 2 hits, but Nunez' bunt single advanced Crawford to 3B to set up one score and later singled to set up Mac's 2 run dinger in the 9'th.

Mac Williamson RF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .182.  Mac battled one of the better closers in the game for 12 pitches including 7 fouled 2-strike pitches before depositing the ball in the RF basket.  He was second guessing himself on an earlier OF play in which he thought he could have prevented a runner from reaching 3B had he charged the ball more aggressively.  I'll give Mac props just for bringing it up.  It shows he's thinking about his whole game and not just trying to hit dingers.

Matt Moore LHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.28.  The K's and BB's tell you he was not at his best, but gotta be frustrated that most of the damage was off the bat of Anthony Rizzo, a LH batter who hit 2 solo dingers.

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The Loss dropped the Giants 11 games off the pace in the NL West and 7.5 games out of the Wild Card race.

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Jeff Samardzija tries to salvage a series tie against his old team facing RHP Eddie Butler this afternoon.