Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Down on the Farm: 4/27/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.


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

Ali Castillo 2B- 3 for 4, 2 2B, SB(2).  BA= .353.
Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .286.
Tyler Horan CF(CF?)- 2 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .346.
Chase Johnson RHP- 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 6.00.
Christian Jones LHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 7.00.
Big Dan Slania RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.   ERA= 0.82.

Ali Castillo was a minor league FA sign.  He is supposed to be a magical fielder.  I can see Tyler Horan gaining more PT.  The CF next to his hame got my attention.  Somehow I don't think CF is his ticket to the major leagues although he is quite fast for a big guy.


High A  San Jose Giants beat the Stockton Ports 4-2:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= .333.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .328.
Jose Vizcaino Jr. 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .274.
Jason Forjet RHP- 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.02.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.50.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(5).  ERA= 1.23.

Forjet bounces back from a disaster start, but doesn't have the K pitch going.


Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators edged out the Augusta Greenjackets 4-3:

Phil Bickford RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.48.
Ryan Koziol RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.97.

No BABIP excuses tonight.  7 innings of pure dominance out of Phil Bickford.  Woo hoo!

Game Wrap 4/27/2016: Giants 13 Padres 9

Yesterday, the Giants won a pitcher's duel.  Today, they won by a football score.  What a multifaceted team!  Key Lines:

Joe Panik- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .284.  Panik is hitting .345 over his last 7 games.  Still think he's a candidate to win the batting title.

Matt Duffy- 3 for 4, 3B.  BA= .261.  Duffman is hitting .357 over his last 7 games.

Brandon Belt- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B, SF.  BA= .303.  With Buster Posey getting the day off, The Belter batted cleanup and cleaned up with 5 RBI's on the day.  That helped my fantasy team a lot.  So did Joe Panik.  Oh, and Matt Kemp looks like he just doesn't run very fast out on RF.

Hunter Pence- 3 for 3, 3B 2 BB.  BA= .293.  The 2-5 batters in the lineup went a combined 11 for 16 with 5 XBH's and 3 BB's.

Trevor Brown- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .286.  Brown continues to provide surprisingly good offense on days when Buster needs a rest.

Jeff Samardzija- 1 for 3.  BA= .250.  Shark seems to have caught the hitting bug from the other Giants pitchers.  That is a good bug to get.  He's already exceeded his single season career RBI high by 2.  5 of his 15 total RBI's for his career have come already this season.

Gregor Blanco- 1 for 1, BB.  BA= .333.  No disrespect to Angel Pagan, who has been just fine in LF this season, but is there a better defensive LF in all of baseball than Gregor Blanco?  And no, I'm not forgetting Alex Gordon.   I can't believe how much ground he covered and how quickly to get to Derek Norris' drive into left-CF to rob him of a surefire XBH.  I mean, that one ranks right up there with the Matt Cain perfect game preserver catch!

Jeff Samardzija- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.86.  Samardzija may have been iced in the dugout a couple of times because the Giants half of the innings lasted so darn long!  As Shark said though, it's a great problem to have.

Cory Gearrin- 1. 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.61.  Where would the Giants be without Cory Gearrin right now?


The Win, coupled with the Dodgers 2-0 loss to the Marlins and the D'Backs 11-4 loss to the Cardinals left the Giants in second place, just 0.5 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers.  The D'Backs drop to 3'rd place, still 1.5 games behind.  the Rockies are sitting 2 games behind in 4'th place pending the outcome of their game against the Pirates and the Padres remain 5 games behind in last place.


The Giants have a travel day tomorrow and head to the Big Apple to take on last year's defending NL Pennant Winners.  Jake Peavy draws game 1 Friday facing rookie Steven Matz.  The Giants also face Jake DeGrom and Thor in the series, so it's gonna be tough.

Down on the Farm: 4/26/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats blanked the Tacoma Rainiers 1-0:

Ramiro Pena 2B- 2 for 4, HR(1), SB(2).  BA= .317.
Albert Suarez RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.37.

Albert Suarez is 26 years old.  The Giants signed him as a minor league FA out of the Angels organization.  He's never pitched badly in the minors and sometimes has been very good.  He had a 2.98 ERA for the AA Arkansas Travelers last year.  Perhaps his relatively low K rates coupled with a strong flyball tendency has kept him from being promoted in the past?


AA Richmond Flying Squirrels topped the Bowie Baysox 6-4:

Rando Moreno 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .310
Christian Arroyo SS- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SF.  BA= .304.
Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .224.
Tyler Horan DH- 3 for 4.  BA= .304.
Adalberto Mejia LHP- 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.41.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(3).  ERA= 5.87.

Cole is hitting .297 over his last 10 games.  Horan is making the most of limited playing time.  He has just 23 AB's in 14 Games Played.  Disaster Start for Mejia who could not get out of the first inning.


High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Stockton Ports 11-2:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 2 for 5, 2B, HBP.  BA= .224.
Aramis Garcia C- 3 for 5.  BA= .302.
Steven Duggar RF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .316.
Jose Vizcaino Jr. 3B- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .259.
Mark Reyes LHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.75.
Dusten Knight RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 8.00.

Ronnie Jebavy is hitting .275 over his last 10 games.  Viz Jr has a 5 game hitting streak in which he is 10 for 21 with a HR.


Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators beat the Augusta Greenjackets 7-5:

Lucius Fox SS- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .163.
Dylan Davis RF- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .313.
Michael Santos RHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.35.
Matthew Pope RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 9.00.

Game Wrap 4/26/2016: Giants 1 Padres 0

The 5'th inning was pivotal in this game as the Padres had a safe call overturned to take away a run and the Giants scored what ended up as the only run of the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Denard Span.  The biggest story of the game, though, was the CG shutout pitched by Johnny Cueto who served notice that he is now at least the co-ace of the pitching staff.  Key Lines:

Johnny Cueto- 9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 2.65.  Man, is it ever fun to watch this guy pitch!  He works fast and has a different look on every delivery, mixing hesitations of varying lengths with quick pitches, mixing pitch types, mixing velocities on each pitch type.  He threw 119 pitches in the game and it's possible that no two were exactly alike.  And how valuable is a 1-0 shutout?  In my mind, to be an ace of a rotation, you need at least 1 CG 1-0 shutout on your resume and Cueto checked that box last night.  I would rate him as at least the co-ace of the staff now along with Madison Bumgarner.


The Win, coupled with the Marlins beating Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers 6-3 and the D'Backs 8-2 loss to the Cardinals, boosted the Giants into a second place tie in the NL West with the D'Backs, 1.5 games behind the first place Dodgers.  Andrew McCutchen hit 3 HR's for the Pirates in a 9-4 win over the Rockies who fell to 4'th place while remaining 2.5 games behind the Dodgers while the Last Place Padres remained 5 games off the pace.


Jeff Samardzija tries to show he is a 3'rd co-ace this afternoon by closing out the homestand with a W facing Andrew Cashner.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Down on the Farm: 4/25/2016

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers pounded the Sacramento River Cats 7-1:



AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels outscored the Bowie Baysox 8-6:

Austin Slater CF- 3 for 4, SB(2).  BA= .224.
Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .275.
Ali Castillo 2B- 4 for 5.  BA= .300.
Tyler Beede RHP- 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 6/0.  ERA= 4.71.

Not much to comment on here.  Beede continues to be OK, but not showing the kind of dominance you want to see from a former first round draft pick.


High A  San Jose Giants were idle.


Low A  Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

Game Wrap 4/25/2016: Giants 5 Padres 4

The Giants got a strong start from Madison Bumgarner, avoided a bullpen meltdown and held on to win a marathon game.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik- 3 for 5, 3B(3).  BA= .288.  Panik is 7 for 13 in his last 3 games and hitting .357 over his last 7.

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .279.  Buster is hitting .310 over his last 7 games.

Hunter Pence- 1 for 3, HR(4), SF.  BA= .263.  Pence is hitting .304 over his last 7 games and hit a HR in his second consecutive game.

Brandon Belt- 0 for 1, 3 BB.  BA= .275.  Belt has 3 AB and 5 BB's in his last 3 games.  That's one way to beat the shift.

Madison Bumgarner- 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.64.  I've seen him more dominant, but the K's were there.

Santiago Casilla- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(4).  ERA= 2.35.  Casilla gets Save #100 with the Giants.  He got the last out of the 8'th inning with runners at 2'nd and 3'rd so it was a lot more than just a Save.  He got out of a high leverage situation plus tacked on a standard Save and Bochy has a ton of work ahead of him to sort out the setup situation, at least until Romo gets back.

Pace of Play- This was an 8.5 inning game that took 3 hours and 47 minutes to play meaning it went way past my usual bedtime even watching on TV.  Most fans at the ballpark likely did not get home until close to midnight.  Factors:  1. Giants fouled off a ton of pitches and ran Pomeranz' pitch count to 101 after 4.1 IP.  The Padres threw a total of 177 pitches in the game and the Giants 165.  Target pitch count would be 135 per 9 innings, so there were 72 more pitches thrown in this game than the normal target.  That has clearly become a successful batting strategy for the Giants and more the norm around MLB.  2.  Bochy used 4 pitchers to get 3 outs between Bumgarner and Casilla.  Each pitching change took extra time.  3.  There were a bunch of challenges at the end.  IMO, the league is sending a strong message that calls on the field are not going to be overturned unless the ump made an egregious error on the call, but there's no penalty for reviews from the 7'th inning on.  Maybe that needs to change?


The Win allowed the Giants to gain a game on the Dodgers, who lost to the Marlins 3-2.  The Giants are now 2.5 games back and tied with the Rockies who lost to the Pirates 6-1.  The D'Backs outslugged the Cardinals 12-7 and are 1.5 games back in second place.  The Padres bring up the rear of the NL West at a 4 game deficit.


Johnny Cueto tries to extend his string of Quality Starts tonight facing James Shields.